Courses, Excursions, & Activities

We will add course descriptions as we finalize details, so check back to see updates!

We will be sending out registration forms starting Feb. 1-March 1. Once you have submitted your form, stay tuned as we customize individual schedules for each participant! We will have you schedule for you the week prior to the event.

Some of these courses and excursions listed here will be free drop-ins throughout the weekend and some will be available as part of your scheduled itinerary. Fly Fishing will be an additional cost of $25.

Please note: Courses are subject to change, but we will do our very best to accommodate you. Courses will fill up. In placing people in courses, we will consider travel time, logistics, and alcohol - as there can be no alcohol consumed prior to handling any fire arms. We will also consider the order in which you purchased your tickets. Participants that purchased tickets first, will have priority. We appreciate your understanding in this process! It will be a fun weekend!

 
 

Hike Old Baldy

With Jennifer Broome & Brett Rimkus

Join television personality and travel writer, Jennifer Broome and Garner State Park’s Brett Rimkus to the top of Old Baldy for unbeatable views and a great time. Jennifer will share some of her favorite hikes, adventure tales and travel tips on the way! This short (approx. .53 mile) , but steep hike provides an excellent bird’s eye view of the Frio River Canyon!

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About Jennifer Broome: Jennifer is a freelance television personality, travel writer, travel blogger, and speaker based in Denver, Colorado. After 22 years as a television news meteorologist, reporter, and host, this outdoors enthusiast hit the road driving over 16,000 miles across the American West, hiking countless trails, and visiting 12 countries in a year. She's the no makeup outdoorsy gal meets the perfectly coiffed television personality. From the trail to wine tasting, Jennifer shares her experiences with thousands of followers on multiple social media platforms including her website Swept Away with Jennifer Broome.

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About Brett Rimkus: Host of the popular “Dam Report with Brett,” Rimkus is Garner State Park’s concessionaire and resident world-record holder for the most consecutive pogo stick jumps. That’s not actually true currently, but he probably could be if he tried. Brett & wife Renee, live in Rio Frio with their 6 children.


Fly Fishing
the Texas HIll Country

Sponsored by Gruene Outfitters,
Temple Fork Outfitters, Umpqua

Learn the foundation of fly casting and "the need to know" of exploring Hill Country rivers on the fly.

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with Chris Long & Grace Dauzat

Chris Long: As a native Texan, Chris has grown up fishing from the beautiful salt waters of Boca Chica and the Lower Laguna Madre to the bold canyons of the Pecos, Devils River, and everything in between. On the professional level, he makes his living with oars and a fly rod, teaching and guiding people on amazing stretches of rivers throughout the Hill Country, all the while keeping the focus of giving back to the community with his involvement in programs such as Project Healing Waters, GRTU, and donating his time to several other small non-profit organizations.

Grace Dauzat: Grace's passion for fly fishing, along with her degree in health and wellness, has led her to great things. Not only is she the manger at one of the oldest fly shops in Texas (Gruene Outfitters), she has guided for Frying Pan Anglers in Basalt, Colorado, and turned into a local personality. If you can't find Grace at the shop, you may catch her working local events such as Ladyfish, GRTU's Troutfest, or Austin's Fly Fishing Film Tour. The rest of the time you can find her in among the cypress trees in the Hill Country, or the mangroves on the coast. If you stumble upon her, mark your GPS, because there are big fish close

*participants will be charged an additional $25 for this course as space is very limited. This will be donated to the TPWF.


Power Flow Yoga

With Katie Perry (not the singer)

 

A fitness-based approach to Vinyasa style yoga flow. Focusing on linking conscious breath with a challenging yet mindful flow. Build strength, flexibility and concentration while sweating it out and calming the mind. All levels welcome.

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Katie, owner of B Well Studio in Boerne, Tx, has been working in health and fitness for over 8 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in nutrition science and has a strong passion for helping clients achieve a healthy lifestyle by finding balance with nutrition and physical fitness. She is certified in personal training, group fitness, Pilate’s mat, Pilate’s reformer, yoga, barre, and spin. Katie has a desire to learn new ways to challenge herself and her amazing clients. After all, change is the key to changing.

Katie and her husband Cy have a baby boy named Crue, who turns 3 in November, as well as their daughter Blakely born this summer! She couldn't imagine life without her family and friends.


Kayak Excursion

No experience necessary.  Overview of the basics of kayaking before the group, Andy and 2 Texas Game Wardens embark on a 2 ½ hour excursion on one of the most scenic stretches of the Frio River.  Transportation provided and class size limited to 40 very lucky wandering women.

