10th Annual aha! Camp Theme:
After a year and a half of no camps, I couldn’t be more excited to celebrate the 10th year of camp with you! And I think this September’s camp mascot (“hello Gumby!”) and Being Bendy theme truly captures the many ways we have had to flex and bend with life since covid hit our world. Let’s have a bendorama time acknowledging all we’ve figured out, accommodated and handled (including a toilet paper shortage, something near and very dear to all females).
As always, 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 surprises and special goodies at camp–because that makes the celebration of a decade of fun even more fun. (And as I always say, “Fun is fun!”)
IMPORTANT: Be sure to check out our Health at aha! Camp page for camp safety requirements & CDC-related info. (Yep, a moving target…be bendy about this please.)
Already excited to go to September aha! Camp and don’t need the details?
September 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.
Meet Momentum Molly
by Carolyn Casey (Boise, ID)
Light Lucy, Serious Sally and Victim Violet--all previous camp characters Carolyn has introduced to help you love, laugh with and embrace the more challenging aspects of your personality--move over and meet Momentum Molly. Momentum Molly can be fabulous when she is supporting healthier habits in life...and she can be like a dog with a death grip on a bone with old, worn-out patterns that are frustrating. Let's laugh with her, make peace and make progress together.
by Linda Bu (Boise, ID)
Fits of Creativity
Expressing yourself through your version of creativity is calming. It's healing. And it's important for your soul. Can't paint? (Me either.) Never a doodler or a drawer? (Me either.) Love words more than images? (Me too!) It doesn't matter--we are all creative beings and there are messages for us in our creations. Just for us. Important guidance and tender love. Come join this past Girlfriend Getaway presenter--yep, she pre-dates camp's invention!--and tap into your unique, soul-full expression.
Best date ever–YOU!
by Shelley Butler (Boise, ID)
What would your life be like if you dated yourself? Are you fun? Kind? Generous? Kind of "routiney"? Do you even know yourself that well?!
Whether you are in a committed relationship or not (or even interested in one), the ultimate in self-love comes from having a love affair with yourself, starting with dating. Join Shelley in exploring what she learned, and the possibilities for your life, as she explores the possibilities, pitfalls and profound insights a year of dating herself uncovered.
Awkward Human Beings
by Deborah Ray (Boise, ID)
One of the favorite camp facilitators of the decade, Deborah is back helping us understand our human selves--our brains and how they fire off our emotions. What Deborah has noticed creeping into life lately is people feeling socially awkward and a break in social skills, including running from adversity. This impacts our families, our mental health and our own confidence. Come experience Deborah's profound insights and her hands-on, practical ways to get us from awkward to confident, even in the trickiest situation.
by Carolyn Casey (Boise, ID), Shari Chatterton (Guatemala) & Campers (yep, you!)
Female friendships. Let's be honest. They are complex!!! In fact, often women have had enough bad experiences--starting in middle school--that they drop out of having close female friendships. Yet women need women. And there are women in life that you can trust and enjoy and be your true, ugly-crying, confused, out-of-your-mind self with. We can help! Let's explore the good, the bad and the ugly and find the sacred middle ground for your friendship life to thrive.
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
Session changes: While this website represents our highest and best intentions for aha! Wisdom Sessions, life happens! And new opportunities unfold. Thus, camp presenters and session topics may shift, and in 10 years campers have learned that camp is awesome no matter what!
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.
This year’s new setting has view of the lake and is set amongst the pines. These challenging activities are all designed to take you past your previous barriers and beliefs and lead you to a new understanding of yourself and the support can be in your life.
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 ??? (Being Bendy about this!)
If you are into massage, there is no better place than to drift away in the middle of a forest, during a weekend that is all about you and your joy. Let our massage therapist bring you and your body the relaxation, release and bliss you deserve. (We are holding that there is a massage therapist who can join us--stay bendy about this!)
by Linda Bu
What's in a coin toss? Turns out, when they are 14th century, Ming Dynasty coins, EVERYTHING! Come tap into a wisdom beyond this time, combined with a modern interpretation, to get to the heart of your inquiry--guidance, depth and clarity--for any life question or issue you face.
by Deborah Ray
Are you emotionally struggling with the people in our life? Repeating emotional patterns? Or things like anxiety, depresssion, or just the blah's? Bring your questions. Bring your symptoms. And leave with tools for you and your life. (NOTE: this session is meant for you, not your loved ones you want to fix, as tempting as that is!)
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?!)
Energy Medicine Tune-up
by Deborah Ray
There's emotional pain and there's physical pain. Do you have either (or both)? Come experience the German-invented Healy technology used in combination with Deborah's emotional healing inquiry and techniques to have a reset at a cellular level--both physically and emotionally. (This technology recently approved by FDA for pain/chronic pain management and used in Europe for it's mood lifting capabilities.) The double whammy!
by Linda Bu
Ready to truly get to the roots of your question/issue and draw upon several energy modalities to do it? Join Linda Bu as she facilitates your I'Ching session (see descriptor above) and then layers over it energy from 25 different sources--all culminating in a clearer, deeper understanding of your path forward. You will not believe how accurate this reading is!
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 September 2021!
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! Because May 2020 camp, September 2020 camp and May 2021 camp were cancelled, we have very few September spots available, so if camp is calling to your heart, take action now. (Waiting list will be started after last spot is taken…no need to panic.)
September aha! Camp Timing:
Camp starts: Thursday, Sept 23, 2021 check in 6-7 p.m. followed by a campfire at 8 p.m.
Camp ends: Sunday, Sept 26, 2021 at 1 p.m.
Health Update: Vaccinations are required for this camp. (Please see May 2022 if that is not a fit for you.)