Do you seek ‘grounding’ for yourself and your children?
Do you wish for a deeper understanding, connection, and relationship to self, and the world around you?
Would you like to know and trust your own inner wisdom on a deeper level?
Art of Spirit’s Earth School, a non-profit educational organization, is a mindful, integrative, self discovery of the natural world, presenting children and adults with the opportunity to discover and embrace their own inner nature. Give your child or yourself, the gift of connection to self through nature.
Through a mindful approach and a sense of self-discovery, Art of Spirit’s Earth School exists in a beautifully balanced space between ‘doing’ and ‘being’, which not only speaks to one’s mind, but to the heart and soul as well.
This deep, integrative experience allows children and adults to tune in, recognize, and embrace, their own inner nature. Given the gift of ‘time’, we invite and promote a deep, ‘wonder- filled’ exploration and a personal comfort in the natural world, which we call home.
Our programs are a blend of the physical and metaphysical aspects of the natural world and thus include spiritual teachings (not religion) earth studies, art, and energy work. We work with singing bowls, meditation, tadpoles, forests, streams, and silence.
Earth School inspires forming relationships with nature, each other, and most importantly, with one’s self. We learn about the elemental and animal teachings by participating in specifically themed activities and explorations. As we wander and wonder, we let go of time, inviting in a healing wisdom. Experiences are processed through creative, integrated art projects.
Earth School can be experienced through our summer camp, educator programs, home school, weekend programs for both children and adults.
Programs are facilitated by Earth School founder and Director, Patricia Walsh-Collins and assisted by other experienced and dedicated educators.
We are primarily located at the Bucks County Audubon, in Solebury PA. , but are growing in other satellite locations, such as Lake Nockamixon, Ralph Stover, and Tohickon Park.
A New Day
Dear Earth School friends and families,
A ‘New Day’ is in the process of forming. We have yet to know what will unfold, but we recognize our most significant role in this transformation. Our hearts share the pain and deep sorrow for the tragedies being experienced by many.
We also recognize that we are being given an opportunity to create a new, more balanced life on the Earth and with all her beings. This moment in time on the planet, illuminates the very essence of our Earth School mission,… to facilitate a reconnection to our Mother Earth, each other, and most importantly, to our inner, spiritual lives.
This sacred moment of profound change, brings great opportunity for each of us to live into our true nature,… reprioritize our values, and to share our inherent goodness with others.
We at Earth School send you love during this moment of stillness,
grief, and courageous wonder.
As of now, we continue to plan for
Earth School Summer Camp.
We plan with optimism, but will yield to reality.
This is what we know at this time:
The extent of this virus is still unfolding, especially in regard to a second wave and the related inflammatory Covid disease affecting children.
- We will be able to make our determination about camp in the beginning of June.The earliest we could possibly begin is June 29th.
- We are currently creating online videos and hope to offer an interactive platform very soon.
- We are creating an Earth School Guidebook
- We are planning more Teacher Workshops to help facilitate the necessry changes in the education systems.
- We will holding an online singing bowl demonstration and sale (will send invitation)
We will let you know as soon as we know.
In the meantime, be well, and go outside!
Summer Camp 2020!
June 29 – Aug 14We want every child to be able to experience Earth School, now, more than ever!!
Here’s what we have so far:
1. June 29 – July 3….Bucks County Audubon, Solebury, PA
2. July 6-10…….Bucks County Audubon, Solebury, PA
3. July 13 -17…..Bucks County Audubon, Solebury, PA
4. July 20 -24……Bucks County Audubon, Solebury, PA
*5.July 27 – 31….. Age 12 -14yrs. @ Tohickon Park/Ralph Stover, Pipersville, PA
*6.July 27-29 age 7-13yrs., @ Ralph Stover Park,Pipersville, PA
7. Aug. 2 -7……Bucks County Audubon, Solebury, PA
8. Aug.10-14….Location TBD
Cost- $335/session…($15 discount for multiple sessions)
*Age – All sessions are 7-13yrs except for Session #5 (12-14yrs)
mail in registration preferred, but online is available for your conveinence
Please subscribe to our YouTube channel…. Art of Spirit’s Earth School. We are also working on interactive platforms, so as to have live conversations. We’ll keep you posted.
