HEROES ACADEMY™ 

LARP Adventure Program offers educational enrichment that fosters empowerment. Through 21st Century Multiple Literacies methods we enable action strategies through experiential learning. Learning by doing rather that just conceptualizing. Imagine being Michael Faraday discovered electromagnetic fields, instead of just reading about it. Wouldn't you have a greater understanding and perspective on the subject? We believe each of us has the potential within to be amazing people for ourselves and others. Our goal is for each of us to Discover our Personal Legend through arts based community and the power of our collaborative imagination. 

Our Heroes Academy is a collection of curriculums and workshops that take place in a after school or day camp setting. In this setting we learn multiple intelligence methods combined with narratives for personal development. Students learn the literacies of larp and how to use it to communicate and develop interdisciplinary and multiple intelligence communications. 

  • Our curriculum for youth focus on community and social skills, building confidence and group identity.
  • Our teens curriculum focuses on leadership skill, how to be a container holder and nurture your self and community projects and creating positive models for civility. 
  • Our adult workshops look towards transformational methods for deeper levels of self discovery through a series of guided initiations.

 HEROES ACADEMY™ EVENTS

LARP Adventure Program expeditionary weekend and week long events are designed to utilize inquiry based learning, a method of education where participants have agency in the educational process. In this expeditionary learning setting, adventure is the key element to unlocking education. This creates a platform for our original interactive and improvisational theater game world in which students create a storyline featuring a heroic character. Through acting out the plot of the story, characters evolve and grow and embodied learning emerges.

In this setting we emphasize community, communication skills and divergent thinking while fostering a safe space for exploring emotions and life skills through role play.

Enjoyable aspects include:

  • the collaborative creation of a story and personal narrative
  • the opportunity to overcome challenges and face fears
  • the pursuit of a character’s objectives, learning how to win and how to process failure. 

Through this play we can make facing obstacles fun with celebrating collaboration. When doing so participants engage in high-level, critical literacy and develop 21st century skills.  For example, the art of enactments give participants a medium to socialize and make meaningfully connections that are engaging, confronting, and, challenging. In doing so participants will outgrow their current perspectives and learn new strategies, stances, conceptual knowledge, and ways of being. In short these methods mean that larp give students a means of learning together and in a rapid manner while having fun. 

Some of the immediate benefits of critical literacies of larp are:

  • A place to try on new identities
  • A place to try new social dynamics
  • A place to challenge your own ideas and beliefs

 


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Curriculum

Inspiration – Creation – Formation – Manifestation

At LARP Adventure Program we believe that through nurturing one another in a community arts based environment, we can discover our personal legends and reach self-actualization.  The LARP Adventure Program experience and curriculum are based on community interdisciplinary arts, 21st century skills, multiple and emotional intelligence education. This approach to community arts and education allows each participant to shine in their own true nature and power. In turn, the participant nurtures and feeds the growth and development of the community.  In this process of shared self-actualization, the community as a whole is inspired, creative juices flow, minds are motivated and the path to greatness is manifested

 Live-action roleplaying can take many forms and can be used to create many things.  It is an integration of theater and sports that includes all of the interdisciplinary arts.  It’s a place where communities can form and take shape.  In our LARP, we take the approach of Transformational Leadership through Theatre and involve old world and ancient customs and traditions, personal and community principles as well as community and global transformation.  By the processes of multiple intelligences learning methods, the principles of the eastern movement, inspiration and creation nurturing, among others participants are energized and activated for self-empowerment, facing challenges and addressing fears. The goal is to teach 21st century skills while not losing the historical context of tradition. Through our program we seek to help youth develop and give them a place where they can practice self-exploration and transformation, discovering their inner power and truths.  In short, we hold each other to do amazing things.

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What We Value

  • Community rather than focus on personal gain
  • People rather than care about profits
  • Equality rather than strive for authority
  • Similarities rather than seek differences
  • Compassion rather than competition
  • Forgiveness rather than judgment

Personal Principles taught

  • Modesty
  • Courtesy
  • Integrity
  • Self Control
  • Perseverance
  • Indomitable Spirit.

Heroes Academy Year Curriculum at a Glance

Sep/Oct-  Intrapersonal and Existential Intelligence: Character Creation and Developing the Hero within.
Nov/Dec- Spatial Intelligence: DIY projects, Designing and making the tools of the trade.
Jan/Feb- Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence: Movement, Martial Arts, Yoga, Team Building Adventure Based Games.
Mar/Apr- Logical-Mathematical Intelligence: LARP Literacy, learning the games function.
May/June - Musical, Linguistic and Interpersonal Intelligences: LARP Literacy, learning the narrative form
July/Aug - Naturalist Intelligence: Summer Camps and Expeditionary Immersive Education and Community Celebration.

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“[Kids] don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.” – Jim Henson

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet Discover and create.” – Albert Einstein

“A single dream is more powerful than 1000 realities.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

“Without this playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth.  The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable.” – Carl Jung