VAIL — Women’s Empowerment Workshop, founded in Vail in 2009, has blossomed into an international retreat provider for women and girls offering empowering opportunities, from a week in Bali to a six-day river wisdom whitewater adventure, to the Chrysalis Circle girls camp nature adventure program.
“The demand is growing because the work we do is really impactful, and it transforms lives,” said founder, Susie Kincade. “Combining personal life coaching with nature adventure in an intimate, small group environment simply works.”
Kincade is inspired by reconnecting people to the natural world to feel the deep power available there. While she has felt this connection her whole life, she began studying the “nature effect” fifteen years ago, and learned that on both the scientific and spiritual levels being in nature adds to our wholeness and self-knowing. She is a whitewater rafter, hiker, coach, outdoor adventurer and former Olympic contender in diving. Now, Kincade is pursuing her certification as a transformational wilderness guide, the leading edge of personal coaching that uses nature as the basis for guiding clients.
“Guiding in nature accelerates the process of leading a person to their own wisdom. Our brains slow down and can actually enter into a meditative state. From that place, insights come more easily as we allow information to flow,” Kincade said. This is particularly important for children and why she holds the Chrysalis Circle girls camp.
Girls camp in June
The Chrysalis Circle, for girls in grades 6-12, is a six-day nature adventure program guiding young women on a journey connect to their core being, find their authentic voice, gain confidence and integrate mind, body and spirit. Girls meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from June 23 through June 28.
Each day integrates activities in nature, leadership, communication skills and time for introspection. A river trip, rock climbing, hiking, yoga, journaling and an overnight are a few of the activities designed to give girls lifelong tools and help them embrace their passage into womanhood.
Led by nature-based coaches and wilderness guides, the program is based in Eagle. The cost of the program is $450 before May 15, and $500 thereafter. Family discounts are offered.
In addition to Chrysalis and the many other WEW programs, Kincade designs custom retreats for small groups or families, and has a growing clientele of personal coaching clients. Visit www.women empower.us, or call 970-328-5472 for more information.
Current schedule of WEW events
April 26: Jumpstart Your Body, Mind Spirit Connection — Denver. Everest mountaineer Ellen Miller and WEW founder Susie Kincade lead this day-long interactive workshop. All ages and abilities welcome.
June 13-15: Heart 2 Heart, Mother-Daughter retreat — Eagle. Build trust through a rock climbing adventure for all ages and abilities. The retreat will explore communication and deep listening skills as well as enjoy relaxing time in nature and outdoor yoga.
June 23-28: Chrysalis Circle, Nature Adventure Empowerment Camp for Girls, —Eagle. Middle school and high school girls grow through exhilarating adventures including rafting, rock climbing, horses, and hiking. Participants will also learn skills of communication, leadership and emotional discernment.
July 2-7: River Wisdom: Navigating Change in the Feminine Way — Green River through Dinosaur National Monument, CO/Utah. Discover the ancient wisdom of the river and apply it to your life. Transform your relationship with change as you learn to navigate your own life journey with joy and grace. In collaboration with WEW and True Life Coaching and Retreats.
July25-27: Awaken in Nature, Nature Adventure & Empowerment for Women — Eagle. Adventures in nature and on the Colorado river take participants on a journey of self-discovery, authenticity and awakening to your true purpose. Life coaches and wilderness guides help guide the program.
Sept. 14-20: Awaken in Bali. This all-inclusive retreat combines self-discovery, interactive life coaching and deep connections with the natural elements. Includes sacred waterfalls, learning the art of batik, yoga, hiking a volcano, experiencing the gentle spirit of the Balinese people, a one-on-one visit with a village Brahmana, ocean excursions with dolphins and powerful life coaching. Space is limited.
Oct. 3-5: Earth Wisdom & Adventure — Maclean, New South Wales, Australia. Aboriginal earth wisdom combined with personal embodiment of the earth, the ocean and her gifts make this retreat an inward bound adventure. In collaboration with Foresthaven Retreat Center, this Australian nature adventure retreats include surfing, kayaking, climbing, sacred sites and ancient Aboriginal earth wisdom.