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A Wild Family Camp

An opportunity to unwind, sharpen your soul-centric parenting communication, enjoy games and fun in the wild with your children while also taking space for contemplative self-reflection in nature.


25 Jan 2024


Gunns Campsite, Waimate

About the Course

Enjoy a relaxing and nature-soaked weekend with your most precious inner tribe. Set in the relaxing and tranquil Gunns Camp site, Waimate, we invite you to:

  •  Unwind from the busy-ness of life, while dipping in and out of the mystery and wonder of the natural world under the skillful guidance of Ecotherapists.

  • Learn and practice skills to deepen and nurture your family relationships in sessions facilitated by skilled Nonviolent Communication (NVC) facilitators, informed by an understanding of neuroscience and child development.

  •  Experience the wonder and joy of playing with, and witnessing the play of, your children as they are guided and encouraged to wild their souls in both unstructured and structured nature-based adventures.

  •  Enjoy living, cooking and eating in community - sharing wholesome, plant-based, gluten-free meals which we will prepare together.

  • Retire each night after a story around the fire (or community-led entertainment) and wake each day to nature's melodic chorus.

 This weekend begins on Thursday evening and ends on Sunday afternoon. It offers parents an opportunity to unwind, sharpen their soul-centric parenting communication, learn about and experience games and fun in the wild with their children while also taking space for contemplative self-reflection in nature.

The facilitators are skilled in Nonviolent communication (NVC), neuroscience, child development, and Ecotherapy and are passonate about supporting deep connection between parents and children and offering opportunities for children to play naturally in the wild.

Course Duration

Thursday 25th Jan - Sunday 28th Jan 2024

Course Content

We will offer a programme of teaching sessions for parents, based the skills and practices of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), incorporating neuroscience and child developmental understanding. We will cover:

  • How to build deep and lasting connection with our children

  • Understanding and responding to challenging behaviour

  • How to communicate in a way that we are most likely to be heard

    There will also be emersive, nature-based ecotherapy sessions, allowing opportunities to unwind, reconnect with nature, and opportunities for self reflection.

Materials provided

We will provide: ❀ Supervision of wild nature-based play for children
❀Teaching and guidance on  NVC-based communication with children and within families
❀A written summary of each session.
❀ “Homeplay” practices to take home and apply with your children.
❀ Nourishing plant-based, gluten-free meals
❀ Family bunk rooms

How to Register

To register your interest, please email us:, or complete the registration form below.
Financial contribution

Early Bird Registration by November 30th 2023: 

One parent and one child: $500.00 

Extra child $150, Extra Adult: $350.00 

After November 30th:

One parent and one child: $600  

Extra child $200, Extra adult $400 

*If price is the only thing keeing you from registering, please get in touch ( We don't want finances to keep anyone from learning NVC! We would love to work with you to find a way to help you and your family to attend this event.


Sally Prebble, Jorinde Rapsey and Toni McErlane

Sally Prebble, Jorinde Rapsey and Toni McErlane
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