Dearest Friends, Family, Colleagues & Fans of Hike & Heal,
Tomorrow is the big day! And I need your help to change lives. Whether my parents intended to or not, they raised a child with big eyes and huge aspirations. Somewhere in my gene pool, the dreamer DNA clung on and here we are. One never knows what their child is going to do when they get older, but the hope is that they find something that makes them happy. I can tell you for certain that there isn't anything that brings me more joy than getting people (especially kids) to explore, laugh & grow in our outdoor world. We become more compassionate towards those around us, we practice mindfulness naturally, our creativity soars, our breath deepens, stress levels drop, our problem solving brain turns on and, in my opinion, we are our best selves. Whether you hike/walk, garden, enjoy outdoor sports, have the luxury to enjoy the cabin life, or otherwise, you know this to be true.
Hike & Heal Wellness, LLC is in its infancy. This business is driven by nature and uses collaborative minds to help facilitate personal growth through eastern and western based wellness practices rooted in robust research. In addition to offering adult retreats, workshops and classes, Hike & Heal's biggest contribution to the community will be Camp Begin.
This will be a youth summer day camp instructed by certified teachers who also have training in and the passion to disseminate the practices of yoga, mindfulness, the creative arts and nature education. As our world becomes more reactionary day after day, Camp Begin participants will have the tools to 1) cope with life's ups and downs 2) respond with empathy and 3) spread kindness within their communities.
By helping today you will be creating:
1) scholarships for kids who NEED this experience to enhance their life. Teachers will handpick students in their classrooms who NEED help in self-regulation and in building social, emotional learning skills. They will prompt parents to fill out an application for the scholarship YOU helped build!
2) honorarium funds for teachers which will help supplement the cost of paying for quality educators. There are far too many summer camps run by high school and college aged instructors. While it's great to provide jobs for a younger generation, I truly believe our world needs to invest more in our current educational workforce. Most WI teachers work a second job to afford to live. I know I do! Unfortunately, finding something in my field that extends my passion for teaching and pays well is hard to come by. It is for all of us WI teachers. Your donation will fill this need!
3) a community fund to help contribute to local conversation projects (i.e. WDNR). Your donation will help continue to preserve Wisconsin's state & county parks, conserving more green space for us all to benefit from.
Tomorrow I'll be sending out another notification with a link to the crowdfunding campaign and ways you can easily share the information within your own personal networks. If you are someone commiting today, you'll get a personal email with that amount included as well as a note of gratitude from yours truly. :)
THANK YOU in advance for your support! The dreamer in me says that tomorrow will be a day to celebrate... for my life dreams coming true, for a camp that will change lives, and if you're a family member of mine, you know that December 5th means even more to us.
"Celebrate we will, for life is sweet but short for certain." -DMB
Sending so much love to all of you,
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Hi, Moira here. When I'm not playing with my dogs, listening to music, enjoying nature or being with my friends/family, I'm probably writing. Read these blogs for wellness opportunities we offer at Hike & Heal, ones I know that are awesome or just some tidbits about living a healthier life.