Recharging your batteries at the all-women summit in Breckenridge

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Posted Thu, Jun 16, 2016

Betsy Wiersma introduces Dr. James Rouse to the audience at the women’s summit. Dr. Rouse is one of the keynote speakers who talks about health, life and empowerment. (Photo: Victoria Edstedt)

Betsy Wiersma introduces Dr. James Rouse to the audience at the women’s summit. Dr. Rouse is one of the keynote speakers who talks about health, life and empowerment. [Photo: Victoria Edstedt]

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. – Women’s summit 2016 successfully filled summer days of June 9-11 with inspiration, excitement and education. The CampExperience is an annual event designed to help 30 plus-year-old women to open up their unique potentials, share their knowledge and develop new connections.

“For 11 years we’ve had a movement of women that’s created a 4,000 – member sisterhood by choice,” said Betsy Wiersma, the mother of CampExperience. “We came together as volunteers on a committee and said, ‘What would we do if we have two and a half days off the clock? What would we do as women to be sisters?’” Ultimately, they’ve decided to relax and learn.

Camp sisters are gathered together to worship women’s power, have fun and learn along the way. This year they are rediscovering themselves and trying to find a path to success together. [Photo by Victoria Edstedt]

Camp sisters are gathered together to worship women’s power, have fun and learn along the way. This year they are rediscovering themselves and trying to find a path to success together. [Photo by Victoria Edstedt]

“We do some crafts, and we drink a nice glass of wine or just enjoy a movement or yoga, or fly fishing or some activity we never tried before,” Wiersma said. She added that camp sisters are determined to support others. By today, they have raised $313,000, donated about 50,000 pounds of goods and dedicated over 2,000 hours to women helping women.

CampExperience is a weekend journey, where everything is perfect. This year’s ladies had many national and international speakers talking about leadership, engagement, relationships and business. They’ve met notable authors including Cynthia James, joined a painting class, did some charity shopping at the Bow-tique and just spent time rediscovering themselves.

Holly Slocum holds a cardboard bubble with the different ideas on how to connect with yourself. It is a part of a group assignment during the discussion “What is Your Passion and Purpose?” (Photo: Victoria Edstedt]

Holly Slocum holds a cardboard bubble with the different ideas on how to connect with yourself. It is a part of a group assignment during the discussion: “What is Your Passion and Purpose?” [Photo: Victoria Edstedt]

Even though CampExperience worships women, men who understand them, are welcomed too. Dr. James Rouse, one of the keynote speakers, said that he feels “wonderfully uncomfortable” being one of a few men at the summit. “I feel so honored, and at the same time feel like I am in the sacred space, and I want to be completely present and respectful of it.”

Describing her experience so far, a brand-new sister Holly Slocum said, “I looked at all the speakers and I thought that it’s something that I can use in my business life and my personal life, just a lot of empowerment and opening up to vulnerability.

Another sister, Carol Calkins said, “It’s the one place that I can truly be myself and it is changed my life.”

Calkins is one of the first camp sisters who keeps coming back. She believes that connecting with women in Colorado, doing the service work together and being able to have a great time is the main purpose of the camp.

“If you can do it – do it,” Calkins said, “find a way, because you need to make the time for yourself. It’s one of the few events I’ve gone to, where my battery has been recharged physically, emotionally and spiritually.”

 

For information on CampExperience or to participate in any upcoming events, visit: campexperience.com

 

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