As a parent and an educator, one of the concerns I have is that despite their apparent success, tween and teen girls often are filled with self-doubt and self-criticism. Internally they feel anxious and overwhelmed, and that they simply are not enough. My passion for empowering girls led me to explore how rite of passage experiences can be a simple but effective way to increase girls’ confidence.
A well-facilitated rite of passage encourages healthy risk-taking and helps girls develop the resilience needed to overcome obstacles. I am excited to share with you the rites of passage framework I’ve developed over the past 25 years to help hundreds girls transform their view of themselves.
Lorene Wapotich is the Founder of Feet on the Earth Programs and Celebrating Her Rite. She has dedicated her life to connecting people with nature, self, community, and the magic of life through deep nature-connection mentoring and community-based rites of passage. Lorene is a dynamic teacher, passionate speaker, and national lecturer and workshop leader on girls coming of age ceremonies and rites of passage. She has over 25 years experience as an outdoor educator, wilderness guide, and herbalist in the Wise Woman Tradition. Lorene holds a Bachelors Degree in Wilderness Leadership and Natural History Education from Prescott College, and a Masters in Education from Lesley University with a focus on girls’ development, nature-based mentoring, and rites of passage.