An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until August 6, 2021
Summer Camp Details
A collaborative day camp venture with Cottonwood Agile Learning Center and Helena community youth.
This week-long nature-based philosophy summer camp is designed to help youth experience the joy of thinking together outdoors & the power, beauty, and importance of perspectival shifts to critical, creative thinking and community.
With nature as our guide, we’ll explore three different kinds of shifts, which can be thought of in terms of micro, meso, and macro thinking and translate these into ways of coming together as a community:
micro – how we relate with and understand ourselves, and our ideas and beliefs, within our local, social, and ecological community;
meso – how we relate with and understand one another in our local, social, and ecological community
macro – how we relate with and understand others beyond our local, social, and ecological community
Each of these relationships are intertwined & will be explored in ways that foster and facilitate philosophical reflection, application, and meaningful conversation.
Our daily outdoors activities will be structured to help youth:
experience philosophical ideas and evaluate them through exploration & experience
remember, carry and apply philosophical ideas in their daily lives
express and address the questions they hold
develop philosophical approaches to their lives
explore how philosophical ideas might help them live better lives & make intentional, considered choices
practice inquiring within a community
think more expansively, broaden perspectives and shift points of view
focus attention in unfamiliar and intentional ways
understand their relationships to other people and nature
explore how philosophical ideas might help them create dialogic, multi-vocal experiences
cultivate, engage, and support community
These design principles are in line with our more general organizational goals which aim to help people of all ages discover and explore the wonder and joy of philosophy, the value (and fun) of doing philosophy together & the transformative power of philosophy to enrich lives and strengthen our communities and environment.
They are also aligned with Cottonwood’s organizational goals of supporting the growth of community members in a manner that respects each individual’s autonomy and of letting participant’s natural curiosity guide their activities and engagement with the world.
Geared for youth ranging in age from 10-17 years old, Thinking in the Wild summer camp is open to the community. Register through Cottonwood. Scholarships will be offered through Merlin for those in need.
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 background in philosophy needed. Designed for ages 10-17.
Date: August 2nd – 6th Time: 10am – 3pm MDT Where:Outdoors in the various locations w/in the Helena area
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.