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Venture In – Adventure Out: A Retreat Especially for Women

wedding in the woods HD Images New vintage wedding dress girl forest summer sun flare background hdOur personal and professional schedules can be demanding and create the sense that we don’t have time to take care of ourselves. When we do have a moment to breathe, we are bombarded with information so it takes intentional effort to unplug from technology, media, and the noise of the world.

That is why we invite you to join us to: Venture In – Adventure Out: A Retreat designed specifically for Women. Your mind, body, and soul will be fed so that you can be the best version of you in all aspects of your life!

Venture In-You will heighten awareness of how your energy is impacting you and those around you. Not only will you gain clarity, you will have the opportunity to release some clutter that has weighed you down or blocked you from achieving the goals you have in your personal or professional life.

 

Adventure Out—You will learn the concepts of mindful intention and learn two nature focused mindful practices. Connecting with nature allows us to reconnect to ourselves which readies us for connection with others. We will practice strategies that you can take with you so that your ability to relax, reset and rejuvenate will be strengthened.

 

We will also feature a hands on creative activity that will provide you with a lasting piece of original artwork to inspire and remind you of what you learn.

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We will enjoy a restorative yoga session from Annemarie of Peace, Love, Joy Yoga which will provide reinforcing relaxation strategies you can repeat at home.

 

You will also have time to connect with others and a delicious and healthy breakfast and lunch.

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Join us at Camp on Friday evening to relax around the fire and participate in our Campfire Conversations about life and living. (Eat dinner before you come or bring your meal/snacks along) Lodging will be camp style in cabins and bunk beds. Saturday September 8th will bring breakfast together, followed by a day FULL of relevant and useful information, strategies, fun, time outside, connection with others and an increased sense of well-being.

Details: 

Times: Friday September 7th 6:30pm until Saturday September 8th at 5:30pm

Friday September 7th anytime after 6:00pm – sunset is at 7:45 and our Campfire Conversations will begin then – be sure to have eaten dinner or bring your dinner. We will provide campfire snacks.

Saturday: Healthy Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks provided – plan to dress in comfortable clothing that will allow movement, time outside, yoga and possibly slightly messy creativity!

Location: The Falley Scout Reservation near Lake Perry, Kansas that includes bunkhouse lodging in a gorgeous natural setting.

Cost: $300 Special Early Bird Rate $250 through July 1, 2018

You MUST PRE-REGISTER in the Dirty Shop! 

Our refund policy allows for a full refund when we receive WRITTEN notification via email to adventure@dirtygirladventures.net 3 full weeks prior to the event – ie: August 24th.

This retreat is a collaboration between Dirty Girl Adventures, LLC and Venture In!

Who are we?

Dirty Girl Adventures, LLC is Denise Selbee-Koch aka The Dirty Mutha and Jennifer Woerner aka Wild Rose… we think you probably know us! 😀

Denise Selbee-Koch is the Original Dirty Girl and Owner of Dirty Girl Adventures, LLC. She has 25 years of experience as a Social Worker and a lifetime of experience as an Outdoor Adventurer. Denise loves to hike, kayak, backpack, camp and meander through the woods, on a sandbar and along the shore. She is a Licensed Master’s Level Social Worker with experience in therapy, environmental education, outdoor adventure, fitness, and nutrition. Her areas of expertise are in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Solution Focused Therapy, Positive Behavior Supports and in supporting individuals in developing management strategies for stress, anxiety, depression and self care.

Jennifer Woerner is the Creative Director and Co-Owner of Dirty Girl Adventures, LLC. She has 15 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist and a lifetime experience as an Outdoor Adventurer. She loves to hike, kayak, backpack, camp and relax by the campfire with friends. Jennifer has experience in life skills therapies, environmental education, outdoor adventure, fitness and nutrition. Her areas of expertise are in developing hands on, action based activities to teach and support personal growth and development.

Venture In is represented by Tamara Konrade.

She is the Director of INspired Leadership and Venture In. Denise met Tamara two years ago and was truly INspired! We can’t WAIT for this collaboration! Tamara is an educator, consultant, inspirational speaker, wife, mother and friend. Her experience in coaching and consulting with genuine wisdom and caring will fill your heart. Here’s Tamara in her own words…

“I have a gift for drawing out the strengths and talents of others. It excites me to help people uncover their abilities and realize how to use them in ways they never imagined in their homes, communities and organizations.

