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Women's Intro to Handguns
Introduction to Basic Pistol Shooting, Safety, Ammunition and Maintenance. Learn or improve your existing skills in a small group setting (2-4 students). Duration: 4 hours, depending on number of participants. Classes are taught by Female NRA Certified Pistol Instructor. Classes are held on Sunday starting at 10 am - Sign Up required. Call with questions 802.498.5292 or email us at sales@VTammowarehouse.com  https://vtammowarehouse.com/Store/handgun-classes-for-women/512-women-s-handgun-classes.html

July 18 - Women's MTB Clinic
5:30-7:00pm, Back for summer 2019, the Craftsbury Outdoor Center is offering a series of free introductory/beginner mountain bike clinics & group rides for women. Clinics will focus on learning and honing mountain bike skills in a safe, supportive environment. Participants must be at least 18 years old. No previous mountain bike experience is necessary, but participants must be able to competently and safely ride a bicycle. https://www.craftsbury.com/general/about-the-center/news/detail/2039/ 

July 18, 2019, Women in Wind Summer Soirée
from 5:15 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT) Burlington, VT
Hosted in partnership with the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center, our 6th year offers on-the-water recreation and a "mini expo" of local recreational and educational organizations, including biking, hiking, climbing and more. Join us to…Cruise around Burlington Bay aboard a sailboat, Dragon boat, paddleboard, canoe, or kayak; Roll out your mat (please bring your own) for some summer yoga; Learn about local groups helping our community get outside and recreate this summer; Make connections by the waterfront over light fare & beverages. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-in-wind-summer-soiree-thur-718-tickets-63941900947

July 27, 2019, Women’s Only Full Day Mountain Bike Skill Clinic
Women’s Only Full Day Mountain Bike Skill Clinic is divided into two skill levels; beginner-intermediate, and intermediate-advanced. The beginner-intermediate program is designed for riders who need guidance in building confidence and skills. The intermediate-advanced group is designed for more experienced riders who have an interest in furthering their technical riding abilities. 8:30am-4:30pm $80.00 Clinic Fee. Limit 15. http://catamountoutdoorfamilycenter.org/camps-clinics/womens-only-mountain-bike-clinics/

August 3 - 4, 2019, Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival
The 200 members of Dragonheart Vermont members paddle all summer and compete around the region, the country, and the world. We welcome new paddlers through most of the year. SISTERS AT HEART CELEBRATION. Dragonheart Vermont strives to strengthen and empower breast cancer survivors & supporters through the challenging sport of dragon boating instilling in its members the values of teamwork, fitness & community giving. https://dragonheartvermont.org/

August 7, 2019, Onion River Outdoors Women’s Intermediate Mountain Bike Clinic II
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Want to take your skills to the next level?! This is a fun, supportive beginner clinic for women and non-binary riders. We will explore different trail systems each Wednesday, working on building skills, confidence, and having tons of fun on bikes with an awesome crew! The clinic also includes one evening of bike maintenance at the shop. Call (802) 225-6736, email outdoors@onionriver.com, or stop by the shop for more info! Register Here: https://www.bikereg.com/womens-mtb-clinics

August 11, 2019, Women's Intro to Handgun
Hosted by Sportsman's Club of Franklin County, Cost: Range fee $5, ammo fee $50, Length: One 4-hour day of instruction, Prior Experience: NONE to minimal, Description: This course is designed to introduce women 18 and older to basic pistol safety and skills. TO SIGN UP FOR THIS COURSE, please email vtfirearmstraining@gmail.com

August 15, Women's MTB Clinic
from 5:30 - 7:00pm, Back for summer 2019, the Craftsbury Outdoor Center is offering a series of free introductory/beginner mountain bike clinics & group rides for women. Clinics will focus on learning and honing mountain bike skills in a safe, supportive environment. Participants must be at least 18 years old. No previous mountain bike experience is necessary, but participants must be able to competently and safely ride a bicycle. https://www.craftsbury.com/general/about-the-center/news/detail/2039/

September 6 - 8, 2019, YWCA Women's Weekend
YWCA Vermont is proud to provide a long weekend program completely dedicated to bringing together a strong community of women and non-binary people. Hosted at Camp Hochelaga in early September, Women's Weekend offers a beautiful space for folks to explore nature, be challenged, practice self-care, and create a supportive network with peers. Focusing on the three main pillars of building community, encouraging empowerment, and appreciating nature YWCA Vermont Camp Hochelaga offers small group workshops, larger all group programming, and traditional playful camp activities as dynamic ways for participants to engage in the full Women's Weekend experience. https://ywcavt.org/womens-weekend/

