Secrets of the Jedi
Secrets of the Jedi
“Luminous beings are we… not this crude matter.” – Yoda
Enter the rich forested classroom of the Shope Creek Jedi Academy to connect with Nature and train in the ways of the Force. Combining the physical skills of wilderness survival with the philosophy and wisdom of the mystics, prospective Jedi will learn to live more closely with the earth and deepen their connection to the natural world.
On the long but rewarding road to becoming a full fledged Jedi Knight, the Younglings and Padawans will build self confidence through age appropriate challenges and grow in community with their fellow initiates. Activities may include making fire-by-friction, wood carving, animal tracking, guided sense meditations, blindfolded awareness games, harvesting wild edibles and cooking them over an open fire, storytelling (and other survival skills) and testing their abilities on the fabled Jedi Training Center.
Ages 6-8, Wild Younglings
Spots available: 2 as of 8/25/22
Ages 9-12 Forest Padowans
Spots available: 2 as of 8/25/22
Time: 9:30 am - 4:15 pm
Inclusive of drop-off & pick-up window
Dates: Thursdays, March 2 - May 25
Breaks for Earthskills Rendezvous April 20
12 sessions total
For Drop-off & Pick-up and other logistics info, see below.
- Monthly payment plan available
- $100 non-refundable deposit due at registration
- Limited Partial Scholarships available (see below)
Registration is now open.
Why Choose Forest Floor?
We help children have fun, be healthy, and achieve their fullest potential with nature connection mentoring.
- Health benefits of nature connection
- Learn wilderness skills & traditional crafts
- Meet new friends and reunite with old ones
- Unforgettable adventures every day
- Skilled and caring mentors
- Exciting wilderness experiences
- Convenient in-town drop-off & pickup
- Boost long term cognitive & social development
All programs take place at Shope Creek Wilderness, with the exception of Blacksmithing and Heartwood: Oaks, which are based at Haw Creek Commons.
For programs occurring at Shope Creek Wilderness, parents may drop off and pickup at the program location or at Haw Creek Commons for van transportation.
For Blacksmithing and Heartwood: Oaks, parents must drop off and pickup at Haw Creek Commons.
Shope Creek Wilderness
472 Shope Creek Road, Asheville, NC
Drop-off between 9:45 am - 10:00 am
Pick-up between 3:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Haw Creek Commons
315 Old Haw Creek Road, Asheville NC
Drop-off between 9:30 am - 9:45 am
Pick-up between 4:00 pm - 4:15 pm
We are currently exploring a number of potential After Care possibilities. If you are in need of After Care to make this program work for your family, or if you would simply be strongly interested, please send us a quick email at [email protected] letting us know and we will keep you posted on our progress.
Clothing and Gear
Our programs are all-outdoors, with rain shelters available as needed. Children must arrive each morning fully prepared with a backpack, packed lunch, and clothes appropriate for being out in the weather. Families new to Forest Floor may need to purchase additional gear to ensure their children will be fully equipped for wet and colder weather as the season progresses. For a full packing and clothing list see our FAQ.
COVID-19 Cancellation Policy
A family is eligible for either: (1) a full refund if the cancellation occurs before the start of the program; or (2) a pro-rated refund for any unattended program days; under the following conditions:
Forest Floor cancels any programs due to COVID-19 or the Sars-Cov-2(novel coronavirus) pandemic.
A family needs to cancel because they are directly adversely impacted by COVID-19 (job loss, illness, or caring for sick family members).
AND in the event of cancellation (either on our part or yours)if you are in a position to donate your registration as a scholarship it would be a huge help to both Forest Floor and families in need.
Please note: Our standard cancellation & refund policy will apply for all cancellations other than the two conditions listed above. See our FAQ for details on our standard refund policy.
We offer limited partial scholarships to individuals who otherwise could not afford our programs. We prioritize scholarships for people of color and single parents with financial needs. We understand that people of color experience more financial and institutional barriers to participation, and wish to help counteract that by offering scholarships.
If you are a family with means, please consider donating to our scholarship fund. Donations of a 1/4, 1/2, or FULL scholarship can be made during the standard registration process. For more substantial donations please contact us to discuss details.
Limited partial scholarships are available. Scholarship funds are generated exclusively from generosity of donations toward the scholarship fund. Scholarships are limited to the sum of these funds and are awarded based on equitable distribution. Full scholarships will be considered for families in great need, but most scholarship applicants should expect to pay at least half of tuition.
To apply for a scholarship FIRST please register for the program/camp, choose the payment plan option, and only pay a $100 deposit at time of registration.
AFTER RESERVING A SPOT, please follow the link below to fill out the application.
If your scholarship request can't be approved or isn't the amount of discount that you need, we will provide a full refund of the deposit.