Queer Rites of Passage
LGBTQIA+ identified youth ages 12-19 are invited to spend a week on a journey of self-discovery in nature. This life-changing week will include solo time for reflection, sharing in group council and ceremony. We will learn how plants and animals are our allies as we walk the land, discover more about ourselves and our place in the natural world.
This program will meet you where you are in your journey, whether you are just stepping into your teen years and making the transition from child to teenager, or are embarking on the adventure of adulthood. For those who have attended Ekone Summer Camp for years and feel a deep connection to Ekone land and horses, this will be an opportunity to dig in and discover the heart of that connection. Ekone is a tremendously empowering environment for young people—this week, we'll place our focus on the lessons that the land and animals offer us as we grow into ourselves.
We'll develop new relationships with our horse friends, spending intentional time interacting with horses from the ground and allowing them to teach us about ourselves. While we won't be riding during this session, we can promise a powerful experience with these gentle teachers.
Providing a space for queer youth to experience a rite of passage has been a dream since the beginning of Passage for Girls. And past participants rave about Passage. Campers make deep friendships and experience an exciting new depth of community, sense of place, and self-awareness that is both FUN in the moment and can also ripple through the rest of your life. Many participants have returned year after year, embracing Passage as the ongoing process that it is. Whether you are brand-new to Ekone or have been coming for years, you will leave with a deeper understanding of yourself, a greater connection to the earth, and a new appreciation for the wisdom of horses.
Be prepared to laugh, grow, dive deep, and have tons of fun!!
*This session will run concurrently with the Rites of Passage for Girls program; there will be some overlap between the two groups for certain activities.
If you haven’t already, please visit our main About Camp page
to get a feel for our camp philosophy, history and the scope the Ekone Summer Camp program
Please visit our Apply Here! page for information about applying for a space in summer camp and a link to our registration system.
Lead Staff for Queer Rites of Passage