Dates: 12th-25th October 2014
A great part of Swami Vishnudevananda’s vision was spreading peace and understanding to be experienced by people of all cultures and all ages, including children. Swami Vishnu knew that if children are taught yoga from a young age, not only will they achieve physical, mental, and spiritual well-being, but will grow in peace, love, tolerance, and compassion toward themselves, others, and all of creation. With this vision in mind, he began the Sivananda Yoga Kids Camp, which has been leading children toward healthy, peaceful, and happy lives for over 30 years. The camp combines the discipline of yoga and the fun of camp.
The program allows children to understand the principles of vegetarianism, respect for all religions, develop a love and respect for nature. Children are able to identify with the inner self within a group setting by practicing yoga.It is a truly unique camp that unites the summer camp experience with the practice of yoga. This program is aimed specifically for children ages 9-12. Established in 1972 by Swami Vishnudevananda, the Kids’ Camp combines activities of outdoor adventure, creativity, yoga and cooperation. The children learn and evolve through the practice of Swami Vishnudevananda’s five principles of yoga:
- Proper exercise
- Proper breathing
- Proper relaxation
- Proper diet
- Positive thinking and meditation
Parents can now enjoy a complete, inspiring and culturally rich Yoga Vacation while their children attend Kids Camp! More Information
Daily yoga and breathing exercises combined with the practice of meditation keep the body healthy and flexible and the mind focused. Following Swami Vishnudevananda’s teaching of “unity in diversity” and the idea of yoga as “union”, we encourage children to find themselves unified as a group. Kids Camp children come from many different backgrounds and cultures, and are encouraged to develop and live together as one completely integrated and cohesive group, like a family. Recognizing and respecting each camper’s unique differences be it in culture, religion, race, or social background, children grow to treat each other with dignity, respect, and compassion, and also apply yogic principles such as kindness, compassion, ahimsa (non-violence), and cooperation.
Morning and evening satsangs are adjusted for kids and consist of simple meditation practice,followed by singing and inspiring stories. The children also learn the value of karma yoga, or selfless service, as they help to maintain activity areas and participate in various projects. There is plenty of time for fun and games. Special activities outside the resort include horse riding, excursion tour etc. As children come from all over the world, with a variety of cultural backgrounds, they learn to appreciate and respect people of all religions while practising yoga.
Having lived and studied with Swami Vishnudevananda, Saraswati, a mother of two, is currently the co-director of the SYVC in Toronto. As a disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, she lived and studied under his personal guidance for many years, and has over twenty years’ experience teaching yoga and meditation to yogis of all ages. She has also developed many family- and community-based programs, such as Family Yoga Weeks, Kids Yoga School, and Yogic Parenting, and has worked enthusiastically with individuals and groups on social issues such as anger management, conflict resolution, mental health, and substance abuse.
Counselors are very carefully chosen by the Director of the Camp. Firstly, all counsellors are graduates of the Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training Course, with a very strong connection to either Sivananda Ashrams and Centres. As specially trained yoga teachers who are living in accordance with the principles of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta organization, all counsellors have been recommended by senior members of the organization, and usually have assisted with Kids Camp before becoming full-fledged counselors. Counselors are empathetic, creative yogis who use the philosophy of yoga to help our children develop self-esteem, self-efficacy, and grow into their best possible selves while feeling loved, safe, and understood.
FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION
viagra vs cialis priceis set in on a gradually sloping hill surrounded by ChaingRai’s untouched vegetation and has emerged as a leading eco-friendly accommodation, offering guests a much-needed break from the confines of city. The resort aims to be an environmentally-friendly and self-sufficient and has gone beyond the green concept starting from design, construction, and interior decor to even having a green lifestyle of cultivating a tea plantation, gardening, herbs and fruit farm for their own cuisine selection. Children share extremely comfy and cosy rooms—each with their own bathroom, that sleep 5-6 children. Children are grouped together by gender in their rooms, but spend their days together as a group.
Prepared with love and care according to yogic dietary principles, three lacto-vegetarian meals are served daily. Very special attention is placed on meeting children’s nutritional needs, as well as providing a diet that is both flavourful and conducive to a calm mind. Each meal is completely balanced, including plenty of protein sources! Whole grains, lentils, beans, legumes, tofu, seeds, nuts and nut butters (except for peanuts) supply most of the protein, with each meal balanced with carbohydrates and fresh produce as well. Meals range from Authentic Thai cooking to western food such as pasta and pizza from our wood-burning oven. Each meal is guaranteed to be balanced, nutritious, and delicious!
BENEFITS OF KIDS’ CAMP:
Here are some of the tools or experiences we hope the children will take home with them:
- A solid foundation in Hatha Yoga, including yoga postures, breathing exercises, and proper relaxation. Children will come home with great flexibility, balance/coordination, focus, and feeling very deeply relaxed. Children who continue with these practises will find themselves completely EQUIPPED to deal with the emotional and physical and mental demands of their school and daily lives.
