Brave Girl Camp is a magical, amazing, all-inclusive 4 day art + life retreat, with perfectly planned days of meaningful fun and connection, designed to help you move forward joyfully into the rest of your life. Come join us for art-making and soul-healing at the beautiful and secluded Brave River Ranch, nestled right along the Boise River in the tiny little country town of Star, Idaho. Let us cook for you and pamper you while you make meaningful art projects in the lavishly stocked Art Barn and while you experience the life changing curriculum of Brave Girls Club... All while making lifelong friends and having the time of your life!
ALL-INCLUSIVE TUITION: $1799
March 17-21, 2015 SOLD OUT: waiting list only
May 5-9, 2015 SOLD OUT: waiting list only
June 9-13, 2015 – SOLD OUT: waiting list only
September 15-19, 2015 – SOLD OUT: waiting list only
October 13-17, 2015 – SOLD OUT: waiting list only
March 15-19, 2016 - SPOTS OPEN
May 3-7, 2016 - SPOTS OPEN
June 7-11, 2016 - SPOTS OPEN
September 13-17, SPOTS OPEN
October 4-8, 2016 - SPOTS OPEN
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A place of beauty and pampering.
A place filled with lovely things that women appreciate so much but that they often forget to do for themselves, like pretty dishes and colorful flowers.
A place to learn the beautiful truth about ourselves.
A place to rest and feel safe, where you can hear your own thoughts and soul-whisperings.
A place to gather with other women to share our stories and CONNECT with each other.
A place to form true life-long friendships
A place of lots of laughter and remembering what it’s like to have girl friends.
A place to experience what the woman’s soul craves.
A place where every moment is magical from the moment you arrive at The Ranch until late in the evening.
A place where you can stop and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors.
A place where women of all ages and backgrounds come together and learn from each other by dropping their labels.
A place to make art that burns into your heart the things you will learn, so that you never ever forget.
A place of discussions, projects, and ideas that help women make it through their own adversities.
A place where delicious, nourishing, lovingly made food is servedon gorgeously set tables.
A place where women learn how to live the most beautiful life possible, no matter their history or challenges.
A place where good women find each other.
Brave Girl Camp guests stay at the Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Eagle, Idaho. The hotel also sits right on the Boise River just a few miles down the road. We pick you up in the morning with our awesome vintage school bus!
Your tuition includes a room in the hotel with two queen beds, so we do assign you a roommate who will likely become a very close life-long friend! Some women prefer to have a private room for the duration of Brave Girl Camp and we can absolutely make sure that happens! Contact us after you register and we'll help you make those arrangements. It just costs a little bit extra in hotel fees.
Brave Girl Camp is held in the little town of Star, Idaho on a beautiful piece of secluded property nestled right along the Boise River. We call it Brave River Ranch. We have spent year after year making it beautiful and magical, a place where you will feel how important you are to us and a place where you can feel comfortable and peaceful. We love Idaho and want to share all of the reasons why, and the Ranch is the perfect place to do that.
These are the dates for the 2015 and 2016 camps:
March 17-21, 2015 – ALMOST SOLD OUT
May 5-9, 2015 SOLD OUT: waiting list only
June 9-13, 2015 – ALMOST SOLD OUT
September 15-19, 2015 – ALMOST SOLD OUT
October 13-17, 2015 – ALMOST SOLD OUT
March 15-19, 2016
May 3-7, 2016
June 7-11, 2016
September 13-17, 2016
October 4-8, 2016
We can definitely feed you if you have food allergies or intolerances! Several women have come to Brave Girl Camp who are allergic to gluten, eggs, dairy, soy, nuts, and a plethora of other foods. If you need a special menu, just let us know and we’ll make sure that your meals are delicious and lovely so that you can experience pampering just like anyone else.
No, you most certainly do not have to be an artist to come to Brave Girl Camp! Melody has specifically designed these projects to be for ALL SKILL LEVELS. If you are an accomplished artist, you will learn skills and techniques that will challenge and inspire you. We’ll provide an incredible variety of tools and materials to spark your own creativity and ideas, and you’ll be able to put the skills you already have to work on these amazing projects. If you’re more of a beginner, don’t worry….you will learn easy-to-apply techniques that will translate into beautiful projects that you will be proud of and that will be powerful life-tools. There is always someone in the Art Barn to answer all your questions and give you one-on-one instruction if needed. So even if you don’t consider yourself an artist, BE BRAVE – Brave Girl Camp is absolutely for you!
All-Inclusive Tuition: $1799.
· 4 nights’ lodging at the Hilton Garden Inn
· All homemade meals, snacks, and beverages
· Daily art/life classes personally designed and taught by Melody Ross,
· Nightly firesides
· Transportation to and from The Ranch and hotel
· Live music
· A Brave Girl Camp journal/sketchbook (for thoughts and ideas)
· A roomy and wonderful Brave Girl Camp tote-bag with hand-made touches
· Countless surprises and keepsakes. (Bring an extra tote or duffle for everything you’ll be taking home with you.)
