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.
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