Radiant Girls Programs are designed to bring out the Real Girl inside. Our events combine fun wellness activities with empowering coaching to build positive self image, emotional intelligence, and strong leadership skills.
Our events feature activities like Yoga and Pilates, Outdoor Excursions, Hands-On Cooking, Self Care Rituals, Confidence Adventures, Emotional Intelligence Games, Meaningful Expressive Art, and lots of Fun & Giggling.
Although each program is different, we follow 2 simple Principles for Empowerment:
1. Everyone has inner wisdom, that needs to be heard & trusted
2. Taking care of your body and emotions is the foundation for wellbeing
Why Our Programs Change Girls Lives
Our programs were designed because we meet far too many girls, who seemed to be "happy go lucky" girls on the surface but underneath there was something impacting their ability to truely thrive. Some of the girls who attend our programs secretly suffer from anxiety, depression, or poor self-confidence. We have girls that really struggle with making friends, trusting others or have difficulties communicating. Some girls have anger issues or have resentment that is bottled up. And some are yearning to get comfortable being themselves. The transition from child to young adult is a tough one. At Radiant Girls, we recognize that some girls are stumbling through this stage, learning how to relate to themselves and the world around them with little skills and often times little support. All of these hot topics are incorporated into our teachings. Furthermore, we provide strategies to overcome their limitations. We want to change their negative limiting thoughts into positive and healthy ones that empower them to grow into healthy women.
We consistently get calls and emails before camp with concerns about their child being shy, anxious, withdrawn, or picky about eating. We have develops great strategies over the past 10 years to address these concerns on day 1, so that everyone is comfortable and happy right from the start!
What to Expect from our Awesome Camps...
She'll become soul sisters with a small group of incredible girls. She will explore, laugh, contemplate and bend. She'll spend time in nature, and find her inner strength. She will taste new things, try new ways of moving, and express herself in ways she never imagined.
Most days begin with a yummy smoothie and a discussion on our daily positive focus. Next we’ll head out for our morning adventure to enjoy the beauty of the escarpment or take part in a yoga or pilates class. After a delicious lunch that we create, we’ll have a fun discussion about food, relationships, or emotions. In the afternoon we’ll come together for project time, usually an art project that prompts her to reflect and discover more about herself through her creative expression. We’ll finish the day with another experiential activity to further solidify our daily theme. The day concludes with a handmade healthy treat. But most importantly, throughout the day, we’ll revel in just being girls.
Our overnight camps have special visits from trained massage therapists, local artists, professional chefs, dance instructors and musicians. Our campfire programs allow the girls to bond, learn meditation techniques, and personal growth through story telling.
Additional Support Before & After Camp
For most girls attending our camp, this will be the first time staying overnight with a group of people they don't know. Often times the hardest part of this kind of camp is overcoming the fear of the first day. For this reason we provide a tour of the facility in June, and a live group call "meet & greet" to go over the essentials to pack, and prepare for a fabulous week. The tour and call will take place in early June.
It's been our experience, that encouraging healthy eating, and positive lifestyle choices is better received when it comes from an outside source. Once a safe, comfortable environment has been established, young girls tend to open up and be more responsive to us. During camp we encourage self awareness and examining new perspectives. Sometimes changing thinking and behaviours takes time, and support is needed to fully integrate new learnings. If you feel your girl would benefit from private coaching, these can be arranged following our camp experience. These sessions can be done in person, or over live camera calls.
Radiant Girls Philosophy & Teachings
Even though young girls today seem to have more opportunities, many girls are less confident, happy and satisfied with their lives. And it's no wonder – girls are constantly given the message by media that they don't measure up. The resulting pressure and negative reinforcement they face during this critical period in their lives can derail their self-esteem and judgment and shake the foundation of their future. During our movement component we spend a great deal of time discussing self talk, loving what you've got, and achieving personal bests.
