Went for the second time (first last fall) and would like to review for all the wonderful women in my life.
One of my passions is 'Self Care for Caregivers', so taking time for yourself even when you think you don't have any time is super important. Trying out new things to see what feels really good to you and then knowing how you can charge your batteries is the key to staying healthy. If Momma Ain't Happy, Ain't Nobody Happy!
The YMCA offers a Women's Weekend at Camp Colman. Taking the ferry over to Port Orchard is a nice treat in itself. The ride from the ferry dock to Camp Colman, close to Key Peninsula takes less than 40 minutes and is just gorgeous in fall.
The weekend starts on Friday at 4 pm with check in. You will get your cabin assignment and a flyer with all the activities offered over the weekend. After a wonderful, healthy, wholesome dinner (vegetarian options), no ordinary camp food, the camp director greets and walks everyone through the offerings.
Massage practitioners can be booked on site for a extra charge. I tried a Ashiatsu massage (yes, the one with the feet) for the first time. Last year I tried a group acupuncture session.
There are different nature walks, wilderness training, self defense, foraging feast, meditation, a movie night with popcorn, organic gardening, lots of different crafts in the Art studio, some bead stringing, button making in the Lodge. For the more adventurous there are rope courses, a vertical playpen, cat walk and the giant swing (free fall!) on the menu. Definitely some things that will get your adrenaline going.
Saturday afternoon is a wine tour where camp staff will drive you to a wine tasting at Claude's and Claudia's on the peninsula.
In between there is fantastic food for breakfast, lunch and dinner and tea and coffee all day, so you can enjoy a book in the lodge or a chat with a new or old friend.
There is something for everyone and the staff is just charming, very attentive to all needs and all the participants are just sweet, fun and cheerful folks.
Needless to say I plan on going next year. If you want to join me, just go to the YMCA Seattle page and sign up 3 weeks before the next one, for fall around early September. If you can commit early the camp staff can offer more activities. There is also one in Spring and one at Camp Orkila, which I haven't tried yet.
Btw, you don't have to be a YMCA member to go to camp.
Optimistic, curious, human bee.