Testimonials

Since 2009, Family HEART Camp has provided a unique community experience to over 1000 people from across the United States and Canada, and as far away as Belgium and New Zealand. Read on to see what participants from different camps have to say about their experience.

2015

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Windhorse / Bright Dawn

Plymouth, Wisconsin

Abram's Creek Retreat

Elk Garden, West Virginia

Greenwood Lake Camp

Delaware, Ohio

Camp Fowler

Speculator, New York

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We came to FHC for the first time in 2014. We had just come through a long period of challenge for our family as I was very sick with a brain related illness that has taken 2+ years to recover from. We got to just be as a family. Our gratitude in being able to just be with each other after that long stressful period was priceless. Our kids connected with other kids, my spouse made connections with other men and he learned about NVC and found commonalities in struggle others face in parenting. I was able to explore old passions, feel the support of community, learn how to navigate challenging situations with more tools and feel wonderfully free. PLUS we did not need to cook for the family for a week - we happily helped out but didn't have the job of cooking or meal planning - that was HUGE.

When we left, my husband was already talking about going in 2015. We did go this year and the experience was even deeper and richer for us. This camp has really supported our family on so many levels. It is an awesome way to be together as a family, in the company of others on the parenting journey. I am so gratful that we found it. May it flourish and thrive in all ways!

Savitri Tsering, mother of two children, Wisconsin.

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2014

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Abram's Creek Retreat

Elk Garden, West Virginia

Villa Maria Retreat Center

Frontenac, Minnesota

Greenwood Lake Camp

Delaware, Ohio

Tayal Family

When I think back to our week at Family HEART Camp this summer, I am filled with warm memories. My four children and I all made deep connections with other people. Even two months later, my 2-year-old daughter still talks about the kids she met. There was a lot of age diversity at camp, with young and old and every age in between. I was particularly impressed with the programming available for teens. My teenager had fun and connected with other teens, kids and adults.

The staff and participants created a community with abundant support, empathy, learning, and fun. It wasn’t all roses; there was some real conflict that came up. Instead of running from it, the community embraced it as a chance to learn more about each other and make our connections more authentic. I can’t remember being in a community that was so brave about conflict.

After attending camp, I feel more empowered to create the kind of family culture that I want. It’s not only that I had an experience of an empathic community, not only that I learned new NVC skills, but I also carry with me the ongoing support of an empathy buddy I met at camp.

Thank you for the countless hours that it must have taken to make something like this happen. I’m filled with gratitude and hope, and I’m definitely planning on coming back next year!

Suzanne Tayal, mother of four children, ages 2, 7, 11 and 15, Ohio.

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2013

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Abrams Creek

Elk Garden, West Virginia

Peaceful Meadow Retreat

Boulder, Colorado

Keanae YMCA Camp

Maui, Hawaii

Perlman Retreat Center

Mukwonago, Wisconsin

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Dylan & Nancy Hyburg, West Virginia

Kelsey Payne, Colorado

Naia Goedert, Colorado

LIsaHI wanted you all to know that my son has really taken the work of camp into his heart. Independently, effortlessly reflecting my feelings, using compassionate cleanup twenty minutes after blowing up at me, and yesterday he said, "Mom, I like the word 'no' now because you can use it in phrases like 'No fault zone.'" We are all teachers for each other. Thank you all for holding this container for me and my family!

 Lisa Hassin, mother of two, Colorado.

 

 

 

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2012

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Family HEART Camp Wisconsin 2012

Prince William Forest Park

Triangle, Virginia

Peaceful Meadow Retreat

Boulder, Colorado

Renew the Earth Institute

Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Lydia F-RI had a transformative experience with my ten-year-old daughter at Family HEART Camp.  For the past year, we'd been slowly growing more distant, mostly due to the fast pace of family life, and her shifting from childhood to adolescence.  At the time we arrived at camp, the running joke (with truth soaked through it) was her not wanting any sign of affection from me or her dad, from hugs to "I love you's."  After a couple of challenging nights at camp negotiating 'lights off' times with her brother, and really hearing my daughter express that she felt her needs were 'never' being met, I suggested we talk to one of the staff people.  A conversation with Cathy gave us a quick solution to the night-time problem -- another room for my daughter -- plus allowed me to tell her that I really heard her need to be seen, as well as tell her how helpless I feel when I'm caught between my kids' two sets of seemingly incompatible needs.  Since that conversation, my daughter has been snuggling up to me like a kitten, both more physically affectionate and personally warm.  I feel like my family life has been transformed by Family HEART Camp.

Lydia Ferrante-Roseberry, mother of two children, ages 10 and 6, Colorado.

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2011

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Prince William Forest Park

Triangle, Virginia

Shambhala Mountain Center

Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

The Greenberg Family"I appreciated the adult program sessions, they greatly met my needs for clarity, inspiration, learning and support. I am grateful that there was lots of gentle encouragement to balance the presentations with practice. I also enjoyed the opportunities to play in both the children and adult programs. Overall I thought the structure of the day provided a nice balance of meaningful connection, community, rest and fun."

Jonathan Greenberg, father of 6 year old boy, Virginia.

 

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2010

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Prince William Forest Park

Triangle, Virginia

Pam and Leanne Grunow"I enjoyed spending time in the youth program.  It was so relaxed and joyful. I loved the freedom to choose any activity offered and spend as much time as desired.  I loved watching the very skilled and heart-full staff interact with the kids.  I think I learned the most from that.  I asked my daughter what she enjoyed most about the kids program and she just said 'all of it.'"

Pam Grunow, mother of a 10 year old, Virginia.

 

 

 

 

 

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2009

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Prince William Forest Park

Triangle, Virginia

The Warnick Family“This experience was very valuable for us as a family as a new beginning of how we want to communicate to each other and beyond! The ability to meet without the children was pivotal and addressing real situations helped to support the practice.”

Mark Warnick, father of 12 year old, Virginia.

“We enjoyed connecting with so many people who value compassionate relationships and my family is committed to working to embody NVC in our lives.  We’re planning to return next year!”

Jennifer Warnick, mother of 12 year old, Virginia.

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