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MOM CAMP: THE CAMP

Spring 2021: Dates TBC

Squamish Valley, British Columbia

The Location

Mom Camp: The Camp takes place at a retreat and educational centre located on 165 hectares of ecological reserve in Paradise Valley, near Squamish, British Columbia. 

Named by The New York Times as one of the top 52 Places to Go, the area offers endless year-round recreation from hiking, biking, fishing and wilderness camping to cabin getaways. 

Squamish is nestled between Vancouver and Whistler along the Sea to Sky corridor, one of North America’s most scenic coastal routes. Its spectacular 360-degree views range from snow-capped mountains to glacial lakes to old-growth forests to the turquoise waters of the Howe Sound fjord that look almost too good to be true.

Moms need camp too.

The camp experience can be transformative for kids. Away from the routine of day to day life they build friendships and find community, they build confidence, and they learn a little more about who they are as individuals. But why is that experience only for kids? Moms need all those things too! 

PRESENTER:
DR. JULIE DURNAN, ND

Julie is a naturopathic physician and founder of Restoration Health Clinic, a natural health clinic focused on women and children's health.

Easing Through Hormonal Obstacles: Balance Energy levels, Stress, and Aging Using Natural Medicine.

Her session will discuss:

  • How our female physiology changes after we have children and as we age
  • How stress impacts our female sex hormones
  • How our energy levels drop due to some key hormonal shifts
  • How to find the root cause of hormonal imbalance in our own bodies

You will learn:

  • Key nutrients and foods that boost hormone production
  • Important nutrients to consider in the aging process
  • Lifestyle tools you can easily integrate to reduce stress and the aging process
  • To create your own natural medicine health plan that supports your systems in need

The Schedule

Mom Camp: The Camp will take place in Spring 2021, exact dates TBD. Arrival will be Friday afternoon and departure will be after lunch on Sunday. The two nights and three days will include personal development workshops, fitness classes, social time, outdoor activities and lots of down time for relaxation and rejuvenation! The final schedule will be sent out to all participants closer to the date.

Workshops

We have a great schedule of sessions, with presentations and workshops with subject experts including a naturopathic doctor, a pelvic floor health coach, and a body positivity expert. 

Outdoor activities

We will be in the middle of a forest, on the edge of the Squamish River. Of COURSE there will be outdoor activities! There will be lots of time to spend out in the beautiful West Coast air.

Fitness classes

There will be several fitness classes offered throughout the Camp, by qualified instructors. The classes are optional but will be fun and a great way to get your body moving and feeling great. 

Social time

The meals, Campfire, and activities are all great social gatherings where you can meet new friends and strengthen relationships. Did we mention the pyjama dance party? 

"It really was such a welcoming atmosphere. I've been to other conferences and sessions and sometimes you don't get that. We were all there at "mom camp" but really, what it was for me was a women's retreat. Women at different stages of our lives. Some of us going through some hard times, some of us early in the motherhood stage. But at the end of the day, it was the power of the village and community and being around people that maybe you can touch in some way and share one of your experiences. That was incredible. I think we don't have enough of that, those moments of building women, supporting women in a community that is not just wearing those labels as "Mom" or whatever your work is. It was just a place to be yourself and contribute to that village. It was great. "

Magdalena B.

Mom Camp: The Camp includes:

  • 2 nights' shared accommodation in heated cabins. Bedding included.
  • 7 delicious and nutritious meals (plus s'mores at Campfire!)
  • Wine
  • Engaging workshops designed especially for busy moms
  • Fitness classes
  • Nature walks and other outdoor activities
  • Your very own Mom Camp mug
  • Mom Camp badge
  • More to come! 
GET ME ON THE WAITING LIST!

PRESENTER: 
KIM VOPNI

Kim is a self-professed pelvic health evangelist and known as The Vagina Coach. She is a certified fitness professional who became passionate about spreading information on pelvic health when she was pregnant with her first child.

Kim is a published author, a passionate speaker and women’s health educator as well as a mom to two boys. 

Her session:

Kegels and Cocktails (or Sunday morning mimosas!)

Kegels are often prescribed but rarely taught and that means most women are doing them incorrectly, if they are doing them at all. Kegels work when done correctly, consistently and coordinated with movement. Sitting at every red light and squeezing your vagina a few times just isn't going to cut it...so let's change that. Let's also change the narrative around incontinence so that women know that the messages that tell us that light bladder leakage is 'just part of being a woman' are false! You do not need to accept pads as your destiny just because you are 'getting older' or because you have had children. Leak-free living IS possible when you are armed with the right information and clarity on the elusive kegel. 

PRESENTER:  MICHELLE ROBINDELL

Michelle is a Senior Studio Consultant at The Coaching Studio. She has over 15 years of experience in leadership coaching, organization development, transformational learning and leadership development and facilitation with large, complex organizations. Michelle has a passion for helping leaders accelerate and heighten their positive impact – on their organization’s outcomes and culture, and on the world. 

Michelle is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and has designed and delivered award-winning coaching programs. She has been collaborating with leaders and helping shape corporate cultures for over 20 years, most recently as the Senior Manager of Talent, Learning and Leadership at a Provincial Crown Corporation. In addition to her PCC, Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Simon Fraser University and a Human Resources Management Certificate from the BC Institute of Technology.  She also holds Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR), and Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) designations. She’s also a Certified ProSci Change Management Practitioner and Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator. 

Last but definitely not least, Michelle's a mom of two energetic, curious, and entertaining children - Oscar who is 10, and Elizabeth who is 8. They keep busy, between their various activities, enjoying as much time as possible outdoors.

