Spirit Quest for Teens

Summer 2016

After Covid hiatus, Spirit Quest for Teens is BACK!

July 31 – August 4, 2023

Much more than camp. . .

This program is for teens of all genders (13 -18) who are longing to discover more deeply WHO THEY ARE and WHERE THEY BELONG amidst a cultural wasteland of superficiality and materialism.

“This is where I come every year to reflect, re-vision and rejuvenate.  It’s my new year!” — Spirit Quest Teen Camper

Our teens are more stressed out, more depressed, and more anxious than at any time before.  The demands placed on them by school, by peers and by deciding “what to do with the rest of their lives,” are at times completely overwhelming.  Add to that the consumer society that inundates them through their devices at every turn, and you have teens who are often at sea or feel it is difficult to access their truest voice or deeper knowing.

At Spirit Quest, we create a safe container for teens to hear that voice, to unplug from the world, to take a break from the demands of their lives, to rejuvenate in nature and to be lovingly guided by soulful adults.

This is our 20th year of running camps that address the urgent need for our kids to get time–immersed in nature–to connect with their deepest longings, to look at what’s true emerging in them on a soul and heart level, to share in community, to be heard and to deeply listen.

“As much as anything, the world today needs mature mentors and initiators to support young people to grow into visionary artisans of cultural change, the new leaders who will guide humanity through the transformation that the greater Earth community wholly depends upon.”Bill Plotkin, author, visionary wilderness guide, eco-psychologist

Spirit Quest for Teens is for 13-18 year olds, who are moving into young adulthood and who need a safe, nurturing place to reflect on where they have been, where they are going and who they are becoming.

We dive deep, we laugh a ton, we share from our hearts and accept every individual–new and old–into our circle as one of the tribe. We push ourselves to expand, we support each other to grow, we try some new things and, most of all, we LOVE.

These teens are now all young adults, fully launched into life! We miss them!

Camping and cooking and sharing together, teens develop deep connections to their selves, their peers, their elders and Nature through:

  • council circles
  • team-building games
  • nature-awareness and primitive skills
  • hikes
  • poetry and art
  • drumming and journeying
  • movement and improv
  • Wild Mind Wholing and Self-Healing
  • sharing in meal preparation
  • basic meditation and yoga
  • solo time in nature for reflection and visioning
  • fire ceremony
Council of All Beings!

Life-long friendships are formed or deepened; issues of self-esteem and soul work are explored with a true honoring of each teen’s unique path. Teens live at Spirit Hollow for the whole week, camping in tents or in sharing tent cabins.


Cost is $525 for early bird registration (by June 1) and $575 thereafter/per camper to cover most food and expenses for the six nights. A myriad of crafting and art materials are provided. We provide most meals, but to keep costs low, we ask each family to send some food (details upon registration). Shared lodging in our tent cabins in bunk beds or your teen can bring their own tent for more privacy. Bunks are on a first-come first-serve basis, so register early.

Please fill out this registration form 

Also, a $250 deposit is required to hold a space.  Please deposit when you fill out the registration form:

Please register right away; this camp is limited to 20 campers and always fills.
Email traceyforest@spirithollow.org with questions

If you can’t afford the full amount, contact Tracey to discuss options.

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Joyful Teens, Summer 2016

Tent cabin

Trust Exercises


Our Staff is composed of seasoned adults who have devoted significant portions of their lives to supporting youth in their development and unfolding. Bringing years of experience to Spirit Quest, we are dedicated to the safety of teens as they explore the depths of their psyches and all the emotions that emerge. We know how to hold space and guide teens through the terrain of the soul with attention to each individual’s unique needs. (We also know how to whomp up a week of FUN).

Kimbers Wattendorf, Tracey Forest, Ryan Long are waiting to embrace your teen with openness, acceptance, awareness, and love.  We also have young adults on staff as counselors

Tracey Forest

Kimbers Wattendorf
Ryan Long