Youth Retreats/Events

Menstuff® lists here a description of various retreats for youth. We strongly recommend involving your teen or tweenager in one of these powerful programs! We have provided some programs from 2000 and 1999 which we haven't heard from yet and contact numbers. You might want to contact them directly. We will list updated information as soon as we get it. Check out the local calendar by month which includes all international, national, and regional events. Get out of the box!


Legend: Retreats are listed alphabetically by title. We have included the state code where they generally hold their events and sometimes the month, though these may not be current. If you find something that interests you, contact the organizations directly for their current schedule, fees and location information.

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Adventures in Nature (Boys 9-11) This program offers boys experiences designed to build confidence, creativity and self-expression. In addition, we focus on new levels of communication and outdoor living skills. (7/23-29/00) Kripalu Retreat Center, Lenox, MA. 800.741.7353 or www.kripalu.org

Apprentice Journey (Boys and Girls ages 9-11). Set in the beautiful Cascade Mountains of Washington State, the Apprentice Journey is the perfect back country introduction to our wilderness rite of passage programs for young people. W&M  (6/25-71/00) Bethell, WA ICA Rite of Passage Journeys, 425 486-5164, www.icajourneys.org or stan@icajourneys.org

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Boys to Men. Through a structured yet informal program, we have created a unique and safe place where boys between the ages of 12 and 16 can regularly interact with committed, conscientious adult men. With the understanding that inside each boy is a "man of honor," we help these boys discover their own individual strengths, talents and gifts. Armed with this information, these boys can then develop positive life skills and goals that can be expressed in their lives and shared within their community. www.boystomen.org or E-Mail See contacts for dates and locations.

Boys to Men Dinner Dance Gala with Live Music at the Magnificent San Diego Air & Space Museum. 6 - 7 p.m. Reception & Silent Auction, 7 p.m. Dinner & Program. Signup - boystomen.org or call 619.469.9599 to volunteer. (6/28/08)

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Career Day for Our Sons. (National) Held annually the Friday after Father's Day. Since only 40 percent of College Students are male, please invite local college representatives to speak to High School son's of employees to plan to go to college. Boys need Affirmative Action for equality in college attendance!!! Sponsored by National Coalition of Free Men. boystowork@aol.com or members.aol.com/boystowork/ Read about Daughters and Kids programs. (6/21/02)

The Children's Program. (Ages 5-12) Kripalu and Berkshire Country Day School are once again joining together to create a new season of special programming for kids. This program will be held on the beautiful 27-acre campus of BCDS, right next to Kripalu. Your children will play, explore and learn through yoga, dance, art, games and swimming. The Kripalu staff emphasizes individual attention, creative expression, and self-acceptance in an environment that encouragse your child's spirit to thrive. Kripalu Retreat Center, Lenox, MA (7/2-7, 7/7-9, 7/14-16, 7/21-23, 7/28-30, 8/11-13, 8/18-20, 8/25-27/00) 413.448.3220 or www.kripalu.org

Circus Yoga for Kids, Gabriella Bengis, Erin Maile O'Keefe, and Kevin O'Keefe. Children have an innate mastery of yoga - they already know how to be in their bodies, be in the movement, and be self-expressive. Circus Yoga for Kids is an imaginative, fun-filled, and safe workout, designed to strengthen self-confidence, focus, trust and teamwork. Playful yoga enhances flexibility, immune system functioning, and proper bone growth. This three-day workshop includes: Basic yoga postures, taught through a unique story-life approach. Partner yoga that teaches children how to take care of their bodies and work with a buddy. Creative movement and Kripalu DansKinetics, and Partner Acrobatics, juggling and clowning. Through directed improvisation, the children will collaborate on a closing performance for "Circus Yoga Kids Ensemble" integrating story, circus and yoga. W&M  (6/29-7/2, 8/3-6/00)  Kripalu Retreat Center, Lenox, MA 800.741.7353 or www.kripalu.org

Coming of Age for Boys (12-16). This program is designed to facilitate and honor the beginning transition into manhood. Ropes course, journal writing, and group discussions are used to help deal with the issues and concerns of this age group. (7/9-15/00) Kripalu Retreat Center, Lenox, MA 800.741.7353 or www.kripalu.org

Coming of Age for Boys (who have graduated from the 6th and 7th grade) A 3-week expedition style trip which includes a 24 hour vision quest. Our trips provide fun and adventurous activities designed to stretch participants physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually within a safe and supportive community of peers and mentors/guides. This trip is truly an initiation for boys who are ready to shed the cocoon of their childhood in favor of the wings of youth. (7/2-23/00) Bethel, WA 425.486.5164 or www.icajourneys.org or stan@icajourneys.org

Coming of Age for Girls who have graduated 6th or 7th grade. This Coming of Age Journey is the perfect opportunity for girls to emerge into their teen years with the strength and confidence to speak their truth and believe in their worth based on talents, skills, and interests. Sun-Sun, (6/25-7/16/00)  Bethell, WA ICA Rite of Passage Journeys, 425 486-5164, www.icajourneys.org or stan@icajourneys.org

Coming of Age Passages for Girls (14-16) The fun and challenge gives girls the chance to develop closeness with peers and join a supportive community. This program gives older girls opportunities to celebrate their authentic selves and discover more about how they want to be in the world. Program includes a ropes course. Kripalu Retreat Center, Lenox.. 800.741.7353 or www.kripalu.org Lenox, (7/29-8/4/00)

Communication and Self-Esteem for Young Adults. (Coed 15-19). This program provides a safe space where teens can share their unique conflicts and challenges. Communication and listening skills are developed through experiential activities. This powerful program offers deep bonding, inspiration, and empowerment to young people. Kripalu Retreat Center, Lenox, MA. (7/2-8/00) 800.741.7353 or www.kripalu.org

Creative Mentoring, Michael Meade. Creative Mentoring offers orientation and training in the core ideas and purposes of mentoring. The character named Mentor first appears in Greek myth where he acts as guide and teacher for a young prince facing cultural oppression and devastation. Thus, the beginning of mentoring involves healing culture as well as guiding youth. Creative Mentoring seeks to assist nature to heal and culture to renew while guiding youth to seek their own genius and unique spirit for life. www.mosaicvoices.org or 206-935-3665. Los Angeles - Loyola Marymount University - St Robert's Auditorium 9:30a-5:30p (3/5/11); Atkinson Memorial Church ~ 710 6th Street, Oregon City, OR 9a-4p Register here. (9/15/12)

Crossing the Threshold: Fathers & Sons (13-17), Michael Herrick. Fathers and sons will focus on the passage into manhood, the fears and excitement, and learn that their fathers, and all men, have passed through the gateway. In an atmosphere of much blessing, without shame, there will be dialogue about anger, sexuality, the media, peers, drugs and alcohol, and any of the concerns that surround this passage. Estes Park, Colorado. Men's Leadership Alliance, 303.444.9066 or www.mensleadershipalliance.org or E-Mail. $325 - $400 per pair sliding. (8/10-13/06)

