by Caroline Cunningham, Be Well Philly
Last year, when we shared that Rise Gatherings would be hosting a women-only summer camp (okay, “spring” camp) in the Poconos for a weekend of wellness, we were all, understandably, very stoked. I mean, reliving your childhood camp experiences while celebrating women empowerment and working on your physical and mental wellbeing? Sign. Us. Up.
Written by: Tami Astorino, co-creator of Rise Gatherings
You are probably familiar with the “flight or fight” stress response. The idea that we have a primitive instinct to run or ramp up for a duel when faced with stress. The stress response causes the body to secrete stress hormones (adrenaline, cortisol, norepinephrine and others) into the bloodstream so that our bodies are more able to deal with a threat – by either fighting with or fleeing from it. While this response undoubtedly served our ancestors when they ran into a tiger, it only sometimes is necessary in our contemporary lives. Unfortunately this surge in hormones can actually accumulate in the body, creating disease and unnecessary physical as well as emotional tension.
I was intrigued to recently discover there is a third response to stress. Newer research on women reveals a third stress response that operates very differently than the desire to fight or run and affirms my belief in connection as a modality for health and well-being.
Tami Astorino joins Michelle Gale on her podcast, Mindful Parenting in a Messy World, to address that when we rise, our children do too. Michelle is a facilitator at the Rise Gathering Annual Weekend this May 18-20, where she will be leading workshops on mindful parenting and women’s leadership. These two connected on their shared wisdom of parenting from the heart and … and are excited to share with you.
Listen to the podcast here:
Written by: Kori Burkholder, Career Transition Coach for Creative Minds
For 3 years I was stuck in a job I hated. I wore my invisible cuffs that kept me in fear of the what if’s and afraid of the unknown.
I felt disconnected to the work, putting on a happy face, getting it done and counting down the minutes to “swiping out” and the days before it was Friday, again. I knew I had a bigger mission and my time was being wasted sitting behind that desk all day in a freezing cold office wearing my winter coat no matter what season.
Yoga classes, smoothies, and inspirational articles will give you a daily dose of wellness, but retreating to a new setting to be empowered with other women breathes new light into your life.
I’ve led and attended wellness experiences, yoga retreats, and spa getaways. Each has a unique way of transporting me out of my head and into my heart. I’ve also felt the energy of being in women’s circles and enjoyed renewed strength when I connect with a diverse group of women and their unique spirits. I know firsthand that magic happens in these spaces.
This ladies-only camp experience comes complete with yoga, meditation, hiking, kayaking, acupuncture and more.
Originally published by Adjua Fisher on 3/22/2017 in phillymag.com
Ladies, ladies, ladies: Go ahead and clear your schedules for May 12th through 14th. That, my friends, is when the ladies behind Rise Gatherings will be putting on their very first “women’s transformative adult summer camp experience” at Camp Canadensis in the Poconos, about two hours from Philly. And the whole thing sounds like something I made up in a dream. Think: a weekend filled with waterfall hikes, rock climbing, yoga, vision and goal-setting workshops, 305 dance fitness classes (YASSS), and no boys allowed. I think that calls for another YASSSS.