women`s weekend - YMCA Camp Takodah



women`s weekend - YMCA Camp Takodah
Thank you for joining us for our: Women’s Weekend at YMCA Camp Takodah.
Please find the following to help you prepare:
• List of Classes and a weekend schedule
• Directions to your ONLINE CLASS SIGN UP form. The online form this year contains
your risk and release and health form too so you will not need to bring them with you.
• Directions to Camp and places to eat dinner Friday before getting to camp
Submitting your ONLINE CLASS SIGN UP form with your remaining balance is your
opportunity to select the classes you desire on a first come first serve basis. Check in will
take place on Friday, September 23rd from 5:30-7:00pm in the Office. The reception
welcome will begin at 7:00pm. It is vital that your classes are requested before you
arrive through our online form.
Please remember to bring your own sleeping bag or preferred bedding linens, towels,
toiletries and yoga mat (for yoga and pilates). You will also want some spending money
for vendors, select craft activities and extended wellness pampering services. All our
services come in voluntarily on what would be typical business days so please tip as
Alcohol will be permitted in the Dining Hall only on Friday and Saturday past 5:00pm.
Each participant may bring one bottle of wine OR 6 pack of beer/cider for the weekend
to share with friends. Please drink responsibly.
Upon check in you will receive:
• Your personalized weekend schedule
• Camp map and cabin assignment
• 2016 Women’s Weekend T-shirt
Feel free to email [email protected] or call the office at (603) 352-0447 if you have
any further questions. We look forward to seeing you at the Women’s Weekend Getaway!
Peter Simmonds
Director of Educational Programs
(603) 352-0447
To get you excited for the weekend here is some information on how the weekend works, a
list of programming ahead of us this year and a weekend schedule:
Classes offered by external volunteers (Sign up required)
• Bellydancing with Kary Hays of The Soul’s Essence
• Card Stamping with Leslie Percival
• Celebrate Your Sexy Spirit or find out why you don’t! with Sage Wheeler
• Dance Fusion with Richard Clough of Keene Fusion Studios
• Dream Big with Peggy Jaeger
• Good Vibrations - Athena’s Toy Party with Stephanie Lupien of Athena’s Home
Novelties & Heavenly Goddess Spa Parties
• Health Coaching with April Reynolds of Sapient Wellness
• Help Your Body from the Inside Out with Jenna LeQuire of It Works Global
• Interplay with Áine deDanaan of Interplay – New Hampshire
• Lily goes to Paris with Clare Tamarelle
• Makeovers with Ruth Clark of Smart Nutrition
• Pedicures with Stephanie Lupien
• Personal Training with Ryann & Erin of Muscle Mommas Health and Fitness
• Reducing Pain & Anxiety with Dr. Rich Gorsuch of Cheshire Wellness Center
• Yoga with Keene Yoga Centre, Sharon Laflamme of Creating Serenity and
Áine deDanaan
• Writing with Peggy Jaeger
• Zumba with Cherie Metevier
Classes taught by YMCA Camp Takodah (Sign up required)
• Beginner and Advanced Biking around the trails of Takodah
• Canoeing, Kayaking and Paddle-boarding on our waterfront
• High Ropes and adventure classes including our Catwalk, Giant Swing and Pamper Pole
• Hikes to Tully Lake Recreation Area and Waterfalls and Gap Mountain
• Sharp shooter Riflery and Archery instruction
• Sunrise Kayaking
• Tie Dye, Candle Making and Arts and Crafts
• Zip-lining across the pond.