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The Dare To Be King Curriculum & Training Program represents the cornerstone of the Center’s work with males. The model features a 270-page Curriculum which includes an intensive three-day outdoor experience for adolescent African American males. The Dare To Be King Model is designed to challenge males to confront the never ending journey of manhood and the responsibility of creating our lives by design, not by default. The Curriculum focuses on addressing anger, impulse control and decision-making. Each session provides activities that address issues ranging from youth critically examining the lives of slain rappers like Tupac Shakur and Biggie to dealing with incidents around confronting a "bully" in school. Urban Leadership Institute. The Center provides a comprehensive program specifically designed to be implemented with African American males ages 10-17. www.urbanyouth.org

Daughters and Fathers/Fathers and Daughters: Changing the Story. Patricia Reis & Larry Lima. This workshops is an opportunity to open a conversation across gender lines on one of the most difficult, mysterious, and powerful relationships in our lives: the daughter/father relationship. We will enter into dialogue on: How do cultural roles and expectations influence the shape of this relationship? How do our own early experiences of being fathered inform our feelings and behavior? How have the expectations of fathering changed in the last generation? How do the deeper issues of power and love get played out in this relationship? What kind of fathers do men what to be? What kind of fathers do women want for their daughters? Celebrating the joys and intimacies, acknowledging the wounds, fears and confusion, we hope to create a safe and sacred space where we can cultivate a new awareness of Daughter and Farther, Woman and Man. This is open to all women and to men who are fathers or stepfathers of daughters. W&M  Esalen, Big Sur, Ca www.esalen.org 831.667.3000 (6/16-18/00)

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Earth Wisdom, (teens 14-19), Carl Big Heart, medicine man and elder, says that his most important work is with young people. He says: "There are so many voices outside of us, asking us to follow along, promising happiness, fulfillment, and a perfect life. Yet, we see the condition of the world and realize something is wrong. It is confusing and complicated, sometimes frightening. In my workshop, we untangle the many threads and make things simple while we learn a way to live and think based on the wisdom of the Earth. We find a clear sense of purpose as we spend time in a Talking Circle, where you can ask any question and discuss any issue in an atmosphere of respect and unconditional support. We create a community together and look in our hearts for those things that have deep and lasting meaning." During the week you'll have the opportunity to experience deep parts of yourself in the ancient sweat lodge ceremony. Outside of the lodge, the voice of the drum calls us to dance. We discover new levels of being conscious and see our world, families, and friends differently. We learn why the Native Americans say that the Earth is a living being, and make our hands wise as we start fires with a bow drill and practice skills for surviving in the wild. At all times, we seek to bring true, effective, and lasting healing to the Sacred Hoop of Life. On one evening during the week there will be a Blessing Ceremony for children and other young people for the entire Family Week community as we reach outward toward the sacred all around us and honor the divine within us. W&M. Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY. (7/10-14/00) 800.944.1001 or www.eomega.org or registration@eomega.org

Experiencing Esalen: For Kids (ages 7-14), Lia Thompson-Clark. Easlen's annual Children's Program is a time for children to enjoy some of the unique experiences available at Esalen. Based in the Esalen Art Barn, this workshop offers a broad array of artistic expression, including painting, clay sculpture, theater, improvisation and mask making. In addition, children will participate in various Esalen work departments, giving them an opportunity to engage in individual and collective responsibility and to learn how a community functions. The goals: to have fun and make new friends. The pathway: self-expression. (two, five or seven days.) W&M  Esalen, Big Sur, CA 831.667.3000 or www.esalen.org (6/30-7/2/00)  (7/2-7/00)

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Father-Daughter Fun Weekend (11th Annual) to honor, celebrate and have FUN with our daughters! Put On By: Rick "Lion" Broniec, Daniel "Wolf" Chotzen & Dave "Free Bear" Brozovich (and Our Daughters!!) Enjoy mask making, games, campfires, horse riding, drumming, swimming, hiking and ceremonies honoring our daughters who have become women. Four great home style buffet meals are included! Open to any man and his daughter(s) (or Grandaughters) Ages 6 and up. Bring a Friend, brother- Warrior or not! Phantom Lake Camp, Mukwanago, WI Cost: $275.00 per father/daughter couple ($125.00 per each additional daughter or grandaughter) How to sign up: Send in a $200.00 Deposit (Or Pay in Full) before 8/1/06 to Rick Broniec 5264 S. Somerset Lane Greenfield, WI 53221 or 414.282.9580(H) or 414.688.9580(C) or E-mail It's time: our daughters are waiting! (7pm 8/25 - noon 8/27/06)

Father-Daughter Valentine Dance. (2/14) Held in over 100 communities in 30 states. In 1993 the first St. Mark's Church, Father-Daughter Valentine Dance was held. In a blinding snowstorm, it still drew over 1,000 fathers, daughters and mothers. It is now one of the most popular celebrations in the City of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Our purpose is to help families provide a quality evening together for Dads and their Daughters of all ages. With the hope of forging stronger friendships between the generations. It has been said that a young girls first male love is her father. If she does not find the attention from him that her heart craves she will search for it elsewhere, sometimes in the wrong place with the wrong person. We Dads want to set a dating standard of love and respect for our daughters so they won't necessarily fall for the same old pressure tactics boys have been using for years. We want to show them how to have fun in a drug-free, alcohol-free and violence-free environment. The movement is a ministry not a fund raising or business scheme. A complete manual on how to do your own dance is available for a contribution of $8.50 payable to St. Mark's Church and mail to: Jim Massery, 23 Euclid Avenue, Pittsfield, Ma 01201. 413.447.9907 or www.sequoiainternet.com/dance or Massery@prodigy.net

The Father/Daughter Weekend: A Journey into the Heart.During this weekend you can expect: A chance to play, laugh, cry and be together – perhaps like never before. A series of activities designed to deepen the Father/Daughter connection -- and help heal wounded hearts and strengthen already tight Father/Daughter relationships. Processes designed for the different ages of the Daughters (child, teen and adult). Father Talk - a circle of Dads who have Daughters - talking deeply and truthfully about what it means to be a Father to a Daughter.? Daughter Talk – Circles of Daughters talking privately about their relationship with their Dad. An opportunity for Daughters to claim an animal name – creating a special bond with a Warrior Dad that can last forever. A Saturday night fire ceremony examining “shadow” and projection in the Father/Daughter relationship (older Daughters and Dads). A campfire with s'mores, drums and spontaneity Free time to play games, go for a walk or just sit and talk together. Memories that Fathers and Daughters will cherish forever. Tuition is $395.00 for a Father/Daughter "pair", $99 for each additional daughter Dinner is provided on Friday and Saturday. Breakfast and lunch is provided on Saturday and Sunday. All lodging is also included (bring bedding). Tuition assistance is available for those who qualify.? To register - contact Chris Behling by E-Mail. Non-registration questions Eric Posmantier E-Mail or Craig Azoff (E-Mail (8/17-19/12)

Father-Daughter Weekend, Rick Broniec, Lansing, MI, eMail. (7/31-8/2/09)