We have payment plans available! You can see your payment options when you register and you are welcome to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
*Note: tuition does not include airfare or other transportation to or from Boise.
A typical day at Brave Girl Camp starts off with having breakfast at the hotel with your fellow campers. We will then pick you up on our vintage school bus around 9:00am and drive you to Brave River Ranch where the morning begins with a lesson by Melody. We will feed you a wonderful lunch and delicious snacks in the afternoon. You will have time to journal, time to make art in the Art Barn, time to take a walk along the river path, time to talk with other women, and time to do whatever else might be nourishing for your soul. At dinner time we gather at the most beautifully set candle-lit tables and enjoy a fabulous meal together. Followed by a delectable dessert, of course. The evenings include more time to work on your art, wonderful shares around the red carpet, live music, laughter, and all sorts of magical experiences. At the end of the night, you will return back to the hotel for a restful night of sleep so you can do it all over again the next day!
With an experienced staff of over 12 women, your every need will be considered and attended to. We strive to make every detail memorable and special... nothing is overlooked.
Brave Girl Camp is the vacation from life that you have been waiting for and the experience of a lifetime. Our goal is to make sure that you have the time of your life while making lifelong friendships, and especially that you go back to your life a stronger, more joyful woman, feeling on-track and ready to be exactly who you are and to do exactly what is in your heart.
For the optimal experience, we recommend that you come by yourself. It is not against any rules to come with someone! In fact, many women do come with a friend, sister, mom, etc. We truly believe that you will get the most out of Brave Girl Camp if you come without anyone who knows you. Here are some words of encouragement from alumni who are so thankful they came alone:
“It is a game changer and the minute you get off that bus you will not even think you came alone – I so promise you. best.healing.decision.ever!!” -DF
“Most girls come by themselves, and I PROMISE you, it’ll be okay.” -Kathy
“[I’ve] been lots, went many times by myself but never left that way!” -RM
“You’ll make soooo many new friends. It’s amazing!! Melody and Kathy and the rest of the brave bunch are the best.” -KW
“I went solo…SO WORTH IT!!! And as [previously] said: you never leave that way!!” -FB
“You will be surrounded by brave girl sisters and your soul will be so blessed!” -KK
“I went alone – best thing I’ve ever done for myself. Brave River Ranch is a very special place, and that Art Barn is simply magical. But the best part of Camp is Kathy & Melody and the Brave Girl team – so much love shared every minute of the day.Give yourself this gift – you deserve it!” -DW
“Going solo is the way to go because I feel your more apt to participate and won’t hold back. And you won’t be solo for more than a minute because you will meet a whole new group of sisters that will be lifetime friends and the second you meet you will click. Promise!!!” -DB
“Totally went by myself – knew no one… Truly blessed beyond measure! I hope you give yourself the gift of BGC!” -CF
“You cant be alone at Brave Girl Camp! I went alone…I met 3 BGCampers on the second leg of my flight and another at the shuttle. I am shy too…just do it anyway!” -GP
“Went alone in October. Best decision, ever!! Made some amazing, true, soul sisters!!! In fact, three of us are road- tripping to a weekend retreat in April! Definitely a lifechanger for me!” -TE
“Going solo is the way to go. That way you just bring yourself and no obligations from home including family & friendships. It opens you up to have the full experience just for you.” -HW
“Go by yourself!!! It is honestly a very intense, amazing experience that you really want to do alone. You don’t go and socialize with your friends anyhow, it’s hard to explain… It really is a life changing gift you should totally give yourself! I went 3 years ago and am still seeing changes from it!” -SR
Absolutely! We have many women who have come to Brave Girl Camp year after year. Your second experience can be even more wonderful than your first!
Q. What airport do I fly into?
A. Boise, Idaho (BOI)
Q. What time should I book my flights?
A. Your flight will need to arrive on Tuesday by 2:00 pm. You’ll be staying at the Hilton Garden Inn in Eagle, ID, which is about 30 minutes from the Boise airport. There is shuttle service available, provided by the Hilton. You will need to call the Hilton when you arrive to schedule a shuttle pick up, or if you are getting in at the last minute, you may need to take a cab in order to make it. The Brave Bus will pick you up at the Hilton at 4:00 pm on Tuesday and take you to the Brave River Ranch. Camp ends at the Ranch late on Friday night, so you will be able to schedule your return flight at any time on Saturday. Checkout is noon, so take your time if you can and plan a relaxing morning at the Hotel with your new friends.
Q. What kind of weather should I expect?
A. Idaho has four distinct seasons with everything from hot weather in the summer to snowy days in the winter. We will be in touch when your camp nears to let you know what to expect.
Q. What should I bring with me?
A. We will be in contact with you when you register and we will provide you with a packing list. It'll include comfortable clothing and just a few art supplies... We try to make it easy to travel light!
