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You are here: Home Wilderness Programs Ages 12 - 15 Becoming a Young Woman

Becoming a Young Woman

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

When Jul 05, 2015 09:00 AM to
Jul 11, 2015 05:00 PM
Where Sacred Groves; Bainbridge Island, WA; Program starts and ends in Bothell, WA
Cost: $840; deposit $280. Financial aid is available.
Ages: 12 - 14
Taught by: Monica Gockel, Amy Cooper
Contact Name Amanda Ayling
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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?

"Becoming a Young Woman" 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 10 middle school girls will explore what it means to step out of childhood and into young womanhood with the guidance and support of two 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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Help us by spreading the word about our newest program! Download our Becoming a Young Woman Flyer and share it with your community (print it and post it at your favorite hang-outs!). And check out Sacred Groves website --- this is the beautiful place where "Becoming a Young Woman" will spend a week!

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

Program Staff


                         Monica Bio Photo 2013                    Amy Cooper                         
                                          Monica Gockel                                                            Amy Cooper


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