Body Awareness for Empowered Choices for Girls 9-16 years.
Conscious Minds Conscious Bodies™ Day Camp
Saturday, February 29 ~ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Is your child starting to go through puberty or beginning to ask a lot of questions about their body? This One-Day Conscious Minds Conscious Bodies™ Camp will support their process by offering accurate information to navigate the changes along their path during this time. We like to encourage this to be an empowering time in their life by providing space for them to be just as they are.
During this one day camp, folx will learn about anatomy/physiology, changes that bodies go through during puberty, the menstruation cycle, a variety of menstrual products for most comfort, proper terminology about all bodies and an opportunity to learn more about their changing bodies in a safe and accepting environment.
Camp Includes: art, yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, body awareness techniques, self care tools, sound healing, dance, health lectures, talking circles, Q & A, organic snacks/lunch, cultivating community & lots of fun.
Camp Participants will also leave with new friendships, anatomy packet, handouts, organic period care products from Seventh Generation and an original CMCB™ Zine full of local and global resources!
The Historical Coach House
211 21st St SW
Olympia, WA 98501
Morning artwork, icebreakers, meditation, breath work and yoga was awesome in our first Empowerment 4 Girls Day Camp in Montesano! After our delicious organic lunch we had our afternoon Guest Speaker.
Thanks to Environmental Educator and President of our Empowerment 4 Girls Board, Jennifer Johnson, for supporting our Self Care Day. Her presentation:
“‘Get Out of My Hair! Toxins in Personal Care’– Learn how to read labels and choose personal care products that keep you looking and smelling good while also protecting our water! We will make an all-natural lip balm to take home and share resources to make buying decisions easier.”
The girls loves learning about more natural body products such as Alaffia, as well as, how to read labels and where chemicals are often hidden like in the word “fragrance”.
They also loved making their very own peppermint lip balm and getting great resources such as the “Pocket Guide to Safer Personal Care Products”!
Testimonials from Montesano Camp:
"It's almost the best thing ever!" VM Age 13
"I honestly loved the experience here, thanks!" ED Age 11
"The whole day was fun, but the end was best with dancing!" PW Age 10
"I'm so glad I got to attend this camp. I love life even more now." DS Age 12
You Are Beautiful Brunch
Thank you to all the lovely folx that joined us for our You Are Beautiful Brunch on October 13. Because of YOU we raised over $10,000 for our future girls!
We are so grateful for ALL your support and encouragement. Special thanks to all the businesses and individuals that donated to our Live and Silent Auctions, Sandy Cavin, Hubers Gasthaus, the amazing In Kind Donations for food and beverages, Our incredible musicians Anjali Silva and David Deacon-Joyner, WSECU our Event Sponsor, Ivy Gentian our Teen Presenter and Climate Activist and our Board of Directors for a wonderful opportunity to share and celebrate Empowerment 4 Girls!!!!
Our Empowerment Day Camp on October 5th was another awesome day empowering girls. The theme of the day was Self Expression. Our Guest Speaker for the day was artist, Carrie Ziegler.
Carrie creates collaborative art with hundreds and thousands of people, inspiring positive change at the personal and community level. She speaks from the heart, weaving together stories of her own transformational journey through art, the Power of Art, and how collaborative art can inspire change. Carrie will guide us through a collaborative art activity. Participants will take their art home with them.
"Making art helps us process the tough information we take in every day, from the state of the planet to how we feel about our own bodies. It can help us process through the emotions that come up, and gives us another way to share what we are experiencing."
Carrie Ziegler - Earth Art will share with us the process of embossing metal. This technique is suitable for beginners, allowing them to create intricate, low-relief, aluminum sculptures. We will use this art form to explore ways to express our own truths about who we are and how we show up in the world. ~https://carrieziegler.com/
Monday, August 12th, Self Image
Tahnee Laur & Bella Muir
We will discuss the connection between fashion and our moods. Our main focus will be to work on recognizing our true emotions in a digital world and how to best self care those feelings, reflect on our true self vs. media self, especially on having healthy boundaries with photo filters. We will decorate bandanas using fabric paint & stencils with affirmations and imagery to remind us to show love to ourselves in this moment, every moment no matter the mood.