Q. What about computers and cell phones?
A. We are 100% unplugged at Brave Girl Camp. We ask that you leave your laptops and iPads and such at home (gasp!) and turn OFF cell phones for the duration of camp. This is a very important part of what makes camp so special. Don’t worry — your loved ones will have an emergency contact number so that you can be reached if needed. You deserve this to be the best experience possible and unplugging is a critical part of that. (When was the last time you were in a room with a group of people where no one was texting or checking their messages?) You’ll be able to really focus on yourself and the incredible experiences you are having. Trust us – it’ll be okay.
Q. What about women who are couples?
A. Because of the dynamics of this camp and as it is not a couples retreat, we do not invite women who are couples to attend together. They are certainly invited to attend separate camps, however. Because none of the other women have their partners in attendance, the interaction is far different than in a couples retreat session. We invite women in intimate partnerships to attend separate sessions.
Q. Is tuition refundable?
A. There is an enormous amount of expense and advance preparation that goes into preparing for each individual guest. While the initial $300 deposit is not refundable, up to a certain point tuitions are transferable to another person. So if something comes up that prevents you from coming, you are free to sell your spot to another person. Please contact email@example.com for details on how to do that.You will see the entire refund policy as part of the registration process. Please be sure to read it carefully before you complete your registration.
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My life has been impacted by Camp in many ways not the least of which is meeting some amazing women who have become dear friends! Camp has a way of putting things in perspective, it gives you a time to rest and reset your priorities. It’s a blessing.
My favorite thing about camp is the relationships I’ve built with the women I’ve met. These are woman from different corners of the world that I doubt I would’ve met if not for Camp. I can’t say enough about the dear friends I’ve met at camp. I still keep in touch via our Camp facebook page, getting together with locals and many attend my Handmade U retreat. I love seeing them!
One of the insights I get from Brave Girl Camp is that everyone has the opportunity to take today as Day One. No matter what has happened in your past you own it, and make decisions beginning today to make your life how you want it to be now!
I would whole heartily recommend BGC, it is a fun time, but more than that there is a lot of love behind it. The family that opens up their home to these women make it special! If you are on the fence about going to camp, jump down , put on your Brave girl boots and sign up, NOW!
I have attended camp every year since 2012 – and I went twice that year!
I have had my heart opened to the many amazing women campers and have learned so much about myself through our discussions at camp, and my ongoing friendships. Because of the wisdom and encouragement I got at Camp I shifted my priorities, changed my job, and became very focused on the gift of gratitude. I have taken Brave Girls online classes, am subscribed to Soul School, and feel that everyday is a better day because of the inspiration and support I feel from the entire Brave Girls team.
One of the insights I take home is that we all have good days and not so good days. We share that with the every other being on earth. But things changed for me after my first camp. I realized we are never alone, nor are we meant to be. Brave Girls are a “tribe” of amazing, loving, and thoughtful women who are there to help on a moment’s notice. We celebrate our joy, pray for one another when needed, and offer comfort during the difficult times.
Because of camp, I have friends around the country and around the world! I keep in touch through our private Facebook pages, phone calls, happy mail, texts, visits, and mini-reunions. It is amazing and wonderful to be able to stay connected, and I am closer to some of my Brave Sisters than I am to my college roommate!
I recommend Brave Girl Camp with my whole heart, and here is why.
If your life is wonderful, you are incredibly happy with your job, family, health, then you should come to Brave Girl Camp.
If you’re a little unsure about things, feeling a bit confused or conflicted, then you should come to Brave Girl Camp.
If you are at the end of your rope, feeling alone or helpless, then you should come to Brave Girl Camp.
If you are an accomplished and experienced artist, then you should come to Brave Girl Camp.
If you are new to art, or don’t think you have much creativity, then you should come to Brave Girl Camp.
If you don’t know anything about art and have never heard of something called Mod Podge, then you should come to Brave Girl Camp.
The deal is this: Brave Girl Camp is for all women who are open to experiencing a life-changing and incredibly fun experience. But trying to describe it is like telling your friend about a wonderful meal you ate, but knowing that you really have to taste it, experience it, in order to understand how awesome it is.
That is why I will once again be coming to camp, my fifth, because I have a great time, I learn so much about myself, recharge my batteries, and make amazing friends.
Be brave. You will be welcomed with open arms, pampered, loved, fed gourmet food, and make very special friends. You deserve to take this time for yourself. Sign up right now, because camps fill up quickly and I know how agonizing it was to be on the waiting list!
I wanted to go to camp for a couple of years before I actually 'got in'. The spaces filled up so quickly with others who were faster to commit than I was...now I realize that 'it just wasn't my time' to go back then. It was difficult for me to 'know where I was going to be' in September, when I registered back in the early spring of 2012.
