Play in the Wild! Initiations into Nonviolence
Our Play in the Wild! Initiations into Nonviolence offer a nature-based full-immersion education in the principles and practices of nonviolence. We define nonviolence as a lifelong commitment to seeing beyond differences, respecting all living things, and being of service to ourselves and others.
Play in the Wild! offers Wilderness Quests and Revolutions Retreats for teens, Community Camps and Wild! Kids Day Camps for families, and Animator Trainings for educators. In all Play in the Wild! programs, students learn practical and effective skills for living interdependently with all forms of life while developing knowledge of self and others. These skills and knowledge form the basis for peaceful, harmonious, and productive communities, not just at Play in the Wild!, but in the circles of relationships that students create after they leave our program.
"For me, I got a lot from here last year and this year. And one day, I want to speak this to all nations."
– Tsimba Tsatsa, Play in the Wild! student and translator
Unlike many educational programs, Play in the Wild! addresses the whole learner: physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual. On any given day, our students might be camping in the backcountry of California, learning about the history of nonviolence, sharing and transforming judgments of self and other, or practicing silent mindfulness meditation. We believe that 21st century leadership requires all of these intelligences and a global mindset.
"A place for children to play and explore in a safe respectful, multi-cultural environment with guidance and support that is affirming of their humanity."
– Parent of an 11 year old Wild! Kids Day Camp student
Youth who attend Play in the Wild! come from all corners of the Earth. In past years, youth have come from families in Australia, Bhutan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Iraq, Morocco, Nepal, Tanzania, Canada, the U.S., Japan, England, Venezuela, Wales, El Salvador, Guatemala, Brazil, Mexico, Palestine, and St. Vincent. With this diversity of voices, curiosity, understanding, and mutual appreciation happen quite naturally at Play in the Wild!. We like to think that, at Play in the Wild!, we don’t teach empathy or celebration of differences. Instead, we create the conditions for empathy and celebration of differences to occur.
To find out more about Play in the Wild!, visit the Play in the Wild! website.
Sign up for a Wild!
Throughout the year, we offer different Wild!'s for different age groups, all around the world. Visit the Play in the Wild! website for details about all of our upcoming Wild!'s, including how to register you or your child.
Sponsor a youth
At Play in the Wild!, we welcome all those who are called to join. Your donations enable us to do this sustainably by helping cover tuitions for students whose circumstances limit their ability to pay.