Father's & Son's Retreat (ages 18+) near Boulder, CO Tom Daly and staff. Participants will begin at 10am Friday, and return by 3pm Sunday. We will depart from Boulder, CO to a nearby retreat center. Fresh, wholesome meals will be provided, starting with Friday lunch and ending with Sunday lunch. Directions and a gear list will be sent to you upon receipt of your registration. The total cost of the program is $400-550 per pair, sliding scale. Scholarships or time payments may be available for those with financial needs. www.mensleadershipalliance.org/prog_fatherson_18.shtml  (10/5-7/07)

Father/Son Baseball Tours - Summer. Jack Dyson. We have been putting these tours together since 1998 and are expanding. We will have trips leaving from PA: York and Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston and Virginia in 2010. 717-578-5501 or jack.dyson2@Verizon.net or www.diamondmemoriestours.com

Father-Son Retreat. The retreat is open to men and boys ages 9-99. A staff of seven will create a weekend of bonding, deepening, exploring, and healing for fathers and sons, with activities, rituals, play, stories, emotional experiences, and quality time. The nature setting offers woods, trails, lakes, and accommodations in cabins or tents. $245 father & son + R&B. Hawthorne, Florida, Eric Diamond, Gainesville (FL) Men's Center, 352 375 3001 or www.gainesvillemenscenter.com or E-Mail (1/19-21/07, 3/28-30/08)

Father-Son Weekend. For 25 years the Father&Son Weekend has been an opportunity for dads and other male role models in the Midwest to gather with their boys and young men to share, connect, grow, learn, and play. We encourage grandfathers, uncles, mentors and big brothers to join in the experience as well. We're now hosting this Weekend across the United States for organizations and communities who would like to provide fathers and sons this experience. This amazing Weekend has created the opportunity for dads and other male role models to gather with their sons, boys and young men. You will learn about yourself, your sons, and fatherhood. We do this with activities and processes designed to deepen your relationships and improve your fathering skills. dan@fatherandsonweekend.com or 847-528-1538 or www.fatherandsonweekend.com Camp Minikani, Hubertus, WI $325 (R&B) (6/7-9/13)

The Forest of Imagination: A Mentoring Retreat for Younger and Older Men
We live amidst a loss of containing stories and shared imagination that leaves everyone less protected, more isolated and more subject to anxiety and fear. A growing “collective trauma” is fueled by the collapse of public institutions and the intensification of social divisions. Yet when we are oriented to the core imagination seeded in our souls we can find meaning again; even our worst experiences can become revelatory and healing rather than traumatizing and alienating.

The desire to be part of something greater and to occupy life more fully, whether it be through political or environmental causes, through spiritual or artistic quests is also a desire to touch and be touched by the living imagination that sustains each soul and all of life.

Imagination is a key to finding one’s genius in life; it is the basis of mentoring, a requirement for healing, and a necessity for making community.

The Forest of Imagination is always nearby, waiting to be found again whenever we open our hearts and minds and find the “inner eyes of initiation.” The Forest of Imagination involves many languages including: “living myth” and depth psychology, dream work and tribal cosmologies, poetry and honest speech, chanting and dance, martial arts and rituals of inclusion.

This event is intentionally multicultural and interracial; it is also experiential and experimental. It takes place in a rare redwood forest and requires a willingness to enter the Forest of Imagination where each step can alter the course of one’s life. Genuine freedom, like the deepest healing waits to be found where one’s deepest imagination resides; for imagination is the greatest power of the human soul. www.mosaicvoices.org or 206-935-3665 or 4218 1/2 SW Alaska, Suite H, Seattle, WA 98116 or 206-935-3665 (voice) or 206-935-3612 (fax) or info@mosaicvoices.org Mendocino Woodlands Camp, Mendocino, CA (11/14-19/12)

From the Whale's Mouth: A welcoming ceremony for the lost youth of Sudan. Join Mosaic, the Seattle Art Museum, City of Seattle and King County dignitaries in welcoming the 'Lost Youth of Sudan' who have made Seattle their home over the last year. Celebrate their culture, their unique stories of survival and hopes for the future. Featuring Malual dances, songs and original poetry from the Lost Youth of Sudan. Seattle www.mosaicvoices.org or inof@mosaicvoices.org (5/4/02)

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Gateways to Coming of Age for Girls (11-13) The fun and challenge gives girls the chance to develop closeness with peers and join a supportive community. The emphasis is on emerging independence. Program includes a ropes course. (8/6-12/00) Kripalu Retreat Center, Lenox, MA 800.741.7353 or www.kripalu.org

Gay and Lesbian Youth Safe Colleges Conference First Annual Western/Central Massachusetts Governor's Commission for. Spoonsored by Acting for Campus Transformation, for lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgendered and allied heterosexual people. W&M  The Stonewall Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. 413.545.4824 or fyeskel@stuaf.umass.edu (4/15/00)

A Look at the Gay-Straight Alliance Community in Massachusetts High Schools, Janis Doppler, doctoral candidate in Social Justice Education, UMass Campus Center, Rooom 903, Amherst, MA (4/27/00-12:20pm)

The Genius of Youth, The Wisdom of Elders, Michael Meade. Evening presentation. An evening of myth and story, of poetry and discussion that addresses the dilemma in modern culture that leaves both youth and elders increasingly in the margins of life. W&M, Los Angeles, CA and Portland, OR. Contact Jordan Good, 818.786.3900 or Mosaic@wolfenet.com

 Girls For A Change Girl Summit More than 1,000 urban girls and 500 women leaders from California will gather at this event to honor the wisdom, intellect, energy and power of girls. The one-day conference will give girls an opportunity to choose from over 50 workshops taught by women activists, entrepreneurs, politicians and leaders from organizations such as California-National Organization for Women (NOW), Catalyst Women, CityYear, Public Allies, Women's Radio and Young Women Social Entrepreneurs. The information girls learn at this one day event will be implemented into their own social change projects. San Jose Convention Center micheller@newmoon.org (2/26/04)

GIRLS' Journey Our mission is to provide a journey to empower young women (10-13) through Guidance, Inspiration, Respect, Love, and Service. This is a program where girls can regularly interact with nurturing women in a supportive, inclusive, and diverse environment. With the understanding that inside each girl is a powerful woman, we help girls discover and honor their individual strengths, talents, and gifts. Components of workshop-Empowerment, Authenticity, Communication, Risk/Leadership, Body changes/menstruation/sexuality, Values, Peer Relationships, Integration and FUN! Sunrise Ranch, San Diego, CA www.girlsjourney.org (10/15-17/04 - tentative)

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Journey of the Wise Woman (girls 15-17) Teenage years are filled with change - physical, emotional, spiritual and interpersonal. Dealing with these changes in today's society can be confusing, stressful, and even dangerous, especially if teenagers are not given sufficient guidance. Teenagers need more support than ever before as they wrestle with peer pressure, identity and self acceptance. This program is for any teenager who wants to take a deeper look at who she is and who she wants to be, and/or someone who wants to make changes in her life. It welcomes honor students as well as those in academic jeopardy, teens who struggle to adhere to social rules as well as those who serve the community and youth from healthy and dysfunctional families. It is not appropriate for teens who are actively psychotic, violent or highly destructive. Illinois. 847.342.8262

