What if I told you there was a place where you could sleep underneath Florida pine trees in cozy cabins with a bunch of women just like you? Women who kick ass at work and home and miss the bonding we did with our girlfriends when we were kids? What if I told you this unique girls’ weekend was inspired by sleepaway camp, except this time around, you’ll be able to take part in interactive workshops with the nation’s top experts in women’s health, love, happiness, parenting, spirituality, business and more? What if I said the organizers also had killer happy hours and practically insist that you wear sweatpants?
Ready to sign up yet? I am, and so is Oprah, who placed it on her list of 50 things that made her say “wow” last year.
This crazy-fun and curious idea was Tammi Fuller’s dream. After 34 years as a Hollywood television producer, she ditched it all last year to start Campowerment, which veterans refer to as “a women’s retreat unlike any other,” and on the weekend of Feb. 21-24, Campowerment will be right here in Central Florida at the Orange Springs Retreat near Ocala.
The 3.5-day weekend requires that you ditch your tech addiction and dive into all the fun stuff associated with camp (silly games and fireside s’mores) as well as empowering workshops designed to propel you forward on your journey, whether that be towards change, renewed passion, or simply a fresh perspective on life. “Even if you’re exactly where you want to be in your life, this weekend will help you take a break and disconnect from the crazy-busy world we call home,” says Fuller, a former Floridian who launched Campowerment in Malibu, California, last year. Seven camps are already planned for 2014, including one in North Florida later this year.
From what I’ve heard, the weekends leave you feeling like you’re part of a sisterhood of fabulous women who are all struggling to juggle all that life throws at them. “By combining the best experts I have come across during my years in television with the magic of summer camp (from high ropes challenge courses to arts and crafts to singalongs), I think we may have figured out a way to help women get happy again,” Fuller says. “The spiked Kool Aid helps too.”
If you want to see what happens when women come together to play for a weekend without men, kids or responsibilities, sign up HERE.
I’m already signed up! See you at camp!