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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! 

Hike with the Eagles – SOLD OUT!

I had the opportunity to pop the kayak into the Delaware River a couple of weeks ago.  It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed great company on the water!  We also saw this guy along the river banks.  He was posing just for us!

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What a response, our Eagle Hike on February 28th is FULL!  We have mapped out two spots to take you that will provide some opportunity for quiet observation and watching Eagles as well as longer hiking.  We aim to please but please know that we can’t guarantee Eagle sightings!  It is MOST likely that we will see Eagles!  The Dirty Girl Club took a hike last weekend and we spotted 12 eagles, some of them up close!

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Dirty Girl Photographer Kembry Gibbs has taken some excellent photos and was willing to share them with me!  She is a patient watcher and has observed Eagles at play, feeding and taking care of the nest.  We are hoping to see some of these same activities on the 28th.

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If you didn’t get signed up for this hike, take some time to wander around both Clinton Lake and Perry Lake looking for Eagles!  There are now many nesting pairs and plenty of juveniles flying around the lower 48 states and even here in Kansas! There are also some other interesting sights to be seen OUTSIDE so get out there and take a hike!

If you don’t want to miss the next Dirty Girl Adventure, sign up now in the Dirty Shop! There is an 8 Mile Hike on March 28th scheduled and BIG EXCITEMENT there is a Dirty Girl Get Away scheduled at the Lied Lodge and Indian Cave State Park in Nebraska in April (April 17th and 18th) and the Down and Dirty 3 Mile is April 25th!  Get on over to the Dirty Shop and take a look!

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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.

 

 

Hot Times: A Kansas River Run SOLD OUT!!

SOLD OUT! 

Yes, it’s time for some Hot Times on the Kansas River!  The First Float was in June and the River was fabulous!  A good flow rate and lots of sunshine were ingredients in our day.  Those ingredients combined with great company brought good times to the 48 paddlers who ventured out with Dirty Girl Adventures.  We are looking forward to Hot Times River Run on Sunday July 27th, 2014!

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We are currently planning to explore a different section of the Kansas River – from the Seward Boat Ramp in Topeka to Rising Sun River Access in Lecompton .  This 12.7 mile long paddle will take 4 – 5 hours depending on the amount of time we choose to dally on the sand bars.  Yoga, anyone?  This section of the river does have a low head dam near the Tecumseh Power Plant – it is easy to go over through a middle section at normal or low river flow rates.  Dirty Girl Adventures will determine the safety of this passage before the Hot Times River Run begins.

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Paddlers will need to meet at the Rising Sun River Access to leave their vehicles and catch the standing room only Redy2Party Bus for a ride to the Seward Boat Ramp. Own your own kayak? Plan to drop your gear with the Dirty Minions at Seward then head to Rising Sun for a packed bus ride!

There are  32 single person kayaks and 2 – 2 person tandem kayaks available for the Hot Times River Run.  Seats are first come, first served.  The payment buttons will be removed when the maximum number of people have registered.  A waiting list will be started in case registered paddlers need to cancel.  Refunds will be given for cancellations through July 21st.  After July 21st, refunds will only be given if Dirty Girl Adventures can re-sell your spot.

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Dirty Girl Adventures has the right to cancel this event due to weather or water conditions up to the day of the River Run.  Refunds will be given if Dirty Girl Adventures chooses to cancel.  Cancellation will be due to safety concerns – please feel confident that Dirty Girl Adventures are making every effort to ensure your safety on the river.  Dirty Girl Adventures reserves the right to refuse service to anyone.

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SOLD OUT! 

Gear to bring:  WATER, sunscreen, hearty snacks and a lunch, water, sunscreen, old tennis shoes or water shoes, hat, beverages of your choice, your favorite life jacket if you have one otherwise you can use a DGA floatation device 😀

Questions, problems or concerns?  Don’t make a comment here – email deniseselbeekoch@gmail.com or call Denise at 785-608-7888!

 

 

March! It’s almost spring… make a goal!

