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Peace Academy Summer 2022 Program

July 18th – 22nd
Ages 7-12
9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
San Luis Obispo Botanical Gardens

Before and aftercare payment due day of service: $10/hr per child $15/hr per family
8:30-9:15 AM & 3:45-4:45 PM

Rhythms of Our Neighborhood

Bluebirds (ages 7-8)
Gems (ages 9-10)
Condors (ages 11-12)

Join us this summer as we journey through the rhythms of our neighborhood! We’ll learn about the multitude of cultural identities that reside on the central coast through literature, music, dance, culinary arts, nutrition, historical contributions, and social justice. Children will explore their own cultural and historical identities and learn how their experiences are interconnected with the past, present, and future of our local neighborhoods and global communities. We’ll examine SLO’s demographics and local policies. Children will be empowered with scientific knowledge and practices to design ways in which we can build a more inclusive future for our community. While cultivating their leadership skills, children will build strong connections and relationships to promote socio-emotional awareness as well as solidarity with historically marginalized communities. Our PASA advisors are looking forward to guiding children through a week of cultural exploration, joyful connection, and global citizenship. Don’t miss this incredible summer filled with experiences that empower our children to co-create and shape our future!

Peace Academy Ambassadors

Ages 13-15

The “Peace Ambassadors” Program will inspire teens to explore and express their true nature as leaders for a more mindful and compassionate world. The program will focus on empowering teens to practice and model their innate leadership qualities and realize their impact as active participants and contributors to create innovative solutions for an equitable and just society. 

Registration : $350

Scholarships Available! (Application Deadline is May 13th.)
Please see our refund policy here.

If you are looking to make a payment, you can do so here.

PASA’s Pillars:
Self-Awareness, Environmental Stewardship, Social Justice & Global Citizenship

Academic Enrichment:
Ecology, Botany, Humanities, Art, Mindfulness, Collaboration, Food Science, and Leadership 

PASA’s Values:
Love, Humility, Compassion, Kindness, Gratitude, Peace, Peacemaking, Generosity, Seeking Knowledge and Wisdom

Our Teachers

Sandra Sarrouf is a cultural consultant and educator committed to building environments of belonging. She received her MA in Cultural Sustainability and BA in Environmental Studies and Political Science with a minor in Global Peace and Security. As a professional dancer, she harnesses the power of creativity and movement as tools to embrace diversity, build just communities and learn about our multicultural world. As a Middle Eastern woman who immigrated to the U.S. at a young age she works to build bridges across differences, cultivating a deeper understanding of the varied ways we participate in culture. Working at the intersection of culture, art and justice, she recently founded Cultural Creations to support organizations who want to build inclusion, equity and belonging into their framework. Her radiant joy and deep cultural pride are most evident in the vibrancy she brings working with children and adults as a workshop facilitator, educator and dancer.  Sandra especially loves her summer work with PASA engaging children to open their minds about the incredible diversity in our communities and world through movement, art, story and dialogue! 

Mariana Carlon is a Kindergarten classroom teacher for the Santa Maria Bonita School District, where she has taught for the past 7 years. Originally from Northeast Portland, Oregon, she and her family now reside in Santa Maria, California where she teaches. Mariana Carlon received both her teaching credential and master’s in curriculum and instruction from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. She is an educator of social and racial justice with an emphasis on anti-bias anti-racist and praxis framework usage in the classroom. She is known for taking social justice topics and making them understandable and relatable for primary students. Some of the topics she has engaged young children in are desegregation, civil rights, systemic racism, queer topics, colorism, Indigenous rights, and more.  Her passion for educating students of color stems from her own experience at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary in N.E. Portland where she was engaged in a culturally relevant environment. She sees her place in education as a catalyst to continue the legacy of empowering and uplifting students of color so they will one day thrive. 

Beela Elghandour earned a bachelor’s in Biochemistry from UCLA, as a step closer to achieving her career goal in Dentistry. At UCLA Beela served on the committee for the Academic, Mentorship and Professional Development Project. She worked for the UMMA Volunteer Project, Global Medical Training in the Dominican Republic, and Food Drive Initiative Project. She also served as a Sports Medicine Intern for three years. She also took part in nanoparticle research at Cal Poly State University. She currently is a dental assistant and will be starting Dental School this upcoming school year. 

Beela loves working with kids. Her experience as a gymnastics coach at Central Coast Gymnastics, and teacher at Bright Life Playschool positioned her to become a teacher and coordinator for Peace Academy’s summer programs. Beela remains to be very active in her community and is excited to continue working with the Peace Academy as she progresses in her career.

Brandon Hurd is an engineer (BS+MS) by training and an “ecologist cowboy” by self-driven interests to join the revolution in regenerating land and reconnecting with food. He is a part of The Lavra community farm as a garden and livestock manager and will receive his Permaculture Design Certificate from Santa Cruz Permaculture this spring. Currently, he is researching sustainable communities, agroecology, and ethnobotany.

To learn more about the Lavra, check out their website here.

Lina Avery was born and raised in Southern California and received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Cal State Northridge. While practicing her hobbies of jewelry making and nature photography, Lina took on a passion for teaching diverse groups of students of various ethnic and faith backgrounds. After years of substitute teaching in Sacramento, she began her own teaching career. She has been teaching science at the middle school and high school grade levels for the past three years. Lina enjoys sharing the scientific wonders all around us and is excited to be with Peace Academy this summer.

Peace Academy of the Sciences and Arts
Tax ID: 83-0651198
PO Box 13024
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406