Girls and Queer Youth
Rites of Passage
~a coming-of-age journey in nature~
Explore your inner wisdom, passions and creativity through daily practices of meditation, journaling, art, solo time in nature, games and horse play.
2022 Rites of Passage Camp details
Ages: 13 years+
Capacity: 16 campers
Tuition: $1,000 (base rate), $1,300 (restoration rate)
LGBTQIA+ identified youth and girls ages 13-18 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.
During this program, youth will spend a 24 hour period of time in solo reflection on the land. Rites of Passage programs traditionally offer the opportunity to fast from food, shelter and human contact. Staff will work with youth to identify which aspects of a traditional rite of passage will be appropriate for them, but all youth should expect to spend 24 hours in self-reflection (doesn't have to be quiet!).
Providing a space for queer youth and girls to experience a rite of passage together 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!!
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 Passage for Girls
Check out the the slideshow from Passage for Girls 2017!