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PO Box 184, Waterford, VA 20197

Feb 23rd, 2:00-5:00pm

Doors open 1:30

19300 Promenade Dr

Suite 100

Leesburg, VA 20176

THE FORT is a community space where young people can connect with each other, share, have fun and grow strong together.


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.

We meet once a month for three hours, rotating between western, central and eastern Loudoun so we can be within easy reach for as many teens as possible.


The FORT, Feb 23rd, 2-5pm

Join us to connect again with your friends, meet new ones and try new experiences through our workshops that are calming, uplifting and build your self-esteem. Learn more about the workshops offered this month on the REGISTRATION PAGE and sign up.

Parents - join our FORT for parents and fill your own toolbox with skills the same your teens are at the FORT. Learn more here.

Meet our fantastic workshop leaders below.

Canine experience

Elaine Johnson

Hello! I am Elaine Johnson and my two furry partners are Golden Retrievers, Willson a 9 year old male and Parker a 5 year old female. We are excited to begin this adventure with the FORT. We will be providing Animal Assisted Intervention sessions.

I have worked with children of all ages for 11 years, I’m currently a Special Education Teacher at an LCPS school and previously worked as an Animal Assisted Interventionist at two residential treatment centers. Prior to this I volunteered with my first service dog, Molly with paws4people in LCPS schools. 

I have had the pleasure of working with 4 service dogs, three of these were my own, two of these I trained myself, Parker the third, was 14 months old when I got her and she came with some training. I’ve also worked with two other therapy dogs, these were all either Labs or Goldens. Both Willson and Parker are accomplished therapy dogs and K9 Freestyle dancers. Parker is lovable, calm, smart, kind and sensitive, she loves belly rubs and is very quick to learn, while being a mischief. Willson has worked with children since he was 12 weeks old, he has cheered many a client with his silly antics and comic attitude and is sweet, huggable and wants to help. He is also a double freestyle champion and lives to train and dance. 

We work on providing unconditional love and friendship, work to increase self confidence for those needing it, complete tricks, provide a relaxing atmosphere to chill out and team building opportunities through group work

In our Animal Assisted sessions we will work on introductions to the dogs through learning to greet them appropriately, setting boundaries, learning some important safety aspects on how to behave around dogs and teaching some tricks. Participants will have the chance to relax, have fun, pet the dogs and brush them and generally get to know them.

Clients leave sessions feeling relaxed and happy, they learn more about themselves and how their behavior affects the dogs. 

Gratitude Journaling

Tamara Wolfe

Tamara Wolfe is a certified Life Coach, Speaker, and Teacher and owner of Full Spectrum Living, LLC.  For over 30 years, Tamara has been studying and teaching personal development and success principles in her various roles as a therapist, life coach, mentor and leader in a top Direct-Selling company. She has been helping professionals and entrepreneurs to build their dreams, accelerate their results, and create richer, fuller lives.  


Tamara holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Connecticut College, a Master’s Degree in Dance/Movement Psychotherapy from Goucher College and a certification in Life Coaching from the Life Mastery Institute.  

Based on the understanding that our results are determined by our thinking, Tamara’s laser coaching in combination with her customized programs helps clients up-level their thinking to reach their goals by navigating the gap where most people are derailed by fear, doubt and circumstances.  


Tamara’s greatest passion is to help her clients to live life by design not by default and to be able to truly say, “I love my life!” In addition to her coaching, Tamara offers inspiring presentations and workshops, and will be speaking at the Annual Women’s Health & Wellness Summit for a second time.


In her spare time, Tamara enjoys exercise, dancing, grabbing a cup of coffee with friends, catching a Caps game, and reading up on the latest discoveries in neuroscience.

Improv Yoga


Hi!  My name is Melissa Beaver and I am very excited to be a part of The Fort. I have been working with kids for most of my life beginning with Elementary Education (BA Early Childhood Ed. and Psychology), and landing in the fitness realm where I work with young athletes in my Balanced Athlete Program.  I have a background in dance as well as Pilates and Yoga (NAFC Certified Group Fitness, Personal Training, AFFA Yoga, beginning 200HR training.) I am also a Reiki Master Trainer and Practitioner which is an energy therapy that works on the nervous system helping with reducing stress and pain symptoms as well.   

I will be running the Partner Yoga workshop that will help you connect while we slow down and tune in to our body!  We will learn yoga breath and tackle traditional yoga movements and poses where the students will find themselves tuning into how they are feeling physically. While experiencing the movements and stillness, they may find it therapeutic on many levels.  

My goal with these sessions is to give the students tools they can use at home to lift them up and tune a bad day into a good day!  Movement and breath is therapy and it is beneficial for everyone!!

Drum Circle - Music Workshop

A Place to Be

A Place To Be helps people face, navigate and overcome life's challenges using clinical practices of Music Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy.  Their highly qualified, board certified therapists work with people of all ages with a wide range of challenges from Autism, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, traumatic brain injury, chronic illness, cancer and stroke, to depression, anxiety disorders and dealing with trauma.  Some representatives from their organization will be leading this special workshop to help you connect with your inner self and express yourself through music!


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