- Experiences with a great variety of fun outdoor activities, including games, sports, hiking, swimming, character- and team-building activities.
- Valuable life skills from our yoga-based workshops, as well as life at Kids Camp in general. Such skills include self-awareness, positive non-violent communication and conflict resolution, and proper nutrition.
- Experiences with the various arts: visual arts and crafts to help children learn to express themselves creatively and non-verbally; and drama-based activities leading to a final dramatic performance toward the end of camp. These experiences can be especially enriching for more introverted children, who, through gentle encouragement, learn to express themselves more freely and openly.
- Learning to live in the spirit of karma yoga, or selfless service, through giving one hour of service each day to by helping to maintain common areas, their rooms, and/or cooking.
- Forming transformative, strong, life-long friendships. During the camp, children from many different traditions, backgrounds, and cultures not only develop strong friendships, but often powerful bonds and love that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.
- 7:00 a.m. Wake-up
- 7:30 a.m. Breakfast
- 8:00 a.m. Satsang (meditation, singing, storytelling)
- 9:00 a.m. Morning asanas (yoga practice)
- 10:00 a.m. Room clean-up
- 10:45 a.m. Snack
- 11:00 to 1:00 p.m. Activities (yoga workshops, arts, drama, cooking, etc)
- 1:00 p.m. Lunch
- 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Activities (trekking, swimming, hilltribe dancing, etc)
- 4:00 p.m. Free time
- 5:00 pm. Showers
- 6:00 pm. Dinner
- 7:30 pm. Satsang
- 9:00 p.m. Lights out
WHAT TO BRING:
Children should bring the following items:
- yoga mat
- laundry bag (labelled with their name)
- walking shoes or sneakers
- hiking boots
- water bottle (labelled)
- flashlight and batteries
- sun hat
- 2 sweatshirts and 5 t-shirts
- 2-3 long pants and 2-3 short pants
- 2 long-sleeved t-shirts
- 8 pairs of underwear
- 8 pairs of socks
- warm jacket
- 2 bathing suits
- mosquito repellent
All clothing, shoes, and water bottles should be labelled. Though children can wear their personal clothing during the day, they will receive a uniform to wear to morning and evening satsangs.
KIDS’ CAMP VIDEO: Sivananda Yoga Childrens’ Camp Slideshow
Fees and Registration :
Fee inclusive of accommodation, food & beverage, in-house activities and laundry. Fee is not applicable for airfares, transportation and excursion.
For more information about Phu Chaisai resort visit: www.phu-chaisai.com
General Rules for Registration and Attendance
- Failure to comply with any of the rules listed on this rules sheet will mean non-admittance or expulsion from the Children’s Camp Program.
- All campers are required to have a valid Thailand Health Card or a health insurance policy valid in Thailand for the duration of the stay at the Camp. A copy of the card or policy is to be submitted with the application form and the actual documents handed in open registration at the Camp.
- A Health Registration Form is to be submitted, signed by both the examining physician and the parent or guardian. The physical examination may be performed within 12 months of arrival at Camp.
- All attendees at the Children’s Camp should have $50 US for activity fee and pocket money, in cash, to be used for incidental expenses. The money will be held by the Camp Director. Any remaining money will be returned at the end of the Camp.
- By signing this form, parents and guardians give full consent for the child to remain enrolled for the entire duration of the Children’s Camp.
- Please note that head lice check will be performed upon arrival and infected children will not be permitted to attend. Full refund or credit will be given . Parents are advised to check their children for 2 weeks prior to arrival to prevent infestation upon arrival.
Behavior and Decorum
1. The general rules of the kids camp must be obeyed. No meat, fish, eggs, garlic, onions are allowed at the Camp.
2. Use of narcotics, alcohol, or tobacco in any form is not allowed on the resort premises. Those found in possession of any of these items will be immediately dismissed. Any prescribed drugs must be accompanied by usage instructions from the physician and noted on the health registration form.
3. Campers are to attend all activities and participate in any assigned karma yoga unless excused by the Camp Director.
4. The cottages of the children are to be kept tidy. Daily room inspections will be made.
5. Instructions of the camp counselors and resort staff are to be obeyed.
6. Children are not allowed out of the resort grounds unaccompanied by a camp counsellor.
7. No campers are to be outside of their cottage between lights-out and wake-up (9 PM to 7 AM) except with permission of their counselor for use of toilet facilities.
8. No electronic games, radios, CD players, Ipods, cellphones should be brought to Camp. All personal electronics found at the Camp will be stored in the Director office until departure.