With Andy’s on River Road

Andy grew up in a farming, ranching, and teaching family near Goldthwaite, Texas.   He graduated from Goldthwaite High School in 1994 where he was a member of the State Champion football team and Vice President of the State of Texas 4H program.  Andy studied at Rice University in Houston, Texas where he was a four year letterman, recognized student athlete, and graduated in 1999 with degrees in economics, managerial studies, and Spanish (finishing a final semester at the University of Alcala near Madrid, Spain).   Andy travelled the country working for a logistics company for 2 years until he decided to quit the corporate world.  For the next two years, Andy helped a longtime family friend rebuild his restaurant and catering business that had suffered a catastrophic fire and taught high school business classes in Crowley, Texas.  During a visit back to the Frio River where he vacationed with his family as a child, he decided to establish his roots on the property where Andy's on River Road is currently located and pursue his vision to create a family oriented, Frio-centric outfitting, lodging and retail business.   Andy's on River Road has now seen 16 seasons on the Frio River, evolving from a tiny little tube shack to a popular destination for thousands of Frio River enthusiasts every year.  Andy and his son, Tate Lee Beard, invite you to stop in and say 'hello' anytime.


Intro to Archery

Come learn basic introduction to archery!

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with Laura L Shambaugh

Scholastic 3-D Archery has named Laura Shambaugh (former S3DA Michigan State Coordinator) as the new S3DA Texas State Coordinator. Laura was born and raised in Central Illinois, but currently resides in Sugar Land, Texas with her husband Jason, whom she has been married to for 18 years and has 5 beautiful children with. Laura and her family have been shooting competitive archery for some time now. Laura has a very busy schedule between shooting when she gets the chance, homeschooling, founding homeschooling co-ops, helping run two construction businesses, and starting and running different non-profits.
Laura is a S3DA Advanced Archery Instructor Trainer and USA Archery Level 3 Certifications. Laura Shambaugh became a part of S3DA because she saw the way it can touch children’s lives. S3DA was a natural addition to the Shambaugh family, as S3DA bridges the hunting and target archery communities, opening the door on both sides to experiences and opportunities that children may not have had before. Shambaugh saw that S3DA was the perfect fit sport-wise for homeschoolers. She feels that S3DA provides time for families to be together and is a sport that you will not outgrow. Watching the kids grow in archery and being able to help them become part of something that changes their lives is such a blessing.” Shambaugh contributes the S3DA success to passionate leadership and coaches that have helped the program grow exponentially across the country.


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Vinyasa with Ariel

An All Levels Vinyasa flow  is an energetic class with a little more fluidity, creativity, and movement throughout the sequence to bring  ease to our overactive minds, while reconnecting with the body and breath. Connecting asanas to help warm the body still carrying the elements of a slower, gentler pace, following a deep relaxing restorative poses to wind down the practice to release and restore.

Ariel Larsen is a RYT 200 certified yoga instructor and is interning for her RYT 500 certification.
She started yoga after birth of her son Sullivan to ease her anxiety and sciatic troubles. She has a small business called Essential Serenitys incorporating yoga, blends, and essential oils. Ariel loves anything that gives true organic ways to healing the mind, body, and spirit. She believes you are the home you create, and are everything else so finding that true sense of self allows people to fill their cup.

Ariel is married to Mat Larsen, ttogether they have their two year old son Sullivan T. Larsen, and Ariel's twelve year old stepson Maddox D. Larsen. They enjoy hiking, camping, traveling, and yoga. She is very honored to be apart of Women Who Wander Retreat. 
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Beginner Circuit Course

An outdoor circuit course with various bodyweight exercises performed for a short duration of time followed by a quick recovery period.

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ACE certified personal trainer and circuit instructor, Jenna will bring the heat to get you moving & sweating, feeling accomplished by the end of the workout!

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with Jenna de Manincor


Leave No Trace

with Anna Claire Beasley

 

You don’t know what you don’t know— and this course is here to help! While some LNT practices are common sense (don’t litter), some are less intuitive (how to dig a cathole). This course will teach you all you need to know about LNT in the back AND front country, as well as they ‘why’ behind each practice. This session will be part hands-on and part lecture-style in a small group. Experience the outdoors to the fullest, and leave no trace!

Anna Claire is a portrait photographer and outdoor educator who considers human connection as the most important part of her work. She has three years of experience leading trips and teaching climbing wall classes at the Texas Tech University Outdoor Pursuits Center, and her favorite outdoor activities are caving and biking!


Introduction to Watercolor Sketching – all skill levels

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Capture the moment in watercolor!  Small “photo size” watercolor sketches make wonderful travel memories.  Following a step-by-step system, learn quick & simple tricks & techniques to create a personal journal, greeting card or travel post card.  You’ll complete 2 (or more) small watercolor sketches in this 2-hour session. All supplies furnished.  All we need is YOU!