In our weekly camps, we work to uncover each girl's true passions, discover the values they have created, and the beliefs that are currently limiting them. Through group coaching, journaling, and self reflection exercises, girls develop a better understanding of who they really are and how to stay true to themselves. These strategies are based on Coach U's (the top coaching school) philosophy's on developing confidence, empowering beliefs, and smart goal setting. The intent is to help each Radiant Girl transition into their teen years with strong communication and leadership skills.
Through a variety of activities designed to help the girls learn more about themselves and their emotions, the girls will also learn to build healthy relationships. We'll discuss the importance and value of creating healthy relationships, and we'll experiment with skills and actions that teach young minds how to nurture relationships so they can grow and flourish. We will weave these discussions in our activities, and provide a forum to discuss issues (one-on-one or in a group) that are important to the girls.
As we integrate the message of a healthy mind, body and soul through the week, we'll have the girls explore their thoughts and feelings through scrapbooking, journal writing, creative art activities, photography, and crafts. This creative expression component allows them to reflect, and listen to their inner voice. Coaching tools and techniques will be used to open them up to new ideas and discoveries that are unfolding daily.
Through research based education, we will explore growing food, preparing nutritious meals, and trying new foods. Each day will consist of a visit to the garden to pick foods that we will include in our lunch. Girls will help to prepare the meal, while the nutritionist leads them through cooking tips and techniques. The group will sit down and enjoys their meal together, and discusses the nutritional value and importance of eating well. Our goal with nutrition is to expose girls to new and healthy options, and have them discover a love for nutritious foods. Our lunches resemble a buffet style approach so they can pick and choose from a variety of options. We take great pride at the end of the week to winning over even the pickiest of eaters. Based on the requests of previous camp attendees, we now send our recipes home with each girl.
There is a strong physical component to our camps. Each day the group will be involved in at least 2 hours of structured activity. We'll try to spend as much of it outdoors as possible. Hiking the bruce trail, a visit to a local organic farm, spending some time in our vegetable garden, or participating in an outdoor fitness class are just some of the activities we have planned! Indoors girls will get a chance to try pilates, use bosu's, bands, balls, and rollers and learn about their core, posture and balance. We'll have a yoga class component to improve flexibility, improve mental focus, and relieve stress. We'll shatter some preconceived ideas about what they like, how it feels to be a leader and what they really feel about their amazing bodies. Our activities are always centred around feeling safe, comfortable with the exercises, and testing the boundaries to discover new personal bests. This component is guaranteed to inspire girls to get involved in a regular exercise program following the camp.
In a world full of multi media, technology, working parents, school pressures, social pressures, and busy schedules, it's no wonder our young girls are in need of tools and techniques to unplug from the world. These camps will help to teach them about relaxation, breathing, meditation, self care, and relationship strategies to better deal with the difficulties that come with being a girl. These skills will be extremely valuable for the years ahead. We will introduce them to being mindful of their thought patterns, how to quiet the mind, and introduce them to the many forms of meditation. Our favourite is the gratitude meditation, that teaches them to contemplate all that they have to be thankful for.
Each day the girls will have some time to play with a project that allows them to express themselves. The activity will be guided with questions to encourage self refection, expression, and focus. Each day will be filled with a new art project. Here are just some of the activities they will be involved in: create dream boards, make meaningful jewelry, design a personal journal, create treasure boxes, design a family gratitude game, personalize an apron and so much more.
Our nutrition philosophy is grounded in the latest health research. Our food program will revolve around whole foods with a focus on fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and meat. We will limit our intake of dairy, grains and sugars and encourage minimal use of processed and refined foods. We are mindful that young palates need familiar foods. And we are aware that food likes and dislikes are sometimes stressful situations. We accommodate picky eaters with lots of choices at each meal, and have great strategies and games for trying new foods. We are proud to say that we have never had someone go hungry because they did not find something yummy to fill their belly. In fact, the recipes we use at camp are requested by just about every child at the end of the week. We love great food and we want girls to love it too!
For More Information
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