Friday, March 13, 2009

March 2009 Dreamchasers Women's Training Camp

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
You playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear,
our presence automatically liberates other.”

--Marianne Williamson

Dreamchasers Women’s Training Camp – March 2009

Hard to believe nearly a week has passed since the week-long Dreamchasers Women’s Training Camp took place. It was an amazing week, filled with lots of laughter, a few healing tears and the emergence of many friendships we trust will endure for years to come.

The camp began on Monday night and ran through Sunday afternoon. To describe it as action-packed is to say the least…and we couldn’t have enjoyed it more, sharing the week with many women visiting the Tetons for the first time.

Campers hailed from California, Missouri, Illinois, and NY…plus some neighbors including residents of Jackson, Victor, Driggs and Rexburg. Their collective experience was formidable – including women who have run marathons and ultramarathons and climbed the Grand Teton. And for those with less athletic experience, it was so rewarding to watch how the veterans readily shared their experience and even confided that they envied the rush and reward that comes with doing many of these things for the first time.

We offer a huge debt of gratitude to the wonderful guest speakers:

Katsey Long, LCSW: Katsey’s memorable discussion on Setting Boundaries inspired conversations among campers for the entire week. Perhaps it was best said by one of the campers who shared: “I had to learn this slowly, but I now understand that NO is a complete sentence.” Sometimes, explanations just aren’t necessary.

Dr. Maura Lofaro: Dr. Maura shared a heart warming account of her own life and the role that running has played in it. Her passion for running was sparked by her Dad and has helped her in her role as a caregiver to both her patients and children. Look for her running in Jackson and inspiring us all!

Laurie Andrews: As Executive Director of the Jackson Hole Land Trust, it came as little surprise that Laurie loves the outdoors. However, her offering to the group allowed us to understand how she has grown to know the mountains and that her race accomplishments are based on some simple, but lasting, principles…including advice to build on your past success. Laurie, thanks for the quote that starts this Blog post!

Dr. Naomi Albertson: In sports, nutrition and hydration are described as disciplines that can’t be ignored. Dr. Naomi shared her knowledge and advice about hydration and dealing with different elements. An excellent teacher, Naomi brought samples of commonly used sports drinks and foods and helped us learn about sodium counts and how to read labels. Naomi, thanks for making us all safer on the course and in training…and hopefully eliminating some visits to the Medic tents!

Adolfo Gutierrez: A Judo sensei, Adolfo led our group through a 90 minute Self Defense class. He helped us learn how to get away from a person who threatens us and to understand our need to trust our intuition. A big thanks to helping us feel safer and more grounded in our ability to protect ourselves.

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Here are some photos of a week’s worth of fun!


Our New Friends from Rexburg!

A Sleigh Ride Dinner!

The infamous CORE class!

The tire pull!

Cross-country Skiing!

Katsey & Lisa

Colleen & Liz

Marie & Lisa

Lunch at Julie's Awesome Yurt!


mikeandsteph said...

It looks like you all had so much fun without me! I really enjoyed the time I was able to be there Tuesday. I learned so much, I can't wait to go running and practice my new skills:)
See you soon. Steph

jenhirr said...

I was only able to attend for one day and it was amazing. Lisa is helping me work through an injury and train hard for a race and I am so grateful. My one day at the camp gave me so much useful information and provided me the opportunity to soak up some much needed energy from other amazing women. Thank you so much.

Anonymous said...

tell jay he should do a dude's camp.looks like you all had a blast!
mike e.

Anonymous said...

Thanks to everyone. It was a great week, for old and young, novice and seasoned runner alike. I thoroughly enjoyed it up until the core “kick your hiney” class. From judo, to core class, to cross country skiing, I couldn’t get up. It was a great day but not until several days later was I able to walk again. I would do it all again Ms. Lisa, don’t you worry. I’m using many of the tips I learned from hydration, to core running, it was a well rounded week. Thanks for all the hard work in making it happen and I hope many others will benefit from the same lessons.

Blessings and gratitude.

Anonymous said...

What an amazing week we had - -i have not stopped talking about it since getting back to NY.

Lisa was and amazing Coach, Friend, and Cheerleader! I learned so much about my self as a person and that I really can DO IT if i set my mind to it.

I have taken some words of wisdom home with me, they are to "DREAM BIG", and To "DO A LITTLE EVERY DAY"!!

A big Thank you to the Group for making such a big impact on my life. Love always, Liz