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

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.


Cat Cantrill, Studio Vitality Owner | Lead yourself to loving you — what do you love about you?

Admit it, you are pretty fantastic. You have a positive attitude, you love your life and feel like it’s pretty complete.  However, there is one thing that prevents you from TRUE happiness…it’s that relationship you have with your body. We all know that relationship needs an upgrade! In this interactive experience, Cat will teach you the same powerful message she teaches her clients and students all over the world.  She will take you on a 4 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! Your body is worth celebrating…and she will show you how you can do that starting TODAY. 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! Please make sure and bring paper or journal and something to write with. 

Cat Cantrill has one mission, to Empower Women. Cat is the owner of Studio Vitality, a women’s empowerment company based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She assists women rediscover themselves and their sensuality through fitness and dance. In May of 2020, due to COVID-19, Cat was forced to close her in-person studio and now does 100% of her dance offerings online. 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 since 2015 though her coaching programs such as her 21 Day Challenge, Secret Wardrobe, Shine & Spark. She is also the founder of Kick Ass Red Lipstick, a 3500+ member online encouragement group of empowered women who are out to change their lives through the power of self-investment and author of Kick Ass Red Lipstick. Cat has had the honor of being nominated for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the Year for 2016 and was a recipient of the inaugural Cedar Rapids Gazette HER Magazine 2018 Women of Achievement award.


Marti Payseur, Thistle Summit Owner | Lost & Found — Foraging, Food and Finding Myself 

Food connects us to each other, to the earth, and to ourselves. In the American food system, nature has been removed from the equation in favor of perfect produce. Foraging allows us a trail map back into that connection and back into ourselves. Being chased off a trail by javelina while in pursuit of prickly pears, reeling in Candian walleye, crying at the magic of finding Springs first morel. These adventures in foraging have illuminated the way forward for Marti Payseur, owner of Thistle’s Summit B&B in Mount Vernon, to a more flavorful full life. Join us for this delicious rewilding of food so that we may find our wild selves along the path.

Like many young Virgos, Marti Payseur (She/Her/Hers) grew up faking illness to stay home from school to watch Martha Stewart. Not only did they share a name, Marti felt a deep kinship with Martha, like one day maybe she would like the life that other Martha had. After a successful career in events for over a decade, working for internationally recognized museums, she felt further from that goal than ever. She had no time to put her hands in flour, to pursue passions or to create tablescapes from the garden. In 2018 she left her old life to start Thistle’s Summit B&B in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Where alongside her partner Ash, they run Iowa’s Queerest B&B, a business focused on inclusivity, radical feminism, and caring for people through fresh food.

October 16, 2021

28th Annual Women in Nature
October 16, 2021

2021 details coming soon…

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 (provided by Carlson College of Massage Therapy), 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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