Summer Camp... for Mom!
Starting at the age of 8, I lived for my summers at camp. Nestled above Malibu, CA (tough, I know), I spent almost 10 summers at a Jewish sleep away camp where I learned about everything from archery, to who Cat Stevens was and why one tin solder rides away, to why boys preferred skinny blondes over chubby brunettes.
While our cabins had electricity, (and bathrooms… allowing my bangs, circa to 1986 to soak in as much Aquanet as humanly possible), camp was where I formed life-long friendships and learned how to be away from home and LOVE IT.
As I begin to think of my family’s plan for this summer, I also have started to think about how amazing it would be to spend a weekend surrounded by friends, doing fun physical activities, playing games, singing folk songs and roasting marshmallows by the campfire. The thing about this is, though, that camping tent and sleeping bag style is not really something I’m cut out for these days, and frankly, as much as I love my son, I’m sort of jonesing for a camp experience that I can rejuvenate and re-energize… in my yoga pants. With wine.
Well, such an experience exists. In fact, camp for adults is becoming a new trend. Emmy-Winning Producer Tammy Leader Fuller’s desire was to recapture the joy and magic she found during her summer camp days as a child. Though Tammy found enormous success in her professional life, she had lost the unfettered joy, boundless sense of adventure and cherished bonds of friendship that her days at summer camp gave her. So she came up with the idea to create Campowerment, a unique vacation experience for stressed out women wanting to run away from home and unplug for a weekend. In fact, this reignited version of the unique experience was chosen by “The Today Show” as one of the nation’s Top 3 Girlfriend Getaways.
At Campowerment, doctors, psychologists, coaches, healers and experts map out an easy to navigate GPS to hep you simplify and redirect your life. The goal is to empower women, connect with other like-minded women, and pick activities that You want to do. (No counselor standing over you to clean up the mess hall!) Activities include everything from yoga and meditation, to cooking classes, to wardrobe makeovers, and even a discussion with NYT authors of “Sh*tty Mom-Parenting for the rest of Us.” (Sounds like I’d fit in juuuuust fine here).
If you’re feeling even more adventurous and want to take it a step beyond bonfires and s’mores, then check out some of these other popular camps and retreats for women:
Surf Camp: Explore the art of wave riding, find presence in daily yoga, experience Costa Rica's natural beauty and harmonious way of life, enjoy a variety of fresh local dishes, relax under the tropical sun, and share in a community of laughter and fun.
Yoga for Transformation Retreat: Discover the many benefits yoga has on all aspects of your life; soak up the beauty and energy of tropical Costa Rica; awaken your senses during a meditative hike through the jungle; share meals and experiences with new friends; and transform yourself into a more relaxed and radiant you.
Bikini Boot Camp is a weight loss vacation, yoga retreat, and fitness holiday, but with so much more. Each day begins with a stretch on the beach followed by a one hour power walk, and then varies from there to include a high energy cardio workout, some sort of sculpt, yoga, as well as other activities that may include an inspiring salsa, African or belly dance class, an insightful meditation session or an informative presentation on the local culture, area or nutrition.
Finally, if you want to find something the whole family can do, but still get SOME adult time (and money for a cruise with world famous characters isn’t an option, ahem, ahem), then check out this awesome camp that has been written up in travel magazines and guides for fabulous finds:
“At 5:30 p.m. just when most family resorts hand you back a tired and cranky child, our children's and teen programs re-ignite. Children have an early dinner and are off and running with friends and counselors just as you're settling down with a cocktail or microbrew and thinking about candlelight dinner...while the happy, high-decible shouts of children are outside...not at the next dining room table!”