Connection Camp 2016

For four days, campers let go of the pursuit & the striving and entered into true vibrancy and sense of freedom. Camp included daily activities like: workshops like yoga & writing, morning practices like meditation & breathwork, evening events like camp fires & singalongs. The campgrounds also included kayaks and canoes!

July 1-4, 2016 Poconos, PA

The Camp Experience

Testimonials

“[Leaving Connection Camp] I felt confident and transformed and pumped!”

– Steph

“I was really impressed by the quality of the experience overall. Coordinating that many people into so many activities was a feat of heroic proportions… The schedule was well balanced between fun and games and more serious and introspective activities, and it felt to me as though everything had been planned to the tiniest detail. A+ all the way around!

– Judy

“It was deeply touching to me to be completely seen and heard. I quickly got to know [the other campers] and connect on a deep level.”

– Elisa

“[At Connection Camp I felt] like a leader, lover, healer, collaborator…”

– Darius

“[Leaving Connection Camp I feel] Revived. Renewed. Like I got my compass back. Affirmed. Accepted. SEEN.”

– Pamela

“[I’m] excited to take this back to the world!”

– Dave

“[Leaving Connection Camp I feel] nourished beyond my wildest dreams!”

– Maia

“[Leaving Connection Camp I feel] lighter, happier, more confident in my own strength.”

– Jen

“[During Connection Camp I felt] OPEN, SATISFIED, impressed, nourished.”

– Jesse

“This memory will be part of me…”

– Olivia

2016 WORKSHOPS

Take a look at our workshop offerings from 2016:

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What campers said about WORKSHOPS

“Each workshop brought me a new gift of opening in a different way. I explored joining and solitude, too. I explored what I desired.”

– Barbara

“[The workshops showed me] that there are so many ways for us to connect, and how [we] need to include them all.”

– Nima

“I loved getting to do yoga with others by the water with the morning light. It made me feel more connected to nature to be with others.”

– Elyza

“[The workshops offered] a beautiful balance of explanation & engagement. I got as a workshop leader / co-facilitator, participants so open & available to embrace & engage with all that was being offered & hungry to connect. And I felt inspired to give & find more opportunities for connection, too!”

– Maia

“I enjoyed all the workshops & the community of others on a journey of self-inquiry, awareness, knowledge & consciousness practice.”

– Phillip

2016 Nightlife

Nights at Connection Camp 2016 were a complete blast, with Unitribe producing our three unique evenings.

friday:
connection lab &
cabin bonding

Get ready to dive into playful relating games and connection exercises where you’ll get to know yourself and each other in a fun and profound way. Then head back to your bunks or campsites for more bonding led by your very own Camp Counselor for the weekend.

Saturday:
dance party &
Bonfire

We’ll dance our booties off with DJ Srikalogy of Unitribe followed, of course, by a bonfire.

SUNDAY:
Talent show &
bonfire

We’ll wrap up the night with another bonfire plus you’ll have the chance to strut your stuff in our camp Talent Show MC’d by the incredible Christina Salerno of The Quirk Cafe. Read poetry, sing, dance, clown-it-up, play an instrument or tell us a story.

“I was in awe of the talent within the group! I especially loved seeing the courage and excitement in the faces of those who were not used to performing.”

– Judy

“[I was] so floored by the amount of talent in this community. [The talent show was] so diverse & inspired me even more in my own fullest expression.”

– Maia

2016 Color Olympics

Think there’s no place for connection in competition? Think again! The 2016 Connection Camp Color Olympics gave campers an opportunity to really bask in the nostalgia of summer camp playfulness with lighthearted team games designed to draw on everyone’s different strengths and skills, while providing an opportunity to examine how we relate to ourselves, teammates, and “opponents” in arenas we might otherwise consider to be divisive. The Purple Team and the Orange Team went head to head in over-the-top ridiculous challenges of trivia, improvisation, athletics (don’t worry – we use the term loosely!) and displays of spirit. The full invitation of the Color Olympics, however, invites participants to dive deeper than the surface silliness and competition and experiment with what it means to connect with others whether they’re “on your side” or not.

And PS – No Human Hungry Hippos were harmed in the making of these games… 😉

“[The Color Olympics were] ridiculously fun and amazing… I feel transformed in my relationship to competition.” -Maia

2016 Healing Pavillion

Connection Camp’s Healing Pavilion provided an oasis for self-care within your larger camp experience. We hosted a variety of leading health and wellness professionals – massage, chiropractic, energy work, and more – on site to provide complimentary mini-consultations and allow campers to explore new modalities for supporting your total wellbeing. Practitioners provided full services on site.

“The practitioners gave so generously of themselves!” – 2016 Camper

See our 2016 Healing Pavilion Partners:

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2016 marketplace

We love makers, creators, and mindful businesses, so we brought some of them to share their wares! Campers visted the Marketplace to find sweet souvenirs, gifts, and pieces of Connection Camp to share joy with loved ones!

2016 directors

amy silverman

jj Kovacevich

Amy Silverman is committed to bringing people together through play, connection, self-expression and creativity. Her passion for igniting human connection led her to build and facilitate The Connection Movement, a community that comes together and dives into self-discovery, transformation and deep, earnest connection through events, workshops, coaching programs, social experiments and retreats. Amy is a passionate connector with a natural instinct towards big vision and action. With 20 years professional experience, she has worked in Chicago, Minneapolis and New York as a workshop creator and facilitator, public and private school teacher, a teacher-trainer, program-innovator, coach and consultant, small-business owner, and theatrical director/teacher. Learn more about her in this video.

JJ Kovacevich is a creative renaissance woman who loves wearing a whole bunch of hats! With over a decade of professional performing arts experience, years in the health and wellness industry as a yoga instructor and mindful personal trainer, and multiple forays into non-profit, arts management, and small business as a production coordinator and administrator, JJ is excited to bring all those different passions into play with Connection Camp.

2016 Nightlife Producers

Our Connection Camp Nightlife Producers

UNITRIBE creates transformational events to build community, deepen connections, manifest intentions and raise vibrations. UNITRIBE workshops, parties and festivals bring people together for creative expression, spiritual development, healing and education.

2016 Team

Color Olympics Organizers
Christina Salerno
Dani Galietti
Kristen Lee Langelier
Lynn Kreaden

Talent Show Hosts
Christina Salerno
Srikalogy

Website Design & Development
Jenn Eakin

Photography & Videography
Jenn Eakin
Elyza Bleau
Lauren Alford

About Our 2016 Home

Connection Camp was located at the beautiful, freshly renovated Pocono Springs Camp. And we were so lucky to call this place home. Pocono Springs is coed sleepaway camp in the countryside of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, just 2 hours from NYC and Philadelphia, 4 hours from DC. Pocono Springs included the glistening swimmable private lake. Pocono Springs’ hiking trails, woods, waterfront, fields, courts, dining hall, and recreation hall were all be available to Connection Campers.

Stay in touch

Did you attend camp in 2016 and want to catch up with some folks? Get their contact details! Not this is an opt-in, password protected page, so only those who attended in 2016 will be able to view this page:

Camp Directory 2016