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YOUTH RITES OF PASSAGE for Thriving Communities with Elisa Lee

Sunday, April 14, 2019
11:30am to 1:00pm

Banyen Books & Sound
3608 West 4th Ave.


In this Banyen event, Elisa Lee will explore the importance of youth rites of passage in our modern world and introduce her local program empowering and mentoring girls into young womanhood. In our increasingly digital age of social media and marketing, Elisa offers how we can revive and modernize ancient rite of passage wisdom to build community and help our youth become thriving young adults. Presentation includes a short documentary.

"A child's coming of age presents an opportunity for the whole community to examine, adapt and re-commit themselves to their social and cultural heritage." ~ David Blumenkrantz, PhD

Elisa Lee, MA, BEd has been promoting people’s personal development in collaboration with nature for the past 15 years. She holds a Masters degree in Environmental Education specializing in women’s rites of passage. In addition to empowering girls on their journey into young womanhood through Fire & Flower, she also guides women's vision fasts and holds regular community grief rituals in Vancouver. She has been a youth facilitator and program developer for various organizations including the World Wildlife Foundation, Metro Vancouver, G Day and Fresh Air Learning. Elisa draws on teachings from Joanna Macy, Animas Valley Institute, The School of Lost Borders, The Haven, Nonviolent Communication, and her personal sacred experiences in the wild.


“Fire & Flower provided a framework for girls to discover what it means to be them and part of a community. It also provided a profound way for families to recognize their daughters - really see them - for the unique and powerful people that they are. My daughter enjoyed being challenged to own her place in the world with the support of strong, compassionate and authentic women.”  ~ Renee Frappier, mother

"Elisa is a passionate and skilled guide, able to connect with young people in real, down-to-earth ways, and in ways that challenge and inspire. She is grounded, playful, and carries the vital skill of being able to flow between holding safety and logistics and holding powerful ceremony."
~ Cameron Withey, Program Director, Rites of Passage Journeys