Here is the link: to our first video, titled ‘Sit Spot’
postponed until the fall….
Earth School for Teachers Workshop: This nature-based workshop is not simply a walk in the woods, but rather an opportunity for exploration, discovery, and networking through experiencing and discussing the Earth School practices and activities.
At Earth School, time is relaxed, as children work with singing bowls, meditation, tadpoles, streams, trees, silence, and much more. Many of these experiences are processed through integrative art projects. The holistic education offered through Earth School nurtures the cognitive, emotional, and spiritual intelligences. (Spirit does not mean religion)
During these times of social, political, and climatic change, Earth School offers a grounded connection to one’s inner self and all beings. Earth School for Teachers Workshop offers this unique synthesis of activities and practices providing educators with new pathways and modalities for teaching the whole child.
What – Professional Development for Educators
When – Tues. May 5, 9-3pm
Where – Bucks County Audubon, 2877 Creamery Rd. New Hope, PA 18938
Cost – $145 ( lunch and snack is provided)
Earth School for Teachers Workshop, offers educators:
- Hands on Earth School experience (replicating a child’s experience)
- Mindful practices and activities with specific modifications for urban settings
- Integrative art projects
- Earth School handouts of practices and activities
- Dedicated networking time to share experience and insights
- Renewal and growth of educational philosophies and practices
- Expanded vision of your teaching practice as you affect change
Join us as educational change makers!
Earth School transforms the challenges of today, into the opportunities of tomorrow!
We prefer a check made out and mailed to:
Earth School Inc. PO Box 31, Point Pleasant, Pa. 18950
Online registration is also available for you convenience… simply write in which workshop and amount.
For more information contact Patricia at:
The Earth is our greatest teacher,
throughout the entire year!
We are also very happy to create customized group programs for your scout, church, or social group….either child or adult, or both! Find a group of 4-5 people and have an ES party!!
Please keep us in mind when you are planning!
And please keep us in mind for your charitable donations. Earth School is a 501c(3) non-profit educational organization. The key to our uniquely, effective programming, is that we keep our groups small so that each person has an intimate experience in Nature, nurturing a life long, living relationship with the Earth and all beings.
The conundrum is that our small group numbers, barely cover the cost of location rentals and paid facilitators,….not to mention all the behind the scenes administrative work. If you can ‘feel’ the importance of this work, of returning our children to the Earth, please help to support our efforts with a tax-deductible donation.
We thank you, the children will thank you and most of all, our Mother Earth will thank you!
My name is Patricia Walsh-Collins. I am the founder and director of Earth School . As a certified professional art educator, I have taught for over twenty five years. Seventeen of those years were spent teaching Visual Arts and World Religions at Buckingham Friends School in Lahaska, PA. I love curriculum integration, and have developed numerous curriculums, presenting them at state, national and international education conferences. In 2018, I was honored to be invited to present Earth School at an environmental conference in Italy.In the fall of 2019, we were invited to present Earth School last year at Columbia University, at the ‘Next Wave Conference’, sponsored by the Collaboration for Spirituality in Education. It was amazing and full of like-minded people doing inportant work for the children! We were thrilled to have Earth School counted as part of the Next Wave!
I have developed and taught numerous camps, including the Michener Art Museum, Montessori Development Center, Bucks County Community College, and Children’s Art Studio. I recieved my Mindfulness training from Mindful Schools of Emeryville Ca.
Taking a leap of faith, I became an ‘educational entrepreneur’, by founding Earth School Inc., a non-profit educational organization. I also founded and own Art of Spirit Inc., which serves as an ‘umbrella’ organization for education through the arts and trade. I have created five Holiday pop-up stores featuring traditional arts from native cultures, as well as local arts and crafts.
