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.
Earth School Fall Workshops
Are you ready to join us for some serious grounding fun, that only the Earth can provide?
Let’s do it!
We’ve got you covered on Saturdays!
Earth School Fall Workshops:
Saturdays – Oct.3,10,17, 24, 31,Nov.7,14,& 21
Age- 7-12 yrs
Bucks County Audubon, Creamery Rd. Solebury
Cost- $45/ day or $165/4 weeks
*We are working on more workshops,… dates are not finalized
Protocols will be observed:
- Temperature check and questionnaire upon arrival
- Children will say goodbye to family in car.
- Social distancing and masks where not possible.
- Masks worn indoors.
- Regular handwashing
These ES sessions are designed to respond to our current situation. We will be spending as much time as possible outside. Most of our art will be outdoor Earth Art , so as to avoid sharing tools and supplies
If circumstances evolve and it is deemed necessary, we will have to cancel . Refunds would be issued.
Our intention is to assist children in connecting and healing through a
living relationship with the Earth.
Patricia is re-branding with a new website.
New online courses for children coming soon!
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.
Earth School Fall Workshops
Saturdays $45/day or $165/4wks
Due to our circumstances, we prefer online registration.
Please contact Patricia with any questions
Masks are a must!
• Mud boots
• Raincoat if weather is threatening
• Dress warmly with one change of clothes
• Lunch and snack
• Water Bottle
• Back pack ( small day pack)
- Hand sanitizer (we will have some also)
What is not needed:
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……
Camp Refund Policy – (Given our circumstances, refunds ( minus the online, merchant fee) will be issued due to camp cancellation or health issues).
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.