Tina Bohlman
www.tinabohlman.com

Outdoor Painters Society - Master Signature Member | President
Artists Of Texas Master - Signature Member
Women Artists Of The West - Signature Member
Contemporary Fine Art International - Signature Member
International Plein Air Painters - Signature Member | Advisory Board
American Women Artists - Associate with Distinction
Southwestern Watercolor Society - Associate Member
American Watercolor Society - Associate Member
Oil Painters of America - Associate Member
American Impressionists Society - Associate Member


Nature Wine Walk: Intro to Riparian Function

with Sky Lewey, Nueces River Authority

What exactly is riparian? This course includes a talk to learn the basics of riparian function followed by a short walk to see what a functional riparian area looks like on the Frio River and how to identify activities that may hinder that function. We will discuss riparian plants from the Remarkable Riparian Field Guide and see how their wetland indicator status and stability ratings are useful in "seeing riparian function". Participants will gain a new appreciation for the benefits of good functional riparian condition.

Sky Jones-Lewey is the Resource Protection and Education Director with the Nueces River Authority. She is responsible for NRA’s education and resource protection activities throughout its 22 county jurisdiction. Ms. Jones-Lewey was born and raised on the banks of the Nueces River, as were her ancestors for five generations. She comes from a ranching background and is still involved in that endeavor.
She and her family live on the Open V Ranch northwest of Uvalde. She earned a BA in Chemistry and Environmental Science from Drury University in 1979. Since then she has worked in environmental engineering, regional government, international marketing, education and historic preservation.
Sky works to educate the public, especially the youth and landowners, about the natural value and function of our rivers and riparian systems and human activities that threaten them. In 2004 Sky received a national award from the Environmental Law Institute for her work in educating the public and the Texas legislature about the damage being done by off road vehicles recreating in the streambeds of the Nueces basin. In 2008, the Nueces River Authority’s Headwaters Stewardship education program, which Ms. Jones-Lewey is largely responsible for, received a Texas Environmental Excellence Award. Her work to educate Nueces landowners about riparian function is helping to create a model for possible statewide efforts.


Float the Frio

Tube the popular Happy Hollow route with some of the greatest scenery in the Texas Hill Country.

Jerry Bates grew up on the Frio River and has operated Happy Hollow for 15 years. He and his son Trey know this section of the river better than practically anyone and will provide a fun guided float, weather and temperature permitting. It might be too Frio!! :)

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Basic Handgun Manipulation

Basic handgun manipulation: covering 4 laws of firearm safety, target engagement, stance, grip, sight alignment, and trigger press, at the end of course all students will be shooting the Texas LTC course of fire....

with Jim Tackett
Texas certified license to carry (LTC) instructor since 2005 IDPA & USPSA safety officer certified NRA Basic Pistol Instructor certified Competitive shooter since 1996. Local, State, Regional, National and Worlds in IDPA, USPSA, and ICORE (revolver). NRA member , Texas Concealed Handgun Association member Thunder Ranch Inc. Defensive Handgun I Defensive Handgun II Defensive Handgun III High Intensity Tactical Urban Rifle Home and vehicle Defense course with trauma solutions Instructor development handgun & tactics course Team tactics GCL Pistol Academy Pistol II intermediate CSO Strategic Operations Weapons retention/ disarming and survival tactics Tactical Response Fast & Accurate Fighting pistol Fighting rifle Michael Seeklander Shooting Performance Defensive rifle training Garry Marr / Tremis Dynamics Dynamic Pistol Dynamic carbine Vehicle Dynamics Ed Head Gunsite Academy Defensive handgun Sly Tac Basic Trauma Solutions U. S. Law Shield Gunshot wound first aid Regular Guy, LLC Defensive Pistol course with night shooting


Stop The Bleed & Basic CPR

Sponsored by Uvalde Memorial Hospital

Not in the medical field? Not a problem! Learn basic CPR and become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. (Does not include certifications)

Nelson Dungo, RN, Trauma Coordinator
Maria Elizondo, RN,


Let the adventure begin: Sign painting

with Toni Cantu, Graphic Dips

Let the Adventure Begin..... we will be painting signs with "Let the Adventure Begin" you can hang them on your door, your camper, your tent....you name it! Super easy and best of all FUN!!

Toni Cantu graduated from Baylor University with an art degree. After years in the corporate environment she began her own business Graphic Dips. Graphic Dips creates unique one of a kind custom insulated cups for individuals and corporate clients. She has expanded Graphic Dips since opening and now has painting class for kids and adults. Recently, she has opened a new division Petal Pushers that is a florist doing weddings, funerals, church flowers, balloons, and gifts.


