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.
Summer Camp 2020 Registration Open
A Cautious Opening
(please read carefully)
Dear Earth School families,
It has been an incredible process, conducting our due diligence required to monitor the many variables of this global pandemic. Never before has the entire planet been in a shared space of ‘not knowing’. We are absolutely sure there are many gems hidden along our path as we proceed toward a renewed balance and relationship with the Earth and all her beings.
Our process and judgement is based solely on the safety and wellbeing of our families, in particular the children, who are precious to us . Our collective best interest is paramount in all our decision-making.
There are still some potential risks that
we will be keeping our eye on:
1. The related inflammatory Covid disease affecting children.
2. The second wave – especially in light of recent marches held worldwide
As of now, we are cautiously opening camp registrations for one-week sessions beginning the week of July 6. (see adjusted schedule below). The global community has undergone immense sacrifice physically, mentally, emotionally, and economically in order to mitigate the existing spread of the virus. We will not risk being a potential vector in undoing this work. If circumstances evolve and it is deemed necessary, we will have to cancel . Full refunds would be issued. This is the best we can do, given these enormous circumstances.
As of now, we proceed forward.
Our intention is to assist children in connecting and healing through a
living relationship with the Earth.
We will keep you updated.
Earth School Summer Camp!
July 6 – Aug.14 (9am -3pm daily)
Session 1. July 6-10…….Bucks County Audubon, Solebury
Session 2. July 13 -17…..Bucks County Audubon, Solebury
Session 3. July 20 -24……Bucks County Audubon, Solebury
Session 4 July 27 – 31 ...Tohickon Park/Ralph Stover Park, Pipersville PA
Session 5. Aug. 3 – 7…Bucks County Audubon, Solebury,
Session 6. Aug.10-14….Ralph Stover State Park, Pipersville, PA
Camp Costs -$335/1 week session
$15 (discounts for multiple sessions)
Age – 7-13yrs. (sessions at Tohickon creek include significant hiking… stamina required)
Teachers & Parent Workshop!
June 30, July 1, & July 2
Creating a bit more space before we invite the children into camp, our first week (June 29) will be dedicated to teachers and parents …
all those who are at the core of each child’s grounding…
You may need some grounding yourselves….
Given the unknown future of education, we offer you an opportunity to renew and grow. Come restore your balance after meeting the incredible demands of remote and home education. We’d like to share our Earth School practices and activities with you. One, two, or three days are available to you in the natural world with Earth School.
Thank you for all you have done!
- The pandemic has placed financial pressures on many families. We have a limited amount of partial scholarships available. If you are in need, please contact Patricia, and let us know your circumstances at firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you are able, please consider donating a few dollars (tax deductible) to our scholarship fund.
Let’s help each other if we can. Thank you in advance! Please send check to Earth School, with ‘Scholarship’ in memo to: Earth School, PO Box 31, Point Pleasant, PA. 18950
Zoom with Patricia!
Kids, we invite you and your friends to an online story and chat with Patricia. Let’s talk about this sacred moment we are living on planet Earth, and how we can be of service to the Earth, others, and our inner, spiritual lives.
We’ll send another invitation on Monday…
On June 23 @ 10 -11 am
Patricia Walsh-Collins is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Earth School story and chat
Time: Jun 23, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 733 7108 2992
A ‘New Day’ is in the process of forming.
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.
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.
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.
Summer Camp @ Audubon, 2019 costs:
All but one, Summer camp sessions are $335/session ($15 discount for any two sessions)
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 (given our circumstances, full refunds will be issued due to camp cancellation or health issues)
- Full payment is due in advance of attendance, unless otherwise arranged with Patricia
- 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 protocols will be updated in addition to below list)
• 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 – (Given our circumstances, full refunds will be issued due to camp cancellation or health issues). 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.