Special Events and Evening Programs
• Friday night Ice Breaker and ‘Get to Know You Games’ with your host Pete Simmonds
• Friday night Line dancing with Deb Giamo of Total Fitness Zone
• Saturday morning Sunrise Hike to Gap Mountain
• Saturday morning Sunrise Kayaking
• Saturday night the Dining Hall will be open to rest and relax with friends
• Saturday night Hidden Talents Show – Takodah South Performing Arts Center
• Saturday night Movie Night – Takodah North Performing Arts Center
• Saturday night Sunset and Stargazing Voyaguer Canoe
• Sunday morning Sunrise Yoga and Kayaking
Open Sign Ups (some free and some paid services)
• Aura Imaging with Kary Hays ($35 – Friday)
• Massage offered by local freelance Therapists of Keene (Free & Paid $50 All weekend)
Pepper Goodell – Deborah Picket
• Qi Gong with Áine deDanaan (Free all weekend)
• Singing Lessons with Nancy Salwen (Free Saturday)
• Tarot Readings with Megan Bartlett (Free all weekend)
• Wine Tasting and Music at Cameron’s Winery ($20)
Additional considerations:
• Cash or Credit for vendors on Friday evening and tipped or paid pampering services
throughout the weekend. (Please treat them well they are all volunteers)
• Bring a white T-shirt or pillowcase for Tie Dye and personal Yoga Mat if taking part in
those classes.
Classes work on a first come first serve basis starting today!
Classes can only be secured once your final balance is paid
Select your classes on line by going to www.camptakodah.org
Ø Programs Drop Down > Women’s Weekend > CLASS SIGN UP 2016
We have also provided class descriptions in this packet.
Once submitted a copy will be sent to you. Please bring this with you.
If you have any trouble online please don't hesitate to contact us.
Your forms will be date stamped as soon as they arrive and your balance
has been paid. We will do our best to accommodate your first choice. There
are caps on classes so please do select a second and third choice for each
time slot. The night you arrive you will receive a personal schedule for the
weekend based on your sign ups. If during the weekend you wish to switch a
class this is absolutely fine provided there is room in that class. This
process will be explained at the event.
You do not have to sign up for a class for every moment of the
weekend if you do not want too. The weekend is what you make of it.
Feel free to do what you want around Camp. For this we have added ‘R&R’
(Rest and Relaxation) in the dropdown.
Remember there are also additional services outside of classes that can
be booked like Massage, Facials, and Acupuncture etc.
Sign Ups for free and paid pampering services will take place on
Saturday Morning in the Dining Hall or at the location of the provided
services. Sign ups will be available through the weekend. These will be on
a first come first serve basis.
You will also be informed if there are any additions or changes to classes
and schedules.
Please be aware that there is NO DINNER served on the Friday. You will
however be greeted with some light snack and horderves at 7:00pm. The
closest places to eat are Ed’s Crossroads Pizza and The Fitzwilliam Inn,
both in Fitzwilliam, NH, which is a 15-minute drive from Camp. There are
also a selection of eateries and restaurants in Keene, NH approx. 20
minutes drive.
Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions and we look
forward to seeing you soon.
Email [email protected] or call our office at (603) 352 0447.
Below you will find a full description of activities, classes and services to help you complete
your class ‘Sign Up’ sheet. Some activities may have basic fees for additional materials.
Class 1: Saturday, 8:45 to 9:45
Class 2: Saturday, 10:00 to 11:00
Class 3: Saturday, 11:15 to12:15
Class 4: Saturday, 2:45 to 3:45
Class 5: Saturday, 4:00 to 5:00
Class 6: Sunday, 8:45 to 9:45
Class 7: Sunday, 10:00 to11:00
Class 8: Sunday, 11:15 to12:15
Arts and Crafts
Candle Making with Takodah Staff (Class 1, 3, 7)
Bring some warmth and light to your home by making your own candles! This is a fun and creative way to
learn the simple art of dip candling, a favorite summertime activity here at camp. Take home your new
artwork to enjoy during a stormy New England night, or as a book light when you read.
