Each year Mindcamp offers between 50 and 75 sessions dedicated to helping participants discover, develop, and pursue their personal and professional creativity.

Mind U

Mind U is a set of concurrent, deep-dive programs that run through Mindcamp. Every day, in first period, there were immersive programs designed to dive deep. Participants return to the same program each day to build their learning experience. In total, they experience nearly six immersive hours that play out during first period each morning.

60-90 minute sessions

After first period, there are regular slots for independent 90-minute sessions till lunch, and another for 60- and 90-minute sessions after lunch.

Double-90 sessions

On Saturday the 10:45am sessions break for lunch after 90 minutes. The second half of these sessions takes place after lunch. Hence, “double-90”.

I like how welcome and included they were in the Mindcamp experience. Treated as valid, whole and complete human beings, rather than only addressing adults and them being seen as tag alongs.Parent

Youth Program

Kids are welcome at Mindcamp! Our Youth Program prepares young people to think, act and reflect creatively, inspiring them to become leaders within their schools and communities.

During programming hours, Mindcamp provides programs for children ages 8 and up. The program always presents two parallel sessions that contrast in terms of level of energy (one very active, one more focussed), and age-appeal (one younger, one older). The kids decide individually which one they would like to join. Older kids can also choose to join an adult program identified as youth-friendly.

  • Kids’ programs will run during adult program times
  • Parents will be responsible for their kids at other times
  • Mindcamp will program for kids age 8 and up
  • younger kids are also welcome and can join in YMCA programming on-site or stay with a parent
  • Kids’ programs will run during adult program times

Kaleidoscope Groups

Kaleidoscope group sessions were one of the highlights of Mindcamp. They enhanced the learning and social experience by providing a space for reflection, discussion and fast-developing friendships.Participant
We all know that what you learn from an experience doesn’t end when the experience is over. In fact, most of your learning takes place after the experience, when you discover the connections between what you’ve learned and what you already know — between who you are and what you might become.

So in 2013, thanks to our dear friends at CREA, we introduced an opportunity for participants to share what they had learned, what they thought, what they felt, and what they wondered about their Mindcamp experiences. It was a hit! We’re doing it every year now.

I love having an intimate debrief group where I can go to share thoughts and incubate on ideas together. Participant
We do this through small, facilitated groups called Kaleidoscopes. Each group will be hosted by an experienced facilitator who will ensure a safe, open environment in which you can explore your thoughts and feelings, unpack your learnings, and begin integrating what you’ve been exposed to.

Night Flights

Every year, all Mindcampers have the opportunity to offer something we call Night Flights. These are workshops that are held in the evening, after the normally scheduled sessions. Here is how it works:

People who want to present fill out a form that says what the session is about, how long it will be, and which evening it will be.

Then we post the sheet on a bulletin board for everyone to see. People who are interested sign up on the sheet. We then assign a room appropriate to the number of people who have indicated they want to come.

Night Flight forms will be available at Mindcamp during the conference, but you can get one right now by clicking here.

Camino: Let’s Go For a Walk

In 2012, we introduced a new element to Mindcamp: an evening stroll, pre-sunset, after dinner, in which Mindcampers were invited to encounter a series of creativity buskers and enjoy various surprise activities. This daily outing is an opportunity to pick up new ideas, have fun, and connect with the community in a relaxed series of chance encounters.

Encounters in the past have included performances of all kinds (mostly interactive), a punk hair salon, ice cream, a Thinking Well, free hugs, poetry performances, environmental art co-creation, a karaoke stand, bubbles, chocolate kisses thrown from a certain balcony, glow-in-the-dark ping pong, light-up hula-hoops…. and much much more.

What will you encounter on the Mindcamp Camino this year? You will have to come and see for yourself!