And that’s a wrap…

Wow.

In my wildest dreams, I’d never have imagined a week as great and as beautiful as this past week at Sophia Camp, with a group of girls as smart, creative, thoughtful, caring, wise and fun as our campers!

We have been blessed with terrific memories, loving hearts, and fifteen fabulous new friends. We will treasure these moments forever.

To give our families a taste of camp, our talented high school campers created this fun video.

They also wrote the blog post below about our Lunch with Leaders series.

Thank you all, again and again, for a fantastic week!

We wish all our campers a great back-to-school season, and hope to see all of you again soon.

With love,
Laura & Areli

 

Lunch with Leaders 2017

Written by Sophia Camp junior counselors Teia and Amelia.

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Each day of camp, a different female leader would come to have lunch with the girls and give a talk about their career and their leadership story.

For the first day, the guest leader was Karyn Buxman, a self-titled “neurohumourist” — studying the healing effects of humour on the brain. She spoke to the campers about her journey from being a nurse to her current profession, and how she maneuvered the sometimes tough decisions involved in that process. She explained how she is a leader in many different communities around America. After she had told her story, she taught the campers a laughter exercise, in which campers were encouraged to step out of their comfort zones. She taught the girls that laughing every day, even for ten minutes, can have a positive effect.

silviaOn Tuesday, the girls were given the opportunity to hear from Dr. Silvia Mah, who is an angel investor.

But what exactly is an angel investor?

An angel investor is someone who invests in people (in Silvia’s case, specifically women) trying to start or continue growing a business.

Along with that, Silvia is also a full-time mom of three (according to her, its four, including her husband) and a professor at UCSD. She spoke to the campers about being yourself and not worrying about everything. She encouraged the girls that it would all turn out well in the end and that they would end up where they were meant to be.

heidi hannaAnother featured leader this week was Dr. Heidi Hanna. She is an integrative neuroscientist who focuses on how nutrition and stress are connected and their effect on the brain.

Hanna told the girls her story and how she went from being a Disneyland character to what she is now. She explained to the campers how stress can impact you physically. She also taught the girls an important lesson, “Be extraordinary at a few things, instead of ordinary at many things.”

The girls learned so much from the many different leaders and their different perspectives. We were inspired by their leadership and awed by how often there were connections to the yoga and Ayurveda we had learned about during Sophia camp.

A huge thank you to every leader who spent their lunchtime at camp this year!

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Write for Life: Celebrated Author Joyce Chapman Teaches the Power of Journaling to our Campers

Joyce Chapman“Joyce Chapman has challenged us to live our dream—but more,
she provides a road map for action.”
  ~ Howard Hunt, PhD.

Joyce Chapman is a best-selling author, speaker, teacher, and professional and personal coach. A pioneer in the field of journal keeping she provides step-by-step journaling techniques for actualizing dreams to individuals, groups and companies through her books, newsletters, workshops, training programs, and coaching sessions.

Joyce is known for her landmark books, and their companion workbooks: Journaling For Joy: Writing Your Way to Personal Growth and Freedom, Journaling For Joy~ The Workbook, Live Your Dream: Discover and Achieve Your Life Purpose, Live Your Dream Workbook, Celebrate Your Dream: Fulfill Your Destiny One Wish at a Time, Celebrate Your Dream Workbook, Notice and Journal, Notice! The Art Of Observation and Raising A Dreamer: How To Inspire And Guide Young Dreamers To Live A Dream-Centered Life.

But what makes Joyce so special is the magical, inspiring, warm and loving way she connects with our campers. Joyce is like a warm hug for the soul.

Our campers adore Joyce, and learn so much in the afternoon she spends with us. We are so honored to have her, and look forward to writing with her this summer!

To learn more about Joyce, visit her website: http://www.joycechapman.com