Imagine, for a moment, a number of parents cooperating to raise their children together. The children have their own culture: they all play, work, and learn together, no matter what their age. The young ones gain from the example of the older ones, who learn responsibility by helping to take care of the little ones. Several adults keep a watchful eye on the children, which frees the rest of the adults for other pursuits. And the elders are always nearby for advice when needed.
Now imagine that you are given the opportunity to see what that envisionment is like by actually living it. Well, it becomes reality for five glorious days in August, from the 10th to the 14th, and you are invited to join in the celebration with other families, parents-to-be, caretakers, and educators. Together, we are going live in clan the way all humans once did before we became domesticated.
You are going to learn primal parenting by living it, and in a series of mini workshops held throughout the five days. Based on examples from nature and timeless wisdom from traditional cultures, you learn how to provide the guidance and resources for children to blossom into their naturally radiant, spontaneous selves. Educators learn ways to support a child’s innate curiosity without getting in the way.
Along with that, you get to look at your own upbringing and how that affects your parenting style. Many of you grew up in households where you faced a hard choice: either grow in your own time and way and deal with disapproval and rejection, or please others in order to be loved — yet at the cost of abandoning your authentic self.
Here is some of what you are going to gain from this living-learning intensive:
- How to relate to a child as a complete being.
- A simplified approach to attachment parenting.
- The ins and outs of creating an extended family.
- Rites of passage for creating a solid sense of self and belonging.
- Alternatives to peer groups and the use of “No.”
- How to avoid the destructiveness of shame and guilt.
- Ways to restore the children’s culture.
- Considerations for setting up a children’s camp.
- Facilitate learning through stories, experience, example, and inner journeying.
- The role of adults in providing safety, support, and learning scenarios.
- Play as serious business, and the role of toys.
- Managing food cravings and clinginess.
- The pitfalls of child-first parenting.
- How to communicate clearly with children.
Time-proven guidance for this unique experience comes from Lety Seibel and Tamarack Song, who have helped raise three generations of children with primal parenting principles. Tamarack and Lety learned directly from the Mayan, Menominee, Ojibwe, and Hopi people they apprenticed to and lived with for much of their lives, and from living with Wolves and other social animals. They currently serve as elders for the oldest Old Way-based community in the United States, and as consultants for other communities.
This living-camp workshop is based in part on the book Blossoming the Child: A Guide to Child Friendly Parenting