Summer Programs


Summergarden is an opportunity for children entering grades 2 - 6 to explore movement, arts, ceramics, and weaving - while also making new friends! Join us this summer for hands-on fun. Children will engage with the theme of the week, developing new and interesting skills with the help of experienced instructors. Each day is a mix of structured activity and free play. Snack and lunch provided! Families can register for one or all four weeks. Read on for more info on our themes and instructors.


Weekly Themes & Dates

WEEK 1

Yoga & Movement

July 11 - 15, 2022

WEEK 2

Painting

July 18 - 22, 2022

WEEK 3

Ceramics & Clay

July 25 - 29, 2022

WEEK 4

Basketry & Weaving

August 1 - 5, 2022

Times & Pricing

MAIN SESSION, $270 per week
8 AM - 1 PM, Monday - Friday

AFTERCARE, $100 per week
1 PM - 4 PM, Monday - Friday

Registration Form

 

Week 1: Yoga & Games

Kids' Yoga classes with Instructor Jeanne are playful and creative. We will weave story, song and games into the ancient practice of yoga. Yoga poses build strength, balance and flexibility. Yoga classes will occupy three days of the week, while Games Teacher Cameron Duncan will hold the other two days with a mix of movement and team games.

 

 

Week 2: Painting

Over the course of the week, children will create a detailed landscape painting on canvas using acrylic paints. Maestra Marta will teach students what brushes and types of paints are used to achieve different effects. At the end of the week, each child will have a their own masterpiece to take home.
 

   

 

Week 3: Ceramics & Clay 

Children will work with clay coils and slabs, learning how to add texture and color to create a unique and beautiful ceramic piece. Instructor Shai will help students make a tile, a pot, and a unique sculpture all their own!

 

 

Week 4: Basketry & Weaving

Discover the ancient craft of basket making and weaving practiced by many indigenous cultures. Instructor Shai will lead children in shaping natural reeds into a braid, a placemat, and a small basket, all while learning new weaving techniques.

 

 

Meet your instructors & COUNSELORS!

 

Jeanne Balding, Yoga Instructor

From Jeanne: "I love teaching kids yoga! This joyful and life-affirming practice builds strong and flexible bodies and minds.

My yoga practice began with meditation in India in the 80s and postural yoga in the 90s, and has helped me find more clarity of mind, strength, and ease in my body, and guided me towards authenticity and purpose in my life.

Interest in the interplay of mind, body, and psyche led me to a Hatha Yoga teacher training at Kaya Yoga in Davis in 2009. I studied with several international teachers from 2014-to 2019 and taught children, teens, and adults for five years in Wellington, New Zealand. I continue to practice and teach at Kaya Yoga in Davis, CA and am currently studying body psychotherapy in the Somatic Psychology MA at the California Institute of Integral Studies, which will lead to licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist.

As a teacher and student, I humbly honor the millennia-old wisdom and spiritual tradition of Yoga, to which I am not culturally centered but deeply appreciative."


 

Cameron Duncan, Games Instructor

Cameron Duncan attended Davis Waldorf from preschool through eighth grade, continuing his Waldorf education at Sacramento Waldorf. He participated in every team sport possible at DWS and played Varsity basketball at SWS. He is now the middle school games teacher and attending college simultaneously. 


 

Marta Juliao, Painting Instructor

Marta Juliao has been a Spanish Teacher at Davis Waldorf School for the past 16 years and currently teaches First through Eighth Grade. Maestra Marta was born in Colombia and moved to the United States in 1993. Marta is an artist and has had several landscape exhibitions in the Sacramento region.  Marta loves traveling, painting and learning from other cultures. She is married and has two daughters.


 

Shai Porath, Ceramics & Basketry Instructor

Shai Porath is a Handwork and Craft teacher who graduated from Steiner College in 2015. He acquired a BFA in Studio Art and Art Education from CSU Chico in 2019. Since 2010, Shai has been involved in education, and taught in a few schools including Grizzly Hill Elementary School, Yuba River Charter School and Yes Charter. He led Summer Camps in Oregon House since 2012 and taught in Davis Waldorf School Summer programs since 2015. Besides teaching, Shai is an artist, an art restorer and a fine builder. Shai loves to hike in nature with his wife, write, play classical music, and sculpt with clay.

 


Zoë García, Camp Director

Zoë García is overjoyed to be this year’s program coordinator for the DWS Waldorf Summer camp. As a lover of the arts, a former DWS graduate, and someone passionate about bringing creativity and wonder into the classroom, she can't wait to join us on campus. She is a recent graduate from St. Olaf College, a liberal arts school in snowy Minnesota, with a B.M. degree in Vocal Music Education. In addition to her time spent singing and teaching, she enjoys dancing, photography, creative writing, and traveling. Zoë is excited to meet your little ones this summer at DWS!