Card Stamping with Leslie Percival (Class1 & 2) - $5
Come use Stampin' Up! stamps and accessories to create 5 fun cards for a variety of occasions. These cards
will feature fun, easy techniques that you can bring to your own crafts and card making at home but you do
not have to be crafty to enjoy this fun class. We will use the high quality products from Stampin' Up!, a paper
crafting company that has been around for 25 years, including card stock, Designer Series Paper, inks and
stamps to create terrific cards for lots of occasions! You will learn several different stamping techniques. I
will have all the pieces cut for you, and have directions printed out. You get to stamp, assemble and have fun
with friends!! There is an added materials fee of $5 to cover the cost of card stock and other consumable
Tie-Dye with Takodah Staff (bring own shirt, pillow case, etc. (Class 1, 5, 6)
Turn either a favorite shirt or a shirt that could use some sprucing up into a masterpiece with our Takodah
Staff! Have fun being creative with colors to make a great memory and souvenir from your weekend. Don’t
forget to pick up your sweet looking shirt Sunday off the clothesline before your departure.
Camp Activities and Outdoor Pursuits
Archery (Class 5, 6, 7) & Riflery (1, 4, 5)
These activities have been offered during the summers at Camp Takodah for decades, and boast a popular
following. In addition to enhancing hand-eye coordination, target sports offer good old-fashioned fun and
the spirit of competition! Challenge your friends to the best target score on Takodah’s own rifle and archery
range. We use air-powered pellet guns for our rifle activity.
Biking the Trails of Takodah (Beginner Class 6, Advanced Class 8)
We are excited to offer two trail rides. One for beginners and one for more advanced riders. Learn how to
shift and ride safely on trails, and take a ride on one of our forest trails. Bikes and helmets will be provided.
High Ropes Course (Class 1 & 6)
Camp Takodah’s extensive Challenge Course includes 9 dynamic high elements and 10 low elements. We
operate with a “Challenge by Choice” philosophy and welcome everyone on our ropes course. We will focus on
high ropes elements like the Two-Line Bridge, Catwalk and the Multi-Vine, fun for all and a great place to
start if you are new to the high ropes. Takodah will provide harnesses and other equipment necessary to
keep you safe as you scamper across ropes 30 feet in the air.
High Ropes Course – Giant Swing (Class 2 & 3) and Pamper-pole (Class 4 & 5)
This experience on the Takodah high ropes course is geared toward those women who are ready for even
more of a challenge. We will skip over to some of our most difficult climbs on the ropes course, like the
Pamper Pole, and Giant Swing. Take a leap of faith off a 30-foot telephone pole or be pulled by a team of 6
up to 45 feet into the air where you can self-release and pendulum through the trees. These activities can be
physically demanding, but they are worth it! Not for the faint hearted.
Zip Lining Over Cass Pond (Class 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8)
The Camp Takodah Zip Line is the ride of a lifetime! After climbing to the take-off platform (about 45-feet
up) you’ll be zooming over the water of Cass Pond, with a great view of the lake and Takodah’s Waterfront.
Feel the freedom of flight as you zip along to the other side of the pond. This is a once in a lifetime
Educational Wellness Classes and Workshops
*On our sign up these will be categorized as ‘Wellness’ with the instructors’ name.
Celebrate Your Sexy Spirit – or find out why you don’t! with Sage Wheeler (Class 1, 2, 3, 4)
For some women sex is a source of deep and joyous energy--for others, not so much. Each one of us is
unique in how we experience and express ourselves sexually. Come to this workshop to discover your own
Sexy Spirit and/or uncover some of the reasons why it may be important not to let it shine. We'll create a
safe circle of trust that invites each of us to explore our sexual attitudes from the perspectives of our bodies,
our minds, our hearts, and our spirits. We'll engage in activities and dialogues that offer information and
insights about the messages we received from our families, our teachers, and our culture--and how they
affect our lives now. We'll have fun, tap into our amazing resilience, and find ways we can move forward with
understanding and respect. Please bring 2 objects to the circle: one that represents support that you want to
keep for your sexy spirit and one that represents a challenge to your sexy spirit that you want to let go of.