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Kidpower Introductory Full Force Parent-Child Workshop for Young People ages 6-14. In this special workshop offered in conjunction with our International Instructor Training Program, children ages 6-14 have the opportunity to learn and practice the Everyday Safety Skills with their parents and then to practice the full-force skills with the head-to-toe padded instructor while their parents watch. Santa Cruz County. 800.467.6997 vm or safety@kidpower.org or www.fullpower.org

Kidpower Parent-Child Workshop for Children 4-7 have fun learning and practicing everyday safety skills with their parents or guardians. Safety skills are taught about strangers, bullies and people children know. W&M  Palo Alto, CA 800.467.6997 vm or safety@kidpower.org or www.fullpower.org Palo Alto (5/21/00), Santa Cruz Co (7/8/00); Berkeley (7/22/00); Scotts Valley (7/30/00), Felton (9/23/00)

Kidpower Weekend Family Workshop, 6-14. Comprehensive program including Everyday Safety Skills and Full Force self defense for young people ages 6-14. Educational session for parents and other concerned adults helps establish a common language to continue teaching the skills at home. W&M Berkeley, CA 800.467.6997 vm or safety@kidpower.org or www.fullpower.org (Berkeley (5/18-21/00), Palo Alto (6/22-25/00)

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Little Forest People, (For kids ages 6-10), Rangers Woody Watson, Michael Madden, and the Ranger Staff. This camp has been a favorite at Family Week for years. The woods surrounding Omega are filled with adventure, magical groves, fun, fantasy, myths, and little newts. The Rangers are looking for boy and girl junior rangers to help them build forts, climb fallen trees, swing from vine-like ropes, and cook up a hearty batch of bread-on-a-stick. Rangers have been known to carry out raids and play practical jokes on the grown-ups, then retreat to our forest haven to create woodland sculptures, drum, make music, and have forest rituals. Half of the program is spent in the woods; the other half is spent boating, swimming, catching painted turtles, and exploring the natural (and "supernatural") wonders of the Omega lake. The many program activities are sprinkled with respect for all living things: critters, creatures, things that grow, and fellow campers. The Ranger staff is a team with extensive experience running youth adventure programs that nurture and challenge children in a safe, natural environment. Led by Ranger Woody, a veteran youth educator of 30 years, who worked with Nature's Classroom in New England, the team includes: Ranger Michael, a psychologist and leader of wilderness retreats; Ranger Judy Burnett, experienced in Native American ritual; and assistant Rangers Gavin Watson and Ami Arnold, just back from West Africa, who engage campers in the world of drumming, music, and dance. (8/7-11/00), Omega, Rhinebeck, NY

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Maiden's Journey (Girls/Women) (12-15) An initiation weekend for adolescent girls supported by a woman guide. In many ancient cultures women gathered in circles to celebrate the transformational journey of becoming a woman. It doesn't happen overnight or on a weekend. It is a process of awakening to ones self; to looking at the world with a new perspective. This initiation weekend is a gathering of 12 to 15 year olds and their mother, female relative or friend who will serve as their guide in the circle. This weekend is about preparing the journey for both the maiden and her guide. It is a journey of becoming and a preparation for letting go. It is about learning to walk together in a new way. Wauwatosa, WI. 414.774.6063 or 909.658.5598 sherizuccato@pe.net

Marcie's Place: A Camp for Grieving Children. A special camp for children ages 5-16 who have had someone that they love die. Grief-directed as well as traditional camp activities. Nondenominational, no cost to the campers, completely funded through private donations. Annually, the third weekend in August. Marcie's Place, PO Box 457, Grayslake, IL 60030. 847.223.9889 or marciesplacecamp@yahoo.com (8/21-22/04)

Masculinity, Identity and Culture, Boys ot Men Conf, University of Southern Maine, Portland Campus, Abromson Center, sponsored by Boys to Men, 565 Congress Street, Suite 206A Portland, Maine 04101 207-774-9994, 7:45am-3pm http://www.boysconference.org/08_registration.html (5/13/08)

Multicultural Youth Retreat, Michael Meade & Others. Camp Melacoma Skamania, Camp Melacoma Skamania, WA. Contact Carl Hay, 503.297.3091 or Mosaic@wolfenet.com (5/4-6)

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New Pathways for Fathers & Sons (9-12), Keith Fairmont. Fathers and their young sons will spend most of their time having fun, learning about nature and being with their fathers in playful, engaging activities. Boys will experience the power of simple rituals. They will witness mature men in a council circle, speaking truth, listening with heart, providing support. Estes Park, Colorado. Men's Leadership Alliance, 303.444.9066 or www.mensleadershipalliance.org or E-Mail. $225 - $300 per pair sliding. (8/18-20/06)

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Omega Teen Camp On 550 country acres in Holmes NY, one hour north of New York City, Teenagers ages 12-17 come to Omega teen camp to explore who they are and how they want to live. Omega teen camp provides teenagers with a wide variety of programs and the freedom to choose what they want to do each day. Some days we will wake up early, do yoga, build a sweat lodge, or hike the Appalachian Trail; other days after a late night of games and dancing we'll sleep in and wake to a delicious brunch. Some of our most popular activities include boys and girls initiation weekends, high ropes course, sweat lodge, wilderness adventure, basketball, martial arts, ultimate frisbee, yoga, massage classes, film making, photography, dance classes, movies, concerts, talent shows, field trips, and art classes galore. There is also plenty of free time throughout the day for just hanging out, sharing our challenges and joys, and deepening our new friendships. Four sessions help make your summer choice easier. New York, www.omegateencamp.org (Session A 7/18-31/04, Session B 8/1-14/04, Session C 7/18-8/7/04, Session D 7/18-8/14/04)

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Passage: The Next Warriors for Christ. Fathers, youth leaders, and mentors: Bring your young men for this dramatic step toward manhood. Anaheim, CA. Promise Keepers, passage.com or 800.888.7595 (11/1-2/02)

Paths of Initiation: A Mentoring Retreat for Younger and Older Men, Michael Meade. Awakening to one’s inner story and finding life-long initiatory paths comprises the “real work” and genuine opus of our lives. Although each soul is naturally gifted and secretly aimed, many aspects of modern culture lead us away from the very paths of knowledge that the soul would have us take. Inside, the dream of our life keeps trying to awaken us from the sleep of the daily world. Join us on this path of discovery as we approach the territory of initiation with a diverse and surprising faculty who will present ideas and elements of initiation from tribal traditions, spiritual practices, psychological perspectives, and a rich array of personal experiences. For more information visit www.mosaicvoices.org or info@mosaicvoices.org or 206-935-3665. Mendocino Woodlands Camp, Mendocino (8/17-22/10)

