10th Annual aha! Camp Theme:
“The Symphony of You”
I couldn’t be more excited to celebrate the 10th year of camp with you! Whether you come in May or in September (or both!) you will be treated to unique Aha! Wisdom Sessions, a new Challenge Course and a different variety of Self Care options that make for the perfect camp experience. Plus, this year we are having a special guest to each camp and special goodies. If you are having a hard time deciding which camp is best for you, come to both (and get a screaming discount)!
Already excited to go to May aha! Camp and don’t need the details?
10th Anniversary Special Guest in May:
For 10 years campers have been learning and loving Karen’s Gratitude Song. As a special treat this year, we have Karen live!
Karen has been called “a master of communicating presence and spirituality through music,” with 20 CDs of her original inspirational music and an inspirational book; “Let Go of the Shore: Stories and Songs That Set the Spirit Free.” She sings, speaks, and leads workshops at women’s retreats and mind-body & health conferences all over the United States. She loves making music, making a difference, and touching hearts.
May aha! Wisdom Sessions
What good is camp if you go home and live the same old same old? Wisdom Sessions stop the madness and give women the permission to change and the wisdom & hands-on tools to pull it off.
“I Will Be Gentle With Myself”
by Karen Drucker (Mill Valley, CA)
Gratitude and being kind to ourselves and others is a daily practice that can transform our lives. How many of us actually do that? In times of distress do we allow ourselves to be truly kind, compassionate and gentle with ourselves, or do we allow our inner critic to get in the way and mentally beat ourselves up?
Karen wrote the chant "I will be gentle with myself" to remind herself she always has a choice to be kind, to be gentle and to be nurturing (something many of us reserve for others in our lives, not for ourselves). In this playshop you will participate in inspiring and healing music, play and laughter.
Muse of Your Inner Symphony
by Uma Mulnick (Portland, OR); Music by Karen
"It doesn't matter if you call her your Muse, Inner Wisdom, Spirit or whatever else," Uma Joy reminds. "We all have an inner voice that knows you have a beautiful symphony inside." Absolutely no creative experience is necessary (thankfully...because I have none!) for this intentional creative process using paints, markers, glitter and bling. Lovingly guided and supported by Uma Joy (every year a camp favorite) while listening to the inspirational music of Karen Drucker (live!)
Victim Violet or Victor Victoria?
by Carolyn Casey (Boise, ID)
How do we rebound from the randomness of life events that throw us for loop? Carolyn has found it depends upon which parts of her complex inner Self show up to lead the charge. Meet two new characters Carolyn recently discovered while planning the 10-year camp celebration. They join past camp favorites (Corporate Carolyn, Lite Lucy, Serious Sally and Fixie Philomena) as they make their cases for "Life happens to me" versus "Life happens for me." You will share in the discovery of your own life approach using humor and laughter and your own caste of characters to decide who gets your attention in the future next time Life surprises you.
by Carolyn Casey &
It's easy to blame life circumstances on others. Carolyn often finds, "I'm doing it to myself!" Carolyn and Karen team up in the witty, wise workshop where you will learn the power of personal permission to thrive in your life. Get ready to go big!
by Ellia Casey (Boise, ID) & Shari Chatterton (Leesburg, FL)
Can a simple jaunt through the forest help us reveal and then release some of the hurdles and stumbling blocks we are dragging through life? What would happen if we choose to let go and lean in to trusting others and life a bit more? This year we are using Mother Nature to assist us in lightening our load, because with 7.6 billion other people on the planet, we were not meant to do our lives alone. Come test trust out--you will be amazed with you!
by All Campers
This no-agenda event is a riot and more fun every year. Let's agree right now what happens at the campfire, stays at the campfire! Campers bring fun jokes, stories, riddles, new s'more recipes, songs...it goes on and on and on. (Warning: Depends adult wear may be needed for laughing until you, well, you know...you go...)
“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
aha! Camp Fun on the Challenge Course
The truth is our best life doesn’t come when we are cozily entrenched in our comfort zone…or our zone of terror
The Challenge Ropes Course is designed to help you move to the middle ground, your “zone of growth,” where your insights can inspire and delight you.
Set in an old-growth forest with majestic Ponderosa pine trees, 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
aha! Camp Self Care & Compassion:
There are endless options for you to invent about having more fun or enjoying some downtime, alone or with your new camp friends. Besides, we all need a nap just about anytime, don't we?
The ugly truth: most women are experts at taking care of everyone except themselves…
Surprising news: at camp we end the cycle of you ignoring you! Women learn to nurture themselves and follow their hearts and dump the heavy life loads they carry in their minds and in their emotions and in their bodies. This year’s self-care options are designed to help women release their “stuff” on many levels.
Select from one of our yummy options…or make up your own:
by Lady J
Invented in Japan, reiki is an ancient energy healing arts practice that spans the world. Lady J was trained by a student of the woman who brought reiki to the US in the 1970s and has 4 decades of practice and experience training others. The best part is, this relaxing, no-touch healing works immediate magic for the recipient. Treat yourself to a yummy energy infusion for your life.
Emotional Pain Paramedic
by Laura Sond
If you are alive, then you have experienced emotional pain. It's part of Life's journey, for each of us. The author of Emotional 911, Laura pinpoints your body's biggest emotional pain point (e.g. emotional baggage!) and releases it in the gentlest fashion. Then she takes you through a guided meditation to replace previous pain with loving kindness energy. Best part: the meditation is recorded for your future use.
by Elizabeth Zupan
Reflexology is a healing modality which is designed to stimulate the nerve endings in the bottom of the feet. This stimulation helps bring healing and rebalancing to the nervous system. Reflexology is also useful in rebalancing the physical body, as the feet are the foundation of the body. In life, where there is a healthy foundation, there is a strong house.
Dance of Bodywork
by Hayli Makana
Beyond simple massage, let Hayli help you release the stress and tiredness out of your body, spirit and mind using a combination of approaches. She is adept at adjusting her style to match your body's needs--soft, medium or deep...fast, medium or slow. So relax, enjoy and melt into a blob of yummy release.
by Lady J
A hit with campers in the past, this unique, simple way of looking at the astrology chart using four of your signs and mapping them to the theaters of your mind. (Who knew?!) Discover how you move through the signs at different times, how you communicate, how you deal with people and why you are the way you are. Explains so much! (pre-registration info needed for this choice)
Forest romp, beach bum, nap…
by You!…and your imagination
Ahhh the adventures one can have with a life jacket, a lovely high mountain lake and a variety of water toys (paddle boards, canoes, etc)! Or, lounge at the beach with your new girlfriends, soaking in some sun. The sky's the limit on the fun you will invent. (Don't worry, no bikini necessary--that wouldn't be fun for most of us, would it?!)
Registered campers will have an opportunity to sign up for Self-Care sessions prior to camp.
“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 this beautiful location.” Anonymous camper
Sign Me Up–I’m going to camp in May 2020!
Treat yourself…or ask for camp as a gift–either way you loads of camp fun ahead. And, better still, you will be guaranteed a spot at camp! (Waiting list will be started after last spot is taken…no need to panic.)
May aha! Camp Timing:
Camp starts: Thursday, May 14, 2020 check in 6-7 p.m. followed by a campfire at 8 p.m.
Camp ends: Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 1 p.m.