Frio Bat Flight Tour
(Freebie drop-in Session)

With Bain Walker

An evening visit to Frio Cave to witness the daily exodus of 10-12 million Mexican Free-tailed bats from the cave. The guide will give a presentation covering the history of the ranch, cave and a general overview of bats in general and these bats in particular. This is the second largest bat population in the world that is open to the public.

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Bain Walker is entering his nineteenth year as the lead tour guide at Frio Cave. He has worked closely with multiple Universities in doing studies of the cave and the bats at Frio Cave. He has also worked with many film crews in filming the bats of Frio Cave.


Rio Skeet Mobile Skeet Shoots

Mobile 5 stand, sporting clays, mobile trap and skeet

Todd and John est. Rio Skeet in 2005 as one of a handful of mobile shooting services in the state of Tx, as well as the entire country.  We have traveled throughout the State putting on shoots, teaching shooting skills and proper gun safety and 2nd amendment rights.

with Todd Haby, Rio Skeet

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Wilderness First Aid

Sponsored by Uvalde Memorial Hospital

Wilderness First Aid may be needed in remote areas when you are hiking, camping, hunting, birding, or fishing. Learn basics for managing minor problems such as insect bites, wounds, sprain/strains, and fractures. You learn by practice in this hands-on class.

with Dawn Scott


Outdoor Camp Cooking

with Kate Dunbar

Great outdoor cooking is more than recipes- its about technique. Join Kate as she shows you how to create the perfect cast iron and BBQ meals using recipes from her cookbook, The Campground Gourmet. This class is focused on teaching you new, fun and creative ways to use your outdoor cooking equipment. Learn how to help elevate your foods flavor and sharpen your outdoor cooking technique. Kate’s goal is giving you the tips and techniques you need to become a better cook that can handle any situation at the campground or within the comfort of your own home.

Kate Dunbar, cookbook author of The Campground Gourmet, is an avid RVer, podcast correspondent and resident Chef with RV Family Travel Atlas. She is the founder and creator of Kate’s Curious Kitchen, a food and lifestyle blog. A former restaurateur and caterer, Kate is self-taught in the culinary world and her companies have received mentions in Sunset Magazine, Food Network and Weddings Magazine. Being a recipe developer and food photographer, Kate has created unique and flavorful recipes for Blackstone Griddle Company, Lodge Cast Iron, RV Show USA and Edible Agriculture Ventura County. Growing up in an agriculture family, Kate was taught and now practices seasonal food guidelines along with cooking those foods to showcase their flavor. Being a proud member of Sisters on the Fly, the largest all women’s outdoor organization in the United States, Kate credits Sisters for giving her the courage and support to go and enjoy the open road in her vintage trailer while creating fantastic meals at the campground.


Buti Yoga

with Jennifer Lawrence

Buti Yoga is a wonderful blend of vinyasa yoga, plyometrics, tribal dance sprints, and deep core conditioning set to loud music with a beat. It's a calorie burner and the most fun you'll have in a yoga class!

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About Jennifer:

Jennifer has been practicing yoga for the past ten years and teaching for three. Her practice has helped her grow stronger and heal injuries. She continues practicing yoga in order to maintain balance in her life and manage anxiety. She completed her 200 hour teacher training with Youga Yoga in Corpus Christi. She enjoys teaching students and helping them learn more about themselves and their bodies. Using creative sequences, she leads flow-based classes that balance alignment with breath.


Tips and Tricks for the Solo Female Wanderer

Three Texas Highways magazine writers and expert women travelers discuss finding magic and community on the road (and maintaining safe practices) with an open heart and open mind.

 

with Texas Highways editor, Clayton Maxwell, Pam LeBlanc, June Naylor


Outdoor Photography Workshop

Tips and Tricks for better outdoor photography with Texas Highways contributing photographer.

with Theresa Dimenno

In my earliest memories I loved the beauty, drama, details and simplicity of nature, which are at the heart of my passion and chosen career path of photography. Whether photographing a flower, butterfly, landscape or individual, I feel joy when creating imagery in the spirit of playfulness, intimacy and connection. As a self-taught freelance photographer and lover of music, I have documented the Texas music scene throughout the past several decades shooting for various artists, major dailies, record companies,Texas Highways, SXSW, Texas Monthly and Rolling Stone.

 

Live Fire Cooking

A basic primer in mastering live fire cooking. Including grill set up and design, lighting charcoal, two heat management, meat selection and a host of other tips and tricks to make you the mistress of the grill. Live grilling demonstration and tasting!

with Jess Pryles, Hardcore Carnivore

From Jess:
I know what it’s like to be intimidated by cooking meat.

