At her core is a sense of security, self connectedness, love, groundedness and earth connection, that Gaia Passages has been instrumental in helping her develop.  She’s so ready for her independence.

– Backpacking and long time Gaia Participant’s Mother

BACKPACKING TRIPS FOR TEENS

For youth aged 12-15!**

Backpacking with Gaia Passages

This trip 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
  • stargazing
  • 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  

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 martha@gaiapassages.org if you have any concerns around physical ability.

Summer Teen Backpacking Sessions

Gaia Passages Backpacking Trips

Our Backpacking experience is an easy to moderate multiple-site exploration of the backcountry. We will be carrying our gear across from site to site, camping under the stars surrounded by forest and by the ocean. In four nights and five days, we will be like a nomad group, hiking across beautiful scenery, sharing stories, and building deep relationships while building physical endurance.

Backpacking Sessions – No Current Programming for Summer 2022

**A Note on Gender and Age

We include in our definition of “girl” teens who are transgender, genderqueer, and gender expansive who feel that Gaia Passages is a supportive home for them.  In addition, all sexual orientations are welcome.

At Gaia Passages, we offer age ranges for many of our programs (e.g: Wildflowers Ages 7-8, Herbal Medicine Camp for Ages 9-11 etc..). These ranges are meant as a guideline and general description of who these programs are tailored for. Gaia Passages also recognizes the fluidity in the development of young people. As stated in our mission, we center youth – their experiences, and needs.  We are committed to opening the conversation with caregivers and youth to make an exception to these guidelines with care to what is needed.

photo of three youth jumping up in a field of flowers

Our backcountry trips are organized and led by our lead guide and backcountry coordinator, Martha Moss. Martha is an avid backpacker, Certified California Naturalist and NOLS trained Wilderness Trip Leader. One additional awesome Gaia Passages Guide will co-lead the trip as well. Read more about Martha here.

Contact her at martha@gaiapassages.org

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