Rites of Passage

moon_alterPassage Rituals recognize and celebrate the various transitions, and ages/stages of our lives.  Do you ever feel like something was missing in your teenage years, or wondered when you actually became an adult?  Most of us in our modern day culture, are in this boat and it can lead to a feeling of something missing in life and a loss of connection to self and to life in general.  We at Living Earth aim to bridge the gap our culture neglects by bringing meaningful initiations back to our people.

2016 Programs:

May
27
Fri
2016
Moon Tribe for Women
May 27 – May 30 all-day

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Healing Self and Culture through
Rites of Passage

**Note that Moon Tribe for Women is offered in 2016 and 2018. Moon Tribe for Girls is offered in 2015 and this year, 2017.**

Honor Your Womanhood

Honor yourself • Claim your femininity •Love yourself

Throughout the ages, Rites of Passage helped individuals and cultures thrive by honoring critical life transitions as sacred. It’s never too late to step into the Rites of Passage that you didn’t receive as a girl or young woman. Moon Tribe for Women is a time to heal, to be held by nature and community, and to step into a new womanhood with strength and intention.

 

 

Come join us to honor and heal life milestones universal to all women.

Moon Tribe for Women is a Rite of Passage for women over the age of 18 to honor and heal life milestones universal to all women. For most of us, the key developmental transition of menstruation was never fully recognized in more than a physical way. As individuals and as a culture, we often have wounds or confusion around menstruation, sexuality, femininity, body image…the list goes on. Traditionally, Rites of Passage have been in nature, and include elements of challenge that help us expand our notion of ourselves in the world. This weekend is to open ourselves through new experiences, to claim as sacred and shed light into the places that need tending.

Imagine a weekend away…a weekend in the mountains of the Appalachians, eating tasty food, your senses breathing in deeply the crisp spring air and the songs of spring bird migrants. Imagine a weekend in which you choose to step fully into your womanhood, giving yourself and other women the wisdom and encouragement you wished you had received as a young woman. Imagine a weekend in which you search your heart and soul for what needs mending, grieving all the aspects of your femininity that culture didn’t support. Imagine discovering sacred ceremony within yourself and allowing it to flow over in to your life today. Imagine being witnessed and held and laughed with by a vibrant, safe group of women. And imagine stepping back into your life powerfully, feeling relief, great joy and celebration for the gift it is to be a woman……and to be YOU.

We will create a safe nurturing space and explore the depths of what it means to be a woman to you, in today’s world and create the space for your authentic self to emerge.

 

It is never too late to step into the Rites of Passage and honor what you’ve longed for.

 

 

 

 

Facilitators Kate Knott and Erin Campbell know firsthand what powerful change can happen in self, community and culture when women have the opportunity and courage to say, “yes!” to the Rites of Passage they never got as children and teens and to step fully into their life now as a women. Read Kate and Erin’s bios here (insert link to staff page).

Step into Moon Tribe, and step out more whole,

    MORE COMPLETE,

and more able to give your gift to the world.

   Activate your inner power and step into your life with intention and purpose. 

 

Details & Registration – The Moon Tribe for Women

  • 18+
  • Memorial Day Weekend: May 27 – 30, 2016
  • Friday May 27, 6pm – Monday May 30, 3pm.
  • within 30 minutes of Charlottesville, VA
  • A Rite of Passage is not just a four day event. By signing up, please know you are committing to preparation beforehand that includes journaling and reflection, reaching out to other women to support and anchor you, and donating or preparing food for the weekend. Rites of Passage take a community and are worth the time and effort!

    Rites of Passage are a sacred birthright, so though the program costs about $200 per girl, we gratefully accept any amount above or below that. We realize that some are able to give more and some will give less. Our staff (a team of about eight committed women) generously donate their time that weekend, but there are still costs: food, insurance, facility rental, supplies, administration. Search your heart and discern what generous donation you can make to ensure that we can continue to offer these programs to girls and women for years to come.

