Family Camp and Rites of Passage
Steve Sachs, Kelly Lindsey, Nicole Wolf and Rachel Steele
July 28–August 4, 2018
Adult Tuition $200, Child Tuition (3 years and up) $285
Nurture family connections 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 to practice meditation or yoga while your children participate in enriching group activities. The afternoons and evenings offer fun family activities like hiking, family yoga, dance, contemplative arts and crafts, games, storytelling, song night, and a talent show.
Children participate in a morning program from 9:15-12:00, grouped by age: Tigers (3-5), Lions (6-7), Garudas (8-10), Rights of Passage (9-10), Dragons (11-14). Experiential activities include craft projects, time outdoors, stories, songs, hikes in the woods, and group games. Children are introduced to sitting meditation and meditative arts as ways to work with their hearts and minds. They are also introduced to the notion of basic goodness as a way to instill confidence, bravery, and compassion— all while having fun and developing friendships!
Stay in comfortable, platform tents among the fresh pine and fragrant summer breezes or enjoy indoor lodging with views of the unspoiled wilderness.
Rites of Passage (for children ages 9-10)
This special program marks the transition children begin to make from being dependent on their parents to take on greater responsibility within the family and the community. Through sitting meditation, kyudo (Zen archery), ikebana (flower arranging), haiku, 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 kindness towards themselves and others.
Housing rates are discounted. Adult meals and lodging, as well as the first adult’s tuition, are included in housing cost. Tuition for the 2nd Adult and Child(ren) are added to the total as each individual is added to the registration. Children’s meals and lodging are included in their tuition cost. Click “Register Now” for housing options and pricing.
Children (3 years and up) $285
Rites of Passage (additional fee) $95
All children and at least one adult must attend at least 5 days of the 6-day program. Additional adults may attend less than the required 6 days. Full attendance helps support the community building of familycamp, and allows participants to experience the beginning-middle-end journey of the camp— which is part of its magic! Rites of Passage children and their families need to stay through the conclusion of the program to participate in the Rites of Passage Ceremony. If you need to attend only a portion of the retreat, please call the Front Desk to register (970-881-2184).
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Steve Sachs has been an educator for the past 35 years. He taught in Montessori schools for 22 years before co-founding Eastern Sun Academy, a private school in contemplative education. Steve currently is the co-director of Alaya Preschool, and teaches at both Alaya and Naropa University. Steve has been a member of the Shambhala-Buddhist community since 1982.
Kelly Lindsey is a meditation teacher, mind-body therapist, co-founder of Dakini Meditative, and mother of three. She is passionate about serving children and families in the Shambhala Community of which she has been a part for over 20 years.
Nicole Pressly Wolf is currently a freelance editor in Boulder, after selling her NY publishing company in 2014. As a practicing Buddhist since the early 90s, Nicole is a graduate of the University of Colorado, where she discovered the profound affects of nature and the dharma. After two decades in New York City, where Nicole coordinated and substitute taught Shambhala NYC’s children’s program while her two boys were in the Tigers and Lions, the family decided to make a more permanent camp in Boulder. She is currently director of Family & Children Programming at the Boulder Shambhala Center, and on the council of the newly created Shambhala Office of Family and Children. Her oldest son is a Sun Camper and her youngest just graduated ROP. Nicole is thrilled to return for her 4th year as co-director and assistant teacher for Rites of Passage at Shambhala Mountain Center’s Family Camp. She is deeply grateful for her husband Ben Wolf’s support and confidence.
Rachel Steele holds an MA in Contemplative Education from Naropa University and taught at Alaya Preschool for over 15 years. Supporting opportunities for children and families to connect with the Shambhala teachings is a passion for her and she has been involved in family programing in Shambhala since 2002. She lives in Boulder Co with her husband Brian and daughter Wini and is currently teaching at Alaya Preschool.
Financial aid is available for this program.