We'll work with these objects in our group, and you will take them home with you.
Dream Big with Peggy Jaeger (Class 4)
Is there something in your life you wished you'd done, but didn't? It's never too late to make a dream come
true. Using the experiences of my life, and quoting from several famous women who have all achieved a goal
or a dream during the empty nest and menopausal years, I'll help you see why you never give up on a dream
no matter how old you are, or what the circumstances of your may be. This is a motivation class.
Essential Oils with April Reynolds (Limit 10 - Class 3 & 8)
Reduce your exposure to chemicals by mixing some of your own personal care products using essential oils
and natural ingredients. Join AprilReynolds, Integrative Health Coach for a fun make-and-take workshop
highlighting the safe use of essential oils to help keep you and your family healthy.
Good Vibrations - Athena’s Toy Party with Stephanie Lupien (Class 5)
Learn about your body and toys to stimulate it. How to care for your toys so that they take care of you. How
to stimulate yourself and the men in your life. It will be an hour of fun, edu-tainment and toys!
Help your Body from the Inside Out with Jenna LeQuire (Class 4 & 8))
Come try Free samples of the It Works All Natural plant based product line......pH Balancing Greens Drink, Skin
Care Line, Protein Drink, Energy Drink, and Essential Oils. Let's have fun and find out why what you put into
your body can help you from the inside out.
InterPlay with Áine deDanaan (Class 4)
InterPlay is easy, fun, and life changing. It is based in a series of incremental “forms” that lead participants to
movement and stories, silence and song, ease and amusement. In the process, we discover the wisdom in
ourselves and our communities.
Through its variety of embodied play-based tools, InterPlay strives to support participants' integration of
body, mind, heart and spirit in the context of connection and community with others.
InterPlay is firmly based in affirmation and looking for the good. You don’t have to think of yourself as
creative in order to do InterPlay. We can teach you that part easily.
Give it a try; we are sure you'll find it nourishing and fulfilling!
Lily goes to Paris with Clare Tamarelle (Class 2, 5)
LILY GOES TO PARIS is offering a class sharing the most interesting facts about the "real" Paris - not the
"touristy" one available to most travelers and, directed to WOMEN! Offering tours of the "backside" of this
amazing city Lily will let you in on the inner lives and daily habits of the natives, both her friends, relatives
and Parisians in general, steeping you in the Paris of today, as well as numerous historical facts not
commonly known to the typical tourist. Being completely fluent in French and having traveled many times to
Paris (and the rest of France), Lily's goal is to enlighten and intrigue you with facts and anecdotes of this
intriguing and resplendent city. Please come, have fun, learn new things and enjoy some tasty goodies to help
you feel like you are (almost) really there! MERCI!
Natural Secrets to Reducing Pain & Anxiety with Dr. Rich Gorsuch (Class 6)
Learn simple and powerful techniques for reducing pain, anxiety, and stress, while improving energy levels
and promoting more ease and well-being.
Pedicures with Stephanie Lupien (Class 3 &7)
1-hour pedicures, in a group of 10-20
Stephanie will provide the basins and the 4 piece pedicure system, guests just bring their feet. 15 minutes
foot soaking, a foot Scrub, 15 minutes Clay mask, and a foot repair cream. Guests can enjoy this pedicure,
while being introduced to more Heavenly Goddess Spa Products. You will leave putting your best foot forward.
The ‘10 Years Younger Makeover’ with Ruth Clark (Class 2 & 7)
6 Secrets to Burn Belly Fat, Double Your Energy and Get Your Sexy Back. Learn about what ages us and
how you can take control to regain your energy, vitality, and waistline. Ruth Clark is a Registered
Dietitian Nutritionist with a masters in Public Health and over 35 years experience in nutrition. You
will leave this session with simple, easy tips on how to balance your hormones, and how to eat, to
look, and to feel better fast.
