ReTribe supports youth to become powerful, self-realized adults who, together, will foster a “New Culture” built on radical acceptance and connection to self, others, and the earth.
ReTribe is an organization based out of Vermont that offers summer camps for children and teens as well as year round school programming. Our programs include; Rites of Passage retreats for teens-using meditation, yoga, wilderness solo, breathwork, and live action role playing, day camps and school programs for children-teaching traditional skills and imaginative, wild play in the woods, and adult and college programming- teaching traditional living skills, and facilitating deep healing through Integral Breathwork.
ReTribe provides a wide range of programs that all help to guide youth and adults through the many transformations of life. Whether it be the small changes of childhood as our day campers learn to build fires, carve wood, and explore their imaginations in the woods, or the profound changes that the teens face on our Rites of Passage retreats as they find themselves, and explore deep emotions, participants will come away from all our programs having grown and transformed, bringing them one step closer to the person that they hope to become.
ReTribe was created as a response to the imbalances we see in the world in an attempt to foster a healthy culture that can help humanity move through this challenging time.
ReTribe is more than just an educational organization, we are a community of people who want to live our lives in connection with each other and the earth. Many of our staff live cooperatively together year round. We grow most of our own food and spend our days doing what we can to help others heal, and find a positive and joyful way to contribute to our world. When we aren’t running programming, we try to create space for community by playing music in the local parks, and holding gatherings where we can share healthy food from our gardens.
ReTribe Class Descriptions
Warrior Training and Capture the Flag with Foam weapons. (Recommended for ages 7 and up)
Join ReTribe cofounders and educators John Hunt and Julia Martin to become a hero in an epic battle with foam swords and battle axes. We will teach you how to fight like a true warrior with honor and nobility. This is a wildly fun game of capture the flag that offers the opportunity for children and adults to let out some energy, engage in silly theatrical role play, and feel a sense of community as we play together.
Nature Awareness Meditation (Teens & Adults)
With meditation teacher and naturalist, John Hunt, and native flute melodies by Julia Martin.
Take time to center and ground by connecting with the natural world. Heighten your senses and tune into the vibration of the earth. Let the sounds of the land and the flute melodies guide you to find your earth connection and rooted peace.
Traditional Skills with Outdoor Educator, John Hunt (Teens & Adults)
Join ReTribe co-founder John Hunt to remember the indigenous roots within you. Learn traditional skills such as; creating friction fires (bow-drill and hand-drill) and making handmade cordage out of natural fibers.Then, explore the land with John to find wild edibles and medicinal plants.
Julia co-founded and has been running Retribe’s summer camps, teen rites of passage retreats, college programming, and girls coming of age groups for the past 7 years. She also facilitates the Social Harmony program by working with youth having social and behavioral difficulties at the Orchard Valley Waldorf School, in East Montpelier, VT. Julia has been a staff member of the Wayfinder Experience, a fantasy role-playing and improvisational theater camp for teens, for the past 10 years. She has been working with youth since 2000, teaching movement, social emotional learning, theater, and sexual education. She is certified in Integral Breath Therapy as well as Energy Medicine. She leads kirtan and sacred chanting and plays the flute and harmonium. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 2009 with a degree in Sociology and Music, with a focus on intentional community living. She is very passionate about helping youth and adults to heal, grow, and transform. She has a deep connection with nature, imagination, and magic and hopes to help facilitate others to foster these connections, which already exist so powerfully within them.
Having grown up on a farm in Vermont, John has been engaged with the natural world since childhood and has a passion for helping others strengthen their connection. He has studied with expert survivalists and trackers and has done extensive research on his own through study and direct exploration. For the past 9 years he has been mentoring youth of all ages in a wide variety of settings including summer camps, afterschool programs, and outdoor education schools. He co-founded and has been running programs through ReTribe for the past 7 years. John is a poet and drummer, has a strong meditation practice, and because of his deep love of Gaia, he has a passion for, and understanding of, sustainability issues on both a worldwide and individual scale. He is certified in Integral Breath Therapy, Energy Medicine and Wilderness First Aid (SOLO), and was trained through The Mindfulness in Education Teacher Training from Daniel Rechtschaffen at the Omega Institute. He loves helping others discover, through nature connection, their unique and beautiful power.