Mother-Daughter Journey

Mother-Daughter Journey 2020
Santa Fe National Forest
Northern New Mexico
Summer 2021 and 2022 dates TBD

A sliding scale of $250-500 per person  Register Now 

“I found the beauty and comfort of honesty, vulnerability and giving in to giving it up, not only privately but publicly in the confidence and honor of the circle.” Cynthia J.

Spending time in nature, once a given, is now a rarity for many of us—especially our overscheduled, tech-savvy children. But experiencing the natural world with all five senses remains a vital part of healthy human development.

Many of us remember growing up with plenty of unstructured time outdoors, during which we explored the world from creek to treetop. In this Mother-Daughter Journey, we’ll bring back that forgotten pastime together, freeing our daughters and ourselves to connect to the natural world.  This journey is also an opportunity for us to honor our daughters’ coming of age, with ceremony and ritual to hold space for them during this process.Family Journey 2012 - the fire (med size)

Combining hiking, talking circles, communal cooking and open play, this journey brings us into stronger, healthier connections with nature and ourselves. Our weekend in the Santa Fe National Forest will be an easy, enjoyable way for families to be in nature together.

This particular Mother-Daughter Journey is geared toward daughters aged 13-16.  If you’d like to join but your daughter is older or younger, please contact us to discuss. We’ll take a maximum of 6 families in order to keep the group an intimate size.  For more details and an FAQ about the journeys, click here.

Our itinerary for the 2020 Mother-Daughter Journey will include:

  • Thursday, July 9:  leave Albuquerque or Santa Fe by noon and arrive at our home in nature near the San Pedro Wilderness and Clear Creek.  After setting up our tents and the communal kitchen, we’ll hike in the area and have open time for exploring.  We’ll end the day with a talking circle around the fire and star gazing.
  • Friday, July 10: we’ll organize our day around the interests of the group.  It might include another hike, time at the creek, journaling, drawing, making dream catchers.  We’ll create time for the daughters to do an activity on their own and for the mothers to have a talking circle.  In the evening, we can take a night hike without headlamps (always fun to realize how much we can actually see in the dark!), spend time around the fire or drum.
  • Saturday, July 11: now comfortable in our home in the woods, we’ll explore the land more with individual solo time.  Depending on the group’s desires, this might last an hour or it might be the better part of the day.  At the end of the day, we’ll share stories in circle, celebrating new edges found and our confidence within.
  • Sunday, July 12: we’ll have one last breakfast under the tall pines before we pack up camp and learn Leave No Trace ethics.  With a “leaving” ceremony we will say our goodbyes to each other and the majesty of the forest.  We’ll arrive back in Albuquerque or Santa Fe in the afternoon.

We’ll share in the cooking, with each family preparing a meal for the group.  We provide all of the kitchen gear and are happy to help with meal plans for outdoor cooking.  In past years, everyone has really enjoyed this, since it often gives mothers and daughters a new way to work together.

To register, please contact us at or click here to register online.  Scholarships are available and we work with families to make it possible for anyone who is interested to participate.
A portion of your fees go to support Lead Feather’s programs for Native American youth, helping them connect deeply to Mother Earth.  Interested in helping more?  Learn how.

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