Writing a Book with Peggy Jaeger (Class 5)
Writing a book is hard work, whether it's fiction or not, memoir or biography. I'll guide you through the steps
from finding your idea to planning how you want to say what's in your head and heart.
Fitness and Physical Activity
Dance Fusion with Richard Clough (Class 7 & 8)
Partner Club Dance will give participants a sampling of Bachata and Salsa, easy dances that don't take up
much room. These dances can be done in 2 hand hold which allows each partner to do some fun turns and
wraps. These dances work with many contemporary songs and have easy to follow rhythms and patterns,
perfect for first timers! Dance sneakers are best for this class, although not mandatory.
Bellydancing with Kary Hays (Class 7 & 8)
Fun and Fitness through BELLYDANCE! Middle Eastern dance is a wonderfully unique form of dance, which
contains within its expression a multitude of benefits. The isolated movements of the hips, ribcage, and arms
make this dance not only sensual and exciting, but also offer a truly all-encompassing workout. Plus it's
simply FUN!
Personal Training with Muscle Mommas Health and Fitness (Class 1 & 2)
Strength Level One (Class 1)
Learn proper technique of foundation exercises like squats, push-ups, lunges, and planks. This class will be
challenging and focused to ensure your ability to exercise safely and effectively.
Warrior Training (Class 2)
For those, who have an established fitness foundation and are looking to work hard and have fun. This class
will use a combination of training formats and drills to challenge any fitness buff.
Zumba with Cherie Metevier (Class 6)
Zumba is a Latin based aerobic dance workout – exercise in disguise. Your will enjoy learning some new
moves while enjoying the upbeat music. The steps are adaptable, so anyone can participate and have a good
time. Remember, there are no mistakes in Zumba, just variations!
Offsite Excursions
Cameron’s Wine Tour & Music Evening ($20 Limit 24 – Saturday Evening)
We will take a trip to Cameron’s Winery in Northfield, Massachusetts. There will be a cover band playing John
Denver and related artists’ songs. Everyone gets a book of music to sing along to the band and enjoy a wine
tasting or a glass of wine and nibblies [gluten free food options also available]. Cameron’s Winery has an
impressive selection of wines running the gamut from dry and spicy red grapes grown in Massachusetts to
apricot, strawberry, black currant, and more. Come for an evening of songs and wine.
Hike around Tully Lake (Limit 24 – Class 3 plus bagged lunch)
The Tully Trail is a 4.5-mile loop trail that encircles the largely undeveloped Tully Valley in the North Quabbin
Region of Central Massachusetts. From the summit of Tully Mountain to the cascading waters of Doane’s
Falls, the trail connects some of the region’s most scenic properties and views. Join us as we do a section of
this trail to view the beautiful Doane’s Falls! This out-of-camp hike that will run over lunch and be led by
Takodah Staff who are certified in First Aid and CPR.
Sunrise Hike Up Gap Mountain (Limit 24 – Early morning Saturday)
The Gap Mountain Trail is a 2.6-mile moderate climb, which will bring you up to great views of Mount
Monadnock. It is a favorite of all our hikes at YMCA Camp Takodah. Enjoy a peaceful early morning hike with
friends before the world wakes up to watch the sunrise over the local landscape. You will have surely earned
your breakfast.
Waterfront Activities
Canoeing (Class 2, 4) and Kayaking (Class 1, 3, 5 + early morning slots available)
Come learn the basics of tandem canoeing on Camp Takodah’s beautiful Cass Pond or join us for an early
morning Kayak. Kayaking solo in the morning as the mist rises over the lake is a great way to work up to your
morning breakfast. If you master these basics skills of flat water paddling, you will be able to take advantage
of all the different waterways in New England! Come try out a new way to enjoy the great outdoors!
Stand Up Paddle-Boarding (Class 3, 8)
Enjoy your core, shoulders, and oblique work out as your stand up and paddle on our beautiful Cass Pond.
