After a week break, we are back in the swing of our summer camps! This week we have a tenacious group of ALL GIRLS! We are very excited to have a jam packed week full of art and learning about how we can love ourselves and each other!
We began our week by discussing what being "mindful" means. Our campers brainstormed the following: "relaxing, being quiet, concentrating, closing our eyes, and poses!"
Following our idea session, we practiced some yoga poses to stretch out our bodies. We also learned some breathing techniques that we can use to calm our nerves or wake us up!
This is our Elephant Breathing! We can use this skill to help us feel energized and ready for our day!
Today we began making our Nature Wands that we can take with us when we go on our mindful nature walks!
Using acrylic paints, the campers added their own designs and patterns to their sticks!
Tomorrow we will add onto our sticks after an evening of drying!
During our mindful nature walks, we will bring along our nature journals to sketch and document our observations.
All of our beautiful nature journals lined up and ready to go on their first walks! We also brought along paper bags to collect natural materials to use in our projects this week.
Throughout this week we will participate in a simple meditation practice which involves meditation disks. However, first we had to make the pouch that will hold all of our disks. We used watercolors to paint the fabric - each of us making a unique design!
Creating these pouches will allow us to bring our meditation practice with us wherever we go!
*Mindful Nature Walk*
We persevered through the bug bites and hot sun and managed to have a lovely walk through the neighborhood. We observed a HUGE colony of ants and watched with awe as they tried to move an insect wing across the sidewalk by working together!