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Steve Sachs and Rachel Steele
July 14–20, 2013
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Shambhala Mountain Center invites you to enjoy a nurturing, creative and contemplative retreat with your family this summer. Celebrate our extended community of families as we practice together and soak up the beauty of the land.
In the mornings, while your children participate in special group activities or Rites of Passage, take time for yourself to listen to talks, meditate, exercise or just relax. During the afternoons and evenings, partake in family activities such as Japanese flower arranging, calligraphy, kite flying, and mala making. Join us as we engage in the powerful path that is family.
Rites of Passage
This program is open to all 8–10 year-olds and marks the transition children make at this age from being solely family-centered to becoming important members of the community. Children are given tools to help them begin caring for their own mind and emotions through sitting meditation, kyudo (Zen archery), haiku, nature hikes, calligraphy and other meditative arts. These tools empower them to relate to their internal and external worlds with confidence and gentleness. Perhaps for the first time in their lives, children experience belonging to a spiritual community of their own, separate from family members. This transformative experience is sealed with a powerful ceremony at the week’s end, in which the children are acknowledged as spiritual warriors who have taken a vow of mindfulness and kindness towards themselves and others.
In order to make the 2013 Family Camp affordable for as many families as possible, we are offing a variety of reduced rate options for children who are staying with adults paying the full program fee. Reduced rates for children are dependent upon the type of lodging selected. In most cases, the reduced rate for the first child in a family is $240, while the reduced rate for all additional children is $205 per child.
Please review both the Discounted and Regular Lodging registration options for Family Camp Children, prior to selecting your adult lodging type. In order for children to be eligible for the discounted lodging rates, the adult participants must be registered at the full room rate required for the type of accommodations selected. All lodging rates are per person, per room. Adult program registration includes lodging and program tuition.
Children’s rates apply to room and board only. There is a separate fee of $85 each for children participating in Rites of Passage. If desired, please select this program from the “Optional Items” when registering each child.
NOTE: Each adult and child must be registered separately for the program. Adults must register first. Also, the names of the other attending family members should be noted in the “Comments” field of each person’s registration.
For further questions about Family Camp registration, please call (888) 788-7221 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each person attending, adult or child, needs to be registered. Please type in family member names in the Comments Box or Roommate Request Box, depending on your housing preference, to ensure linking your family together in our program database.
For Adult Registration, click here.
For 1st Child registration NOT attending Rites of Passage, click here.
For Additional Child registration NOT attending Rites of Passage, click here.
For 1st Child registration ATTENDING Rites of Passage, click here.
For Additional Child registration ATTENDING Rites of Passage, click here.
Click here for terms and Family Camp Child Registration–Regular Lodging
Steve Sachs has been an educator for the past 30 years. He taught in Montessori schools for 22 years before co-founding Eastern Sun Academy, a private school in contemplative education. He now teaches at both Alaya Preschool and Naropa University. Steve has been a member of the Shambhala-Buddhist community since 1982.
Rachel Steele is a graduate of Naropa University’s Early Childhood program and has been involved in Shambhala children’s programs for over 10 years. She has directed the Bodhi School program at the Boulder Shambhala Center, co-directed Family Camp, and teaches at Alaya Preschool.
Financial aid is available for this program.