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GROW - Girls Leadership Training
Boone, North Carolina

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639 Whispering Hills Rd
Boone, North Carolina 28607


TYPE OF CAMP: Overnight/Sleepaway. 6-day Leadership Training Retreat

CAMPER GENDER(S): All Girl Campers.

AFFILIATION(S): Art of Living Retreat Center

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: The mission of GROW: is to inspire, empower and educate young girls to live confidently, compassionately, and boldly. GROW Summer Camp offers a safe space where diverse young women (ages 14-16) come together to explore themselves and support one another in developing the courage and tools to become resilient when faced with adversity and life's challenges. Graduates will learn uniquely powerful meditation and breathing techniques, as well as tools to explore a deeper connection with themselves and the world around them.

Ages 13 - 16. Camp is taught by youth empowerment facilitators who teach a program offered in schools across the country.

Music/Band, Fine Arts/Crafts, Basketball, Adventure, Wilderness/Nature, and more.

CAMP LOCATION: We are located in the serene Blue Ridge Mountains just outside of Boone, NC. The serene Art of Living Retreat Center is an ideal location for youth to learn holistic skills for overcoming obstacles in life. Check out our website for some of our breathtaking views.

CAMP FACILITIES: Program participants will stay in onsite accommodation with beautiful views of surrounding mountains, in shared retreat rooms. Our facilities are newly renovated, and inspired by the beautifully ornate Vastu architecture. Dining will consist of healthy vegetarian meals offered at regular times.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: The mission of GROW: is to inspire, empower and educate young girls to live confidently, compassionately, and boldly.

Find self-confidence and become stronger
Learn tools to manage pressure and expectations
Connect with yourself through yoga and meditation
Explore healthy body image
Uncover hidden secrets of power and responsibility
Develop transformational goal setting

GROW Summer Camp offers a safe space where diverse young women (ages 14-16) come together to explore themselves and support one another in developing the courage and tools to become resilient when faced with adversity and life's challenges. Graduates will learn uniquely powerful meditation and breathing techniques, as well as tools to explore a deeper connection with themselves and the world around them.

These techniques bring an awareness to their lives, allowing them to manage stress in a healthy way, bringing confidence and self reliance. This will enable the young women to step into a empowered role in their own lives and in their communities.


Our curriculum will focus on holistically nourishing the child and exploring boundaries outside of their comfort zone. In addition to providing participants with the YES! (Youth Empowerment Seminar) powerful breathing techniques and curriculum that uplifts human values and focuses on a healthy body, mind and lifestyle, we will bring awareness and open discussion for young women to explore issues they are currently facing in their own lives around body image, as well as social and societal pressures.


ART: We explore self-expression through artistic mediums; painting and pottery making. We bring attention to the present moment and tap into a creative part of ourselves that allows for healing and a deep learning.

NATURE: We will hike through the woods and down the mountain to a waterfall, connecting with nature and taking in all it has to offer. We will have evening campfires and share stories about life lessons over smores, building camaraderie through deep personal and authentic connection.

MUSIC: The girls will compose lyrics to a camp theme song that portray the vision they have for themselves and the world. They will have an opportunity to perform this song at the end of camp for a live audience.

HEALTH/WELLNESS: We will have a portion of the curriculum dedicated to body awareness and healthy body/mind relationships; exploring healthy eating and how to take responsibility for our own health by preparing organic homemade food. We will take a trip to the garden and explore sustainability, growing our own food and how to cook healthily by harvesting our own vegetables and then preparing the food together with cooking lessons where the girls learn how to be confident and independent in the kitchen maintaining a health conscious awareness.

Program Directors:

Yolanda Kuhn -
Art of Living/YES! instructor based in Austrailia. Expertise in body image, eating disorders and addiction.

Lauren Grieco -
YES! Instructor; certified DVA counselor; expertise in healthy relationships and domestic violence

Angela Hanna -
YES! Instructor; MA in School Counseling; expertise in mental health and behavioral modification.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Scholarships may be available on special case-by-case bases. Contact us for more info: brian[AT]

FAMILY CAMP SESSION(S): -10% off one GROW tuition if you are a resident of Watauga County
-10% off your second teen program registration (any combination of GROW, ART Excel Camp, or Rising Son)

Interested in programs for adults? Adult retreats are also offered at the Art of Living Retreat Center. We offer various discounts for signing up for both youth and adult programs:

-10% off one GROW tuition if you also sign up for an Art of Living Happiness Program, Sri Sri Yoga, Sahaj Samadhi Meditation, or Silence Retreat
-15% off one one GROW tuition if you register 2 or more children for summer programs at Art of Living Retreat Center and sign up for one or more adult programs.

June 27th - July 2nd
Early Bird: $895
After May 1st: $995

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