Staveley Life Learners Family Camp


Welcome to our co-created camps at Staveley, Mid Canterbury, South Island, Aotearoa/NZ.  

These camps were born from a Open Space hui* that took place in Christchurch in 2012 where families from Oamaru to Christchurch met together to discuss how to build and create ongoing connections between our families.  From here an idea of a day camp was discussed - something that was more than just a mornings playgroup, given that people would be travelling quite a distance for it.  From here the first "day camp" took place in Peel Forest and Staveley, December 2012. It was decided that it would become an overnight gathering and was such a huge success that the 'closing circle**' calls for it to "become a whole weekend camp and four times a year", were heeded.

Now families meet four times a year, rain, snow (and we had some at the winter camp!!) or shine at Staveley campsite Friday to Sunday afternoon. It is a co-created space where each person brings what they can offer in skills and shares these with those who are there.  It is a wonderful environment of support, connection, ideas, learning, debate and laughter.  Everyone comes from different walks of life but share a common goal of loving and supporting our children learning at home in a natural/lifelearning/unschooling philosophy.  It is an open space for anyone who wishes to be involved, from young families just interested in Home Educating to those who have been doing it for years.

We welcome you along and look forward to getting to know you and your family.

To learn more click on:
*Open Space - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open-space_technology
**Closing circles are the meeting at the end of the camp where families gather in a circle to share their experiences of camp and make suggestions of new ideas etc.


You are able to come along for a day/evening, or stay the entire weekend.

There is a limit on the number of people who can attend as there is a limited number of beds at the camp.  It is a 'first in, first served' basis so get your registrations in as soon as you can.