Join us and the rest of the nation for a FIRST DAY HIKE! We will be helping out at the Perry State Park First Day Hike on January 1st, 2018 at 10am for a 2.5 mile hike! Start your 2018 with a nature connection! Free, and open to all ages and genders – 2.5 mile hike with no registration required. Show up with your people! 😀
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
We walked on in our snowless globe of mist
where even the struggle of steep, muddy climbs
was no match for our resilience.
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.
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.
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.
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
It’s time for a Dirty Family adventure! Are you ready for a short hike and a great time? This is it! This hike is appropriate for all abilities – we have pavement and some pasture hills to climb for those who choose the “off-road” route.
It’s a day at the lake, unplug and slow down to enjoy your peeps and yourself at the Lake. Plan a special day for your family, Dirty Kids of all ages are free! Have you been searching for a way to connect with and unplug your kid? Come spend the afternoon with the Dirty Girls!
Bring your Dirty Dude, Dirty Mom, Dirty Dad, Dirty Friends…. oh, and a chair for around the campfire! We will have some special activities throughout the afternoon to provide some extra entertainment for you and yours.
WHEN: May 7th, check in time is 12:30pm
WHERE: Slough Creek Education Conservation Point – From Oskaloosa go South on Hwy 59 to 70th Road, turn west onto 70th at the T intersection turn left onto Kiowa Road – follow signs
COST: $30 per adult – school age youth are FREE – a donation to the Conservation District will be made from your fee. SIGN UP NOW IN THE DIRTY SHOP!
WHAT: A 3 Mile scenic hike along a paved trail (pasture path available for those who’d like a hill climb) wheel chair and stroller accessible.
WHO: You and your family, friends – all ages are welcome!
WHAT ELSE: Time around the campfire, bring a chair, bring a picnic, connect with friends, hands on activities, plan to spend the afternoon at the lake