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Women’s Aha! Camp

Who Goes To Women’s Aha! Camp? (YOU!)

Do you ever wonder when your “To Do” list will end…and when you’ll get to yourself (at the bottom of the list)?

Are you a woman who gives and gives and gives until there is nothing left to give…and then you eke out a little more?

Have you put your life on hold for kids, parents, work deadlines, the dog(!) and anyone else who needs something from you…so you hardly know what you want for yourself anymore?

If any of these ideas strike a chord, then you are a perfect candidate for Women’s Aha! Camp.


Still not sure? Check out our  Women’s Camp Permission Slip–great to use with family, your job, your kids, yourself (!)

The journey to your life “Aha!s” has never been so much fun.

Past Campers Share

Check out what previous campers had to say and view our videos.  Then keep reading to see what’s happening at this year’s camp. (Hint: we keep the best of previous years and we add in new, enticing experiences to keep you delighted throughout camp.)

“Carefree, expansive, freedom from everyday cares, fascinating sessions and fun, fun, fun activities to revive my inner child.” Peg

“This is one of the single most wonderful experiences I have ever been through.  And it came during the most perfect time for me.  I loved it.”  Kris

“Profound–you will be changed for the better.  Hard to put the impact into words.”  Anonymous camper

“The experience was more than I expected–was expecting physical care rather than spiritual and emotional.  I liked the interactive approaches.” Florence 

“I did not know or appreciate how much I had missed the company of other women!  The rest, fun, regenerating of spirit comes at a time in my life of deep need for someone more used to being the solution than the question.” Pat

“Thank you for your lovely spirit and creating a camp for women to flourish!” Debbie

It’s your turn!

We teach stressed out women that free time is not a luxury—it is a necessity. Camp is an extreme self-care experience full of take-home tools to keep women thriving in the midst of life chaos. Learn daily practices to keep you on your “To Do List” so you have the energy to give to others. You will renew, rejuvenate, re-energize, relax and have loads of fun. You will learn that when women fill themselves up, they naturally overflow onto everyone in their lives. It’s the ultimate win-win. Enjoy upscale cabins in the midst of a gorgeous forest on the edge of a lake.

“I loved Women’s Aha! Camp. They taught me how to love myself. The people made me feel very loved and powerful. There are so many beautiful, strong women in camp who are all very inspiring. I now feel ready to conquer running my business and life.” Lizzie

 2014 Camp Theme:  Bravely Being Me

Are you tired of pleasing others or putting your true desires on the shelf, waiting, waiting, waiting for the timing to be right or for it to be your turn? This year we are inviting women to step into living a bigger, more fulfilling life.  And to do that, you have to get your “Brave Girl” panties on.


In a stress-filled world it is easy to settle into “good enough.” I am inviting you to go for more.  I believe all women should lead magnificent lives.  Not only is it possible, this camp will put you on the path to your version of magnificent.  In all areas of your life.  (Details below)

Plus, you’ll meet a whole new set of camp friends! Many previous campers have admitted that they were a bit leery about being around other women.  Is that true for you? If so, I have good news.  The women I attract to my events are different.

These are like-minded women who are interested in living their best lives and moving forward in a positive way. These are just the type of women you want to surround yourself with in life because they will encourage you and fill you up!

“Enjoyed absolutely everyone! Loved the Y Camp–the fire–the tapping–the activities–happy for the opportunity and the growth.” Joanne

Camp Wisdom Session Details

“It is very challenging and rewarding to learn about yourself and learn why and how to help you love and take care of yourself.” Mickey

women gaining wisdom and growing roots

 2014 Sessions:

Bravely Saying “No” by Carolyn Casey
If you are like most women, you drag yourself to the point of exhaustion (and then some) before the word “No” hesitantly comes out of your mouth…often followed by an immediate apology. We are bravely and boldly going to explore why this phenomenon is at epidemic levels in the female culture. Then we are going to give you tools to take into your life so you can bravely and confidently state your “no” at times when you need to. Since we all have different personal styles, this session will be an eye-opener; what works for some won’t work for all. It’s time, Ladies, to take this concept back and put it in our lives. (Yeah!)

“I had some incredible breakthroughs and have gained resources and tools to help me move on in my life. I will cherish the time I spent here and make it a new step in my life to attend each year if possible.” Julie


Let’s Laugh by Karen Pederson
We’ve all heard that laughter is the best medicine. It feels amazing to laugh, promotes all sorts of health benefits and is literally life changing. But do we laugh enough? Importantly, can we laugh more, even when we don’t feel like laughing? Karen is coming all the way from Canada to ensure that laughter is a key tool in facing your daily life. The brave laugh in the face of adversity, and now so will you. 

Hit The Mark by YMCA staff
New to camp this year, we are going to do some archery.  The perfect metaphor for aiming for what we want in life. This is not, as you might guess, about where your arrow lands on the target.  It is about your willingness to aim for more in your life.  It is about how you support yourself on the journey.  It is about how you allow others to support you along the way. Last, and not least, it is about a bit of camp fun. (Of course you will choose what type of participation you will do.)

Beach Fun by Mystery Facilitator
This surprise session will be revealed to you on the shores of the gorgeous Horsethief Reservoir. (Don’t worry, no bikini necessary–that wouldn’t be fun for most of us, would it?!)

