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Gear Resources
Gear manufacturers have realised that lots of women like the outdoors and they're different shapes from men. Here's what's out there, and where you can buy it.

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Travel Resources
A selection of travel resources especially for women who love to travel. Includes a list of online communities if you do it yourself, or companies if you need a little help.

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Surfing Resources
Listed here are some links to resources from all over the world that cater to women who love surfing.

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Hiking Resources
Extended walks are great for the mind and spirit and lots of women love to take part in them. Check out these resources and get inspired to go on a walking adventure.

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Snow Sports

Snow Sports Resources
Skiing, snowboarding, backcountry, polar expeditions - all done in the snow and all done by lots of amazing women.  Check out these resources to find out more...

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Kayaking Resources
White water, surfing, sea kayaking, sprint racing, marathon racing, multisport, fishing...is there anything you can't do from a kayak? Explore these resources!

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Cycling Resources
A list of resources for all sorts of cycling - mountain biking, road biking, touring, racing, recreation and commuting - all specific to women.

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Climbing Resources
Women can (and have) achieved incredible things in climbing. Listed in this section are a collection of climbing and moutaineering resources that are useful and inspiring for all climbers.

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A list of organisations that cater exclusively to women, or run trips exclusively for women. A great way to find a women-specific adventure in your area.

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Outdoor Industry

Outdoor Industry Resources
Looking for resources to help you plan programs, companies and organisations that cater for women or organisations you can join? Look no further...

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Me-Shell MijangosFollow Your Bliss...

Wherever you are at the moment - at work, at school, at home - imagine this.  You’re in a Hawaiian paradise, staying in a beautiful resort, eating wonderful food, participating in yoga sessions and learning how to surf.  Sound blissful?  Well, this is how Me-Shell Mijangos lives her life all the time!  Me-Shell is the founder of SwellWomen and her signature experience is a seven day women’s wellness adventure retreat promoting both surfing and yoga on the island of Maui, Hawaii.  

If you’re like me you’ll now be fantasising about dropping everything and going to Hawaii to participate in one of these retreats - they sound revitalising, relaxing, luxurious and a lot of fun.  Since the organisation was set up in 2003, Me-Shell has catered to hundreds of women from all over the world, from career women to stay at home mums to grandmothers.  Me-Shell says that the women who attend the SwellWomen retreats have one thing in common - they are ready to embark on something new and spend much needed time on themselves.  A Hawaiian surfing/yoga retreat sounds to me like a pretty good way to do this!

Swell Women 3“Follow Your Bliss” is the phrase that inspired Me-Shell to quit her corporate job in New York City and travel the world looking for waves to surf and other adventures.  She went to Maui for a two month visit, but ended up unpacking her bags and planting her surfboard for good on the island.  She founded SwellWomen because she realised that other women would be interested in a wellness program on a Hawaiian island, and she chose surfing and yoga because they are two of her own passions.

SwellWomen has flourished thanks to word of mouth from very satisfied (and relaxed) guests.  The retreats have also had exposure from the national and international media, and Me-Shell has now added a SwellCo-ed retreat that is open to men, women and couples.  During the seven days guests are provided with a balance of activity, adventure, rejuvenation and good food.  Me-Shell says that SwellWomen’s best accomplishment in the field of outdoor recreation for women is having every single guest, in 5 years, standing up on a surfboard by the end of the week!

Swell Women 2If you’re thinking about following your own bliss, Me-Shell has a few words of wisdom.  She says that it’s important to enjoy the ride of life and by taking care of yourself, you can then spread the bliss to other people. For those interested in starting up their own wellness retreat, Me-Shell advises to have a solid idea of your vision and what sort of experiences you want to provide for your guests.  She also says that adaptability and flexibility are important, because there are always times throughout the life of your business when these skills are needed.

Swell Women 2If you are interested in a blissful Surf and Yoga Wellness Adventure Retreat on a beautiful Hawaiian island, please visit the SwellWomen website for more details.  You can also follow Me-Shell on Twitter (@swellwomen), read the SwellWomen blog or call on 1800.399.MAUI.

Photos are from the SwellWomen website.

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