I used to be one of those people who stood in the meat department at the grocery store overwhelmed by the selection. I was too nervous to buy expensive meat because in case I messed it up and I didn’t understand the differences between the cuts. I loved the taste of meat, and wanted to cook it more often, I just didn’t know how…

So I set about changing all of that. I’ve spent years educating myself in the field of meat, and particularly beef. Cooking methods, which are the best tasting cheap cuts, which cuts are worth spending a little extra money on, what’s the difference between grass and grain fed, how does aging affect meat. I’ve visited ranches, slaughterhouses, butcher shops and gone through the experience of harvesting it myself. I’ve even attended courses at meat science University. Now, I’m proud to call myself a Hardcore Carnivore.

During my journey, I developed a special affinity for low’n’slow Texas BBQ, and helped spread the gospel Down Under by co-founding the Australasian Barbecue Alliance. Since undergoing my “meatducation”, I’ve done a bunch of other cool stuff, too; hosting meat-themed TV shows, judging at the biggest BBQ competition in the world, being a guest speaker at SXSW , Texas A&M Universityand the American Meat Science Association conference. I’m a proud brand ambassador for Gerber knives and spokesperson for Lone Star Beer, and have taught live fire cooking classes and demos across four different continents.

I’ve also developed my own line of unique meat seasonings called Hardcore Carnivore, released a cookbook and designed the JP signature edition smoker. Born and raised in Australia, I found my spiritual home in Austin, Texas, where I now reside.

You can find my original recipes, stories and articles here on the site – I hope they help you unleash your inner carnivore!


Natural History & Big Tree Tour

With Lee Haile

On this Entertaining & Educational Natural History/ Big Tree Tour you will learn about Geology of the Edwards Plateau, Native Peoples, Medicinal & Edible Plants, Giant Champion Trees, Wildflowers, Grasses, Birds, Butterflies, Insects, Animals & more.

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About Lee

Lee Haile grew up in this area of the Hill Country and has been interested in Birds all his life, and Medicinal Plants since high school. He earned his Degree in Entomology (bugs) in 1982 from TX A&M University.

He was an Entomology Consultant for Farmers and Ranchers for 13 years. In 1991 he purchased a Saw Mill for his woodworking business and his interest in large trees grew. Lee is a Certified Master Naturalist, Birder, and has come to appreciate how, “The Hill Country is the Biological Crossroads to North America.”

Lee has been leading Nature, Birding, Natural History, Nature by Kayak, Big Tree, and Cowboy Campfire Storytelling in our area for Hill Country Adventures since 2003. Lee is a Folklorist, Musician and Entertainer. He has performed at Dude Ranches, Schools, San Antonio’s Folklife Festival, and Sea World of Texas. In 2003 Lee was the Co-nominator of several Champion Trees in this area and one is the Largest Tree in Texas. In 2017 Lee was the President of the Texas Folklore Society, and in 2018 he was inducted into the Bandera Texas Music Hall of Fame.


Make your own Bath Tea

Sponsored by Texas Highways Mercantile
& Benjamin Soap Co.

At her studio in Hutto, Jae Benjamin crafts small batches of cold-process soaps and hand-poured soy candles using all-natural ingredients. Her artisan bath, body, and home products often contain locally sourced organic herbs, raw honey, and plant-based essential oils. Some feature inventive additions like local coffee beans and stout beer. When she first started soap- and candle-making, she didn't mean for her concoctions to end up in stores. "I began to create bath and body products for my own family using the best ingredients possible," she says.

With Benjamin Soap Co.

 

Self Defense Training

A comprehensive introduction of proven techniques and training strategies designed to promote well being and safety in a variety of physical engagements. The course will include exercise ideas and foundational development for every woman, regardless of athletic ability. The course will include basic striking and distance management skills, practical ground maneuvers and defensive tactics, as well as escapes and defenses of common aggressor attacks.

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with The Black Belt Academy of Uvalde

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Julissa Garcia is a 1st degree black belt in MuDukKwan Taekwondo and a blue belt in Humata Brazilian Jujitsu. She is a graduate of Southwest Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. She is currently an assistant instructor at The Black Belt Academy of Uvalde where she also teaches Soulcore, a faithbased exercise and stretching class for women and brave men.

Master P.J. Talavera began training in 1987 and is a veteran of the martial arts. He holds a 5th degree black belt in MuDukKwan Taekwondo, a brown belt in ShyutoRyu Karate, a brown belt in CKC American Street Karate, and a purple belt in Humata Brazilian Jujitsu, as well as having trained in several different martial styles. He was inducted into the United Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2012 as Coach of the Year and currently owns and operates several martial arts training centers in southwest Texas.

