Only 50 miles from the East Bay, Point Reyes offers a perfect introduction to backpacking, or a place to deepen in your teenager’s backcountry skills and confidence.
Gaia Passages creates an environment that helps youth thrive by providing powerful role-modeling and mentorship, a caring community of girl-identified and gender expansive youth and women, attention to social emotional landscapes, and ceremony to support the transitions during teenage years. We honor each person’s full unique spirit, celebrating where we are and where we are going, every step of the way. Spending time immersed in the backcountry away from modern technologies provides youth an invaluable time to connect to themselves, their values, healthy friendships, and to the wonders of nature. Participants will gain confidence by learning how to rely on themselves, each other, and all of nature’s elements in the backcountry. Join us for this memorable experience!
Activities will include:
- backpacking and hiking on trails
- plant identification, including edible and medicinal plants
- navigating with maps and without
- backcountry cooking
- animal tracking
- backcountry crafts
- nature journaling
- deep listening
- hive mind ~ skills for being part of a team
- leadership skills
- coastal geology and forest ecosystem explorations
- communication and introspection tools
- leave no trace ethics
- nature art …. and more!
Note: Variable weather is common in Point Reyes.
Physical Ability: Hikes are easy to moderate. Must be able to carry over 30 lbs. of weight in their packs while hiking in rugged terrain. Please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any concerns around physical ability.