The Power of Hope: A retreat for teens (14-18), Charlie Murphy, Peggy Taylor & Friends. Come join artists, activists and other young people who share a concern for our world and our common future in a high-energy atmosphere, explore your creative edges through drumming, music, movement, writing, art, and theatre. Deepen your connections with nature through hiking, swimming and naturalist expeditions, and learn new leadership skills and strategies for taking action. We'll talk about our lives, our hopes, and our dreams for the future. There will be time to play music, dance, show off, and make fools of ourselves. This is an opportunity to get to know a great group of people and to have lots of fun. (8/19-25) W&M. Hollyhock Retreat Center, Mason's Landing, BC 800.933.6339 or hollyhock@oberon.ark.com or www.hollyhock.bc.c

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The Quest: A Young Man's Action Weekend. If you know of a young man, aged 13-19, who would benefit from a weekend in the wilderness with a group of men and elders committed to integrity, service, love, fun, adventure, please encourage them to sign up. There are few opportunities nowadays for men and young men to share this kind of experience. Sponsored by Boys to Men Northwest and the Portland Men of Action. www.Quest4Humanity.org or contact Tony at 503.803.1654or E-Mail. (9/28-30/07)

Questor's Guild, (For kids ages 8-12) Sam Chupp. So you want to be a Wizard? How about the next Warrior Princess? Interested in a Rogue's career burgling dragon hoards? Want to use your Priestly powers to make trees talk and rocks walk? Then this camp is for you. You arrive fresh from the modern-day world and are transported into the Magical Country, where you are sorted into one of the guild's Questor Schools: Warrior, Wizard, Priest/Priestess, or Rogue. Then you and your team of fellow Questors embark upon an extraordinary Training Quest that fully prepares you for a phenomenal Solo Quest! We are excited to welcome to Family Week quest master Sam Chupp, a well-known role-playing game designer and fiction author with more than 24 years experience running role-playing games, and eleven year's experience as a parent. The camp involves no physical contact between players, making it safe yet exciting. Each player receives a packet of information about their character's powers, secrets and allies. Quests involve searching for a specific person, object, or place in the Magical Country. During quests, all Schools work together in Quest Teams. Meanwhile, each School gathers points for the coveted Questor's Crown—the winning School gets the Crown until next year. To resolve conflicts, we use a very simple and fair "challenge" system that anyone can learn.(8/7-11/00) W&M. Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, 800.944.1001 or www.eomega.org or registration@eomega.org

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Rosie’s Girls® Training Institute a four-day experiential training retreat intended to give adults the tools needed to pilot the Rosie’s Girls® Summer Program – a three-week girls’ trades exploration day camp - in their communities. For the second year, teams of individuals from organizations and/or communities interested in running the Rosie’s Girls® Summer Program are invited to apply to attend the Rosie’s Girls® Training Institute, held near Burlington, Vermont micheller@newmoon.org (7/14/04)

Rowe Conference Center Kids Camps:

Rowe Young People's Camp, (ages 9-11), Mark Taylor. Find out how fast you can eat a scoop of ice cream, crawl through the woods to escape the wild bean-eating monster, figure out the next clue in a treasure hunt, make a hackey sack or jugglling balls, take part in New Games and Rowelympics, take a guided walk in the woods at midnight, listen to the sounds of drums, stories and songs around a campfire. We will create a sense of community and safety, to use the environment as a learning tool, to be free to explore who each camper is and his or her relationship with others, to use art for expressions, to establish a daily theme that will carry through the day's activities, to encourage the magic of childhood and of life. (7/2-8/00) retreat@rowecenter.org

Rowe Junior High Camp (going into 8th or 9th grade) This is an unusual, dynamic and fun experience. There are traditional camp activities like campfires and talent shows, swimming and ping-pong, but there are also opportunities for finding the quiet place inside and for deep personal connections. This camp is built on a solid yet magical foundation of respect and trust. Living with respect for others teaches us to respect ourselves. (7/9-29/00) retreat@rowecenter.org

RoweTransitions Camp (6th and 7th grades) Do you ever feel that suddenly you are playing in a whole new game, only someone forgot to give you the rule book?  Do you ever feel you're being pushed to grow up too fast, or held back from growing as fast as you want?  Do you spend a lot of time worrying about what your friends think?  Are you tired of people telling you that "its all normal for your age - it's just a phase - you'll grow out of it"?  Do you ever feel like the adult world takes everything too seriously except what you have to say?  Imagine a place where you can tell the truth and get respect every day. Imagine a place where it's safe to get crazy and silly and be serious and say whatever you want without getting laughed at. Our mission for this camp is to create a safe, loving space in which campers can explore, express, question and celebrate this special transitional tie. retreat@rowecenter.org

Vision Quest: A wilderness rite of passage (for young adults 17-21), Flynn Johnson & Jill Neitlich. Many young people in our culture are lost and confused, without direction or purpose. They stand on the threshold of our adult world and wonder where they fit in. There are few understanding and loving elders who can meet them where they are in their lives and assist them in the momentous passage from childhood to adulthood. This ancient ritual provides young people with both the challenge and the spiritual experience needed to affirm their new status as adults. (7/20-29/00) retreat@rowecenter.org

Senior High Camp The greatest tradition in the 75-year history of Rowe Camp is Senior High. A tradition is a stream of experience, and you can step into the stream this summer. The water is warm and soothing, but the stream is not tame. It has a wild side. Like life, camp gives back what you put into it. Build a community that embodies your own passions and ideals. Since the campers make the Rowe community what it is, every year is unique, yet some things remain constant. Everyone is encouraged to explore his or her individuality and to question previously unquestioned cultural stereotypes. Campers respond by creating an environment of deep acceptance of one another. (7/30-8/19/00) retreat@rowecenter.org

Adventure Camp:  A challenge for teenagers. An adventure is "an undertaking involving unknown risks, a remarkable experience."  If you want to challenge yourself with new experiences in a small, supportive group, join us for a week of outdoor fun and adventure. Two directors lead a co-ed group of eight to ten campers. We are a "camp of the possible". Shared adventure will expand ideas about our abilities and let us feel a special togetherness. Since our camp is small, we create an environment of acceptance, caring and inclusion for everyone, making it safe to try something new, to make friends, to be yourself. W&M  Rowe Conference Center, Rowe, MA 413.338.4854 or retreat@rowecenter.org

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The Soul in Exile: A Mentoring Retreat for Younger and Older Men with Michael Meade. The great crises of the world do not take place outside the soul; for history is made in the struggle of the individual soul to survive and make meaning of the world around it. Yet, the individual soul can feel increasingly isolated and exiled in a world of rapid change, intensifying oppositions, and ideological blindness. The modern world suffers from a loss of soul and lack of the meaningful narratives needed to properly orient life and reveal psyche's hidden resources.

When we lose our way in this world it is the soul's way of being in touch with the world that has been lost. We are most lost and truly in exile when we have lost touch with our own soul, with our unique, inward style and way of being in this world. Yet, being lost is a requirement for finding the way again.

The real risk in this life has always been that of becoming oneself amidst the uncertainties of existence. Soul would involve us in both the limits of fate and the longings of destiny. Thus, the threat of collapse and utter loss can also provoke a deeper sense of wholeness where nothing but total involvement and whole-heartedness will work. Then, the alchemy of the awakening soul becomes the source of meaningful change and the root of remedies for what ails both culture and nature.

