A Garden in the Siskiyous: Pacifica’s Summer Day Camps

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Give your kids a summer to remember! Community experts are teaching their skills and specialties to our youth! Join us for a wide range of exciting day camps at Pacifica, 2 miles from Hwy 238, near Williams, OR!

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Yoga Camp ~ Playful Practice (Ages 6-12) June 26th-29th
Kids, summer and yoga, a great combination! This camp, taught by two local yoga instructors, is designed to provide kids with a fun, creative, and educational experience. Through a combination of yoga poses, games, themed craft projects and relaxation time kids will be able to strengthen their bodies, minds, and spirits. Yoga students will learn to work cooperatively as well as learn to care for and nurture themselves. This camp is sure to create lasting memories, new friendships, and a foundation for health and well-being.
Teachers: Clair Highfield RYT & Allee Gus RYT250

Classic Camp ~ A Variety of Fun (Ages 6-10) July 10th-13th
Summer days filled with arts and crafts, songs, outdoor games, nature activities and more! If you love to create, play, sing, explore and more than this is the perfect camp experience for you. Join us!
Teachers: Patty Goodin & Leah Markman

Summer Fun ~ Sewing Camp (Ages 8-14) July 17th-20th
Join us for 4 days of fun, learning how to sew. We will work on basic hand and machine sewing skills. There will a number of fun activities that will help you build on these skills. There will be time to play outside in the sun as well and focusing on fun crafts inside. We can’t wait to sew with you, be ready to learn and have a blast with us!
Teachers: Serene Dussell & Heidi Carlson

Theater Camp ~ Dramatic Adventures (Ages 8-18) July 24th-27th
Young actors of all skill levels are welcome, from novices to seasoned thespians alike. All you need is a little curiosity and a love for performing! Join local experts in discovering the wonderful world of the stage! We will focus on improvisation, theatre games, and group-building activities that help support building self-confidence and collaboration skills! Shane has over 20 years of experience working in theatre as a performer, director and producer.
Teachers: Shane Skinner & Madeline DeCourcey

Rock Band Camp~ Jammin’ (Ages 8-14) July 31st-August 3rd
Let’s get rocking. Rock band camp is back. Students will learn the mechanics of song writing, live stage performance, and production. Our goal is to write at least one original piece and perform it at the end of camp! The class focuses on creativity throughout its processes. Brian Risling is a professional musician with extensive stage experience and a professional educator. He is licensed to teach and has been a teacher since 1992. Frankie Hernandez is a professional musician of various instruments. Also, we will view Pacifica’s recording studio, originally built by Steve Miller, and record a track there with Grammy-award-winning engineer Dennis Dragon.
Teachers: Brian Risling & Frankie Hernandez

Art Camp ~ Passion for Paint (Ages 8-18) August 7th-10th
Come explore yourself and the world around you through the medium of paint. Learn the art principles of color, contrast, mark making, layering, and incorporating “self,” while being inspired by the beauty of nature. We will experience different paint mediums while engaging in the dance of creation. Set your imagination free as you play with paint, creating original drawings, paintings, and creations to take home.
Teachers: Mary Collins & Shauna Sorce

Creativity Camp ~ Makin’ Magic (Ages 6-14) August 14th-17th
Bring your playful spirit for a fun week of creating from scratch. We will use a variety of materials, including recycled items to make original creations. The possibilities are endless, as we use our imagination, the inspiration of nature, and the support of each other to produce daily creations to keep for ourselves or share with others.
Teachers: Patty Goodin & Mary Collins

Camp Botanica~ Plant Fairies of Pacifica (Ages 5-9) August 21st – 24th
Join Ms. Dandelion for a week of exploring plants from a fairy’s perspective. If you were a fairy, how would you use a mullein leaf? If you were an elf, what plants would you use as medicine for a bee sting? Plant related stories, songs, games and creative projects will weave together our playful week.
Teachers: Lauren Kemple & Alexa Trost

