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

July 18-24

Ages: 13 years+

Capacity: 16 campers

Tuition: $1,000 (base rate), $1,300 (restoration rate)

Session Info

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!!

Please note: there is a Supplementary Packing List for this session



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

Charlene Ray

Charlene brings her love of nature and poetry and intuitive way of working to her programs at Ekone.

Charlene Ray has been a therapist, mentor, and guide for over 30 years. She has studied Alchemical Healing, guided imagery, voice dialogue, grief work, nature-based soul work, and vision quest work and blends all of the traditions and techniques, along with her intuitive and Spirit-led work, to create an individualized and powerful experience at Ekone. Along the way, she was called again to the ministry to serve the dying and the grieving. Charlene is also called to minister to the living, at points of transition and celebration, such as births, weddings, blessings, memorials, and rites of passage. For the past 13 years, she has led Passage groups for youth and since 2010 has led Vision Quests for youth and adults. One of the highlights of every year is Passage camp at Ekone.

Charlene loves life and enjoys spending time in nature, reading, writing in her journal, cooking, walking, traveling and spending time at Ekone!

pronouns: she/her

Caitlin Jones, Program Director

​Caitlin is excellent at making lists, keeping everyone organized, and nurturing Ekone Magic at camp.

Now our Camp Director, Caitlin has been coming to Ekone summer camps since she was 8 years old, and has grown into a strong and compassionate leader.  She has ridden horses most of her life, and believes them to be some of the most wise and loving of all animals (especially Ekone horses).  One of the things she loves most about Ekone is being able to ‘get back to basics’ and work with nature rather than against it.  She is holds a degree in Social Work from New York University in New York City.

Caitlin says Ekone is a second home for her, somewhere she always feels welcome.  Some of her favorite summer Ekone activities?  “Helping campers improve their riding, throwing bales of hay, and seeing billions of stars every night!”

pronouns: she/her

Lilly Schlotzhauer

Lilly is a lover of all things beautiful and fun and loves to laugh. 

Lilly first came to Ekone as a 12-year-old in 2008 to visit her big sister, Shonie. Most of her visits were in the off season but she made it to camp twice and loved every moment of it. She started her journey as Summer camp staff in 2013 and hasn't been able to stay away since. As camp staff, Lilly brings all of her enthusiasm and 'I LOVE SUMMER CAMP' attitude to everything she does. She spends most of her time adventuring in the woods and helping the campers find magic in the most unexpected places.

When she is not at camp she lives in Upcountry Maui where she is pursuing a degree in early childhood education. She spends most of her time gardening, teaching at a preschool, and going to the beach. Her favorite summer camp activities are burrito night and wonder wanders through the forest. 

pronouns: she/her

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