Why an Experiential model works for boys:
Nature offers adventure, challenge, group connection and play. When boys step away from their day-to-day triggers and experience the healing effects of nature, they open up to new possibilities for their lives.
The adolescent brain is wired to learn through experience. Through challenge, risk, and camaraderie boys develop new capacities as they gain a sense of self.
- A supportive community of adults and peers is an essential foundation from which boys become themselves. Feeling supported and understood allows boys to heal, grow, and integrate new knowledge more effectively.
- Boys are more receptive to talk therapy as they develop authentic relationships with their adult mentors and create supportive interactions with peers.
The resilience to follow life's calling comes when we are supported by our communities, when we develop the capacity to meet our challenges with courage, and when we connect with our own purpose.
Crows Calling partners with our umbrella nonprofit Movimiento to offer programming for youth of all genders and gender identification.
Why Crows Calling...
I created Crows Calling to meet the needs I see playing out among the boys that I work with--needs often expressed through their struggles. In witnessing what is happening in our world, I see that as a culture we must support our boys in finding healthy expressions for their natural drives. Through the years I have watched young people shift their relationship to life as they find connections that are real, risk that has meaning, challenge that opens them to their gifts, and purpose that shows them that they are a part of something greater than themselves. When boys find themselves in "trouble" (including symptoms often associated with a psychological diagnosis) they are playing out these deeper drives in maladaptive ways.
Crows Calling creates opportunities for boys and young men to engage deeply and authentically with the natural drives that guide them as they navigate the passage from child to adult. Whether it involves reflecting on life as they talk around the campfire, building capacity by hiking to the top of a peak, working through hardship with a therapist-guide, recognizing purpose in the context of a group, or being awed by life while falling asleep under the stars, their engagement with Crows Calling offers youth real-life experiences that allow them to connect with that which gives their life meaning.
I have witnessed that for youth to meet and move in a healthy way through the passage from teen to adult they need to connect with and be guided by people and communities that model for them a way of being and living which they know in their hearts is possible.