I knew that I would have to budget for camp and the international flights, arrange rides and pickups for the kids, prepare some meals and take time off from my job. With affirmation and a nudge from my husband, I had to believe they would all be OK without me for a few days. He reminded me how long I had waited to get into camp and gave me the 'Go For It' nod.I feel more confident and have had to make difficult choices since camp - but I know that I can do hard things. I carry more gratitude for what I have and my family and friends have noticed in some personal and professional situations.
I came home with a TON of new ideas and techniques for the type of art I currently do and new projects that I have wanted to try!I felt gratitude, encouraged, creative and genuinely cared for with the special care and small, but meaningful things (from the staff AND other campers) from the minute I stepped off the bus. I was overwhelmed by the genuine greeting of 'Welcome' from the staff. The lessons combined with the artwork techniques and supplies available allowed me to try new projects! The peaceful and creative surroundings of the Brave Girl property and the Art Barn made me feel like I was welcome and encouraged me to try new things!
I connected with several women at camp who made a lasting impression on me. I may not (physically) ever see them again, but we are connected and keep in touch. I have seen one of my fellow Brave Girls and the time we spend together is valued, genuine and cherished.Many of the phrases mentioned in the daily lessons are ones I continue to use in my life!
I realized that many of us are living similar lives (just with different addresses).I think Brave Girl Camp is a wonderful place of creativity, love and self-reflection. Everything from the accommodations, the thoughtful gestures, the delicious food and snacks, the Art Barn filled with all of the best art supplies, not to mention the genuine care - a life changing retreat for a woman of any age or in any stage (season) of her life.Treat yourself - I waited a long time to have the opportunity to go to Brave Girl Camp, which made it even more special! You may discover creativity in your life that you never knew to be possible and could meet lifelong friends in these few, treasured days of camp!
You will never regret going, but you may one day regret not going! Find a way - make it happen!
I had not been to any kind of a "retreat" since leaving high school and wasn't really sure what to expect. I loved that it sounded like sleep away camp for women, though. That's what ultimately pushed me over the edge. I had taken Soul Restoration the first time it was offered and so I knew that I loved what Brave Girls had to offer. I figured it would be at least as amazing as that. I wasn't wrong.
Doing the "fun sheets" during camp was a life changer for me. I learned so much about myself. Going to camp changed the course of my life. I met friends that I hope to have forever, I decided to change what I did for a living and am now living with more of an eye to service than I ever did before. I feel more like me. Brave Girls Camp was the first step on that road.
So, the food was amazing. I've never felt more nurtured and cared for. The table was set beautifully and with love and the atmosphere of meals was inclusionary and very, very special. I really loved meal time.
There was a pivotal, life-changing moment for me when my roommate said something to me - about me - that resonated on a soul level, which led to my decision to change careers. I will never forget her, or that moment, as long as I live. I know that I was led to camp for that purpose.
I would absolutely 100% recommend BGC and have to many, many people. I've paid for a couple of people to take Soul Restoration. What Brave Girls Club is doing is such amazing and important work. Every woman needs to go to Camp.
Listen to the whisper of your soul. You'll know when it's the right time for you to go.
I have kind of a funny registering story. I was up late on FB one day in summer 2011, and one of my friends had just shared a post about BGC. I had never, ever heard of BGC before, but I went to the BGC FB page and “liked” it. Then I clicked to the BGC website and found the page about camp. It sounded so amazing and magical and like something I needed in my life that I signed up right there on the spot. I didn’t consult my husband (who was sleeping), I just DID IT. Like, 10 minutes after reading about it. Can you believe that??? Well, in the morning of course I had to tell him I had signed up for this camp.. in Idaho.. that I had never heard of before last night.. and it was kind of expensive.. and I would have to fly there.. I wouldn’t know anybody else.. and yes, I of course was sure they were nice people and not some kind of cult (ha!).. I just knew. I wasn’t worried about not knowing anybody. I just knew anybody who would be there would be great. Also, The payment plan made it much more doable for me. My husband was kind of skeptical about all of this, but I just *knew* Brave Girls Club and Camp was going to be amazing. And it was and is!! And as soon as I got home from my first camp, he saw how happy and light I was and what a great time I had and he said, “Why don’t you sign up for another one??” He got it!!
Since attending camp, I have been more artistic, more of a life risk-taker (not hiding so much inside of myself), and I have just felt better about myself overall. At camp you feel so valued and loved, it is an amazing experience. I try to carry that with me and remember that it is okay to be SEEN and that I am worth being seen.
My favorite thing about Brave Girl Camp is that you can just be yourself. You can show up as you— an artist or non artist. Wearing your kind of clothes, hairstyle, whatever. Talking how you talk. Feeling how you feel. All is right and nothing is wrong. You are wholly and completely accepted for who YOU are. There is no reason to hide any part of you, and parts of you that maybe have been hiding can feel free to come out for the first time in a long time. You can just be you and everybody is so happy to know the real you!!
