Set your daughter up for success with a community of support
“My daughter is that extremely shy, quiet yet strong minded girl who only wears black. I was surprised she said yes to this. Fire & Flower helped her find more of herself and assure her transformative identity.
Having a mentor, someone other than her mother, was crucial for her growth and development. With the compassion and strength from Fire & Flower, she is now a mentor herself helping younger Indigenous girls develop leadership.”
Why is Mentorship and a Rite of Passage Essential for your Daughter?
Coming-of-age is the time in youth when focus starts to shift from home and family to the larger community or world. It is a rich period of change and self-discovery where we naturally start pushing boundaries to expand our sense of self and belonging in the world.
In pre-modern times, as youth moved away from parental dependence, cultures around the world had rites of passage where mentors and elders stepped in to guide this process of self-discovery towards finding personal gifts and developing confidence. Young people’s natural need for risk and experimentation was met through appropriate challenges aimed to catalyze the geniusness that was ready to emerge. The whole village would honour and celebrate their passage into their next stage in life.
Our modern Western culture sorely lacks such support, and many youth are coming-of-age through the media and peer influences. Girls especially are targeted with very limiting and potentially dangerous ideas about beauty, power, body image and sex appeal. They indirectly learn that who they are is ‘not enough’ and that womanhood is about fitting inside a restrictive box.
My daughter enjoyed being challenged to own her place in the world with the support of strong, compassionate and authentic women.”
Renee Frappier- Mother
Fire & Flower brings back a village to support both you and your daughter as she transitions into a young woman.
When girls are guided to be proud of their uniqueness and trust their bodies, supported by a community of diverse peers and women, and connected to the wonder and beauty of nature, they become thriving young women. Families are involved in the process, participating at significant points along the way to sustain connection and formally recognize your daughter’s growing selfhood.
What Programs do Fire & Flower offer?
We offer two programs to prepare and empower girls ages 12-14 for young womanhood. Our 5-day empowerment program, offered during spring break and summer, is a powerful introduction to what it looks and feels like to be part of community of sisterhood. We start navigating hard-to-talk-about topics like body image, media literacy, menstruation and sexuality in a fun, honest and safe environment.
Every second year, we offer a comprehensive 6-month rite of passage program where girls are well-supported through their process into young womanhood. We dive deeper into the topics above, provide in-depth, personalized mentorship and go on a 5-day overnight adventure that includes a transformative coming-of-age ceremony.
Most importantly, participants continue to be supported after they return home from their trip so that their growth and radiance is integrated into their daily lives.