Stand Up Paddle boarding is a great way to strengthen your core as you enjoy the thrill of standing on a
board in water
Voyageur Canoeing - Sign ups available during the weekend.
- Sunset Voyageur Canoeing (Limit 24) – Sunset (approx. 7:45pm Sat)
- Stargazing Voyageur Canoe (Limit 24) – Dark (approx. 10:00pm Sat)
Camp Takodah is home to two of the largest style canoes in existence known as Voyageur Canoes. Theses
steady and sturdy canoes can hold 13 people each and glide seamlessly through the waters of Cass Pond
provided everyone works together as a team and paddles in unison under the direction of trained Takodah
Staff. They are perfect for a relaxing paddle on the lake. This year we will be running two lake excursions.
One at sunset and one at night. The stars here on a clear night are breath taking. What better way to view
them, than out on a canoe.
Yoga, Meditation and Self Treatment
Creating Serenity with Sharon Laflamme (Class 2 & 3)
Combining rhythmic movement, walking meditation, tai chi, coaching, meditation, body awareness, imagery,
conscious breath work, and guided relaxation to teach a powerful method of inner peace and alignment.
Tui Na with Áine deDanaan (Class 6)
Tui Na is a therapeutic manual therapy that is rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM); it is beneficial
for anything from stress relief, acute care for trauma and injuries, a wide variety of chronic health concerns,
and balancing. As such, Tui Na tends to involve dynamic movement and stretching of the client who is
generally able to relax and feel their body tension and pain unwind while on the bodywork table.
In my practice, Tui Na is often combined with Acupressure for optimal relief of symptoms and balancing of
the meridian system, according to TCM.
Yoga with Keene Yoga Centre (All Classes)
All Levels Yoga with the 4 Elements with Kathy Byer (Class 1)
Yoga suitable for all levels.
All Levels Vinyasa with Christine Oakes (Class 2)
Vinyasa combines mindfulness of breathing with poses that strengthen, tone, and balance. The class focus is
to connect the body and mind in the present.
Stress Release Yoga with Madison Mckelligan (Class 3)
Yoga can help reduce stress because it promotes relaxation, which is the natural opposite of stress. Yoga can
benefit three aspects of ourselves that are often affected by stress: our body, mind, and breathing.
You don't have to wait to feel stressed out to do yoga, and you shouldn't! People who do a little bit of yoga
each day often find they're better able to handle things when life gets a little crazy.
Reconnecting with your Body through Mindfulness & Yoga with Akira Stuckey (Class 4)
Do you often feel stressed out about what happened in the past? Do you often worry about the future? Do
you feel like your mind wonders? Many research studies show that practicing mindfulness has so many
benefits to our emotional, mental, and physical wellness. It can lower stress, decrease anxiety, increases
compassion towards others, increase self-compassion, helps us connect with our true self, increase
concentration, improve mood, and improve sleep quality, to name a few.
In this workshop, Akira will help you increase mindfulness through by using yoga forms, paying attention to
internal sensations (interoception), and promoting a friendly relationship with your body.
Finding Wholeness through Yoga with Anjili Russell (Class 5)
Sangha (Community) Talk
Nia Dance with Kelly Gorsuch (Class 6)
Nia is a soulful dance movement form that conditions the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. With a
combination of both high-energy and slow, fluid moves, and music to inspire joy and connection, the
choreography draws from a blend of dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts.
All Levels Vinyasa with Tracy Bartella (Class 7)
Vinyasa combines mindfulness of breathing with poses that strengthen, tone, and balance. The class focus is
to connect the body and mind in the present.
Gentle Yoga with Amy Trippodi (Class 8)
Gentle Yoga is a class focused on energizing while healing the body. The poses are simple and incorporate
aids such as blankets, blocks, and straps for safer practice, and to allow you to fully achieve each position
comfortably. This class is held at a slower pace and emphasizes stretching all areas of the body, releasing
stress and tension from joints and muscles, building strength and increasing balance.
