Thursday, May 20, 2010

Stay Tuned for 2011 Family Summer Camp Details

Family Summer Vacation
Summer 2011 dates and prices TBA
Wise Traditions Costa Rica (Waldorf – inspired)

***SCROLL DOWN FOR PICTURES OF THE TENTS AND THE FARM AND ONE VIDEO OF GINA, THE ORGANIZER***
  • Waldorf/Steiner inspired activities for children from 4 to 12 years old
  • Spanish school and more for children 12+ and parents
  • Nutrient and enzyme-rich food
Location
Most activities will be held at Los Pinitos, our 30 acre (12 ha) organic farm/forest property 7 km (4 miles) from the town of Turrialba. At 1100m (3300 ft) altitude, the yearly average temperature is a pleasant 21° C (70°F). The property overlooks the Turrialba Valley and the Central mountain range of Costa Rica with the highest peak of Central America in the distance.

On the farm, beautiful hiking paths lead you along a river through our species-rich forest and shaded coffee fields with tropical fruit trees, palms, a large variety of tasty bananas, oranges, mandarins and lemons, pineapples, turmeric, gingers, wild raspberries, orchids, and many medicinal and ornamental plants. You will also get to know the Mayan lipstick tree. Further on you walk through lush pastures with living fences for our grass-fed Jersey cows. Wildlife includes more than 200 bird species (weaver birds, Toucans, parakeets, owls, etc.), armadillos, raccoons, squirrels and many others.

Childrens’ Activities (4 to 11 years)
Waldorf-oriented activities including group games, forest walks, building huts from natural materials, singing and dancing, rushing down a water slide, drawing and painting, flute playing, milking cows, feeding chicken, gardening, bird watching etc.

Adults’ Activities (12 years and up)
  • Basic traditional and Caribbean cooking for good dental arcs.
  • Soap making
  • Sourdough bread making
  • Making cheese, yogurt, kefir…
  • Making Sauerkraut, beet kvass and other fermented goodies
  • Bird and Butterfly watching (bring binoculars!)
  • Hiking to beautiful Waterfalls
  • Latin and Afro-Caribbean dance classes
  • Spanish Classes
Activities for All
Campfire with storytelling, singing, laughing and making music. On weekends we will visit national parks (volcanoes and beautiful beaches), botanical gardens, local farmers markets and organic farms.

Lodging
Each family will be accommodated in one or more tents with private bathrooms (see photos in next entry down) .

Food and Cooking
Delicious Caribbean and continental food will be prepared based on Dr Price’s findings and the Nourishing Traditions cookbook of Sally Fallon and Mary Enig. Vegetarians will be accomodated.

The price includes:
• All transport (in Costa Rica) incl. airport shuttle,
• National Park fees,
• All food and beverages and accomodation in tents
• All activities organized by Wise Traditions Costa Rica


Optional (not included in the price):
River rafting (world-class white-water rapids on the Reventaz√≥n and Pacuare rivers), horseback riding, snorkeling and diving, zip-lining, etc. For those wishing to stay longer we will gladly assist with car rentals, hotel reservations and custom touring of Costa Rica.

Conditions
Children must be accompanied by parents or legal guardian at all times except during the morning activities when they will be with teachers or monitors.

Camp Organizers
The Muschler family: Gina and Reinhold are the founders of the Turrialba Waldorf School, Wapf chapter leaders for Turrialba and the central valley of Costa Rica, and members of the Association of Organic Farmers of Turrialba. They have two lovely daughters (Naomi, 14 and Malaika, 9, in the photos). Gina is a medicinal and ayurvedic herb educator and Reinhold is a professor of tropical agroecology.

Contact: Gina Baker
waldorfcostarica@yahoo.com
Tel. 011-506-2556-8021 
or US Number (thru Magic Jack/internet): (305) 974-6505
Verbena Norte de Turrialba
Costa Rica

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Photos of the Tents

Here are some photos of our spacious 10´x 14´ tents with electricity and private bath. We will be uploading a video tour of the tents next week.
Exterior of Tent:

Interior of Tent. We can fit up to 4 beds in one tent comfortably (5 with bunk beds). We will provide beds, linens, homemade soap, and towels. The water on the farm is potable.Private Bathroom for the Tent. It´s open to nature, yet covered and private.