confidence. connection. community.
This camp will:
Offer an experience that will build a sense of connectedness with ourselves, one another, horses, and the natural world
Develop life skills such as leadership, collaboration and resilience while uncovering each girl’s unique strengths
Be a safe place to have fun, unplug, get dirty, and feel a sense of belonging
Horses, with their sensitivity, intuition, and highly-developed social network, are excellent teachers. Living in absolute truth and the present moment, they reflect back to us our energy, our habits and how we engage in relationships in a non-judgmental way.
Nature, with its healing and restorative powers, will help reduce stress, improve mood, and support us to be in the present moment.
Creative Arts, with its expansive possibilities for creation will inspire imagination and self expression.
Utilizing the power of experiential learning to build life skills
Highly trained therapists facilitating learning and development
Individualized experience due to low counselor to camper ratio
Designed and facilitated by licensed mental health professionals and certified equine interaction professionals this unique camp will offer a fun and empowering experience for girls to build a positive sense of self and embody essential life skills such as self-awareness, empathy, perspective-taking, emotional awareness, regulation, collaboration, responsibility and accountability, boundary-setting, and clear communication (both verbal and non-verbal). Limiting enrollment to 12 campers ensures an intimate setting to maximize individualized learning. Each fun and engaging experiential learning activity will also teach a specific life skill based on techniques drawn from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness and somatic therapy.
This camp will provide an enriching growth opportunity for girls who are looking for a hiatus from the current culture of academic stress, competitive social environment, and focus on technology and social media. It is a therapeutic program with a curriculum grounded in evidence-based approaches for growth and change but it can benefit all girls, regardless of whether they are currently or have previously been in therapy. Adolescence is an incredibly challenging period to navigate, now more so than ever with the prevalence of anxiety and depression on the rise. During a developmental stage when self-esteem drops and complexities in relationships rise, this camp supports girls to build healthy, satisfying relationships with one another and confident, loving relationships with themselves. It has been designed as a supportive, intimate, discovery-oriented program for girls rising into 6th - 9th grade.
Research shows that for girls in our age group, all-girl experiences offer an increased sense of comfort and safety to connect with one another as well as reduced competition, self-consciousness, and concern about appearance. Single-sex adventure programs can facilitate greater participation for girls, increase opportunities to explore new skills and take risks, and provide space for girls to develop positive peer relationships (Whittington, et al (2011) 'All-girls adventure programmes: what are the benefits?', Journal of Adventure Education & Outdoor Learning).
Horses perceive and respond to energy, emotions and subtle body language cues as a means of communicating. They are both extremely powerful and extremely sensitive. They are always honest, authentic and congruent, meaning their intentions are in alignment with their behaviors. Partnering with them offers us the opportunity to tune in to our own energy, emotions and nonverbal signals and to practice dialing our energy up and down to communicate, connect and set boundaries as needed. We will be partnering with our wise equine teachers in fun and engaging learning opportunities.
This is not a riding camp, all interactions with the horses take place on the ground. No horse experience is required. This is an excellent introduction to horses for non-riders, and for those with previous horse experience this is a chance to deepen their relationship and learn a different aspect of horsemanship.
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"It was a wonderful experience. She was able to open up and explain the frustration she felt at having a speech delay and not being able to advocate for herself when she was younger. She had never shared that before!
The follow up meeting after the camp was VERY helpful and gave me a lot of insight about my daughter."
— Jaime, parent