Tuesday, August 13th, Self Love
Aly Long 10:45-11:45
We will explore Svadhaya or self inquiry from the yoga tradition and how this attunes us to knowing and expressing ourselves more freely. Our practice will include holding space for our unique self expression through asana, creating partner or group poses, dance and a guided meditation.
Shari Trnka 1:30-3:30
We will make heart garland or leis from upcycled wool scraps, cutting hearts and hand stitching the garland. While we work with our hands it’s a great opportunity to engage our hearts and share with each other about what it looks like (and feels like )to live from our hearts.
Wednesday Aug 14 Self Expression
Sue Forson 1:30-3:30
Creativity is essential to being fully alive and vibrant. Our creative process is a unique well of spirit and grace; the more we drink from it the more there is. We will create collages on shields and write a letter to our future selves and explore what happens when we let our creative muse take over
Thursday, July 15th, Self Care
Kelli Mae 10:30-11:30
Self care begins with self knowledge, and Yoga and mindfulness are the keys to learning about ourselves. We will use these practices to discover who we are, how we feel, what we like, and what we don't. A loving kindness (metta) meditation will complete our experience of attending to, accepting, and loving ourselves exactly as we we are.
Kirstin Eventyr 1:30-3:30
Together we will learn about using flower essences to support us to feel better about ourselves, boost our strengths and lean into our challenges. You will also have an opportunity to make your own flower essence and essential oil spray that you can take home with you!
Friday Aug 16th, Self Empowerment
Amazon of Olympia 1:30-3:30
Amazon of Olympia will be giving an inspirational speech on how you can tap into your own Superpowers. She also has a few fun Superhero themed things planned. Amazon of Olympia is a Superhero costumed character representing Wonder Woman. She donates her time to various charities and local events.
Conscious Minds Conscious Bodies™
This curriculum, aligned with OSPI (WA Health standards, same thing?) standards and reviewed by Planned Parenthood’s Teen Council is designed for girls ages 9-16. Objectives are to empower girls on their path through puberty and beyond and create a community of support as they develop and thrive. Girls will learn body awareness and safety, personal boundaries; theirs and others, and receive body-positive messages to cultivate confidence and trust.
Camp facilitators and community leaders offer trauma-informed guidance as we explore our bodies: normalizing all pubescent changes, learning the correct and respectful anatomical names, and their changes and creating opportunities for role-playing and practicing the importance of respectful communication about our own body's needs and how to respect and honor the needs of others’. Gender identity and expression are discussed as well as the respect of all human bodies on the planet. Our goal is to empower girls to recognize the power of their choices and their voices and support other girls to do the same.
Monday, July 29
ANATOMY / MENSTRUATION / BODIES: Guest Teacher, Michele Drake
Michele Drake (she/her) believes in education as both empowerment and
preventative health care. In her work as a public school teacher and foster youth counselor, Michele is passionate about cultivating critical thinking, empathy, and
communication skills for young people. In addition to serving youth in our community, Michele is a fertility awareness educator. She believes that body literacy is an inalienable right—that all people should have access to accurate, unbiased information about their bodies so that they can make informed consent decisions for their heal
Tuesday, July 30
SELF IMAGE: Guest Teacher, Sara-ann Swanson
The Inner Beauty presentation sheds light on how so much of the images of females in
media are altered in some way. Learn how some of what we see is unrealistic and begin a conversation about the value of uniqueness. We all have features that make us all different and all uniquely beautiful. Unique beauty is True beauty.
