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Meet the Experts of Nov 2021 Camp

by Chelsea Leader Gold
 ∙ Sep 14 ∙ 11 Min Read

By the time we swing open camp’s gates this November it will have been 738 days since last womxn’s camp retreat by Campowerment, and where “they” say the best things in life are worth waiting for,  this must be what “they” are talkin’ about!!!

On November 11, 2021, 120+ campers will come flowing in to our cloud, our dogpile, our joyful and sacred space of sisterhood and growth and re-ignition and so much damn FUN and all the trappings of the stuff we need to take us into our life’s next chapters.

Get the scoop on Nov camp here!

At the helm? These 14 unbelievably gifted thought leaders, enlightening us across post-traumatic growth, the alchemy of joy, menopause, dreams + dreaming + getting sh*t done, processing grief, meditation, body positivity, anti-racism and meaningful allyship, yoga in multiple iterations, finding power in vulnerability, shaping a legacy in exploring mortality, understanding sexual agency, breathwork for healing, shadow work, reinvention, and s’more more more.

We really want you to meet the experts…here and IRL at camp!!

(they’re off the charts, and together…we mean…wow.)

A lil’ snippet of who’s leading at November’s Campowerment retreat this Nov 11-14 in Ojai, CA:

Imagine yourself in this schedule with these experts, fully embedded, running relay races beside you after they share wisdom that could enhance your whole worldview!

S’more on the November experts:

// For a laundry list of reasons, Chrissy King — a writer, speaker, strength coach, educator and advocate — is awesome. She empowers individuals to stop shrinking, start taking up space, and use their energy to create their specific magic in the world. With degrees in Social Justice and Sociology from Marquette University, Chrissy merges her passion for Social Justice and her passion for fitness to empower individuals within the fitness and wellness industry to create spaces that allow individuals from all backgrounds to feel seen, welcome, respected, and celebrated. Chrissy is excited to share the message of Body Liberation and have compassionate conversations around racism and inclusion.

// Dr. Juliana Hauser is that friend who knows a hell of a lot about sex and sexuality, doesn’t make you feel awkward, allows you space to be seen and heard and has decades of experience doing so (plus, a a Ph.D., two professional licenses, and a passion for empowering others!). Historically sex hasn’t been easy(or fun) to talk about. Changing that is truly her life’s work. Dr. Juliana has written a sex-positive education program for Planned Parenthood, run a halfway house for women in recovery, worked with a group home for sexual abuse survivors, and sexual abusers. She’s been a therapist with families and couples and a clinical director at a university’s counseling center. She’s spread her sex positive message all over the world. This November, join her at Campowerment to get intimate with your own vulnerability and power.

// Heather Berg has been practicing yoga for more than 20 years and just recently went deep into breathwork. At camp, she leads precisely-cued, invigorating Vinyasa classes that cultivate breath and body awareness, *and* Yin classes that take campers to a deeper level of sensitivity and stillness. You may recognize her from her monthly Yoga Nidra classes on, combining yoga, breath and meditation to help us quiet our mind and calm our bodies. This camp, Heather’s also bringing the Buteyko Breathing Method (BBM), her latest modality (which she is loving . Heather’s so excited to lead, as movement, functional breath work (through BBM and pranayama), and meditation, together, create a transformational experience. Join Heather to zen out!

// Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz is a Board-Certified OBGYN and the founder of Women’s Care of Beverly Hills, dedicated to cultivating healing through science, medicine & community. After many years of a personal yoga and meditation practice, she completed her Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist degree and is board certified in Integrative and Holistic medicine. Dr. Suzanne is an expert in all things menopause and brings her East-meets-West insight to women who are wanting to get smart and dive in to the nitty gritty that makes up their bodies and their sex lives, anatomically, emotionally and medically. She’ll be at camp talking most about menopause!

heard enough & realized you’ve GOT to be at camp?

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// Anne “Sussy” Sussman is a certified Mindfulness and Meditation Instructor focused on teaching others the skills to create fluency in mindfulness, empowering individuals to be compassionate listeners and sharing techniques for living in high vitality. Anne offers instruction to individuals, small groups, and organizations. She believes that gratitude is the foundation for joy, and through practicing gratitude many people discover the power of sharing small moments to magnify their happiness. She created the Bliss Buddy Project, where she pairs strangers and encourages them to share daily ‘bliss moments’ and went on to author her first book, “The Bliss Buddy Project-How Sharing Gratitude Increases Joy.” At camp, she brings her signature meditation and mindfulness practices, and facilitates Circles on mindful aging and bliss!

// You know what we talk about a lot? Living. Better, longer and with purpose. But, in most of our conversations, we’re missing – or rather, avoiding, a layer of living: dying, which is inevitable, for all of us. Talking about death won’t make it happen sooner (swear!). In fact, it may make it happen better. Why not make a Grand Exit? Enter “the conversation” with Tamatha Thomas-Haase, MPA  – who’s living like she’s dying because metastatic breast cancer tells her that the scans, tests and treatments won’t end until her life does – and Chelsea Leader Fuller — whose family schooled her in how to live on. In November 2019, Tamatha became a “camper” at Campowerment — a gift she gave to herself to celebrate living through, and with, a cancer diagnosis. After four days at camp, she left feeling cancer-free in mind, body and spirit. Chelsea ran that retreat — her family’s business — days before her favorite person in the world — her “Grandy” — took her last breath. Together, Tamatha and Chelsea began a journey to create something meaningful about a month later. Since then, they’ve been building Grand Exit, conversation-starting conversations on living, dying & living on, for those who intend to be remembered. Together, they’re going deeper into ideas to get us — and you — thinking and talking differently about the grandest moments of our personal journey.

