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Monday, April 20, 2015

Finding a Way with your Teen

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click to enlarge The Wayfinder Experience for grown-ups at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY - COURTESY OF OMEGA INSTITUTE FOR HOLISTIC STUDIES, RHINEBECK, NY, EOMEGA.ORG
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  • The Wayfinder Experience for grown-ups at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY

Adolescence is often that time when parents and teens retreat to their corners, and wait for the bell. But parents know it doesn’t have to be like that, and that, no matter how much independence they want to claim, kids don’t want it to be like that either. Omega Institute in Rhinebeck has a way to get out of the ring and into a whole new realm.

Based in Kingston, The Wayfinder Experience is an org that offers a safe environment in natural landscapes to explore cooperative gaming and improvisational theater. They run summer camps, school programs, as well as the Wayfinder Experience workshops for adults and teens at Omega, which is on April 24-26 this spring. The program is unique because it places participants in situations where they can apply leadership skills and team-building through imaginary play, character development, movement, and mask-work. It's an epic experience that, on a larger level, enhances personal and communal awareness. “As a 13-14-year-old girl, playing in the adventure game was deeply transformational,” says Melissa Bowe, co-founder of the Wayfinder Experience. “I had the space to explore sides of myself I didn't know yet - from the fearless warrior that wasn't scared of death (it took me a few games to get there) to the reflective, wise alchemist - the game carved out a space for me that was safe and even cool to explore different parts of myself.”

For parents and teens, experiencing it together on Omega’s lush campus is a thrill unto itself. Because teens must be accompanied by an adult, there’s a Wayfinder for grown-ups scheduled concurrently with the teen one (or adults can take any of the other delicious workshops scheduled that weekend). Teens room with their parents and enjoy tasty, healthy meals together, plus time at the lake, bookstore, or other campus attractions during breaks in the programming. It's just the right balance between shared interests, bonding time, and independence that a parent-teen couple crave.

The Wayfinder Experience: A Role-Playing Adventure for Grown-Ups and for Teens Ages 12-17 at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, April 24 – April 26, 2015; $916-$1278 for both adult and teen tuition for Wayfinder plus weekend housing and meals (pricing based on accommodation choices). Locals, save money with the commuter fee!

Want more? The Arts Oasis offers Parent/Teen Yoga classes with Allison Gould for just $120 per parent-child pair for a four-week series. And CCE Orange County offers a course aimed at strengthening relationships and communication skills for caregivers and children ages 10-14. It’s called Strengthening Families, and it’s free!
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