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COVID-19 update from One Big Circle

As we deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, we understand that individuals, families and communities need meaningful connection—perhaps now more than ever. We are looking for ways to adapt our programs to meet that powerful need while also balancing the safety and well being of our participants and staff. Some of our program hosts have made the difficult decision to cancel this summer’s in-person events, and they are instead exploring virtual offerings to keep our vibrant community of campers and educators engaged through connection and learning. Others are still accepting registration for programming scheduled to take place in late summer with an intention to welcome campers if it is safe to do so. We will post additional updates here as they become available. Please stay safe and stay connected!

We Have a Dream

We have a dream... that all children everywhere are treated with unconditional love and respect. That all parents everywhere find relief from struggling with their children and have all the support they need to raise their children in accordance with their values.
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At Family Heart Camp, children learn to cherish, honor and respect their parents, and parents learn to cherish, honor and respect their children. We bring together families from different backgrounds and socio-economic status to celebrate diversity in all forms.
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Teach for Life is a 6-day training in Nonviolent Communication for educational professionals, providing practical experience in bringing the principals and practices of Nonviolent Communication directly to people in a classroom setting.
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It is important to us that any family wanting to learn NVC together is able to participate in one of our camp retreats. We will use your contribution to offer scholarships to families who experience the tuition fee as a barrier to their participation.
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"What can I say? Perfect week... I only have positive thoughts and memories. Inspiring experience. So many powerful meaningful moments. Thank you so much everyone who helped make it happen. Looking forward to seeing you again next year..."
Ori AlonNew York, 2017
“Family Heart Camp is a time and place where the kids are completely safe to explore, have fun, push the edge all the while of being in a loving, caring environment created by kids and adults. Wow, its that same for parents. That’s why we come back year after year.”
Renee PanettaNew York, 2016
“Our family had a very enriching experience. The selection of sessions was great and allowed for intellectual as well as kinesthetic interactions. The facilitation team was compassionate, skilled and caring. Many thanks for this experience!”
Caroline AltmannNew York, 2015
“Between camps I started paying attention to my kids and also paying attention to my needs. When I was tired and hungry I had to figure out a way to handle the situation differently. That can be hard. But I was learning how to understand their needs and wants and learn mine as well. It takes a village to raise a family, not a kid, a family. People need to know that.”
Karen Ezirim Ohio, 2018