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Thinking in the Wild: A Nature-Based Philosophy Summer Camp for Youth

August 4 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm MDT

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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until August 6, 2021

Summer Camp Details

Coming Soon….

When & Where

A collaborative adventure for Helena youth with Merlin & Cottonwood ALC.  Come explore the fun of thinking in the wild! August 2nd – August 6th from 10am-3pm. No prior background in philosophy needed.  Designed for ages 11-17.

Camp Details

 Date: August 2nd – 6th
Time: 10am – 3pm MDT

Registration Info

Registration: Coming Soon
Cost: TBD

Camp Leaders

Marisa Diaz-Waian is the Founder and Director of Merlin CCC, Board Member & Education Committee Chair for the Philosophy Learning &Teaching Organization (PLATO), and a speaker for Humanities Montana.

A public philosopher and “generalist” by nature, training, and practice, Marisa happily “hangs her hat” on Merlin Nature Preserve, where she lives and serves as its trustee and steward, listening to as much jazz and reggae as possible. 

She has a special interest in ethics and ancient philosophy, as well as existentialism, humor, and “fuzzy” things at the intersection of philosophy and psychology.  (She also really loves wolves, the ocean, art, dancing, and doing things outside of the box).  Her work focuses on philosophy in the community, across all ages and backgrounds, and frequently involves an interdisciplinary, environmental, and intergenerational bent. 

Mitch Conway is a branch facilitator at Cottonwood ALC.  He is a student of philosophy, a theater maker, and a teacher who cares ardently about empowering young learners; his work has often been an interweaving of education, story, and inquiry. At the BIRD Theatre in Tottori, Japan, among other productions, he collaborated with Korean group TUIDA to create The Poetry Class about the colonial period and Pacific war; he also directed students at Kei Ai High School in Romeo & Juliet. Using applied theater, he performed with Village Playback Theatre creating improvisations from audience members’ personal stories, and for a three month residency he taught embodied methods of community dialogue through the Colombo Americano in Medellin, Colombia. He has also taught theater to elementary school students at 82nd St. Academics and middle school students at Summer Institute for the Gifted.

For a year, he taught at the English Immersion Program in Umphium Mai refugee camp on the Thailand-Myanmar border using a curriculum based in literature and critical thinking. With the New York Foundling at Queens College, Mitch supervised the academic component of The Dorm Project, a program supporting youth in foster care through college.

He has a Bachelor’s degree in Theater from Skidmore College and a Master’s degree in Philosophy and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Mitch has recently presented at the North Eastern Philosophy of Education Society (NEPES) and Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (PLATO) conferences. He also relishes walking in the forest. 


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August 4
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