Earth Sisters 2022

A Nature & Dance-based Journey of
Self-Discovery, Purpose, Sisterhood
& Rites of Passage into Young Adulthood

for Young Women Ages 17-20
in Santa Cruz, Ca

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Program Overview

Earth Sisters is a Nature and Dance-based Journey and Rites of Passage for young women ages 17-20 who are ready for outdoor adventures, deep connection, and sisterhood.

This is an opportunity for young women to be supported and mentored in their transition from adolescence to young adulthood.

Earth Sisters Intentions & Outcomes:

• Full Self-Expression

• Embodiment

• Communication with Self & Others

• Connection with Life Purpose

• Emotional Resiliency

• Inner-Leadership

• Self-Confidence

• Sisterhood & Belonging

• Nature-Connection

• Active Hope

We will meet 2x per month with day-long outdoor adventures, dances, sharing circles, fire circles, and full moon hikes. In the Spring, we will have a Campout which includes an optional Rites of Passage Ceremony.​

Participants can "drop-in" or sign-up for a "Full Session"!

See more under "Registration & Tuition".

Some things you may experience at Earth Sisters:



Fall/Winter Session:

September–December 2022

Meeting 2x per month (see dates below)

Spring/Summer Session:

Dates TBD


Opening New Moon Forest Adventure

@ Wilder Ranch State Park

Sunday 9/25, 12-4pm

Beach Fire Circle

@ Seabright Beach

Wednesday 9/28, 7-9:30pm


1-on-1 Nature-based Mentorship & Coaching

75min Session with Deanna

Two Sessions Included for "Full Session" participants!


Full Moon Sharing Circle

@ Westside Yoga Studio

Wednesday 10/12, 7-9:30pm

Forest Adventure

@ Fall Creek

Sunday 10/30, 12-4pm


1-on-1 Nature-based Mentorship & Coaching

Two Sessions Included for "Full Session" participants!


Full Moon Sharing Circle

@ Westside Yoga Studio

Wednesday 11/09, 7-9:30pm

Forest Adventure

@ Land of the Medicine Buddha

Sunday 11/27, 12-4pm


1-on-1 Nature-based Mentorship & Coaching

Two Sessions Included for "Full Session" participants!


Full Moon Sharing Circle

@ Westside Yoga Studio

Wednesday 12/07, 7-9:30pm

Forest Adventure

@ Wilder Ranch State Park

Sunday 12/11, 12-4pm


1-on-1 Nature-based Mentorship & Coaching

Two Sessions Included for "Full Session" participants!


Your Guides


Deanna Renee Falge

Thrive Young Leaders Founder

Nature-based Mentor & Life Coach, Rites of Passage Guide, Dance Facilitator

Deanna is passionate about supporting young women through transition into young adulthood by guiding them into deep and meaningful relationship with the Earth, their body, their self, and community. She was introduced to the world of wilderness rites of passage through her first ceremony with the School of Lost Borders, during which she initiated herself into young womanhood. This journey changed her life forever, and confirmed that she wanted to offer the same opportunity to other teens and young women.

Deanna has formal education in Biological Psychology from UC Santa Barbara, and is a certified Professional Life Coach (NCC), Transformational Wilderness Guide (TWG), Ecotherapist, Embodiment Facilitator, Dancer, and Ecstatic Dance DJ. She has years of training and experience working with teens and young adults in outdoor education, rites of passage, women's empowerment, wilderness survival, community building, mindfulness, dance, and embodiment facilitation!

When she is not guiding, Deanna loves to play in the ocean, surf, dance, climb oak trees, play music, sing, tend fires, weave baskets, and identify wild plants!

Guest Guides & Elders


We are joined additional guest guides and elders throughout our journey!




Fire Tending

Full Moon Hikes

Wildcrafting & Art

Dance & Movement

Wild Plant Identification

Nature-Connection Skills

Optional 24hr Solo Nature Immersion

Embodiment Practices

Mindfulness Practices

Camping & Hiking

Deep Friendship

Self-Care Skills

Sharing Circles

Singing Circles



Registration & Tuition


Drop-In Rate:

$50 per half-day (2-3hr class)

$90 per full-day (4-5hr class)

Full Session Rate:

(Fall/Winter OR Spring Session)

(includes two 1:1 mentorship/coaching sessions)


"Early Bird" Rate:

$495 per session

(3-months, 8 gatherings)


Regular Rate:

Sliding Scle $545–$745 per session

(3-months, 8 gatherings)

($795 is the "pay it forward" option)

Need financial support? See below!


(in Fall/Winter session)

• 8 Group Gatherings (4 full day, 4 half day)

• 4 Forest Adventures

• 4 Fire Circles and/or Sharing circles

• 2 Nature-based Coaching & Mentoring 1-on-1 Sessions

(usually $120/Session, so this is a good deal)

• Optional Additional 1-on-1 Sessions

• Monthly Optional "Home-Play"

• Snacks during all group gatherings

• An experienced professional guide supporting

you every step of the journey

• Potential guest guides & elder guides

• Life-Long Friendship

• The Journey of a Lifetime


• Transportation to/from locations

(though carpooling is possible!)

• Lunch during mid-day adventures

• Dinner during evening adventures


Payment Plans & Scholarships Available

We are offering two partial (or one full) scholarships to BIPOC folks, those from marginalized groups and/or those who want to join but do not have the funds. Scholarships require an informal phone call or written letter explaining why you want to join Earth Sisters.

We are choosing to make Earth Sisters as affordable as possible, and we do not want to turn

anyone away for lack of funds!

If money feels like a barrier, please contact Deanna and we can help

find a way to make this work for you!



To apply, please fill-out the Inquiry Form HERE.

Once we receive your inquiry, we will set-up a time to speak on the phone about next steps!

Please contact Deanna with any questions at:


I'm so excited for this adventure with you!!!

With love & gratitude,


A Note on Covid:

We will do our best to make the right decisions based on current conditions. This may look like frequent hand washing and testing before longer gatherings. We will check-in with each participant's needs to ensure that we all feel safe and comfortable.