We are women like you

We created Adventure for Women because it was missing from the world.  We wanted an uplifting retreat that was NOT indoors and didn't involve sitting for hours listening to speakers or taking notes about the life we could have.. if we just followed a few simple steps.  No thank you, been there and done that.  Where were the authentic connections, a real chance to unplug, a reminder of who we used to be before we became too busy to even think about taking time for ourselves? Somehow, we always managed to come away from those retreats feeling like we simply didn't measure up.

Adventure for Women is about you and your experience, it's that simple.

Since we live in technology saturated environments, getting outdoors was the essential first step.  But we knew that wan't enough, so we decided that every woman needs a few days to feel free from worrying about laundry, dishes, cooking, cleaning, carpooling, working late and all of the other demands in our lives.  Next, we added adventures.  They had to be fun but challenging activities for all abilities and interests.

And finally, we developed a process that turns each adventure into a learning experience more powerful than any tool given by a speaker on a stage somewhere...because it's your experience you're learning from, not ours.

 


Molly Neal

co-founder/Chief Executive Officer

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A love of the outdoors and of learning are at the core of who I am. For 20 yrs I have worked with women and youth through outdoor camps, summer programs at BYU, and teaching in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  I was employed as a general manager in both small and large businesses for many of those years as well.  Adventure for Women feels like a dream.  Much of my schooling and work life has given me the skill set for this, but the rest of my life has blessed me with a passion for it.  I owe much of my life and passion for adventure to other strong, kind, and courageous women whom I learn from everyday.

Getting outside it is quite literally my therapy.  I struggled with anxiety and depression after a divorce in my mid-20's, so I have empathy for women/girls who battle that everyday.  Running, cycling, yoga, racing, hiking, these were some the tools which lifted me out of that difficult time in my life and everyday since.  I know the power of being outside and being active.  It changes lives. 

The greatest adventure of all has been creating love and enjoying life with my new husband and two daughters.  I love them more than I thought possible.  They've supported me in every race or outdoor adventure I set out to accomplish; but most importantly, in every day life when someone has to do the dishes.   We are happy to call Washington our home.  

There are great challenges ahead of us, giant opportunities to be met. I welcome that exciting prospect and feel to say to the Lord, humbly, ‘Give me this mountain,’ give me these challenges.
— Spencer W. Kimball

Camille Gallegos

co-founder/Chief Operations Director

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I grew up in San Diego, CA and spent my High School years and a year of University in Hawaii.

In my former life, I was a world traveler. An independent wanderer who lived for adventure. I have enjoyed rock climbing in Moab, river rafting in Jackson Hole, surfing in Hawaii, Sunsets in San Diego, kayaking in Puerto Rico, boating in Greece, picking flowers in Germany, exploring Madrid, and living in the Canary Islands. Every opportunity seemed like a once in a lifetime chance, and I took it! Even reading about myself, it feels like another person…another life! I earned a paycheck once…with actual dollars. Now I am paid in hugs and kisses. Priceless.

In this stage of my life I spend my days folding laundry, washing dishes and cleaning boogers off walls.  While I have enjoyed the thrill of seeing life through the eyes of a child, it has been a struggle to remember the girl I once was and how to find that confidence and sense of adventure in my current life. I am humbled to be a part of Adventure for Women.   As a mother, like many of you, who has loved the adventure of raising children, I also enjoy finding myself again through new adventures.

Adventure isn’t hanging off a rope on the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude we must apply to the day to day obstacles of life.
— John Amat

Diana Layton

programs director

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I am the third oldest of seven children. Growing up I thought a typical family vacation was strapping on a pack that weighed almost half my weight and hiking for days on the trails of Washington state.

Occasionally family vacations were a little more extreme. Such as canoeing hundreds of miles up the breathtaking Yukon river, learning to sail through the lushish and quiet waterways of the Puget Sound or San Juan Islands, or the amazing adventure of sailing through the West Indies. I will never forget the dolphins, flying fish, beautiful islands thick with vegetation, amazing sunsets and falling asleep to the sound of steel drums coming from the nearby land.

A few summers ago I had the chance to join my youngest sister for over a week while she hiked the PCT. I did a short section in Oregon with her and it was one of the most enjoyable hikes I have been on. Just this past summer I joined my dad while he was hiking a section of the PCT. Having one on one time with him is a rare occurrence.

Most weekends I drive up into the mountains to day hike or when I’m lucky overnight hiking and camping. When it snows there’s snowshoeing and snowboarding.  

It’s no surprise I feel most at peace with a pack on my back, a good pair of trail shoes, fresh mountain air in my lungs, the beauty of the mountains surrounding me, and my two kids in tow.

Wilderness is not a luxury but necessity of the human spirit
— Edward Abbey

Nasca Richey

Wellness Director

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Raised by my hardworking, single mother was a crazy adventure which started in Mexico City and led us to Washington State which became our home.  I was raised to get to know a person before drawing any conclusions, to serve all those around me, work hard and play, play, play outside any chance I got. My mom was a semi practicing Buddhist so many of her beliefs about mother earth, people and spirituality were a natural part of my upbringing.

Labeled Special Ed during my elementary years I had low self esteem and thought I had nothing to offer.  Thankfully, at 13 I learned I have a loving Heavenly Father, that I am uniquely amazing and I could share my talents with the world. Though, I was very hesitant, I looked for ways to serve those around me.  

 Skip ahead to 44, along with my patient husband of 24 years, we have raised (still alive and healthy) 3 teenage boys.  My love of the outdoors has snowballed into snowshoeing in the winter and paddle boarding during the summer. I will hike, camp, scramble, repel, crawl, float, paddle, stretch, jump, climb, bike, run, lift, push and pull my way to sanity.  Moving and sweating every day has been my cure for ADHD. Spending time in the great outdoors is the closest I feel to our creator and revitalizes my spirit. This amazing beautiful world is at our fingertips to explore, breath in deeply, and feel at peace.

Learning and then uplifting others physically and spiritually speaks to my soul.  I have spent the last 18 years teaching fitness classes and I opened a Garage Gym in 2011.  Creating events, from Muddy & Family 5Ks to volunteering at school and church has given my soul purpose and enabled me to share my joys.  I love empowering my fellow sistas’ to enjoy it all with me. If we don’t challenge, we don’t change and the only thing stopping us is our attitudes.  I am daily inspired by the women I am blessed to work with and hope to share life's adventures.

If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present...gratefully
— Maya Angelou