Women in the Wilderness

2015 Schedule

These trips are designed with the often neglected woman in mind. With these hands on experiences you will both challenge and nurture your mind, body and spirit. From beginning backpacking, to meditation and guided visualization weekends, to the more challenging trips, your experienced female guides will help to make this wilderness experience as safe and fulfilling as possible. You’ll learn wilderness skills, backpacking skills, and how to feel comfortable in the woods both day and night, in a variety of programs designed to help you feel more connected to the natural world. These trips are dedicated to building confidence in each woman backpacker, dayhiker or camper. Our women’s groups are small enough to allow us to get to know one another, and to work together as a team, with assurance, trust, and humor. These trips emphasize confidence building which helps to create a feeling of ease in nature allowing a person to connect to the deeper layers of the wilderness experience. That indescribable sense of belonging to the world, indeed of belonging to the universe, is an essential part of knowing our true selves. Coming full circle, we bring back that sense of knowing deeply that we are inextricably part of the web of the universe. We bring it back to our families, our work and our society.
 
Title of Trip Women in Wilderness
Length/Price
Three Days Two Nights
$445 total/includes all backpacking gear, meals and guide.
$390 total if you provide your own backpacking gear.
Outing size restricted to 8 people total including guide.
Rating Moderate. For beginner and intermediate backpackers.
Upcoming Dates
March 13th - 15th (Friday - Sunday)
March 27th - 29th (Friday - Sunday)
April 17th - 19th (Friday - Sunday)
May 1st - 3rd (Friday - Sunday)
May 23rd - 25th (Saturday - Monday)
June 12th - 14th (Friday - Sunday)
July 10th - 12th (Friday - Sunday)
September 25th - 27th (Friday - Sunday)
October 9th - 11th (Friday - Sunday)
October 30th - Nov 1st (Friday - Sunday)
To reserve, please call (865) 436-8283 or reserve course online
Description

Need a little time out from your daily life? Immerse yourself in the calming embrace of nature as your cares drop off like leaves in autumn. Leave your stress behind as you challenge yourself to an adventure.On these trips, you will learn the backpacking secrets of experienced guides, the proper gear to bring, the right way to wear a pack, unlock the mysteries of pain free long distance hiking and more. Along the way, learn about wild plants and their medicinal and edible uses, taste wild foods and teas, learn how to be safe in the wilderness, what to do if lost in the woods, and how to be comfortable while sleeping in the outdoors. This is a time to celebrate your body, to push your limits and discover your hidden strengths. But don't worry, we'll ease into the trip, taking plenty of time for photos and rest, and help you to rediscover your inner kid through games, journaling, laughter and camaraderie. Come to this prepared to make friends, learn about yourself and reconnect with nature.

Title of Trip Women in Wilderness Weekend Retreat
Length/Price
Three Days Two Nights
$469. Includes camping accommodations, meals, snacks, massage, yoga, guided walks, herb class, guided meditation, instruction, and more.
Outing size restricted to 20 participants.
Rating Easy, for anybody in good health.
Upcoming Dates Friday Sept 11th - Sunday Sept 13th. Reserve class online.
Description

Need time out from your daily life? Immerse yourself in the calming embrace of nature as your cares drop off like leaves in autumn. Relinquish the burdens of everyday life as you enjoy a weekend free of technology, noise and responsibilities. Our journey will take place in a quiet section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, away from the crowds, surrounded by the beauty of the forest and rare vegetation. Camp in style with roomy tents complete with comfy air mattresses. Participants will enjoy a wine and cheese meet and greet, healthy gourmet camp meals, massage, yoga and guided meditation. Activities also include : Vision boards, journaling, nature walks, birding, class on herbs for women's health, wild edible walks, and a mini vision quest. Nutrition for the body, mind, and spirit will be provided. Connect with like minded women and experience a fun, intimate environment where you can step out of your comfort zone to realize more of your potential. Leave the makeup bag behind… this is about uncovering the most authentic you.
Your instructors include Vesna Plakanis, naturalist, hiking guide and co-owner of A Walk in the Woods since 1998, Jaimie Matzko, naturalist, hiking guide for A Walk in the Woods and birding expert, Heather Lindsay, Massage Therapist for 13 years and Yoga teacher, and Cynthia Johnston, professional herbalist and owner of Moon Maid Botanicals.

A Walk in the Woods is starting our 14th year of business. In that time we have safely helped over 50,000 people enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

We are permitted through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and insured. We are certified in Wilderness First Responder, Professional Level CPR and Non-Lethal Aversive Bear Conditioning.

Spaces are limited. Please call: 865-436-8283 or e-mail for reservations and more information.

 

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