Anna Reid is a 1st degree black belt in MudDukKwan Taekwondo and a blue belt in Humata Brazilian Jujitsu. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. Currently pursuing a Masters in Mental Health Counseling at Texas A&M University - San Antonio. She is an accomplished athlete and is also a trainer at The Black Belt Academy of Uvalde.

Lisa Haggerton is a 1st degree black belt in MudDukKwan Taekwondo and also trains in Brazilian Jujitsu. She is a graduate of UTSA with a bachelors degree in interdisciplinary studies with a specialization in reading. She is an independent business owner and a trainer at the Crystal City/Carrizo Division of The Black Belt Academy.


SUP BASIC Paddleboarding

You will learn the fundamentals of stand-up paddleing and the essential water skills for being safe on the water. You’ll learn the nose draw plus forward and sweep strokes. You’ll also be introduced to seated pivot turns and the fundamentals of moving on your board.

You’ll also learn how to use every piece of equipment, maneuver your board and the best paddling strokes for specific wind and water conditions.

You should plan to work hard, get wet and see substantial improvement in your technique by the end of the course.

with Kyle Calvano & Hill Country Paddle Sports

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SUP Advanced paddle technique

This advanced course is a great way to learn stand up paddle boarding footwork, strokes, spinning, and a whole lot more. Our instructors will teach you advanced strokes and concepts like balancing, plus dealing with wind and rough waters.

You’ll also learn the footwork skills to keep you agile and balanced on your board, practicing techniques like bracing, pivot turns, draw strokes, cross-stepping, spinning, side slipping, power turning and edging. Our expert instructors will guide you step by step through each skill. You’ll also have plenty of time to practice what you’ve learned.

with Hill Country Paddle Sports


SUP board yoga

Combining your yoga practice with the outdoors can rejuvenate the mind, body and soul.

Let the paddle board become your yoga mat. Improve your balace and engage your core like never before.

with Hill Country Paddle Sports

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with Elm Creek Stables

Horseback Riding

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Take an hour long guided trail ride through the hills of the Frio Canyon with Elm Creek Stables. No experience needed, these horses are very gentle.
There is a weight limit of 225lbs. for riders.

Check out Texas Highways article about Elm Creek Stables here.

Excerpt: “In addition to creating memories for families that descend upon the Frio each summer, the Streibs are also doing their part to preserve what makes the area special. Like most horse operations across the state, Elm Creek endured drought over the last several years. While the Streibs were able to sustain their horses on supplemental feed, other owners resorted to releasing their animals to survive on their own. Beverly created the Frio Canyon Horse Rescue in 2014, and soon they started taking in neglected or abused horses and rehabilitating them for future adoption. Currently the program supports 30 horses and offers visitors several ways to interact with them: Not only can you groom some of the tamer animals, but you can also sponsor a specific horse and receive a picture and updates about its progress.”


Kayak Trip

Kayak river trip with whitewater paddling techniques

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Karla Held, ACA whitewater Kayak and SUP instructor

Karla started paddling at 8 years old. She’s spend most of her life in the outdoors. Also working as a high school Spanish teacher, Karla taught Asheville, North Carolina for three years where she became a raft guide on the Nantahala River. She spent much of her free time whitewater kayaking on the many rivers that the South East has to offer. Karla has also spent various seasons on different rivers and lakes working as a kayak guide. She led kayak trips for  Zoar Outdoor of Massachuesetts on the Deerfield River for 6 months and, most recently, as a kayak guide on Lake Tahoe. She's glad to be back on her home rivers of Texas, however, and share some of the skills she's acquired outside of home state.

In Texas she has lead kayaking and SUP trips for various outfitters in Austin, San Marcos and San Antonio. She has also helped out on river trips in Mexico and Texas that take veterans out on the water through the national Team River Runner program. She now focuses on leading river trips on the Llano, Upper Guadalupe, Medina and Frio Rivers with a focus on teaching whitewater kayaking and SUP skills for the beginner wanting to learn whitewater techniques and safety measures. She focuses on teaching youth, women, minorities/those whose native language isn't English and an 'older' crowd.
Having a degree in Spanish from Pitzer College of California and a BFA in photography from Rice University of Houston, she has worked as a photographer for Spanish speaking and English speaking newspapers of Texas. She enjoys producing articles about paddling in Texas for various newspapers and magazines in Texas as a freelance phtoographer. Karla is excited to particiapte in Texas' first "Women Who Wander" festival and also document some of its finer moments through the lens.


SUP river trip

SUP river trip down one of Texas' most loved rivers

Karla Held, ACA SUP instructor

Karla Held is an ACA kayak and SUP instructor and raft guide who has been guiding rivers for over 10 years. She's fluent in Spanish and French for those wanting instruction in those languages.



