Writing Your Way Home

Clinton, Washington
Monday, August 13, 2012

Writing Your Way Home!

A Journaling Adventure in Nature
Boys and Girls ages 10 - 14

August 13 - August 16
Monday - Thursday, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

The School for Knowing Home 
Legacy Forest - Chinook


Have you ever had a secret place?  A hide-out? A hut? A place that was your own special place? For many writers, a personal journal provides that same sense of privacy and freedom. It’s a place to be alone with your thoughts, to let your imagination run wild, and to explore the richness of your inner world. Join Emily Chamberlain in this memorable, four-day experience, as together we focus on writing as a means of self-discovery. Turning our attention inward, we’ll wander the trails of the Legacy Forest, weaving new connections as we go, and find mirrored in the outer landscape a deeper sense of who we truly are. We’ll record our reflections in our journals, which will be shared ONLY voluntarily, and do a series of fun, imaginative activities combining visual art (drawing, working with clay, etc.) and writing. Our individual paths will be uniquely our own, but as the words and images flow onto the page, we will each write our way home! We invite you to join us!!

Open to young people ages 10-14. It would be wonderful to have a mix of boys and girls in the group, and both beginning and more experienced writers are welcome! Space is limited. To ensure participation, please register early.

Please have emergency contact and insurance info ready when registering. 

Emily Chamberlain is a professional educator with over twenty years of experience in both public and private schools. She has a deep and abiding interest in the inner lives of children and a profound respect for their individual ways of seeing and knowing. As a teacher of literature and writing at Carolina Friends School for much of her career, she was deeply influenced by the tenets of Quaker education and discovered within that philosophical framework her truest sense of calling and vocation. Emily holds a M.A. in Literature from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English and has worked closely with both the Spirit of Legacy Project and the Center for Education, Imagination and the Natural World, serving on its Board of Director. It is her great joy to offer “Writing Your Way Home!” on Whidbey Island for the first time this summer as a part of the emerging vision for the Legacy Land and the School for Knowing Home.

What to Bring

Each day of camp, please bring:
* Your journal and favorite writing utensils 
* Backpack
* Nutritious lunch and extra snack
* Sunscreen/Hat
* Water bottle - no glass, please. 
* Wear old clothes that can get dirty (long pant are best as nettles abound)
* Closed toed shoes
* Raingear if rain threatens (rain pants, rain jacket, boots)
* A change of clothes, including dry socks and a towel just in case. 

You may bring these on the first day of camp in a bag labeled with your child's name to stay at camp during the week and be replenished as needed.

What to Leave at Home

* Sugary snacks, drinks or candy
* Glass bottles
* Cell phones, iPods, or any electronic devices
* Matches or lighter 
* Weapons of any kind (slingshots, water guns, etc)

We look forward to meeting you all soon and having a great time in the forest with your children. 

Directions: The Whidbey Institute is located at 6449 Old Pietila Road, Clinton, WA 98236.  
The School for Knowing Home is located in Legacy Forest at Chinook, 6449 Old Pietila Road, Clinton, WA 98236.
Take Hwy 525 to Cultus Bay Road, turn right onto Campbell Rd, 1/4 mile, turn left onto gravel road ‘Old Pietila’. Here you will see the signs for Whidbey Institute, Chinook and Whidbey Island Waldorf School. 
Drop-off and Pick-up: 

Drop-off and Pick-up:
Drop-off and pick-up will take place at the Storyhouse parking lot. Follow Old Pietila road a short distance until you reach Storyhouse road, which is marked and on your left. Turn left and follow the road until you reach the sign for Storyhouse parking. Look for a staff member to check your child in by 9:20am. Children will need to be signed in and out at this location. Pick-up is at 3pm. 

Cancellation Policy:
Balance payments are due no later than two weeks before the program begins. If, after paying the full course fee you find it necessary to cancel, a full refund minus $50 will be given if notice is received at least one month prior to the event.  If notice of cancellation is received between one week and one month prior, a 50% refund will be given. For cancellations received less than a week prior to the event, no refund can be given.

Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • Registration can be completed with a deposit of $50.

    Balance is due two weeks before the start of the program.  

    You can complete your balance payment through any of the following methods:
    • Log back into your registration and process the balance payment.
    • Email registration@whidbeyinstitute.org with a request to charge the balance of your tuition.
    • Mail check payment with the balance to the address below.
    The Whidbey Institute
    Attn: Registration
    PO Box 57
    Clinton, WA  98236

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