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What an honor to serve the Chrysalis Project in Vail Valley

Susie Kincade
Vail, CO, Colorado

What an honor

As the director of the Chrysalis Project, a program that empowers young women, I am extremely grateful for the abundant resources we have here. The six-week Chrysalis Project helps young women connect mind, body and spirit through nature. Our key resource for this program is one we have out our back door — our wild and beautiful mountains, valleys, lakes and rivers.

Often, during our increasingly urban lives, we forget to tap into this resource and I so appreciate Tanya Wiesen of Trailwise Guides for teaching Chrysalis participants how to connect to their center by connecting to the soul of nature.

Many thanks also to the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens for providing the wonderful Horticulture Therapy program where the girls learned to appreciate and use plants for their healing and nurturing qualities.

SOS and Meet the Wilderness offered team building, camping and rock climbing instruction and found the Chrysalis model to be one they thoroughly embraced. Thanks also to Susie Davis and the Youth Foundation for their support.

On the river, Lakota Guides did a great job on the full moon float, where the girls experienced their connection to the moon in an adventurous, exciting way.

Katie Homes’ art play and cultural sharing added depth and perspective to the girls’ lives. And Julia McCahan deftly led them through exercises to help them envision a positive life and future.

Many capable, accomplished and intuitive women added their expertise and wisdom to the Chrysalis Project and were all part of its success, but none more than Narda Reigel, my co-facilitator.

In the end, however, it was the participants in the Chrysalis Project who made it successful. One can’t talk about the resources in this valley without acknowledging that our young people are our greatest resource and nurturing them is our greatest work. The Chrysalis girls brought their amazing beings to each adventure and inquiry; they stepped into their place as young women with enthusiasm, humor, excitement and grace.

It was an honor and privilege working with them and we look forward to many future explorations in all seasons.

Susie Kincade


The Chrysalis Project

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