Cost: $350 / One Day Cost $150
June 23-25, 2017
Relax, refresh, and rebalance with Women’s Quest’s signature adventure retreat condensed to a weekend so everyone can join in on the fun. Indulge in the playful spirit of the Rocky Mountains with a weekend devoted just to YOU.
This weekend adventure retreat is a favorite for women returning to Women’s Quest, and newcomers alike. Set in the natural splendor of the Rocky Mountains, our inspired staff takes care of everything, so you can truly focus on you. We slow the pace way down, so you have time to hike/run through meadows of wildflowers, meet new like-minded friends, learn new skills and soak in the sweeping mountain vista views.
Our activities, whether geared toward the body or the mind, are done at your own pace, according to your own inner wisdom. You only need to contribute an open heart and a playful attitude. If you’ve ever wanted to put your life on pause, to reengage with the natural world, to decompress, or to re-energize, this is the retreat for you.
We welcome all athletic ability levels and experience. Our adventures are designed to teach attainable skills appropriate to your comfort zone, and you will be grouped with women of similar experience. All activities are optional.
What to Expect:
Friday, 1:00pm-7:00pm The retreat will be held in Boulder, Colorado, which is the wonderful hometown of Women’s Quest. This is a once in a life opportunity to be UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL with all of the amazing professional staff of Women’s Quest. Hike the beautiful mountain trails of Chautauqua Park followed by the Boulder outdoor mall walkabout, stopping by Sherpani bags on our way to a Happy Hour meeting up with sponsors, Krimson Klove, Skirt Sports and MyChelle dermaceuticals.
Saturday, 8:00am-8:00pm We begin at Chautauqua Park Community House located on the historic grounds of Chautauqua Park and surrounded by some of the best hiking in the country, includes catered fresh organic lunch with Three Leaf restaurant.
This day will start with a Strong Balance Class with Brenna Backe of KOA Fit, plus Hiking on beautiful trails, and break out sessions on discovering the joy of running, learning proper form and technique, and practicing drills.
After our energizing and organic lunch with (3 Leaves restaurant) we will gather for a life changing talk with 4 time Olympian Lorraine Moller. We will end the day with amazing yoga with Kristin Warner
We then will drive up Flagstaff Mountain for our dinner with Noodles and Company and our very special guest: Rebecca Folsom with her live music
Sunday, 8:00am-5:00pm Full Day of Play in Nederland, Colorado. We will head up to the Hesse trailhead and break into groups for our REAL MOUNTAIN HIKING!! We will have lunch in Nederland at Chipeta Park. Lisa Angelo will drive up her Cajun Food Truck for some tasty lunch surprises. Lunch is on your own but WQ will cover the drinks. In the afternoon The Tea Spot will do a Tea meditation and education and we will conclude the magical week end with yoga and magical closing at the Nederland Community Center.
• Running and hiking on trails in beautiful settings with wildflowers and beautiful vistas galore.
• Yoga with Kristen Warner
• Strong Balance with Brenna Backe of KOA fit
• Expert training tips for regenerating the body.
• Nutrition for the body, mind, and spirit. Learn how to nourish yourself with healthy foods, as well as supportive internal messages that help you feel good from the inside out.
• An inspired discussion with Olympic marathon bronze medalist Lorrain Moller on “The Hero’s Journey.”
• Daily relaxation practices including yoga, mediation, and Qigong, designed to center and empower.
• Professional instruction and guidance, safe supervision of all activities.
• Lifelong friendships and memorable experiences.
• Sponsored by our Colorado partners: Krimson Klover, MyChelle dermaceuticals, The Tea Spot, Bo Bo Bars, BoCo gear hats, Skirt Sports, Sherpani, Made for Lips (lip balm) and Noodles!!
Included in the Price:
• Friday, Happy Hour with Krimson Klover/Skirt Sports/MyChelle dermaceuticals/Made for lips, lip balm
• Saturday, organic healthy lunch by Three leaf restaurant
• Saturday dinner on Flagstaff Mountain provided by Noodles, music by Rebecca Folsom
•Sunday, Tea Party meditation and education with The Tea Spot
* Transportation, Lodging, Breakfast, and Sunday lunch IS NOT included in the cost.
How do I find accommodations?
Now is great time to get your hotel rooms booked for June. It may seem early but they will go fast and you can get good prices by reserving right now.
We suggest keeping it inexpensive because you will be so busy playing that you will not be in the rooms much!
What about transportation during the retreat?
Your best option is to rent a car for the weekend. Boulder also has a great local bus system and Uber/Ztrip car services that will get you to and from the retreat activities.
What will the food by like?
Women’s Quest will provide Bo Bo Bars, Eldorado Springs water, and juice throughout the retreat.
Friday Krimson Klover is hosting a Happy Hour with light snacks 5-7
Saturday’s lunch will be provided by 3 Leaf organic restaurant
Saturday’s dinner will be provided by Noodles and Company
Sunday’s lunch will be at Chipeta Park (this lunch will be on your own)
Please indicate any dietary restrictions; we can try to accommodate you.
