Goddess Camp for Ages 8-12 (July 6-10) Day Camp with a Thursday night sleepover!
NO CAMPS in 2020 DUE TO COVID-19
Sad Announcement regarding Spirit Hollow summer camps.
Given that we’d have to follow strigent guidelines from the State of Vermont: practice social distancing, take temperatures, have signage, constantly sanitize everything and mostly that we’d have to have all campers and staff masked for the whole day (following state guidelines), we have decided it’s not really feasible to run camps.
This makes us very sad, but we don’t really see how to do the kinds of connected, team-based camps we offer under such stringent restrictions.
Here’s a little caveat: If somehow the guidelines change in the next few weeks, we might possibly reevaluate. But for now, we have to say no camps. 😞
True Beauty is Powerful, Joyous, Alive and Rooted
In a world filled with media images of false perfection and beauty, this week-long camp brings girls and young women together to honor the real, sacred beauty in us all.
We’ll share in council circles, learn about our own personal goddesses, do adventure-based games, explore nature and create beautiful art.
We will learn primitive earth skills (fire making, basketry, wild edibles, cordage).
We will have time for questing and visioning.
We’ll cook meals from things we harvest from Spirit Hollow’s organic garden and wild craft herbal teas and balms.
We’ll make music, braid our hair, adorn ourselves with henna, write poetry, do dream journeys, craft power objects and laugh a lot.
Update on Summer Programs at Spirit Hollow
Our deepest hope is that you are your loved ones continue to stay safe and have all the support you need in these hard and holy days.
As we continue to navigate these uncertain waters of virus and social distancing, no one is sure what will be open this summer and what will not.
At Spirit Hollow, we are continuing to watch the state and regional guidelines before making any decisions about canceling summer programs after June 15.
What that means is that our camps are at the moment still open for registration, as is our Wild Women Vision Quest in August. All decisions will be made within two weeks of a program.
So certainly, you can still register for these events, and if they don’t run, you will receive a full refund.
On Thursday night, we will dress to reflect who we are at a soul level and create a group ceremony in nature to celebrate our Goddess-selves. We light torches and drum and have a big fire by the river. Magical!
Thursday night Goddess Feast! We all cook together, and have a beautiful sit-down dinner where we all give gratitudes before our evening ceremony. There is ALWAYS organic chocolate cake, decorated with freshly-picked flowers from our gardens.
See what fun we have by watching this video: Durga Stick Dancing, Summer 2015
Tracey Forest and Deena Chappell Smith, as well as junior counselors who are veterans of Goddess Camp.
Cost is $260 per camper. A myriad of crafting and art materials are provided. We provide nutritious snacks every day, dinner on Thursday night and breakfast and lunch on Friday. Send your camper daily with a packed lunch (yes, in the past, we have a provided lunches for additional fee, but we are simplifying this year). The week will culminate with a Thursday night sleepover; so your camper should bring a sleeping bag or bedding gear.
Indicate on the form which week of camp you are registering for and mail it to:
2509 Shaftsbury Hollow RD
North Bennington, VT 05257
You can then send your payment to Spirit Hollow with your registration form or Pay Below
Some scholarship money is available. Please email for an application. DEPOSIT REQUIRED; call Tracey at 802-447-3895 or email at email@example.com if you have questions.
A note about gender
While all of our camps are open to all genders, often girls gravitate naturally to Goddess Camps and boys to Warrior Camps. Our goal is to assist in the healing of our culture, not to ‘segregate’ or be gender essentialist. However, we find value and depth and a lack of self-consciousness in a ‘circle of sisters’ or a ‘circle of brothers,’ where young people feel a sense of freedom to share openly in a space held by mature adults. For example, although it is important for both boys and girls to learn about consent, it needs to be addressed in different ways for girls than it does for boys due to the toxic cultural norms we are attempting to transform.
By inviting girls to gather together with women, we create a safe container to explore their deep connection to the Ancient goddess cultures and reverence of the female, to talk about body image and break down “false beauty,” cultivate the divine feminine, and discuss issue around their self esteem, consent, and menstruation as well as teach them skills to be empowered and self sufficient, such as primitive skills, fire starting, and wild crafting.
By inviting boys gather together with men, we create a safe container to explore emotional intelligence, discuss what a true warrior is, explore earth stewardship, feel safe to express the full range of emotions and how to respect others’ boundaries with the intent of releasing the lineage of unhealthy traditional “male” roles which are pushed on boys and young men from countless modern and historical sources, as well as teaching them skills to be empowered and self sufficient, as stated above.