Family Camp and Rites of Passage
Steve Sachs, Kelly Lindsey, Nicole Wolf and Rachel Steele
July 30–August 6, 2017
Adult Tuition $185, Child Tuition (>3 years) $265, 2nd Child Tuition $225
This program is full and the waitlist is at capacity. Please join us next year! You may also be interested in the Spring Break Family retreat coming up next March. Details coming soon.
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 co-founded Eastern Sun Academy and most recently was a Director at Alaya Preschool. Steve is currently writing a book on Basic Goodness Parenting.
Kelly Lindsey is a mother, meditation teacher, and somatic psychotherapist. Kelly’s meditative journey began more than twenty years ago and has included many different styles of practice and paths of study. Having received formal instruction in different lineages of Tibetan Buddhism and Classical Indian Yoga, Kelly has found a wonderful integration of deep practice and study realized in the context of everyday life. All of the spiritual teachings she has received have culminated in one primary lesson: how to live in the world with an open heart.
Nicole Pressly Wolf is 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 expanding that camp to create a homestead and micro business on their new land.
While continuing to hold the role of Family & Children Programming at the Boulder Shambhala Center, she is thrilled that her two sons will be on the land early for Sun Camp. Nicole is so happy to return for her 5th year as co-director and second teacher for Rites of Passage. She is deeply grateful for her husband Ben Wolf’s love, support and laughter.
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.