Going to Shambala as a child is potentially a life-changing experience. For three days, they’re a whole world away from exams, schoolbooks and progress reports. Those three days are about living in the moment, about being (a child) instead of becoming (an adult)! No doubt, Shambala is one big playground for all ages, but it’s a really magical place when you’re a child.
Shambalans know there’s no greater way to get closer to nature than with playful exploration. Our Woodland Tribe area mixes the best ingredients of adventure playgrounds with a back-to-nature philosophy. Discover lots of exciting new activities that encourage free play, construction and creativity. Get playful as a family in a magical and secluded woodland space, building dens, digging tunnels, climbing nets, swinging and zipping through the trees! Meet the wonderful Woodland Tribe and using rope, nails, hammers and saws, build tree houses, sculptures and rustic furniture, learn to cook on an open fire, make new friends, and for three days enjoy a free range childhood!
The team from Every Day a New Adventure that create our Woodland Tribe area exclusively for Shambala are adventure play fanatics and want to tell everyone about the world wide adventure playground movement. Adventure playgrounds started in Denmark at the end of the 2nd World War and the idea of dedicated spaces for free play and children’s construction quickly spread across Northern Europe. In the UK in the 1970’s they became quite arty and anarchistic both in look and ethos. In Denmark and Copenhagen in particular adventure playgrounds are everywhere, in every community and highly valued. In Berlin the emphasis is on construction and traditional craft skills: woodworking, metal work and pottery. In Japan they will light a fire under a tin bath to create a natural hot tub! Woodland Tribe draws on this exciting culture of adventure playgrounds in London, Copenhagen, Berlin (see picture) and Japan to create a woodland play space full of possibilities and uncertainties!
Play is central to children’s culture; it’s how they express themselves, create and share new ideas, explore the boundaries of mind, body and environment, or just have a fun time with friends and family. Wrapping children in cotton wool does them no favours. There’s no doubt that playing safely and independently, experiencing and dealing with uncertainty, makes kids stronger emotionally and physically. And once you realise that, the rest is easy. You can have complete faith in our skilled staff and our collective understanding that at Shambala we are one tribe and look after each other.
So there you have it, our philosophy of play that promotes children’s independence and supports the adventure playground movement. Don’t miss out on this golden opportunity to let your little ones experience a free-range childhood in a completely safe environment; to explore the kids field on their own, hang out with new friends in the Woodland Tribe, walk around the festival, or spend a night away from parents at the Bush Camp. Relinquish the little darlings and let them run wild and free: wind in their hair, mud on their hands and happiness in their heart.
Tom Williams from Every Day a New Adventure is happy to tell you more about the adventure play movement and adventure playgrounds that might be near you. Come and chat to him at the Woodland Tribe or send him an email firstname.lastname@example.org when you get home.