Fun full-day adventure camps for kids during summer break, winter break, spring break, and professional development days.
Situated near the serene ocean and Rocky Point Park, RVN Wellness in Port Moody is the perfect setting for children from the Tricities and School District 43 to explore and grow during their school breaks and Pro-D days. Led by a Social Worker / Yoga Instructor and a Certified Kids Yoga Instructor, our camps are uniquely designed to nurture young minds, fostering resilience and confidence through a variety of engaging activities.
Our PD day camp curriculum gives children the opportunity to explore movement, self confidence, and social awareness through yoga, mindfulness, nature, and group discussions. Our school break camps typically align with the SD 43 calendar, including Moody Elementary, Pleasantside Elementary, Mountain Meadows Elementary, public elementary schools in Coquitlam, and Port Coquitlam.
RVN Wellness Kids Camps for 5 to 11 Year Olds
Resilient Kids Adventure Camps
During School Breaks – Summer Break, Winter Break, Spring Break
Our Resilient Kids Adventure Camps are a hit among children, offering them a unique and empowering experience. These camps focus on building confidence and independence through engaging and exciting explorations across the Lower Mainland. One of the camp’s key features is allowing children to actively participate in planning their day trips. This approach not only enhances their sense of adventure and discovery but also instills important decision-making skills.
The camp is not studio-based; instead, it embarks from the Moody Centre Skytrain Station, adding an element of real-world exploration. Children have the opportunity to visit a variety of stimulating and scenic locations. Past outings have included:
- Belcarra Park
- Lonsdale Quay
- Stanley Park
- Lynn Canyon
- Mundy Park
- Fort Langley
- Blodel Conservatory
- Maplewood Farm
- And many other adventures that the kids themselves have dreamt up!
This hands-on approach to learning and exploration is what makes our Resilient Kids Adventure Camp our most popular offering. It provides a dynamic environment for children to grow, learn, and enjoy the wonders of the great outdoors.
Note: Registration for the Resilient Kids Camp may be eligible for coverage under extended health benefits when counselling by a Registered Social Worker is included in the plan.
Movement & Mindfulness Camps
During Professional Development Days (Pro-D Days) for School District 43 (SD43)
Our Movement and Mindfulness PD Day Camps are thoughtfully led by an experienced Social Worker and Yoga Instructor, offering a unique blend of activities designed for the holistic development of children. The philosophy underpinning these camps is inspired by Fred Rogers’ belief that “play is the work of children.” We embrace this concept by engaging children in movement and mindfulness activities through playful interactions.
The camps focus on developing key life skills such as resilience, self-reliance, and coping strategies. A special emphasis is placed on integrating movement, mindfulness, and play into every aspect of the camp. This includes a diverse range of intentional activities such as:
- Yoga: Enhancing physical flexibility and strength.
- Meditation: Fostering inner peace and focus.
- Journaling: Encouraging self-expression and emotional processing.
- Art: Nurturing creativity and self-expression.
- Nature Activities: Connecting with the environment and learning from the natural world.
- Social Connection: Building friendships and developing social skills.
Our curriculum is designed not just for fun and engagement but also to instill a deep sense of mindfulness and awareness in children. Through these activities, children learn to appreciate the present moment, understand their emotions, and interact positively with their peers and surroundings.
The Movement & Mindfulness PD Day Camps offer a supportive and nurturing environment where children can explore, learn, and grow in a holistic manner, laying a foundation for a balanced and mindful life.
RVN Wellness is a registered FNHA, CVAP and AFU provider. Programs may be covered by Jumpstart funding for those with financial barriers.
Resilient Kids Adventure Camps during School Breaks: Meet at Moody Central Skytrain Station. This camp is child-led so your children will plan their outings and take transit around Vancouver’s Lower Mainland.
Movement & Mindfulfullness Pro-D Camps: Meet at RVN Wellness on St. John’s Street in Port Moody.
All camps run from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.
Free late pick-up is available until 4:00 pm unless otherwise indicated in the registration link.
• Pack an allergen-free lunch and a reusable water bottle.
• Bring sunscreen.
• A yoga mat is required for certain activities. The studio has extra for indoor use.
• Dress appropriately for the weather as we will have outdoor activities.
All other necessary supplies for the camp activities will be provided.
Our Approach & Principles
1. Body Autonomy: We emphasize the importance of body autonomy. No child is forced to participate in any activity that doesn’t feel good in their body. We teach children to safely say “no.”
2. Body Awareness: Our programs focus on developing a keen sense of body awareness.
3. Social/Emotional Learning: We incorporate social and emotional learning in all activities.
4. Inclusivity and Accessibility: We ensure that our programs are inclusive and accessible to all children.
5. Lila (Divine Play): Lila, or divine play, is a key element in our approach, fostering resilience and joy.
6. Anti-Bullying Policy: We maintain a strict anti-bullying policy to ensure a safe and nurturing environment for all participants.
7. Open to All Abilities: Children of all abilities are welcome. There is no requirement for prior experience in any of our camps.
8. Participation: Children are invited to come as they are and participate in a way that feels comfortable to them.
About Our Instructor: Dawn Slykhuis
Dawn Slykhuis, a yoga instructor and therapist, brings years of experience in child and youth mental health to RVN Wellness. As a Registered Social Worker and Yoga Instructor, she expertly crafts programs that blend yoga, breathwork, and meditation with evidence-based practices for mental wellness and social-emotional learning (SEL). Her expertise extends to working with a diverse range of needs, including supporting individuals with ADHD, neurodivergent children, and those on the autism spectrum. Dawn also offers personalized one-on-one therapy for teens and kids, providing counselling for anxiety, depression, trauma, and a variety of challenges that young people may encounter. At RVN Wellness, we welcome everyone, embracing all identities, races, abilities, and backgrounds in a nurturing environment that celebrates diversity and encourages a sense of belonging and acceptance for every individual.
Explore All Our After School Programs
At RVN Wellness, our programs extend beyond physical activity; they are an exploration into emotional intelligence and mindfulness, guided by an experienced counsellor in child mental health. Our after-school yoga programs in Port Moody provide a welcoming space away from the pressures of growing up, equipping children with tools for emotion management and stress relief. We focus on nurturing the whole child – body, mind, and spirit – aiding them in understanding their emotions, developing healthy relationships, and embracing their unique selves.
In addition to our dedicated programs for kids and teens, RVN Wellness proudly offers the Resilient Families group, a distinctive family yoga experience in Port Moody, BC. This class is a wonderful opportunity for parents and children to practice yoga together, fostering deeper connections through shared activities. It’s not just about yoga poses; our classes incorporate breathwork and mindful activities, making each session a journey toward greater understanding and togetherness.
Join our RVN Wellness Community in Port Moody!
We’re not just a yoga studio; we’re a sanctuary for young minds and hearts, empowering them to navigate life’s complexities with strength, calm, and resilience. Our doors are open to families across Vancouver’s Lower Mainland, including the Tri-cities (Port Moody, Coquitlam, and Port Coquitlam), Balcarra, Anmore, Burnaby, and New Westminster.
“If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.”
– Dalai Lama