A WOMAN’S POTENTIAL IS BEAUTIFULLY LIMITLESS.
ALL SHE NEEDS IS THE SPACE.

Summit Sisters is an immersive weekend retreat and a safe space for anyone 18+ who identifies as a woman, to connect with others, with nature, and to reconnect with herself. Your space awaits you. It’s time to claim it.

CLAIM YOUR SPACE

EVENT DETAILS

The Fourth Annual Summit Sisters Retreat is happening soon!

June 7-9, 2019 at Meadow Mountain Ranch

Enrollment includes all workshops and activities, camping or tent cabin, and meals.

You can register now while you wait for the full schedule of workshops and presenters! $349 for the first 30 tickets purchased. $399 after that!

All proceeds support our girls’ programs and financial aid fund – in over 20 years, we have NEVER turned away a girl in financial need!

 

In your space as a Summit Sister you will find…

  • CONNECTION WITH NATURE – Time outside is proven to be good for health and well-being. Explore this connection through intentional activities.
  • AN INTERNAL CONNECTION – Yoga and somatic practices align your mind, body and soul.
  • MOTIVATION AND INSPIRATION TO GROW – Find fresh perspectives for professional and personal endeavors.
  • COMPETENCE AND CONFIDENCE OUTDOORS – Cook campfire meals, backpack like a pro, learn to navigate and gain other useful skills.
Women’s Wilderness and Summit Sisters retreat welcome all women (transgender and cisgender) as well as non-binary people who identify with women’s communities. Women’s Wilderness appreciates that personal identity can be both vast and unique to each individual, so we welcome conversation to assess if our communities are the appropriate fit for what you are looking for. Please reach out to Marina Fleming, Associate Director, for conversation at marina@womenswilderness.org.

Activities

Hiking

Space to move. Soak in the sunrise on a dawn hike or take a stroll through the nearby hiking trails.

 

Ceremony

Space to connect. Join your sisters for opening and closing ceremonies that will inspire you for the weekend and beyond.

 

Yoga

Space to breathe. Strengthen your body and relax your mind with daily yoga classes in the shadow of the Rockies.

 

Live Music

Space to dance. Sing your heart out or listen to those who do as we gather for a bonfire jam session.

 

Storytelling

Space to speak. Share your favorite adventure tale or personal anecdote as we take turns telling stories around the bonfire.

 

Delicious Communal Meals

Space to bond. Chat with new friends while you enjoy on-site catered meals that fit your dietary restrictions.

 

Nature Connection

Space to grow. Foster your connection with the outside world and learn to appreciate nature’s small things.

 

Outdoor Skills

Space to learn. Discover the secrets to camping, backpacking and survival as you get in touch with your wild side.

 

Art

Space to craft. Embrace your inner artist and learn to bring the beauty of your surroundings to your canvas.

 

Writing

Space to create. Discover the treasures hiding in your mind with journaling and writing classes.

 

Uncovering your Purpose

Space to reflect. Rediscover your ambition by charting a new path and finding your life’s direction.

 

Mindfulness

Space to let go. Take in the fresh air and free your mind with meditation and grounding exercises.

 

 

FAQs

Where will Summit Sisters take place?

At Meadow Mountain Ranch, Allenspark.  Check out a Google Maps Link HERE – it is about 1 hour from Boulder and 1.5 hours from Denver International Airport.  It’s right next door to Rocky Mountain National Park!  This site is a Girl Scout Camp – see a video HERE to see some of the scenery, the dining hall, and cabins.

How do I get there?

Here are directions; here’s the Google Map.  You can get there with a 2 wheel drive vehicle.

What's the elevation there?

About 8,600 feet.

Temperature?

Temperatures in early June last year ranged from highs of 58 – 71 degrees; lows of 37-45 degrees.  So – come prepared with t-shirts and sunscreen, as well as warm clothes and a warm sleeping bag for night time!  It’s always nice to bring a little EXTRA clothing to make sure you are warm and cozy at night!

Do I need any special skills / experience?

