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

Mountain Quest: Coming of Age for Young Women

This journey of self-discovery builds confidence and clarity for emerging young women.

When Jul 01, 2018 09:00 AM to
Jul 14, 2018 05:00 PM
Where Olympic National Park; Program starts and ends in Bothell, Washington
Cost: $1975; deposit $400. Financial aid available.
Ages: 12-14
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.

This journey of self-discovery builds confidence and clarity for emerging young women. 


"My daughter's Journey changed her in so many positive ways. She still talks of her Journey even after months have passed. She learned that it's okay to accept help from others and that she works well with other team members. She learned to value herself.” Participant Parent.

The Coming of Age Journey is a unique opportunity to celebrate and honor the changes of this time in a girl's life. Like thousands of women before her, she will be welcomed into the larger community with a fuller understanding of the creative and visionary power inherent in her gifts as a woman.

Developed over fifty years of work with hundreds of individuals, this program helps young women enter adolescence with strength and self-confidence. Girls speak their truth and believe in their worth based on talents, skills and interests rather than on appearance, popularity or sexuality. Participants are physically, emotionally and spiritually stretched as they set out on a multi-day backpacking trip and 24-hour solo vigil. The journey gives young women an extraordinary opportunity to challenge themselves as they move beyond self-imposed limitations, take on greater responsibility, and work cooperatively with others.

Set in the forests, mountains, and waterways of Western Washington, this program is designed to empower participants to recognize and walk in the truth of their own spirit. Laughter, sweat, creativity, reflection, and new friendships all come together for those who are willing to discover more about themselves and their unique contributions to the world.

Family Participation

The initiate’s family plays an important role in The Coming of Age Journey. On the first day of the trip, parents and guardians send their child off, then spend time exploring the changes that are occurring in their daughter and in their family.  At the conclusion of this 2-week adventure, parents and guardians take part in a program of incorporation. During this day-long event, parents and young people alike will have the opportunity to see one another with new eyes. Together in this way, they breathe new life into existing relationships, and explore the possibilities of what it means to be a family in the 21st century, with a new family member who is no longer a girl, but a young woman. 

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


2017 Staff


 Alex Eisenberg 

                       Manon 2016      

        Alex Eisenberg

                      Manon McPeters

Alex came to Journeys in 2012 as a participant in the Adult Wilderness Quest. Her powerful quest experience initiated a huge shift in her life, and was the spark that ignited her dedication to soul work and rites-of-passage. The experience continues to be a grounding force in all that she does, including leading Journeys' Coming of Age for Young Women and Fire on the Mountain programs. Alex is deeply passionate about cultivating ritual and ceremony as tools for cultural, personal, and community healing. She is active in grief rituals, heart circles, and red tents, and is excited about infusing more ceremony and soulfulness into her intersecting life paths of activism, farming, writing, natural building, and communal living. When Alex is not farming or in the forest, you might spot her on her bike with a hula hoop and rock climbing shoes strapped to her pack.

Manon has been deeply blessed or lucky- maybe both- in the mentor department. Starting in her early teen years, Manon has found herself in the presence of some deeply soulful, wild, compassionate, grounded women. It is her intent, now, to live that role for others, as she continues to grow herself. Manon has studied extensively with Wilderness Awareness School.She began as a teen student in their year-long program. After a year studying environmental education and botany at The Evergreen State College, she returned to Wilderness Awareness School as an adult student in their 9-month nature connection program, Anake Outdoor School, and then as an apprentice for their year-long youth programs. During that time, Manon’s passion was awakened for mentoring, and using plants, wildlife tracking and observation, and primitive skills as vehicles for self-reflection. Manon has been held in ceremony many times, and has completed numerous rites-of-passage, both facilitated and self-initiated. Manon currently works as a mentor for multiple nature-based organizations for youth and teens. In addition, she is a certified Forrest Yoga teacher. She delights in weaving together connection to the wild, connection to body, and connection to soul.

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