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For Mothers Day, Give the Gift of Travel: 8 ‘Bucket List’ Adventures Sure to Make this an Epic Event

April 26, 2016



This Mother’s Day, you can fulfill a bucket list wish of giving the gift of travel to Iceland, Land of Fire and Ice © 2016 Karen Rubin/

This Mother’s Day, spice things up by giving her the gift of travel. Travel expert Adam York has selected eight bucket list adventures that span the spectrum of Moms, but are sure to make this the most epic Mother’s Day ever. 

  1. Nicaragua Escape – Retreat to a tranquil hideaway overlooking the white sands beaches of the Pacific Ocean at Aqua Wellness Resort. Mom will enjoy two days in charming Granada City where she will kayak, volcano hike, and zip-line, before heading to her exceptional beachfront retreat. She will relax, play, and decompress in a beautiful rainforest setting.
  1. Alaska Northern Lights – Join Gondwana EcoTours on a Northern Lights tour of Alaska. Mom will get a dose of local culture by day, and by night have the opportunity to photograph the Aurora Borealis under the massive Alaskan sky! She will zip between snow-covered trees on the back of a dog-sled, soak in the mineral-rich waters of geothermal hot springs, walk through the frozen art of an ice-sculpture museum, and sip martinis out of glasses made of ice.
  1. Argentina Wine + Photo Adventure– Mom will join renowned Argentine photographer, teacher, and documentary filmmaker, Ossian Lindholm, on the first-ever photography + high-altitude wine tour of Northwest Argentina. This is a magical journey that is perfect for photographers and wine lovers of all levels. Mom will be immersed in the region’s geography, wildlife, cuisine, and culture.
  1. Barge Cruise through France – Fine wines, delicious cuisine, and a leisurely approach to the enjoyment of each day await Mom on a barge cruise down France’s picturesque waterways. From the rolling vineyards of Burgundy to the tree-lined Canal du Midi in the Languedoc region, Frontiers International Travel’s selection of handpicked vessels provide a range of options suitable for anyone in search of a unique holiday with like-minded people.
  1. Moscow, the Golden Ring and St. Petersburg – Mom will discover where Russian art, architecture and culture began. In between the urban centers of Moscow and St. Petersburg, she’ll experience the Russian countryside. The oldest and loveliest churches in Russia, Sergiev Posad’s wooden crafts, and Fedoskino’s glowing lacquer boxes all put a shine on Russia’s Golden Ring that Mom will never forget.  
  1. Cycle Villages of Provence – Take Mom on Ride & Seek’s Provence cycling tour through the most beautiful villages of France as ordained by the group Les Plus Beaux Villages de France. This tour emphasizes authentic cuisine and local wines. There is a wonderful correlation between fine wine growing areas and world-class cycling.
  1. Dude Ranch Retreat – The 25,000 acre Red Reflet Ranch in Ten Sleep, Wyoming is both working ranch and luxury resort. Mom will hike, ride horses, skeet shoot, fly fish, mountain bike, dine on gourmet food, and play cowgirl on this fun-filled getaway.  From cattle drives to branding, the true western lifestyle thrives at Red Reflet.
  1. Diamond Circle Tour of Iceland – The land of fire and ice, active volcanoes and glaciers! Countless geysers, hot pots, and fumaroles dot the landscape. These unique features create a landscape filled with incredible waterfalls, lakes, mountains and stories of trolls and elves. On this six-day trip, Mom will travel by 4WD car from Reykjavik through the Skagafjordur Region to see the highlights of the Diamond Circle in the north, and return to Reykjavik by plane.


