Goddess Camp

Ages 9-13

Summer 2022

July 4 -8

Day Camp Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

While we have traditionally had a Thursday night sleepover, we are not doing that this year due to Covid.


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.

Returning to the Earth, to the forest and to a sacred circle is a potent antidote to the separation and over-saturation of technology and consumer culture our kids are exposed to.

When campers connect to the the land, to loving adult guides, and to one another, they can come back into a more authentic relationship their true beauty and sense of belonging on Earth.

Sisterhood, inclusion, and nature immersion are at the heart of Goddess Camp. Together we will embrace the sacred feminine and share from our souls AND we will be goofy and have an amazing week in the woods.

We Will:

  • share in council circles
  • learn about our own personal goddesses
  • drum and sing
  • participate in team building games, explore nature and create beautiful art.
  • hike to the waterfall
  • do self-esteem and body-positive activities
  • have time for visioning
  • wild craft herbal teas and balms.
  • make music, braid our hair, adorn ourselves with henna, write poetry, do dream journeys, craft power objects and laugh a lot.

We have been offering Goddess Camps for over ten years!


Herbal teachings

Comfrey Plantain Healing Salve (everyone takes one home!)


Shrinky Dink Goddesses



Staff:

Tracey Forest 

Co-founding Director of Spirit Hollow, Tracey is a healer, mentor and teacher, a guide to soul, a yoga teacher and singer of soul-stirring songs.  She has been training shamanic healers for 22 years through the Seeing with the Heart Apprenticeship Program  and running transformational immersions and camps for that time as well.  With 25 years of experience guiding others, she is currently in the Soulcraft Apprenticeship and Initiation Program (SAIP) with Bill Plotkin and the Animas Valley Institute learning the nuances of Soul Initiation Guide and cultivating more tools to assist in the Wholing and Healing of this broken, beautiful world.

Tracey has been guiding adults, children, teens and young adults for the last 25 years in reconnecting to nature and rewilding their souls.


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Kimber Wattendorf 

has spent her life seeking the mystical cloaked in the mundane, the spiritual concealed within the secular.  All her wandering eventually led to Spirit Hollow, where she finally found Here, on the Land, the divinity she had been so desperately seeking Elsewhere, down endless labyrinthine American highways of night. Through the Seeing with the Heart Apprenticeship, under the tutelage of the incredible beings, human and more than human, who steward this sacred place, Northstar finally found her calling and her medicine. Now, as a yogi, a shamanic healer, a daughter of Gaia and a priestess of the Goddess, Northstar is deeply committed to assisting our young ones who are also adrift in the darkness of our times to find their own direction Home. Her life’s mission is to be a navigator of soul, and she is dedicated to holding space and shining light that lost children of all ages might chart their course back to loving, regenerative relationship with Nature, with Community, with Mystery, and with Self.



Cost is $250 per camper.  A myriad of crafting and art materials are provided.   Send your camper daily with a packed lunch (yes, in the past, we have a provided lunches for additional fee, but we can’t do that with Covid). 

To register your child, fill out the registration forms and make a deposit (required).

Fill out the REGISTRATION FORMS HERE.


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MAKE A PAYMENT:

Goddess Camp Payment Options

Questions? Email Tracey at traceyforest@spirithollow.org 



 The following is a list of suggested items to bring to camp.

For the first morning, if you can, have your goddess bring some flowers to place on our collective altar that we will create together, as well as any special items (a photo of a loved one, a special feather or stone, a statue of a power animal, etc.).

Also, we will be adorning ourselves this week, so if your daughter would like to bring any flowy scarves or saris to help make our yurt a sacred space, she can do that too.  A drum or a rattle is also great to bring, as is a notebook for writing or taking notes, but not mandatory.

Bring daily:

  • Lunch (including a beverage)
  • Mask not necessary for outdoors, but only when we are in close contact, doing crafts, etc.)
  • insect repellent (natural if possible)
  • snacks (we normally provide shareable snacks, but with COVID, we will not be sharing any foods to minimize contact).
  • sunscreen
  • any medications
  • walking/hiking shoes
  • slip on/off shoes or sports sandals
  • bathing suit/towel for dipping in the waterfall
  • a change of weather-appropriate clothing and socks
  • rain gear
  • light weight jacket or sweat shirt
  • day pack
  • large water bottle

If your child has an life-threatening allergy, she MUST BRING AN EPI PEN (or Bee kit)


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.

By inviting boys to 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.


We will follow Vermont State Guidelines

COVID PROTOCOLS, from Vermont Health Department

https://www.healthvermont.gov/covid-19/your-community/child-care-programs