Mission: To provide a consistent space for teens ages 12-18 to learn valuable life skills through understanding their body and abilities to care for themselves, building relationships with other living beings and elements of the natural world, and actively practicing their natural rights.
BASIC STRUCTURE OF THE GROUP
*All content below is a work in progress and likely to be updated (central themes will remain)
*Feedback is welcomed and encouraged- send to firstname.lastname@example.org
3 PILLARS OF FOCUS
I. Natural Health - Skills for self-care
- Levels of who we are: physical, mental, spiritual, and how they affect each other
- Appreciating and nourishing the body through all its phases.
- Chinese Medicine perspectives: applying the 5 Element system to our life cycles, daily habits, and body development as well as self-care techniques through understanding the body’s energetics
- Exploring the dominating paradigm of the pharmaceutical medical system, how it dominates our country’s concept of healthcare, and the effects that it has on our true state of health.
- Food as medicine: understanding whole food and nutrient dense diets and applying knowledge by making recipes from the "Nourishing Traditions" book.
- Natural medicine creations: various herbal medicines made for a wide variety of practical purposes.
- PE at local parks: strength training, cooperative sports and games, obstacle courses
Light reading assignments from various books such as:
"Between Heaven and Earth," by Efrem Korngold and Harriet Beinfield,
"Electric Body, Electric Health," by Eileen McKusick,
"Nourishing Traditions," by Sally Fallon
II. Natural Connections- Importance of relationships
- Connecting with people through team-building activities, communication skills, mentorship opportunities with younger children, and analyzing modern relationship imbalances and potential remedies.
- Connecting with plants through stewardship of the land and growing food
- Connecting with animals through the study of local animals, their uses and purposes in
our ecosystem and how we affect each other.
- Connecting with the elements through activities to develop personal experiences with
the weather, sun, moon, stars, fire, water, wood, earth, and metal.
Assigned books: "The 4 Agreements," by Don Miguel Ruiz
"Grandfather," by Tom Brown Jr.
III. Natural Rights- Our intrinsic power, our birthrights, ethics, respect, and responsibility
- Applying constitutional rights, understanding why they were written for this country,
and interpreting the liberties we hold and responsibilities that come with them
- Understanding natural laws and rights from diverse cultural perspectives and putting
them into action
- Career exploration through workshops and volunteering at various places with guest
- Creative writing and research on topics important to students, story creations and
storytelling through various art forms
Assigned Books: "Weapons of Mass Instruction," by John Taylor Gatto
"Anthem," by Ayn Rand
Underlying theme to all areas of study: WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS FOR TEENS TO KNOW THAT THEY CAN APPLY TO THEIR LIVES NOW? WHAT WILL THEY ALWAYS NEED TO KNOW REGARDLESS OF HOW THE FUTURE UNFOLDS?
Locations & Logistics
Connected Teens is offered 3 days a week with opportunities some weekends and evenings for community event involvement.
Start Date: September 11th (Tues) 2023. End Date: TBD
M- @ Knight house- Natural Medicine and Nutrition, 10am-3pm
Tu- @ Folk Soul Farm - Natural Connections and Relationships, 9am-2pm
W- @ Field trip or library room - Natural Rights and Responsibilities, 10am-3pm
1. Knight house- 1408 Talent Ave, Talent OR
Focus: Natural Medicine- nutrition, cooking, food prep, medicine creations, and PE (at parks)
2. Folk Soul Farm- 624 W Valley View Road, Ashland OR
Focus: Natural Connection- stewardship, gardening, mentorship, team-building, and
activities (such as relationships and communication, yoga, and qi gong).
3. Field trip workshops in various locations
Focus: Natural Rights- activities involving the implication of rights and responsibilities, career exploration, writing activities, and empowering life skills through workshops and volunteering at different types of businesses.
*Guest workshop facilitators and life skills teachers will be instructing classes typically once a week.*
Teens will also have the opportunity to participate in local events and host their own to be provided with crucial entrepreneurship skills.
Tuition- due monthly
Full 3 days/week: $400
2 days/week: $300
1 day/week: $200
Supplies needed to bring: Backpack, notebook, pens and pencils (any color or type
preferred for writing and art), long pants and closed-toed shoes (at least packed with), weather-
appropriate clothes for outdoor days (warm water-proof jackets and shoes for cold rainy days)
self-care kits (provided and created during first few weeks), full water bottle, lunch and snacks
(on Mondays snacks will be provided and a nutrient-dense, whole foods lunch will be provided
and made together).
Cell Phone Usage: Phones are discouraged, yet are acceptable if teens have phones off or on airplane mode during the entire day, including lunchtime (unless needing to call parents).
Credits: This program can supply credits towards high school diplomas.
Homework: Books will be assigned for reading throughout the year (listed above). Engaging, interactive projects will be assigned from time to time as well. All homework is optional for the student's personal growth and class discussions/activities.
Eleyah Knight (831)428-4003
*Enrollment forms will be available via email (through google forms) unless otherwise
Please fill out this pre-enrollment form for us to best assist your needs, answer your questions, and to ensure a place for your teen in this program: https://forms.gle/b93aCWHCUwH9PkeG9
About Your Host
Eleyah Knight, L.Ac.
Eleyah is a mother of 2 teens, a licensed acupuncturist/Chinese Medicine provider, and runs a natural medicine clinic in Ashland. Her passion for developing an educational and life skills program for teens began as a response to the increasing mental and physical health challenges that teens have been facing and limited efficacy of the resources available.
She is an avid writer, reader, gardener, and imaginative creator of art, music, events, and opportunities for community connection.
Working with children of all ages, especially in nature, has been a deep love of hers. Patience, play, and persistence have been some key values with this work. The aspects of maintaining balance in groups she's led and been involved in are respecting the individual needs of each student, having clear communication, and building mutually supportive relationships.