Sarai Shapiro: Lead Auntie, Founder and Care-Taker
Sarai has been a part of creating programs and serving girls in wilderness rites-of-passage groups since 2007. She has founded and run or co-run girls’ groups and coming of age based programs individually and for organizations such as the ALEPH Kallah, Wilderness Torah, Wild Earth and the Vermont Wilderness School. She has trained in naturalist skills, mentoring, and cultural regeneration through the 8 shields cultural mentoring model, has a certificate in clinical herbalism from the California School of Herbal Studies, trained in the Girls Leadership model for Conflict Resolution, Non-Violent Communication, energy psychology, and other embodiment practices, all of which inform the work of Gaia Girls Passages. She has carried the question for many years of “What do girls need to grow into healthy womanhood?” Through her education, research, and years of working with girls she has found many answers to that question that are now woven into the beautiful web of what is today Gaia Girls Passages.