Connecting with Nature Camp~ Ancestral Awareness (Ages 6-12) August 28th- 31st
Connect with your inner Wild Child and learn to walk in balance and harmony with the living world. We will get in touch with nature through exploring the ponds, creek, and wild areas of Pacifica. Campers will have the opportunity to experience life like our ancestors did by learning and practicing a variety of primitive and survival skills. This camp incorporates storytelling, art, games, and sensory awareness activities with ecology, stewardship, and wilderness skills.
Teachers: Shauna Sorce & Vanessa Martinez

Rock ‘n’ roll teaches kids music fundamentals

Monday, August 22, 2016

Article is from The Daily Courier

WILLIAMS — “Rock ‘n’ roll is not dead,” the 10-member band of Pacifica Garden children’s Rock Band Camp screamed into the mic with some help from a guitar, some banging on the drums and a touch of the keyboard.

For four days this summer, youngsters from around the Grants Pass area and beyond explored the fundamentals of song writing, rhythm and tempo, how to play an instrument and, most importantly, how to work together as a synchronized band.

“Music is so important because it teaches the kids to work as a team,” remarked the band’s teacher, Frankie Hernandez, lead singer of the local band The Frankie Hernandez Band.

With just a few days left before the kids perform their end-of-the-week performance, Hernandez was pleased with the band’s progress. Some kids had never even picked up an instrument before.

“They’re really becoming a band,” he said.

Pacifica Garden, an education-based nonprofit, is offering nine summer camps for kids this summer with an array of topics ranging from yoga, acting, martial arts, wildernesss and sewing.

At the organization’s studio in Williams, originally built by rock legend Steve Miller, the band sounded pretty good practicing with four singers, a drummer, a keyboardist, a bassist, a guitarist and, of course, a tambourine.

One of the singers, 9-year-old Kaya Breeze-Newman, said she developed more confidence in herself and in her ability to sing.

“It made my voice louder,” Kaya said. “I used to be afraid of singing on stage, but after I saw everyone else on stage I wasn’t afraid anymore.”

The education director for Pacifica, Vanessa Martinez, talked about the importance of exposing children to all types of disciplines at a young age and the importance of one-on-one teaching. The organization understands the financial struggles families living in poverty face.

“All students come to camp no matter their family situation. We’ll find the money to get them to the camp,” she said.

The cost to attend the camp is $150, but Pacifica fundraises throughout the year to offer scholarship money. The last three camps of the season, which focus on the practices of yoga, dramatic arts and sewing, have scholarship money available.

For more than 15 years, Pacifica has offered summer camps for children, and Martinez believes it has been inspiring children ever since.

“It inspires the kids to follow their dreams,” she said.

The next camp starts Aug. 15. For more information call or email Vanessa Martinez at 541-621-6278 and vanessa@pacificagarden.org.


Reach reporter Alex Madison at 541-474-3718 or amadison@thedailycourier.com

Winter Arts Festival–Saturday, Dec 2, 2017

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Pacifica’s Winter Arts Festival

Sat., December 2, 10:00 – 4:00

FREE Admission

40 local artists with high-quality, hand-made:

Jewelry, Ceramics, Fiber creations, Leather, Photographs, Paintings, & more

Magical Live music: 12 groups at two sites

Applegate Poets: Pond House downstairs, 11:00 and 2:00

Great food: Cedar Center: organic soups, burgers, tacos

Pond House: tri-tip sandwich, cookies (to decorate & eat!)

Friendly country atmosphere

Children: cookie decorating, photos, bird house making, costumes, more
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Help Pacifica by Shopping at Fred Meyer

Friday, January 10, 2014

Community Rewards

You can help Pacifica Garden earn donations just by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card!

Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. Here’s how the program works:

  • Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Pacifica at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number 87198.
  • Then, beginning Monday, February 3, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping Pacifica earn a donation!
  • You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.
  • If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.
  • For more information, please visit www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.

All of us at Pacifica Garden sincerely thank you for your support!

Pacifica Safe After Fire

Friday, July 19, 2013

We at Pacifica are incredibly grateful for the fire fighters who worked tirelessly this afternoon to contain the fire on our property and surrounding area. Our structures are all safe with no damage because of your efforts. We can not thank you enough. You are true heroes.

– The Pacifica Board of Directors