Goddess Camp for Ages 8-11 (July 1-5) Day Camp
Goddess Camp for Ages 12-15 (July 8-12) Overnight Camp
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 shamanic journeys, craft power objects and laugh a lot.
For both camps, 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.
See what fun we have by watching this video: Durga Stick Dancing, Summer 2015
Tracey Forest, Molly James, Elyssa Serrill, and Deena Chappell Smith
For Day Camp (week of July 1-5) Cost is $280 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.
For Overnight Camp (week of July 8-12) Cost is $475 per camper. Includes most meals. Each family will be asked to contribute food for one meal or snack to keep costs low. Your camper will stay in a tent cabin or in her own tent for the four nights. Detailed list of what to bring will be provided upon registration.
Download registration form here: 2019 Camp Forms
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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 here online.
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.