I have a heart and passion for people who feel they’re not enough. Maybe they feel they don’t match up to what others want or need them to be. Perhaps they’re wearing masks in different roles like marriage and parenting, or business and leadership. It doesn’t matter what title someone holds, down deep we are all humans experiencing life in the best (or only) way we know how.

It’s my honor to help you uncover what is getting in your way of experiencing life to the fullest – with purpose and freedom.”

Get registered ASAP to participate in this first time special offering! We can’t wait to share with you! 

Dirty Girl Camp Weekend

Yes, this year our annual September Retreat will be a little different – WE’RE GOING TO CAMP! Remember going to camp when you were a kid? Bunk beds, dining hall, campfires and s’mores? Yep, this retreat will have all of those things and more! We are going to be staying at Camp White on Council Grove Reservoir in the Flint Hills!! It is BEAUTIFUL THERE! Time to get away for a weekend to refresh and rejuvenate! (This is an event just for Dirty Girls!)

WHEN: September 23rd, 24th and 25th

WHERE: Camp White – located on Council Grove Reservoir in the Flint Hills

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TIME: Arrive Friday September 23rd between 4:30 – 7:30pm leave Sunday September 25th in the afternoon on your own schedule after 12pm (we will have activities until noon then you get a “to go” lunch to eat any where you choose – including your favorite spot at camp)

MEALS: Campfire and treats at 7:30pm Friday, three meals on Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Sunday, coffee, tea and snacks provided throughout the weekend

LODGING: We will bunk out in Big Red Cabin. We will share “suites” and sleep in bunk beds! You bring your bedding, pillows and towels as well as personal care items.

ACTIVITIES: Hiking, Kayaking, High Ropes Course, Art project, Restorative Yoga Stretching, Instruction in Mindfulness, Mindful Walking in the Labyrinth, Spirit Spots, time alone, cultivation of personal growth, increased self awareness and more personal connections!!!!

Please know that if you are worried about any of these activities and your own ability to participate, that they are all adaptable, this is a self challenge weekend!

        

BRING: Comfortable clothing that will accommodate changing temperatures and activities throughout the weekend, bedding, towel and toiletries, at least two pair of shoes, camera, an open mind and heart, a book, downloaded music and headphones, hat, sunscreen, bug spray.

COST:  $350 Regular and $300 Club Sign up NOW in the Dirty Shop! 

More details as we think of them will be sent in an email before CAMP!

DEADLINE FOR PAYMENT: SEPTEMBER 1st, 2016 with no refunds available. Earlier is better. 

REFUNDS:  Due to the planning time, lodging and meal components of this event, after August 23rd there will be no refunds. Extenuating circumstances will be considered. 

Dirty Girls Got Away!

In April, the Dirty Girls took some time to Get Away and enjoy a Dirty Girls Weekend.  We traveled to the Lied Lodge and Conference Center in Nebraska City  (beautiful and comfortable) for some time to pamper ourselves and to spend quality time together.

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We couldn’t just relax inside the whole time so we also spent the day exploring Indian Cave State Park.  It is a gorgeous park with great hiking trails.  Spring brought lush green foliage to the trail which, against all odds, was uphill both ways! 20160430_120132

We enjoyed the weekend together both on the trail and at the lodge.  It was a good time to cultivate both “me” time and our relationships with old friends and new.

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We were joined by poet and actress, Annette Hope Billings, on Saturday evening.  She shared some of her poetry with us and then led us in discussion of our experience.  This was an insightful experience and it resulted in a wonderful poem written by our entire group. It was an intense experience to be part of sharing thoughts and feelings that we often hold close to our hearts and leave unsaid.  We love Annette and hope that you will visit her website to learn more about her work.

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We have been busy kayaking and hiking so this story seems belated but it was a WONDERFUL weekend and we loved every minute of it!  We believe that the pictures and the fruit or our labors (this poem Annette so skillfully pulled out of us) tells the true story of our time together!

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The Path To Be Free

We began our journey in a world of green

turned lush like velvet beneath a covering of clouds.

We entered a wilderness as sacred as a church,

where our hymns became the songs of frogs,

and choruses of raindrops falling on a canopy of leaves

and the fluttering wings of startle birds.

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We walked in worship there

where the sheer absence of sound

brought us to a place of peace.

We marveled at the contrast of intentionally-burned stumps

that served to brighten the green of thriving trees.