Secretly, the soul would lead us to places of renewal, but only after some descent and loss occurs; for soul would have us understand who we truly are at our core and in our depths. Those who refuse to descend or face the unknown, either because of fear or some false certainty, risk ending up in an ideological trap or in a cynical bunker. When all seems lost the things that are most essentially ours can be found again. Please join us for a retreat of exile and longing, of doubts and dreams, of ideas from the edge and stories from the far reaches of time. Mendocino Woodlands Camp, Mendocino, CA $755 info@mosaicvoices.org or www.mosaicvoices.org or 206-935-3665 (8/13-18/13)

The Solo Crossing Co-ed program for graduates of the 8th and 9th grades. This journey is a chance to symbolize your growth in size, intellect, spirit, and strength. On the back country trails of the Cascade Mountains in Washington, participants will be challenged to expand there sense of self with the support of a community and mentors/guides. W&M  Bethell, WA (7/26-8/16/00) ICA Rite of Passage Journeys, 425 486-5164, www.icajourneys.org or stan@icajourneys.orgl

SoulCollage® for Men and Boys, Randy Crutcher. You are invited to a "playground" where together men and boys create inspiring cards that magically reveal and mirror dreams, desires, intentions and challenges in each of their lives. This process is a springboard for personal growth and building community as well as a tool used for business and organizational development. In this workshop exclusively for men and older boys, we will create one or more cards. We'll choose from images that intrigue, excite and allow us to better see parts of ourselves; some familiar, some that may have been hidden. We'll summon the voices of these parts in an activity called, "I Am The One." This workshop provides a safe and playful place to discover and explore all the part of our selves, respecting and supporting the integrity of each man and boy. Making SoulCollage® cards is one of the simplest but most profound ways to explore both your inner landscape and its connection to the outer: our relationship with self, others, power symbols and animal helpers, mentors, teachers and the larger community. All materials are provided. Participants are welcome to bring any additional images or photographs they like. SoulCollage® was originally developed by Seena Frost, therapist and author, over a period of 30 years. There are now publications, workshops, facilitator trainings and conferences. Its mission is to strengthen individuals and communities through the power of image, symbol and word in a sacred context. Cost of workshop is $35 for men and $15 for boys. 209.795.3127 or www.quantumleapcoaching.org or end payment to rama50@comcast.net when you register on line with PayPal. Humbolt. CA. 9:30am-12:30pm. (2/21/09)

The Soul in Exile: A mentoring retreat for younger and older men, Michael Meade. The modern world suffers from a loss of soul and lack of the meaningful narratives needed to properly orient life and reveal psyche’s hidden resources. The individual soul can feel increasingly isolated and exiled in a world of rapid change, intensifying oppositions, and ideological blindness.

When we lose our way in this world we have lost touch with our own soul, with our unique, inward style and way of being in this world. Yet, being lost is a requirement for finding the way again. As myth and literature constantly assert, it is the awakened exiles who know that something essential has been lost.

When we are willing to accept the fate of the exile we become more able to find a true path and join the great company of exiles. The real risk in this life has always been that of becoming oneself amidst the uncertainties of existence. When all seems lost the things that are most essentially ours can be found again. Join our diverse and surprising faculty who will present ideas and elements of initiation from tribal traditions, spiritual practices, psychological perspectives, and a rich array of personal experiences. Mendocino Woodlands Camp. To reserve your spot at this year’s retreat, or for more information, details can be found at www.mosaicvoices.org $755 (R&B) (8/13-18/13)

The Spirit of Practice: A retreat for young and older men, Michael Meade, John Tarrant, Luis Rodriguez, Malidoma Some and others. Practice can be seen as the core project in the life of a person. Practice is the attempt to find the same 'way' again and again. Through practice a dream is touched repeatedly and held. This requires discipline, for practice makes us a disciple of some way in the world. In practice we serve what we see and cannot see, what we know and do not know. Devotional prayers, songs, rhythms and dances; the crafts of poet, diviner, healer, meditator, and pilgrim all weave the threads of inner life with the invisible 'world beyond the world.'. There may be no better time to consider the ideas and images of meaningful practice than this time of rapid change and spiritual confusion. (7/16-20/00) Mendocino Woodlands Camp, Mendocino, CA. Mosaic, PO Box 364, Vashon, WA 98070. 800.233.6984 or mosaic@wolfenet.com

Sun, Stars and Cedar: An outdoor adventure for young teens, Hugh Prichard & Christine Hollmann. Designed for young teens 11-14, this exciting, fun-filled retreat will take us on a journey to uncover the amazing worlds of our plant and animal relations. Along the way, we'll learn the stories of the coast's First Peoples and its early settlers. Through outdoor games and challenges, creative arts, storytelling, swimming, hiking, and ocean kayaking, we'll explore the wonders of the outdoors. Camping as a group, we'll laugh, learn, make meaningful friendships, and discover our place in the big picture. W&M. (7/2-8/00) Hollyhock Retreat Center, Mason's Landing, BC. 800.933.6339 or hollyhock@oberon.ark.com or www.hollyhock.bc.ca

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Take Your Daughter(s) to Work Day - April 25


Sponsored by MS magazine, and sponsored by 3 out of 10 corporations in the U.S. and more than 19 million participants in 1999, this is a day to take your daughter to work to experience what you do and to look at options for herself. We support this program and encourage you to participate. There are other options, not alternatives, but options. (4th Thu in April) Read about Sons and Kids programs.

This gender stuff gets so confusing sometimes. In the past, any exclusion of girls/women has raised great protests. And, boys/men have been and continue to be exclude in many ways. Health clubs for women only. Colleges for women only. Boys Scouts with girls. And, since 1993 a MS Magazine sponsored "Take Your Daughter to Work Day." The exclusion of boys "was meant to remove some distractions. It's a time when both we and our daughters can focus specifically on the girl's abilities and potential." As TODTW organizer Kalpana Crishnamurthy saygs, "TODTW is a day that deals with the unique issues girls face at adolescence, when girls' distress is most acute. Includeing boys doesn't serve boys' very different developmental needs - and it detracts from the focus on girls that TODTW was designed to achieve." And, while we understand why it is done, and do actually support the separation of the sexes, as we do in school, colleges and health clubs, we have a concern that if we continue to set-it up so that girls are basically taught that the only time the can be their own person, or be strong is in a women only environment. And, time will tell. So, we support Take Your Daughters to Work Day. And, dads, we encourage you to take your daughter(s) to work on this day. Three out of 10 American companies participated last year as did almost 19 million girls. There are other options, though not receiving anywhere near the corporate or educational system support. Read about Sons and Kids programs. (4/25/02)

Take Your Kids to Work Week (International) Always the week after Father's Day, it's a time to share with your children what you do in the world and what keeps you away from home so much. Leaving the house each day with a brief case or tool box or lunch box isn't enough. (Any day this week Hopefully you do this with your kids more than once a year!) Read about Daughters and Sons. (6/17-21/02)

