Treasured alongside building and growing is relaxing and playing. Time for self reflection, away from the hubbub of family and community, is found every day. Beach walks are common. Time spent doing nothing is valued. Camping in the nearby Chugach Mountains, swimming in the ocean, exercising daily, and sledding are all deeply rooted at Ionia. Most activities are rich in relaxation and spirit as well as being directly connected to basic needs – food, heat, shelter – and include all ages. This unique combination transmutes our endeavors from work and chores to greatly valued simple seasonal activity.