There were so many insights I took home from camp! One insight I took home from my first Brave Girl Camp that pops into my mind immediately is that I am worthy. I am worthy of love, of being seen, of being heard, of taking up space, of anything good that comes my way. It is easy for me to feel insignificant and just being around all the love and having so many people genuinely want to be around me (and also respect my space), really boosted my confidence about myself. One other thing is that it really does not matter whatother people think— that I need to live my own beautiful life in my own beautiful way. Other people have many reasons for doing what they do and whatever they do is usually not about me, and even if it is I can’t worry about it. Worrying about other people just takes away from my own life and brings me down. I am still working on this.. and it is a powerful insight to have.
Meeting new friends at Brave Girl Camp was easy because everybody was very friendly and open. I have stayed in touch with our large groups through our own private FB groups. There are some friends I have stayed in closer touch with on Facebook and sometimes on the phone. It is nice to have friends outside of my immediate circle of people where I live who know some of my challenges and struggles and who can serve as support for me. I also can serve as support for them, too! We are better together.
I would definitely recommend Brave Girl Camp. It is such a fun, life-changing experience. It can be emotional, but in a good way because you release negative emotions and things that have been holding you back. You also get to be artistic and use the supplies in the Art Barn, which is so fun— and it doesn’t matter how “good” you think you are or aren’t. Everybody can do the projects at Brave Girl Camp and there is no comparing, which I love. You get to hang out with the BGC staff and they are awesome. You get to meet other amazing Brave Girls, sometimes from around the world, which is incredible. You get to be taken care of and not have to worry about anything like meals (btw the camp food is SOOOOO good!) or housekeeping or driving or anything. You just get to focus on you for a little bit, which is wonderful.
If you are on the fence about Brave Girl Camp I would say, “Go! Please go. You will be so happy that you went.” If I would sign up again today, the experiences that I have had at camp would allow me to relax about the cost, the fact that I would be going alone, and any other potential worries that could possibly exist. Instead I would focus on and remember only the joy, strength, and wisdom I have brought home from camp with me. I know it is all worth it. The memories you make and lessons you learn truly will last a lifetime. So don’t wait— go check the available dates right now!
Before I signed up for Brave Girl Camp I was afraid because I can be shy around new people and going into a situation where I didn't know anyone can be really scary but I've been working on not letting my shyness define me, so I did it anyway.
I learned a lot about LOVE at camp. I learned that it was possible to love a perfect stranger, to consider her my sister. I learned how important it was to go into every situation and conversation with love. I'm a nurse and would you believe that Camp has changed my career? I had always considered myself a compassionate, even empathetic person but Camp taught me that I could do even better.
My family has noticed a difference in me, I've been told that I came home with a lot more confidence. My mom told me that when I was a tiny little girl and she would call my name and I would always answer it with a great big smile and she knew that I was born to be more than just her daughter, that I would do wonderful things. She recently told me that she could see those wonderful things starting to happen and Brave Girls is the reason why. I'm just grateful to have that little girl back.
My favorite part was the food of course! I think I might have been the first to meal times everyday. It was such a pleasure not to have to make a meal for myself. It was wonderful to be served a good meal that was prepared with so much love.
The other Brave Girls also made camp. I have such love for each and every one of them and I miss them everyday, those girls and the staff feel like family. Every last one has enriched my life.
What I learned from Brave Girls Camp:
* Everyone has their own story and are on their own path and it is completely okay to be happy you aren't on it with them.
* You can love everyone but sometimes some people must be loved from a distance.
* Ask specifically for what you want and what you need, from loved ones and your Truth teller.
* Some things are easier to let go than you thought they would be.
* Crying in not a sign of weakness and it is okay to cry when sharing your story or hearing someone else's, just don't take someone else's story home with you.
I would definitely recommend Brave Girl Camp. Every single person deserves to feel the love that Camp provides.
It is worth every single shiny penny. It is worth every tear. It is worth the risk! It WILL change your life.
Guilt and money kept me from signing up for Brave Girl Camp right away. I was feeling guilty for spending such a large amount on just me. I was in therapy at the time for depression and the therapist all but wrote the check for me. I kept going back to the website over and over and I just knew I had to go and so I just did it. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Do I feel different? YES!!! It gave me tools to get through the issues that were holding me back, from being happy. Do I act different? YES!!!! I came home from camp and I shifted so much in my life. I started having boundaries and looking at everything differently, so consequentially I started acting differently. Has my family noticed differences in me? Heck YES!!! do you mean that thy notice my brave girl boots that are on my feet 99% of the time or the jeans I made that say BRAVE down them??? Or all the art from Brave Girls? Or the fact that our entire house is one giant art barn? I am thinking yes!
My favorite thing about my experience at camp was the Community. Which is all of those, feelings, experiences, lessons and my forever friendships with my amazing brave girl sisters! It feels like you are finally home.
I learned that we really all are so much more alike than different and that the truth is no one sees all those imperfections and flaws but yourself. If you are willing to let go of the fear and let in the love, you can do anything.
