Wavy Gravy has spent many years trying his best to make the world a better place. As part of this effort, he has co-founded two organizations that have been his life’s work. Camp Winnarainbow and the Seva Foundation have been his main focus for decades as he works to bring eyesight to the blind, and smiles to children’s faces. Read more about these passion projects below.

The Camp Winnarainbow Kids Camp program is driven by its two core philosophies (The Show Show and The Life Show) and all of its activities are designed to reflect their goals.

The Show Show

Our performance philosophy emphasizes taking risks in a physically and emotionally safe environment. Drawing from the world of circus and theatrical arts, we teach timing, balance, and a sense of humor. We honor the creative spirit of each child in an atmosphere of approval and mutual encouragement. Each day, except on weekends, two periods of fourteen different classes are offered for campers to choose from. Classes, are designed to engage campers of all different skill levels; no previous experience is required. Safety and Health are tantamount and all teachers have been evaluated to ensure the highest level of competence. Showtime, whether it’s after classes or during evening programs, is presented as a natural and enjoyable way to perform in front of a supportive audience and we encourage everyone to participate. And at the end of each session, skills and theatrical pieces that are created by the campers are presented in a show for parents and friends. On the stage and in the tipi, friendship building and acceptance are emphasized with the campers. Competition is de-emphasized. Healthy sportsmanship is supported during team sports, which include softball, ultimate kiwigambling.co.nz frisbee, volleyball, soccer and basketball on our own regulation court donated by the Bill Graham Foundation with backboards supplied by former NBA star, Bill Walton.

The Life Show

Camp Winnarainbow provides a training ground to nurture leaders for a peaceful, harmonious and sustainable world by teaching responsibility for one’s own behavior and developing confidence, inner security and appropriate self-expression. We encourage respect for oneself, others, and the environment while valuing the uniqueness of each individual, within the diversity of racial, cultural, economic, and religious backgrounds that comprise our camp community. The heart and soul of Camp Winnarainbow is learning to live in community: within the tipis and as a whole larger community. In the tipis, experienced counselors help their campers develop self-esteem and social/friendship skills through games, stories and bonding activities. As a whole camp, group activities such as All Nations Day (see below), Adventure Night and other evening performances emphasize mutual respect and leadership skills. All Nations Day/Too Much Fun Day is a day long pageant centered around a theme held in the middle of each two week session. Themes have included environmental awareness, nonviolent conflict resolution, and diversity and are usually framed within a fun, theatrical storyline for the campers to learn and explore.

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"We can make a difference and have fun doing it."
- Wavy Gravy

Seva Foundation partners worldwide to create self-sustaining programs that preserve and restore sight.

Compassion in Action

Turn compassion into action: We are professionals, volunteers, and donors drawn to this work by the spirit of service.

Value different ways of knowing

We respect both the analytical and intuitive in all our work. We serve the underserved: We work with communities worldwide to achieve health equity–especially those that are vulnerable and economically marginalized including women, children, and indigenous peoples.

Promote a comprehensive concept of health

We recognize that spiritual and cultural renewal, economic self-sufficiency, environmental wellness, and medical services are important to well-being.

Create long-term partnerships

We are responsive to the changing needs and conditions of the people and programs with whom we work. By developing close relationships with local organizations and community leaders, we build trust, mutual respect, and cultural understanding.

Expand self-reliance

We promote self-reliance and aim to reduce dependence on outside assistance. We seek sustainable solutions that come from within individuals and communities so our partners continue delivering services long after our involvement has ended.

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