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The FORT
Where Teens can Unwind, Connect, Belong and Thrive

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Sunday, June 2, 1:00 - 5:00 PM

Ohana Equestrian Preserve, 24240 James Monroe Hwy, Aldie, VA

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Online registration closes at 5pm on Saturday. Walk-ins accepted on Sunday.
Sunday, June 23, 1:00 - 4:30 PM

Sterling Community Center,120 Enterprise St, Sterling, VA 20164

Read about the Workshops

Online registration closes at 5pm on Saturday. Walk-ins accepted on Sunday.
The FORT experience

Time: 1:00 - 3:45 PM

The FORT is a safe, healing, community space for young people in middle and high school to find connection, make friends, be themselves without pressure, and participate in fun, experiential workshops and activities that help them deal with the stresses of everyday life.

In addition to games, brief group discussions and free activity time, all participants will engage in two workshops that vary each time they attend the FORT, exploring expressive arts, mindfulness, nature or animal assisted therapy, and movement/physical activity.

All workshops are designed specifically to focus on building resilience through positive messaging and holistic experiences that allow participants to learn new tools and strategies that can be used in moments of heightened anxiety, stress or sadness. 

The FORT Teen Hangout

Time: 3:45 - 4:30 PM

The Hangout after the FORT workshops is an optional time for teens to continue connecting with their peers, and engage in conversation on topics that matter to them, OR to finish working on their activities after the main FORT. 

All Hangout conversation is moderated by a mental health professional who can provide additional emotional support, and therapy dogs are often present for additional comfort and cuddles. 

Teens who don't want to stay for the Hangout can be picked up at 3:45pm.  

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June 2nd workshops:

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Equine Workshop: Painting on live horses

Join us for Equine Canvas, where you'll paint and decorate horses, exploring self-expression and self-awareness in a natural setting. This unique workshop offers a chance to connect with nature and these majestic animals in a creative and meaningful way.

 

Clay Workshop: Creating Natural Mosaics

Participants will explore the landscape to gather natural materials to create a mosaic with clay. Through hands-on interaction with clay and these materials, they'll enhance mindfulness skills while discussing the rhythms and cycles of the seasons and nature. The workshop will also highlight how we adapt to our environment and build resilience in our own lives.

Photography Workshop: Exploring Nature Mindfully

Join us for Nature Lens, where you'll explore the outdoors through the lens of your camera, capturing moments of beauty and practicing mindfulness. This workshop offers a chance to connect with nature, improve your photography skills, and find peace in the present moment.

June 23rd workshops:

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Creative Improv Workshop

Canine Workshop

“I enjoyed the FORT because the environment is very welcoming and it’s just a good place to be.” 
- Teen Participant

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