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Wildflowers School-Year Series

Around age 9 is when girl’s attention moves from family to the greater world. She may begin to lose a secure sense of self and her unique and powerful voice. This is when having mentorship and earth connection is critically important to her healthy growth. Gaia Girls Passages supports you and your daughter as she walks the bridge between childhood and adolescence.


“I love how whenever you arrive, no matter how your day was you can’t help but feel happy”.  ~ Wildflowers Participant


We begin new Wildflower Circles when parents show an interest in getting one going for their daughter and her friends.  If you would like to begin one for your daughter, we can help you get it started with an intro series. Please contact us.

Connecting with the Natural world: Fun games that mimic natural relationships and create a fun and embodied atmosphere of connection, tracking animals, learning from the birds, feeling at home in our bodies in our local ecosystems

Meeting our Plant Allies: Creating bonds with our plant allies through creative writing, journaling, observation, and respectful harvesting for teas and herbal applications

Creating beauty with her hands: Learning the basics of cordage from local plant species, creating a basic weave with hand dyed wool and natural fibers, carving, making baskets, building fires, coal burning, and more

Expressing and using her voice: Through improv theatre exercises, girls enjoy playful and spontaneous self-expression. They will make a talking stick that they will use in our fire-side sharing circles. Topics addressed include how to approach challenging relationships, the changing nature of body and mind, and discussions based on our anonymous “question box.”

Learning about Emotional and Physical Changes: We will discuss in fun, comfortable and age appropriate ways, the emotional and body changes that the girls may be experiencing already or are approaching.

Mama bear support: Moms will participate on special days with the girls. There is also one session per Fall and Spring season that is exclusively for moms which offers support for you as a woman and mother so that you can best support your daughter in this time.

Some of our Aunties include …

Sarai Shapiro is founder and primary care-taker for GGP. She has been running and working with girls wilderness and rites-of-passage groups since 2007. She has a background in education, music, art, herbal medicine and healing arts.

Jenya Schneider is an avid student of Nature. Whether she is wild foraging or tending to gardens, she is devoted to reading the languages of Nature and bringing that into children’s lives. She honed her skills at Headwaters Outdoor School in Mount Shasta, CA, and currently works as an instructor at Trackers Earth.

… see more of our Aunties here.

One of the most troubling things about raising a daughter is watching her confront the climate of competition and rivalry in girl culture. Transforming this dynamic takes conscious, mindful intention, and that is what I see as the most important gift of Gaia Girls Passages. I see Gaia Girls culture helping her to negotiate difficult relationships at school; teaching her to seek out a culture of sisterly support, instead of damaging competition. 

– Monica Long, mother of Naiya


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Email: support@gaiagirlspassages.org

Phone: 510-508-7107

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