Family Camp and Rites of Passage
Steve Sachs, Kelly Lindsey and Nicole Wolf
July 30–August 6, 2017
Adult Tuition $185, Child Tuition (>3 years) $265, 2nd Child Tuition $225
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. The afternoons and evenings offer fun family activities like guided hiking, yoga, dharma art, storytelling, talent show, singing and dancing.
Children are in a morning program from 9:15-12:15, grouped by age: Tigers (3-5), Lions (6-7), Garudas (8-10), Rights of Passage Children (9-10), Dragons (11-14). Activities are varied and experiential and 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 unspoiled wilderness.
Rites of Passage (for children age 9-10, ages 8 and 11 considered)
This special program, led by Kelly Lindsey, 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.
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 are included in their tuition cost. Click “Register Now” for housing options and pricing.
1st Child (>3 years) $265
2nd Child $225
Rites of Passage (additional fee) $105
All children and at least one adult must attend at least 7 days of the 8 day program. Additional adults may attend less than the required 7 days. Full attendance helps support the community building of family camp, and allows participants to experience the beginning-middle-end journey of the camp— which is part of its magic! If you need to attend only a portion of the retreat, please call the Front Desk to register (970-881-2184.)
Please see this article about Family Camp on our blog:
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.
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.
Nicole Pressly Wolf is currently an editor in the spiritual publishing division of Sounds True in Boulder County. As a practicing buddhist since the early 90s, Nicole coordinated and substitute taught Shambhala NYC’s children’s program while her two boys were in the Tigers and Lions groups. After two decades in New York City, Nicole and her family decided last year to make a more permanent camp in Boulder where they headed to Family Camp for her oldest son’s Rites of Passage! She is currently a member of Shambhala’s Family Council and is thrilled to join Shambhala Mountain Center’s Family Camp staff for summer 2016.
Financial aid is available for this program.