Tell me about the yoga
Saturday morning will be a Strong Balance class with Brenna Backe
Saturday afternoon we have the wonderful Kristen Warner for our yoga practice. We will practice a yoga sequence that moves from a dynamic flow to restorative postures—designed to stretch out the body from the days’ adventures. We balance solid alignment techniques and playful sequences with opportunities for innovative self-discovery. As we work with a focus on core integrity and the connection between movement and breath, our stiff shoulders melt, our hamstrings lengthen, and our spines find greater flexibility. Most importantly, our smiles widen as we nurture our self-compassion and gratitude for “our one wild and precious life.” The practice blends the specificity of Iyengar yoga with a delight in flowing sequences (vinyasa) and poetic imagery. We end each afternoon practice with relaxing restorative yoga and guidance in mindfulness meditation.
The yoga practice on this retreat is designed to be accessible for all levels—both fresh beginners and experienced practitioners will deepen their practice according to individual needs and desires. Variations will be offered, and the instructors work with the principle that each person can find relationship with an “inner voice” that guides the balance of challenge and ease.
On Sunday afternoon we will have an inspirational talk and then Colleen’s unique “Awakening the Senses” Yoga. This gentle but powerful practice draws inspiration from Gyrokinesis, Qigong, and Tai Chi, and is a perfect way to wind down the retreat. It will be followed by a meditation practice
Tell me about the staff
The staff is an inspiring and spirited group of women!!! You will have the chance to play with women who are both phenomenal athletes and articulate teachers. You will receive cutting-edge instruction with heartfelt support and encouragement. The high staff-to-camper ratio allows opportunity for individual guidance, safe supervision of all activities, and personal attention to your feelings and needs. We organize the groups to accommodate all fitness levels and levels of experience. Since this retreat is in Boulder Colorado EXPECT THE VERY BEST STAFF OF ALL TIME!!!
We are excited to have on staff:
*Lorraine Moller, Bronze medalist in the Olympic Marathon,
2 time world champion, and 4 Olympics
*Colleen Cannon, World and National Champion triathlete and founder of WQ
*Jacqueline Stanford, Ironman Winner, and National team of Canada in basketball, cycling and kayaking
*Nicole DeBoom, World class triathlete and founder of Skirt Sports
*Emily Pickner, CU student and amazing Nordic skier
* Liz Barcheck, Athlete extraordinaire
What weather can I expect?
The temperature in Boulder is usually around 60 degrees Fahrenheit in the morning, and then warms up to 85 degrees during the day.
Nederland is normally 15 degrees cooler then Boulder on average. The weather can change quickly, and afternoon thunderstorms are not uncommon. Bring clothes to layer, as it is slightly cooler in the early mornings and evenings. BRING A WATERPROOF RAIN JACKET FOR THE AFTERNOONS.
How might the altitude affect me?
The two major differences between altitude and sea level are decreased oxygen density and decreased humidity. The most important thing you can do to minimize the affect of altitude is to DRINK A LOT OF WATER! If you fly to the retreat, be sure you drink at least 32 oz. of water on the airplane. Avoid alcohol and get extra sleep the week before the retreat. We will ease you into activities and provide tips for adjusting to the change in altitude.
Boulder is at 5400 feet and Nederland is at 8,000 feet
Do I need to be an athlete to attend this retreat?
No. We consider “Everyone an Athlete” and we welcome all ability levels. The beginning rider and the elite rider will both love the Tuscan countryside for bike riding at its best. A variety of options are available for our walks, runs and bike rides, depending on each person’s comfort level. If you can, we suggest you start a training or workout program at least 3 months before you come so you can get the most out of the week. It does not need to be a hard-core program, just get out, play and be active a few days a week. If you just can’t find the time, don’t worry, there will always be others in the same situation and the supportive staff will help you along.
Am I in good enough shape to do the camp?
Yes! Beginning, elite and everyone in between riders will love the Tuscan countryside for bike riding at its best. A variety of options are available for our rides depending on each person’s comfort level. If you can, we suggest you start a training or workout program at least 3 months beforehand so you can get the most out of the week. It does not need to be a hard-core program, just get out, play and be active a few days a week. If you just can’t find the time, don’t worry, there will always be others in the same situation and the supportive staff will help you along.
What is the average age on this retreat?
We have a wide range of people who attend our retreats, from 15-70 years young. Each retreat will vary. Please contact us if you have questions about the ages on a specific retreat.
What if I come alone?
The majority who attend our retreats come by themselves. This is a co-ed retreat so some past Questers bring their husbands, some bring partners and some bring best friends and plenty of people come alone. Italy is a safe and easy country to travel as a single female. English is widely spoken and we are here to answer any questions about travel that you may have. Although you may come alone, you will leave the retreat with new, lifelong friends!
Cancellation policy for domestic camps:
• If you must cancel, your $325 is NOT REFUNDABLE*
*no exceptions will be granted to the above policy.*
Please note: We are sorry but injury and illness do not disqualify you from any of the above cancellation policies. We are UNABLE to transfer deposits or any payments from one year to the next.
We reserve the right to cancel retreats with inadequate participant interest, in which case all money paid to Women’s Quest will be refunded. Women’s Quest CANNOT be held responsible for any personal expenses, such as airline tickets due to changes in itineraries or tour cancellations.