Services: Mind and Body – FREE AND PAID
*Sign Ups for services throughout the weekend will begin on Saturday morning and will
continue throughout the weekend. This will take place in the Dining Hall OR at the location
of the service. All services are provided on a voluntary basis so please support them and
tip as applicable. Many thanks.
Aura Imaging with Kary Hays ($35 - Friday)
What color is your aura today?! Did you know our energy changes in relation to what is going on in our lives!
Explore the fascinating understanding of color with Aura Imaging. This innovative System reveals the colors
in your energy field as metaphysics are combined with science and technology. What do your colors mean?
And how can you be guided toward exploration of self through the interpretation of your aura?
This innovative package of information includes a full color image of your aura around your face and
shoulders on 4" x 6" glossy photo paper
AND a full color image of your chakras on 4" x 6" glossy photo paper.
AND 9 pages of information relating to your aura and chakras.
Qi Gong with Áine deDanaan (FREE Sunday)
I offer one-on-one and small group Qi Gong practices that are fantastic for early morning, opening one's
senses and balancing the meridians for the day ahead. Included in such classes are TCM self-massage
techniques and 5-element Qi Gong.
Singing Lessons: Overcoming a Fear of Singing with Nancy Salwen (FREE All Weekend)
I will give singing lessons specifically geared to “non-singers,” beginning singers, or those who would like to
revisit singing or breakthrough their shyness around singing. Your lesson will be completely customized to
YOU and will be given in a spirit of exploration and fun. This is an opportunity to explore singing in a nonjudgmental, comfortable and playful way.
Tarot Reading with Megan Bartlett (30 minutes)
Megan is a Tarot reader who utilizes an astrological background to enhance the readings themselves. The
readings she gives are free will-centric, and work from the understanding that they are visual representations
of a person’s current state – how the situation developed, where it is going, and how to own/adjust the path
if the outcome is an undesired one.
Therapeutic Massage (All Weekend: FREE 15 minute & PAID 1 hour)
Throughout the weekend you will have the opportunity to sign up for a combination of FREE 15 minute or
PAID therapeutic massages from a group of local massage therapists from various organizations. Please
check in with your massage therapists before signing up. Some will be deep tissue and others such as
Deborah Pickett will be offering Zero Balancing sessions. This is a hands on massage done fully clothed and
face up with firm yet gentle pressure to release any tension held. All massages are great for those
experiencing effects of stress or going through shifts at home, work or personally as they help unblock areas
on tension for easy movement through life and the added opportunity to rest, relax and rejuvenate.
PAID massages are $50 per session for 1 hour
Yoga/Meditation with Anjili Russell (FREE – 6:30-7:30am Sunday)
What color is your aura today?! Did you know our energy changes in relation to what is going on in our lives!
Explore the fascinating understanding of color with Aura Imaging. This innovative System reveals the colors
in your energy field as metaphysics are combined with science and technology. What do your colors mean?
And how can you be guided toward exploration of self through the interpretation of your aura?
This innovative package of information includes a full color image of your aura around your face and
shoulders on 4" x 6" glossy photo paper
AND a full color image of your chakras on 4" x 6" glossy photo paper.
AND 9 pages of information relating to your aura and chakras.
We will let you know Friday night of any changes or additions to
programming. We look forward to seeing you! – Pete
2016 Women’s Weekend Getaway Schedule
Friday, September 23rd
5:30 – 7:00 pm
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Vendor exhibit opens
Mix & Mingle (Wine, chocolate, snacks and drinks available)
**No dinner served**
7:00 – 7:30 pm
Welcome Games with Host, Pete Simmonds
8:00 – 9:30 pm
Line dancing (open to all!)
