As women, we wear many hats while doing so little for ourselves. Maybe its because we don’t know where to begin, or how? Outdoorsy Black Women recently hosted the ultimate event for Black women everywhere.
May 11th -14th in Helen, Georgia Outdoorsy Black women hosted their second-annual wine and waterfalls weekend.
The brand partnered with REI to provide an all inclusive experience to attendees which included food, activities, and a way to foster community with the ones you love while making new connections.
Over the weekend attendees were able to enjoy performances by raptivist, ShySpeaks, Missy Elliot’s artist, Denisia and a surprise R&B legend!
Aside from the amazing accommodations: Do – it – yourself tent camping and even comfy cabins for “Glamping”. The weekend was full of activities such as:
- Fireside Chat W/Carolyn Finney author of Black Faces White Spaces
- Morning Yoga W/ Another Level With Doella
- Diverse Camping Accommodations
- REI Outdoor Education Sessions
- Vineyard Tours
- Wine Tasting
- Guided Waterfall Hike
- Paint and Sip
- Scavenger Hunt
More About Outdoorsy Black Women: The organization has chapters in 16 states and has over 6000 members after just 2 years of its existence and is growing every single day.
We had the amazing opportunity of catching up with the founder of this great organization to ask questions about the inspiration and message behind this great event.
How did the Outdoorsy Black Woman Platform come together?
When I decided to start fulltime RV life, I was looking for a community of other Black women like me. We needed a space to be ourselves, explore the outdoors and connect safely. I saw a void and made the decision to start the type of community I wanted and needed.
What has been the mission behind your annual Wine and Waterfalls event?
Although we’re out there having fun, the mission encompasses 2 things; we’re working to provide a safe space for Black women to try camping in ways that are comfortable for them and we are also fostering a space for Black sisterhood. We include outdoor skills classes, led by REI, to make sure that each attendee leaves with valuable information. And we have a full itinerary of exciting activities that allow us to bond. I believe when people feel empowered, they’ll be more inclined to confidently try new things.
What can women expect from this event?
Wine and Waterfalls is an event like no other. This year we’ve included a concert and GINUWINE is headlining, we’ve got a paint party, wine tastings, wellness stations, and so much more.
Who would you say is your ideal attendee?
Our attendees this year range from 23-72. I love that Wine and Waterfalls is something that so many types of Black women can enjoy. Whether you’re coming out for a girl’s trip, with your family or solo and wanting to make new friends, this is the perfect place to do it.
5. How can women register or support this great event?
Ladies can show support and connect with us on OutdoorsyBlackWomen.com. Although tickets for Wine and Waterfalls 2023 were all sold out, but we are taking deposits for Wine and Waterfalls 2024!
What message do you hope women walk away with at the end of the event?
It’s always my goal that the ladies will leave the event feeling freer, healed and like they have a community of sisters they can connect with for life.
What is next for the Outdoorsy Black Women Platform?
So many exciting things are in the works. We’re working to expand out chapters to more states and we have some amazing ideas in store for future events.
Social Media: @OutdoorsyBlackWomen
You can learn more about the organization and event via the website outdoorsyblackwomen.com.
Sponsors: REI, Merrell, Maji Pure, Clif Bar, Suja, Climbing 4 Change
Small Black Businesses: The Plug ATL, Get Social, Sincerely Nicole Media and Jones Security Consultants.
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