Welcome to Artemis: Women In Leadership! We offer unique and life-shaping outdoor experiences specifically designed by females for those who identify as female. Our adventures and activities are intended to foster deep connections with our true selves, our community and the natural world.
Through participation in Artemis you will have the opportunity to:
- Develop outdoor skills that will benefit you in many adventures to come, with the support of experienced female guides;
- Connect meaningfully with a group of like-minded women, form lasting bonds, and laugh until your stomach hurts;
- Take time to disconnect from the distractions of everyday life, connect with nature, yourself and the importance of community;
- Move your body in ways that will promote great health, with activities such as hiking, paddling, yoga and more;
- Learn how to fuel your body with delicious and healthy foods, with the support of a certified holistic nutritionist;
- Explore your personal connection to nature through time spent in pristine wilderness, and learn how this connection may become a central piece of your personal wellness.
It's a Life Changing Experience
Weekend Retreats – Expeditions – Women’s Wednesdays – Saturday Morning Challenges
Artemis is taking slow and constructive steps towards building something that reflects what women need, want and are interested in. Artemis officially kicks off at our Weekend Wilderness Women’s Retreat on Gambier Island from June 1 – June 3, 2018.
Starting in September 2018 we are launching Women’s Wednesdays and Saturday Morning Challenges (once a month) plus a fall retreat in Whistler. Stay tuned for more info!
We are also partnering with Minerva BC. When you register for any 2018 Artemis retreats, expeditions and Saturday adventures, 15% of your registration goes to Minerva BC who use the funds to support Indigenous Roots, a program that provides the opportunity for young Indigenous women to participate in outdoor leadership training.
At Artemis, we believe we can serve you better if we help others along the way. Your participation will positively impact the enrolment of young Indigenous women in Indigenous Roots in 2018, and ensure that the next generation of female adventures get an early start!
Your Artemis Instructors
Hi, I’m Josie! I am an outdoor educator and avid adventurer currently living and playing in the beautiful Sea to Sky corridor. I am a high school English teacher, and am currently working towards a Masters Degree in Nature-Based Experiential Learning. I have worked in the field of outdoor education for 12 years, for organizations such as Outward Bound, The YMCA, and for the past five years, Fireside Adventures.
My greatest joys in life (aside from my family and friends of course!) are skiing, mountain biking, canoeing, reading, and acting as an advocate for women and youth in the outdoors. I especially love helping women and girls build their skills and knowledge so that they can confidently explore the natural world. Through outdoor skill education, writing and reflection activities, and guided dialogues Artemis will encourage women to explore their connections to nature, themselves, and others, in doing so foster wellness in ourselves and the natural world. I am so grateful for the chance to be a part of this journey with you!
Oh, hello! I'm a Holistic Nutritionist, (Certified Nutritional Practitioner), whole-foods enthusiast and wilderness lover. I currently work with an with an amazing team of holistic nutritionists and chefs where we create nourishing, delicious meals for our clients; this work inspires me to incorporate and translate nutritious, gourmet eating into the backcountry. No boring instant, packaged meals here!
I'm energized (a.k.a. super jazzed up) by movement, our relationship with nature, how to make eating well approachable, accessible and exciting -- yes, exciting-- as well as helping others to understand their connection to food, their bodies and how to actually stick with daily, healthful habits. We'll talk about all this, and MORE on our Artemis adventures.
I'm incredibly excited to join the Fireside Community and to support fellow Artemis goddesses through nutrition, building self-confidence, and increasing the connection with self and the outdoors.
Hey! I’m so excited to be a part of Artemis! As a lover of nature, I am often found hiking in the forest, up on a mountain or on a lake paddling. My love of the outdoors comes from the feeling of connection I get while I am immersed in the beauty of natural world and away from the busy-ness of life. This connection gives me the fuel to be creative, feel at peace and come home to myself. I could walk the same trail over and over, and still be filled with a child-like wonder with all I see! I’ve travelled to some amazing places on this planet, and love to learn about people, culture and the environment.
I have two preteen children and a cat. The best part of having this intimate relationship with nature, is sharing this love with my kids! Exploring trails, camping in the backcountry, beachcombing and being on the water with my kids is one of the greatest gifts in my life. Not only do I get to spend quality time with them, I am establishing a beautiful foundation of life for them.
When I am not in the forest, I am teaching and practicing yoga. For the past 20 years, I have explored the practice of yoga, physically and spiritually. Teaching yoga for the past 10 years has taught me so much about life, and has given me awareness about my body, my spirit and my mind. It provides me tools to get to the same feeling of stillness and peace that I feel in the forest, even if I am in the midst of chaos at home or work! So amazing!
I love to share my experience with other women. To inspire others to break free of limiting belief and structures that hold you back. To embrace your inner wild self. To let go of fear and believe in yourself. You can.