Sept. 6-8, 2019, 40th Annual Women Outdoors National Gathering
For the Women Outdoors National Annual Gathering, women from across the country come together for 2.5 wonderful days of fun and adventure. The YMCA's Berkshire Outdoor Center (BOC) operates multiple campuses in the heart of the Berkshire Mountains in Becket, Massachusetts. This year, we'll be staying at the Becket Campus. We'll all be together at the historic Gibson Hall lodge. Steps away will be boating and swimming on the gorgeous, pristine Rudd Pond. https://www.womenoutdoors.org/thegathering

September 8-13, 2019, Vermont Adventure Retreat with Women's Quest
Stowe, Vermont, Our greenest state is proof that some of the prettiest playgrounds don’t require a passport. We’ll stay at the exclusive Trout Club, a historic, private fishing club nestled in the Green Mountains, with world-class cuisine and acclaimed hospitality, not to mention Vermont’s best hiking and biking trails right outside your door, including the famous 256-mile Long Trail. Tucked beside a private lake at the end of a long road, the Trout Club is a true hideaway, a place you won’t be able to find on the internet. The charming rooms are simple, yet comfortable, with hand-hewn beams and rustic fieldstone, uncomplicated by televisions, cell phone service, and other disruptions of nature’s rhythm. Cost: $2200 https://womensquest.com/wq/womens-adventure-retreats/vermont-adventure-retreat/

Sept. 13 – 15, Quimby Country 2019 Women’s Weekend
Quimby’s 2-night Women’s Weekend offers flexibility, allowing participants to design their own experience and embrace all the amenities Quimby’s has to offer, while taking advantage of professional instructors and staff. We have designed a perfect getaway weekend for you and your friends, and we look forward to sharing Quimby’s with you! Situated on over 1,000 acres, Quimby’s allows for ample exploration and quiet moments allowing you to fully feel connected to the natural environment and one ’s needs. Our Women’s Weekend will replenish and inspire you to try new things and make new connections. Our goal is to help you invent an experience that will work for you, so you can return home feeling refreshed. Quimby’s staff and instructors are here to support your experience. All-Inclusive Price: $390 https://quimbycountry.com/2019-womens-retreat/

September 14-15, 2019, Transition Women’s Weekend
East Burke, VT is a mecca for mountain biking in the Northeast with a great variety of trails right in town. This event, hosted by Vermont MTB Tours and Radical Roots MTB Instruction, will be utilizing the legendary Kingdom Trails network as well as lift-served Burke Mountain Bike Park to progress skills and delight the participants. https://www.pinkbike.com/news/transition-womens-weekend-september-14-15th-in-east-burke-vt.html

September 15, 2019, Women Who Bird
9:00am - 11:00am, A new birding group for all women and women-aligning folks! Co-hosted by the Pride Center of Vermont.
Huntington, Vermont. Do you like to bird? Are you bird-curious? Do you love bird song? Wonderful! We’re launching a Women Who Bird group in Vermont and would love to have you join us! This is a new birding group for all women and women-aligning folks. Our first gathering will be at the Green Mountain Audubon Center in Huntington, Vermont. We will start our time together birding around the property, learning the birds around us and that are migrating south. We will use this time to learn from each other and build our birding community. Emily Kaplita, a teacher/naturalist with Audubon Vermont will provide binoculars, bird guides, and birding tips. https://vt.audubon.org/events 

September 20, Women's MTB Clinic
from 5:30 - 7:00pm, Back for summer 2019, the Craftsbury Outdoor Center is offering a series of free introductory/beginner mountain bike clinics & group rides for women. Clinics will focus on learning and honing mountain bike skills in a safe, supportive environment. Participants must be at least 18 years old. No previous mountain bike experience is necessary, but participants must be able to competently and safely ride a bicycle. https://www.craftsbury.com/general/about-the-center/news/detail/2039/

Sept 20-22, Connecticut River Women’s Kayak Trip
The 10th annual Women’s Kayak Trip on the Connecticut River is September 20-22, in the upper valley in the Orford NH area, flat moving water, from Newbury VT to Orford NH. We will base the trip out of a wonderful entire house b&b rental on the river, so there won’t be extra shuttling of boats. We have the house from Friday night-Monday morning, stay as long as you like/can. $275/person includes lodging, food, shuttling. We will split any additional lodging fee if we don’t have enough participants. $50 to rent boats and gear for the weekend. Led by kayak and canoe instructors, come with some experience in a kayak. Paddling techniques reviewed/taught on request. Jessie Krebs, survival trainer, is coming with us, with great primitive skills and tips and knowledge to share. Let us know your interests. Women must be a member of Women Outdoors to attend overnight trips/ Sign up at https://www.womenoutdoors.org/event-3498278   Email: bonna.wieler@gmail.com  Please send me your email address, and a deposit of half by August 25.