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We walked on in our snowless globe of mist

where even the struggle of steep, muddy climbs

was no match for our resilience.

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The expected downpour kept at bay,

we hiked paths that were like our lives.

Some began straight, then turned into curves

and easy valleys morphed to difficult hills.

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We stepped back into long-forgotten boxes of childhood

where being outside was our second home.

Our eyes took in the gifts of Paw-Paw trees

and watched Jack-in-the-Pulpit preach as we walked by.

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We took in the lessons the Mighty Mo taught us—

that swift currents of life can steal our control,

and precious is the time we make for ourselves

and golden are the memories of hearts lit with laughter.

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We take home the gifts of time spent with amazing women,

and the powerful synergy of achieving a common goal,

and pictures that capture bonds strengthened with old friends

along with connections made between friends who are new.

We will return to lives that will tend to confine us,

but now we have Dirty Girl knowledge of the path to be free.

 

Annette Hope Billings and The Dirty Girls of the 2016

Indian Cave State Park Hike and Lied Lodge Adventure

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Dirty Girls’ Get Away!

head_rearviewThere is exactly one month left to register (Deadline March 16th) for the amazing, first of its kind – Dirty Girls’ Get Away which is scheduled for April 17th, 18th and 19th!  We will be visiting the Lied Lodge in Nebraska City, Nebraska.  It is a gorgeous and comfortable lodge with many amenities!

poolFrom gorgeous rooms, great food, pool, jacuzzi, spa and wines made on site at the Arbor Day Farm! In fact, I’m hoping to participate in the Friday night wine tasting that they offer – $5 for 4 tastes – surely I’ll find one I like!

wine-new-labelWe will spend Friday evening relaxing and socializing in the Lied Lodge. As is usual with us Dirty Girls, the Tribal Gathering and social time will be divine! We will share some life stories and encouragement as we prepare for a day of hiking on Saturday. Our goal is to build you up and encourage you to challenge yourself to enjoy new adventures! Doesn’t this little spot look like a nice place to hang out and chat with some Dirty Girls?

Lounge_Counches_320_000Saturday, after a delicious breakfast, we will carpool to “Nebraska’s best kept secret” Indian Cave State Park!

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We will spend Saturday hiking the trails along the Mighty Missouri River.  The hills and bluffs offer excellent views from the 25 miles of trails throughout the park.  The Dirty Mama’s have mapped out a hike that can accommodate the short hiker and the long hiker!  We will enjoy a boxed lunch on the trail (included in your cost and furnished by the Lied Lodge).

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I enjoyed a great weekend with my wonderful friends last year which is when the plan for this Dirty Girl Get Away was hatched!  Although we camped, we experienced a pretty cold night and lots of blowing dirt so we thought that it would be well worth it to combine comfort with our outdoor adventure!  The packages that we have created are designed to meet the financial situation of a variety of Dirty Girls.  (This is a Dirty Girl only event – no Dudes – but it is open to both club members and others.) The packages all include lodging, breakfast in the mornings Saturday and Sunday, Saturday lunch and dinner with one beverage.  If you can’t get away on Friday, it is a short 2 hour drive to join us Saturday morning!

 

 

 

 

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For the short hikers, local exploration in Indian Cave State Park includes a variety of pretty cool spots that you can visit with MacGyver Julie while the long hikers keep moving. The day should be beautiful!  After a full day, we will return to the Lied Lodge for some chillaxing and a delicious dinner in the Timber Lodge (instead of a tent!)!

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We will provide a really cool commemorative craft during the evening hours as well as some quality social time with a focus on self-care and refreshing your spirit! Sunday morning, we will leisurely enjoy breakfast together, then enjoy a relaxing hike into the Arbor Day Farm Grounds to visit the Treehouse 50 feet in the air!  It looks SO cool!  Then we will all head home, refreshed and rejuvenated (oh, who am I kidding we will most likely be a bit tired from such an awesome time!).

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Check out this event in the Dirty Shop and get signed up now! You can choose the package that best fits you.  Make a plan and sign up with a roommate or for the Deluxe Solo Package.  All the details are available here!

Hope you can join us!  Questions?  Email me at deniseselbeekoch@gmail.com!

