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Flexible funded project: This project will be funded on Monday, February 8, 2016
FREE SPIRIT PROGRAM (NPO)
“Free Spirit” is an experience based, educational- therapeutic program in Israel, geared toward boys and girls ages 14-19 from around the world who are experiencing various difficulties. Free Spirit Experience is an 8 to 10 week program, located at Kibbutz Hazorea. We focus on Outdoor and Wilderness Therapy with group as well as individual components.
Based on referrals and genuine interest within communities outside of Israel, we wish to extend the well-recognized strength of Israel as a place of connection and healing, to international youth. There are many successful programs for youth and young adults who wish to visit Israel. Free Spirit wishes to expand our hospitality to youth who may be experiencing some crisis or significant difficulties, and offer them and their families the opportunity of connection, change, and growth.
Free Spirit is a not-for-profit organization founded in memory of Sean Carmeli who lost his life in the recent “Tzuk Eitan” operation.
Our home base is Kibbutz Hazorea, located in the beautiful Lower Galilee region, right at the feet of Mount Carmel. As a part of the kibbutz community, we will participate in typical kibbutz daily life, but also venture into the beautiful landscape of Israel on expeditions as long as 5 days in the southern dessert region as well as the Mediterranean Sea.
Within the Kibbutz, we are now renovating 3 main structures in a compound-like circle. Two of the buildiings will host 3 bedrooms and one facility-staff room each. A significant part of our funding will be dedicated to this renovation and furnishing, inside and out. The third structure will be our classroom and club area. The standard of living for our participants is an important issue, as we wish to convey a comfortable, yet humble lifestyle, free of distractions or competition.
OUR PROGRAM GOALS ARE:
Participants will experience an intense and meaningful progressive curriculum. They will leave the program with the necessary tools and understanding to overcome their difficulties in order to succeed in life. The therapeutic approach focuses on experience-based treatment, packed with opportunities, challenges, and group dynamics. The educational factor consists of studying Hebrew and other academic subjects. In addition, the participants will engage in Israeli knowledge, culture and society along with volunteering in the community.
The students are accompanied by a team of experienced counselors, mentors, guides and other professionals.
The Free Spirit program is dedicated to Sean Carmeli, the Golani soldier who was killed last summer during Operation “Protective Edge” in 2014. Sean moved to Israel at the age of 16, graduated from high school and enlisted in the Golani Brigade unit of the IDF. Sean was a soldier of peace and justice, an honest person and good friend, who is an inspiration and symbol to youths of all backgrounds.
Our staff throughout the program is professional, caring, and experienced, from our guides and counselors to our therapists and educators. THE PROGRAM LEADERS ARE:
Dr. Tamir Rotman – Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (Clark University in Massachusetts), Tamir is a practicing psychologist, working both inside and outside of the therapy room, with youth from various cultures, difficulties and needs. Among others, Dr. Rotman have spent 20 summers at Camp Ojibwa in the Wisconsin North Woods, is the clinical director at “Lotan’s Way”, a not-for-profit specializes in desert-wilderness therapeutic expeditions for at-risk youth, and a milieu psychologist in residential cares for troubled youth both in the U.S. and in Israel.
Tzahi Billet – M.A. in Public Administration and certified group counselor-facilitator, DBT specialist, and 12-step group facilitator, Tzahi is an avid educator with vast experience in the field of residential care, at-risk youth and crisis intervention. In the past 10 years and since its inception, Tzahi worked at “Nirim”, a youth village for troubled youth with a focus on outdoor therapy in many roles, including guidance, supervision, and management. Tzahi is a proud father of 3 wonderful children.
Gal Farchi – BA in Economics from Haifa University, MA in Conflict Resolution from the University of Sydney, Australia and a certified mediator. Gal has served in several managerial positions, both in the private and public sectors, mainly in the field of formal and informal youth education. Gal started his career path as an educator at “Nirim” youth village 12 years ago, and is also experienced in parents’ and teachers’ training and intercultural group facilitation. Gal lives in Haifa with his wife and their son.
The program “Free Spirit” was founded in memory of Sgt. Nissim Sean Carmeli, a Golani fighter who was killed in the Gaza strip on July 20th, 2014. Sean was a free spirit, who lived everyday to its fullest. His greatest attributes were definitely his smile and his laughter, and he always knew how to soak in all the good around him. His friends see him as a role model and an inspiration not only on how to act, but also on his attitude towards life. His goodness was even prevalent in times that were least expected. Sean was always surrounded by so much love, and he knew how to spread that love everywhere he was.
“I started the year with donating blood at the base. Hope everyone has a good holiday, a good year, and that you all will know that somebody is taking care of you during the holiday. Sean Carmeli won’t let anything happen to Israel. Don’t worry. Wishing a sweet year to all the Jewish people in the world.”
Sean Carmeli 16.12.2012
A very special milestone was crossed Tuesday - A special Gala event in Israel, marking the official launch of the program. The event was hosted by
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The Israeli component serves as a powerful connection to the land and in many cases to one’s cultural identity. It is a unique opportunity to “jump start” and restart at a challenging point in life, in a new and exciting environment with an inherent sense of connection and belonging. The program is located in Kibbutz Hazorea in Israel and accepts up to 18 participants per session, focusing on a tight group and family-feel.
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