9:30 – 11:00
Campfire (w/ S’mores)
Dining Hall “R&R” (late night snacks available)
Saturday, September 24th
6:30 – 7:30 am
Coffee/light breakfast available
*Additional Services open for Sign Up
6:45 – 8:00 am
Early morning/Sunrise block
• Morning Kayak
• Sunrise hike (meet at 5:30 at the office)
7:30 – 8:30 am
Breakfast buffet
8:45 – 9:45 am
Class 1
10:00 – 11:00 am
Class 2
11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Class 3
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Lunch buffet
1:30 – 2:30 pm
Free time & Open Waterfront
2:45 – 3:45 pm
Class 4
4:00 – 5:00 pm
Class 5
5:00 – 6:00 pm
Free time & Open Waterfront
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Dinner buffet & Group photo
(BYOB: Wine & beer permitted w/dinner – please drink responsibly)
7:45 – 8:45 pm
8:00 – 9:00 pm
10:00 – 11:00pm
Sunset Voyageur Canoe (24 limit)
Evening Program: R&R/Hidden Talents/Movie Night
Stargazing Voyageur Canoe (24 limit)
Sunday, September 25th
6:30 – 7:30 am
Coffee/light breakfast available
6:45 – 8:00 am
Early morning/Sunrise block
• Wake Up Yoga
• Morning Kayak
7:30 – 8:30 am
Breakfast buffet
8:45 – 9:45 am
Class 6
10:00 – 11:00 am
Class 7
11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Class 8
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Lunch buffet
1:45 pm
Formal Closing
1:30 – 3:00 pm
Free time & Open Waterfront
2:00 – 3:00 pm
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Dining Hall
Camp Office
*Schedule is subject to change. An updated schedule will be passed out at the event.
Pampering and Wellness services will be available throughout the weekend. Some may be
subject to an additional small fee to the volunteer. Please remember that all services and
vendors join us voluntarily so please tip well as applicable.
The Cheshire YMCA Camp Takodah is located on over 500 acres in the heart of the Monadnock
Region. Richmond, New Hampshire has been home to Camp Takodah for almost 100 years. Our
fields, forests and the wooded shores of Cass Pond offer the ideal setting for school retreats or
group outings.
From Keene, NH
Follow Rt. 12 south to Rt. 32. Follow Rt. 32 through Swanzey and into Richmond.
Turn left onto Rt. 119 East. We are 1/5 of a mile down the road on the right.
From the W est and Points South (Northampton Area)
Follow Rt. I-91 to exit 28-A (Bernardston, MA). Follow Rt. 10 north to Winchester, NH. Follow Rt.
119 East 6.5 miles to Camp Takodah.
From Boston Area
Follow Rt. 2 West to Rt. 140 (Winchendon, MA). In Winchendon, follow Rt. 12 to Fitzwilliam, NH,
and Rt. 119 West 8 miles to Camp Takodah (on the left).
From Manchester and Points East
Follow Rt. 101 to Peterborough. Take Rt. 202 through Jaffrey and Rindge to
Fitzwilliam, NH, and Rt. 119 West 8 miles to Camp Takodah (on the left).
From Brattleboro, VT and Points W est
Follow Rt. 119 to Winchester, NH. Continue on 119 east 6.5 miles to Takodah (on your right).
General Contact Information:
Cheshire YMCA
32 Lake Street, North Swanzey, NH, 03431.
HQ office, M-F, 9AM-5PM: (603) 352-0447 (Year-round)
YMCA Camp Takodah
55 Fitzwilliam Road, Richmond, NH 03470.
Seasonal office: (603) 239-4781 (May-Oct)
*Please be aware that there is NO DINNER served on the Friday. You will
however be greeted with some light snack and horderves at 7:00pm. The
closest places to eat are Ed’s Crossroads Pizza and The Fitzwilliam Inn, both
in Fitzwilliam which is a 15 minute drive from Camp. There are also a
selection of eateries and restaurants in Keene,NH approx. 20 minutes drive.