  • Accommodations are rustic with camping and all food provided.  There will be a solo component to the weekend experience as part of the rites of passage.

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2017 Programs:

May
26
Fri
2017
Moon Tribe for Girls
May 26 – May 29 all-day

Creating A Meaningful Experience That Girls Need

Grounded in Nature
Empowered Within
Bright Lights Shining into the World

Moon Tribe for Girls is the beginning of a journey, an initiation experience to transition into young womanhood. Moon Tribe is for girls ages 11-14 years old, or any girl who is ready to embrace a vision of her womanhood. “What does it mean to be a woman?” girls will ask themselves during their Rite of Passage. “Who am I now, and who am I becoming?”

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In our modern culture today, aspects of the feminine are often shrouded in shame, brushed under the rug, or twisted from true dignity. At this critical stage in their lives, girls need to be immersed in a community in which femininity is honored and explored. They need to be honored and acknowledged. They need to experience the freedom of being fully themselves with a community of women and girls who are open about all aspects of being a woman. They need an initiation, a passageway into young adulthood that is deeper than prom or getting a driver’s license. We seek to bring these meaningful ways back to our children.

Being in nature for four days is crucial to this process. Everything in nature–every tree, every rock, every deer, every flower, every sunrise–is always fully embodying itself and its gifts from the Creator. Immersed in the natural world and in a community of supportive women, these girls will lay a foundation for their womanhood built on authenticity, trust and support. We will create a safe nurturing space for each girl to explore the depths of what it means to be a woman in today’s world and to create the space for her authentic self to emerge.

Rite of Passage experiences are initiations that mark a developmental transition. Elements in Rites of Passage include:

  • Immersion in the natural world
  • Time in solitude and time in community
  • Symbolic representations
  • Expression and reflection
  • Elements of challenge
  • Being sent off and welcomed back by engaged community

Adult female mentors of all ages will be there to guide your girls. We’ll sing, play games, frolic in the creek, make art, have sharing circles, and eat delicious food.

This weekend will serve as a way for girls to not only be acknowledged by their peers, and (community), but also serves as a stepping stone for self acceptance and knowing their place/stage in the journey of life. It will help create empowered young woman who are solid in who they are.

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Our Intentions:

  • To create a supportive and trusting community that honors each girl’s unique self at this powerful time of change and uncertainty, which will allow her to stand stronger in who she is in the future.
  • To invite girls to go deeper, to reflect and vision on who she is becoming.
  • To share wisdom and stories and help the girls discover the beauty, mystery and joy of the feminine, of their cycle, of the mystery that is womanhood.
  • To allow mothers and daughters to truly see each other, to open the dialogue between them so they can stand hand in hand and on common ground as they embark on this journey together.

 

 

 

Details & Registration – The Moon Tribe

  • Girls Ages 11 – 14, or any girl beginning her moontime/menstruation (Kate and Erin will be in contact to help you discern if your girl is ready)

  • Memorial Day Weekend, 2017.
  • Friday at 6 pm – and through Monday 3pm. There is a celebratory potluck and final ceremony with the mothers from noon to 3pm on Monday.
  • Donation based- please contact us for more details
  • Mothers, by signing your girl up, you are also committing to being intimately involved. You will be coming to an information meeting before the event, assisting your girls to find an anchor and supporters, helping her reflect on why she is coming, and acknowledging and working through any resistance she has (which is normal!). You’ll be donating food or volunteering to cook either on-site or preparing food beforehand. Feel free to contact us for more details on the time and effort we ask of you and your girl. Rite of Passage requires full, joyful commitment of both mother and daughter, and it is worth it! 

    Rites of Passage are a sacred birthright, so though the program costs about $200 per girl, we gratefully accept any amount above or below that. We realize that some are able to give more and some will give less. Our staff (a team of about eight committed women) generously donate their time that weekend, but there are still costs: food, insurance, facility rental, supplies, administration. Search your heart and discern what generous donation you can make to ensure that we can continue to offer these programs to girls and women for years to come.

Register Now