I have participated in the Women’s Tree Climbing Workshop since it began in 2009. Each year, something new emerges from within; a knot that my hands know by heart, a few more feet up the foot lock rope, resetting my line farther up a tree than I ever imagined I would be. Peak experience has graced my soul more than once here. This is a very special time and place created by trees, immensely talented instructors and climbers, commitment to refining the workshop year after year, and the community that makes it all possible.
The single most valuable thing I learned at the event was...
Confidence - as a woman in a male-dominated industry; and that everything takes practice and patience.
If you are a woman in this industry don't delay and make this workshop happen. You will instantly have a network of support, love, and untapped resources.
I didn't want it to end and I often think about the time we were all in the trees singing. I can't say enough good things about this workshop. Please continue your amazing work with women!
My experience at the WTCW cannot be recreated. In just a couple days and only miles down the street from my home, I felt like I had opened up a weekend chapter from a semester abroad on another continent. The experiences were intense and compact and the bonds I built with the other women are lifelong. Not only did I learn a new skill set that makes me competitive and hirable in a male dominated industry, but I left invigorated, strong, and alive.
The women running the program are some of the greatest teachers and role models I’ve ever met and their patience and diligence for safety helps even women with fear of heights reach the top of the canopy. There is nothing greater than listening to the breeze and voices below while looking out at the world over the tree tops. I want every woman to have the chance to experience this, even if she doesn’t realize how incredible it is until she is up there.
Such an awesome experience! Thank you so much. The accommodations could not have been better. Staying on-site with prepared meals day! The training was done with such patience and joy. What a wonderul group of women, an amazing time!
I believe in your vision and I can tell it's more than just about tree climbing. I overheard a lot of your mentorship and know you've made an impact on peoples lives. The balance of heart, mind, & body that you exemplify makes you outstanding teachers. I would love to come again.
Where did the two days go??? Thank you for the endless patience with the endless quetions. Each workshop, another layer of fog lifts from the myriad of techniques, gear lingo, knots, etc.
Thank you for the clarity. See you all next year!
What an amazing weekend! I am inspired by everyone's determination and thoughtfulness. I hope we can take all of that into our lives outside the trees. Until we meet again.
You all have helped propel me into my second half-century! Fabulous teachers, beautiful women - inside and out, powerful inspirational friendts. Thank you so much for creating an opportunity of a lifetime. I will keep climbing and therefore keep growing...