The internationally traveled DANCE MONKS established their Nature and Arts Program (previously The Green Project) in the year 2000 in response to the deep-seated modern need for children to reconnect physically and imaginatively to Nature through immersive experiences. Founding directors, Mirah Kellc Moriarty (MFA in Dance/BA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Education) and Rodrigo Esteva (Award-winning Mexican artist and bi-lingual teacher) have drawn from thirty+ years of experience working with children of all ages in public and private schools as teachers and parents to create this interdisciplinary program. They have collaborated with children throughout Mexico and the United States as well as in Peru, Canada, and Europe.
Nature and Arts is a hybrid between child-led explorations and experiential artist-led experiences. A typical day includes supported immersive outdoor play, storytelling with mythology from around the world, and creative movement practices. The focus is on supporting children to stay connected to and strengthen their own unique vibrancy, learn self-care skills, and co-create a culture of kindness in relationship with one another and the natural world.
FALL 2021 NATURE AND NEWS! We are currently offering one bi-lingual (Spanish/English) pod for only 6 toddlers ages 3-5 years of age whose families are following strict health guidelines in response to Covid. Wednesdays and Thursdays 9am-1pm in Berkeley, California parks.
Fall Session: September 2-November 24, 2021
Winter Session: December 8-March 10, 2021
Spring Session: March 16-June 9, 2021
Summer Sessions are offered every year, dates TBD, and are open to the public, preference for enrollment is given to Nature and Arts year-round students
Fall Recess: Monday November 22 – Thursday December 2, 2021
Winter Recess: Monday December 20 – Friday, December 31, 2021
Spring Recess: Monday April 4 – Friday April 8, 2022
Last day of Year-long Program: Thursday June 9, 2022
Session Payments: $1800/session (12-weeks)
A payment plan is available in three installments, due every 4 weeks
Family Nature and Arts Days will be offered regularly by donation and are open to the public!
>> Watch an excerpt from the GREEN project at Highland Elementary School, Richmond California
Our past youth environmental performance projects include The Great Dreamer (Malcolm X in Berkeley), The Green Project: Rain Dances (Highland Elementary School in Richmond), The Green Project: Wild Child and other Tales of the Tall Trees (Berkeley Arts Magnet), The Green Project: Bike Tour (Bay Area), Madrid School (Mexico City) and Conversaciones con Arboles, (Nayarit Mexico). The Green Projects were made possible thanks to The Open Circle Foundation (2007, 2009, 2010, 2013) and The Zellerbach Family Foundation (2007 & 2016).
DANCE MONKS is a proud supporter of the Children and Nature Network.