Camp Druzy is an overnight summer camp in support of families with children who are grieving the death or separation of a close family member. We offer strengths- and evidence-based, personalized activities for the entire family that harness the power of nature, and children's' innate creativity, to improve resilience factors such as confidence, competence, coping, sense of connection,
overall well-being, and more! All at NO COST to families!
Recent Camp Druzy 2021 Testimonials:
"I attended camp this summer not knowing what to expect (...) I was a bit nervous… but everything changed as soon as I got there. Camp changed my life in the best way possible. It helped me gain coping skills for my losses, be more independent & I made a lot of new friends (...) I also learned how amazing it is when a community gets together & supports one another. Everything was organized so perfectly thanks to their lovely Founder & Executive Director Dr. Heidi Pottinger. Thanks to her, we all had a place to go to where we could have a shoulder to cry on & not feel so alone through our losses. I can honestly say that Camp Druzy made me comfortable enough to open my heart. I was able to share personal experiences which I received lots of love & kindness afterwards (...) I was so at peace & felt utter bliss every day that I woke up & attended. For the first time I truly felt loved, supported & heard. This was genuinely one of the most magical experiences I have ever had & I say that truthfully & wholeheartedly. I’m eternally grateful & I’m looking forward to future events."
~Brenda Nicole Grambs (Santa Cruz County)
"Camp Druzy was such a positive experience for my family and I. The loss of my mother has been so difficult and took a tremendous toll on us. We didn’t think we’d ever feel joy again because even in good times all we could think of was our detrimental loss. Attending camp taught us to channel our loss and feel her spirit in different ways from yoga, music therapy, reiki, and more! Heidi and her team were such a wonderful support system. They’ve all experienced loss too and were wonderful guides and mentors to help us and many other grieving families. From that weekend forward, we feel my mom in everything we do and find comfort knowing she’s still with us in a sense. I highly recommend this camp to anyone who has experienced loss and needs guidance or simply is looking for an opportunity to learn how to cope. CHARM is a top notch nonprofit..."
~Renee C. Miranda (Pima County)
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Experiential Professional Development
for Educators & Service Learning/Workshops for Students
Facilitated by CHARM, our online and in-person workshops focus on social and emotional learning and wellbeing. We tailor training and workshops specifically for your audience.
As the not-for-profit Arizona Ambassador
of the Choose Love Movement, as well as advocates of Nurtured Heart Approach®, we teach ways to foster resilient environments and age-appropriate skills using these and other approaches.
Choose Love is a no-cost, social and emotional learning program for home, schools, and community settings. Informed by decades of research, the Choose Love formula teaches us to have healthy relationships, manage emotions, and be resilient in the face of challenges - cultivating safer communities from the inside out.
The Nurtured Heart Approach® (NHA) is a framework for creating healthy relationships and recognizing that everyone has inherent greatness. We are not merely applying NHA as an intervention; we are reflecting the greatness that is at the core of every child. When we recognize a child’s strengths and focus on positive, everyday occurrences, rather than energizing negativity, we create an environment in which children and adults can thrive.
Recent 2021 Educator Workshop Testimonials:
"My staff absolutely loved the training. They were so motivated and inspired. One of my teachers felt that the break out groups gave her time to grieve the loss of in-person teaching. She felt that others understood her and stated that it made her feel so much better. With so many things taking place (...) and the year we had,
it was a perfect workshop for us. "
~Principal Bonillas, Mary Welty Elementary, NUSD #1
"This was the most heartfelt and rewarding workshop I have ever attended. Thank you so much. This has given me a TREMENDOUS drive and passion within me to try to change the world and make the good/greatness come out of all of us.
Beyond words at this moment. Thank you."
~Coronado Elementary School Educator, NUSD#1
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CHARM School includes in-person or virtual training options for parents to gain proven skills, resources, and tools to protect their children’s short- and long-term health outcomes from early adversity,
via the top modifiable resilience factors:
1. Positive appraisal styles in children/improved parenting skills
(i.e. Nurtured Heart Approach®);
2. Supporting parental mental health and self-care skills;
3. Anticipatory guidance about the impact of trauma on children...
Interested in learning more about our CHARM School training?
Contact us today!