9. Clothing must be modest, appropriate for the resort and practical for country living. Shoes should be flat and comfortable for walking on forest trails. Please do not bring excessive jewelry, makeup or platform shoes.
10. The behavior of all participants of the children’s camp should reflect respect for all life. Violent or abusive behavior, whether verbal or physical, is inappropriate. No swearing.
11. Campers are expected to respect the property of the resort, the property of others, and their own personal property.
Resort facilities, Phones and Mail
1. Campers are not allowed in the lodge of the Resort unless a counselor accompanies them. There will be restricted access to all buildings except those for use by children (cabins and clubhouse).
2. The telephone facilities of the resort are extremely limited. Campers will have access to the phones only with counselor’s approval from 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Please bring calling cards with you.
4. When necessary , parents can reach children through e-mail:email@example.com and the message will be conveyed through counsellors.
5. Letters and packages to campers should clearly show the recipient’s name and also be marked “Kid’s Camp”. The address is 388 Moo 4, Ban Mae Salong Nai, Mae Chan,Chiang Rai 57110.
6. Although some home made treats are welcome, please do not send junk food or candy.
7. Phone calls from parents will be accepted from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Please limit the number and the length of your calls.
Arrival and Departure of children
Children are to arrive on the day their camp starts between the hours indicated on application form and are to leave on the departure date between the hours indicated at the departure forms. Counselors and staff will not be available to supervise camper outside of these dates. An adult must accompany the child on arrival and departure and is to be specified on the application form.
Please also be aware that children will be signed out of Camp only on departure day, not graduation day as graduation finishes late at night and it is not safe to have some children leaving and some staying on. It also gives children opportunity to have peaceful last day of camp when they can have normal program and time to say goodbyes.
PARENT / GUARDIAN AUTHORIZATION
I hereby grant permission for my child ward to participate in the Sivananda Yoga Kids’ Camp. I assume full responsibility for my child/ward during his/her stay. I understand that he/she will be supervised by the Camp staff. I understand the camp, its activities, operations and methods, and grant the staff and counselors of the Camp my full support and faith in what they are doing.
In the event that I cannot be reached in an emergency situation, I hereby give permission to the physician or hospital selected by the camp staff to secure treatment necessary for my child/ward. (Full effort will be made to contact any member of the family including relatives in the event of such emergency). Treatment may include injections, transfusions, anesthesia or surgery as necessary.
I agreed to provide my child with/ward with travel and health insurance covering the stay at the Camp.
I give permission to my child to be recorded on film, tape video, etc. to be used for educational or promotional purposes.
I hereby give full permission for my child/ward to be transported in a private or public vehicle during the camp.
I assume full responsibility for my child/ward in the event of an accident or injury; I will hold harmless all staff, counselors or any member of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Organization and Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers and related parties or other guardians in the event of any accident or injury, except is such is due to gross negligence or willful misconduct on the part of the camp staff.
I understand that my child/ward will be asked to follow the resort rules prohibiting meat, eggs, fish, cigarettes, rock and roll music and moderate dress.
Important: I hereby give full support to my child/ward to remain enrolled for the entire duration of the kid’s camp. I recognize this stipulation is essential for three reasons.
- My child/ward must remain enrolled to receive the full and proper benefit of the program.
- Because of limited space,enrollment in the program is accepted on a first come basis. Therefore, removing any child/ward before the end of the program effectively denies another child the right to participate.
- Creating a positive group feeling is an integral aspect of the program. Therefore removing any child may profoundly disrupt the psychological experience of the entire group.
For these reasons, I recognize that it is unfair to the other children for any child, once enrolled, to be peremptorily removed and I agreed not to cause this to occur.
Parent/Guardian agrees that the covenants set forth herein are reasonable and valid an all respects and Parent/Guardian irrevocably agreed to waive (and irrevocably agrees not to raise) any issue or reasonableness in any proceeding, but if any such covenant is determined by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unenforceable, then that part not valid or unenforceable shall continue to be full in force and effect, the intention being to provide for the legitimate and unreasonable protection of the interest of the camp, given that it is a non-profit organization, by providing, inter alia, for the broadest scope allowable by applicable law.
This agreement shall be interpreted and construed in accordance with the laws of the Province of Quebec and the laws of Canada applicable therein.
Note: Application procedure is not completed until the following items are received:
1. Application form filled online by the parent or guardian.
2. Rules and regulations sheet read and agreed by camper and Parent/Guardian
3. Health form printed and signed by both the Parent/Guardian and physician
4. Copy of the child’s health card or documentation of health insurance
This documents are required 3 weeks prior to the campers arrival at the Camp.
The original heath card or insurance documents must be handed in upon arrival.
Documents can be:
Sivananda Yoga Camp
673 8th avenue, Val-Morin, Quebec, Canada, J0t 2R0
Scanned: Documents can be scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org