Meet our Reunion Camp
We're looking forward to being joined by many of you!
Doug Dolstad & Barbara Larson, Camp Hosts
We heartily welcome you to our Vashon Island Family Reunion Camp! We are so delighted to be looking forward to reconnecting with families and staff from our past 15 years of camp. We've seen this camp community become a family in itself, with parents becoming extended support systems, the youth forming bonds that last through the year; we've all grown together...
I first came to family camp in 2013 and after 5 years of cooking camp lunches this will be my first year running the kitchen. It will also be my first year as a Mom and I am delighted to have my family attend camp with me! NVCFC has inspired my life and my relationships in so many ways and each year that I return I am excited to give back to this special community in such delicious ways!
I believe the kitchen is the pumping heart of any event. Each meal is an invitation to pause and savor inspired flavors, feel appreciation for our wondrous human bodies that allow us to create so much, and to connect with each other in the simple and sacred act of breaking bread together. Every summer I travel around the North West leading kitchens or cooking meals for large events from NVC and Acro Yoga Camps to Singing Alive and music festivals. At each event it is my striving desire in the kitchen to provide delicious quality meals that ground participants into the experience of gratitude, abundance, connection and presence.
For me the kitchen is always a place for intimate and candid conversations, and family camp always affords me abundant opportunities to season meals with love and inspiration because of the amazing people I get to work with. I have been told by parents that one of their favorite things about Family Camp is not having to think about or prepare a single meal for a week, and know that everything they eat will be delicious. I love that this is part of my offering to those who attend and look forward to nourishing hearts, fueling bodies, reconnecting with old friends and meeting new beautiful beings at Family Camp this summer!
She discovered NVC in 2006 while working as a parent educator and elementary teacher. She was seeking more connected ways to parent her own 3 children and was amazed at how it transformed her relationships.
She and her family began attending Vashon Family Camp in 2010 and have come back every year since!. She became a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication in 2011 and began sharing NVC full time.
She continues to seek ways to practice, learn, and share the Nonviolent Communication consciousness and skills. She enjoys companioning individuals, families, couples, children and youth in compassion, self-empathy and honest, caring expression. She brings a playfulness and a willingness to be silly and laugh as we grow and explore. This is her 8th year as program staff at Vashon Family Camp. She also has been staff at Family Heart Camps.