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This is an official request to help us fulfill our precious MicroScouts Nature progrgam … we just need a few more kids to make sure we do not have to cancel. Please help spread the word!!!

In our MicroScouts program your little nature romper (age 4-6) will have the opportunity to spend the day (9-3) having fun outside while learning together. We play games, observe wildlife, learn plants, explore the forest, field, and river, and always find unexpected delight in the day!

Your energetic and experienced wilderness instructors Ingmar and Eva – long time Great Hollowers – are top-notch for fun and safety, along with “big sister” counselor McKenzie – everyone feels at home enough to challenge themselves and have an unforgettable day every week.

Calling all nature loving kids!!!

For more information and for registration forms, please browse this website or call 860-746-5852




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News Times Coverage!

Great photos of our programs in the Danbury News Times.

Thanks for visiting us!

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This fall Dan and I will be shifting into skills not covered in the previous two sessions.

In the forefront will be a formal sharpening lecture with arrow making close behind. This will be setting up the class to delve into the skills needed to become a successful bow hunter which will involve hunting strategy, awareness exercises, ground blinds and the instinctive shooting method. So bring your bow. Fishing and trapping will also be a pert of this falls curriculum. But lets not forget about plant food, as we will be getting a firm grasp on all the gifts offered by the “big four” survival plant families including utilitarian, medicinal, and edible properties. Yes they are edible too! There will be shelter building of course, but that will not be the main focus at this point.

Fire making, martial arts, awareness, and survival, whats not to love! Expect a great session for all those who are coming!

And to add to this, Dan will be facilitating indigenous communication and problem solving techniques, based on writings by Jeannette Armstrong:

“To the Okanagan People, as to all peoples practicing bio-regionally self-sufficient economies, the knowledge that the total community must be engaged in order to attain sustainability is the result of a natural process of survival. The practical aspects of willing teamwork within a whole-community system clearly emerged from experience
delineated by necessity. However, the word cooperation is insufficient to describe the organic nature by which members continue to cultivate the principles basic to care-taking one another and other life forms, well beyond necessity.”

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Greetings Families!

September 14 will mark the first day of a new Fall season of Whole Earth Homeschool at Great Hollow! We are so excited.

Here are some important details and some additional information on our programs in general……

Our registration is still open, first come first serve. If you are a returning family and your forms are pending, please let us know right away so your spot doesn’t get away.

If you are a new family, don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions or if your registration is on the way. Some of these classes fill up very fast!

Registration forms are found on the registration page here on this blog (registration tab at the top of your page or the link provided). You need all three forms completed with a deposit before classes begin. We are strict about paperwork because we know your children are precious and your paperwork information gives us what we need to keep them as safe and happy as possible while romping through the backwoods!

Program overviews are located on the “about” page (see above navigation bar or use link provided).

Our programs are designed with a balance of freedoms, challenges, and purposeful structure. It is all based on nature and/or interdependence principles. Although our classes each have their own distinct emphasis, in all we do we weave together natural awareness, purposeful play, creative problem solving, team building, physical challenge, hiking, quiet times, journaling, water exploration, and the art of questioning. Survival skills are integrated to a greater or lesser degree, depending on the class.

All of our instructors are inspiring and well-trained. Each one is with us because they possess that special something; an exceptional skill set, bright and inspiring energy, wilderness awareness and animal knowledge, adventure training….. they each bring immense dynamic and individual gifts to the program.  Each class is assigned two instructors, who are paired with the best class for their skills and experience. Staff are trained in experiential education concepts and Whole Earth Homeschool curriculum, policy, protocol, first aid, and wilderness safety. Every course carries a fully stocked med-kit with them. Each group also creates and implements a group constitution which remains their personal compass of self-governing for the semester and sometimes beyond.

If we are blessed enough to share the magic of the Hollow and the joy of learning in nature with your family this year – we say thank you!

Earth teach me stillness

Earth teach me stillness

as the grasses are stilled with light.

Earth teach me suffering

as old stones suffer with memory.

Earth teach me humility

as blossoms are humble with beginning.

Earth teach me caring

as the mother who secures her young.

Earth teach me courage

as the tree which stands alone.

Earth teach me limitation

as the ant which crawls on the ground.

Earth teach me freedom

as the eagle which soars in the sky.

Earth teach me resignation

as the leaves which die in the fall.

Earth teach me regeneration

as the seed which rises in the spring.

Earth teach me to forget myself

as melted snow forgets it’s life.

Earth teach me to remember kindness

as dry fields weep in the rain.

~Ute, North American prayer

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It’s the peak of spring and Whole Earth Homeschool is off to a blossoming start. The water is glistening with beauty and the woods are filling in fast with lush greenery.
The old apple trees of Great Hollow, a former orchard, are exploding with sweetness all over the place, a reminder of the fleeting moments in spring, as well as the fall harvest we anticipate.
The students and staff have been exploring adventures such as fire challenges, rappelling, blindfold tag, bow-drill skills, and the botanical mysteries and wonders of flowers. There never seems to be enough time in the day to explore and learn all that we wish.
And of course, as much as we plan our lessons, prepare our day, and carve our time slots, nature always delivers her own agenda. Rain, water filled trails, thorn bushes, and fleeting gallops by the coyote deliver us the most vital awarenesses of all.

And so with the momentum of the season, we run with it.

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Hi Great Hollow Friends,

My name is Darcey Blue French, and I’ll be teaching at Great
Hollow this spring in the Jr. Naturalist and Scouts programs!   I have
spent much of my life, both during childhood and as an adult enjoying,
learning about, and getting deeply intimate with the wild, natural
places on our great Earth.  I am an herbalist, and nutritionist by
trade, but deeply passionate about wild medicines, wild foods, and
deep nourishment of the body, mind and spirit through connection with
nature, and our relationships with plants, animals, water, food and

I’ve worked in and studied the natural world and nature skills in
various ways over the years, including backcountry work for the Forest
Service, primitive/wilderness skills courses, camping, backpacking,
wild plant identification, wild foods preparation and cooking, nature
awareness, ecology, organic gardening and more!

I’m deeply honored and excited to be able to work closely with the
children and parents of Great Hollow to awaken, deepen, and nourish
the love, understanding and living experience of nature, wilderness
and the Earth.  I am so hopeful for our future when I think of
children and families who are knowledgeable, confident and empowered
to value themselves, their connections to life, the people in their
community and the ecosystem in which they live.  Looking forward to
meeting you all very soon and having adventures aplenty in the fields
and forests of Great Hollow!

~Darcey Blue French

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