Wednesday, July 31
CONSENT / BOUNDARIES: Guest Speakers, Grace Wark & Josephine Petricola
Grace Wark and Josephine Petricola are trained Teen Council members and have
presented at schools and events in Thurston County. They will lead a peer-to-peer
interactive workshop exploring consent. Essential questions for this work include:
1. What are ways we can ask for and express consent or non-consent?
2. What are ways we can protect ourselves, friends, and other people in our community.
Thursday, August 1
GENDER IDENTITY /SEXUAL ORIENTATION: Guest Teacher, El Sanchez
El Sanchez is a queer/transgender non-binary/Indigenous/Latinx, writer, community activist and stand-up comedian who has been working as a facilitator and LGBTQ+ youth advocate with Olympia-based LGBTQ+ non-profit organization Pizza Klatch
since 2018. El will present a workshop designed to give a gentle introduction to pre-teen and teenage youth on:
1. The general definitions of various gender identities, sexual orientations and gender pronouns.
2. To answer any questions they may have about gender, pronouns and sexual orientation.
3. To provide some guidelines on how to be a better ally to those folx whose gender identities and sexual orientantations they may not share.
Friday, August 2
RELATIONSHIP / RESILIENCY: Guest Teacher, Sarah Meyer
We will all face challenges in our lives and may feel overwhelmed at times. Create habits that build your resiliency so when you are faced with a challenge you feel empowered to work through any challenge. In this session we will focus on building resilient habits, talk about the importance of gratitude, circles of support, self-talk, and goal setting.
Monday, July 15 ~ SELF EXPRESSION
Guest Speaker, Nikki McCoy 1:30-3:30
Find your voice by telling another person’s story, as well as our own. Use journaling to
get through tough times and tap into creativity and self-expression. Have fun with word-play and brainstorming sessions, followed by free write and sharing your writing with the group. Receive a journal to decorate and take home.
Tuesday, July 16 ~ SELF LOVE
Guest Teacher, Michelle Pugh 10:00 — 11:00 am
A fun flow yoga class that incorporates balancing poses to encourage will power and strength inside and out. Plus a relaxing guided meditation to balance health, wellness and strength.
Guest Speaker, Jessica Smiley 1:30 — 3:30 pm
Learn the exciting art technique of “milliori” designs, an ancient art form of
repeated designs, using polymer clay. Be inspired by your beautiful heart and your
design as you create your own Power Heart. Jess Smiley has been exploring polymer clay for almost 30 years and enjoys introducing other humans to this wonderful clay and process.
Wednesday, July 17 ~ SELF NURTURING
10:30 — 11:30 am Guest Teacher, Molly Robertson
Qigong—Improve emotional balance, strengthen the body and develop focus and
concentration, using movement, sound and playful training for focusing the mind.
1:30 — 3:30 pm Guest Speaker, Shelia Wilson
Meld nature with mindfulness to improve overall health and wellbeing with the
Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, or “Forest Bath”. Immerse our senses in the natural
world, learn about our native forests, and discover new plant allies on this nature-based meditation of the senses.
Thursday, July 18 ~ SELF CARE
10:30 — 11:30 am Guest Teacher, Annette McQueen
“You Are What You Eat”. Healthy bodies start from the inside out. What we put into our
bodies is the fuel we have to work within creating a healthy body and a healthy lifestyle. Get ready to blend your way into healthy smoothies to be used as meals or as snacks, using power foods and a Vitamix Blender!
1:30 — 3:30 pm
Guest Speaker, Deborah Grace
Join us in creating girl-goddess cloth dolls! While exploring ways to love ourselves, we
will decorate our dolls with crystals, words, fragrant herbs and tokens. Our dolls and
their symbology will help us feel happy, hopeful, playful and more connected to others and ourselves.
Friday, July 19 ~ SELF RESPONSIBILITY
1:30 — 3:30 pm, Guest Speaker, Jennifer Johnson
Learn how to use your knowledge to clean, sanitize and make your house smell good,
safely! We’ll learn how to read labels on common household products to be responsible shoppers. Learn to use, store and dispose of household products responsibly to create a healthier home. We’ll play bingo to learn about safer products and make a green cleaner to take home.
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!!!!
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