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Registration Underway for Women’s Empowerment Workshop in Vail, Colorado, Sept 11-15

August 14, 2013


Awaken in Nature, an combination luxury and nature adventure retreat returning to Vail this September has recently received generous support allowing for a limited number of spots in the five day experience at a greatly reduced price of $1,200 if registered by August 17.  
The experiential retreat, created by Women’s Empowerment Workshop, differentiates itself by focusing on long-term positive empowerment for women by continuing to follow up with participants after the actual retreat.  With the spectacular backdrop of Vail September 11–15th, women will find one of the best times to truly reconnect with what is important in life. 
Headquartered at the plush Vail Racquet Club, meals during the all-inclusive event will be provided by Vail’s popular restaurant, Blu’s.  Examples of activities during the Vail Awaken in Nature program include rafting, kayaking, healing via horses, hiking, rock climbing, yoga and more all led by experts in each field.  See more at or call 877.595.8622.  This offer is only valid until Sunday, August 17, and has a limited number of spots still left.


The deadline for registration for “Awaken in Nature,” presented by Women’s Empowerment Workshop is approaching at the end of August.  The transformational five day program takes place in Vail, Colorado, September 11-15, which also includes months of follow-up coaching.

Women’s Empowerment Workshop, which was offered for the first time in Vail last fall, holds retreats around the globe. With a mind/body/soul/nature connection focus, Vail’s Awaken in Nature retreat in September is specifically geared to meet the needs of women of all ages and abilities, without leaving the U.S.  Led by experts in each field, the retreat includes activities such as rafting, kayaking, healing via horses, hiking, rock climbing, yoga and more.

Headquartered at the plush Vail Racquet Club, meals during the all-inclusive retreat will be provided by Vail’s popular restaurant, Blu’s.

Experts leading Awaken in nature include founder Susie Kincade, a Transformational Wilderness Guide, a Ted Series speaker, former Olympic-level competitor and a person who can relate across a wide spectrum of women’s lives due to her prior experiences in both the corporate and private business marketing sectors.  Joining Kincade are Victoria FittsMilgrim, Founder of True Life Coaching and specializing in The Heroine’s Journey, Equine Therapy innovator Melisa Pearce, founder of Touched by a Horse and practicer of the Gestalt method of learning, and Josie Fenton, a Wilderness Therapist and Life Coach who founded the Lodestone Way Coaching program.

The all-inclusive innovative retreat includes:

**5 days/4 nights lodging at Vail Racquet Club (alternatives available for local residents)

**All meals

**All activities, including rafting, kayaking, healing via horses, hiking, rock climbing, yoga and more

**A seasoned and passionate full team of counselors, leaders and experts in their field, available for both group discovery sessions and one-on-one time

**Price: $1,900, all-inclusive, including lodging meals, activities, coaching and more.

Founder Susie Kincade began the program “after recognizing the growing sense of separation that people are feeling from the natural systems of the Earth.” Sensing the lack of awareness of what human impact is having on the Earth, Kincade connected the separation to what humans do in their own lives and created programming that combines adventure, education and mentorship while experiencing nature. The resulting re-connection to the Earth also enriches everyday life choices.

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Heart2Heart Hosts Weekend Nature Retreat in Vail, Colorado, Celebrating Mother-Daughter Relationship

May 3, 2013

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Women’s Empowerment Workshop presents Heart2Heart, a weekend retreat for mothers and daughters ages 16 and older.

Created by Susie Kincade and featuring a stellar crew of professional guides, Heart2Heart offers a nurturing, playful experience in nature for mothers and daughters to enrich and deepen their relationship, build trust, and explore the phases of womanhood together. The retreat will be held May 17-19 in Vail, Colorado at the Vail Racquet Club Mountain Resort.

Led by life and spiritual coaches and mothers of six daughters between them, Susie Kincade and Narda Reigel, transitional life coach specialists, the weekend includes developing trust through a rock climbing adventure, communication exploration and deep listening skills, as well as having time to enjoy yoga and spa experiences, restorative reflection, and gather for chef-prepared meals in the nurturing and inspiring setting of Vail in springtime.

“Being attuned to our surroundings, to the natural world, to our family members, offers us so many opportunities to give and to receive,” says Kincade. “It connects us deeply to the wholeness of life. Most importantly, we become more connected to the source within us-to our own capacity for love.”

