AGES: High School

DATES: September 6 - May 31, 2022, –

LOCATION: Rock Point, Burlington

PRICE: $$165

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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Girls Circle is an inclusive after-school program for anyone between the age of 14-18 who identifies as female or non-binary.  Girls Circle values engaging hands-on with our environment and exploring our curiosities. Our time together includes laughter, art, games, dialogue, yoga and meditation, community service and more, all the while cultivating a culture of gratitude together! Coming of age is a theme at this time, and participants have the chance to create meaningful bonds with others going through their teenage years. Come just as you are and join the fun!

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Details:

Ages: 14-18

Gender: Those who identify as female or non-binary

Dates and time: Tuesdays 4-6 pm, February 11 – May 5th; No Circle on Public School Breaks (Feb 25 / April 21)

Location: 208 Flynn Ave, Suite 3A, Burlington, VT (In the Expressive Arts Burlington’s Studio, across from the South End City Market)

Cost: $165, Financial Aid is available

Girls Circle is an inclusive after-school program for anyone between the age of 14-18 who identifies as female or non-binary.  Girls Circle values engaging hands-on with our environment and exploring our curiosities. Our time together includes laughter, art, games, dialogue, yoga and meditation, community service and more, all the while cultivating a culture of gratitude together! Coming of age is a theme at this time, and participants have the chance to create meaningful bonds with others going through their teenage years. Come just as you are and join the fun!

Mentors

Emily Tompkins

Emily has over a decade of experience working with children of all ages and abilities. For the past several years, Emily has worked throughout Vermont as a Nature Mentor, Chef, and Development Coordinator at ReTribe, based in Underhill. Through this work she has honed a variety of skills including leading group songs, fire-making, mindfulness practices, exploring imaginary play and fantasy worlds in the woods, identifying wild edibles, and building shelters, alters, and other structures in the woods.

Emily is passionate about teaching compassion for all beings, connecting people to the earth through their relationship with food, and using the unique curiosity of each child as a means to foster understanding of and appreciation for the natural world.

Lizzie Bogosian

As a youth educator and mentor for the past 10+ years, Lizzie integrates her background and passion into programs that support girls and young women in cultivating healthy relationships with themselves and the environment around them. Inspired by the natural world, she is curious how we as humans can grow to be more inclusive, aware, and compassionate members of it. She is in continual awe and gratitude to be working with youth and the earth! 

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Parent Testimonials

“Crow’s Path programs have been invaluable to our 2 elementary school aged daughters. Field school is a welcome mid-week break and compliment to more traditional education in the classroom. The forest, field and lake offer a perfect setting to spend a day reflecting, playing and connecting with nature. This time allows them the space and freedom to be themselves, follow their senses and move at their own pace for a day, among a group of nurturing and supportive adults and children that value each other as peers. This experience empowers our children, cultivates leadership skills, teaches a love and respect for nature and allows for a unique bonding time in a beautiful setting. I wish all children had the opportunity to participate in a program like this.”
Elise, mother of Field School participants

“We’ve been part of the Crows Path family since our oldest son started in 2010.  As a family that believes strongly in the importance of immersing young people in nature, we are deeply grateful that Crows Path has provided a way for our boys to do that once a week.  Additionally, knowing that their time in the woods is spent with loving, trained nature mentors who allow the children to explore their curiosities and interests is a priceless gift.”

Mark, Father of Field School participant

“Crow’s Path has encouraged my daughter’s love of the natural world and given her a place to be herself and explore, while being active, curious, creative, silly and happy. Being a part of this group has given her a close knit and supportive community of friends and mentors. She wouldn’t miss a day- not even when the rain pours or the wind chill dips!”

Liz, mother of Field School participant

“Crow’s Path invites kids to learn about the world around them, teaches kids respectful ways of moving through that world, encourages kids to be their true selves, and prepares kids to be engaged and thoughtful ecological citizens. I am a parent who has had the great fortune of traveling through the portal on many occasions for both camp and Field School. While out on the land, I have seen eyes grow wider with wonder and hearts grow lighter as children share their gratitude for that which they hold most dear. My son returns home from Crow’s Path each day covered with dirt, pockets filled with pine cones, mind filled with stories, and eyes twinkling with joyful wonder. To me, these are the signs of the best possible kind of learning.”

Christine, mother of Field School participant

“Our daughter has been with Crows Path since second grade, and has such a strong sense of connection to Rock Point, the animals and plants there, the mentors, and to imaginative play that engages with place.  It isn’t always obvious that this is developing; kids keep some of this private in their hearts.  But as I listen to her non-stop explanation of every stage of the overnight, watch her plan ahead for becoming a Middle School Apprentice, and hear here decide what programs she loves and which aren’t her preference, I see the impact — in her growing sense of what she loves, and how she wants to be herself.”

Susan, mother of middle school apprentice

Crows Path consistently creates and holds a container that fuels learning, adventure and creativity. My kids have benefited from the rich sense of cooperative learning, shared purpose, reflection and play that fills their days at Field School. Being part of a purpose driven community that reminds us how to (re)connect to self, wild and each other has been key in my family’s joy and growth.

Trish, mother of Field School participants
“When family and friends and neighbors ask about Crow’s Path and what goes on there, they usually want to know what concrete skills are being learned. And, of course, there are indeed things of that sort (wonderful things!) that we can tell them: pitching a tent and building a fire; identifying trees and animal tracks. But these things aren’t why we choose to send our daughter out into the woods one day per week, instead of to “regular” school. It is, rather, the more nebulous things about Crow’s Path – things like community and confidence and contemplation, for which there never seems to be enough time elsewhere – for which we are so grateful.”
Brian, father of Field School participant
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