Women in Nature

October 24, 2020

27th Annual Women in Nature
October 24, 2020 | 8 AM-3 PM
Now is the time for women to nurture the body that has carried them far, feed the soul that has guided them and steward the land that has served them. Join us for one of the longest-running events at Indian Creek Nature Center: the 27th annual Women in Nature workshop. This event is sure to leave you refreshed and connected to nature.
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 for walking/hiking, refillable water bottle, hat, sunglasses and a yoga mat or towel if participating in yoga. Note: The best part about Women in Nature is being outside in all weather! Feedback from previous participants has been outstanding regarding the outdoor experience of the hikes in rain. Please bring a rain jacket and rain boots, if appropriate. We will have a limited number of ponchos to borrow.

Why attend Women in Nature? 

Nature Center board member, Emily Flowergarden’s, top two reasons to attend:

  •  An opportunity to have a weekend “getaway”, extremely rare to stay so close and feel like a weekend retreat.
  • She wanted to set aside time to enjoy ICNC with a purpose and the comfort of a ladies event with several choices and as well as having a “safe” place to just be.

2020 speakers

Carmen & Maja Black, Sundog Farm | Women in agriculture

Sundog Farm is a diversified vegetable farm located on the rolling hills between Solon and Mt. Vernon, Iowa and is the principal vegetable grower for Local Harvest CSA. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) links you with your food, the farmers who grow and produce your food and the land on which it is grown. You become a member by paying in advance for a season’s worth of vegetables grown on our small family farm and we provide you with a regular supply of safe, high quality, fresh food. Carmen and Maja Black grew up a mile from where they now farm, and purchased the farm and business from a retiring farmer in 2016. They also rotationally graze a flock of sheep. Carmen & Maja believe that the CSA model is a great way for more young people to get started farming in rural Iowa, while at the same time building more resilient communities who know and care about where their food is coming from. They also care about growing food in a way that is focused on improving soil health, and being good stewards of the land. They are excited to share about our farming practices and community goals with you all!

Jenny Chadima, Life Coach | Overcoming doubt, trauma, fear & addiction

Jenny Chadima is a certified alchemy life coach and 200 hr yoga teacher. Fitness has been a consistent part of her life for more than a decade, and for 6 years she was an athlete in the competitive world of bodybuilding, earning a title as a National Gym Association Bikini Pro.  Most refer to her as an inspiration because of her incredibly positive spirit, but there were times in her life when she didn’t shine so bright. Jenny’s journey is one that began from a dark place filled with grief. She will share a glimpse into her past and how she overcame doubt, trauma, fear, and addiction in order to become the successful and purpose-driven individual that she is today. You will walk away inspired, empowered, and challenged to find your own path to purpose. Jenny’s presentation will conclude with a gentle yoga practice and meditation.

Lindsy Trotter, Chilled Owner | “Dinner without a Plan”
Lindsy is the owner of Chilled Freezer Meals and Menu Planning which was founded to help busy families get dinner on the table quickly and conveniently. Chilled offers a range of freezer meals, snack options, and treats and is committed to using whole ingredients you can feel good about putting on the table.

In response to her daughter’s food sensitivities (wheat, dairy, corn, and nuts), Lindsy started to stock their freezer with quick and easy options for busy weeknights. She fell in love with freezer meals and is passionate about making healthy food accessible and delicious. She believes that what we put in our bodies impacts the way we feel each day — eating whole foods with few ingredients really does make us feel our best.

In addition, Lindsy has developed several digital products that can help simplify mealtime for those who wish to cook themselves. She’ll share her Dinner without a Plan guide that shows people how to stock their pantries and freezers with staple ingredients that can be used to prep dinner in thirty minutes or less.
Cat Cantrill, Studio Vitality Owner | Lead yourself to loving you — what do you love about you?

As a coach, teacher, performer and entrepreneur, Cat Cantrill has one mission: to Empower Women. Cat is the owner of Studio Vitality, Cedar Rapids’ own women’s empowerment powerhouse that assists women in rediscovering themselves and their sensuality through fitness, dance and the art of burlesque. Studio Vitality offers classes both in person & online. She also is the founding mother of her own burlesque troupe, The Va Va Voom!. Cat has produced, directed, choreographed and sold out multiple burlesque shows in the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City area since 2013. Cat has also coached and mentored women though her coaching programs such as Spark — an 11 week transformational coaching program to re-ignite your life with your deepest desires for travel and transformation. She has taken women to Paris, London, Dublin, St. Thomas, Turks & Caicos and soon to be Amsterdam.  She is also the founder of Kick Ass Red Lipstick, an online encouragement group of empowered women who are out to change their lives through the power of self-investment.  Her book “Kick Ass Red Lipstick” was released on Amazon and Barnes & Noble in January 2016. Cat has had the honor of being nominated for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the Year in 2016 and was a recipient of the inaugural Cedar Rapids Gazette HER Magazine 2018 Women of Achievement award. Cat will teach you the same powerful message she teaches her clients and students in her Cedar Rapids studio — she will take you on a four step journey that will show you how to switch that negative body image mindset from everything that is “wrong” with your body to everything that is RIGHT! You will leave with a whole new perspective on not only how you look at your body, but how you interact and talk about your body.  It is time for you to start loving you!

October 24, 2020

27th Annual Women in Nature
October 24, 2020 | 8 AM-3 PM

Cost: Members $60; Nonmembers $75.
After October 18 add an additional $10 to these rates.

2020 Schedule 

8:00-8:30 AM: Check in/registration + social time + breakfast
8:30-8:35 AM: Welcome message
8:35-9:25 AM: Speaker 1
9:30-10:15 AM: Hikes or indoor activities
10:20-11:15 AM: Speaker 2
11:20 AM-12:05 PM: Catered lunch, visit vendors, chair massages, get outside!
12:10-1:05 PM: Speaker 3
1:10-2:00 PM: Hikes or indoor activities
2:05-3:00 PM: Speaker 4
3:00 PM: Door Prizes




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