Thank you to all the lovely folks that joined us last night for our Garden Gala! We are so grateful for ALL your support and encouragement.
left to right: Jeannine Anderson, Stephanie Pratt, Kristen Rubis, Sheri Howe, Jen Johnson, Michele Drake
Special thanks to Ez Foods Olympia, Well 80 Brewhouse, WadeSolutions, Helsing Junction Farms, Jessica Liederbach, Sandy Cavin, The Beat Greens, Katie Rains, Susan Tuzzolino, John Shepard and our Board of Directors for a wonderful opportunity to share and celebrate Empowerment 4 Girls!!!!
Mother's of Our Campers
Mother's Day Brunch
Saturday, May 11, 2019
111 Market St NE
Olympia, Washington 98501
[ Across from the Olympia Farmers Market]
Join us for Brunch and Self Care Raffle Items
Let us pamper you on your special day.
Invite a friend and receive a free raffle ticket.
Space is limited. Please take a moment and RSVP below.
APRIL 6, 2019 ONE-DAY SPRING CAMP
FEBRUARY 2, 2019 ONE-DAY WINTER CAMP
Community member, Elizabeth Hyer, joined me in leading a Vision Board Workshop for the last Friday of 2018, One-Day Empowerment Camp 4 Girls. It felt like a perfect opportunity to encourage the girls to look ahead and plan how they want to feel and what they want to do in 2019.
It's time for the…
Every year, the Olympia Community for Interfaith Celebration (CIC) sells citrus fruit and other delicious holiday goodies, and donates ALL proceeds to worthy organization.
This year's beneficiaries includes:
The Olympia Community Kitchen, Interfaith Works Overnight Shelter, Planned Parenthood Teen Council, Empowerment 4 Girls, Wild Grief, Heifer International, South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group
Please consider making a purchase and supporting Empowerment 4 Girls!
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What we're selling
The tree-ripened ruby red grapefruit are grown in Florida. The satsumas and navel oranges are organically grown in California, and make lovely treats during the holiday season. The boxes are generous and guaranteed fresh, and the fruit has always been of very high quality. We are also offering bags of organically grown pecans from Arizona, and organic medjool dates from Coachella, CA.
Chocolate Product Information
We are offering organic fair trade chocolate from Theo Chocolate Company, the only bean-to-bar, organic and fair trade chocolate company in the U.S. For more information on this Seattle company go to www.theochocolate.com
Coffee Product Information
Covabrelli Coffee is a Tumwater, Washington roaster that offers fair trade, organic, and sustainably farmed coffee. We are offering their Colombia medium roast whole bean coffee in 12 ounce canisters. This coffee has a bright, chocolate-orange flavor profile with a caramel body.
YOUR VOTE MATTERS!
This #GivingTuesday, please consider joining me in supporting Empowerment 4 Girls with a donation. Together we make a difference in the lives of girls, giving them the tools, skills and confidence they need to grow into empowered women. Your contribution, large or small, to core support funding will help to ensuring our ability to provide our life-changing programs to more girls in our Olympia community, and beyond. Together we are raising strong girls and building a stronger community.
I had the privilege to serve the girls at one of the summer camps. When I arrived, I was immediately moved by their sense of connection and safety in the container of this powerful circle that had been created by Kristen, the girls, and many volunteers and guest speakers. My intention was to support their heart connection. I was astounded to witness the magnitude of their capacity, amplified by the safety and flexibility of this circle.
I first invited them to experience self-love by saying "I Love You," to themselves. Then I asked them to find a body area (physical, mental or emotional) that could use more love, perhaps it was hurting, perhaps it was a part that just wanted more attention, that was sad, wherever they were drawn. I invited them to place their hands there and with their loving attention continue to repeat "I Love You," to this area. Well, can you guess what happened? The girls sat up after a few minutes and to their delight and surprise, the majority experienced a change of the areas in a way that felt supportive, or overall, they spoke to feeling altered in a life-affirming direction by giving themselves this love. And they all got it!
Some girls also shared that even when they weren’t the focus of the group, things shifted in them as well as, similar situations that they had endured arose and they felt them soften too, simply by being in this field of love.
How do we relate to each other when we are all self-empowered to meet the parts of us that are hurting with love rather than perceive ourselves as broken, project blame or give our power away to another to fix us or make us whole?
This is the world that Kristen Rubis and Empowerment 4 Girls is helping to create. And I am deeply honored to be a part of it.
Learn More About Summer Camps
A Huge Success at Our New Future Location
Our August Week-Long Empowerment Camp was the first at our new future location, The Coach House—next to the Historical Lord Mansion. The Coach House comes with breath-taking beauty and grounds, where the girls enjoyed playing outside when we could—due to smoke from the summer forest fires. We also enjoyed a priceless walk through the Native Plant Garden Trail with a local herbalist helping identify plants along the way. 20 girls attended camp in August and we were grateful to be able to provide 8 scholarships through our generous community donations.
One of the highlights of our August camp was on Friday, the last day. Sofie's Scoops, our local gelato shop, came and offered a Gelato Party in the Garden! FUN, FUN, FUN—the girls were so happy and grateful. Our Board Members also made food for the camp, and I'm happy to report that by the end of the week, we filled our 5 gallon bucket 3 times with compost!
