Mindful Adventures offers outdoor experiences deeply rooted in Waldorf philosophy. Our 8th grade capstone trips, summer camps, and multi-day canoe and backpacking excursions are all created with the goal of awakening new and powerful connections with the natural world. Our adventures throughout the country are fun and challenging, foster new perspectives and understanding, and bring people together in profound ways. We also offer a unique way to make the outdoor experience even more rewarding with our capstone preparation block. This intensive week long course will give the kids the opportunity to hand carve their own canoe paddles for their canoe journey, learn how to dehydrate food and pack backpacks for the backpacking trek, and delve into orienteering and compass use. Finally they will learn and practice primitive skills like fire lighting, open fire cooking, and woodcraft. We take the kids back in time breathing new life into the ways of the past. These skills will become part of their journey and crucial during the adventure as the wilderness becomes their partner and not just a backdrop for their travels. It is a journey of self discovery that will forever change what kids believe they can accomplish.