Scholarships for the July 26-August 3, 2014 Camp

Thanks to the generosity of many happy French Meadows campers, we offer scholarships. It's super easy to participate. Just review the categories and decide which one fits you and follow the simple instructions. Every scholarship will be distributed and you could be one of the winners. The intent of the donors is to introduce new people to the French Meadows Summer Camp experience.

As a positive and growing community, we welcome new friends who share our interests in healthy living, thoughtful actions, and peaceful lives.

If you would like support the scholarship program, click on Donate button to make a donation with your credit card.

We appreciate your generousity.


rotation-scholarship-1cFamily Scholarship: "A scholarship grant of $1000 is available to any family with at least one child between the ages of 4 and 12. Applicants must apply by the deadline with an essay of up to 500 words. Preference is given to first-time French Meadows campers."

To Apply: E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by February 1, 2014 with your name, ages of children, and contact information along with an up to 500-word essay on what macrobiotics means to you, your vision for macrobiotics, and the reasons why you would like to receive this scholarship. Or, mail information and essay to G.O.M.F., PO Box 3998, Chico, CA 95927-3998.

The scholarship committee will decide by March 1, 2014. Questions may be addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


herman-and-cornelliaHerman and Cornellia Aihara Scholarship: "Three scholarship grants of $400 each are available to any person interested in studying macrobiotic theory and/or cooking. Applicants must apply by the deadline with an essay of up to 500 words. Preference is given to first-time French Meadows campers and to persons under 36 years of age."

To Apply: E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by February 1, 2014 with your name, age, and contact information along with an up to 500-word essay on what macrobiotics means to you, your vision for macrobiotics, and the reasons why you would like to receive this scholarship. Or, mail information and essay to G.O.M.F., PO Box 3998, Chico, CA 95927-3998.

The scholarship committee will decide by March 1, 2014. Questions may be addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


French Meadows Testimonials

"I come to French Meadows to fall in love all over again." J.F., Chico, CA

"My favorite memory is the first moment I arrive, when I have this deep down feeling like I have come home again." M.B., Oakland, CA

"Every camp I am inspired to make a change in my life. This year I will chew more and take up yoga." D.L., Santa Rosa, CA

"It is special to be outdoors for over a week without having to worry about food. Time in the woods to think and wrtie is great."  N.F., Portland, OR

"I had heard the food at French Meadows was great, but the meatls were beyond description. My thanks to all the loving people who prepared the delicious dishes." M.C., San Francisco, CA

"I love the great weather and beautiful hikes. The temperatures are great; not too hot, not too cold, and no rain." C.P. Prescott, AZ

"What inspires me is the continuity, consistency of purpose and offerings, and dedication to health in all ways." G.C., Bowling Green, KY

"When I go to French Meadows, it's like coming home. The trees and the people welcome me with open arms. My special ROCK in the river invites me to sit on it. . . Support, camaraderie and learning takes place on many levels, from our teachers and from each other." B.J., Placerville, CO

"Whatever imbalances occurred over the course of the year disappeared, seemingly without effort, during my 9-day stay at the French Meadows Camp. I was restored to well being at every level. An energizing, potent experience. Highly recommended." L.V., Thousand Oaks, CA

"French Meadows Camp--come for the food and stay for the people." P.S., Palo Alto, CA

"For many people, French Meadows is a life-changing event and, in my opinion, something everyone should experience at least once." K.L. Oakland, CA


French Meadows 2003

Feel the stillness and vitality of the trees,
The freedom of the wind,
The blossom of the flowers,
The power of the stream,
The gentleness of the moss,
The stability of the rocks,
The newness of the saplings,
The freshness of the air,
The strength of the mountains,
The openness of the sky,
The lightness of the clouds,
The brightness of the sun,
The essence of the moon,
The cleansing of the morning dew,
The beauty of nature,
The beauty of you.

Stand on the edge of this beauty
open your arms.
Fill your heart
and absorb it into the depths of your soul.

Merge with this beauty
until you are on with all that is,
until you can soar with the eagle
with wings on the wind.

Let it fill your body
and release the tension that limits you.
Send your worries with the wind that
blows through and cleanses you.

Wash your heart in the stream of life
and let the stress of the world
flow out and be released.

Let nature love you until you are new.
Then look upon nature
with eyes of a newborn child,
and know your mother
who gives you life
and nourishes your body and soul.

Dawn Black, Austin, TX
July 21, 2003


Summer Camp Magic: French Meadows 2005

Caught in a time warp, last year's
camp is like yesterday's treat
we pick up where we left off
without missing a beat.

We attend the lectures
to learn about health
and discover for ourselves
the key to true wealth.

Camping out in nature
shaded by the tall trees
we discover that the best things in life
are really and truly free.

Away from work and routine
more than once in a while
our grumpiness disappears
and we genuinely smile.

Caught in the heat
some of us strip naked
to cool and refresh ourselves
and maybe remain sacred.

Expert musicians
agree on a key
then start the flow
of chords, rhythm, and harmony.

Connected to the universe
blockages disappear
love and creativity flow
we start to feel and hear.

Sharing, friendship, and love
we do much more than connect
is it really possible
our lives to redirect?

Filled with activities
summer camp zips by
before we know it the end is upon us
time really does fly.

We wish each other a great year
when we finally depart
we hug and we cry
and try not to break our hearts.

Gerard Lum, Mountain View, CA
July 2005 

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