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Healing takes time and often begins with a small seed

June 23, 2017

The Garden of Roses Camp for Girls is a free opportunity for Alaska Native girls ages 8 to 17 who are survivors of sexual abuse and their guardians to heal through Native traditions.

The three-day camp is July 24-26, located outside of Anchorage. Campers will enjoy a safe weekend of outdoor activities, healing circles and participating in Native traditions with other Alaska Native Families. The deadline for registration has been extended to July 12.

The camp can accommodate up to 18 girls who are paired with an advocate. The camp is staffed by trained and experienced staff including a Traditional Doctor, advocates and a Licensed Master Social Worker with extensive experience serving Alaska Native children, adults, families and communities in the field of trauma, sexual assault and child protection.

Activities encourage positive self-imagery and promote finding each campers’ inner strength. Healing circles are designed to provide safety, support and encouragement to campers. Traditional Doctor, Rita Blumenstein, described healing circles as a process to, “See you and learn about yourself. An opportunity to help yourself with your heart, mind, and spirit.”

This will be the fifth time the camp is held.

The Garden of Roses Camp for Girls is sponsored by the ANTHC Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative. For more information or to register, please contact Debbie Demientieff at or (907) 729-3795.

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