Summer Camp 2024

We invite your children to make magical memories this summer at Camp SHINE!

At Camp SHINE your children may find themselves connecting with the land, with the animals, and with other children while they build relationships and joyful memories. Open to K-5th/Incoming 6th graders. Click here for details.

ENROLLMENT IS OPEN!
10% discount for all enrollments from Feb. 2-4 – use coupon code EARLYBIRD10!

Homeschool 2023 -2024

Enrollment now open! Your child will practice mindfulness throughout the day as we ride horses, garden, create natural art, practice plant medicine and connection, all while we immerse ourselves in the natural world. We seek what is special and unique about your child and invite that to SHINE through!

Older Kids?

Check out our JUNIOR CAMP COUNSELOR LEADERSHIP CIRCLE

Wednesday Afternoons starting April 19th. 

Junior High Preteens – meet us at the farm to enjoy the great outdoors, ride horses, create art projects, tend to the animals but ALSO let’s learn lifelong empowerment tools and leadership skills that also will make you eligible to be a Jr. Camp Counselor at Camp SHINE in our Summer Program! Learn more now!

Private Sessions

Join Mrs. Stephanie on the farm for Transformational 1 on 1 sessions

Some of our children could use some extra tools, love and support! We all do from time to time! Whether your child struggles with anxiety, socially or went through a difficult period, we can’t think of a more healing environment than time at the farm with Mrs. Stephanie!

The Camp SHINE Vision

We empower kids to be bright in the world!

Our vision is to help guide the next generation of conscious leaders who are here to make our planet a better place!

We are a mind, body, spirit retreat for kids located in the beautiful and abundant hills of the East Bay. We offer in-person programs on the farm where we help kids to fall in love with nature, one another and especially themselves! 

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2024 CAMP SHINE OFFERINGSENROLLMENT OPEN

Camp SHINE Spring Break 2023

SPRING BREAK

Gift your child a staycation where they can honor spring by connecting to the land and to each other in the beautiful green hills of the East Bay. We will relax in the sunshine, roam the green hills with friends, enjoy farm animals, ride horses and create nature inspired art projects!

ENROLLMENT NOW OPEN!

Summer Camp All Summer

SUMMER CAMP

Connect with the land, with the animals, and with other children while building lasting relationships and joyful memories. This summer, we invite your children to fall in love with nature, forge new friendships, learn new skills and enjoy the beauty and magic of childhood.

DATES ALL SUMMER | 10% off registration Feb. 2-4

Camp SHINE Homeschool Programs

SPRING HOMESCHOOL

In our year-round Homeschool program, your children learn about animal care, seasonal gardening, horseback riding, leadership skills, mindfulness tools (including EFT), nature-inspired art, herbalism + medicine making, woodworking, handwork, hiking and land exploration, and more. 

TUESDAY + THURSDAY MORNINGS – See upcoming dates and details. Enrollment closes soon!

Junior Camp Counselor Leadership Circle

JR. CAMP COUNSELOR LEADERSHIP CIRCLE

Gather in circle at the farm in preparation to be a Jr. Camp Counselor for Summer 2024 Program! We will hold several circles for boys + girls ages 11/12-14. The children will lead the way as they earn lifelong empowerment tools and leadership skills!

ENROLLMENT NOW OPEN!

EXPLORE MORECAMP SHINE OFFERINGS + NEWSEnrollment ongoing year round for some programs.

Santa's Workshop - Various Dates + Activities throughout December

Santa's Workshops

Throughout the month of December (and a bit of November) join us for pop-up craft workshops where your child will make a very special homemade quality gift for a loved one. There will also be hot cocoa, a special guest at each event, and, of course, a visit to the farm!

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Dream Camp

DREAM CAMP

Kick off the new year each January with a Powerful Positive Focus! Together we will reflect on the past year and then create a visual piece of art to represent the wonderful year to come! We will plant seeds to grow in the new year. And, of course, we will visit the farm, tend the animals and play in the beautiful outdoors as we always do in all our Camp SHINE programs!

Summer Camp All Summer

Farm Stand

We believe conscious entrepreneurs are the people who will change the world! This program teaches children to create a businesses based on a win/win model – good for the seller, the consumer, AND the environment. Helping make our planet healthier and happier.

Ride horses, work with plant medicine, connect to nature, and more in our summer programs

Join us as we gather on the farm to swim, hike, explore, feed farm animals, groom ponies, and get dirty in life on the farm. Your children will learn confidence, mindfulness, and connection as they express themselves in nature and, most importantly, HAVE FUN and SHINE bright!

Find the perfect Camp SHINE programs for your children!

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Glimpses from Camp SHINE

How this started

Stephanie Marie Telfer, founder of Camp SHINE, created this program out of her love of children and her desire to create a supportive, engaging, and creative environment for kids where they can forge a deep connection to nature and explore their unique ways to SHINE in the world.

Stephanie has studied many healing modalities, including becoming a certified yoga instructor in 2010 and receiving her master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology in 2015.

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Kids love Camp SHINE

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Camp Shine is the much needed space and community our children absolutely need. We are returning families for the summer session and intend to join the Farmstand classes. For me as a parent, I am so grateful for educators who are thoughtful in creating a learning rhythm that brings together awareness about the world, play and nature. I also keenly remember my daughter's sense of confidence when she shared she was asked to teach her group how to finger knit. This tells me Camp Shine Educators are paying attention to our children's strengths and watering that seed to grow. Thank you Camp Shine!

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"Camp Shine has been a beautiful part of our kids' lives for a few years now. It's really become like another home to them. A place where they feel safe and appreciated and are encouraged to be themselves, and where they are given real responsibility and trust. We are so grateful for Camp Shine, and for Stephanie and Trisha and everyone who makes it happen!"

