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Campowerment holds free mini event

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EDWARDS — Women are invited to experience the impact of Campowerment during a free mini camp on Thursday at 5 p.m. in Edwards at the home of Debbie Cohn Merritt, 520 Winslow Road. Campowerment hosts about a half dozen weekend retreats each year from Malibu, California, to the Catskill Mountains in New York. According to organizers, these sleep-away camps are designed to bring women together to rediscover their passion and reignite their lives.

"Campowerment has helped me get to know the real me," said Eagle resident Kris Wittenberg, president of Be Good to People and Say No More Promotions. "It pushed me to step outside my comfort zone at times and also comforted me like a big, warm blanket. Little did I know that I would make friendships that one weekend that were stronger than many I've had since childhood."

The mini camp is designed to help women let go, laugh and play. The camp features about three hours of fun, games, cocktails and appetizers. There will be expert-led conversations about topics that dig a little deeper and participants will leave with some new tools in their emotional toolkit to help them elevate their lives.

The three-night weekend programs feature fun and games as well as empowering workshops led by America's best experts, authors, thought leaders and TED talkers who dive into topics such as health and wellness, love and sex, parenting, productivity, spirituality, energy healing and business empowerment, to name a few.

'SWEATPANTS ARE THE GREAT EQUALIZER'

"It's mind-boggling to see what happens when women come together for even just a few hours with no men or kids or responsibilities, to play and chill and live communally in cabins," said Tammi Leader Fuller, chief empowerment officer at Campowerment. "It doesn't hurt that they can't talk about what they do for a living for the first 24 hours. Sweatpants, we have learned, are the great equalizer."

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Edwards resident Kristin Yantis, principal of Malen Yantis Public Relations, said she didn't realize how the camp would impact her down the road.

"I didn't know what I needed when I got to camp but I left feeling reinvigorated," she said. "Four months later, my mom died. Camp had provided me with an amazing community of support I didn't know I would need. My brand new, life-long friends from camp helped me through one of the most difficult times in my life."

To register for the Vail Valley mini camp, please visit http://bit.ly/1LaVW9n. There is no cost, but however registration is required. Participants also can make a charitable donation when signing up to B the Difference and The Brandon Merritt Charitable Foundation. For more information on this organization, visit http://bthedifference.org.

Visit http://www.campowerment.com for more information and a schedule of camps this fall.