So, there is a big winter storm forecast for our area.  Tomorrow is March 1st and everyone I know is more than ready for spring to come!  After arriving home from the last High School basketball game of the season (glory be!), I thought I would peruse my computer for signs of spring.  These are what I randomly found …. From March 2012 in beautiful Jefferson County in Northeast Kansas!  Keep your eyes peeled for similar sights within the next month!

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Oh, wait!  The next two are from Milford Lake in Riley County!  My friend Shelley and I competed in the Thumper Adventure Race with Lake Adventures at Lake Milford in early March 2012.  Here we are plotting our course…

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Below we are traipsing through the Eastern Red Cedar trees while searching for a check point.  I think we placed first in our division of two women teams.  It was a tough race but a beautiful day!  We ran through ash from a grass fire, carried our bikes through the woods after a navigational error and had an AMAZING time!  (photos courtesy Lake Adventures)

420374_3536015448259_1508543598_3165682_513298445_nLater in March, while hiking the Perry Lake Trail, I found these Dutchman’s Breeches sprouting in a sunny spot along the trail.

DSCF4117Spring brings everything to life and adds green to the now tired brown.  Snails are cool!

DSC_0150These are also native wild flowers, Trillium or Wakerobin.  They are a sure sign that spring has come to the woods.  Soon they will be popping up along the trail!

DSC_0147DSC_0117When the Eastern Redbuds pop, the edges of the woods are glorious!

Dirty Girls, this spring is your time to bloom!  Make some goals right now!  Waiting for next Monday or next month or tomorrow won’t get you to the next season!  Take a look at the adventures that are planned here  but, IN ADDITION to those – make some plans of your own!  Set some personal goals for your own self care today!  Drink more water, move your body more often (every day??), spend some quality time with your Dirty Dude or your Dirty Kids or your Dirty Girls (love that last one!)!  I will share some of my own goals for this adventure season soon.  First though, I think I will need to share some kayak photos and inspiration! Stay tuned for that!

Stay strong and brave and true!  Make your goals and share them with your Dirty Girl friends for accountability!  You can comment here, on the facebook page when this posts or in an email to me!

Meanwhile, look forward – move forward! Hope to see you on the trail soon!

Anybody can be a Dirty Girl!

It’s true!  Well, technically, I guess guys can only be Dirty Dudes but you know what I mean!  Dirty Girls come in different shapes and sizes and different fitness levels as well.  We run, we walk really fast (I have long legs), we jog, we hike slowly.  Sometimes it’s a kick butt, hardcore workout and other times it is a hike intended to truly enjoy and take in the sights and sounds of the trail as well as the company of our peers. (Both of these are a workout.)  We all have a different definition of what that kick butt work out is to us and we all have a different need when we hit the trail or the water.  It just depends on what will refresh and invigorate us at any given moment.

Sarcoscypha coccinea, the scarlet cup fungus! I googled it!  http://botit.botany.wisc.edu/toms_fungi/apr98.html
Sarcoscypha coccinea, the scarlet cup fungus!
I googled it! http://botit.botany.wisc.edu/toms_fungi/apr98.html

We have been having a wide variety of Dirty People turn up for the free trail hikes and we LOVE that!!  It seems like a few Dirty Girls might be feeling a little “less than” because they are slower that others.  THAT IS NOT THE GOAL OF THIS!  By coming out, by showing up, by joining in you are all AMAZING!  By getting yourself out and moving in the great outdoors you are taking care of business!  Remember, we are in this because we are taking good care of ourselves!!  Dirty Girls or Dirty Dudes, our goals are varied – fitness, fresh air, fun, adventure, friends!  Don’t let your fitness level keep you home!  If you walk a quarter mile in the time it takes me to walk a mile it doesn’t matter!  We both moved for all the right reasons!!

Don’t hold yourself back!!  Don’t let negative self talk slow you down!  Don’t compare yourself to anyone else just do what you can do and take good care of yourself!!  This means physically and emotionally.  For me, going outside is relaxing and energizing and refreshing. Hosting trail hikes and other outdoor adventures helps by providing accountability and good company!  Grab a Dirty Girl and get outside!!  Feel empowered and energized!  Get stronger!DSCF4338