There are moments in my life where I could see the shift, stand at a crossroad and know that I was at a crossroad, that the decision I would make would alter my life, and Brave Girls Camp was one. It shifted everything in me. It was a defining moment that created a trajectory that has not stopped in my life. I am so thankful.
There is a saying in Brave Girls, "she did it anyway", do it anyway Brave Girl. We all are full of the FOG (fear guilt obligation) come out of it and come into the light. Sit with your sisters around the campfire, feel acceptance, love, care. Let go of the fear, do it anyway!
I was so drawn to Brave Girl and the massive commitment to get there as I live in Australia did pose some issues....time away from family and the cost associated but with the support and blessing of my beautiful family I came and enjoyed every single moment. I was able to over come the obstacles with the immense love that surrounds me.
I have always felt different... At Brave Girl Camp I felt like I belonged....it is such a amazing experience....Initially I think I was on cloud nine and shining and so very motivated to share the BG story ...my friends may have noticed they say I have boundaries now....I used to say "Yes" to everyone...now I say "I would love to be involved in that project and it sounds like something I would be genuinely interested in however at the present moment I have other commitments but please check back with me next year I love the work and service you are doing....Thank you for thinking of me and including me.
I gained so many friendships that are still strong... even though I am in Australia...I regularly become inspired and surprised by a beautiful message or mention online xxx My friendships the ones that embrace the vulnerability of all of us and who deeply care and are connected by heart.....my most favourite things... the depth of knowing I am surrounded by exceptionally loving and kind souls who give unconditional love in great abundance xx The planting of our tree....the hugs from Annie, the knowing smiles from Carrie, the love from melody and Kathy....the wisdom from the red carpet and the campfires...the connectedness I felt and still feel is unique and inspiring me...it inspires me daily to just be me!!!!!!
The BGC I attended had such inspiring women....my insight.... is gratitude for our soul sisters for our beautiful lives and for sunrises each and every day ....
I would and have recommended many people to BGC. It is something every soul (even if they are not yet aware) need and will love for what it is ....just simply the most uplifting and vibrant meeting of minds and souls. The moments will stay with you forever, live in that sacred place in your heart where you only go and know !!!!
Don't sit there........jump wholeheartedly into this experience....it will change your perspective it will open your heart to love ....the greatest gift....to love and honour yourself ...the rest will unfold as it does in the magic of Brave Girl Camp....my soul was reconnected.....jump... just jump both feet first....
I attended Brave Girl Camp in May of 2012. I had wanted to attend since camp started, but just couldn’t justify the cost. I was part of the first Soul Restoration online class in January of 2011. I met wonderful women in the class, who I became friends with and realized that I was not alone as I walk my path in life. As our friendships blossomed, our group became a bit more closeknit and some of the ladies decided to attend camp in May, 2012. At the time they decided this, I wanted to go, but the cost was holding me back, so I didn’t sign up. I did, however, tell my husband that I wanted to go. While he was supportive, he also had no idea where to find the money. I watched a fellow Brave Girl, Coreena, go to camp, come home and start making choices that left me breathless. I had no idea how she could do what she did!
In March of 2011, I got laid off from a very well paying job that I had been at for over 3 years. My job was eliminated and the work off shored to India. I was heart broken, but I received a nice little severance package, so that was good. The minute my husband heard about the severance package he said “I think you now have the money to go to Brave Girl Camp, and I think you should go.” I remember sitting there just looking at him and thinking I couldn’t spend the money on that. However, I took a leap of faith and signed up! I paid in full, immediately, while I had the money, and my dream started on its way. I believe in manifesting dreams by speaking them out loud. I believe that if you put it out there, the universe will make it happen.
By the time May 2012 rolled around, I was in a new job, and had literally been counting down the days to camp since March 2011. I had a post it on my desk that showed how many days were left till camp. Even now,I vividly remember the morning I left for camp. I woke up at 4:00 am, and I remember the whole morning being surreal. I remember taking a selfie of myself, once I was all ready. I have no idea why. I guess in my mind I thought I might look different after camp, who knows. I remember being on the plane and in my mind, wondering what it was going to be like, and I remember feeling brave. Brave for going, brave for being willing to look at myself this way. I landed in Boise, and texted my sweet friend, Mel McGee, who was anxiously waiting at the gate for me. We flew into each other’s arms in a flurry of crazy hugging and giggling. We had waited since the online class to meet. It had felt like forever.
After having lunch with Mel and her husband, we went to Rembrandt’s, a coffee shop in Eagle. The minute we walked in, two ladies came up and introduced themselves. It was Laurie Jacobsen and Jill Atherton, more ladies we had talked to online but never met. Eventually we worked our way across the street to a local gallery where I remember meeting more of the girls, including Melissa Forberg.