The Fine Art of Receiving by Carolyn Casey
It doesn’t matter what you want for your life–more money, better or new romance, kids who help around the house, a new career, peace of mind–you will not get there unless and until you are willing to receive it into your life–over and over again. So that what you want is present daily versus for a fleeting moment. Come learn how receiving has everything to do with what flows into our lives…and with what gets blocked from our lives. This is the class that should have been taught in school! 

“I love camp so much! Every year I attend I learn more and meet the most wonderful women. I have grown so much through the experience I have had a camp. I don’t know where I would be without it!” Kristine

Camp Fun

Every year we do Ropes Challenge Course events. The truth is, to live your bravest version of life, you have to step out of your box.  The Challenge Ropes Course is designed to help you do just that.


Ropes courses are an exhilarating way to go beyond what you thought possible and discover you have the internal bravery and strength to do the events in the course and to do anything in your life!

These events will challenge you emotionally, mentally and physically–all in a safe, nurturing environment.

Set in an old-growth forest, there are a range of activities, from simple walking exercises to activities up in the air–all designed to take you past your previous barriers and beliefs.

The best part is, you decide which activities you will participate in and which you will simply observe.

“Energetic, but each participant was only encouraged to do what they felt comfortable doing…no guilt ever!” Glory

             Camp Self-Care & Compassion

Are you too busy to take excellent care of yourself? Do you give and give and give until there is nothing left to give? Most women are fabulous at taking care of others.  Indeed it is our gift to the world, our nurturing eye and heart. Giving ourselves that same level of concern and care is a skill not often taught at home or modeled in the world.

Great news:  camp is an extreme self-care experience full of take-home tools to keep women thriving in the midst of life’s chaos. At camp you are going to learn to nurture yourself and follow your heart.

During our downtime, you will be encouraged to ask yourself:  What do I need right now?  What would be thrilling for me?  What would warm my heart?  What would fill me up?

women relaxing a river's edgeSelect from one of our yummy options…or make up your own:

Massage on the Water by Isabella Cazamira– thrill yourself and your body with a relaxing massage that will melt your heart. Campers love Isabella!

Toe Reading by Sonya Stockhaus–turns out your life story is being recorded by your feet (who knew?)…exotic sounding and incredibly insightful.   A favorite from past camps–a must to experience!

Forest Romps–set on the edge of Horsethief Reservoir, amidst 450 acres of forest, there are ample paths for you to explore and let nature remind you of what a brave explorer you are.

Art–Lose yourself in your creative juices.  Simple options for you to let your inner child out to play.

A Nap!–no explanation needed (we all know we are exhausted!)

“I really enjoyed the ‘self time.’ I don’t seem to get very much of ‘me’ time when I’m not stressing about family/commitment needs. This was nice to not have that over the weekend in the beautiful location.” Anonymous camper

Camp Timing & Location

Camp starts:  Thursday, Sept 11, 2014  check in 6-7 p.m. followed by a campfire at 8 p.m.
Camp ends:  Sunday, Sept 14, 2014 at 3 p.m.
Camp location:  Horsethief Reservoir YMCA property (photos below taken from camp)

Camp on shores of forest lake

Horsethief Reservoir is a gorgeous high mountain lake surrounded by beautiful forest.

The YMCA property is brand new and the most upscale camp facility you are likely to experience.  Cabins have carpeting and built-in bathrooms complete with marble counters and showers.  (No privy for you!)

Cabins are assigned on a first come, first served basis, you’ll want to get your camp spot reserved immediately.

You’ll share your cabin with your friends and other fabulous women that you’ll meet at camp.  There are always peals of laughter coming from the cabins…just part of camp!

Beautiful forest (near Hit The Mark archery session)

Beautiful forest (near Hit The Mark archery session)

Permission Slip (!) & Packing List:

Not sure you or your family or your work will give you permission to go to camp?  No worries–use this Women’s Camp Permission Slip for help getting them (and yourself) on board.


Once camp comes around, you’ll want to use our one-of-a-kind Camp Packing List 2014d.  (Also good for a giggle before camp starts.)


Sign Me Up–I’m going to camp!

Now is the time to reserve your spot at our 2014

Camp Price (all-inclusive) before April 30, 2014: $427
Camp price (all-inclusive) after April 30, 2014:  $497

Camp pricing is all-inclusive and covers 3 days of meals, 3 days of wisdom sessions & activities and 3 nights of lodging–everything you need to have a full & fabulous camp experience.

Camp Payment Options to Fit Your Personal Finances:

    • Pay for camp in full and let the fun daydreams of camp begin.
    • Put down a $100 deposit to save your space.  We’ll contact you to arrange for future payments.
    • Use the Three Easy Payments program to pay for camp a little bit at a time. (Please see Three Easy Payment subscription section below.)
    • Use Pay Pal’s Bill Me Later option during checkout and enjoy 6 months interest free to pay for camp.

I believe all women should be able to go to camp, so please inquire if you need a customized payment arrangement.

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Three Easy Payment Subscription–Pay for camp a little at a time with three payments of $177 billed each month.

How did you hear about camp?
Cabin mate(s) request:
Special diet/food allergies:

I believe all women should be able to go to camp, so please inquire if you need a customized payment plan.  Should the need arise, I am happy to transfer your payment to a different retreat date/event or another person or a gift certificate. I do not provide refunds.
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