The Tribe is encouraged to, as much as they can, manage their session themselves.
The structure usually follows this sequence:
||arrive and reconnect
||democratic meeting, nominate a chairperson and scribe for the meeting, discuss and offer and vote on ideas for the session, discuss problems they are experiencing
||make and share lunch
||activities based upon their ideas which may include small creative projects, farm chores, nature walk, book club or lessons they offer to teach each other
||project work consisting of their individual and collective projects
||democratic meeting, making plans for lunch next week, sharing reflections, and deciding on who is doing which house-work tasks
||house-work… vacuuming, kitchen, table-tops
The members of The Tribe are asked to complete one whole group, community-based project per term, and one individual or small project per term which may be:
- a Zen Project, in which children pursue an activity that helps them to ‘zen-out’, such as a craft or sport, or
- a Gift Project, in which children take a gift or a talent to the next level, or
- a Knowledge Project, in which children work hands-on in their project while consciously withdrawing new knowledge and skills from their inquiry.
For example, during term 3, The Tribe began individual projects into topics such as animal welfare, littering, and mental health, as well as a collective project into sustainable building practices in light of global warming.
From time-to-time, The Tribe are taught the theory of inquiry-based learning as well as creative theory, to enable a more conscious understanding of their project development.
The Tribe have full access to the whole property including the dam (child-fenced), paddocks, fire pits, conservation area, playground, orchard, sports court, the animals, three-weekly equine therapy, and our emerging maker-space. Much of our time is spent outside.