Rite of Passage Program

The program is limited to 6-10 girls each year. Please register soon to secure your spot!

Dates overview

The program runs from May-August and consists of 3 phases: 1. Preparation, 2. Ceremony, and 3. Integration.  For Preparation, we meet bi-weekly on the weekend through May and June, and then our big Ceremony Weekend happens in July.  Two follow-up dates happen for Integration, one in July and one in August afterwhich we will decide as a group on additional, more casual follow-up.

2018 Dates & Details

1. PREPARATION:

Mothers & Mentors Honouring our Womanhood: Saturday Apr 28th, 10am-4pm. A day of ceremony to celebrate your own womanhood before supporting the girls in the same way. Optional but recommended for mothers. A great way to meet the mentors and start this journey together.

Parents Night: Saturday May 5th, 6-9pm, potluck

Participants: Sunday May 13th 10-3pm, Sunday May 27th 10-4pm, Sunday June 10th 10-4pm and Saturday June 23rd 10-4pm.  Location: In Vancouver area; sessions 1, 3 & 4 will be at the same venue – TBA, session 2 will be in nature weather permitting.

 

2. CEREMONY WEEKEND:

Parents will participate in a leaving ceremony the evening of Thursday July 5th, 7-9pm.

Participants: Thursday evening, July 5th to Monday evening, July 9th.  Mentors and facilitator are present for the entire weekend.  Location: On Vancouver Island, group transportation will be arranged.

Parents, Families and Family Friends will join participants and mentors in a potluck dinner feast in Vancouver to welcome the young women home on Monday, July 9th, 6-10pm.

 

3. INTEGRATION:

Participants: Saturday, July 28th and/or Saturday, August 25th (2 in total, please be present for at least one of these).  Location: In Vancouver area, outdoors in nature weather permitting.

 

Please see the Curriculum page for a rich description of Program Content.

 

Developing a relationship with a mentor

This is a special and important part of the program.  Participants will meet and choose their mentors at our first gathering on May 12th.  From then until the end of August, mentors and participants will connect once a week for 1.5-2hours. In September and October, mentor-mentee pairs meet at least once biweekly. If any pair desires to continue their connection after the program ends, they may do so independently of the program.

Note: after the final gathering on Aug. 25th, we will assess the needs of the group and decide if and how frequent we may meet thereafter (eg. once a month optional gathering/potluck)

 

Cost

4 months of programming + 6 months of ongoing mentorship: $1,500  $1100.

Due to a generous donor, we are able to offer this reduced price for all participants, and significant bursaries are available for low-income families (contact us for details). Please be assured that we are looking for additional funding. We are a not-for-profit group and whatever funding we receive between now and the end of August will be refunded to families.  Please forward our Donations Page to friends and family to make this happen!

A deposit of $300 is required with registration; payment plans are available.

Includes all costs associated with programming, insurance, and the ceremonial weekend (food, accommodation, transportation)…all in an intimate group of 6-10 girls. Additional personal costs may be incurred while connecting with your mentor (ie tea or other activities), which is optional.

We do not want cost to be a barrier to participation.  If everything about this program is a YES! and cost is your only hesitation, please contact us.  We’d be happy to discuss how to make it work.

 

To Register

Please contact us for the registration package. Registration deadline is Wednesday, April 25nd 2018.