Girls Coming of Age Program

Becoming Moon is a nine month rite-of-passage program where we bring girls ages 10-11 into the woods to meet their wild selves. Each season we will embark on a journey following the format of a different traditional folktale. Throughout this experience, the girls will develop earth-based skills such as animal tracking, fire skills and wild crafts that are integrated into the story. Along with these skills, we weave in coming-of-age teachings that are designed to help navigate them through their transition into womanhood.

 

Our Guiding Principles: These words are the foundation for our program. As mentors, these are what we turn to when designing and facilitating Becoming Moon.

Wildness ~ to see ourselves in the land, and experience the richness that kind of connection has to offer.

Connection ~  to deepen our relationships with the earth and each other.

Empowerment to feel confident in who we are and comfortable expressing ourselves.

Integrity ~ to be true to ourselves, our intuition and our gifts.

These are our Desired Aims for the girls attending this program.

  • To be proud of her body and what it can do
  • To feel competent in her physical and emotional skills
  • To have good friends and be a good friend
  • To feel secure in herself and know how to use her voice
  • To have fun with other girls in nature
  • To strengthen their connection to the earth and their inner wildness
  • To understand how her body works, how to take care of it, and listen to it.
  • To learn tools to cultivate her intuition

 

Parent Circles:

Before each seasonal session begins, we ask that the parents attend a parent circle. This gives the parents time together to bond and share what their desires for their girls are. It also serves to inform them about what will be covered during that session and how they can support their girls at home in between program gatherings. Activities scheduled during these meetings will vary, but we will weave in some of the wild skills the girls are about to embark on.

 

Logistics:

This program runs the first & third Saturday of every month for nine months, with a few exceptions. It is really important that the girls can make it to every gathering as each experience builds upon the last. Participants can sign up for the whole nine months or sign up season by season. However, we recommend signing up for the entire nine-month session. Each season, the girls learn different skills and engage in various coming-of-age teaching dialogues that will not be covered as in depth outside that season.

*please do not share the following storylines for each season with the girls. We are trying to maintain an element of mystery around the adventures they will be embarking on.*

Vasillisa the Wise (Fall Session)

Using our hands and wild gathered materials from the land, we will craft intuition dolls, that will join us for a ceremony with our mothers. Our mothers will infuse our dolls with the gift of intuition, which the girls will carry with them on their journey. With our dolls in our pockets, we go out into the woods in search of fire. In the thickest, darkest part of the forest, we meet an old witch named Baba Yaga. Using our intuition, we ask the “right questions” and she agrees to exchange fire for three tasks. The tasks she assigns, teach us how to honor our feelings, and help us develop emotional intelligence. We then return to Baba Yaga with our tasks completed, and from her, receive the magic of making and keeping our own fire alive.

Skills Woven in: Cultivating Intuition, Emotional Intelligence, Fire Skills, Primitive Navigation, Bark Baskets, Bird Language, Hide Tanning, Sensory Awareness Activities and more!

Time: 8am- 5pm.

Dates: Sept 7th, Sept 21st, Oct 5th, Oct 19th, Nov 2nd, Nov 16th, Dec 7th, & Dec 14th.

Parent Circle Info: August 31stat 10am-1pm. 

Cost: Sliding Scale: $1200-$1700.

 

 

Folktale to be determined…(Winter Session)

Information coming soon!

Dates: Jan 4th, Jan 18th, Feb 1st, Feb 15th, Feb 29th, March 7th, & March 21st.

Cost: Sliding Scale: $1100-$1600.

 

 

The Dream Makers (Spring Session)

Wandering the fields in search of the first spring flowers, we will meet a “deer” who leads us to a mysterious cave in the woods. Here, we meet the dream makers, an old woman and an old man who together hold the magic of creating the dreams of the world. We spend each session, visiting them and learning about creativity, the magic of menstruation, all about puberty, Herbal medicine, natural dyes and how to weave dreams into cedar pouches.

Skills Woven in:Creativity, Body Intelligence (Menstruation/Puberty), Cedar Bark processing, Cordage, Herbal Medicine, Tracking, Bird Language, Natural Dyeing, Weaving, and more!

Time: 8am- 5pm.

Dates: April 4th, April 18th, May 2nd, May 16th, May 30th, June 6th& June 20th.

Cost: Sliding Scale: $1100-$1600.

 

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