High Mesa Healing Center
The annual Peace Village camp is held in late summer at High Mesa Healing Center
in Alto, New Mexico. Peace Village is a multicultural day camp with the mission to
provide a fun, educational environment in which children can learn the messages and
practice of non-
In 2008, Peace Village leadership restructured itself a bit. The existing director,
Kaylah Glasgow, was joined by co-
The children meet in an opening circle each morning to formally begin the day. They
will hear inspiring short talks from local leaders about a topics related to Peace.
It might be a discussion about the similarities and differences among different cultures
or various methods of non-
In the afternoon organized musical games and rhythm band activities entertain the children while teaching the value and fun of team activities. Local coaches and high school sports stars introduce the kids to sports they may not have had the opportunity to experience, and stress sportsmanship and fair play. The young people also enjoy nature walks in the beautiful forest that surrounds the center, often to collect items they will use later in craft projects.
All classes and experiences are developmentally appropriate for each age group seven
through thirteen. Every year high school students serve as group leaders, mentoring
the children in their groups. The interactions between campers and teens, who serve
as positive role models, are one of the most important aspects of the camp. On Friday,
the last day of camp, parents are invited to a graduation ceremony where each child
receives a certificate of participation and a T-
The core group of leaders/planners include Susan Finch, Kaylah Glasgow, with support from former campers, local volunteers and visiting teachers. The teachers may change each year, but often include Lou Ann Ellison, local music teacher, Andrea Reed, local dance teacher, Angie Fernandez, newspaper columnist for healthful diet, and Kathy Golightly, retired teacher and HMHC colleague.
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