I feel blessed to have recieved many teachings through international travel, relationships, and personal development. I believe these teachings are meant to be shared and do so through Earth School, as well as my monthly newspaper column called, ‘Shared Teachings’ in the Bucks County Herald. I also love public speaking and am happy to speak about Earth School anytime, anywhere. In my precious down moments, I embrace any opportunity to spend time with my two grown children, (they are the best!) Making art is a huge part of who I am, as well as spending personal time among the trees, waters, and birds, either here at home, or somewhere out in the world!
Peter Pearson is Earth School’s co-facilitator. He has a long and influential career in education. Having taught sixth grade, wood shop, and creating the Summer Arts Camp at Buckingham Friends School in Lahaska, PA, he then became Head of School for many years. He is one of my great mentors and my former boss. After working in Administration at Solebury School, in New Hope, Peter served as Head of School at Westfield Friends School in Cinnaminson, NJ.
Peter is an artist as well. For the past forty years, he has created beautiful stained glass windows, panels, boxes and candle boxes. He also loves to hike, camp, and work with wood. He is a much valued member of the Earth School family and every community he has ever been a part of.
Other Earth School instructors are experienced, dedicated educators and experts in their fields.
All other Earth School workshops specify the age range under the ‘What’ section.
Earth School summer camp and other workshops are primarily located at Bucks County Audubon,2877 Creamery Road, Solebury, PA. We are so grateful for this beautiful place!
This year, we have a couple of new locations for Camp sessions. Ralph Stover State Park and Tohickon Park, both in Pipersville, PA. Two other camp session locations to be finalized soon.
Locations of specific workshops are listed with other info on home page.
Summer Camp @ Audubon, 2019 costs:
All but one, Summer camp sessions are $335/session ($15 discount for any two sessions)
Session 7 is a 3-day session at Ralph Stover State Park and costs $200
You may choose as many sessions as you wish, enrolling in consecutive or non-consecutive weeks
- 50% of total registration amount is due at time of registration (non-refundable).
- Full payment is due June 1st, 2019
- Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. ( we intentionally keep our group sizes small for a deeper experience)
Limited Scholarships available- due to a generous supporter of Earth School. Please inquire with Patricia if interested
Other workshop costs are listed under specific workshops on home page.
We prefer, a check made out and mailed to:
Earth School Inc, (specific program in memo)
PO Box 31, Point Pleasant, PA 18950
Online payment is also available for your convenience as well.
Please contact Patricia with any questions
What is needed to bring? (specific to summer camp and home school programs)
• Mud boots
• Shoes ( not sandals)
• One change of clothes (depending on program)
• Lunch and snack
• Water Bottle
• Back pack ( small day pack)
- What is not needed
• Hand sanitizer – these chemicals are deadly to many plants and animals (we will wash hands as needed with soap and water)
• Technology (Cell phones will stay at the visitors center when we are out on the land. Camp facilitators will carry cell phones with them.)
Earth School encourages the use of reusable water and food containers. Please no plastic water bottles. It starts with us……
This list is applicable to most of our ES offerings, but a specific list, via email will be sent to participants prior to workshop.
Drop-off and pick-up need to be prompt for the good of the group.
If your child is going to be late or absent, please call (267-454-4491) after 7:30 a.m.
Extended Care for summer camp is available daily from 3pm – 4pm for $15
Camp Refund Policy – Earth School will issue a full refund, minus a $30 service fee if registrant cancels within 30 days of start of camp session.
Registrant’s cancellation after 30 day period, is non-refundable.
Other Workshops Refund Policy- Earth School will issue a full refund, minus $20 service fee if registrant cancels within 10 days of specific workshop. Registrant’s cancellation after 10 day period, is non-refundable.
If Earth School cancels session or workshop, a full refund will be issued.
To register your child(ren) for Earth School, please download the registration form, complete it and mail it to the address provided on the form. Registration form and online payment are available at pay online.