Ninjas in Nature Youth Programs

Program Description

Our youth programs fuse the ancient arts of the ninja with nature survival and sensory awareness training. Oh, we also play a lot of games. Our curriculum is designed for ages 7-12, and we have occasional teen assistants who are a part of our youth leadership program. We aim for small group ratios (1:8). Our weekend (Shinobi Sundays), homeschool, and afterschool programs are usually 2.5-3 hours duration. Our typical schedule involves arrival skills, a group circle, a group game, focused skills time, and then a wrap-up circle. Our curriculum is based on  7-10 program days that have a curricular theme (we call them "Pathways"). Some of the themes include: shelter, fire, water, food, awareness, movement, invisibility, and more. We introduce skills of basic ninjutsu (the art of the ninja). We do hands-on skills often involving wildcrafting and woodcarving. Students also keep a "ninja notebook" where they record the skills we do and complete optional "home ninja missions." Many of our skills have been recorded in our video library and we often share these links with students for home preparation and study.


Students have the option to complete skills and progress along our ranking pathway. We have 5 ranks in our curriculum: Nin, Kame (Turtle), Ootori (Firebird), Tora (Tiger), and Ryū (Dragon).



Dai Shihan Mark Roemke


Our program is run under Pathways Dojo which is led by Sensei Mark Roemke (15th degree black belt in ninjutsu).  Sensei Roemke has been awarded the highest rank possible (Dai Shihan) below that of Grandmaster, and is licensed to teach under the Grandmaster of Ninjutsu, Masaaki Hatsumi.




Summer Explorations Registration is Open!

Location: Birches School, Lincoln, MA                                 Ages: 7-12

Dates/Time: M-F July 24-28, 9am-3pm

Instructors: Rob Riman, Sarah King, Ken Clarkson and special guest Dai Shihan Mark Roemke

Spring Programs

Homeschool NiN

Location: Acton, MA                                   Ages: 7-12

Day/Time: Tuesdays: 10-1230              Dates (7 Tuesdays per session)

Spring Session Dates. 7 Tuesdays

April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6

Cost: $420/session (limited partial scholarship and sibling discounts available)

Instructors: Rob Riman, Melissa Winchell

Shinobi Sundays

Location: Lincoln, MA                                   Ages: 7-12

Day/Time: Every other Sunday: 2-4:30              Dates (7 Sundays per session)

Program Description

Shinboi Sundays runs every spring and fall. We gather every other Sunday to explore the landscape, practice survival skills, learn ninjutsu, play games, and have a ridiculous amount of fun. During each session, students train with a theme curriculum (examples: fire, shelter, invisibility and more). Upon completion of the 7 session program, students earn a patch for that course which counts towards earning their next NiN Rank. To find out about the next session, join our mailing list below.


Instructors: Rob Riman, Ken Clarkson, Quinn Eastburn

Teen Leadership Training

We train teens to become assistant instructors with our Hyabusa (Falcon) Leadership Training Program. Teens work along side of lead instructors while assisting with activities, games, safety, and fun. We accept two teen leaders for each program. We currently accepting applications for our our teen leadership position with our Homeschool and Shinobi Sundays programs described above. Learn more about our Falcon Leadership Training.

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