Village Forest School
Summer Camp 2024

Our Camp Values

Welcome to our VFS Summer Camp page. Our summer camps embody the principles of our Waldorf/Forest education-inspired school, namely:

  • We look to nature and our local environment to be one of our principal teachers
  • We strive to develop the whole child - socially, emotionally, physically, spiritually and academically
  • We take a holistic approach to learning, teaching and living
  • We celebrate differences and invite children of varying special needs to be a part of our school and community
  • We emphasise working together as a community, with the children learning life skills but not leaving behind imagination and storytelling.

Why Choose Our Camps

Aside from our Waldorf/Forest School camp ethos, with emphasis placed on spending time outdoors and exploring nature imaginatively and artistically, parents tell us they choose our summer camps because of:

  • Our beautiful camp location, free from toxins, EMFs and chemicals, situated in our secluded valley of vines, forest, fields and garden, all nestled in the rolling hills of Monferrato, Italy.
  • Our experienced VFS teachers, together with professional specialists from all over the world
  • The opportunity to spend time with families and teachers from different cultures and backgrounds
  • Our English and Italian bilingual workshops covering a wide range of skills and activities based on each week's theme
  • Our nutritious, organic, locally sourced, immune-boosting food based on the Weston A. Price diet, prepared by our in-house chefs
  • And for parents…the opportunity to sample the famous Piemonte wines and delicacies!!

Camp Information

Dates and camp themes:

  • Week 1: 1-5th July: Drama & Music
  • Week 2: 8th-12th July: Art in Nature
  • Week 3: 15th-19th July: Survival skills
  • Week 4: 22nd-26th July: Food & Farm

Teachers and specialists:

International camp team consists of our full-time teaching staff (learn more about them here), specialists and volunteer students from both Italy and abroad.

Ages:

4-14

Location:

Montaldo, Piemonte, Northern Italy

Camp hours:

9:00-16:00

Camp languages:

Bilingual – English and Italian

Fees:

€500 per week inclusive of all food and activities, but not including accommodation or camp T-Shirts, 10% discount for each additional sibling

Refund policy:

Please note we will not offer refunds on places cancelled after 24th April 24

How to sign up:

Click here to complete the admissions form

If you are travelling and need accommodation, please click here for a list of local agriturismos.

Places at the camp are limited and fill up fast, so hurry up and complete your registration so you don't lose your place!

We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful school and camp next summer.

Summer camp 2023

Our Camp Specialists

Serena Brabazon

Drama, Theatre & Music

Serena Brabazon has studied drama and music in London and physical Theatre at the jacques lecoq school of theatre in Paris.

She has worked for many years in children's theatre,radio and film.

She looks forward very much to collaborating with the rest of the staff, examining music and pacing, characterisation and storytelling in what promises to be an exciting week of dramatic exploration in its many forms!

Claudia Conti

Drama, Theatre & Music

Claudia has always loved to express herself through her body and movement. She started performing without even knowing what she was exactly performing... Then she started to study in a circus school and chose to specialize in aerial acrobatics. After her career as a performer, she started her teacher life which took her on a new journey... Four years ago Claudia started her training as a Bothmer gymnastic teacher. She currently teaches at a local Waldorf school in Turin, Italy.

Chicco Accornero

Drama, theatre and music

I am a Jazz musician and a Jazz Drums and Percussion Instruments Teacher.

Since 2008 I have been teaching Drums and Percussion Instruments at the "Carlo Soliva" Musical Institute in Casale Monferrato. I have also carried out introductory courses in Rhythm and Percussion Instruments at Lower Secondary Schools and Summer Camps for young students.

During these courses, I was able to interact with children of a very young age, and I was able to ascertain their spontaneity and ease in learning the main notions regarding the use of the various percussion instruments. For the past nine years, I have been collaborating with several Day Centres for motor and cognitive disabilities - with the formation of Percussion Instrument Ensembles made up of these wonderful children. For me, this continues to be one of my most beautiful educational experiences.

I am very honoured to have the opportunity to be part of the Village Forest School and I hope to bring a breath of music and good vibrations, sure that Rhythm is an important means of communication.

Jeremy Black

Drama, Theatre & Music

Jeremy Black, a seasoned US-born music producer and composer based in Berlin, brings a wealth of musical experience to our kids' summer camp. With a background in Jazz mentored by legend John Scofield and founding the psych-pop group Apollo Sunshine, Jeremy's journey includes critical acclaim, a Breaking Bad placement, and global tours.

A Berklee School of Music graduate, Jeremy has collaborated with industry giants like Bon Iver, The National, Ezra Furman, and more. His creative endeavors extend to composing for film and TV, DJing and touring internationally with his band Tegel Boys. With a studio in Berlin and a large community of collaborators around the globe, Jeremy is set to inspire the next generation of music enthusiasts at our camp.

