Thursday, March 29, 2007

Attention Ladies in Northern California

Announcing:The benefits of Wilderness for Women
Free Panels in Northern CA, April 12, 14 & 15th

Introducing three extraordinary women for a discussion of the benefits of Wilderness for Women

Discover a world of wilderness, joy and hope in your own backyard. Join Amy, Catriona, and Susan as they speak to the benefits of wilderness for women. In a world of ever increasing demands and widening circles of communication, women struggle with the balance of home and family, relationships, work, technology, cultural pressures, community, social causes, and personal goals. More and more women are turning towards the wilderness, inspired by a desire to evolve a more satisfying rhythm, or to reclaim what is missing in the busyness of our lives.

Women embrace the solace of the wild places for many reasons. They go seeking personal empowerment, to conquer their fears, for spiritual illumination, for the growth of consciousness, for a time of solitude, or simply to reclaim their own inner peace.

We find again some of the joy in the now, some of the peace in the here, some of the love in me and thee which go to make up the kingdom of heaven on earth.
-Anne Morrow Lindberg –“Gift from the Sea”

Catriona MacGregor experienced a profound spiritual awakening at age 12, in the forests near her home. Since then, she has dedicated her life to sharing her vision and helping others to work with the transformative power of nature, to find their inner voice, live more creatively, and carry out their life’s purpose, on an international, national, and personal level.

Catriona is the co-author of Healing the Heart of the World: Harnessing the Power of Intention to Change Your Life and the Planet along with Masaru Emoto, Carolyn Myss and others.

Amy Racina, ultralight solo backpacker, faced one of the greatest challenges of her life in August 2003. 140 miles into an extended trip, the ground crumbled beneath her, and she fell sixty feet onto rock. Utterly alone in deep wilderness, with both legs shattered; Amy kept her body and spirit alive for four days and nights. Hear the story of Amy’s miraculous rescue; share her joy in living, and her enduring love of the wilderness. Amy’s essays and short stories have been printed in numerous publications, including the best-selling award-winning anthology Healing the Heart of the World. “Angels in the Wilderness” is her first full-length book.

Amy Racina’s inspirational story has been featured in The Times (London), The San Francisco Chronicle, The Press Democrat, and on The Montel Williams Show.

Susan Alcorn, author of We're in the Mountains Not over the Hill: Tales and Tips from Seasoned Women Backpackers, began backpacking when she was 48 years old. She set out to climb Mt. Whitney, at 14,196 feet, the highest peak in the lower 48 states. Since that time she's completed more than 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, 900 miles of ancient pilgrimage trails in Spain and France (Camino Chronicle: Walking to Santiago), and reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,340 ft.) in January 2007.

Susan is a motivational speaker who has encouraged and inspired thousands to discover for themselves the rewards and challenges of wilderness exploration. She believes that the wilderness has important lessons for us – for example, even the highest mountains are scaled by moving forward one step at a time – lessons that serve us well in our day-to-day lives. And, we discover that the simplicity of life on the trail provides us with the opportunity to quiet our minds and frees us from the demands of our "everyday" lives. Finally, Susan encourages wilderness travel as a means of finding moments of great joy – seeing beautiful wildflowers, alpine sunsets, and roaring waterfalls – that most people otherwise never experience in their entire lifetime.

Dates and locations for Women and the Wilderness

April 12 (Thursday)
6 - 8 PM
Panel discussion
Fairfax Women’s Club
46 Park RdFairfax, CA 94930
FREE Light refreshments will be offered

April 14 (Saturday)
11:30 AM - 2 PM
Introduction & hike
Samuel P. Taylor State Park is 15 miles west of San Rafael
on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Parking fee applies(415) 488-9897
FREE Light refreshments will be offered
For info:

April 15 (Sunday)
1:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Panel discussion
Sebastopol Community Center – Youth Annex
425 Morris StreetSebastopol CA 95373
FREE Light refreshments will be offered

For info: (707) 433-6686

For more info, and to reserve a seat, contact Catriona MacGregor Amy Racina (707) 433-6686Susan Alcorn (510) 339-3441

Seating is limited and reserved on a
first come basis


At 8:02 PM, Blogger elizabeth_d_walsh said...

Wow...I'm a couple years too late for this wonderful forum. Any chance you would do it again?

My women friends and I just attempted to hike Mt Whitney last weekend (6/13/09) in one day, but only got to Trail Camp (still awesome anyway!). I picked up Susan Alcorn's book while at the Portal Store and would love to meet her.

Thanks for considering my request!

Elizabeth W


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