Just what is thinkpeace workshop for girls?
It’s a place for girls to feel free to explore themselves, their dreams and visions. It’s a place for them to discover their voices and learn how to use them effectively to create the world they wish to see. It’s a place to learn about girls worldwide– to celebrate the differences and the commonalities. At thinkpeace workshop for girls we believe that peace begins with a GIRL!
What will you do at thinkpeace camp?
We pack a lot into each day at camp! Here’s a sample schedule to give you an idea:
- 8:00 rise and shine! breakfast and morning hellos
- 9:00-9:45 setting the intention for the day; mindfulness practice: cultivating self-awareness
- 9:45-11:30 creating community: role-playing, one-on-one sessions, and small group work; what makes us thinkpeace girls
- 11:30-13:00 walk to Central Park with picnic lunches; time for friendship-making
- 13:15-15:15 The Global Girl: specialty workshops on issues facing girls in developing countries/discussion; art journaling
- 16:00-17:00 trust work
- 17:00-18:00 friendship building/free time
- 18:00-19:30 dinner prep and dinner: international cuisine created by the girls
- 19:30-20:00 skype sessions with guest contributors; film viewing; music, singing and dancing
You’ll become soul sisters with other incredible girls. You will sing and dance and act totally goofy. You will taste new things, try new ways of communicating, and express yourself in ways you never imagined.
We start our days with setting an intention for the day, personally and collectively. We do some really creative art projects that help us discover new things about ourselves. We talk about our focus theme of the day: gender violence, trafficking, equal rights, education, or health and the issues girls around the world face in creating a free, healthy, and safe life. We follow these discussions with different workshops which focus on things from self-image to conflict resolution, leadership and art activism.
At lunch we’ll have some time to get to know each other better, relax or play, read or journal. You’ll discover that your voice is heard and valued! You’ll receive notes (we call these IALACS: I Am Lovable And Capable) from your thinkpeace sisters, validating you for sharing yourself with all of us. Together we will reach a deeper understanding of our selves and feel connected to the larger world around us. We’ll paint story boards, create friendship banners and make Sentiments for Syria, sew reusable pads for girls and women in Uganda, and more. By the end of the week each of you will feel connected to a girl across the universe– you’ll see that under all the differences, all girls want the same things: to feel safe, valued, counted, and heard. You all make up The Colors of the World and together are a beautiful rainbow. Imagine!
In the evening, after a delicious international meal that YOU create, we’ll watch movies or tell stories, sing and dance, play games or pile on top of each other in a giant girl fest talk session.
We have some special events in store for you this summer in New York City! We’ll explore it together in a very unique (and safe) way. You will meet amazing women who are doing incredible work in the world. They will inspire you in ways you can’t imagine. There is a common thread among them: mindfulness, self-expression, and service. Each of our guests will be working with you to help you develop your great girl voice into one that is powerful and persuasive.
If you have an open mind, a curiosity for the world around you, a compassionate heart and a voice ready to be heard, this is the camp for you!