The wilderness and wellness initiative
Connecting kids to the world and themselves...
In 2017, the Wilderness and Wellness Initiative is partnering with The Girls Empowerment Workshop to create a program specifically for young women, designed by women, and led by women. This initiative is being offered to graduates of The Girls Empowerment Workshop as an opportunity to continue the conversations and lessons learned in the workshops, to strengthen our sense of community, and feel more comfortable in the wilderness. The emphasis of this program is to create connections between self-care and care for the environment.
The Wilderness and Wellness Initiative is an experiential outreach program for high school students based on the concept that how teenagers cope with stress directly affects their experience in school, and has broader implications on overall health and happiness. To provide a foundation for self-awareness, our program begins with a 5 week yoga course during the school year. It is here that students begin to build a personal practice of mindfulness, yoga, and breathing techniques. The culmination of the program is a week-long encampment at the Golden Trout Wilderness School in the Eastern Sierra. Each day includes yoga and mindfulness exercises as well as day hikes with lessons on natural history, sustainability, and self-care. Each day ends with a council session around a crackling fire, which provides a platform to practice greater compassion, authenticity, and connection to one another.