Her session: Courageous Leadership and Parenting

You may not be an executive or a manager, but all moms are leaders. You will have the opportunity learn some of the tools that Michelle shares in her executive coaching and leadership development programs. During this highly-interactive workshop based on Dr. Brené Brown's Dare to Lead Program, we will discuss:
  • How Parenting is Leadership 
  • The Heart of Daring Leadership
  • The Four Skillsets of Courage
  • Taking Values from BS to Behaviours
  • Appreciations

PRESENTER: GILLIAN GOERZEN

With a degree in Kinesiology and over 20 years of health coaching experience, Gillian’s personalized lifestyle strategies have helped hundreds of clients redefine what fitness means to them, and get lasting results they never dreamed possible – free from diets, programs, systems, pills and products. From hating her body at the age of 5, it took more than 20 years, an eating disorder, an Ironman, and becoming a mom to finally uncover the kinder, more compassionate approach to health and fitness that she teaches today.

Gillian lives on Vancouver Island with her husband Mike and two children Connor and Chase. She teaches running clinics, fitness and yoga locally in her hometown of Nanaimo, BC and coaches clients from all over North America through her business Super You.

Her session: The Self-Compassion Strategy

You have a plan. You're going to ROCK this workout program/ diet/ meal plan and finally have the body and health of your dreams. But then...your kid gets sick, you get hit with an impossible work project and well....life. And that ROCKSTAR program/diet/plan? Yeah. See ya later. Another failure. Add it to the "failure" list. Sigh. It all starts to feel like #missionimpossible. But what if it wasn't? What if there was a secret ingredient - one that had nothing to do with food rules, hitting the gym or doing HIIT? In this workshop we're taking a deep dive into powerful practice of Self-Compassion. Learn why self-compassion is actually the secret to lasting lifestyle change and how you can apply it in your life - starting today!

Time for target practice!

One of our activities during the weekend is on the archery range. Steady your arrow, take aim at the target and release! It's awesome, totally empowering, and a lot of fun. 

"I am recently self-employed and am the one doing all the pickups and all the drop offs. It's not really something that I ever saw myself doing, and I just kind of forgot about myself there for a while. I used the Camp as an opportunity to get together with other moms that go through the same thing, and remember who Anya is. It was just great to have the bond and the energy that we all shared together. That was that was the biggest thing that I took away - that recognition that I'm not in this alone. I'm not the only one that gets buried in school and spit up and sick kids and trying to juggle it all. I still remember who I am. "

Anya W.
November 2019 Camper

FITNESS INSTRUCTOR: 
JENN CARLYLE

Jenn Carlyle is a certified fitness instructor who is passionate about sharing movement as a way to boost both mental and physical health. She teaches fun, high energy, low impact classes that leave you smiling and strong. Jenn connects people in her fitness classes to Success Squad, her online community that focuses on mental, emotional and physical well-being. In the squad she motivates and teaches you how to eat well, enjoy life, choose movement and love on yourself.

Get on the waiting list now! 

Your registration includes:

  • 2 nights' shared accommodation in heated cabins. Bedding included.
  • 7 delicious and nutritious meals
  • Yes, wine is included
  • Engaging workshops designed especially for busy moms and facilitate by subject experts
  • Fitness classes taught by qualified instructors
  • Nature walks and other outdoor activities
  • Your very own Mom Camp mug
  • Mom Camp badge

 

GET ME ON THAT WAITING LIST!

Frequently Asked Questions

Registration includes accommodation, all meals and activities. Transportation is not included with registration. Travel directions and free parking will be provided for those driving.

Nothing at Mom Camp: The Camp is mandatory, this is your time to do with what you choose. (The price includes all workshops and can't be pro-rated if you choose not to participate.)

A complete packing list and all details will be sent out to all campers closer to the Camp. You will need to bring all clothes, jackets, boots and hats for the weather, toiletries, and a flashlight. You can also bring a yoga mat if you choose. 

The standard cabins can accommodate up to 18 people (9 on each side), with a minimum of 10 campers per cabin. Every effort will be made to ensure that your bunkmate requests are accommodated. 

Absolutely. The Executive Chef and kitchen team will be notified of your needs well in advance of Camp, and alternate meals will be made available for you. The Camp has a strict "no food from home" policy as they cannot have food stored in the cabins, but any medically necessary food can be accommodated with Cheakamus Centre. 

There is cell service at Camp, but the wifi is very limited. While there will be many Instagrammable moments, the Cheakamus Centre encourages a "Disconnect to connect" policy, to take advantage of the natural surroundings, to unplug and to reboot with friends, associates and new acquaintances.

If you cancel your participation in a retreat for any reason, the cancellation policy below will apply, with no exceptions. We wish we could compensate people for unforeseen circumstances (injury, family emergency, etc), but we have costs already incurred when reserving retreat centres and activities. We have designed our cancellation policy to be as accommodating as possible in the case that your plans change. But to protect yourself further, we strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance.

IF YOU CANCEL:
  • 30 days or more prior to the start date of the retreat: a full refund less $150 Cdn administration fee will be given.
  • 0-29 days prior to the start date of the retreat: no refunds will be given.

To cancel, you must send an email stating that you wish to cancel to: [email protected]

This is Mom Camp. Of course there will be wine. 

Nope. This Camp is definitely not a sales exercise. The presenters are mostly working professionals and may indeed have books, courses or programs available, but other than mentioning they exist, there will be no sales activity at The Camp. This weekend is about YOU, your personal development, your friendships and your downtime. 

About Mom Camp

Mom Camp is a platform and community created to help moms eliminate the overwhelm and create a life they don’t need a break from.Mom Camp provides tools, systems, resources and information to help make a life that is a bit more manageable. A life with health, energy, time, and happiness. 

www.momcamplife.com

@momcamplife

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