Spirit Hollow is calling upon adults and elders to assist our young ones.
Please help us fund a young adult so that they may attend a life-enhancing and soul-aligning immersion this July from the 13th-21st.
Oasis Summer Immersion
This powerful program will consist of nine days of connection, affirmation, belonging, acceptance, soul-exploration and eco-awakening in the beautiful wilderness of Spirit Hollow.
OUR GOAL is to be able to offer spots to youth (ages 16-22) from all over our fractured lands who are craving a deeper life and more meaningful connection than the mainstream culture presents.
YOUR DONATION will give a young one who desperately needs time away from screens and routines the opportunity to be fully immersed in nature in a safe and sacred space where they will be witnessed, affirmed, and given a container for transformation.
We are calling in the young ones who feel pulled to live from the heart, who feel called to be true stewards of the Earth, who feel the urgency of these days and who want to play a meaningful role in the Great Turning! We are calling in those who wish to access their truest purpose, to be part of creating the regenerative, life-enhancing culture that we MUST move toward if we are to survive.
This program is for young adults who are longing to discover more deeply WHO THEY ARE and WHERE THEY BELONG amidst a cultural wasteland of superficiality and materialism.
If financial constraints aren't an issue, all those who feel called can come into circle and claim their rightful place in their tribe.
This is where we need your help. Your generous donation will directly cover the expenses for scholarships for up to 20 young people to attend this program.
These expenses include highly-trained guides, support staff (cook, administrative personnel, grounds person), food, supplies, and in some cases assistance with travel to Vermont.
For many families or young adults, there are no extra resources in these challenging times. But this work for the youth is needed more than ever.
WHY IS THIS PROGRAM CRUCIAL?
In these tumultuous days on Earth, many of us are stretched to the limits of our capacities. Even as mature adults with resources and support, many of us feel overwhelmed, isolated and anxious.
This pervasive and pernicious sense of feeling lost and unsure is even more amplified for those coming of age during these trying times.
At Spirit Hollow, we have been working with young people for over 20 years, offering camps to those from ages 7- 18. We have seen first-hand the unique challenges that our youth face and the obstacles they feel they must overcome to find their way in the world.
Of course, the unprecedented trials of this last year have exacerbated all of those complicated feelings of despair and longing. The need to cultivate authenticity, forge community, and discern true purpose is more pressing than ever before.
Out of our concern for our youth, an online intergenerational support group has been birthed. We are called OASIS: Intergenerational Council for the Young. Our core group is composed of soulful adults (aged 20-70 years) who bring many different skills and tools, and we have been meeting in council on Zoom twice a month to offer a safe space for young people (ages 15-24) to come and share their worries, their pain, their despair--and also their excitements, breakthroughs, triumphs and wonderings.
This offering is growing in reach- creating new connections, providing resources, and weaving the wisdom of people of multiple generations and backgrounds from all over North America.
As a satellite to Oasis, we are called to offer an in-person gathering which amplifies and focuses the powerful work we are doing online (while adhering to Covid guidelines). While we are infinitely grateful for our Zoom gatherings, nothing compares to the alchemy that happens when we come together on sacred land with a common intention of becoming more whole ourselves, and therefore assisting in the healing and wholing of our aching world.
New York Times: ‘What’s the Point?’ Young People’s Despair Deepens
We will offer a dive into nature, community and soul that goes beyond a 'camp' and instead carves out the time and space for youth to get away from their everyday lives. Participants will join a circle of like-minded peers, be both loved and challenged by seasoned adult guides, and spend time alone in the wilds listening to the other-than-humans on the land. They will be guided to access their authentic social and ecological sense of true belonging and learn ways to transform despair into soulful action.
In these ways, they will cultivate the deepest conversation they can have between the inner chambers of their hearts and the ever widening circles of the outer world, gaining tools for wholeness, and uncovering their place in the family of things, right now, in the Great Turning.
• live in a tribe where we will live and cook in community, camping on the land
• enter sacred space and drop into Deep Time
• be supported to speak in council their deepest longings and greatest fears, express their despair and grief, share life stories
• be mirrored by seasoned adults who have "been to the mountain and walked through the abyss” and thus know the terrain of the Soul
• be supported to leave behind voices and roles that aren't resonate with who they truly are
• be given tools to finish developmental tasks of childhood
• be shown methods of Wholing and Self-Healing
• be encouraged to empty out and to clear space for what their soul longs to speak
• do drumming, imaginal journeys, meditation, simple yoga, and ecstatic movement
• hone questions and intentions for enacting a vision fasting ceremony
• find a sacred spot on the land to fast there for 24 hours
• be welcomed back by their guides who will help them track their story and see the signs and symbols and communications from Earth and Soul
• be lovingly guided to see the mythos in their stories and how it gives understandings about their path and purpose
• be given tools for integrating their experience so that their return to life is infused with soul, purpose, and authenticity
The survival of our species and our very home itself depends upon the mindful stewardship of the coming generations.
Your generous financial offerings to this crucial program will allow our young adults to step into their rightful places as leaders, as healers, as brothers and sisters in the co-creation of our planet’s destiny.
Please help our youth find their voices, their power, and their truest selves that they may steer our Earth to a brighter, more loving, and regenerative future.
We thank you for investing in our young ones and in so doing, investing in the dawning of a refulgent tomorrow.