Family Camp and Rites of Passage
Steve Sachs, Rachel Steele and Kelly Lindsey
August 4–10, 2014
Looking to get away to nature with your family this summer? Come nurture bonds while rejuvenating your spirit in the beautiful terrain of Shambhala Mountain Center. Family Camp is a creative and contemplative retreat the whole family can enjoy. Take time for yourself in the mornings with meditation, yoga, workshops, or just relaxing in nature while your children participate in enriching group activities like Rites of Passage. Then come together as a family in the afternoons and evenings for fun activities like guided hiking, kite flying, calligraphy, dharma art, storytelling, and singing.
Stay in comfortable, platform tents among the fresh pine and fragrant summer breezes or enjoy indoor lodging with views of unspoiled wilderness. Childcare is available during the day for children age three and up.
Rites of Passage (for children age 8-10)
This special program, led by Kelly Lindsay, marks the transition children begin to make from being solely family-centered to becoming important individual members of their community. Through sitting meditation, kyudo (Zen archery), haiku, nature hikes, calligraphy, and other meditative arts, Rites of Passage gives children powerful tools to help them care for their own mind and emotions. These tools also empower them to relate to their internal and external worlds with confidence and gentleness. At the week’s end, this transformative program is sealed with a powerful ceremony in which the children take a vow of mindfulness and kindness towards themselves and others.
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.
Kelly Lindsey has been serving children and families in the Shambhala community for twelve years, leading Shambhala Children’s programs and events, assisting Family Meditative Art classes, Rites of Passage programs, and Family Camps.
Financial aid is available for this program.