A space for people of marginalized genders to explore and deepen into transitions in their lives, families, and communities while celebrating a spectrum of diverse ways to embody masculine and feminine energy. We prioritize deepening relationships with one another, the more than human world, the broader community, our ancestors, and the ancestors of traditions and land that we are in relationship with.

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2022 Dates TBD | A circle for women, non-binary, and trans people.

Moriah, Caitlin, and Leigh have been collaborating on holding ceremony space during the full moon since 2018. This circle has moved through various transformations and will continue into 2022 with Monroe as our default location and occasional gatherings elsewhere. We will continue to gather in Birch Point once annually during the summer as well. Check back for more details and upcoming dates. Feel free to reach out if you’d like to be added to the Moon Circle Mailing List.

First Moon Rite of Passage for Adults

2022 Dates TBD | Suggested Sliding Scale Donation $55 – $95 | Deer Isle

Many adults who have menstruated didn’t receive a full celebration and marking of Menarche, a physical passage from child to adult. Some of us were raised in moon time and learned to rest and go within during moon time to access our deepest feelings and intuitions. Some of us raised in cultures affected by colonization received messages about menstruation being shameful or less-than. As adults we can reclaim our first mensus right of passage, reaching out to our child self and welcoming her across the threshold into the community of women. When we complete this passage, either for the first time or for the 5th time, we connect with the magic of our own wombs and clear the way for uplifting wisdom in our descendants.

People who’ve had many moons of menstruation are invited to ceremonially mark their first blood, even if you are no longer menstruating. When we cross the threshold from girl to woman not only do we become sisters with our mothers, we also join the council of women. With the help of the loving gaze of our sisters, we can lift the burden of any shame-laden messages we’ve received about menstruation from colonizing cultures many of us have been raised in.

Through journey, reflection, movement, song, blessing, sharing, and listening, we’ll lift up our tender, strong, radiant inner young ones. We’ll listen to their knowledge and offer the blessings they need to hear. We’ll weave a basket of heart-songs that hold and nourish us.  We’ll have the opportunity to cross a threshold from girlhood into adulthood, deepen our relationship with our moon time, strengthen connections with one another, and with our younger self. Our connection with our moon blood offers us gifts in our own lives and is passed down to our descendants of blood and heart. Childcare can be provided.

Registration Opens in February

Overnight, nature immersion programming on Deer Isle.

This circle is open to young women, non-binary, and trans people ages 10 – 15.

Themes:

• Crafts
• Song
• Ceremony
• Storytelling
• 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
• Council
• Movement and embodiment practices
• Dreamwork

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

Registration Opens in February

Session 1

Dates TBA

Themes: Intentions, trust, coming from gratitude, divination.

Session 2

Dates TBA

Themes: Honoring our pain for the world, deep time, ancestral healing.

Session 3

Dates TBA

Themes: 24 hour solo, seeing with new eyes, going forth.

Parent / community return ceremony

Registration Opens in February


Single day gatherings to stay connected

2022 Fall Dates TBA

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. We’d like to schedule these dates prior to the start of the program, and fill in the details a few months in advance. Some days could be open to mothers, family or community and we are excited to bring in guest facilitators as well. These gatherings will 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.

Sliding Scale Tuition

The sliding scale tuition model is a type of fee structure that accounts for variability in assets, income, and expenses as an attempt to increase accessibility for people with less financial and/or class privilege.

We offer two tiers of subsidized rates for those who cannot afford the break-even cost of programs. This model allows self selection of registration cost, please pay the actual cost of attendance (Supporter rate) if you do not experience difficulty meeting your family's basic needs such as housing, food, and transportation.

We highly recommend reading more about Sliding Scale: A Tool of Economic Justice.

If neither subsidized rate is accessible for your family, please contact us and let us know what your needs are. We are committed to making programs accessible to anyone who is interested and are pursuing fundraising options to increase our capacity to reach this goal.

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Payment Plans

If you would like to set up a weekly or monthly automatic payment you can make a deposit on this page with the card you'd like to use and email us the amount and frequency for payments.

Rising Moon Immersion – Fall Costs

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Supporter

$1950

Actual cost — My family’s basic needs are met.

Subsidized

$1520

I occasionally have difficulty meeting my family’s basic needs.

Scholarship

$1080

Meeting my family’s basic needs is an ongoing challenge.

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Weekend Packing List:

• Potluck dish for Friday dinner
• Packed lunch for Saturday
• Snacks to meet specific dietary needs

• Sleeping system:

• Tent or hammock
• Rainfly or tarp
• Sleeping pad and cold weather bag (rated for 10-20 degrees below expected temperature) Double up with two bags to achieve more warmth.
• Extra blanket
• Sleeping bag liner (optional)
• Pillow (optional)

• Backpack for transporting gear
• Daypack
• Headlamp + extra batteries
• Weather appropriate clothing — synthetic or wool, avoid cotton
• Rain jacket or poncho
• Rain or snow pants
• Warm hat (synthetic or wool)
• Scarf or neck warme
• Mittens or gloves (work gloves may also be useful)
• Bandana
• Time piece that is not a cell phone or smart watch
• Water bottle (16oz or more, marked with identifying features)
• Mug for hot drinks
• Lightweight bowl
• Spoon, fork optional
• Carving knife (we recommend Mora knives)
• Toothbrush, toothpaste, and other toiletries — fragrance-free / biodegradable
• Emergency whistle
• Journal, writing and/or drawing instruments

Additional Optional Items

• Sunscreen, bug spray
• Drum, shaker, lightweight rhythm-maker
• Crafts or projects (baskets, cordage, friction fire sets, etc)
• Fire starting kit (magnesium rod, flint and steel, friction fire sets)

Past Programs

Supporting Young People in Moon Time

During Moon Time our senses heighten and we have greater access to instinctual knowing. When young people starting Moon Time make space to listen to their unique inner voice and needs they deepen relationship with self and intuition. We'll learn about Moon Time as a celebrated Rite of Passage and share practical tips to support and celebrate young people in their Moon Time. An online event for parents, family members, and caregivers. All ages + genders welcome. This event has passed, contact us if interested in scheduling.

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Camden Hills

This event has passed. Contact us to schedule.
Walk with us in the Camden Hills as the moon waxes into high spring. We'll take the trail over Bald Mountain, a beautiful granite dome of hardwood forest and exposed ledge. Ages 9 and up.

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Schoodic Mountain

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Join us during the last days of the old moon for a walk up Schoodic Mountain! From the trailhead our three mile journey will take us up over a bald granite dome with sight out to the sea, down to the shore of a beautiful lake, and back again. Birch sap will be rising, little flighted ones will be in the branches, maple buds may be bursting into flower. The dark of the moon is the perfect time to consider what you long for as a new cycle begins. We'll have plenty of time to discuss Rising Moon, a new program for young women and feel into whether you might like to join our circle in the year to come. Ages 9 and up.

Mentors

Moriah Helms

I am dedicated to co-creating a culture where young people are seen, honored, and are given a place to express their full essence. I believe in rites of passage which take place in a context where welcoming older generations hold ongoing space for the growth of our youth as the find their place in the broader community.

Caitlin Horigan

Leigh Seeleman

What a gift to welcome young one’s hearts and wisdom while celebrating their growing uniqueness. I dream of descendants raised in a culture where one can trust their intuition, and where creative visionary gifts are lifted up and celebrated. I believe that honoring menstrual/moon time with space to dream, rest, and follow instincts to meet our needs allows us to nourish our wise animal bodies. I am grateful to be part of a circle where young people are supported in connecting with one another and the land, developing a healthy relationship with menstruation, and their relationship with intuitive knowing.