The weekend package includes:

  • Two nights lodging at the luxurious Vail Racquet Club Mountain Resort (double occupancy)
  • Delicious, healthy meals (Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast)
  • Transportation within Vail to and from activities
  • Rock climbing exploration
  • Women’s Inner Wisdom: Life coaching, communication, emotional discernment skills
  • Spa offering
  • Pool, hot tubs, tennis and other amenities
  • Cost: $595* (*non-lodging rates available)

Formed two years ago, Women’s Empowerment Workshop started with one four-day nature adventure retreat, now called Awaken in NatureTM which combines outer and inner journeys through rafting/kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, healing with horses and other nature-based activities. The retreat drew attendees from as far away as Pakistan and from a dozen U.S. states. Its success led founder, Susie Kincade to create additional retreats and diverse workshops to satisfy the hunger she sees in women of all ages across the world who want to rise to their full potential.

For more information and to register, visit or call 877-595-8622

Savannah Memories’ Girls Getaway Available at 4 Inns Comes With Gifts

May 19, 2012

Sometimes the best way to escape life’s everyday stresses is to get away and unwind with your BFF, mother, daughter, sister or cousin. This summer, from Sunday, June 3 – Thursday, August 23, the (4) are hosting ‘Savannah Memories Girls Getaway’. Stay a minimum of two weekday nights (Sunday – Thursday) and enjoy a wonderful package of gifts as guests of your innkeeper.

Check into one of the four historic bed & breakfast inns that offer outstanding accommodations with picturesque settings, V.I.P. personalized and attentive service.

Your Savannah Memories complimentary gift includes: ($70 value)

  • Savannah Trolley Tour for Two with OLD SAVANNAH TOURS – bringing Savannah History to Life for nearly 30 years
  • Luscious Ice Cream Banana Split for Two to Share at LEOPOLD’S ICE CREAM (since 1919)
  • Admission for Two to JULIETTE GORDON LOW HOUSE – Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of The Girl Scouts
  • Personal Tour of the four SAVANNAH INNS – a glimpse into the most romantic bed & breakfasts in the South. Spanning history from 1856 -1897, the Inns grace the City with their genuine warmth and Southern hospitality.

For Reservations and Information:  (When you book your reservation, mention GIRL SCOUT COOKIES for your special Savannah Memories Gift.)

New Orleans, Hotel Monteleone host 2011 ‘Festigals’ Girlfriend-Getaway, Oct 6-9

September 8, 2011

New Orleans and the Hotel Monteleone are hosting the ultimate girlfriend getaway weekend, “Festigals”, in the city which AAA Southern Traveler Magazine calls the “Best Large City for a Weekend” and the “Best Girls Getaway in America”.

The ultimate girlfriend getaway weekend, from Thursday, October 6 through Sunday, October 9 offers:

  • Lunch with CNN Special Correspondent, Soledad O’Brien
  • A block party featuring ‘hot’ New Orleans firemen
  • A participatory parade called the ‘Stiletto Stroll’
  • A chocolate and wine event
  • Singing, clapping, and dancing at a gospel brunch

“Women work harder than anyone,” said Founder Diane Lyons. “FestiGals is the ultimate reward…a weekend-long event away from work, family, and responsibilities that promotes women, fashion, food, friendship, and fun for a cause.”

Women attending the weekend will be able to stay busy or rest and relax between the planned FestiGals activities. Optional escapades include a trip to Houmas House Plantation; a city tour of New Orleans; cooking lessons; and an arts & antiques visit to Magazine Street.

In addition to Soledad O’Brien’s keynote address, taken from her critically-acclaimed memoir, “The Next Big Story: My Journey through the Land of Possibilities”, Saturday’s program offers the S.H.E. series. Dynamic guests will speak on a variety of topics dedicated to self, heart, and empowerment, (S.H.E.).

Home base for the weekend will be Hotel Monteleone, a member of Historic Hotels of America. Participants will enjoy two award-winning restaurants, the famous Carousel Bar, a heated rooftop pool, Spa Aria, an exercise facility, a business center, and valet parking. Participation in FestiGals is $225 for the FestiGals Ultimate Package (individual events priced separately), and $159 per night at the Hotel Monteleone.

