At the start of each session, the children host their democratic meeting where they:
- share project ideas
- collectively evaluate the progression of their project(s) and vote upon the next steps
- identify problems, share solutions and vote upon these
- share ideas for the session
- learn about the session’s experiences being offered, and
- nominate which activities individuals will participate it.
The rest of the session focuses upon the practical experiences in which they collaborate and fulfil their ideas and projects.
The members of The Tribe are asked to complete three projects per term:
- a Zen Project, in which children pursue an activity that helps them to ‘zen-out’, such as a craft or sport
- a Gift Project, in which childre take a gift or a talent to the next level, and
- a Knowledge Project, in which children work hands-on in their project while consciously withdrawing new knowledge and skills from their inquiry.
The Tribe are explicitly taught the theory of inquiry-based learning as well as creative theory, to enable a more conscious understanding of their project development.
The Tribe have full access to the whole property including the dam (child-fenced), paddocks, conservation area, playground, orchard, the sports court, and our newly emerging maker-space.
Each session’s activities may include:
- project development including the arts and ecology
- equine therapy
- conservation work
- art, craft or sporting activities
- a communal meal, and
At the last meeting of the session, problems are raised through reflection and plans are made for the next session. We are working towards concluding the gathering with a child, parent or staff member offering a prepared two-minute talk on a topic important to them.