Creativity and Connectivity

As we spend time planning for our 2015 Adventure Season, with a bit of down time inside this winter, our thought and actions turn introspective.  At Dirty Girl Adventures, we hope to plan events and activities with a mindful purpose towards meeting our needs and the needs of others.  It’s true everyone is different.  However, we believe that there are certain themes that work (in one way or another) to help everyone grow and be strong in body and spirit.

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One of the themes we are focusing on this year is creativity.  Humans are creative beings. We express ourselves through our creativity!  We dance, sing, cook, write, take pictures, rebuild an antique trunk, refinish an old canoe,

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Dirty Girl Kembry aka Gadget Girl refurbished this canoe!

scrapbook, decorate, paint, garden or landscape, put together model trains, make soap or get unique tattoos . . . The ways to be creative are as varied as each of us.  Our creativity is an expression of our originality.

Expressing the creativity inside of us can help us stay mindful of how unique and valuable we each are. The way you express your creativity is yours alone, not to be compared to another.  Creativity is important; it is part of being human.

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Dirty Girl Adventures has mindfully planned the Custom Collage Workshop to help you release your inner creativity!  The collage activity has helped us express our creativity in many ways. We believe in the power of words, and using positive “self talk” is integral in maintaining and developing a positive self-image. We believe in the practice of using words to strengthen heart and soul. In our society, words are often used in negative ways.  Most people have negative thoughts, self-doubt, and negative self-talk about themselves or life in general. These worries and anxieties can get out of hand, and words are a tool to regain control.

Your collage is an opportunity to place positive words into your view everyday. When you display your artwork, you will see the words everyday, and each day, the art and the words on it, will help you focus on the positive, integrating positive self-talk into your thoughts and days. Whether it is through the collage project or through some other creative process, we encourage you to surround yourself with positive self-talk and unleash the power of your own creativity!

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The second theme that we believe is integral in our lives, is the power we get from connecting to nature.  We could quote pages of research that tell us humans who connect with nature feel less depressed, less stressed and less anxious (we have experienced this phenomenon), but we all know spending time in nature rejuvenates, refreshes and refocuses most humans. You might like to hike, run, bike, kayak, swim, walk, picnic, sit, lounge, camp, even hunt, but the bottom line is that getting outside brings power back to our being.

DSC_0156You might choose to go outside alone or with others, to complete a task or to revel in the beauty of nature, either way you will feel rejuvenated.  It takes some time to catch the feeling – sometimes when we are stressed, depressed, angry or anxious we just go – moving through the woods or along the lake.  At first, it is just our habit to go, but gradually, the feeling of relief and rejuvenation slips in and the tense feeling starts to release, the clouded thought processes begin to clear.  It is the power of connecting with nature.  Find the way that works for you, we believe that you will find several!  We have also found that feeling connected to others who feel connected to nature is a pretty good feeling too!

DSC_0065[3]Dirty Girl Adventures strives to provide opportunities for creativity and connectivity!  Come on an adventure with us this season, or join the Dirty Girl Club, we are working hard to create excellent opportunities for you!

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Peace and Love,

Denise aka The Dirty Mutha and Jenn aka Wild Rose

Copyright Dirty Girl Adventures, LLC 2015

Dirty Girls Make Art!!

Custom Collage Workshop

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Workshop will be hosted at The Crooked Post Winery 

2:30 – 5:30pm – Register NOW at The Dirty Shop! 

$40 (includes instruction, supplies and a glass of wine!)

yimg-1119831496-1-1390413816Join the Dirty Girls for an expression of your creativity to kick off the New Year! Denise and Jennifer of Dirty Girl Adventures will guide you in the creation of a Custom Collage. The goal? To design a piece of art that speaks to you! Each piece is different, expressing the beliefs and desires of the individual who creates it.

DSC_0949 This is not a “goal setting” event. While January is a traditional time to set personal goals, or resolutions, we are more interested in focusing on what inspires, motivates or moves your spirit so that when you need a boost or reminder throughout the year, you will have it in a beautiful and personal piece of artwork! If you have a quote, verse, lyric or photo that embodies this for you, please bring a copy with you if you’d like.

yimg-1133488408-1-1669175394We will help you will create a piece of art that will guide and support you throughout 2015. What is important to you? How will you stay focused during the daily hectic-ness of life? Our class is a time to think about this while simultaneously creating art, hanging out with your friends and enjoying an afternoon of relaxation at Crooked Post Winery!

DSC_0950Sign up through the Dirty Shop or in person at Crooked Post Winery.