Mother-Daughter Journey

Mother-Daughter Journey 2020
Santa Fe National Forest
Northern New Mexico
2020 dates TBD

Cost per family TBD  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.

Last year we did an afternoon solo and many of the young women asked if we could support them in an overnight solo (like we do for the Soul Renewal journeys).  So for this year, we’ll include the option of an overnight solo for anyone who wishes — mothers or daughters.  For those not wishing for solo time, we’ll offer a hike in the San Pedro Wilderness and/or activities back at basecamp.

For more details and an FAQ about the journeys, click here.  This particular Mother-Daughter Journey is geared toward daughters aged 15-18.  If you’d like to join but your daughter is older or younger, please contact us to discuss.  We’ll take a maximum of 8 families in order to keep the group an intimate size.

Our itinerary for the 2017 Mother-Daughter Journey will include:

  • Friday, July 28:  leave Santa Fe at 9am and arrive at our home in nature near the San Pedro Wilderness and Clear Creek.  After setting up our tents and a hearty lunch, 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.
  • Saturday, July 29: 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 will support anyone wanting to do a solo by helping them select their solo site and guiding them in what they’ll need.  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.
  • Sunday, July 30: we welcome the solo-ers back to camp in the morning as we have breakfast together.  We’ll share stories in circle, celebrating new edges found and our confidence within.  With a “leaving” ceremony we will say our goodbyes to each other and the majesty of the forest.  We’ll arrive back in Santa Fe by dinnertime.

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 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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