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My daughter has been with Camp Shine for a year now, and at the start we were both a little nervous not knowing any other kids. We were warmly welcomed daily by Stephanie and Trisha and quickly felt at ease with the love and care they provide for the kids. When I picked my daughter up after the first day, she had the biggest smile on her face and talked about all the new friends she'd met. Camp Shine easily became the highlight of her week. Fast forward to the end of the year, when picking her up from the last session, she cried that it was over. She ran over to Stephanie, who embraced her and shared some sweet words with her. I'm so grateful for what Stephanie and Trisha have created and can't speak more highly about Camp Shine!

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Camp Shine has been a beautiful part of our kids' lives for a few years now. It's really become like another home to them. A place where they feel safe and appreciated and are encouraged to be themselves, and where they are given real responsibility and trust. We are so grateful for Camp Shine, and for Stephanie and Trisha and everyone who makes it happen!

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Camp Shine is the much needed space and community our children absolutely need. We are returning families for the summer session and intend to join the Farmstand classes. For me as a parent, I am so grateful for educators who are thoughtful in creating a learning rhythm that brings together awareness about the world, play and nature. I also keenly remember my daughter's sense of confidence when she shared she was asked to teach her group how to finger knit. This tells me Camp Shine Educators are paying attention to our children's strengths and watering that seed to grow. Thank you Camp Shine!

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My son loves Camp Shine and has been attending for the past two years. This Summer he completed the Junior Camp Counselor Training and put his skills to work in the farm. Hands down, it was his favorite part of the Summer and he would have come back every week, if he could! The type of learning and life skills from this program and from Camp Shine are like no other. In a world where video games and electronics seems to take over, Camp Shine has created a special place of learning and creativity.. I am so thankful that we found Stephanie, Trisha, and Camp Shine. Thank you for all you do!

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Thank you SO much for all you do at Camp Shine! It is always the highlight of my kids' week. There is never a single complaint. You have created such a warm and welcoming environment. Our kids feel safe, seen, and supported- and that is HUGE! All three of our kids said they wished they'd been able to do more than one week of summer camp. And that's after we went to Italy, Paris, London, and Arizona this summer! When our kids choose ANYTHING over Europe, that's saying a lot.

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Camp Shine is a magical place. A nature inspired youth empowerment program, that allow all children to thrive. My daughter absolutely loves her Camp Shine family, she been attending for the past two years. We've met some amazing families along the way. She's learned valuable life skills, worked with animals, became an entrepreneur and so much more. I encourage my children to "leave it, better than you found it." and Camp Shine allows them to do just that.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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The week that my daughter attended Camp Shine was such a bliss for her. Not only she was outdoors enjoying company with other kids but also she was learning about so many important life lessons. It was so great to see kids surrounded by nature and animals. Stephanie put such a rich, fun and interesting curriculum for the kids. They got to work and play with the animals, got to learn about herbs and how to harvest fruit and also there was plenty of time to play in the pool and soak up in the hot tub. Really the best camp in Martinez!

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Camp Shine was an opportunity for my daughter to become more independent and connect with new people and animals. She came home everyday with stories of adventure and friendship. When the week ended she was sad and wanted more time at camp. We love Camp Shine and can't wait to come back!

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Wowowow! Camp Shine was above and beyond anything I could have hoped for. My kids were able to explore new ideas, care for animals, make new friends, all while receiving the emotional support we’ve come to know and love from the Shine program. This was a first camp experience for my 6 year old son and he thrived at camp. Thank you Camp SHINE!

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Camp Shine was the best week ever! We had so much fun playing with the animals, spending time in nature, whittling hiking sticks, swimming, and zip lining. We wish we can go all summer long. Miss Stephanie and friends are such great teachers. They are all very kind too.

Gracelyn and Keaton
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Camp shine is everything you want for your child. It’s nature inspired, heart focused, well- rounded, and earthy. Every child yearns for the experiences camp shine offers. We are blessed to have camp shine in our community fostering our future.

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Camp Shine is such a special experience. Teacher Stephanie and the other staff do a wonderful job of building a sense of community, so that everyone feels included and appreciated. And having a chance to care for animals, ride horses, play in the pool, and ride a zip line? It's every kid's dream!

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I was almost more excited than my kids were to attend this Kid Paradise of a camp. A yurt, a zip line, a hot tub, and a farm? Yes, please! What puts this camp over the top for me is the staff and the values they impart. This camp really understands and values the kids, their emotions, and most importantly, expressing them in a healthy and kind way. Camp Shine did not disappoint and I highly recommend it.

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Cora loved her weeks at Camp SHINE! She adores riding on playing with and looking after the farm animals and has a vested interest in their daily well being. Cora loves to craft so making cool dream catchers from tree branches was her jam! Making a tincture from elderberry was exciting for her to be a little medicine doctor! Zipping down the line was a thrill too! I love that she ended with a refreshing swim in the pool, so perfect after playing all day with her camp Shine friends:) Thank you for creating such a robust and thoughtful camp program, Stephanie.

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Our child is beyond excited to go each week, marks off the days until the next Monday, and shares with pretty much everyone in our family/community about Shine. It has been such a lovely and wholesome experience!

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My daughter loves Camp SHINE! She enjoys playing with kids of different ages, and she adores the farm and nature crafts. She has attended other farm-based programs previously, but Camp SHINE has far exceeded her past experience. She is glowing every day when I pick her up! I love that the SEL curriculum is so well-incorporated into the camp so she is learning self empowerment tools throughout her day. She utilizes those tools at home and even taught our family about EFT. We will sign up again!

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