A shout out to our 16 volunteers! Our August camp was effortless because of all of the support from local womxn in our community, teen support, as well as our board members.
Monday, August 20
1:30 — 2:45 pm
Guest Speaker, Cecily Schmidt
The girls will have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on the qualities that make them each unique. They will be guided through a short yoga practice and then write poems that express these unique characteristics that make them who they are. We will close by sharing parts or all of our poems with each other.
Tuesday, August 21
10:30 am — 11:30 am
Guest Yoga Instructor, Aly Long
“Seeing Ourselves Through the Eyes of Love” — We will practice asana, breath and meditation to focus on how we see ourselves. The practice will focus on loving ourselves right where we are in this moment and in every moment. Practice will include some partner and group poses.
1:30 — 2:45 pm
Guest Speaker, Elizabeth Swanson
“Body Image” — From my experience and as the mother of two girls, body image is an important topic to me. It’s impact on girls’ identity and confidence can’t be underestimated. I will talk about body image and the relationship we have with how our bodies look and how we feel others perceive us. We’ll also make an art project using self pictures and strong words of identity and confidence.
Wednesday, August 22
1:30 — 2:45 pm
Guest Speaker, Emily McMason
“Living in a Social Media World” — It can be a great way to connect. It can also disconnect us from what’s important. We’ll talk about some cool research—the bathing suit test and the kitchen table test. We’ll look at some not-so-little laws—how old do you actually have to be to have a Snapchat account? We’ll dive into brain-behavior—what happens inside your head when your device buzzes at you? And talk about how to decide what to share on social media and with whom.
Thursday, August 23
10:30 — 11:30 am
Guest Yoga Teacher, Kelli Mae Willis
“Powerful Partnership” — We find our strength when we lift each other up. We will use the principles of partner yoga, circus, and acrobatics to embody the power of community. Participants will learn to find body shapes strong enough to hold the weight of a partner, while developing trust and courage to allow themselves to be supported. We will go upside down, laugh a lot, and hopefully everyone will experience something brand new!
1:30 — 2:45 pm
Guest Speaker, Kimberly Mueller
“The Power of Being a Female Engineer” — Sometimes it isn’t easy to feel like yourself when you are surrounded by people who seem different. I will talk about being a female engineer in a male dominated field. I will share a bit about what engineers do and will then focus on why staying true to yourself creates more fulfilling experiences at work. We will also do a fun engineering type activity.
Friday, August 24
1:15 — 2:30 pm
Guest Speaker, Jennifer Johnson
“Get Out of My Hair, Toxins in Personal Care” — Teens are a primary target for sale of personal care products – yet some ingredients used to make cosmetics, lotion, deodorant, shampoo, and hair dye have been linked to cancer and may cause reproductive and environmental harm. We will discuss toxins in personal care products and alternatives teens can choose to protect themselves. We’ll learn about health concerns, how to read labels, helpful websites, and safer alternatives. The girls will make an all-natural lip balm to take home, to remind them they can keep looking and smelling good without toxic products!
July Summer Camp at The Abigail Stuart House
We were pleased to host our July Camp at a new location, The Abigail Stuart House. We loved having our own space and we particularly loved having lunch on the big, beautiful porch. 16 girls joined us for camp. Through our generous community donations, we were grateful to be able to provide scholarships to 3 of the girls.
One of the camp highlights was walking through the lovely flower gardens at Fertile Ground, a guesthouse in downtown Olympia, after our lunch. Our board members made food for our lunches and we received lots of compliments from the girls.
A shout out to our 9 volunteers! Our July camp was effortless because of all of the support from local womxn in our community, teen support, as well as our board members.
Monday, July 9
1:30 — 2:45 pm
Guest Speaker, Sarah Meyer
Building a growth mindset helps us build our own awareness about what brings us joy. In our time together we will explore 6 big questions that will help us create a practice of gratitude and growth. We will play a couple games, create a gratitude journal and develop our “I am” statements.
Tuesday, July 10
11:00 am — 12:00 pm
Guest Yoga Instructor, Rebekah Brems
Connection to breath with Sun Salutations. Focusing on Heart strengthening and opening with asanas and mudras. Writing exercise to bring awareness to one thing you love about yourself. However, you move body and mind either with yoga, dance, walking, writing, reading, etc., it creates space.
Wednesday, July 11
1:30 — 2:45 pm
Guest Speaker, Emily McMason
“Living in a Social Media World”—It can be a great way to connect. It can also disconnect us from what’s important. We’ll talk about some cool research—the bathing suit test and the kitchen table test. We’ll look at some not-so-little laws—how old do you actually have to be to have a Snapchat account? We’ll dive into brain-behavior—what happens inside your head when your device buzzes at you? And talk about how to decide what to share on social media and with whom.
Thursday, July 12
Friday, July 13
1:30 — 2:30 pm
Guest Speaker, Kirstin Eventyr
“Making and using flower essence sprays” Learn how to use flower essence and essential oils sprays to support you in your life by helping you feel more confident, have better boundaries and let go of what doesn’t serve you. You will also get to make one of our own sprays.
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