No!  This is a GREAT event if you are new to camping, or a seasoned outdoorswoman.  There will be Women’s Wilderness staff around for questions, facilities like running water and cabins if you want to use them, and it’s a “choose your own adventure” atmosphere.  The workshops are experiential so expect to have some good discussions and time to learn a variety of skills, and some groups may do some light hiking.  However, none of the groups will be hiking off of property or take more than 3 hours.  We do recommend that this is an event for people who are interested in learning, engaging with community, and being outdoors.

Is there cell phone reception there?

Cell service will be pretty spotty.  We encourage folks to take a cell phone break for this weekend!   That is part of the magic of getting outside for an extended period of time!  If there is a situation where you need to use your phone, Meadow Mountain Ranch is not far from the main highway and you could drive and find reception.

What about bathrooms and showers?

There is one flush toilet in the dining hall, and then outhouses and hand washing stations located around the site at each cluster of cabins.  There are no showers.

What's the meal situation?

We will be providing all meals.  Dinners on Friday and Saturday are catered by Kestrel the Kitchen Fairy.  Kestrel  has a LOT of experience cooking for big groups in retreat settings, and she is ALSO great at accommodating various dietary needs!  When you pay, we will send you registration paperwork that includes questions about any specific dietary restrictions.  We will have buffet-style breakfasts and lunches;

How many people will be there?

Between 90 and 130 women!  So – if you are an extrovert, there will be plenty of chances to make new friends and hang out in big groups.  AND, if you are an introvert and thrive on quiet time and small group interactions, you can get that, too.  The workshops will be in small groups and the property is BIG – lots of room to roam and find space to quietly connect to nature.

How do I sign up for specific workshops?

We will have participants sign up for workshops a few weeks prior to the event.  We will be in touch via email for this!

What's inside the cabin?

“Tabins” (tent + cabin) have wooden floors & roofs and ½ canvas sides with wooden bunk beds and small mattresses.. If you register to stay in a cabin, you will need to bring your own sleeping bag, and a sheet if you would like one to cover the mattress. You can learn more about the Tabins in this video HERE.

Can I camp with a friend / group of friends?

Yes, definitely!  We encourage participants to invite friends to sign up!  If you sign up for a tent, it’s up to you who you tent with.  If you sign up for a cabin, just write a note with registration and we will make sure you are in the same cabin!

Is anything NOT welcome at Summit Sisters?

This will be a drug and alcohol free event.  This is not a “party” as much as an opportunity to build community and for people to come together in an intentional way that is meant to be more satisfying, fun, and connective than our day to day interactions where we are often rushed, using cell phones, and otherwise distracted by day-to-day tasks!

Packing List

This list is our suggestions – please use your own experience to add other things you might want.  Contact us if you have any questions!  Our site host tells us it can be chilly at night in June and weather can fluctuate as we are right off of Longs Peak…so come ready for the mountains, sun or early summer snow.

  • Good sized tupperware for trail lunches (big enough you could pack a salad if you wanted to!), fork and spoon.
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat / visor
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Headlamp / flashlight
  • Extra batteries / check that the batteries are fresh!
  • Chapstick
  • 1-2 t-shirts
  • Long sleeve synthetic / wool shirt
  • Long sleeve fleece / sweater layer
  • Warm jacket
  • Sports bras, underwear
  • Gloves if your hands tend to get cold / you like them
  • Long johns
  • Fleece pants if you get cold at night
  • Hiking pants
  • Shorts
  • Hiking socks (not cotton!)
  • Warm socks for night, wool (not cotton!)
  • Light hiking shoes
  • Possibly boots good for the mud – we will update folks about how wet or dry it is on site
  • Hand / foot warmers if you like them
  • Water bottles (2 quarts)
  • Small day pack / backpack to carry water bottles, snacks, journal
  • Journal
  • Pens / art supplies if you want them
  • Yoga mat if you want to take part in yoga classes; plus comfy yoga clothes
  • Camera
  • Binoculars (optional, for bird classes)
  • Toiletries
  • Sleeping bag – WARM, a fall / spring / winter bag, not a light summer bag
  • Pillow
  • Sleeping mat if you are in a tent
  • A sheet if you are in a cabin, optional, to cover mattress
  • Tent if you are tent camping, ground cloth, stakes, etc
  • A big backpack or duffel bag to fit everything into – it’s a little walk from parking to cabins and tent areas (5-15 minutes).