There’s magic in the woods. Or at least something that most certainly leads to it—friendship, community, classes and campfires and s’mores, for adults of all ages. It all happens April 21-24 at Camp Souldust, which takes place at Camp Coleman in Longbranch, Wash. and will feature camp favorites such as trails, beaches and cabin competitions and combine them with introductory “ soul work” experiences such as meditation, art based on dreams, chakra energy, and yoga for anxiety.
“Camp Souldust taught me mindfulness,” says former camp attendee Melissa Von Ruden. “A negative mind will never give you a positive life. I have enjoyed the self-discovery and the positive energy in my life since my first Camp Souldust experience two years ago,” she continues.
This year, Von Ruden will return as a camp counselor for the upcoming camp, where camp attendees are assigned to cabins based on gender identity. During the day, campers enjoy workshops, rowboats, a ropes course, hikes, delicious meals served in the dining hall, and more. Many campers say the atmosphere offers the very best of summer camp, plus opportunities to connect to likeminded individuals and even oneself.
“It was a much needed reminder that it's important to spend time away from your day-to-day,” says former camper and returning counselor Maureen Jann. “The time I spent at Camp Souldust has given me the opportunity to connect with my intuition and trust myself more.”
Jann notes that not only are there great people to meet (an expected 200 will attend this upcoming camp, the largest so far), but camp is a chance to truly unplug.
“If you're looking for an opportunity to drink in the medicine of nature, learn something new about yourself and have a great time with like-minded weirdos, I highly encourage you to go,” Jann says. “You'll come back refreshed, recharged and with a new tribe of people to love.”
Von Ruden agrees, noting that investing time in learning and discover is critically important for everyone.
“If I asked you to name all the thing that you love, how long would it take for you to name yourself?” Von Ruden asks. “Self-care is a divine responsibility.”
Camp Souldust: Magic in the Woods takes place April 21-24 at Camp Colman, 20016 Bay Road, Longbranch. $700/$625 early registration. For more information: www.campsouldust.com or www.souldust.com.