Kaigani Canoe Voyaging Society presents...
2021 San Juan Islands Community Programs
All 2021 youth & adult voyaging programs/events are currently being developed with best practices in mind due to Covid-19. Stay tune for updates in early Spring:
2021 Season Calendar
-Spring Canoe Blessing (April)
-Weekly Youth/Adult Paddle Program
-Club Sails/Paddles (sunset, biolumin/swimming/snorkeling, etc) 1 day per week
(Summer dues include Club insurance, Hat, Paddle Jersey, TBA!)
-Multi-Day voyage with Salish Sea Sciences Program
-1st Annual SJI Canoe Festival/ "Paddle out for Peace" in collaboration with Port of Friday Harbor
TBD (September 2021)
-Kaigani rigging project (community-based)
2021 Spring/Summer Program Schedule Enrollment (pre-registration)
Monthly Tuition: $225 per person
Teen Voyage Program (Ages12-17)
9 spaces available
Youth Voyage Program (Ages 8-12)
9 spaces available
Family Voyage Program (All ages, youth 5 and up ideal)
9 spaces available
Wayfinder Wellness private voyages (All ages)
A special program offered thru Wayfinder Wellness to private clients looking to
supplement treatment plans with movement, adventure, connection to water, family teambuilding, and overall wellness goals.
9 spaces available
Program Description: While overall goal is to connect to our waterways in deeper ways as well as recreationally on our canoes, the programs will vary based on ages and ability level of groups. But expect a survey of the following during our time together based on programs core teachings and philosophies. We have a lot to share and pass down and appreciate an organic flowing of subject matter presented. Expect some of these gems in programs: expedition planning, outdoor skills, ocean safety, wilderness medicine awareness, Intro to Hawai'ian outrigger paddling and sailing, lashing/rigging techniques, weaving, plant medicine, wayfinding/tracking traditions, primitive fire making, cultural protocols,foraging & wildcrafting, Project Wayfinder toolkit movement practices, music/ceremony, peacemaking/gratitude.
Adult Workshops 2021
Wayfinding Towards Holistic Health
In collaboration with On Sacred Ground Land Trust and Wayfinder Wellness
Dates: September/October 2021
Limited Space: 10 (Co-ed)
Time: DAY TBD, 3 hour session
Location: Wayfinder Wellness, remote sites TBD
Program Description: Tracking and Polynesian Wayfinding tradition share a same spirit. Our Uncle and mentor shares with us that Tracking and Wayfinding are systems of awareness/skills that allow one to follow something (the track of an animal, a person, a memory, a concept, process of picking Islands out of vast Oceans, etc) with all of your senses as far as you can. It is a process of bonding your energy with the energy of something or someone that you are following. We believe in the deep power of reconnecting to the natural world and integrating the spirit of the teachings of the canoe and Tracking to help us overcome our hurdles as humans. Addictions, emotional trauma, loss, poor diet and health issues, and stress.
This in-depth workshop will feature many skilled professional practitioners in the community and our group centered around our sacred canoes to Wayfind towards more sustainable approaches to our well being.
Skills surveyed: PROJECT WAYFINDER TOOLKIT, Polynesian canoe paddling/sailing, ocean safety, advanced paddle technique, navigation, expedition planning, nutrition for optimal health, exercise/movement, Gratitude/Thanksgiving, music, foraging & wildcrafting, medicinal herbs/detox, journey work/ceremony, permaculture, Tai Chi/Qi Gong, traditional living skills, peacemaking.
PROJECT WAYFINDER PILOT
In partnership with Stanford Universities famous Hasso Platner dSchool, we are one of founding pilot partners to deliver the PROJECT WAYFINDER tool kit to engage Middle/High School students; integrating the dynamic experiential toolkit and practical application on our voyaging canoe, Kaigani.
Project Wayfinder is a collaboration between Stanford University and the Polynesian Voyaging Society.
“There is a mental health crisis brewing amongst our youth. Nearly one in three adolescents (31.9%) will meet criteria for an anxiety disorder by the age of 18 . While school is in session, high school students are the single most stressed out population in the US. Youth depression and anxiety are rising at alarming rates. In 2016 an estimated 3.1 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 in the United States had at least one major depressive episode. However, based on Dr. Bill Damon’s research, we believe this is not simply because youth have too much to do it is also because they do not know why they are doing it. Without this deeper sense of “why” or internal compass, our youth will continue to suffer at epidemic rates.”
Our vision is that all people have access to tools to create lives of meaning and purpose.
Our toolkit is our contribution towards re-imagining adolescent education. Within it are the tools for our next generation to develop skills and wisdom to meaningfully contribute to our world. Our toolkit draws upon purpose development research, brain science, interviews with “purpose exemplars,” and practices from native wayfinding traditions. Together these pieces make for a yearlong meaning-making journey that unleashes purpose in our students and enriches the lives of our educators.
If you are a school and/or school group looking to book a custom Project Wayfinder facilitated workshop and integrating our voyaging canoes into experience, please inquire.