Eventually, we all went back to the hotel, where we met Brock. Brock got us all situated with our Brave Girl goodie bags, handmade treats all put together with love and careful thought. It was so SO magical. Then we got on the bus and drove to McCall. We were the last camp to go to McCall (it is held in Star now)… McCall was like no place I had ever been. Heck, Idaho was amazing to me. My heart will always belong to Idaho, thanks to Brave Girls. When we arrived at camp, the facilitators, including sweet Melody, were lined up across the street, cheering and waving their arms wildly. It made me cry that anyone could be that happy to meet me.
We got off the bus, and we all got hugged by everyone. It was… incredible. We were loved and taken care of, and spoiled like nothing I’ve ever ever experienced.
Camp passed in a blur. We had red carpet sessions with Melody facilitating that were beyond anything I could ever have imagined. We had a campfire that was amazing. We made art, we laughed, we cried, we walked to the lake and back. Marq, Melody’s husband, quietly took care of things in the background, making sure things ran smoothly and we all had what we needed.
I remember making art, with Melody, and shaking my head and trying to grasp that we were not only in the same room but creating together. I remember looking down at the table tarp and seeing that I was in the exact spot where someone who is a very well known artist had sat and left an autograph. I can’t remember who it was now, but if I told you, you’d nod and know who it was!
I want to say that my favorite thing about camp was the food, because Kathy and team lovingly prepared meals that were beyond incredible and over the top amazing, but of course, camp was about much much MUCH more than that. I think my favorite part at camp was being on the red carpet, in a sharing session, around the 2ndday, I guess. I remember it being my turn and telling Melody I felt “stuck.” She smiled and told me “You aren’t stuck at all, just keep going.” I didn’t understand at the time, but I trusted her, and she was right. (there was more she said, but that was the crux of it.) Red carpet time at camp is so so precious. You learn about each other, and you learn about yourself. You find out that you aren’t alone. Everyone has struggles, and amazingly, many of our struggles overlap. Even women who think they don’t have struggles have them. We all have our own journeys, and our journeys are all breathtaking and awe inspiring.
When the bus dropped us off after camp, back at the hotel, I had arranged to stay an extra night and fly home on Sunday morning. I am SOO glad I did. This allowed me some time to re-enter reality and quietly absorb what I had learned. I was gentle with myself, and did a lot of writing in my journal.
I got home and I remember thinking that I didn’t feel any different. I felt like me. I don’t know what I expected, but I remember just desperately missing camp and the ladies there. We all kept in touch, in a private group on Facebook, and still do.
Looking back, now, I can see so SO many things that Brave Girl Camp brought to me, and taught me. Just the fact that I’m never alone would have been enough, but there’s so much more. It’s hard to vocalize and quantify, but I am in NO way the person I was before camp. I am continually changing and learning and growing. I’ve left a job that was squelching my soul and now have a job where I am treasured. I have made more art in the past 3 years than I ever made before. I’ve continued to take classes and learned and have actually vocalized to others that I am an artist.
I have always looked at others, who are very very giving, and wanted to be like them. But I’m just not. And, that’s ok. I give in other ways. I may not be showering people with physical gifts, but I DO shower EVERYONE in my life with inspiration and positive messages, as much and as often as I can. I try to be a beacon of light, a sunflower, when people are going through dark times. I may not have all the tools to do this, but Melody has taught me that I can always love, and then love more. Honestly? It’s all about love.
If you are a woman, of any age, who wants to become the woman you were meant to be, I strongly encourage you to find a way to go to Brave Girl Camp! It IS a life changing experience, like no other. This isn’t an art retreat. This is a soul retreat. This is a sacred healing place, where you will be nurtured and loved and treasured like no other place that I have ever been. What Brave Girl Camp brought to my life can never ever be taken away and will always grow and blossom in me. I see small changes from it all the time, and I smile, because I know what started it all. I will always hold a special place in my heart for Melody Ross and Kathy Wilkins for starting BraveGirls Club and Brave Girl Camp. When women come into my life, on Facebook, or in real life, who are struggling or need support, my first words are “have you heard about Brave Girls Club?” And that usually opens the door.
As a mom of 3, I wasn't used to doing anything for myself. I felt a tremendous amount of guilt for leaving my children and spending money on myself. I was also afraid that I would't be 'hip' enough. I've always struggled with vulnerability and making friends so I was afraid I wouldn't fit in and that no one would like me...
I know now that I NEED to take care of myself. I am more centered. I am ok with living a calm life. I've finally learned to stop beating myself up over things that happened in my past. I have let go of survivor's guilt...I know deep down that I DESERVE to live a happy life.I no longer waste my time or energy on people who will tear me down or hurt people that I love. so I've become better with boundaries. I've also embraced my fear of vulnerability and have reached out to people...this is who I am...I refuse to go through the rest of my life invisible! I have developed a true sense of self.
The best thing is the AMAZING tribe of women that I was able to welcome into my life. While we live miles apart, they have become some of my best friends. When my heart is hurting,and I feel weak, they are my support...they build me up. Never judging, never questioning...just true understanding, love and support. In joyful moments...they are right there celebrating along side me...and when I am questioning myself or my abilities... they are my loudest, rowdiest cheerleaders! I never would have believed that such strong bonds could form in just a week together.
