Women in Nature

Join us for our 24th annual Women in Nature day-long wellness retreat to reconnect with earth, self and others. This year, a variety of experience options lets you create your own day based on your interests, with more options for moving and being active than ever before. From yoga to essential oils and clean eating to tea foraging, you’re sure to find topics that interest you. Plus, Women in Nature still features our signature guided hikes, both in the morning and afternoon, where you join a group based on your preferred pace. Join us for our first Women in Nature event at our new Amazing Space building and campus!

Lunch Information:  This year, we want to encourage women to share food, stories and recipes! For lunch, we will hold a potluck. After you register, please visit our online potluck sign up here or call Rachel at 319-362-0664 to choose a type of dish you’d like to bring.
What to bring: Please plan to dress for both indoor an outdoor experiences during Women in Nature. We recommend the following: comfortable layered clothing, sturdy shoes, refillable water bottle, hat, sunglasses, rain jacket, and a yoga mat or towel if participating with the yoga workshop. See the lunch information section above for details on bringing your potluck item. Thank you!

2017 information and speakers:


Empowering Women in Outdoor Recreation
Outdoor adventure awaits you! Or does it? Many women experience road blocks when it comes to learning and experiencing the bliss of outdoor recreation, and although female participation numbers are growing, men still dominate the face of outdoor recreation. Women are likely to turn away an opportunity to spend time outdoors because they don’t have enough time, they don’t have enough information, and they have no one to go with. Erin Roghaar, Director of Education at the Nature Center, had to conquer all the above fears and roadblocks, and eventually asked the men to step aside to find her own self in the outdoor world. *Keynote*

Tea Foraging in the Prairie
There is something special about a cup of tea brewed from plants you have collected! Rodney Bradley is a volunteer of the Nature Center, and an experienced plant gatherer, knowing which tea helps with varying ailments. The Indian Creek Nature Center prairie features many plants that can be dried and brewed for a delicious tea, good for your body and soul. Learn which plants can be collected and the proper processes to dry and brew correctly. Rodney will explain the medicinal qualities of each plant, how to properly dry and brew the plant, and will share tea with participants in the prairie.

Enhancing your Life with Essential Oils
Join Aura Cacia aromatherapist, Charlynn Avery, for a lively and interactive class about the many wonderful uses of essential oils and will share the ways to enhance your daily life. Get your essential oil questions answered and gain a deeper understanding of safe and appropriate essential oil usage to help with daily life needs. In class, you will make your own product to take home and enjoy!

Living Local:  Refresh Your Plate with Homegrown Taste
So many delicious and nutritious foods are produced right here in Iowa!  Join Hy-Vee dietitian, Kimberly Proctor, for a cooking demonstration featuring some of her favorite local products available at Hy-Vee.  Recipes and samples will be provided.

Yoga for the Mind and Body
Carol Daly will lead you through a gentle grounding practice unifying movement, nature and breath. Suitable for all levels of experience including beginners, you will leave feeling more connected with the earth, yourself, and those around you.

Drummer’s Circle
Join Hawkwoman and feel the creator’s rhythm inside you during the drum circle.  In the cosmic experience, drumming touches us at a deep level and brings all of creation together as a community.   Especially now, when our external and internal worlds can be so polarized, communication that bears witness to creative love is very important.   Drumming–and feeling the creator’s rhythm inside of us–resonates with a variety of people.   All differences can disappear when a group of people share rhythm.   As you prayerfully listen to other drummers in order to make music, the whole group becomes one!  No experience is necessary, just a willingness to be open to the experience.  You are welcome to bring and use your own drum if you have one, or use one that is provided.