Providing a natural pathway for young girls to activate their innate wisdom as they step into the next phase of their lives
We support girls to:
- Connect with the natural world
- Learn earth knowledge and skills
- Receive insights with wilderness solos
- Become more self-aware
- Practice tools for shifting out of old patterns
- Develop healthy self-confidence
- Appreciate and care for the body
- Understand the cycles of women
- Stay peaceful in the midst of stress through mindfulness
- Practice tools for compassionate connection with others
- Think for herself
- Acquire skills for opening the heart through songs, gifting, and nature-based rituals
- Have life changing experiences that will help them to consciously make the next step into young womanhood
– Melody M (Mother), April, 2016
I no longer have a fear of meeting new people. I met some amazing girls in this class. I thought that they were going to be mean and when they weren’t I realized that my fear was silly.
– Inanna (Participant), March, 2016
Things are less stressful if I have a time once a month to get together with girls my age.
– Isabelle (Participant), March, 2016
I have suddenly gotten more mature during this time.
– Rowan (Participant), March, 2016
Amara’s Personal Story and Motivation For Starting Wildheart Girls’ Empowerment
Adolescence is a time of profound changes, making it an incredible opportunity for transformation and growth. Girls start experiencing deeper thoughts and emotions as their bodies, minds, and perspectives on life are maturing. They may start to distance themselves from close family members and old friends as they begin to part from their childhood identity. Simultaneously, they are consciously and subconsciously absorbing societal concepts of what it means to be a woman. They may start to experiment with new ways of being through new friends, social media, make up, different clothing, and so on. Here at Wildheart, we want to offer them another way to explore the transition they are experiencing. Girls will be empowered to bring self-awareness to the process and their corresponding new emotional and behavioral patterns. Instead of simply imitating ways of acting that they have observed in their friends and the culture around them, they will have the choice to form their own unique understanding of womanhood.
Our culture has all but forgotten the importance and power of community support during times of great transition. Many indigenous cultures have created rites of passage for adolescents to support them in entering the next phase of life. Although these ceremonies are all different and relevant to the particular culture from which they come, they almost always take place in nature.
At Wildheart, we have experienced the power that nature has to transform, heal, and empower young people. We also understand the power of mindfulness practices to help clear the mind, nourish the soul, and encourage an intentional direction in life.
Parent involvement will be an important part of the process as each month we will offer follow-up activities for families to complete together. These activities will not take very much time but they will serve as tools to integrate the learning at home.
Last year we observed that the girls who signed up with friends they already knew were able to integrate the learning into their friendships. Simultaneously, the girls who signed up without knowing anyone got to explore new friendships. Both circumstances work beautifully and we encourage girls to spend time together outside of our meetings so that our course can positively influence their social lives.
In these transformational eight months, we will incorporate the elements of nature, mindfulness, play, and intentional rituals to provide a beautiful container for inner blossoming. All the while, the girls will be inspired by one another in a safe and supportive group setting. Journey with us into the wilderness as we discover what it means to be an empowered young woman.
2017/18 Schedule – Spaces Still Available!
We will meet the third Saturday of each month* October 2017 – May 2018 from 10am – 3pm. There will be follow-up activities to do between classes. Please take a realistic look at your daughter’s schedule before signing up to make sure she will have sufficient time and energy to participate fully in the program.
A note to moms and/or stepmoms: Please plan to stay for the fist hour of our Girls’ Empowerment class on October 21st from 10am – 11am.
October 21st, 2017 Opening the joyful heart and inspiring compassion – Home next to Pilot Butte (address will be sent upon registration)
November 18th, 2017 Shifting old patterns – Skyliner Lodge
December 16th, 2017 Animal helpers – Skyliner Lodge
January 20th, 2018 Caring for the body – Skyliner Lodge
February 17th, 2018 Awakening creativity – Skyliner Lodge
March 17th, 2018 The cycles of women – Skyliner Lodge
April 14th, 2018 Earth skills – Skyliner Lodge
*Mothers, step mothers, aunts, grandmothers, godmothers, and close women friends are welcome to join for the nature solo and/or final ceremony.
More information about May 19th, 2018
Nature Solo with moms/stepmoms and daughters (9:30am – 4pm) – Smith Rock
More information about May 19th, 2018
Nature Solo with moms/stepmoms and daughters (10am – 3pm) – Smith Rock
During this outing, we will venture to Smith Rock to reflect on the last months and receive new insights through a Nature Solo. The layout of this day will be a co-creation of the entire group. Mothers are welcome to stay with us all day to support the girls during their solo if they are able.
Ceremony with moms and daughters (6pm – 9pm) – Sol Alchemy
We will all gather for a beautiful ceremony. Grandmothers, aunts, and godmothers are welcome to attend as well! We will come together to share stories and witness these young girls as they make their first steps into young womanhood.
$497 Early Bird Through September 1st / $527 thereafter
Payment Plans are available through our registration system. Sibling and Multi-Session Discounts Apply!
To ensure the long-term stability of Wildheart Nature School, missed classes within a series paid in full at the beginning of the term will not be refunded. This includes payments that are scheduled to be processed through a payment plan.
Although your payment is not always 100% refundable, it is 100% transferable, meaning if you find another girl to take your daughter’s spot before the term begins there is no extra fee.
- If you withdraw from a class 30 days or more before the beginning of the session and have already paid the class fee, Wildheart will refund all but 10% of your payment.
- If you withdraw 15-30 days before the start date, Wildheart will refund all but 25% of your total payment.
- If canceling 8-15 days before the start date, Wildheart will refund all but 50% of your total payment.
- No refunds will be given 8 days or less from the start date of the class.
- No refunds will be given in the middle of a session.