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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
Taught by: Marisa Taborga Byrne, Gretchen Gerlach
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.


2018 Staff




        Marisa Taborga Byrne

                      Gretchen Gerlach


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