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Skills for Life Course August 5 – 13, 2017 and August 13-20, 2017

Skills for Life

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summer course
August, 2017
Royalston, Massachusetts

An immersive program for young adults
"to create a more meaningful life"

August 5-13
Introductory week

August 13-20
Optional part two and alumni week

Camp Caravan, Royalston, Massachusetts, USA

Access a wider range of skills and practices than provided by conventional education

We warmly invite you to join the 2017 Skills-for-Life residential program at Camp Caravan, for young adults ages eighteen and over.

Participate in hands-on classes in gardening, cooking, and carpentry, with equally practical work on understanding our own natures. Through art, mindfulness techniques, meditation, movement, and community living, gain a better understanding of your own inner life, and deeper insight into your emotional, thinking, and physical experience. 

Addressing the inner and outer in a practical way

The Skills-for-Life program offered by MREC at Camp Caravan is designed to develop practical skills in dealing with the two principal aspects of our nature—our "outer" and "inner" lives.In our outer lives we deal with the material world, with Nature, and with other people. In our inner lives we are occupied mainly with ourselves and, perhaps, with our sense of something beyond the realm of our ordinary experience. It is probably clear to everyone that we need practical outer skills (which might include anything from tying our shoelaces to operating a computer) in order to survive and prosper in the social and material world. What may be less obvious is that our inner life is equally amenable to practical development. Therefore, if we want to be rounded and useful human beings, we need to learn as much about how our inner world works as we do about the outer world, and how to function in both worlds effectively. The aim of Skills-for-Life is to address both in a practical way.

Bringing coherence to our ordinary reactions

Our current education system is concerned primarily with teaching us how to deal with the external world and how to become adults who can function effectively in our work and, possibly, in our relationships with others. The system is not designed, or even equipped, to teach us how to be effective in our inner life. Yet it is clear, with only a little observation and reflection, that our inner and outer lives are intimately connected, and that they affect each other, even if we don't often take this connection into account.

The Skills-for-Life program introduces practical ways of seeing and working with the inner world. It helps us observe our inner lives while bringing some order and coherence to our ordinary reactions and impulses. Simultaneously, we work on developing outer skills such as cooking, gardening, woodworking and other ordinary life skills.

Working harmoniously

The program offers a communal experience in which we support each other in practical ways, while at the same time learning ways of working harmoniously together, even when we don't particularly like each other. By sharing our observations about particular ideas and practices, we learn from each other, and can verify that our experience is often shared by others.

Please share this opportunity with any young adult who might benefit. In 2017 the MREC offers the Skills-for-Life program of one or two weeks, with the second week building on the basic practices presented the previous week, also open to SFL alumni. For complete details view the website and contact the Skills-for-Life registrar 



If you are interested and want to register or want more information, please email:

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The Details
Minimum age 18 years.
Physical health.
No use of recreational drugs during the course.

Covers tuition, food, and accommodations
Student scholarships available, please inquire

$50 deposit by July 1 to:

Skills for Life
Treasurer, MREC, Camp Caravan
255 South Royalston Rd.


Excerpt from a talk by George Bennett as part of a Skills-For-Life workshop at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
The talk was given as part of a series of 7 events hosted by the 'Talking Truth' group at the W.E.B. DuBois Library on February 29, 2016


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