Craft Beer 101:

Intro & Tasting

Lonestar Lifescience presents
Beer Styles and Flavor Profiles 101
Pour yourself a cold one, and learn about the worlds favorite beverage! From Pilsers, Lagers, and Ales to Sours, Porters and Stouts. Learn what makes each of these styles unique, and best of all, taste the difference!

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Jason Hirsch Director of Operations Lonestar Agritech
Jason Hirsch has been in the beer industry for the past decade, and has run several successful breweries in Texas and Colorado. In 2016 Jason realized his dream in starting Lonestar Agriculture. After years in the beer industry, Jason recognized a growing problem. Hops were in short supply and heavy demand. Looking to rectify the problem, Jason contacted Matt Atwood and a brand was born. Utilizing Hydroponics and light control , Lonestar Agritech is able to produce Texas grown hops all year for Texas breweries and brew pubs.


Bluebirds
& Cavity Nesters Program & Birding Tour

with LeAnn Garrison-Sharp

Learn about small cavity nesting birds, how to install a nestbox, & hike the nature trail to see nests, eggs & baby birds.

 
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About LeAnn

LeAnn Garrison-Sharp owns and has been promoting and leading Hill Country Adventure Tours since 1999. She was the Vice President of the Texas Bluebird Society from 2003 thru 2010. While VP LeAnn helped organize and put on the North American Bluebird Society Convention in San Antonio, TX in 2006. LeAnn teaches Bluebird & Other Small Cavity Nesting Bird Programs for Schools, Nature Centers, Civic Clubs, Master Naturalist and Audubon meetings. She leads Bluebird Trail tours, and is a nature interpreter. LeAnn has presented Bluebird Programs and lead Bluebird Trail fieldtrips for Nature Quest since 2005. Nature Quest was LeAnn’s brainchild. LeAnn became the Nature Quest coordinator in 2009 and took over the entire event in 2011.  LeAnn created and runs Hill Country Nature Center on her family’s Indian Blanket Ranch. She has been in the lodging business renting out private vacation homes and cabins along the Frio River and Utopia area since 1987, and in the Nature Tourism business since 1999.  www.hillcountrynaturecenter.com & www.texasnaturequest.com & www.indianblanketranch.com


Guided Meditation with sound healing

Guided meditation with crystal bowl sound healing to promote relaxation and reduce stress. Align your mind, body and spirit with mediation practice to promote mental, emotional and physical healing and stress relief. No prior meditation experience required.

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with Taylor Ellison

Taylor Ellison is an Austin based lifestyle host, producer, and entertainment reporter. She is a born and raised Austinite and currently the co-host of CBS Austin's morning lifestyle program "We Are Austin," and creator and host of "Austin After Hours". While not at the studio, Taylor spends her time leading guided meditations around Austin and working with private clients to help them focus on happiness, inner peace, a balanced lifestyle and fulfillment of ones purpose. You can catch her live every week day morning on CBS Austin, Friday nights after the Late Late Show with James Corden, and Sunday evenings. Or catch "Austin After Hours with Taylor Ellison" on YouTube. Follow Taylor on Instagram @Taylok


acrylic Painting on the River

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Beginning Acrylic Painting - Riverscape.
Learn basic acrylic painting techniques while creating a beautiful riverscape on canvas that you can take home.  We will provide the easels and equipment needed to sit and paint on the banks of the Frio River.

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with Bea Ybarra and Encina Art Center staff

Bea Ybarra is a founding member of Encina Art Center. She graduated from Texas A&I University at Kingsville in 1973 with an all-level Bachelor of Science degree in art and elementary education certification. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting in 2010 from Texas A&M University in Kingsville.
She teaches group art classes and gives private lessons at Encina Art Center.
She taught in fifth-grade classrooms for 10 years, taught art to third-, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders for 12 years and instructed ninth- through 12th-graders for eight years. She studied portraiture with William Kelwig, Paul Levielle, Susan Carlin and Leonora Volpe; and still lifes with Linda Rust and Qiang Huang.
“One of my passions is teaching art to people of all ages and skill levels – art is something everyone can do. That’s my firm belief.”


Star party
(freebie Drop-in Course)

Planetarium style tour of the spring constellations using a green laser appearing to trace a beam of light up to the stars. Attendees will learn how to use the Big Dipper asterism to locate the North Star as well as the handle stars to identify prominant stars in other constellations. Telescopes will also be set up for viewing of available planets in the evening sky as well as for viewing star clusters, nebula and galaxies, weather permitting.

