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You are here: Home Wilderness Programs Ages 12 - 15 Moon Rise: Coming of Age for Young Women

Moon Rise: Coming of Age for Young Women

A retreat-based rite of passage experience for Adolescent Girls.

When Aug 14, 2016 09:00 AM to
Aug 21, 2016 05:00 PM
Where Sacred Groves; Bainbridge Island, WA; Program starts and ends in Bothell, WA
Cost: $975; deposit $300. Financial aid is available.
Ages: 12 - 14
Taught by: Amy Cooper, Monica Gockel, Sarah Conner
Contact Name Cameron Withey
Contact Email
Contact Phone (425) 485.7396
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Parents please plan to attend the first and last days of the trip.

Adolescence can be a turbulent and trying time and most of our young people are launched into it with little consciousness and even less preparation. 


How could it change the teenage years of a girl to have mentors, who have walked the path before her, guide her with love and wisdom into adolescence? To have her family walk beside her on that journey, honoring and celebrating her step out of childhood? To have a group of peers supporting her and sharing the journey with her? To be welcomed into young womanhood by an older generation of women who share with her the gifts and strengths and beauty of womanhood?

Coming of Age for Young Women was created to bring these vital experiences to more adolescent girls, to help them cross the bridge between childhood and youth in love and beauty. It will help them reach young womanhood with a deeper sense of themselves, their own inner and outer beauty and the gifts they bring to the world, so that they may walk through their teen years with strength and self-confidence. We will use heart-centered conversation, art, song, reflective activity and ritual to deepen girls' relationships to their inner selves, their families, their communities and to their own version of what is sacred.

This group of 9 middle school girls will explore what it means to step out of childhood and into young womanhood with the guidance and support of three fabulous female mentors. The group will spend a week at a moonlodge, engaging in a rite of passage experience to honor and celebrate the conscious step into young womanhood with a sweat bath ceremony, an 8-hour solo in the woods, and a ritual welcoming to womanhood. Parents and/or guardians will be involved in a formal parting and reconnection with their girls at the beginning and end of the retreat, so that each young woman may be recognized and supported by her family as she takes this important step, and so that the family may enter into the adolescent years together on a strong footing.


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 Financial aid may be available. Please visit our Scholarships page for more information.


Program Staff

               Amy Cooper                             Monica Bio Photo 2013      

                   Amy Cooper

             Monica Gockel

In Amy’s youth, she was privileged to have mentors who taught her how to use self-reflection, communion with nature, and personal and group ritual to grow deeper within and live happier without. These experiences launched her on a personal journey of exploration into the connection between mind, body and spirit. She has earned her B.A. from The Evergreen State College, her 200hr Yoga Teacher Certification from the Southwest Institute of the Healing Arts, and has been trained as a Girls Circle Facilitator with One Circle Foundation. In 2014, she had her first experience with Rite of Passage Journeys as an apprentice on the Becoming a Young Woman retreat, and is excited to return this year as a mentor on the same trip. Amy loves any opportunity to share her joy and wonder with young people, and especially loves using her own journey towards self-love to help young women learn to love themselves. When she’s not playing in the Pacific Northwest, she loves hiking in the Superstition Wilderness of her home state of Arizona, drinking tea, eating soup, and finding any excuse for spa time.

Monica fell in love with Journeys when she worked as an apprentice on the Coming of Age for Girls trip in the summer of 2012.  She has an immense passion for working with young women, especially helping them traverse the sometimes rocky terrain on the path to womanhood.  During the school year she is grateful to have the opportunity to work as a Girls Circle Facilitator, leading peer support and empowerment groups for 6th through 8th grade girls.  Her nurturing spirit has also thrived through her involvement with Big Brother Big Sisters, through which she has spent the past four years as a "Big Sister" to an amazing young woman.  She graduated from the Evergreen State College in 2010 with a BA in Liberal Arts.  In her spare time, you might find her cooking a meal for friends, practicing yoga, tending her garden or cozying up with a good book.  


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