Play: Youth and Family Camps

“Don’t do anything that isn’t play.”  – Marshall Rosenberg

Dear Friends,

Nonviolent Communication Youth and Family Camps are intergenerational venues for playing and learning. In a culture that I often experience as goal and achievement oriented, I worry that children, youth and adults, including myself, do not have enough time for play. I believe play supports our mental, spiritual and physical health. It invites ‘players’ to be creative and unattached to an outcome. Play raises our consciousness about our interdependence as humans. It is refreshing in that it is without purpose. My friend Karl says that the opposite of play is not work, it is depression. Play helps us connect to our energy for life and community. It is essential to our well-being.

I hope you and the children, youth and adults in your life have the chance to play this summer and that you may be able to enjoy camp together. If you are moved, please join me in spreading the word about these camps. Information about camps is listed below.

Jared Finkelstein is one of the family camp organizers. Speaking on behalf of all the NVC Family Camp organizers, hosts, and volunteers he writes:

“For us, Family Camps are a labor of love and an especially meaningful way of introducing NVC to families and into communities. People who attend Family Camps come from all walks of life and we’ve seen NVC flower in government offices, organizations, churches, schools, hospitals and homes as a result of families choosing to join us at our camps. We are giving people a lived experience of what is possible in the world when we prioritize compassion and the transformational power of that extends well beyond their time at camp.”

Warm Regards,


Children and Youth Camps
Please visit Play in the Wild! where you will find 3 camping opportunities for children and youth in Jeffersonville, Vermont.

Family Camps – All Ages
Summer 2016
Family Heart Camps, FHC
FHC West Virginia: June 24 – July 1, 2016
FHC California: July 2-7, 2016
FHC Wisconsin: July 10-16, 2016
FHC Ohio: July 30 – August 5, 2016
FHC New York: August 26 – September 2, 2016
Information about Family Heart Camps can be found at

NVC Family Camp Vashon Island
July 30 – August 6, 2016
Information about NVC Family Camp Vashon Island can be found at


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