Welcome to CAMP SHINE!
Camp SHINE is a FUN nature inspired youth empowerment program! We are a mind, body, spirit retreat for kids located in the beautiful and abundant hills of the East Bay.
Our mission is to reconnect children with nature and to love one another and especially themselves! We provide experiences, community, and an environment for kids to SHINE as they were born to do!
Mia had a wonderful time at Camp Shine and can’t wait to go again! Stephanie and Lauren are very caring and warm leaders and their messages of self-love come at a perfect time. Camp Shine is all about love, joy and friends — what we value most! Thank you
The Farm Life
Located in the hills of Martinez, CA, we enjoy the farm life with chickens, mini ponies, horses, and a bunny! It is not uncommon for the children to enjoy art or chat with a chicken tucked under their arm. We collect eggs, groom ponies, and feed the animals. The children LOVE spending time on the farm!
Herbs & Plant Medicine
We teach children the power of plants! Long before we had pharmacies and cold medicine at our fingertips, early physicians used plants to treat ailment and support the body. At Camp SHINE, we are bringing back this tradition by educating our youth on how to use herbs and their unique properties to support our bodies. This program is mainly taught by guest teacher Andrea Telfer Karbo FNP, a functional practitioner and founder of The Remedy.
Nature Inspired Art & Self Expression
We offer nature inspired art projects that allow our kids to express their unique perspective and spirit. These are not your typical “kid art” projects. We believe in using high quality, natural products to create works of art that are inspiring and beautiful. The children have a great sense of pride in their beautiful creations, whether that is whittling our own walking sticks, woodwork with Mr. Cesar (sanding, assembling, and painting our own bird houses), pottery, natural dying and so much more! We often bring in the expert in their field to teach the children a new skillset they can enjoy for years to come.
Horsemanship & Riding
At Camp SHINE the children have a wonderful opportunity to enjoy horsemanship. Through working with horses, children experience being calm and confident leaders. The kids discover how to watch the body language of a horse and how to be aware of their surroundings, a huge life skill! The children will also learn to groom, tend, and ride the horses. We have 2 horses Marty and Piper who help us learn all about horsemanship!
All while enjoying the great outdoors, we weave in the SHINE Curriculum, teaching the kids the power in their choices. We share with the kids the freedom in self responsibility, self-awareness, and the art of self-counseling. We create a safe and friendly environment for the kids to express themselves. We are dedicated to creating a culture of kindness, where people are celebrated and valued. We instill in the children that they are born special! Our goal is to help create resilient and self-assured children so they can shine as they were born to do!
In addition, the philosophy and the foundation of our program is that it is child lead. Although we have clear activities and plans, we always leave plenty of room for the creative imagination and child lead activities. We are here to light a spark as opposed to filling a bucket!
We also believe that true health stems from a deep connected to nature and realizing our part in our ecosystem. Our mission is to help children take excellent care of our planet and enjoy/appreciate the beauty that surrounds us all.
Camp Shine=A Total experience! This camp is great and my son really enjoyed it. I was initially drawn to the social-emotional aspect of camp as my child has difficulty managing his emotions but this camp also fulfilled his need for outdoors and physical activity. This camp is the perfect balance of SEL, nature, physical activities, and art/creative experiences! My son’s favorite parts about camp were the animals and riding a large horse for the first time, something he had previously been scared to do. Thank you for the many wonderful memories made at Camp Shine!
Now open for enrollment!
September 21st, 23rd, 28th
October 7th, 12th, 14th, 19th, 21st, 26th and 28th
NO Camp September 30th & October 5th
In this 10-session program we aim to bring a well-rounded mind, body, and spirit experience! We also look forward to more time on the farm and getting to know your child even better!
Here’s what we will be up to in our 10-session program:
- Seasonal Herbal Medicine Making, guided by the experts in the health field.
- Riding horses, learning about horsemanship and leadership with the help of Marty and Piper. (3 horseback riding days)
- Nature inspired art projects that evoke creative self-expression and beauty!
- The Farm Life, tending to and enjoying chickens, mini ponies, and our bunny Sunny!
- Hiking and nature exploration
- Service project connecting our youth with our elderly.
- Apple picking and harvesting
- Self-empowerment, community and wellbeing!
September 13, 2021
No CLASS October 4th
We are excited to provide Camp SHINE to our local homeschool community! We believe the best education is one taught in and by nature! Our program is dedicated to a whole person educational approach and is a mind, body, and spirit retreat for kids in the beautiful hills of Martinez, CA.
Each week will be dedicated to the following curriculum and will be the main lesson of the day!
- Horseback riding (2 days)
- Holistic Health + Herbal medicine making guided by experts in the field.
