Family Camp and Rites of Passage
Steve Sachs, Rachel Steele and Amanda Betzen
July 14–20, 2013
Looking to get away to nature with your family this summer? Come nurture bonds while rejuvenating your spirit in the beautiful terrain of SMC. 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 with fun activities like guided hiking, kite flying, calligraphy, dharma art, storytelling and singing.
Stay in deluxe, 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 eight to ten)
This special program 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.
How to Register Your Family
Step 1: Register for Housing for your family and identify a name for your family as a group. Please note: This portion of the registration only calculates the cost of housing.
Step 2: Register each family member individually including information like name and age.* This portion will calculate tuition and meal costs for each individual member of your family. If your children are 8-10 years old, you can select the Rites of Passage program here.
*Each attending family member must be registered. Children under age six are free.
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. 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.
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 fortunate to be a full time mom.
Amanda Betzen teaches children at the Boulder Shambhala Center and the Bodhi School, and through Shambhala Rites of Passage programs. An occupational therapist working with children with special needs for the Boulder Valley School District, she also serves as the Boulder Shambhala Center Chair of Families and Children.
Financial aid is available for this program.