Conscious Minds Youth and Elders Camp

07/21/2024 11:20 am
07/27/2024 11:20 am
Price: $0.00
Illustration of Conscious Minds Campers talking around the campfire

We are young people responding to crisis with hope and curiosity.

Dates: Sunday July 21st - Saturday July 27th 2024

Location: Fell's Meadows, Castleton Home - Fells Meadows

REGISTER HERE!

I will be offering:
Herbal Wands Workshop
Moon Beads Workshop
DIY Body Care Buffet and Lab

About Conscious Minds Camp
We are a youth-led, intergenerational co-operative stepping into regenerative living and the possibility of a better world. We also host learning and storytelling gatherings for youth and communities through our:
Annual Summer Camp
Workshops with Community Partners
Seasonal Gatherings + Celebrations
+ More

We are building towards our own model urban school and rural retreat center.

Costs:

We know that everyone's economic situation is different, and we are committed to making sure that anyone who wants to come to camp is able. Conscious Minds Co-op is a volunteer-based organization (no permanent staff), and we strive to balance access to camp with paying the folks who make camp possible.

This year we are offering a sliding scale of payment options, with what your payments contribute to listed below:

$75 per day - Covers one camper for their chosen number of days, including food, campsite and programming

$500 for the week - Covers one camper for the whole week

Conscious Minds has always operated on a Pay What You Can mindset for those who are experiencing financial difficulties. This option enables you to pay what you can afford, and we're encouraging in-kind donations alongside funds this year, in the form of groceries, or volunteering your time at camp - Please reach out with any questions :)​

The total cost of running Conscious Minds Camp is $11,000 (renting the land, paying chefs, transportation, camping gear and workshop facilitators).

We welcome any donations to offset this cost!​

**Assistance with transportation to and from camp is limited, but we strive to ensure everyone can make it to camp! Please indicate when registering if you will need assistance with your travels and we will get in touch to organize your transportation! Camp is located about 20 minutes from the Coburg train station, so you may be asked to commute there to be picked up. If you have a vehicle and can transport campers who also live in your area, please indicate that in your registration form as well.

Workshop 1: Wand Making
Workshop Host
Tracey TieF
workshop Host Biography
I am a Certified Natural Health Practitioner, folk herbalist and plant spirit medicine practitioner. My mission is to educate people about natural healthy fairly traded and local botanical ingredients, and how to use these to create affordable, wholesome, and effective body care. Wholistic health to me does not mean merely the health of our individual minds, bodies, and spirits, but also the health of the Earth and all its Beings.
Workshop Name
Make an Herbal Wand for Burning and Saining
Potential Dates
Weekend Anytime. I would like to spend the week and weekends at camp
Potential Times
Daylight hours, not raining
Estimated Run Time
2 hours
Ideal Location
Walk on the land then we will need a table and chairs to make the wands, indoors or out
group Size
5-10 .Can run again if fiull
Materials Needed
I will bring all materials needed (string, scissors). Would be nice to borrow extra scissors.
Workshop Description
We'll learn about and gather herbs respectfully from the land during our herb walk. Folk herbalism meets respect for our ultra-local environment!

Starring herbs that you'll gather respectfully from the land: as well as samples I’ve bought from my rooftop garden - calendula, evergreens, wild carrot, dandelion, comfrey, sages, plantain, red white and yellow yarrows, Aztec sweet herb and rue, echinaceas, geraniums, sweetgrass, valerian, and more!

This is a workshop about the plants traditionally used for burning and signing with an emphasis on ancestral herbs and practices. Saining (Gaelic seun and sian and the Old Irish sén) is a Scots word for blessing, protecting or consecrating, and includes formal and informal rites using fire, smoke, water etc. You'll make a healing herbal wand for connecting with your ancestors' mind, body and spirit.
Workshop Outline
We’ll walk the land to discover and respectfully gather plant materials for our wands. Once I introduce you to the herbs, you'll make:
* an herb tea to share
* an herbal wand using locally gathered herns

You will take the custom magical herbal wand you made for healing body, mind and spirit!

Workshop Notes

Workshop 2: Moon Beads

Workshop Host
Tracey TieF
Workshop Host Biography
I am a Certified Natural Health Practitioner, folk herbalist and plant spirit medicine practitioner. My mission is to educate people about natural healthy fairly traded and local botanical ingredients, and how to use these to create affordable, wholesome, and effective body care. Wholistic health to me does not mean merely the health of our individual minds, bodies, and spirits, but also the health of the Earth and all its Beings.
Workshop Name
Make Moon Beads
Potential Dates
Weekend anytime
Potential Times
Anytime but might be best after dinner so we can see the moon at the end of the workshop!
Estimated Run Time
2 hours
Ideal Location
Indoors or screened in, tables and chairs for alll
group Size
5 to 10
Materials Needed
chunky bead donations, especially glass and wood welcome, 8mm and larger, lobster clasps, small pliers, beading thread especially elastic
Workshop Description
The moon is humanity’s first calendar, and menstrual cycles are the connection within human bodies! In this workshop by request, we'll discuss what hormones are, what they do, and how they contribute to "femaleness" and "maleness" at different life stages. We'll talk about what can go wrong when hormone-disrupting chemicals enter our bodies through air, drinks, and foods, and how to reduce our exposure to xenoestrogens. I'll demonstrate how to make moon cycle beads, and how to use them to help regulate your cycles or simply track the moon's cycles. You'll make your own to take home!
Workshop Outline
Through a 2-Spirit, Trans+ and Non-Binary inclusive lens, I’ll introduce human hormone cycles, and traditions about the moon cycles, then we will make Moon Beads together. Moon Beads can help you synchronize your body’s rhythms with the moon’s cycle.
Workshop Notes
All genders welcome. Remedial human biology class!

Workshop 3: Body Care Buffet
Workshop Host
Tracey TieF
Workshop Host Biography
I am a Certified Natural Health Practitioner, folk herbalist and plant spirit medicine practitioner. My mission is to educate people about natural healthy fairly traded and local botanical ingredients, and how to use these to create affordable, wholesome, and effective body care. Wholistic health to me does not mean merely the health of our individual minds, bodies, and spirits, but also the health of the Earth and all its Beings.
Workshop Name
Body Care Buffet
Potential Dates
Throughout the week, drop in during free times
Potential Times
drop in during siesta for 2 days
Estimated Run Time
During free times
Ideal Location
A table that stays set up indoors with a few chairs available, electricity
group Size
Flexible, any
Materials Needed
small containers/ jars, salt, water, baking soda, chopsticks and any body ingredients are welcome as donations. I will bring what’s needed plus notes for participants to take away.
Workshop Description
Old school is New School when it comes to body care. Humans have been making products to care for their bodies for millennia! Come to the body care Buffet to make yourself some toothpaste, brightening tooth powder, moisturizer, deodorant, sunscreen, household cleaners, body scrubs…. If you need it, the affordable, fairly traded and common ingredients here are all you need. Find out what your ancestors used! Discover ingredients that are local and sustainable! Do It Yourself!
Workshop Outline
Come by the Body Care Buffet to create any body care product you can think of! Athlete’s foot? We can make an ointment. Acne? You can make a cleanser. Want to convert your mother? We can make a fancy night cream! Tracey will be on hand to help you create a recipe and your own custom body care!
Workshop Notes
This could be costly so a subsidy is most welcome.

Date: 
07/12/2024 - 10:52pm