Teen Conflict Resolution, Jerry Green. Conflicts with parents and between siblings and peers will be the focus of these free workshops in Aiki-Conflict, the study of blending in disputes. Discover how to analyze common confrontation patterns, and learn how to identify strategies most likely to facilitate dispute resolution. You will learn how simple movement exercises from the martial art of Aikido can identify common blocks in verbal conflict, and open new avenues to communication and conflict resolution. Cold Mountain Books, Graton, CA 707.823.2881 or Jerry Green at 707.824.4344 For grown-up teens. Attend one or all sessions. FREE (8/2, 9, 16,& 23/01 7:30-9p)

Teenpower Full Force Workshop for Daughters. Teen women will learn to protect themselves from potential sexual assault and to cope with peer pressure, harassment and bullying. Berkeley, CA 800.467.6997 vm or safety@kidpower.org or www.fullpower.org Aptos (5/6/00); Berkeley (5/21/00); Palo Alto (7/16/00)

Teenpower Full Force Workshop for Sons. Teen men learn how to de-escalate potentially violent confrontations and how to protect themselves physically and emotionally from assault. Berkeley 800.467.6997 vm or safety@kidpower.org or www.fullpower.org Aptos (5/6/00)

Temagami Wilderness Canoe Trip: Fathers & Daughters, Michael Madden and Judy Burnett. The Temagami Wilderness Area in Northern Ontario offers the finest canoeing in all of North America. Within the boundaries of this Provincial Forest Reserve are 4.5 million acres of crystal clear lakes and unspoiled rivers, plus 2,000 miles of maintained portage trails, making the entire area a canoeist's paradise. This 7-day exploration is an opportunity for fathers and their daughters to not only increase their knowledge and experience in wilderness skills and community-building; they also have a chance to learn about themselves and each other. The spirit of this journey is to help parents and their children establish a closer relationship through practical cooperation; to navigate a canoe, everyone has to work together. The journey is led by Standing Stones, a center for creating ritual and rites of passage for men and women by empowering people to reach a more fulfilling relationship in their lives. Michael Madden is a renowned counselor in the men's movement. Judy Burnett is an experienced counselor and ordained minister who has been working with rites of passage and creating ritual for the past seven years. Fathers and daughters of all ages are invited to participate in this unique opportunity to take stock of their lives together, unburdened by their own expectations or preconceptions of others, deep in one of the greatest expanses of wilderness left on earth. No canoe experience is necessary. For more information about cancellations and refunds or to register for this trip, call Standing Stones, a center for the Healing Arts, at 610-891-0182. Please do not call Omega. Northern Ontario. (7/30-8/5/00)

Temagami Wilderness Canoe Trip: Fathers & Sons, Michael Madden and Kevin Madden. The Temagami Wilderness Area in Northern Ontario offers the finest canoeing in all of North America. Within the boundaries of this Provincial Forest Reserve are 4.5 million acres of crystal clear lakes and unspoiled rivers, plus 2,000 miles of maintained portage trails, making the entire area a canoeist's paradise. This 7-day exploration is an opportunity for fathers and their sons to not only increase their knowledge and experience in wilderness skills and community-building; they also have a chance to learn about themselves and each other. The spirit of this journey is to help parents and their children establish a closer relationship through practical cooperation; to navigate a canoe, everyone has to work together. The journey is led by Standing Stones, a center for creating ritual and rites of passage for men and women by empowering people to reach a more fulfilling relationship in their lives. Michael Madden is a renowned counselor in the men's movement, and Kevin is his son. Fathers and sons of all ages are invited to participate in this unique opportunity to take stock of their lives together, unburdened by their own expectations or preconceptions of others, deep in one of the greatest expanses of wilderness left on earth. No canoe experience is necessary. For more information about cancellations and refunds or to register for this trip, call Standing Stones, a center for the Healing Arts, at 610-891-0182. Please do not call Omega. Northern Ontario. (8/13-19)

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Urban Leadership Institute. The Center provides a comprehensive program specifically designed to be implemented with African American males ages 10-17. The Dare To Be King Curriculum & Training Program represents the cornerstone of the Center’s work with males. The model features a 270-page Curriculum which includes an intensive three-day outdoor experience for adolescent African American males. The Dare To Be King Model is designed to challenge males to confront the never ending journey of manhood and the responsibility of creating our lives by design, not by default. The Curriculum focuses on addressing anger, impulse control and decision-making. Each session provides activities that address issues ranging from youth critically examining the lives of slain rappers like Tupac Shakur and Biggie to dealing with incidents around confronting a "bully" in school. www.urbanyouth.org

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Voices of Youth: Poetry from the Edge, Michael Meade. "A healthy, many-cultured community is like a MOSAIC in which the overall design reveals the singular beauty of each part. In that sense, America is not a melting pot that dulls and blurs, but a mosaic, made of numerous distinct pieces, with beautiful, unexpected colors, rough edges and hidden symmetries." - Michael Meade. You are invited to a special evening in which local, at-risk youth express their experience of living in tumultuous times. Through cutting-edge poetry and potent storytelling youth share their heart-rending and heart-warming views on contemporary life, oppression, injustice, personal loss; but also beauty, love and finding meaning no matter what. Join mythologist Michael Meade and poet Luis Rodriguez in welcoming this unique expression of youthful voices evoking the soul and seeking to make community again. Everyone Welcome – Donations Appreciated Your donations directly benefit our work with at-risk youth, mentors, and community building projects. More information at www.mosaicvoices.org Hosted by Mount St. Mary’s College and Mosaic Multicultural Foundation In collaboration with Youth Mentoring Connection, Street Poets Inc., and Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural. info@mosaicvoices.org or 206-935-3665 or 1-800-233-MYTH. 7pm at Rose Hills Auditorium, Mount St. Mary’s College, Doheny Campus, 10 Chester Place, Downtown Los Angeles, CA (6/22/13)

Voices of Youth, Voices of Community Michael Meade, Luis Rodriguez, Orland Bishop and others. A unique journey where youth and mentors create a temporary community, including elements that people have used for thousands of years in many parts of the world: stories, open debate, poetry, rhythm, martial arts, song, meetings with remarkable people and a commitment to understanding. Camp de Benneville Pines, Angelus Oaks, CA (11/12-17/02). Celebration: An unique evening in which youth from diverse communities express 'in their own words' their experience of living in troubled times. Celebrate the creative work, poetry, song and dance of youth from East L.A., Watts, South Central L.A., Culver City, Pomona, San Fernando, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle and more... Doheny Lecture Hall, Mount Saint Mary's College - Downtown Los Angeles, CA - 10 Chester Place 7pm 206.935.3665 or www.mosaicvoices.org or info@mosaicvoices.org (5/27/05) Poetry, Practice,This event serves as a forum in which the voices, feelings, imagination, and aspirations of diverse youth are recognized and celebrated. The presentation follows an intensive retreat in which youth study and practice traditional arts and write of their life-forming and life-threatening experiences. 7pm, Mt. Tamalpais Methodist Church, Mill Valley (4/14/12)

Voices of Youth Retreat, Youth, Poetry, Practice. A youth and mentoring retreat with author Michael Meade and youth and mentors from around the country The Voices of Youth Retreat is a vital component of Mosaic’s community based projects that engage youth, mentors and elders in the essential work of re-imagining culture and helping to reconnect culture to nature. A core idea and image for this work comes from the ancient Greek word koures meaning “youthful;” it refers to the innate imagination and vitality of young women and men, but also to the essential spirit that guides mentors and keeps the elders “young at heart.” The retreat follows the idea of a “symposium,” a gathering of diverse people amidst potent ideas and vital imaginations, a communal sipping at the well of knowledge. The Voices Retreat will create a temporary learning community that includes: students and “at risk youth” along with mentors and practitioners of traditional and spiritual arts.

