August 14th-18th

Spend a week learning about different creatures of the forest!

We will look at birds, frogs, and mammals of the land. How hard is it to make a robin’s nest?

Learn to identify different woodpeckers by the sounds they make.

Can you move with the elegance and grace of a fox as they try to sneak up on an alert rabbit?

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Practical Life Skills 

Explore forest school offerings such as fire starting, tree climbing, whittling, shelter building, and fireside cooking in a safe, controlled, and empowering environment!

 The Details 

Who's it for? Kids Ages 7-12 years 
When: August 14th - 18th
Time: 9:30am - 3:30pm (Drop off starts at 9:15am, pick up ends at 3:45pm)

Before and After Care Also Available! (8:30am drop off, 4:15pm pick up)

Where: Hawthorne Valley Farm, East Selkirk, Manitoba

Exchange: $275+GST (Available in 1, 2, or 3 Payments). Add $10/day before/after care.

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Alenna Mark

Alenna will be one of the core educators for the Wholehearted Leaders Alternative Education Program for the 2022/2023 school year.
She holds a bachelor degree in education and arts (French studies) through the University of Winnipeg, and is currently completing her Forest School Practitioner certification through the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada.
Alenna has always worked with kids, spending her youth babysitting, working at daycares, and Nannying
Her other teaching passion is Musical Theatre dance, where she has been instructing for the past 6 years.
When not around children, she can be found in nature adventuring as an avid canoeist and outback camper or exploring with her cat, Rasin.
Alenna is passionate about de-professionalizing the arts and empowering people with the confidence to create without limits.

Chloe Tang 

Chloe Tang (she/her) Non-Certified Educator Bachelor of Arts, Major English Literature and Minor in Education C.E.L.T.A (Cambridge’s Certificate English Language Teaching for Adults) Drawn to the environment and the project-based nature of the Wholehearted Leaders Program, Chloe engages with students through her hands-on, interactive, co-operative games and activities that put the fun into learning. Chloe’s own personal journey in education has led her around the world and and back. Growing up in Manitoba, her passion for the sport of fencing and her desire to immerse herself and enrich her French education, inspired her to move to Montreal, Quebec. Through her experience in coaching youths in competitive and recreational fencing, she quickly found another passion in teaching. After completing her CELTA certification (Cambridge’s Certificate English Language Teaching for Adults), Chloe pursued a teaching position in Shanghai, China where where she taught students of all ages and was a coordinator to a volunteer teaching program. Chloe knows that learning is a life long journey and is greatly interested in the process in which individuals learn. She strives to foster and fuel the natural curiosity and the creative minds in learners and wishes to help them find the tools and tricks that are personalized to them to aid them to be successful in their own learning adventures.


Programming at Hawthorne Valley Farm!

Located just 25 minutes north of Winnipeg in East Selkirk, MB. Hawthorne Valley Farm sits on 10 acres of land currently being developed by community using permaculture principles. 

What makes great

Wholehearted L.E.A.D.E.R.S?

Land Stewardship

Developing a relationship to the land and taking measures to care for our environment helps to nurture responsible citizens who consider their impact on all living creatures and habitats. Our programming employs Forest School and permaculture practices, providing students with endless opportunities to learn from their natural environment. 

Emotional Literacy

Emotional Literacy is the stepping stone to Emotional Intelligence. By becoming familiar with our emotional anatomy and the ways we close down and open up, we are better able to make decisions in alignment with our desires, resolve conflict, process emotions and traumatic experiences, and articulate our needs and boundaries.

Artistic Expression

 Engaging in the arts can have beneficial impacts on our emotions and overall health.  Art Therapy, Music Therapy, and Theatre can be used to assist individuals in processing and expressing difficult emotions. A leader who values and engages in the arts helps to promote wellbeing within their community.

Developing Communication Skills

High level communicators are aware of the subtleties of their facial expression, posture, and body language, and the impact of these non-verbal methods of communicating with others. We teach students how to own their experience while being curious about the experience of others, to notice when they (or others) are closed down, and to set safe containers for challenging conversations that support emotional connection and resolution.

Embodiment Practices

Being embodied means being in tune with ourselves on the deepest level. By cultivating body awareness we are better able to self-regulate, developing an acute awareness of the needs of our body at any given moment, and minimizing the risk of adverse physical and mental health conditions and emotional dysregulation.


Whether we are speaking of our relationship to the Earth, relationship to self, relationships to others, or relationships between any other living organisms, we can confidently say that healthy relationships are fundamental to our wellbeing and development. We aim to assist students in recognizing this interconnectedness both within and outside of themselves and nurture the development of healthy relationships.


Working with sustainability in mind helps us to be accountable for our actions. In order to have healthy, vibrant communities, we need to create resilient, sustainable systems that pave the way for the work of future generations.

The Emotional Literacy Movement operates throughout Manitoba and is located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene and Métis people. Our headquarters are located on Treaty 1 territory, the homeland of the Métis Nation.

We dedicate ourselves to move forward with indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration to make Manitoba an inclusive and accessible place for everyone who lives here. Land acknowledgment is only one small part of supporting Indigenous communities.