Rites of Passage for Girls

Rite of Passage Journeys has led Coming of Age trips for youth since 1968. The cornerstone of our organization is this wilderness backpacking program, where we use adventure to teach young men and women about leadership, community, self-knowledge, and connection to nature. This video is a snapshot of participant experiences before, during, and after one of our summer Coming of Age programs.

Rite of Passage Journeys offers programs for youth ages 8-18, and for adults, elders, and communities. Learn more at http://www.riteofpassagejourneys.org

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As I have shared with you already, some time ago, our grand daughter, Lisa turned 12 in March. I July we will spend about a week as a larger family together and I am dreaming about organising our version of a Bat Mitzvah ceremony, as a rite of passage for them.

I was not able to find a lot of literature to guide us into it, especially in terms of girls initiation into adulthood (it is quite a different story in the case of boys initiation, even in the Jewish tradition, from which this idea is inspired). The short clip above is just an example of what others are doing in this area.

If any of you has ideas or suggestions of helpful sources, I am open to hear. Thanks.


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