The work of the retreat focuses upon imagination and story-telling; creative writing and heart-felt expression. After an intensive period of study and practice the symposium participants will host a community gathering and public ceremony that celebrates actual youth and the eternal imagination that is the source of inspiration for youth, mentors and elders alike. For further details and registration contact: Mosaic Multicultural Foundation 206-935-3665, info@mosaicvoices.org, www.mosaicvoices.org Camp Newman ~ 4088 Porter Crk. Rd., Santa Rosa, CA (4/10-14/12)

Voices of Youth Workshop with author, mythologist and storyteller Michael Meade. When young people aren't recognized for who they are, don't have their gifts acknowledged, and aren't invited to a meaningful life paths, they become angry and resentful. Having no clear direction for their life energies, youth tend to act out or collapse inward. Feeling unwelcome and disoriented, they can turn violent or fall into depression. Voices of Youth provides a creative outlet for the common themes of alienation and violence, disorientation and isolation, addiction and abuse that plague modern youth. Catto Center at Toklat, 11247 Castle Creek Road, Aspen, CO 9am-3pm (10/1/11)

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What’s Going on with Young People Today? The Long and Twisting Path to Adulthood. Today’s young adults take far longer than their contemporaries did five decades ago to reach maturity – taking longer to leave home, attain economic independence, marry, and form families of their own. Join Frank Furstenberg and Cecilia Rouse in a conversation about the shift and impact that the changes in youth transitions to reach economic and social maturity have for families of varying socioeconomic means, based on findings from the Future of Children’s volume, Transition to Adulthood. This event will also be webcast. If you have any questions about the event or how to register, please email the Office of Public and External Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University: extaff@princeton.edu Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute, 47-49 East 65th Street, New York, New York 10065, 6– 7:45pm (4/13/11)

Wilderness Camping Trip for Boys (12-16), Jeffrey Duvall and Gene Dilworth. This trip prepares young men for their own rites of passage, to help them develop some of the capacities needed for a rite of passage, to become familiar with practices central to rites of passage (such as ceremony, time alone in nature, and listening to each others' stories), and to touch the archetypal imprint we each carry for how to navigate life transitions. Eldora, Colorado. Men's Leadership Alliance, 303.444.9066 or www.mensleadershipalliance.org or E-Mail. $325 - $450 sliding. (7/20-23/06)

Wilderness Quest 2000 Young Men and Women who have graduated from 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. Participants on the Wilderness Quest will experience mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and physical challenges. This backpacking expedition includes a full 3 day Vision Quest experience. (7/9-30) W&M  Bethell, WA, ICA Rite of Passage Journeys, 425 486-5164, www.icajourneys.org or stan@icajourneys.org

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YAAR. (for Youth Alliance for AIDS Removal) 5-days residential programme entitled "Celebrating our Masculinity". The programme helps young men to discover the true masculinity that lies within them so that they are empowered to resist male gender and sexual roles which actually take them away from their true souls. It gives them the necessary skills to use this masculine energy to bring about positive changes in their lives, health and relationships. The Programme consists of several workshops, FGDs, lectures, role-plays, exercises, games, etc. We have also developed some interesting materials on the subject of male gender and sexual health. These are the following: (1.) "Masculinity for boys" : a booklet in English. and (2.) A series of Posters on Male gender and sexual health. Both of the above can be ordered for free from the UNESCO office New Delhi 323/B, J&K Pocket, Dilshad Garden, Delhi - 110 095 (phone: 91 011 2671 3000) Director: Alok Srivastava, yaar@happysoul.net

Yoga Teens for Girls (ages 14-17), Marsha Wenig. (7/14-16/00) Kripalu Retreat Center, Lenox, MA 800.741.7353 or www.kripalu.org

Youth Film Series (14-21) presented by Socially Active Youth. Film showing. Discussion follows. Free admission and refreshments. (4/5/00 5-8pm Beautiful Thing, A heartwarming story of two young men coming to grips with their sexuality.) (5/2/00 5-8pm - Girls Town - Three inner-city high-school girls, best friends, question their lives and friendship after the suicide of a friend.) (6/6/00 - 5-8pm, Hate, A day in the lives of three young men - Said, an Arab, Hubert, a Black and Vinz, a Jew - each needing to vent his frustration over police brutality that landed a friend in the hospital.) Men's Resource Center, Amherst. MA 413.577.0069 or 413.253.9887

Youth Services Day(s) (11th National) Research finds that young people involved in volunteer service are 50% more likely to live healthy, drug-free lives. How you can volunteer. The event is organized by Youth Service America, and offers thousands of volunteer opportunities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Although the program is designed to recognize the contributions of young people and recruit the next generation of volunteers, it also encourages adults to pitch in. Participants might find themselves mentoring, tutoring, cleaning up neighborhoods, doing carpentry or addressing the individual needs of people in their area. The official web site is www.SERVEnet.org, is an award-winning clearinghouse for volunteer opportunities. You can enter you zip code and, in seconds, find organizations in your area that are looking for help. Or you can write:  Youth Service America, Suite 200, 1101 15th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005-5002

Young Warrior Initiation (boys 15-16) Teenage years are filled with change - physical, emotional, spiritual and interpersonal. Dealing with these changes in today's society can be confusing, stressful, and even dangerous, especially if teenagers are not given sufficient guidance. Teenagers need more support than ever before as they wrestle with peer pressure, identity and self acceptance. This program is for any teenager who wants to take a deeper look at who she is and who she wants to be, and/or someone who wants to make changes in her life. It welcomes honor students as well as those in academic jeopardy, teens who struggle to adhere to social rules as well as those who serve the community and youth from healthy and dysfunctional families. It is not appropriate for teens who are actively psychotic, violent or highly destructive. Illinois. 847.342.8262

Youth Vision Quest & Training (14-21). Each year the School of Lost Borders offers an intimate rite of passage for a small group of youth. The ceremony takes place in the wilderness and is commonly referred to as a "vision quest."  It includes four days of preparation with the group ("severance"), three days of solo times ("threshold") and three days of integration and empowerment ("incorporation") in the elder's council. W&M Big Pine, CA lostbrdrs@telis.org 805.646.8343 or www.ojaifoundation.org

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The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool. - George Santayana



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