The Guelph Outdoor School

The Village Hearth Initiative is a non profit organization dedicated to promoting Nature Connection through mentorship and culturally regenerative practices.

We achieve this mission by a series of emerging programs, the most recognized are the Guelph Outdoor School which offers immersion programs for young people to foster nature connection in youth and The Village Hearth Community School, a full time school option that combines Montessori education with outdoor immersion.

Village Hearth Initiative (VHI) is a platform for supporting timely, accessible, and varied projects, programs and events designed to re-integrate nature connection into the fabric of families, community, business and education. VHI designs and generates culturally regenerative initiatives and also serves as a hub for sharing on regional and
international efforts which match and support our mandate, including work centered on conservation & stewardship, rites of passage, decolonization & reparations, education and mentorship.


The Guelph Outdoor School offers immersion programs for young people to foster nature connection in youth.

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