Friday, July 24, 2015

Too old to be a happy camper?

Ali Leipzig, 28, and Michelle Goldblum, 31, became BFFs as children at Camp Towanda in Honesdale, PA. Now adults, they dreamed of recapturing summer camp fun for grown-ups. Last summer they rented Camp Towanda for a long weekend and invited campers over age 21 to enjoy three days of fitness, yoga, nutrition and spiritual enrichment, plus tons of fun. They call it Soul Camp, and as you can see in the photo below, it was a success. Soul Camp will meet at Camp Towanda again this year (Sept. 9-13) and also at California's Wonder Valley (Oct. 28-31). A third site will be added in 2016. Why is Soul Camp necessary?

"Many of us have taken on roles and identities, like 'I'm an executive' or 'I'm a mother.'" says Michelle. "Camp was a time before these labels." At Soul Camp, adults get back to who they really are "and form friendships from that authentic place, having nothing to do with what they do out in the world." Best of all, Soul Camp has no wi-fi. Michelle admits "certain areas have service in case someone needs to call home, but we really, really encourage digital detox. Our schedule is just like Camp Towanda, but instead of tennis and basketball it's yoga and meditation."

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