Rad Traditions

COST: $200 per child for session 1, and $240 for session 2
Age:Varies depending on course
Location: The Ecology Center
32701 Alipaz Street
San Juan Capistrano
CA 92675
An 8-week elective program that offers a variety of music, making, and movement experiences for students.

Now enrolling for Spring!

An 8-week elective program that offers a variety of music, making, and movement experiences for students. Led by experts and artisans from our Village, each week features small-group guidance in both modern and traditional pastimes, including Pottery, Visual Arts, Skateboarding, Wilderness Skills, Nature Journaling, and of course, Farming. Join us for a deeper dive into your favorite hobby, or discover a new passion! Each week’s class integrates preparation of a snack to share.

Courses run Monday through Thursday, 2:00-3:15 p.m. (session 1), or 3:20-5:00 p.m. (session 2)

The Spring bloc runs from February 21 to Apr 22, 2022

Group size: up to 20 children
Age: Varies (age restrictions apply to some workshops—see below for more information)
Frequency: One class per week, 8 weeks total (see below for specific times for each class)
Fee: $200 per child for session 1, and $240 for session 2

To register for an afternoon class, please click the appropriate link below.

Monday

Color POP! | Ages 7 to 12 | 15 students

Calling all artists, daydreamers, and out-of-the-box thinkers! Lean into the inspiration of nature, the master artist, as we explore drawing, painting, collaging, marbling, and upcycled printmaking techniques that make use of the patterns and pigments found in nature. Under the guidance of artist Kameron Von der Ahe of Creative Creatures & Co., students will follow their senses around the farm, learning how to repurpose plants into new works of art. For future changemakers, this will be a workshop to remember.

Sign up for Session 1 here!

Sign up for Session 2 here!

Tuesday

Soil to Soul: Pottery with Derek Voien and Annabel Darden | Ages 7 to 12 | 16 students

Guided by the themes of springtime–renewal, awakening, vigor, color–this playful and tactile workshop invites students to explore their environment through the ancient medium of clay. Join us in crafting earthen vessels that celebrate the blooming of a new season. Along with teaching the foundational skills of hand-building and inviting students to create artifacts of their own world, this class provides an experiential practice of presence, cooperation, and creative expression.

Sign up for Session 1 here!

Sign up for Session 2 here!

Wednesday

Farm Team Awesome: Look Longer! Nature Journaling with Amanda Mahaffey | Ages 7 to 14 | 20 students

There is an art to noticing nature. By learning to closely observe the world around us, we can uncover the intricate details waiting to inspire us. Look Longer! takes the practice of nature journaling to new heights, as we engage with our region’s ecology through words, pictures, and other eclectic forms of expression. We’ll also discover what it’s like to be a regenerative farmer while learning the work of our farm team. Following our “Learn By Doing” approach, students will gain a meaningful understanding of how The Ecology Center models sustainability for a thriving community by deriving our farming practices from our core ethics: Care for People, Care for the Earth, Share Abundance.  

Sign up for Session 1 here!

Sign up for Session 2 here!

Thursday

Skate Wild: Wilderness Skills and Skateboarding with Todd Larson | Ages 9 to 15 | 14 students 

What do you get when you combine wilderness survival skills with the cool confidence of skate culture? Skate Wild! Led by veteran youth educator Todd Larson, this class is an experiential learning adventure in outdoor survival. Todd’s unique approach to wilderness adventure empowers kids with confidence in relating to their natural surroundings, while also helping them connect to the past by understanding how it has shaped how we do things today. Activities include shelter building, friction fire, spoon/ bowl making, archery, and much more.

A youth outdoor educator for the past 20 years, Todd is the founder of Skate Wild, a nonprofit foundation that connects kids to the outdoors. To learn more about Todd and Skate Wild, visit www.skatewild.org

Sign up for Session 1 here!

Sign up for Session 2 here!

*Income-based sliding scale tuition available upon request.