Physical Fitness

We want every child to experience and develop their physical capacities. Children are full of energy and know the power and joy of passionately engaging in physical activity. Children have outdoor time 45 minutes every day. We conduct P.E. to teach the children skills and play team sports. We teach dance and yoga. We also hike every week. In winter we may snowshoe if there is enough snow!

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Nutrition

The health of the body is directly linked to the food we eat. We teach children all about food: what happens when we eat, the energy that food provides us with, how different foods affect us. We teach children mindful eating: how to be present while preparing food and eating food. Rituals help us offer gratitude for the food we eat and for the work that goes into bringing it to our table. In addition, we have a garden where we grow our own food and give the children an experience of being stewards of the earth, involving them in the year-round process of food cultivation. There is an old Sufi saying, “Man is Heaven for food.” We take this to mean that we have a responsibility towards the food we eat; to take the energy it provides us and to use it well.

All meals are organic, simple, whole and home made. Our meals are vegetable and grain based, and we include some poultry and red meat. We work with children with allergies and sensitivities. All the children eat the food prepared at school, as it is part of our practice to eat together, as a guest would when visiting and being cooked for.

All meals are organic, simple, whole and homemade. Our meals are vegetable- and grain-based, and we include some poultry and red meat. We work with children with allergies and sensitivities. All the children eat the food prepared at school, as it is part of our practice to eat together, as a guest would when visiting and being cooked for.

Education

Every year the children learn about their bodies and how they work. As they grow older, the information becomes more complete and detailed, to include all the major functions of the body and hygiene. By the time they leave Running River, every student is well-educated about the components of lifelong health, and the choices they can make in order to take the best care of themselves.