2019 DATES COMING SOON
AGE 8 -16
ABOUT CAMP SANTOSH
Presented by the Art of Living Foundation, Camp Santosh combines the fun and adventure of a traditional summer camp, with yoga, meditation, breathing techniques and human values education. Our vision is to inspire campers to excel in life and to achieve success while dropping their worries, and being naturally happy, confident, and friendly.
Offered at our breathtaking 275 acre site, campers learn life skills, yoga, breathing techniques and meditation as tools to manage their stress and negative emotions, while making friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.
Our camp adheres to a 1-8 staff to camper ratio, ensuring your child receives the attention they require.
Summer camps have been offered at the Art of Living retreat centre under the name YES! Camp since 1991. Mark and Anna took over as directors of the camp in 2015, rebranding it under a new name Camp Santosh, which means "happiness/contentment" in the Sanskrit language.
YES! & ART EXCEL COURSES
YES! (ages 13-16) and ART Excel (ages 8-12) are fun and transformative life skills and self-empowerment programs that prepare students to excel in all areas of life. Learning how to maintain a healthy body, healthy mind, and healthy lifestyle is the essence of these programs. Combining yoga, meditation, breathing techniques, games, interactive discussion and experiential processes. Students learn how to achieve their goals and dreams with confidence and enthusiasm, and are able to drop their worries and be naturally confident, happy and friendly.
Both programs feature the Sudarshan Kriya breathing technique, an effective way to calm the mind, reduce anxiety, and remove doubts. Campers learn how to continue these practices at home to improve their focus at school, handle negative emotions like angerand fear, increase their creativity &and confidence, and relate better with their parents and peers.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS!
Kayaking, nature walks, ropes courses and much more.The International Art of Living Campus is situated on 275 acres of land with five beautiful lakes.
VEGETARIAN CUISINE & 2-ACRE ORGANIC GARDEN
Campers will learn about nutrition and vegetarian cuisine. They will also spend time in the two-acre organic garden and orchard. Campers will get to participate in organic gardening practices.
International Art of Living Centre
13 Chemin de L’Infinite
St-Mathieu-du-Parc, QC, GOX 1NO MAP
To register, please submit the pre-approval form. We will contact you once we've received it.
Transportation available from Toronto and Montreal.
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"In Camp Santosh I learned how to be a good leader and how to transmit from my own experience what living without stress and violence feels like."
"I learned how to get rid of bad thoughts and that other people can’t tell you what to do."
"Sudarshan Kriya. Mind is at it’s best when in the present moment. Don’t give away the remote control of your emotions. Being yourself (naturalness) is best."
"I learned how easy it is to become close to people."
"Something that stood out to me this week in Camp was the breathing techniques, I know that I will use them a lot when I get angry, to come me down. Anther thing that stood out to me in Camp was our cabins, I loved everyone in our cabins and I hope I see them again."
"I was a junior counselor and I was able to use the tools that we learned during the course to improve my patience with the children, and to solve problems and resolve conflicts. Camp Santosh is a wonderful camp for both counselors and campers."
"I liked making new friends."
"This has been my second year doing the Y.E.S. program. But this year was truly a different experience! First, I was able to redevelop healthy and happy life tools, spend time and have fun with new teens and younger children and learn more about myself and my emotions. I truly feel like I have a second family here and I can’t wait to come back next year."
7:45am - Wake Up
8:30am - Breakfast &and Volunteering (cleaning up after yourself)
9:30am - Morning Session
(YES! and Art Excel courses with snack)
12:30pm - Lunch
1:30pm - ZAP Time
2pm-5pm - Afternoon Session
5pm-5:30pm - ZAP Time
5:30pm - Dinner
6:30pm - ZAP time
7pm-8:30pm - Evening Activity (games/dinging/music/bonfire)
8:30pm - Evening Snack
8:45pm - Transition to Bedtime
9:15pm - Lights Out (10pm lights out for teenagers)
2017 was the second summer for Camp Santoh, Anna and I couldn’t have been happier with the two wonderful weeks of Camp that we all had together. We had so many new campers from all over the world, Canada, USA, Mexico and counsellors from Europe, South America, Africa and India. It truly is a worldly camp held in our beloved Maruicie Region of Quebec. So many great memories were had on the lake, in the meditation hall, meditating and learning Sudarshan Kriya. Capture the flag is always memorable and talked about. Anna and I feel so blessed to have been apart of Camp Santosh again and we are looking forward to Camp Santosh 2018, it promises to be a wonderful and memorable week!
See you all in 2018,
Mark Fry and Anna Chigogidze
I was very lucky to participate in summer camps at the Art of Living Centre while growing up! It was so unique to be able to combine the usual fun of summer camp with exploring spirituality. Learning yoga, breathing exercises, meditation, and spiritual wisdom at a young age while having the freedom to play and have adventures with kids from around the world was amazing.
These days I'm finishing my residency training in general internal medicine in Toronto and dreaming of sweet summer nights by the Ashram lake.
~ Amol Verma
Today I am a doctoral candidate in the field of education, working to ensure that all students and teachers get opportunities to experience the kind of joy in learning and personal well-being that I discovered at the Art of Living Centre. I still come to visit regularly with my husband, and am proud to be able to enroll my son in preschool programs here.
~ Mary Shorten
Being part of the summer camp at the Art of Living Centre is a chance I have had when I was 11 years old. Even though twenty years have now passed, I still remember those moments of laughter, discoveries, adventure and fun with the other kids that were coming from all over the world. Being able to play and learn with other kids while being exposed to meditation and yoga at a young age is a gift everyone should receive.
After completing post-graduate studies in land management and regional development as well as having traveled around the globe, I now work as an urban planner in the Baie-des-Chaleurs area.
Frequently Asked Questions
Shuttle service will be offered from Toronto & Montreal. Transportation details will be discussed for each camper between parents and camp directors.
The weather in St. Mathieu du Parc changes from day to day. In July and August, the weather can still vary greatly, with hot and humid daytimes and cool evenings and nights. The rain is never far away. Everyone will experience at least three seasons worth of weather. Please pack accordingly. And our dear friends the bugs are always close by.
Please bring mosquito repellent and long sleeved pants and shirts in case there are a lot of mosquitoes.
Please ensure to describe your child's food restrictions in detail on the health form.
International participants coming from outside Canada will require: passport, round trip travel ticket, health insurance.
Mark Fry Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Anna Chigogidze Ph. (514) 554-6797