A space for young people to deepen into transitions in their lives, families, and communities while celebrating thresholds they are crossing or approaching as they move into adolescence. An opportunity to explore our relationships with one another, with the more than human world, and with our ancestral lineages.
Facilitators will hold space to support participants in moving towards an ecocentric (as opposed to egocentric) adolescence, where they are empowered to express themselves authentically in order to bring their unique gifts into the world. Participants will be offered invitations to consider aspects of childhood that may feel incomplete, while dreaming into a life-affirming future for themselves, our species, and the planet.
Programming will be focused on supporting young people in connecting with their innate inner resources and creativity, while cultivating a deep sense of belonging and knowing one’s place in the web of human community and the more than human world.
Along with nature-based skills, crafts, games, expressive arts, and ceremony, participants will weave into camp life and community by helping prepare meals and tending our hearth. There will also be regular invitations for solo time on the land.
Overnight, nature immersion programming on Thistle Pond in Monroe.
July 18 – 27, 2023| Ages 10 – 14
Drop off on July 18: 10:30am | Pick up on July 27: 4:30pm
• Plants as food and medicine
• Preparing meals together
• Working with fire, wood, and knives
• Expanding comfort outdoors
• Sit spot / solo time / wandering
• Play and games
• Deepening relationship with the more than human world
• Movement and embodiment practices
Specific bodies of work integrated into programming:
• Work that Reconnects: Read Active Hope or Coming Back to Life for more details
• Nature and the Human Soul & Wild Mind (Bill Plotkin and the work of Animas Valley Institute)
• Forest Therapy
• 8 Shields Nature Connection Mentoring
• Expressive Arts Therapies
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There are weekly and monthly payment plans available for all programing and we use a sliding scale tuition model. To read more about our tuition structure click here.
We anticipate Rising Moon eventually evolving into a year long immersion program, with an extended overnight summer session, a few weekends per year, and single day gatherings to stay connected.
Single Day Gatherings
Opportunities for a deeper dive into something specific, such as weaving a basket, learning about plants, the Work that Reconnects, or any other emerging topic that is relevant to the group. These dates are scheduled prior to the start of the Yearlong Immersion. Some days could be open to caregivers, family or the wider community. These gatherings help build relationships within the container of the program, prepare participants for fully diving in each weekend, and make space for deeper exploration of emerging themes and interests.