Sophia Camp 2019: Day 2


Tuesday at Camp is always special as the shyness of Day 1 recedes and the real person begins to emerge, so we had another great day with incredible campers and awesome presenters!

We began with Lindsay Russo again, this time leading Partner Yoga which was invigorating and connecting. Our Camp Counselor Areli talked about the Water element today and gave the girls various healthy bites so they could experience the Six Tastes of natural foods. Molly Meekin, a water resources expert, came in and had us taste different kinds of water – fresh rainwater, reverse osmosis, reverse osmosis with minerals added back, and delicious mountain spring water. It sounds science-y and it was, but it was also interactive, experiential, relevant, and playful.

Our lunch-time leader today was Dolores Forsythe of Dforsythe Jewelry, a successful and creative business here in Coronado. Dolores talked about growing up in rural Texas where she dreamed of a big life, how she met the big challenges of life, and what she’s learned along the way. {Hint: Believe in Yourself!}

Dolores brought beads and crystals and showed the girls how to make their own bracelets as wearable reminders of their super powers

Finally, Maria Diaz came and led the girls through a gorgeous Yoga Nidra, where the girls got to sink into the restful beauty of their own true nature.


Sophia Camp 2019: Day 1


We had a wonderful first day at Sophia Camp! Your daughters are so great, and today’s presenters were terrific, including Joyce Chapman leading a journalling workshop, morning Yoga with Lindsay Russo and afternoon Yoga with Sophie Malahieude, our lunch-time leader series today with Regina Bernal, who also led today’s Five Element Leadership program for the high schoolers, and above all a whole day guided and taught, inspired and loved by our super talented camp counsellor Areli Perez.

We look forward to four more spectacular days! Thank you.


The Five Elements of Leadership

We are so excited to be premiering at this summer’s Sophia Camp a new program for High School age girls. We’ve always wanted to grow with our girls, to be able to continue to offer them enriched learning and life skills in a creative, playful and fun setting, age appropriate and supportive. This year we are doing just that with our new Five Elements of Leadership Youth TrainingFive Element Leadership Training

High School age campers will attend Camp, enjoy all the classes and teachings, all the play and all the fun, while assisting leaders and attending to the younger girls as Junior Counselors in the morning. In the afternoons, there will be daily break away sessions with dedicated mentor leaders, exploring the principles of the five elements to cultivate a vision, a mission and empowerment for their lives.

Our high school program is small, so the girls get a lot of attention and encouragement. The mentor teachers who come in to lead are life coaches, school teachers, behavorial therapists and community leaders devoted to lifting up our youth and invoking in them the power to rise, to lead, and to live radiantly.


Sophia Camp 2019

Sophia Camp 2019 flier

Hello Campers and Camper Families!

We are excited for Sophia Camp 2019, which will be held this year August 5-9 in Coronado. Please scroll through our website to learn about camp ethos and activities, and then click on Register For Camp 2019 Registration above to  register.

We look forward to being with your girls again this year.

Thank you!

Beauty Bombs: A Recipe

tray of beauty bombs

Our beloved Morgan Andersen dropped by Camp two days in a row to lead an activity that is always a favorite – making self-care products. This year the girls got to whip up a healthy sunscreen, an after-sun body oil, an edible strawberry face mask, and something Morgan called Rose Beauty Bath Bombs. 

Our campers made these as a present for their Mums, choosing from the essential oils of rose, lavender, neroli, and rose geranium to make them sumptuously fragrant. Peppermint, eucalyptus, vetiver would be good choices too.

making bath bombs


We like to remind our campers that nature is the best source of ingredients we put in and on our bodies. This recipe uses items you may have already in your pantry, except for citric acid which can be found usually at the grocers, walmart or craft stores.

8 oz baking soda
4 oz epsom salt
4 oz corn starch
4 oz citric acid
2.5 tablespoons coconut oil (or any other veggie oil)
1 tablespoon water
2 teaspoons essential oil of your choice
Dried flower petals (optional)

Large bowl
Small bowl
Baking cups
Baking tray

1. Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Use the whisk to make sure the mixture is clump-free.
2. Mix up the wet ingredients in a separate small bowl.
3. Slowly add the liquid to the dry mixture, one teaspoon at a time. Whisk as you go, and slow down if it starts to get fizzy. You should end up with a mixture that just barely clumps together, like damp sand.
4. Spoon into the baking cups to about a 1/2 inch below the top. The mixture will rise overnight. (Be sure to do this step as soon as the mixture is made, so it doesn’t dry out.)
5. Place on a baking tray and leave in the refrigerator overnight. Wrap and gift, or pop one out and enjoy in your bath.

a bath bomb

Art Brain: Teacher & Artist Marjorie MacKenzie Believes Everyone is Wired to Create

Marjorie MEach day at camp, after our Lunch with Leaders series, Sophia Campers gather in a circle for creative time. One day we journal, one day we make self-care products from natural ingredients, and one favorite day we gather to paint with our beloved Marjorie MacKenzie.

Marjorie has been teaching children and adults for 25 years and has traveled extensively to explore artists in different parts of the world. For example, she is just back from a trip to Spain where she discovered Spanish artist Joaquin Sorolla!

Marjorie teaches directed drawing, watercolor, acrylic, collage and pottery, with a special love for color and mixing media like ink with watercolor and collage. Her passion is art history and mixed media.

She likes to quote Vincent Van Gogh who said to those who say they can’t, “Just start painting and you will find that you can paint!”

Our afternoons at camp with Marjorie are magical. She teaches us that anyone can draw or paint and everyone is an artist in some way.  We are so honored to have her, and look forward to getting colorful with her this summer!

To learn more about her art, or her individual and group classes, you can contact Marjorie at 619-990-1357.



Sophia Camp 2018

Sophia Camp 2017 YogaHello Campers and Camper Families!

We are excited for Sophia Camp 2018, which will be held this year August 6-10 in Coronado. Please scroll through our website to learn about camp ethos and activities, and then click on Register For Camp 2018 Registration above to  register.

We look forward to being with your girls again this year. Thank you!

And that’s a wrap…


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.

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!

sophia camp lunch