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Arts & Outdoor Adventure Summer Camp in Kerala With University of Oxford - With Hari Krishnan

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Sun, 12 May 4:00PM - Sun, 19 May 10:00AM + more dates
Camp Cardamom
Rs 35000
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Sun, 12 May
, 4:00PM
- Sun, 19 May
, 10:00AM
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Camp Cardamom is a summer program for young people conducted in partnership with the University of Oxford. Housed in a spacious lodge on a 100-acre organic farm in the cool and pristine Marayoor Valley of Kerala, the camp offers a wide range of arts, cultural and outdoor adventure activities, along with talks led by a visiting University of Oxford senior lecturer who is an expert in Indian history and culture. In May and June 2019 we will provide drop-off sessions of a week or more for children and teenagers, and select sessions for groups and families. Registration is limited to 40 students per week. To apply, please RSVP and we will send you an application.

 

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Core Programming

Core Programming

Attended by all students

  • Morning Yoga, taught by Vinod Kediyan, a yoga instructor for Wildflower Hall, an Oberoi Hotel in Shimla
  • Morning group session: A 90-minute period that incorporates a varied range of programming

  1.  Short field trips to nearby areas of interest such as a jaggery factory, a sandalwood reserve, a banyan tree park, or a local waterfall. (Some field trips may incorporate the subsequent lunch period, with students eating tiffin lunches packed in our kitchen)
  2.  Agricultural activities on our site such as tending to and harvesting vegetables, learning about mulberry silkworm cultivation, or tending to farm animals
  3.  Ayurvedic education in our test garden and kitchen
  4. Lectures and discussion led by our University of Oxford faculty in residence focusing on Indian history, religion and culture.

  • Fine arts: Taught by assorted visiting artists in residence. Drawing, painting, pottery, fabric arts.
  • Meals: Meals double as opportunities for conversation. Students in our language immersion programs sit with their language groups and native-speaker counselors.
  • Cultural exchange: A 1-hour period involving shared programming with our partner tribal school. This might include classroom activities, traditional Indian games, or sports such as football (soccer) or cricket.
  • Evening group session: Presentations, Oxford lectures, music and singing, or campfire activities. Or students will be given free time to play and socialize with each other.
  • Weekly field trip: Once a week we pause regular programming to take the camp on an extended field trip to one or more destinations of interest. Possibilities include a sangeet exchange with a tribal village, Thoovanam Waterfalls at Chinnar National Wildlife Refuge, Erivakulam National Park, tea and cardamom plantations, and Ayurvedic gardens.
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Elective Programming

Elective Programming

Students pick a total of three electives. Most electives are offered in a variety of skill levels to cater to different ages and abilities. Classes range from 60 minutes to 90 minutes in length depending on activity and skill level. We can offer specialized schedules for students who wish to focus on a particular elective. 

  • Tabla drumming: Classical and garba beats
  • Dance: Bharatanatyam, garba and bhangra. Focus will depend upon the interest of campers.
  • Kalaripayattu: taught by Hari Krishnan, six-time Indian national champion and Guinness Book of World Records Holder. The world’s oldest martial art is the ancestor of them all, including judo and kung fu. Kalari, or the Science of War, combines martial arts with yoga and Ayurveda. Kalari weaponry such as spears and swords will only be used in demonstrations by instructors or performers. Lower-level Kalari instruction focuses on stretching, flexibility, and elements of self-defense.
  • Waterfront activities: Swimming, fishing, and boating in our traditional vallams, overseen by trained lifeguards
  • Mixed sports: Kabaddi, cricket, football (soccer), and traditional Indian country games.
  • Rock climbing: The surrounding hills offer superb conditions for rock climbing. We will do both bouldering and top-rope climbing, administered by highly trained staff.
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Location

Location

Camp Cardamom is located in the pristine Marayoor Valley on the eastern slope of the Western Ghats. It is near the Chinnar and Pambar Rivers, two of only four Kerala rivers that flow eastward. Owing to its location in a rain shadow, it receives a modest 200 mm of precipitation in June. Temperatures are mild, with an average low of 17ºC to high of 25º C. These are the perfect conditions for outdoor camp activities.

The towering mountains encircling the valley comprise a vast, interconnected system of protected lands: Eravikulam National Park, Marayoor Sandal Reserve (the only place in the world where sandalwood grows naturally), Anamudi Shola National Park, and Kurinjimala and Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuaries. Together they make up one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth, home to thousands of plant and animal species, including leopards, tigers, elephants, and the world’s largest bison.

In the Western Ghats, nature and culture are closely intertwined. The Marayoor Valley’s Muthuvan and Hill Pulaya tribal communities rely on their knowledge of medicinal plants to treat ailments, and worship a mix of Hindu gods and their own animistic nature deities. A short drive up the mountains leads to spice forests and Ayurvedic gardens where campers will see first-hand the environmental influences upon the subcontinent’s cuisine, medicine, and traditions.

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Campus

Campus

Camp Cardamom resides on a 112-acre organic farm and Ayurvedic center. Our three-floor, 15,000-square-foot wing contains 10 rooms with private bathrooms and three large classrooms all exclusively used by us. Our dining area overlooks an orchid-filled garden. Outdoor facilities include  a football (soccer) field, a treehouse,  and a roof terrace with amazing mountain views where yoga and kalaripayattu classes take place.

Our grounds consist of a working organic farm where milk cows, silkworms, rabbits, ducks, geese, and chickens are raised. The farm grows coconut palms, lemongrass, guavas, amlas, and vegetables. It also includes an educational Ayurvedic garden. Campers are encouraged to participate in the daily activities of the farm.

Our two stream-fed reservoirs are used for swimming, fishing, and boating (with all safety measures).

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Food Menu

Food Menu

We are proud of our dietary offerings, as we follow a healthful organic and vegetarian meal plan, sourced mainly from our own vegetable garden and dairy cows. Influenced by the Edible Schoolyard Project of famed Berkeley chef Alice Waters but with an Indian touch, we offer servings of fruits and dairy with every meal. In June we shall harvest mangoes, papayas, blackberries, and strawberries on our site for the children’s enjoyment. Meals will be supplemented with rare heritage rice and whole grains from Spirit of the Earth, a respected farm in neighboring Tamil Nadu. Our open-air dining area overlooks an orchid-filled garden.

The farm grows coconut palms, lemongrass, guavas, amlas, and vegetables. It also includes an educational Ayurvedic garden. Campers are encouraged to participate in the daily activities of the farm and to help harvest the produce for meals.

All of our food is prepared in a hygienic, FSSAI-certified kitchen, and water comes from a reverse osmosis water filter.

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Safety & Security

Safety & Security

Chief Operations Officer Girish Gopinath is a former marksman and military officer with more than a decade of experience in counter insurgency operations. He holds a diploma in Institution Safety and Security. For the past three years he has overseen safety and security for South India's largest resort chain of five-star hotels. He personally ensures that Camp Cardamom adheres to the best practices of site security and safety.

Camp Cardamom guarantees a staff to student ratio of at least 1:3. Maximum enrollment is capped at 40 students per week. Students live with and are monitored by background-checked counselors 24/7. Our facility is fully fenced and outfitted with closed-circuit video cameras.

All camp staff are trained in first aid. The camp stocks a full range of essential medicines, including snake bite antidotes. A doctor, located 10 minutes away, is on call at all times.

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Map & Directions

Map & Directions
Camp Cardamom Marayoor Road, Pius Nagar, Kanthalloor, Kerala 685620, India
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