// After 10 years as an award-winning opera singer, performing at the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall, Shirin Eskandani was burnt out and miserable. That’s when she realized it’s not what we do externally that makes us fulfilled but what’s going on internally. Through mindset and mindfulness she was able to reclaim her joy, resilience and motivation. Now, Shirin is a teacher, facilitator and guide who specializes in mindfulness and mindset. As a coach, she shows others how to create both inner and outer fulfillment as they reach their biggest goals. At camp, Shirin will help us learn to let go of old trauma, and unleash the alchemy of joy. We’ll dig into female friendships, and look at priorities that have shifted over the last 18 months.

// After three decades as an award-winning TV Producer, Tammi Leader took a huge leap of faith, stepping out of the TV Studio and into nature to create Campowerment, the purveyor of live and transformative, expert-led experiences, powered by play! From the beginning, Campowerment has been hailed as the place where women go to celebrate sisterhood, find community, and start living the life they’ve been dreaming about…right now. Through all of it, Tammi’s strongest muscle? Resilience. A single mom of two, her life has crashed and burned more than once, but Tammi has always found a way to rise. In person and online, Tammi leads sessions on building that resilience muscle, on purpose, on journaling and on connection (via fun & games!).

imagine what could be a possible with these women in your corner?

C’mon, GF – Register here! 

// An award-winning comedian, an executive life-coach and author, Katie Goodman and her comedy can be seen on Showtime, TruTV, and, more often than she would admit, in line getting a mocha latte with extra, extra whipped cream. Katie literally wrote the book on using improv comedy to improve your life. Her show “Broad Comedy” plays Off Broadway and tours nationally. And now she’s coming to Campowerment to add our campers (YOU!) to the 10,000 people she’s taught how to use the tools of improv comedy in their lives to handle absolutely anything, be more creative, courageous, and confident. Her work has been celebrated by Arianna Huffington, Leslie Stahl, Time Out New York, and her Pilates teacher in Brooklyn who says she is “getting better.”

// Liana Naima, M.Ed., is a NYC-based spiritual wellness practitioner specializing in an array of healing arts, from mindfulness meditation and energy healing to breathwork. Liana helps people peel back the layers holding them back from a deeper connection with their essence. She creates brave individual and group containers for people to listen to their hearts with curiosity and care. Join Liana at camp to help connect you with your inner child, and learn to heal yourself in ceremony.

// In 2019, Dr. Tracey Childs saved our Founder’s ass (and life!). For almost three decades, Dr. Childs been a Colo-Rectal Surgeon. She recently stepped down as Chief of Staff of St. John’s Hospital to step up as that hospital’s *first-ever* female Chief of Surgery. In the OR, Dr. Childs relies not only on her technical and intellectual skills, but on the soulful ones, which allow her to truly partner with and care for her patients. She relies heavily on the practice of mindfulness and resilience, strategies she shares with her patients. In her workshops, this heralded Colo-Rectal Surgeon helps us understand what we really need to be doing to keep our stomachs from absorbing all that stress and anxiety we may feel. Gut Health is her superpower, and she’s bringing all she knows to us at camp this November.

// Caitlin Peterson is a practicing LCSW, Certified Heart-Centered Hypnotherapist and Certified Warrior Goddess Facilitator with more than a decade of experience in nonprofit leadership and clinical social services. Chances are you already know (and love) Caitlin via her soulful moon rituals or deep-thinking sessions on, or from camps past! But in case this is your first time being Introduced: You should know that Caitlin will bring her holistic approach to well-being, physical, mental and spiritual health to Campowerment this Fall. She’ll help campers learn that something magical happens when a group of individuals gather together all looking for answers outside: they seem to reflect back the answers they see in others.

// Meryl Russo is a certified coach for women in life transitions, a grief group facilitator and creator of LiveInThePause; everyday tools to live a freer life, one pause at a time. A self-professed seeker, Meryl has been a student of human behavior for over 30 years. In her coaching, workshops and groups, Meryl stands in one central truth of humanity: that we all want to matter and be “seen.” She believes we are born with an internal GPS, a knowing, an aliveness and a desire to connect. When we “see” ourselves, we can “see,” connect and be of service to others. Through compassionate listening, kindness and impactful tools, Meryl shares an inside-out practice to pause, recalibrate and help us get out of our own way. At camp she’s bringing wisdom via PAUSE workshops and wisdom walks (which will double as morning exercise in the TopaTopa Mountains), designed to get out of our heads and into our bodies.

// A former dancer, with a 30+-year beauty industry pedigree that ranges from manicurist to salon owner to corporate training trailblazer, Lia Smith is a beauty maven. Lia’s passion for beauty isn’t typical. Her focus is to encourage, inspire and elevate from the inside out. She knows that beauty is much more than skin deep and “true beauty glows from within.” Lia is excited to teach the idea of accepting the beauty we possess, embracing our inner beauty and radiating that out for ourselves and those around us. Lia’s beauty journey has inspired her to develop her soon-to-be realized non-profit BEAUTY TRANSCENDS that will focus on uplifting unhoused, sheltered and fostered women and girls through free hands-on haircare services, product distribution and community outreach on a national scale. You’ll recognize her at camp and in photos & video — she’s the woman with the wings on.

ok, you must be ready now!!!

Sign up to join us at November’s Campowerment retreat, pronto!

Have questions?

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// Peep the sample schedule here.

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