Autistry Newsletter – August 9, 2014

Posted By on August 9, 2014

Either summers are getting shorter or time is passing faster but August’s arrival caught me by surprise. Or perhaps it’s just that the old adage “Time flies when you’re having fun” is true. In which case, after the amazing fun of the Autistry Summer Camps it is a wonder that we aren’t in August 2015!

city explorers
We kicked off the summer with City Explorers Camps 1 and 2 led by Ashley Gries. The campers hiked the Marin headlands, took the ferry to San Francisco, and experienced the Exploratorium, the Aquarium by the Bay, Fort Point and other cool local locations. They revisited familiar places and discovered new ones.


The Letterboxing Camp led by Sara Gardner took the students in search of hidden treasures and cached messages. Letterboxing combines several skills – navigation, art, and puzzle solving. Letterboxing hobbyists hide small, weatherproof boxes in publicly accessible places. Our campers traveled the length and breadth of Marin County from Heart’s Desire Beach to China Camp looking for these treasure troves. They created unique stamps of their own and travel journals and had a fabulous time.


Brook Leone was the head chef of Cooking Camps 1 and 2. Brook and her sous-chefs, Ashley Gries, Dayna Camden and Danny Waite kept the campers busy with shopping, cooking and, of course, eating! They also did blind-folded taste tests, learned kitchen safety, customized chef hats, made a recipe book, and, of course, did the dishes. And, at the end of each week they not only made yummy snacks but they also fixed a three course meal for the Thursday Autistry Workshop students – a sit-down meal for 22 people! And it was very tasty.

Next week Sara Gardner returns with a very special camp – The Hero’s Journey. Campers will explore their animal spirits, create unique shields, and hike to one of Marin’s most beautiful waterfalls. You can follow their journey on our Facebook Page.

The staff and students of Autistry are gearing up for our 3rd Annual Fundraising Faire. This year the theme is Eco-Tech: Using our Powers for Good! On display will be student projects like a lightweight teardrop trailer, a “green” demonstration shed, models of ecologically savvy small-footprint houses, and more.

The Faire benefits the Autistry Opportunity Fund, which allows Autistry to offer sliding-scale fees and scholarships to low- and moderate-income individuals and families who would not otherwise be able to access our innovative programs. There are several ways you can help us make this the best faire yet:

Partner with Autistry by becoming an Event Sponsor – check out the custom remote control cars we build for our Event Sponsors – not to mention the VIP dinner!

Or, be a Booth Sponsor and put your name on one of the many cool carnival booths or on the crash wall of the racetrack.

Or, donate items to the Autistry Silent Auction Handmade crafts, wines, items to include in baskets (Spa basket, date night, culinary delights, etc). We are looking for fun, exciting, exquisite or just plain cool items!

Thank you for supporting Autistry Studios!

Janet, Dan, Sarah, Sara, Amelia, Ashley, Brook, Dayna, Allison, Danny, and Katia

About The Author

Janet is the Executive Director and co-founder of Autistry Studios (also known as SuperMom). She co-leads many of the workshops, counsels individuals and groups, supervises MFT interns, makes brownies, sews costumes, edits video projects, builds websites, and mops the floor.