This year at Peace Village, kids are exploring how they can use their voices and their bodies to create healthy relationships. Through theater games and movement, campers are exploring the concepts of Consent, Equality, Respect, Trust, and Safety in their relationships with peers, teachers, classmates, and really, anyone. Younger campers are learning to listen to the words of others as well as attend to the messages that people are sending with their faces and bodies. Older campers are learning to seek and give permission for any activity they may do with a friend or partner. Through improv games, kids are attending to the emotions of their peers and matching the intensity of those around us. These activities help kids develop empathy and explore how it feels to trust your group enough to act silly with all your energy and know that they will do the same with you. Lots of laughter and body movement has helped campers integrate healthy relationship habits into their Peace Village experience. As we move through this week, each camper will work to embody one healthy relationship habit from the list at the top of this blog. As we continue to learn and grow, may we do so with respect for all the life around us. Peace within, peace among, peace around. Peace to you.
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