September 29, 2019, Women's Relay Bike
The Vermont 50 is an annual race held during the last weekend of September at beautiful Holiday Inn Club Vacations Mount Ascutney Resort located in West Windsor, Vermont. All benefits go to Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports. A wonderful place where youth and adults with disabilities gain a measure of self confidence and independence by participating in adaptive sports programs and activities year-round. We offer the Vermont 50 mile Mountain Bike Race, the 50 mile Ultra Run, the 50K Endurance Run, the Team Relay and the Kids Fun Run., Start Time: 6:00am EDT, End Time: 6:30pm EDT, Registration: Registration Opens May 25, 2019 at 7:00pm EDT, Price: $200.00 Race Fee + $14.50 SignUp Fee, Registration: Registration ends September 13, 2019 at 7:00pm EDT https://www.bikesignup.com/Race/VT/Brownsville/Vermont50

October 26 - 27, Women's Survival Doe Camp
Popular survival instructor, Jessica Krebs will be offering 4 hour classes in N. Ferrisburg, VT. https://seretraining.us/about/
Core Survival Basics 9-1 pm Saturday
Natural Navigation Techniques 2-6 pm Saturday
Animal Encounter Do's and Don'ts 9-1 pm Sunday
Basic Camouflage and Evasion Movement Techniques 2-6 pm Sunday
Women 18 years and up, $50 per class. This is a drive in event with limited space per class. Details to follow. Interested? contact: info@voga.org
Class Descriptions: http://www.voga.org/Survival-Class-Descriptions.htm Registration Form: http://www.voga.org/Womens-Survival-Weekend-Oct-2019.htm

November 16-23, 2019 - Radiant Enchantress Retreat, El Yunque, Puerto Rico
Retreat with us to Puerto Rico and gain tools to live a life of clarity, purpose and connection! The Radiant Enchantress Retreat will be the yummiest and most peaceful event you will ever experience! We will form a perpetual circle of enchantresses who will support YOU, lift YOU and care for YOU. You will be enveloped in the lush tropical rain forest and the gentle sea breezes will caress your body. When you arrive at the Retreat your stress will slip away as you start to relax and unwind after your journey. During our retreat you will be treated to the organic and locally sourced meals and your sumptuous accommodations with views of the magical gardens and forest. Just imagine waking up to yoga, sinking your toes in the sparkling sand, awaking your inner creative child while you get to release, relax and rejuvenate. You will step out of your day-to-day world and discover tools to create a life of clarity, purpose and connection. More info and registration: https://magicalearthwomen.com/tropical/ 


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Bredeson Outdoor Adventures
Statewide and Beyond
Hiking, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Team Building
Deborah Lewis
595 Forrest Road; Bridport, VT 05734 and 14 Cliffview Drive; Norwalk, CT 06850
Toll Free: 866-533-4361
Email: dlewis@bredeson.com
Culturally oriented hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing trips for all ability levels in Vermont, the Northeast generally, and Europe. Guided and self-guided day and multi-day adventures. Each step of the way on Vermont trails and rural by-ways is filled with history, which we'll share with you informally and enthusiastically, along with verses from our dog-eared copy of Robert Frost's poetry. Emphasis on history, attentive service, wild flowers and fun.


Magical Earth Retreats
Southern Vermont
Summer Day Camps, Women's, Family and Adult Retreats
Jane Jones
471 Ross Road, Readsboro, VT 05350
Phone: 802-423-5095   Fax: 802-423-5095
Email: info@MagicalEarthRetreats.com
Web:  www.MagicalEarthRetreats.com
Web: https://magicalearthwomen.com/
Women’s retreats to help you rediscover your power and move to a more peaceful and meaningful existence! Do you remember? Do you recall what it felt like to be outside in nature and there was nothing else but peace, happiness and a sense of belonging? Do you remember how it felt to know that you could do anything, be creative, have a sense of wonder and be able to use your own intuition? If you remember bits and pieces, but don’t practice any of this in your daily life, then come and join us. Let us lead you to rediscover that inner child which has been (in a lot of people) buried so deep it is barely existent. Magical Earth Retreats provides the space, place and opportunity for women to re- connect with mother nature with the goal of changing the destructive route of the human race one child/person at a time with love, light, peace and creativity.


