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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, June 26, 2022, 2-5 PM

Connect, make friends, be yourself, and enjoy activities that will help you cope with the pressure of being a teen.

  • Dogs from Summit Dogs

  • All New: Improv

Trillium Farms

18915 Lincoln Road, Purcellville VA 20132

May Workshop Leaders

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Michelle E. Robinson, Founder, Summit Dog, Inc. & Simon

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.  

 

For this upcoming FORT, Michelle will be accompanied by therapy dog in training, 4.5 MONTH old puppy Simon and a couple of his puppy friends.