What would get a two-year-old to plant seeds in the ground (with Mom’s help), a five-year-old to shovel manure into a wheelbarrow and deliver it down the hill to the garden compost pile, a 17-year-old to show up for breakfast at 7:15 am and go to work pulling nails out of old lumber so it can be reused in building a shed, a 35-year-old to cook breakfast for 50 early risers, and a 65-year-old to climb up on a two-story roof to put in insulat
Friday night, August 21s, the 12th Woolman semester began as we gathered around a fire circle (with no fire as this is the season of high fire danger) to tell our stories of arriving at Woolman. Although staff and interns had been preparing for weeks, and students had begun arriving from the East and Midwest the day before on Thursday, the real beginning of the Semester seemed to take place that night.
There are not many people who get to dress up like a super hero, lay on a sun-warmed river rock, hike through beautiful dappled sunlight and run around on a field trying to steal milk jugs from another team as part of their regular work week. I feel truly blessed to be one of the directors of Sierra Friends Camp, where surprises and shenanigans are part of the routine. If you know someone between the ages of 9 and 14 who could use a dose of campy fun this summer, please pass along this idea: Sierra Friends Camp.
I want to tell you all the ways that my job as a teacher at the Woolman Semester is breaking my heart... which are also all the reasons I love it.