Becoming Moon is a nine month rite-of-passage program where we bring girl-identified youth ages 11-12 into the woods to meet their wild selves. We will embark on a journey following the format of a 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.
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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
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.
Before the 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 the 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.
This program runs 9am- 4pm, one Saturday a month, for nine months. It is really important that the girls can make it to all of the gatherings as each experience builds upon the last. Each gathering, the girls learn different skills and engage in various coming-of-age teaching dialogues that will not be covered as in depth outside that day. The cost of the program is $900.