The Ayurveda of the Day: Sophia Camp’s Daily Flow

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A day at Sophia Camp follows the rhythms of Ayurveda. Morning is said to be Kapha time: After sleeping, our bodies need to move. We begin Camp with active Yoga followed by games to get to know each other. We keep things moving and inclusive so everyone can shake off any cobwebs of “the awkwardness of new” and dive right in to the joy of being together on a summer day by the Bay.

Pitta Qualities
10am to 2pm is Pitta time: Pitta is fire, and is said to give courage, so this is the time when we engage in learning new skills, and sometimes even overcoming fears, through productive play.

Midday, the sun is high in the sky, giving us light to see, and fire to burn. This is a good time for learning, as the “light to see” gives us clarity, focus and understanding. It is also a good time for digestion, whether it is digesting a meal, or digesting ideas, information, or new experiences. During the Pitta time of day, we learn about Ayurveda, with learning-oriented, creative activities to engage the wisdom of this ancient science. At noon we have our Lunch with Leaders series.

Gifts of Vata

2pm to 6pm is the Vata time of day. Vata is the air element (combined with space) which encourages creativity, imagination, invention, so this is the time of day when we enjoy creative arts, like journaling with Joyce Chapman, drawing with Marjorie MacKenzie, and music with Carolyn Sanders Kull.

Air can also be scattering or can make us feel spacy, so we move indoors in the afternoon to create a warm, calming “container.” Imbalanced air element can be depleting so this is a good time to rest, to breathe deep, to enjoy restorative yoga, and to practice good self care, all of which we do in the afternoons.

Finally, the air element relates to communication, as our voices travel on the winds of each breath. We finish every day with a “listening circle,” where we learn the power of deep listening, and complete each day feeling heard and united.

I Am

Our camp is a joy from start to finish, and the campers make it so. We see their innate wisdom blossom with this kind of rhythm, and every day they inspire and impress us with their heart.

The heart of Sophia is love. Love heals. Love unites. Love restores. Love makes us strong. We believe resiliency comes from self-love, and leadership is an expression of love – a passion for life, people, ideas, ideals. Our campers show us that, over and over, year after year.

Kapha Swan




The Sophia Leadership is dedicated to nurturing the peace, power and flow of ancient feminine wisdom to cultivate tomorrow’s leaders, in turn restoring health and balance to our world. 

1. Promoting spiritual authority and uniting women in service and Inspired Leadership;
2. Renewing our “Grandmother’s Wisdom” to support wellness in our families and communities;
3. Honoring Mother Earth, and our mother waterways that give, nurture and preserve  life.

We call this “cultivating the Sacred Feminine” and we do it in three practical ways:

1. Inspired Feminine Wisdom Leadership Programs: We encourage the cultivation of innate spiritual strength, feminine wisdom, leadership and unity through our IFW Leadership Camps for Girls, and our IFW Leadership for a Golden Age Training, a new program unveiling in early 2014.

2. IFW Circles: Teaching Ayurveda, nature’s oldest comprehensive system of medicine, a wisdom that empowers individuals to remember that they are already whole, complete and possessed of an enormous capacity to heal and be healed; taught particularly to girls, young mothers and women so they can reclaim the “Grandmothers’ Wisdom,” our nourishing traditions in order to contribute naturally and sustainably to the healing of their families and humankind, in general.

3. IFW Waterways and other local actions have focused on cleaning up our communities, teaching sustainability and planting food and herb gardens in the inner city.  Internationally, we support Ganga Action Parivar to help restore and preserve the Mother River, the Ganges, whose waters, lands, people and culture have cultivated the wisdom traditions that  sustain us, and which we want to and “let it flow!”

IFW unites women in service, gifting our time and resources to our communities in practical ways – digging gardens, cleaning up rivers, serving food to the hungry, an annual financial gift to Shakti Rising ~ and raising money and awareness to sustain global cultures and traditions that foster the wisdom and authority of the sacred feminine, which has included gifts to The Muthasthi Project in India, and a new initiative with Ganga Action.

The Inspired Feminine Wisdom Mission: empowering  feminine wisdom to grow tomorrow’s leaders, promoting advocacy, education, awareness, inspiration.

We are always open to uniting with like-minded women, and to supporting women-centered communities seeking to remember more fully our  ancient, or what we call “our Grandmothers” wisdom. Please email me to connect: Namaste!