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Global activist Shannon Galpin to speak in Vail

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VAIL CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyShannon Galpin, left, founded Mountain2Mountain in 2006. In 2009, she became the first woman to mountain bike in Afghanistan, a country where the culture does not allow women to ride bikes. In 2010 she became the first person to ride across Afghanistan's Panjshir Valley. She has been featured on Dateline NBC, Today Show, Huffington Post and in Outside Magazine. She'll speak in Vail Sept. 16.

VAIL – The Women’s Empowerment Workshop, taking place in Vail Sept. 15-18, will support nine Colorado non-profit organizations, including Mountain2Mountain (M2M), founded by mountain biker Shannon Galpin. The public is invited to attend the workshop’s keynote speaker presentation benefitting M2M. Galpin will speak at Vail Mountain School at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 16 about her work creating opportunities for women and girls in conflict zones across the world. Her work is currently focused on Afghanistan. Tickets are $20 at the door.

The evening will include a showing of the documentary short by Vail native Allison Otto, called “Waking Lions; Bombs,Burqas, and Bikes,” which documents Galpin’s efforts and vision in Afghanistan over the past three years, and her groundbreaking mountain bike ride across the Panjshir Valley last fall.

The event will also host a sneak peek of the Streets of Afghanistan exhibition, which debuted this spring at the Denver Art Museum. Lifesize images of AFghanistan allow you to look Afghan women in the eye and look beyond the narrow media lens into the beauty and the heartbreak of this region. To learn more, visit

“We’re excited to host Shannon Galpin as our keynote speaker for Women’s Empowerment Workshop. Her life is an inspiration; she’s a living example that we have unlimited possibilities when we find and live our passion,” said Susie Kincade, co-founder of Women’s Empowerment Workshop.

Women’s Empowerment Workshop also benefits other local and regional non-profits, including Walking Mountains, Eagle River Youth Coalition, Red Ribbon Project, Bright Future Foundation, Eagle Valley Land Trust, All Season’s Chalice, Wilderness Workshop and the Colorado Environmental Coalition. Women’s Empowerment Workshop will donate back a percentage of every full-price participant registered through these non-profits.

“We encourage women to register for the Workshop this week and support these great non-profits while gaining confidence, exploring your passion and becoming the woman you envision,” Kincade said.

Women’s Empowerment Workshop offers women an opportunity to connect deeply to nature and to their own sense of self. The workshop includes expertly guided nature adventures, as well as yoga and meditation, healthy organic meals, herbal therapy, life coaching, one-on-one consultations and women authors and facilitators.

Registration ends Friday. Register on-line at or call 970-390-7915.

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