Folk Camp - week-long program of workshop in traditional arts & skills (Aug 21 - 27)

Mon Aug 21 to Sun Aug 27, 2017, Grafton, ON

Folk Camp is an arts based intergenerational summer camp that offers participants a week longimmersion into folk culture, song, craft, dance and cooking with a focus on sharing the riches of Eastern European heritage. The camp takes place on a campground in Grafton, Ontario. Folk Camp follows a typical arts camp program but with significant attention paid to cultural immersion and enrichment.

There are three main workshop slots in the day. There are about 10 workshops on offer in total, somewhich run for 5 days, others that run only 2 or 3 sessions. Each session lasts approximately 1 hourto 1.5 hours.

The evenings begin with a circle of song or dance, and then the campers share in a big mealtogether. The meals are prepared by a dedicated team of cooks who prepare traditional foods withguidance from some of the workshop leaders to complement the theme of the evening programs.These themes are usually cultural, such as a Ukrainian wedding, Georgian supra (feast), orFrancophone evening (French-Canadian or Cajun dinner and dance).
The evening programs areunique each night, and are organized and led by different workshop leaders and artists at camp,depending on their specialty and expertise. The ingredients and food are sourced from local farmersand community members whose practice methods of sustainable farming. The dinner is an integralpart of the uniquely themed evening programs and may include campers contributing songs theyhave learned in the workshops. After dinner the themed program involves music, dancing, singing,and storytelling such as shadow puppetry, or skits around the bonfire, etc.); these are showcases of what campers’ have learned, and performances by visiting guest artists and musicians.
It is our goal that by the end of each day campers have had multiple learning opportunities and time to let the learning sink in; by the end of camp, participants have acquired a new set of skills and knowledge, and completed an art piece (if taking the craft workshops).

The programs and activities we will offer this year include:
Plant Medicine (herb walks & herbal preparations)
Native Beading
Matryoshka Doll - Folk Painting

Ukrainian Singing
Romani Singing
Native Women’s Drumming & Song
Kalevala Singing (Finnish Ballad tradition)
American Traditional Singing

Ukrainian, Polish, Belarusian Village Folk Dance
Balfolk (French regional) Dance
Balkan Dance (one day workshop)

Bread baking (kolach, korovai)
Preserving (canning, fermentation—sauerkraut, pickles, jam)

In addition to the daily workshops, the program will include: yoga, guided forest walks; foraging & harvesting of local edible & medicinal plants with elders; evening concerts, dances, showcases;bonfires with storytelling, spoken word & theatrical elements; games & communal tasks (buildingprojects, garden-tending, etc.); a harvest ritual celebration; and a curated library space.

We provide healthy, local & organic meals three times a day, in addition to snacks.
We welcome families, and offer volunteer and work-trade positions. Please see website for all the details:


For more information:

Contact Name: Bozena Hrycyna
Phone: 647 864 5641
E-mail: folkcanada (at)

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