- Nature inspired art projects that encourages self-expression and a love of our natural environment.
- Self-empowerment and mindfulness such as Emotional Freedom Technique and self-counseling tools.
- Service project and learning the power of giving back.
*Camp SHINE is currently not a vendor for homeschool programs. We are however looking into becoming a vendor in the future.
We do not prorate for missed days.
Once you register, you will receive a welcome letter with all the details you need to know for Camp SHINE.
10:00am – 11:45am
11:45am – 12:15pm
|The Farm Life
Tending and enjoying mini ponies, chickens, garden, collecting eggs, picking apples.
|Games & Closing Circle
1:15pm – 1:30pm
My daughter LOVED camp Shine. In times of Isolation, uncertainty and too much time on screens, this is exactly what she needed; being outdoors, making connections, learning about herbs and medicine, being creative, swimming, picking apples, riding horses and so much more. She came home tired but happy every day. Honestly, if I could sign myself up to Camp Shine, I would!
Cameron loved everything about Camp Shine! He loved being able to be close to the animals, I think it was very therapeutic to him. He loved making tea and picking fruit! And he enjoyed having apple pie and lemonade made from fresh picked fruit! He enjoyed bonding with the other Camp Shiners! I especially liked when he came home on the first day and told me about how came home and talked about the comment circle and how he shared positive and you guys about the day! He really had fun and wanted to keep going!
My daughter LOVED CAMP SHINE so much! She met new friends and strengthened existing relationships. She has been making me tea every night with the wonderful tea she made at camp. And she taught me to tap the other night. She loved the animals, swimming, riding the horses…all of it. CAMP SHINE was a very special opportunity for our kids to be outside with nature while learning to honor and take good care of themselves, animals and mother nature. Our family is so grateful to Stephanie, Lauren and the other specialist counselors for such an amazing program!
To be honest, I was hesitant to sign my daughter up for Camp Shine, because of the financial burden COVID has placed on our family. But as a mama of three, the time my daughter spent with Stephanie and her sister, Lauren was such a gift to all of us! I could not have been happier! Stephanie has a true gift for working with children and it shows in the dedication she has in continuing her youth program, Camp Shine despite the limits this pandemic has brought our community. The space the camp was held is truly a magical place, with so many things for the children to engage in. Ivy daughter never wanted to leave, and came home a tired, yet happy child! The amount of stories she had to share were endless each day. It has been such a great way to end summer and prepare for this next journey of schooling that lies ahead of us. Thank you Stephanie for her warm heart, your patience, your playfulness and your dedication!
My daughters had the best time at Camp Shine. My older daughter loved riding the horses and my younger one loved swimming with friends. They both said it was hard to pick a favorite part of camp.
-FEMALE, AGE 13
Frequently Asked Questions
What is your Covid-19 Policy?
Is Camp SHINE for boys and girls?
What is the location of CAMP SHINE?
Does my child need to know how to swim to come to Camp SHINE?
Can my kindergartener come to Camp SHINE?
Camp SHINE is a long day, do the kids get tired?
If I cannot make a day of Camp, do I get reimbursed?
How do you handle horse safety and riding?
Do you have Camp SHINE for adults?
THE SHINE PROGRAM WAS BORN OUT OF HER LOVE OF CHILDREN! AS A YOUNG GIRL STEPHANIE STRUGGLED IN SCHOOL, DEVELOPED A POOR SELF ESTEEM AND BATTLED WITH ANXIETY MOST OF HER YOUNG ADULT LIFE. SHE REALIZED…
WHAT IF I COULD TEACH KIDS WHAT I KNOW NOW…?
WHAT IF I CREATED A LIFE CHANGING ENVIROMENT FOR KIDS TO TRULY SHINE! ONE THAT PROMOTED SELF CONFIDENCE, DEEP CONNECTION TO THE BEAUTY THAT SURROUNDS US THOUGH NATURE AND THE REALIZATION THAT EVERY CHILD IS UNIQUE AND SPECIAL.What merely started as a yoga + Emotional Freedom Technique class that was held at The Remedy, a wellness center she co-founder with her sister Andrea Telfer Karbo FNP, bloomed into CAMP SHINE! She decided why not weaves in the SHINE curriculum in the great outdoors, a perfect marriage, and the recipe for successful children! She is now on a mission to help kids reconnect with nature in a deeper way, have a strong sense of self and to honor their individuality! Stephanie is dedicated to helping kids SHINE just as they were born to do!
Stephanie lives in Martinez, Ca. She is married to a wonderful man, Cesar and has two young boys, Jackson and Noah. She loves being outside and is the happiest when her toes are in the sand.