A portion of the net proceeds of tagged FestiGals events will benefit ‘Women for Women International’ and ‘Dress for Success New Orleans’. Click Here to register. To sign up for FestiGals updates, email or call 855-GAL-WKND (425-9563).

About FestiGals

The mission of FestiGals® is to provide a fun, safe and enriching weekend for women to relax, enjoy high-quality special events, and explore the cultural diversity and rich heritage of New Orleans, while contributing to Women for Women International and Dress for Success, whose missions are to empower women by giving them a hand-up, not a hand-out.

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6th Annual CampExperience Gathers Women for Education, Inspiration & Networking

March 11, 2011
PsycheHike at CampExperience

PsycheHike is one of the many adventures at Camp Experience, a weekend retreat for women to be held at Copper Mountain, Colorado, Sept. 23-25 (photo by Kimberly Anderson Photography).

DENVER, COLO. (March 1, 2011) —

Camp isn’t just for kids anymore with the sixth annual CampExperience™, a one-of-a-kind retreat for women in Copper Mountain, Colo., on Sept. 23 – 25. More than 200 women from some of the country’s top organizations and businesses will come together in this casual mountain setting for a weekend of education, inspiration and networking.

“After five years of CampExperience™ we have the formula: bring together coworkers, colleagues, sisters, mothers and daughters, and friends for 2.5 days of education, inspiration and networking and you have a powerful platform to uplift dreams and change lives,” says founder Betsy Wiersma.  “Many camp ‘sisters’ return every year as well as attend our other pre-camp events.”

More than 150 campers are already signed up to share the energy of national keynote speakers like Victoria Moran ( and Linda Larsen (, applaud Women Who Rock award winners, and indulge in “adventure” activities such as dance, biking, fly-fishing, self defense and a camp favorite, PsycheHiking.

Workshops this year are a new format with 2.5 hour “emersion” sessions with hand-on learning and experiences on topics such as advocacy, writing a book, embracing food as fuel and healthy weight management, emotional intelligence and stress-less living. There’s also yoga and Qi Gong to start the day, and a hands-on Creativity Corner is open throughout the weekend with pottery, jewelry making, painting and fabric art.

The popular Charity Bow-tique is back and doubled in size to offer more retail fun to benefit this year’s charity partners: Warren Village, United Way Women’s Self Sufficiency Programs, Women’s Bean Project and Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center.  Campers are asked to give three gently used or new items for the Bow-tique and to sign up for personal services (e.g., massages, reflexology, reiki and more) in exchange for a donation.

Since 2006, CampExperience™ has donated more than $138,000 in cash and in excess of 12,000 pounds of clothing and household goods to its charity partners.

“CampExperience™ is my annual respite to refuel, recharge my batteries and reconnect to amazing women in the community. In my busy life, I appreciate that CampExperience™ is built for me and maximizes my personal and business success,” says five-year camper Carol Calkins of Denver.

Pre-Camp Events
CampExperience™ also will host MiniCamp at Regis University in Denver on April 20, a Charity Kick-Off Party at The Closet Factory in Centennial on May 18, a Sleepover Adventure at Spruce Mountain Guest Ranch in Larkspur on June 2 – 3, and many free networking events throughout the year.  For more information about camp and these events and to sign up for a free newsletter, visit or call 720.840.4001. You do not need to be registered for CampExperience™ to attend pre-camp events.

Presenting sponsors for 2011 include CBS4, St. Anthony Central Hospital, Northwestern Mutual Denver, Regis University, Copper Mountain Resort, and Fastlane Productions. Host sponsors are Staples, MillerCoors, Colorado View Magazine, The Kentwood Company at Cherry Creek, KUVO Radio, Garvin’s Sewer Service, Clarity International, BBVA Compass, Tomboy Tools, Silpada Designs Farmers Insurance Group and Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado.

See also

Cultural Explorer offers trips to celebrate, empower women of South Africa

Copper Mountain Resort in Colorado Rockies: Where ‘Cool’ isn’t just the weather