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When the Rubber Hits the Road

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Tuesday night, February 3rd, we had our first information meeting. In a nutshell, we have enough interest to open the school this year.The search for a location has intensified. Several options have been considered and rejected. At the moment, we are focusing our efforts on finding a location that will be our very own, where we can move in with ALL our resources and have enough room to spread out projects and activities. We are also looking for green space and playscapes. Tall order? Maybe, but just the right space is out there, ready and waiting for Makarios Community School.

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Cultivating a “Growth Mindset” in Wilderness Therapy

When my best friend first tossed the idea my way, I had two competing thoughts, of equal size and strength, immediately pop into my brain. Thought #1: “She believes in you, and wants what’s best for you. She wants to have a fun experience together.” Thought #2: “She is a lunatic, and even after being friends for 35 years, she is clearly trying to kill me.”

 

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Problem-Based Learning is Like A Chocolate Chip Cookie

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 At Makarios Community School students have the option of learning in any format they want, one of these is called Problem-Based Learning or Project-Based learning or PBL. The entire point of Problem-Based Learning is to solve a problem. The point of Makarios Community School is to support and encourage students to discover their interests, to think for themselves and to develop the tools and experience to solve problems. One of the fun activities we experienced at Makarios this past year was called "The Learning Challenge" and the purpose was for students to present a project, speech, presentation or report on a subject they had studied. The very first challenge included a project on entomophagy and chocolate chip cookies.

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Nomadic Therapeutic Wilderness Programs Offer a Deep Immersion in the Healing Embrace of Nature

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit. —Robert Louis Stevenson 

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More Than Teachers

Who were your favorite teachers? Chances are, they’re your favorite for reasons beyond teaching. We all know that great teachers not only teach lessons; they are also interesting people to get to be around and who have great relationships with students. One of mine said it this way: “My students will probably not remember the content of my lesson, but they will definitely remember the way they were treated.”

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Makarios Community School - A Place for Everyone

One of best things about Makarios is the sense of community. Everyone knows each other, everyone helps each other, and everyone has a place in our school- except when they don’t, because they’re new. A prospective student’s trial week and a new student’s first few days can be some of the most interesting things to experience at Makarios, and it really solidifies the sense of community each and every time.

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Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness Celebrates One Year!

This week we are celebrating one year as Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness! So much has changed in the last year and we are thrilled to share our evolution and growth. We are proud to continually serve and support families with a primary goal of setting up students and families on their path to healing and helping teens to reconnect with the best version of themselves.

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Cultivating a “Growth Mindset” in Wilderness Therapy

When my best friend first tossed the idea my way, I had two competing thoughts, of equal size and strength, immediately pop into my brain. Thought #1: “She believes in you, and wants what’s best for you. She wants to have a fun experience together.” Thought #2: “She is a lunatic, and even after being friends for 35 years, she is clearly trying to kill me.”

 

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My child can not get off their device. What do I do?

They wake up and immediately reach for their phones. They get in the car and immediately pull out their DS. Their faces are aglow, and you can see the reflection of their devices in their dilated pupils. Screen time for kids has been a hot topic ever since the first handheld device came out almost half a century ago. We still struggle every day with our children's faces glued to the screen. Sometimes we may even find; we're guilty of that as well!

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An Open Letter to Our Children: Why You’re Not in Public School (and you are at Makarios)

The other day when we were talking about public school and your Democratic Free School (Makarios), we realized that…

  1. We’ve never really explained to you why you’ve never been to public school. 
  2. Within this absence of explanation, you’ve made up some pretty wacky reasons.

We're writing to set the record straight.

 

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