Lisa Kankowski

Art in Nature

Lisa, originally from Germany, started her journey into crafts and education when first coming to live in Camphill in England.

Since then she’s completed a degree in inclusive education, gone on to work as a teacher in several Steiner Schools in London and now for a charity that supports more people to lead active lives.

She’s attended the pyrites practical skills and teacher development program where she learnt several traditional crafts and is looking forward to sharing her passion for crafts and nature with your young people at the summer camp.

Martha Buche

Art in Nature

Martha Buche is an artist and educator with over thirty-five years of experience working with children and families on three continents. She studied in Firenze, and fell in love with the language, art, and culture of Italy. After graduation, she lived in Europe for eight years where she met and married her American husband. They lived and worked in Germany and Turkey, before returning to the United States to raise their two children near family. She now lives in Viroqua, Wisconsin, and teaches at Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School and Youth Initiative High School. She spends the school year as a Parent-Child teacher and a Waldorf high school teacher in fine and practical arts. In the summers, typically she can be found traveling about, teaching at folk schools, events, festivals and summer programs. She also teaches and practices the traditional arts and crafts of the indigenous Potawatomi culture, which is her heritage.

Cesare Bartorelli

Survival Skills

My name is Caesar I am 35 years old. My business is called Primifit which stands for primitive fitness.

My services are aimed at children, adolescents and adults, at bringing people closer to the harmony of nature.

I offer sports training in the forest, survival, pedagogical games to connect with nature, permaculture. I have been collaborating with Village Forest School since 2022

Oren Harel

Survival Skills

I was born in Kibbutz Baram, situated in northern Israel. After 3 years service in the army, I went travelling around the world. During my journey, I experienced alternative and sustainable way of living which fascinated me and ignited a passion towards permaculture and sustainable living.

After studying and gaining experience, I returned to the Kibbutz, interested in applying it in my home community. There, I created the community garden. In addition, me and my life partner, founded a nature-based initiative in the forest using recycled materials. That helped to provide the children of the kibbutz rich sensory-motor experiences and meaningful play opportunities outside.

Clare Jeffries

Food & Farm

I love working with children and helping them see the connection to food, the earth and their own body and health. I qualified in 2006 from the University of Westminster in London and have been helping people heal through nutritional medicine ever since. In recent years I made the decision to specialise in children’s health and wellbeing. Some years back now I also founded a company called Foodie Kids, running classes and workshops in schools, nurseries and the community. These aim to show children where their food comes from and encouraging them to have a natural curiosity in how nature can nourish us, all through hands on fun ways of exploring and cooking!

I have two sons, one 12 and my 13 year old who taught me a lot about managing fussy & difficult eaters! I now have both personal and professional experience in this area and use my knowledge in groups or one to one sessions, to help children overcome fears or resistance and gain confidence in trying new foods much to their parents relief! I’m looking forward to having fun with the children on the summer camp this year in such a beautiful setting!

Julie Hancox

Food & Farm

I love nature, food and flowers!

Since graduating as a Nutritional Therapist in 2016, I work with people to find their way back to health, guiding clients on food and lifestyle choices.

Since 2022, I have been leading local foraging walks in the UK, teaching safe foraging techniques to identify edible plants. I have a passion for creating healthy meals, preserves and teas from my modest vegetable garden and from locally foraged ingredients. I am excited to be returning to Italy, having worked in Monza teaching English in my 20’s.

I love sharing my passion with children, including my 8-year old son. I can’t wait to be one of the leaders on this adventure and help the children have fun with food at the Summer Camp!

Fun fact! We have 3 Silkie chickens called Snowball, Shadow and Helga!

Pom Granin

Food & Farm

Our activity stems from the desire to spread the culture of respect for horses, in an environment surrounded by nature and in a supportive, welcoming and non-competitive atmosphere.

One of our main intentions is to teach the children who come to visit us respect for animals and nature, and to share with other children, so as to create an environment that is educational and familiar for each of them.

Summer camp programme

2024 summer camp programme coming soon.

Typical camp daily schedule

  • 9am: Welcome, singing and games
  • 9.30-11am: Workshops (age group 1)
  • 11am: Snack
  • 11.30-12.30: Workshops (age group 1)
  • 12.30-2pm: Lunch and play
  • 2-3pm: Afternoon workshops (age group 2)
  • 3-3.30pm: Snack
  • 3.30-4pm: Afternoon workshops (age group 2)

Where We Are?

Via Pezzere 6
15020 Montaldo di Cerrina

Contact us

info@villageforestschool.com
Mon-Fri 8:30-15:30
(+39) 0142 943740

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