Rite of Passage Program

An all-encompassing journey of mind, body and spirit

“They started as shy girls and through the process, allowed one another to come alive in their personalities and leadership. They laughed, helped each other stay accountable and developed deep and supportive friendships. I witnessed tender moments, acts of courage and perseverance.
It is amazing what happens to young women when we foster their individual capabilities and growth."

Alla McQueen
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Mentor

Rite of Passage 2020

~Registration closes Apr 4, 2020~

A rite of passage is the process of conscious movement from one stage in life to another (eg. adulthood, couplehood, parenthood, death, or divorce). Our 6-month rite of passage, offered every second year, takes girls through a formal process to enter young womanhood grounded in their personal power.

This is LGBTQ2SIAP+ inclusive and welcoming space. 

Our method is the result of evaluating rites of passage theory and practice past and present to offer a comprehensive program that gives girls tools, knowledge, support and experiences that catalyze the self-realization of personal strengths and resilience. They then move into young womanhood with self-confidence, equipped to handle change. 

The highlight of the program is our 5-day overnight adventure where we symbolically step into young womanhood. We prepare for this in May-June, go on the trip in July, and then integrate the learning in Sept-Oct. We also involve families in this dynamic and creative process, providing both group and individual support.

Our lead facilitator is happy to meet with interested families and hesitant girls to personally introduce the program and address any concerns. The rite of passage is for 12-14 year olds but we accept girls a bit younger or older depending on their readiness and fit for a rite of passage. If you believe your daughter is ready to be recognized as a young woman, please contact us. 

Special Features of the Rite of Passage Program

1.

Individual Mentorship

Each participant will select a woman during our first gathering to be her personal mentor for the duration of the program. In most programs mentees do not get to choose their mentors, but we encourage girls to trust themselves and practice making choices. The selection process is done in a respectful and confidential manner.
Mentors are women who go through our application and interview process (much like getting a job), clear a criminal record check, go through mentor training and are continually supported by our lead guide and counsellor.

2.

Challenge

Perceived challenge is a vital program component. Challenge not only develops resilience, resourcefulness, courage and self-knowing, it also acts as a tangible marker for participants to move – emotionally, psychologically, mentally and physically – into the new stage of young womanhood.
Moving through a challenge, girls discover new strengths about themselves and step into womanhood feeling able and confident. Our main challenge is a supervised 8-hour solo in nature during our July adventure. Girls prepare for this in May-June, do it in July and then celebrate their accomplishment as young women upon their return.

3.

Integration

Many transformational programs end on a high note without guidance to navigate what happens when we return home after expansive, connecting experiences. This can be the hardest part in the process of change. Participants can feel lost or that no one understands them and what they have gone through.
We continue to mentor and meet after the July adventure to bridge the self-discoveries from the trip into participants’ daily lives. We continue to validate their strengths, remind them of their resilience and reflect back their self-awareness until they know it themselves and can apply it to their lives.

Special Features

Each participant will select a woman during our first gathering to be her personal mentor for the duration of the program. In most programs mentees do not choose their mentors, but we encourage girls to trust themselves and practice making choices. The selection process is done in a respectful and confidential manner.
Mentors are women who go through our application and interview process (much like getting a job), clear a criminal record check, go through mentor training and are continually supported by our lead guide and counsellor.

Perceived challenge is a vital program component. Challenge not only develops resilience, resourcefulness, courage and self-knowing, it also acts as a tangible marker for participants to move – emotionally, psychologically, mentally and physically – into the new stage of young womanhood.
Moving through a challenge, girls discover new strengths about themselves and step into womanhood feeling able and confident. Our main challenge is a supervised 8-hour solo in nature during our July adventure. Girls prepare for this in May-June, and celebrate their accomplishment as young women upon their return.

Many transformational programs end on a high note without guidance to navigate what happens when we return home after expansive, connecting experiences. This is often the hardest part in the process of change. Participants can feel lost or that no one understands them.
We continue to mentor and meet after the adventure to bridge the self-discoveries from the trip into their daily lives. We continue to validate their strengths, remind them of their resilience and reflect back their self-awareness until they know it themselves and can apply it to their lives.

“After doing the program, I'm more clear on who I want to be as a human. I focus more on my mental and physical health, and know what makes me happy."  Participant

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Comprehensive Program Includes:

Mid April-June: Preparation
  • Day of ceremony for moms & mentors honouring their womanhood
  • Parent orientation night
  • Weekly 1-on-1 mentorship for 1.5 hrs until Aug
  • 5 daylong group gatherings on weekends
  • Parent circle night
Early July: Adventure
  • Family send-off ceremony
  • 5-day overnight adventure
  • Welcome-back potluck feast
July-Aug
  • Mentorship continues weekly with the exception of summer vacations
Sept-Oct: Integration
  • Biweekly 1-on-1 mentorship
  • 3 daylong group gatherings on weekends
May-Oct
  • 1-on-1 parent meeting booked by request
*Sessions are held in Vancouver with the exception of hikes in local areas (eg. North Vancouver) and our 5-day trip in the Lower Mainland.

For dates, program structure and curriculum, please see schedule below.

Investment

$2000 for 6 months of mentorship and coming-of-age programming for your daughter & family

Fee includes all programming and costs associated with the 5-day trip (ceremonies, food, transportation, accommodations)… all in an intimate group of 6-10 girls.  

A $400 deposit secures your spot, then various payment options are available. Some bursaries also available. 

We encourage participants to fundraise for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. They can do it together once they meet! We can provide suggestions.

Additional personal costs may be incurred while connecting with your mentor (ie tea or other activities), which is completely optional. Mentors are provided a list of many free activities.

To register, please contact us for a brief intake call and registration forms

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