“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” — Frederick Douglass
During the period May 23rd May – 29th May 2019 a special camp was designed at Sadhana Farms, Pollachi for the kids. Intention of this special camp was to connect kids to more to Nature – to their own, to their peers and that of five elements.
Earlier also few kids camps had happened. This time it was more special because most kids were very young and showed lots of interest activities designed to learn by doing.
Nature cure camps are conducted periodically at the farm for adults. Kids may or may not accompany their parents to these camps. Going back home most of the adults and of course their children struggle to adopt to the newly learnt lifestyle and food habits because they lack a shared context.
At the current summer camp I felt so blessed to witness a dozen children learning the Nature Cure principles in their own style, at their own pace and in the form of adult and peer interactions specially designed for them. I just wanted to be one of them and relieve my childhood.
Some snapshots from kids camp are captured below:
Aval/Poha salad balls – sweet & salty. Made by the kids for the kids under the guidance of Ananth
The close up view of the tempting aval/poha salad balls
Taking ownership to serve
Kids experiencing bamboo art with Vel Muthiah
Taking charge of the kitchen and learning to make their own salad
Making Ragi ladoo from our beloved Sugana mam. Ragi ladoo was a mid day snack for the kids
Kids learnt the principles of fasting and how to break it from Ananth and then fasted till 1 pm. In this picture the kids are waiting to break their fast with a bowl of fruit salad they made.
Preparing themselves to learn the art of soap making from Sugana ma
And now learning how to unmould soap
Learning about herbal body and home care products, how to prepare, measure and package them..
Kids made banana coconut milkshake for snack and this boy preferred to have it on Banana leaf 🙂
Throughout the camp the kids were pampered by Sugana Amma with different varieties of Coconut Milkshakes.They enjoyed Mango Milkshake, Banana Milkshake, Strawberry Milkshake and Sapota Milkshake.
The most popular one – Strawberry Milkshake!
And finally with heavy heart we had to say goodbye to our next gen friends.