Wild Time Camp for Girls 11-13 years is one of 2 camps we are offering this year supporting girls in the 11 to 17 age range. This camp, for the younger girls, is a fun-filled 5 day adventure where girls aged between 11-13 can meet the changes happening within themselves and their changing experience of the world.
Our nature based programme will bring us together as a tribe, to explore the magical woods, moor and river. We will learn to play, communicate, and share together in the challenges and joys of outdoor living, and discover the wonders of the wilderness.
During our five days together, we will explore the land by day and night, have adventures and challenge ourselves with new outdoor skills & experiences. Learn bushcraft, play games, get creative with art and crafts, share stories around the campfire, forage, cook on the fire and sleep under open, star-filled skies (to name a few)! Our programme also includes moorland hiking and navigation, bushcraft, fire-lighting, river knowledge, and culminating in an exciting challenge. This is a chance to have a spring adventure, make new friends, and have experiences you will never forget.
Developed by experienced guides and outdoorswomen over years of working with youth in the outdoors, this unique program helps girls enter adolescence with strength and self-confidence. Offering the right balance of play, adventure and creativity, the programme combines outdoor adventure and connection with space to develop a variety of interpersonal skills and inner resources, to help them navigate the complexity of becoming a teen in these times. It is a rare opportunity to begin to acknowledge the move away from childhood and towards young womanhood in a supported way. We hope this programme will be a powerful gift of resilience for the girls to carry back home, to support challenges that may show up in the years ahead.
Wild Time Camp will give you the opportunity for:
- Bushcraft & survival skills
- Time immersed in nature
- Play, crafting and movement
- Connecting with experienced mentors
- Honest conversations and sharing
- Support to cope with friendship and group dynamics
- Honouring the diverse story of what it means to be a girl today
We ask parents and care givers to be present on the last afternoon of the camp for a closing circle. We hope you'll join us!
Accessibility: Wild time is an adventurous programme that requires a basic level of fitness. The venue is an uninhabited location in the Dart Valley. The program is based outdoors and includes walking out from a minimal base camp, which becomes a wonderful refuge to return to. Daily activities will include lifting, carrying kit and fun outdoor games. We would be very keen to hear from any participant who may be concerned about their level of fitness and would be happy to talk to them and/or parent to assess suitability.
COVID 19: We take the safety of our clients and staff very seriously and are taking appropriate precautions to ensure we operate within the government guidelines.
Testamonials from previous Wild Time participants:
Check out a video here of previous participants sharing their reflections on a Wild Time Rite of Passage programme
“Wild time has made me feel more confident and made me feel like I matter.”
“Full of laughs and fun, with great people and facilitators, in beautiful places - it was just AMAZING!”
“It is so personal, special and in the moment. I would say that it was the best experience of my life, you make amazing friends and you learn so much about so many different things. It brings all these different parts of you - the whole thing. Makes you realise parts of yourself you didn’t know before.”
“Wild Time helped me figure out who I was. I am much more aware of who I am. I am more confident and much happier.”
“I further deepened my understanding of myself and how I’m alive. I am so grateful for the leaders for facilitating this wonderful camp I would love to do it again next year.”
“It's been amazing to learn more about ourselves and our bodies, how they change and how to cope with that.”
“I have learnt about my emotions - the visualisations helped me see that relaxation can help me to de-stress which can help me understand them much more.”
Testimonials from Parents:
“This week is one of the best things you could do for your daughter. At a time when girls are vulnerable to losing their connection to their intuitive selves, this whole experience was aimed at the girls strengthening and trusting that connection. I dropped off my daughter a little nervous and uncertain and picked her up full of life and with friendships that she now treasures.”
“My daughter has found the program exciting, eye opening and fun. It has taken her into her early teens with a confidence she may not have gained in any other way. Listening her talk vividly of the other girls, and the instructor’s life experience has delighted me, and in ways has brought us even closer together. I have experienced a deep comfort, knowing that such wonderful, nurturing women are showing our daughter’s just how important connecting to nature is.”
“It has been a very nurturing and growing experience. The mentorship has been wonderful and she has gained practical skills and emotional insights”
“She felt strong, safe bonds from the first few moments on the camp. It gave her a sense of community that she felt was lacking for her.”
“Confidence, maturity, self reflection, greater openness and ability to connect with others. Ability to really value everyone in the group and recognise their own unique qualities. I think she also enjoyed the games a lot! She was very sparkly and enthusiastic when we picked her up.”
“Inspiring mentors creating a safe and powerful space, activities and challenges for the girls to explore who they are and what future they want to create for themselves.”
“l wish that l were 12 again, so that l could go! That l wish that l had someone to show my younger self, just how valuable and strong and important l was. That this is the kind of program that every young woman and man ought to experience, as they step into the world of adulthood. Safe and comforted that they have new skills and experiences that connect them to our Earth, nature and each other on a deep level, away from consumerism”
My work explores, and is inspired by, life’s transitions and thresholds, and this permeates all aspects of my work, as a midwife, expedition leader, somatic coach, and rites of passage facilitator. As a midwife, I have worked with remote tribes in the Afar region of Ethiopia, in Pakistan, in Zanzibar’s bush hospitals and in the NHS in the UK. As a qualified Mountain Leader I have led youth expeditions in the UK, Ladakh, Armenia, Ethiopia, Uganda and Lesotho, and co-facilitated ‘Call of the Wild’ at Schumacher College in Devon. As a Rites of Passage facilitator, I have trained with and assisted for School of Lost Borders, and run programmes for women and girls in the UK. More recently I am working 1-1 bringing somatic awareness and nature connection to support women and girls in times of change.
I have always found great inspiration spending extended periods of time in nature – particularly in the mountains. In both my own experiences, and in witnessing others, I have seen the power of the natural world in guiding and holding us through times of change. For more details please see www.israhgoodall.com
Katie Rowan has led groups of children, teens and adults in nature and land based education for over 10 years. Training as a forest school leader in 2005 she went on to deliver transformational land based programmes for four years at Embercombe in Devon and more recently spent three years as a therapeutic educator at Ruskin Mill college in Gloucesstershire. Katie works as a mentor for teenage girls in her local community witnessing the challenges faced by young women as they navigate the adolescent journey and the immense power and potential held in this stage of life.
In 2015 Katie went out to California to train as a vision quest guide with the School of Lost Borders deep in the Mojave Desert. Since then she has assisted and lead a number of vision fasts guiding people in ceremony to transition from one stage in their lives to another.
Alongside this work Katie has pursued an interest in primitive living skills taking her deeper into nature and her connection to the wild. Katie loves putting on her pack and being immersed in wild places, marking the seasons, foraging and making. She is passionate about developing community and its role in honouring the important thresholds of our lives. Katie loves sitting around a fire with people sharing songs, music and stories.
To register your interest on Wild Time for Girls (11-13 yrs) and pay a £150 deposit email us here.