Tapestry - When children lose a parent or close family member, they not only struggle emotionally but may also experience social challenges when needs like basic hygiene and clothing take a back-seat. Tapestry provides children and youth with resources to nurture confidence, as well as a sense of connection with their community and other families. Children and parents are supported with books, creative expression activities, gift cards, new seasonal clothing, hygiene kits, and invitations to attend CHARM's annual
Camp Druzy for additional support at no-cost. Families from previous years also provide supportive connection to current families.
Do you know a family that could use some extra help?
Please let us know!
CBCT® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training) is based on the Tibetan Buddhist lojong tradition, a set of meditative practices that are designed to bring about 'thought transformation.' CBCT renders this mind training methodology into a contemporary form appropriate for use by individuals of any, or no, faith tradition.
The HAT® model of psychotherapy is gentle but can be deceptively intense as treatment gets
“to the heart of the matter” quickly while promoting healing shifts.
Take HeartMath Institute’s New Personal Well-Being Survey™, to get a window into your current state of being and discover simple tools you can use to live a healthy, more vibrant life. This scientifically developed assessment tool measures four key dimensions of well-being:
• Stress management
• Emotional vitality
The survey contains a series of 25 simple questions and takes around 4-5 minutes to answer. Next, it compares your data to a "normed" group of individuals, which provides an accurate reference point. Then, the survey offers recommendations and practical tools to improve your levels, should you have a low score in any of the four dimensions.
CHARM partner Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement has partnered with Dianne Gray, President of Hospice & Healthcare Communications and Board Member of the Elisabeth Kubler Ross Foundation, to create the Healthy Grieving Extension Program. Download separate guides for children, teens, and adults, where you can learn about the grieving process for each age group respectively. Included are tips and tricks you can use to approach and assist someone who is grieving, or for you to use to help in your own grieving journey. It will take time, but you CAN heal. If you know a family who is grieving in Santa Cruz County who might benefit from CHARM's Camp Druzy please contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Integrative Touch™ is a healing framework and hands-on therapeutic approach that allows participants to focus on the things that they most want to heal in their lives at a mind, body, and spirit level. Integrative Touch for Kids has collected a variety of useful wellness resources that you can use from home. Categories include For Kids, COVID-19 Resources, Mindfulness, Movement, Art, Entertainment, Education, Emotional Support, Essential Oils, Food & Nutrition, Podcasts, and Wellness on the Go (mobile apps). To access any of the free wellness resources listed on their page, click on the link below.
The Nurtured Heart Approach® (NHA) is more than just a parenting model or behavior management strategy. It is a philosophy for creating healthy relationships and recognizing that everyone has inherent greatness. We are not merely applying NHA as an intervention; we are reflecting the greatness that is at the core of every child’s being. When we recognize the child’s strengths and focus on positive, everyday occurrences, rather than energizing negativity, we are creating an environment in which children can thrive. To receive one-on-one or group training in NHA from certified trainer Dr. Heidi Pottinger, CHARM Executive Director, contact us at email@example.com to schedule your training.
Grief is the normal response to loss. And hard as it may seem to believe when we're in its throes, we typically can move forward while holding onto memories of our loved one.
Sesame Street in Communities builds on an almost 50-year commitment to caring for the developmental, physical, and emotional needs of children. Thoroughly researched and tested with families, these resources are proven to make a measurable difference for kids, and make your job as a parent or educator a little bit easier. Through community partnerships, engagement efforts, and a constantly growing bank of materials, Sesame Street in Communities will continue to expand.
As your children’s needs grow and change, they’ll have evidence-based, age-appropriate resources to help on topics such as grief , resilience, and more - and grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. Because we’re all in this together.
Much evidence indicates that bodily death is not the end of life, just an entry into another phase of forever. The SoulPhone Foundation is a 501c3 organization that currently supports Greater Reality Living Community Groups. These groups provide safe places – online and locally – where people around the world can learn, discuss and integrate Greater Reality Living keys:
CHARM partner Tu Nidito is available to provide on-site grief intervention and support in the event of a death or tragedy in the community that impacts children and teens. They offer group support, one-on-one support, and additional resources immediately following the death. Please contact Tu Nidito at 520-322-9155 to make arrangements for grief intervention in Tucson, Arizona. All CHARM volunteers are required to complete grief education training provided by Tu Nidito.
A comprehensive resource for learning more about holistic practices and how a holistic approach to well-being can help you discover health, contentment, purpose, and connection.