Michael Robinson is an amateur astronomer and member of the San Antonio Astronomical Association. He is also the owner of Texas Ranchland Nightsky Tours offering Astronomical tours for groups, private parties and events. He also builds his own telescopes. He has been an active astronomer since 1993 and loves sharing the night sky with others.

Constellation Tour and Telescope Observing

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Keynote Speaker - Women’s Emotional Health
more details coming soon!


Small Group breakout sessions

Uvalde Memorial Hospital

These sessions will be small group discussions with Physicians, Nurses, Nutritionists and other experts on topics that are relevant to many women in today’s world. These are optional drop in sessions, but we hope you will find them helpful!

Topics to include:

Healthy Body & Mind: Exercise, nutrition, sleep, and more play a huge role in our overall health. Be sure you're doing the right things in each of these to be the best you.

Caring for Aging Parents: In today’s world, caring for aging parents is more challenging than ever, and nothing in life would prepare us for this new emotional and difficult role. Let’s discuss resources that can help make this stage in life a little easier, both for the parent, as well as the caregiver.

Adolescent & Teen Challenges: Today's kids are faced with a lot - which means parents are faced with even more! Monitoring social media use, navigating bullying, identifying signs of stress or suicide, being savvy on vaping and common drug use, all of these are know part of a mom's everyday role. Hear from professionals on each of these issues and more.

Infertility & Loss: Women today take on a lot of emotional and physical challenges, and until recently this was a common one that we didn’t speak about. Well, you’re not alone. While common, this issue is no less trying on our minds and bodies, but it does help to talk to medical professionals and others who are going through similar challenges.

Stress & Anxiety: Stress and anxiety? We've all been there, to some extent; it's natural and the nature of what comes with all that women juggle. Women wear too many hats to name and are the go-to person for everyone, in a million different roles and ways. Learn more about stress and anxiety, why you shouldn't be ashamed, ways to cope, and tips and tricks from a medical professional.


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Texas Game Warden K9 team Demonstration

with Texas Game Warden Kryssie Thompson and her K9 partner Dexter
Sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

A short demonstration about what this highly trained K9 team can do for our communities and Texas as a whole. Will be enjoyed during our lunch break so all the participants and volunteers can enjoy.


Basic Handgun Safety & Cleaning

with Jeff Benson, Trigger Reset Firearms

Goals are to learn basic handgun safety, storage and cleaning. Will also go over how to pick the perfect handgun for your specific needs.

Jeff Benson is a retired Texas Game Warden with over 30 years of state service. Upon retirement Jeff started a business named Trigger Reset based out of Medina County where he will be a firearms dealer, an armorer and put on handgun courses and offer CHL classes.


Live your Legacy

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By starting now to cultivate a life filled with passion, focus, compassion, community, and purposeful direction, we can each leave an enduring trail of light for those to whom we are connected. What mark do you want to leave on this world and the ones you love? What will be your legacy? In this two hour workshop, Lisa Hamlyn Field, owner of Lucky Star Art Camp in Hunt, Texas, will facilitate the exploration of your personal legacy and what it means to you. We will dig deep to create a vision of what we want our legacy to be.  We’ll explore through list making and journaling, opening our minds and our hearts to delve deeper into our calling.  Then we’ll create a visual map of our legacy to remind us daily of the things in life that keep us rooted, of the actions we need to take to help us grow, and what it is we are striving for in our every day life in order to leave behind the legacy we desire. Lisa will also share her personal experiences with creating community and how that has enriched her life and legacy in so many ways, as well as strategies for staying grounded and cultivating a network of support to keep your legacy alive. We hope you’ll walk away with a spark lit, ready to fully embrace, embody, and live out the legacy that was meant for you!

with Lisa Hamlyn Field,
Lucky Star Art Camp (Hunt, Texas)

Lisa Hamlyn Field lives, works, and dreams on a ranch in Hunt, Texas.  She’s a landscape designer, organic gardener, and event planner who loves to travel and spend time outside with her family.  She takes every chance she gets to catch an outdoor concert, photograph her way through a farmer’s market, ride the waves, or spend time in the National Parks. She especially enjoys her morning ritual of waking up on the ranch to hot tea with honey, a green smoothie, driving her kids to school, and taking her beloved dogs on long ranch road walks.  You can often find her at a table full of friends, enjoying good food and lively conversation. With a full-time job, a business, and five kids ranging in age from 10 to 26, there is never a dull moment and that suits her just fine! There is nothing Lisa loves more than gathering people and helping them to discover their true calling in life.  Guiding people through the process of mapping out a plan to realize their dreams and fulfill their destiny is what feeds her.  As the founder and director of Lucky Star Art Camp, she has truly found her calling. You can follow Lisa on Instagram @outsidelisa and @luckystarartcamp.



Don’t miss this weekend!