Before Brave Girl Camp, I had spent so much time trying to figure out my purpose in life. Feeling like I was a complete failure because I wasn't a great artist, I wasn't doing anything amazing to change the world...I felt kind of stuck- until Melody sat with me and said ,"What if your true purpose was just to live a happy life"...and that is what I've centered my life on the past 2 years...creating a life I love to live...filling it with moments and people and things that bring my soul happiness and makes my heart sing!
I would absolutely, without a doubt recommend Brave Girl Camp to every woman. Quite simply...it's a life changing experience.
You can do it! You are brave and beautiful soul. You deserve it...you need this...your soul needs this. It is time!
For me, going to Brave Girl Camp was leap of faith. And something I wanted to do for myself. Like a gift from me to me. I came alone. Because it was recommended. In order for you to be " out of your comfort zone"
Was I scared. Yes. Was I nervous wondering if these women would love me. Yes. Was I feeling selfish for spending money on myself. Yes. But I did it anyway, because. I knew it was something I needed to do. Just to start my journey to discovering my heart.
I feel more in touch with my own emotions. Time to reflect is time well spent. If you don't give yourself time to do this it's very hard to be in balance in your life and to be a happier person in order to love your life, your family, your work. Knowing that it is so easy to get caught up in the crazy carnival of life and needing to remember to take time out and gather around the "campfire" a metaphor for life. The idea of stopping to smell the roses, enjoy your life be present in your life. Are there still struggles, oh yeah. Those haven't gone away. It's just learning a new way to deal with it. Making a better choice.
Some of my favorite things about camp: The friendships i made are sacred because sometimes in life it's important to share your heart in a place where you know no one is judging you. BGC is a place I feel safe sharing my heart and I know my group will love me. Kathy. I absolutely fell in love with this woman. Her heart her integrity. Her sweet spirit. I want to be just like her when I grow up. Dancing at 3:00 was the best. Letting loose to shake it on the kitchen/dance floor with my new friends was super fun. The lesson about the carnival and the campfire IS super important.
I think you have to be in the right state of mind going in for the camp to make an impact. And you have to take it seriously. The heart work you are doing. I guess you get out what you put in. It was a challenging experience but worth every minute and every dime. I would do it again in a heart beat if I had the funds.
I recommend Brave Girl Camp 100%. I think women are by nature doers. So it is hard for us to step away and take time for ourselves. We are corporate, we are homemakers, mothers, business owners, professionals. It is so hard to step back and give to yourself. BGC is a gift to yourself. A much deserved gift.
It is so worth your time. Every part of my experience was worth it. But you have to be in the right frame of mind. Open your heart and your mind to the rest it needs. Be willing to do the heart work. That is how you will get the most out of your time at BGC. Funny story about our group making our way to camp. Our bus broke down. But instead of being all annoyed and frustrated that everything wasn't perfect. We ALL took the time to get to know each other and very much enjoyed our surroundings. And it was no sweat. Did we get to camp late yes. But did it matter? Not really. We all were having so much fun, we didn't even care. In fact it brought us closer together. I think a lot of life is like that if you have perspective.
Hello dear friends. I want to start by sharing a favorite quote of mine and something that really rang true of Brave Girl Camp.
“My Friend, if I could give you one thing, I would give you the ability to see yourself as others see you . . . then you would realize what a truly special person you are.” ~ Barbara A. Billings
Such a great quote
and reminder that we are all special, unique and cherished individuals. I had mentioned that I was eager to share about some of the things I created at Brave Girl Camp. While Brave Girls were being pampered by Melody and Kathy’s family . . . there was time to create. Melody would prompt exercises and themes for creating. Some did mini books, some canvas’, some aprons.
But whatever crafty thing folks were creating there was meaning behind it prompted by Melody’s message, words and phrases. The wonderful thing . . . there was freedom to create with your own style . . Everyone’s was different . . . unique . . . a message special only to them. It was awesome and so meaningful.
It was about life infused in art . . . expressing yourself. It was about sisters I made for life. About living and loving the best you know how. It was about leaving lighter in some respects and gaining freedom. It was a creative and musical experience. It was about detail and servanthood. About facing the tough stuff and being brave. It was about tools being used to create, express, heal and grow. Yes, tools like Fiskars help heal! It was about building and rebuilding lives through art and lovingly serving. I was so grateful that I could take a part in this experience. It is absolutely unforgettable and I am so very blessed.
Your camp experience will be completely unique to you. What we have heard from all of our Campers is that Brave Girl Camp is an experience like nothing else. No matter what they expected, Brave Girl Camp exceeded their expectations. Our promise is that we will do everything we possibly can to make your experience something that you will never forget, something that will set your feet on brave new paths, something that will help you to live more joyfully and purposefully going forward. We hope you will come join us!
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