Summer camps

Art & Apothecary Camp 2018

We are delighted to be planning for our 4th year of Art and Apothecary Camp!

As with other years, Art and Apothecary Camp is first and foremost about creating a warm, creative little community of girls who enjoy hanging out and making magic together. Our aim is to give girls the chance to deepen a sense of connection to themselves, to one another, and to the plant and animal “allies” all around us. We hope to enliven their sense of confidence and wonder as each girl gets to know and express that unique animating fire that she has inside, all her own.

Like previous years, we will start our day doing art in our “junk journals.” Girls will have the option of hand-making a journal out of recycled materials. So don’t throw away all those end-of-school year home work sheets or school newsletters! We will transform them from “blah” to “beautiful” thereby bringing closure to the last school year and opening to a new school year’s possibilities. We will explore a wide range of mixed media art supplies so the girls can experience layering materials as they listen inwardly for the “ah-ha” that lets them know when they have created visual soul medicine.

In the afternoon, we will do special apothecary projects such as candle and soap-making, mini herbal gardens and healing kits. Some familiar activities that girls who’ve been with us in the past might recognise, and some brand new. These activities are designed to help girls rediscover the magic of the natural world and the many ways the Earth transpires to heal, nourish and delight us.

This Summer, those who have been with us before will be happy to know we will be back on our property at 2428 Jefferson for ample play time in the tree house, lunchtime hot-tub time, and for our culminating “spa days” at the end of each week. We will also be venturing out a bit more than other years to enjoy some local parks and “inspiration walks.”

August 13-17 and August 20-24

9-3 pm, early and aftercare available for additional fee

ages 7-12 (two groups)

Cost: $375 per week- Early bird discount (before March 1) $325 per week

To register click here

Questions: email

About us:

Angela Jernigan is an artist, educator, family minister, and mama to creative powerhouse, soon-to-be-11-year-old Leah.

Natalia Bernal is a kids’ yoga and music teacher, a former BUSD teacher, and mama to creative powerhouse, 7 year old Alexa.



6 weeks (June 18-July 27)

8:30am-3pm daily (3-5:30pm extend care $11/hour)

The daily schedule will be similar to what the children are experiencing currently at Siembra preschool. We will offer circle time with music, dance, and stories. They will have many opportunities for art, imaginary play, games, and projects based on their interests. We will offer a play-based yoga class.

Cost: $350 weekly. Aftercare available at $11 per hour. Please provide a lunch for your child and a snack if they stay in aftercare. Morning snack is provided.

Teachers: Natalia Bernal is a bilingual credentialed teacher with over 9 years experience teaching kindergarten and transitional kindergarten in the Spanish Immersion program LeConte Elementary. Her family is from Uruguay.  She is currently teaching yoga and music at various learning centers and preschools throughout the area including Canta y Baila Conmigo, a Spanish Immersion family music class, and the Healthy Me Music & Movement program.

Anna-Maria Violich Olivier is a bilingual credentialed teacher with over 10 years experience in Spanish Immersion in San Francisco. She is from Venezuela and sings with the Venezuelan Music Project as well as teaching Music Together and Canta y Baila Conmigo, which is how she and Natalia became friends. She also teaches the Healthy Me Music & Movement program with Natalia. She has two beautiful twin 4 year-old girls who will be attending Siembra camp when she is there.

This is our second year offering Spanish summer camp for Siembra families (current, former, and future students welcome). We are excited to return for another summer of fun and joy with your wonderful children!

Registration: Email Natalia Bernal at with the dates you would like to reserve.  First come, first served basis.  A $50 deposit is required for each week that you would like to reserve. Refundable before May 1st if you need to cancel. You can pay the deposit via Paypal or mail a check to 1004 Addison Street, Berkeley 94710.