Connecting women to God, themselves and the outdoors.
Experiencing nature provides something deep in the soul. A connection, a peace, a fulfillment, one that’s hard to explain and must be felt.
Karin believes a woman’s life is like a river. Sometimes she is calm and flowing gracefully, sometimes she is making her way over rocks, twists, turn and obstacles, yet she continues to flow. The river continues to flow and give life, even when she thinks she can’t. This woman, the river, is beautiful, resilient, graceful and full of love.
In October, 2020, a group of women gathered in the open plains of Nebraska to explore this thought of how a woman is like a river. Taking on challenges and unknown paths to build self-discovery as well as experience God’s creation.
Fresh air, gorgeous sunrises and sunsets were the perfect backdrop for filling their souls with peace, positivity, confidence, new relationships and outlooks on life.
The ladies started the retreat off with warming up and honing their shooting skills by practicing shooting clays. Some women had no experience or little experience shooting, however the trained professionals at Clear Creek Upland Game Lodge taught safety, proper form and technique. All the women were hitting clay pigeons in no time at all! Huge Success!!
They got to experience the relationship between Dog Handlers and highly trained bird dogs. The ladies hunted (some for the first time) pheasants, experiencing life full circle as these birds provided nutrition not only for the body but for the soul.
Although many of the women were nervous about the retreat and what it would be like, it didn’t take long before new lifelong friendships were created, laugher echoed through the plains and confidence exploded through the roof.
“Being in nature is a healing, soul-building experience and one that returns a woman to her center of being,” says Holly Gillett, one of the retreat participants.
“I am not a hunter and I am a Vegan,”
says Lori Nordstrom-Snyder…
…“However, I understand what hunting is about better than before and now I want to learn to shoot clays too! This is a refreshing retreat for all women who want to get away from their normal every day responsibilities and try something completely different.”
Like a river, these women were absorbing new information about themselves, the outdoors and of course about their faith as we reflected and were grateful for the blessings that we received.
This weekend retreat was a life changing event for these women. We are so thankful for the companies and individuals that help make this retreat possible.