Mountainsong Expeditions
Worcester, VT;
Web: www.mountainsongexpeditions.com
Mountainsong Expeditions offers workshops in skills for living close to the land and guided wilderness trips in northern New England. Our home base is in central Vermont, on the banks of the North Branch river and under the shadow of Worcester Mountain. We believe that traveling in the backcountry, on foot or by canoe, has the ability to empower people’s courage, clarify their priorities, and get them in touch with their most authentic selves. Our trips and classes not only teach you all the skills you need to enter the wilderness with confidence, but also honor the spiritual renewal of the experience through song, ceremony, and community-building. Our skill-based classes include the Village Medic Training, the Huntress Intensive, a Hide Tanning Weekend, and much more.


Petra Cliffs Climbing Center and Mountaineering School
Alpine Mountaineering, Ice and Rock Climbing
105 Briggs Burlington VT 05401 
Vermont's Only Full-Time Climbing School, Offering the Finest in Rock, Ice and Mountain Climbing Instruction in New England and the Adirondacks. Petra Cliffs offers a complete outdoor instruction curriculum, catering to groups of all sizes and to individuals of all ages and abilities. From one-on-one technical skill instruction to group teambuilding, we consistently meet the needs of our diverse clientele. Programs for Youth and Family: Our youth programs challenge, educate, build self-confidence and develop leadership skills. Our programs are also a great place to make friends and have fun in a safe and controlled environment.


Quimby Country
Northeast Kingdom
Biking, Birding, Moose & Nature Watching, Canoeing & Kayaking, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Fishing, Hunting,
1127 Forest Lake Road, Averill, VT
Phone: 802-822-5533
Email: info@quimbycountry.com
Website: http://quimbycountry.com/
Quimby’s 3-night women’s retreat offers flexibility, allowing participants to design their own experience and embrace all the amenities Quimby’s has to offer, while taking advantage of professional instructors and staff. We have designed a perfect getaway retreat for you and your friends, and we look forward to sharing Quimby’s with you! https://quimbycountry.com/2019-womens-retreat/  Nestled in the heart of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom sits a family resort with more than 100 years of bringing generations together, a place called Quimby’s. Situated on 1,000 acres of Great North Woods Forest, Quimby’s offers something for everyone who is interested in stepping into a quieter place where nature beckons with opportunities for active and restful activities alike. Hike, fish or bike in spectacular New England beauty and then take to the water to swim, fish, kayak or row on crystal clear Big Averill Lake. Use of kayaks, paddleboards, and boats included! Boats, trolling motors and canoes available with private access to the Averill Lakes Region. Our housekeeping cottages sleep 2 to 20, and some have full kitchens. Pet friendly. Excellent Restaurant.


SERE Training School
Based in Colorado, SERE Training School provides world-wide outdoor survival training and consulting services to Civilians, Outdoor Professionals, Media Organizations, and Active-Duty Military Personnel using our signature brand of highly-specialized wilderness and hostile environment survival training techniques and experiences. Our Survival Training Instructors are top-notch and the real-deal. When you train with SERE Training School, you train with the best. Colorado and Beyond! https://seretraining.us/

Survival Training

Jessie Krebs – Head Instructor
Jessie Krebs is a former U.S. Air Force SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape.) Training Instructor from the old school days when instructors were simply called “Survival Instructors”. As one of a handful of women in the male dominated S.E.R.E. career field, Jessie outsmarted and out-toughed many of her male counterparts in the Air Force to make it through the intense S.E.R.E. training program (class 91-02) and earn her right to a coveted position as an Air Force SERE Specialist. Contact: Email: Info@SERETraining.us  or Phone: 1-877-765-8454


Vermont Adventure Tours
Southern, Central - Vermont

Hiking, Canoeing, Kayaking, Orienteering, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Winter Camping,  Women's Challenges, Youth Programs, Winter Activities
and Sherry Lulek
223 Woodstock Avenue Rutland VT. 05701
Phone: 802-773-3343
Imagine doing an adventure tour through Vermont and New England that is perfectly blended to match your needs for adrenaline and serenity. Mix and match elements to create a special custom tour package suited to your unique tastes. Experience spectacular mountains, crisp fresh air, lush forests, wildlife and an abundance of adventure on an adventure holiday designed to fit your specific time frame, budget and interests. Enjoy hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting, biking, climbing, rappelling, ice climbing, mountaineering, survival training, horseback riding, skiing, sky diving and much more in Vermont’s legendary backcountry.



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