The blossoming woman is nourished through connection to true self, nature and community.
Growing Goddess/ Moon Mystics: Girls Ages 11-14 and 15-18, Overnight Camp
Session 1: July 8 - 12, 2019 near Asheville, NC
Session 2: July 15 - 19, 2019 near Asheville, NC
Session 3: August 15-18, 2019 near L.A, CA in the Santa Monica Mountains
We gather to witness, celebrate, uplift and orient girls on the threshold of their womanhood through a Rites of Passage ritual in the mountain wilderness. We believe rites of passage is essential for healthy culture and an empowered blossoming into womanhood. The ceremonial beauty of this Rites of Passage feeds both the wild soul and the Earth.
We are committed to providing a space where young women grow in connection to self, community and the Earth through this community supported, nature based rites of passage.
We believe intergenerational mentorship, sisterhood, strong intuition, awakened creativity and a deep connection with the Earth provides the taproot of strength needed to weather the tests of life and womanhood in a healthy way.
Womanhood is beautiful, powerful and worth celebrating! We believe you don’t have to come of age in isolation, unaware and in trauma, rather we rise connected, in tune and resilient.
This is the time to claim our passageways and make them reflective of the natural, wild and wise beings we are, as we feed beauty to the Earth and serve our families and communities.
This summer a group of devoted mentors and 22 young women ages 11-14 (Growing Goddess) and 15-18 (Moon Mystics) will take to the gorgeous mountain wilderness, to feast our wild souls with the songs of trickling wild streams, hawks soaring flight, and elder trees.
In CA we will be feasted by the sage brush, coyote song and views of the ocean. The arms of the Earth and the power of the elements will hold us for a life changing Rites of Passage Ritual.
The community will acknowledge the courage of the young women and bless them on their way in our Send Off Ceremony, 9:30-11 on our first day.
While we can’t share everything these young women will experience together, here is a description of some of our main activities.
We will bathe in the moon light on a mountain top hike and lunar celebration. Dive into our inner world through guided journeys with the drum to meet guides and helpers. Our barefeet dancing on the earth will spring to life with power symbols and feminine spirals from the henna plant, representing our sole/soul connection with Mother Earth.
Each morning young women will tune into the natural rhythms with a brief solo in nature and we will gather for the Energetic Tool Kit, sharing simple practices for optimizing and being in tune with one’s energy and how to shift moods, protect, womanifest goals, etc.
We will run and play nature awareness games that pull us out of our heads and into our senses, our bodies, and the ecology we are with.
We believe the importance of fire tending has practical, ceremonial and inner significance. We will learn to tend the fire of our passions, creativity and power with skill and grace. Both learning to tend a physical fire, and court the spark to flame by ancient fire by friction with the bow-drill. Each young woman who chooses will craft her own bow drill kit and learn the necessary skills to make fire in the ancient way.
In California due to the sensitive relationship with fire and the ecology at this time, we will be bringing the fire element in more subtle and safe ways and taking a deep journey with making drums. each young woman will be making a frame drum as a tool to heal, journey and connect with the heartbeat of the Earth.
Myths are maps, and we will share some especially potent maps from the wise woman mystery school of mythic stories, these stories come alive within us, silently guiding us towards our path and our truth.
There’s something so soothing about having our hands in the earth, we will craft our inner goddess in clay and create a space to work with the elements of earth and water to let go of the things that no longer serve us, and grieve what needs to be grieved.
Our moon lodge is where we have conversations that matter about becoming a woman and we address important curiosities and questions of the young women, and they share their knowledge with each other. We connect in council about self care, the power of our yes and no, sex and sensuality, gender identity, health, honoring and understanding our cycles physiologically and spiritually and whatever else needs to come up. This space is healing, sacred and extremely important to decompress from our current culture and create the feminine and honoring culture we deserve.
Aixa Amankay, medicine woman and healer from Colombia will guide us through a heart opening and healing Cacao Ceremony. Cacao opens the doors of our heart and opens our hearts to speak our truth and sing our song.
The young women will experience a wilderness solo. They will prepare for the solo with their daily sit spots, and through guidance through stories. Safety precautions will be in place and the young women will be in hearing distance from one another and the mentors.
On our last day we will emerge into our new form and clarified visions in a potent and mysterious ritual.
The families and community will be the open arms of the “village” as we return like fresh water from the high mountains to nourish all of life with our clarity, power, and beauty. Please join for our Welcome Home Ceremony and community potluck from 5-8pm on our final day.
Join us in honoring and celebrating the blossoming women in our lives.
*Our meals will be organic, local when possible and accommodate allergies, and preference with advance notice.
This is a Nature-based Rites of Passage Camp honoring the sacred time when a girl is becoming a woman. Through supportive sisterhood, fun, ritual and nature connection each young woman's inner gifts and natural authenticity emerge. The blossoming woman is nourished through connection to true self, nature and community. Community Supported/ Nature Based Rites of Passage helps usher a girl into healthy young womanhood, feeling confident and connected to herself, her family, her community and the natural world.
Nature Connection & Sensory Awareness Activities:
Rites of Passage Rituals including Wilderness Solo Time
Earth Skills and Ancestral Crafts: may include pottery, leather craft, friction fire, Archery, Knots, Natural Dying, bird language, tracking, basketry, primitive cooking, wild edible and medicinal plants, herbal medicine for the pre-teen and teenage years.
Empowering Earth Songs
Team Building Activities
Nature Connection Games
Red Tent and Self Care Teachings, Sex Health and Education and Mentored Group Discussions
Tools for Empowerment
Yoga, Dance, Tai Chi
Sharpening the Intuition
Heart Opening Cacao Ceremony
Many fun surprises…