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The FORT

is a community space where teens meet once a month to connect and grow stronger together through a holistic and integrative experience that nourishes the mind and body. Delivered through 5 channels using different modalities, teens are empowered both internally and externally through the power of connection:

  • Expressive Arts – connecting with your inner self through art, music, writing, photography

  • Mindfulness – calming and connecting the mind and body through meditation, yoga 

  • Nature & Animals – healing through the connective force of equine & canine therapy 

  • Social Emotional – building trust and healthy connections through group games and discussion 

  • Relationships – fostering positive peer and adult connections through shared experiences

It's been created as an all-inclusive place for teens to de-stress, connect with peers and learn new skills that enable them to cope better with the pressures of life. In addition to fun ice-breaker games, group sharing and discussions, teens participate in workshops and activities that strengthen and enrich their lives.

 

Sunday, August 14, 2022, 2-5 PM

Practical tools, loyal companions and therapeutic music will help you get organized, relax and find focus for a positive back to school experience.

  • Get organized by making your own back to school planner.

  • Relax and find companionship with our friends from Summit Dog.

  • Enjoy music with A Place To Be to destress, connect, and focus.

Trillium Farm Gathering Building

18195 Lincoln Road, Purcellville, VA 20132

Sunday, September 18, 2022, 2-5 PM

Sound and yoga, loyal companions and therapeutic music will help you relax and regain your mental balance. 

  • Balance and heal the mind through yoga and sound.

  • Relax and find companionship with our friends from Summit Dog.

  • Enjoy music with A Place To Be to destress and connect.

Crossroads United Methodist Church

43454 Crossroads Dr, Ashburn, VA 20147

August Workshop Providers

Want to learn more?

If you missed our parental panel on this topic where you could also meet our workshop creators, you can still replay it on our Facebook page

 

You can also learn more about our great workshop facilitators and partners below:

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Michelle E. Robinson,
 Founder/CEO, Summit Dog, Inc.

Michelle started Summit in 2010, after discovering her passion for working with her dog to help people. Her company’s mission is to provide customized animal-assisted programs to anyone experiencing intellectual, emotional, physical, behavioral, or mental health challenges. 

Michelle is a Navy veteran with over 30 years of leadership experience that she calls upon to help people of all ages and backgrounds. Her formal education includes a B.S. degree, and she is currently working on her M.S. degree. When not running the business, writing college papers, or doing visits with her dogs, Michelle teaches future therapy dog teams and helps them prepare for various levels of work.

Michelle has four German Shepherd Dogs (Chip, Tibby, Luke & Simon) and a cat named Eli. She and her dogs work as a team to help: children, youth in crisis, people with special needs, veterans, the sick, poor, homeless, elderly, and anyone in need of Summit’s special type of services. Although Summit therapy animal teams visit hundreds of people throughout Northern Virginia and Washington DC, Michelle and her dogs have found their niche working with inner-city youth, court-involved youth, and those who have been impacted by gun violence. 

Michelle's dogs accompany her at the FORT along with even more furry friends!

Want to learn more?

If you missed our parental panel on this topic where you could also meet our workshop creators, you can still replay it on our Facebook page

 

You can also learn more about our great workshop facilitators and partners below:

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Allison Gong

Allison Gong received her B.F.A. in Drawing from George Mason University and is currently working toward her master’s in Art Education. She teaches art K-12 at private schools in Northern Virginia and leads projects and studio activities in public schools through her master’s program. On weekends, she teaches art classes at an assisted living facility. All of her art teaching is done to increase students’ understanding of resiliency, self-understanding, and connections in their lives. Her goal as a teacher is to deepen students’ understanding of art practices and, in the process, encourage self-discovery.