It is said: “Women hold up half the sky.” On October 15 through 17, 2010, women also brought a weekend of camaraderie and health to the heartland of Virginia. This was the latest in the Virginia State Parks’ Women’s Wellness Weekends, the fourth of these special events, but the first one to be held at Bear Creek Lake State Park, in Cumberland County.
Participants arrived Friday, and that evening gathered around the campfire for musical entertainment, and also shared sing-alongs beneath the stars. On Saturday, they took part in a variety of workshops and interpretive programs selected to promote health, well-being and enlightenment. Staff from several different State Parks convened to lead a variety of programs. Canoeing, Fly-fishing, Campfire Cooking, Lakeside Ecology, Yoga and Foliage Hikes were among some of the many activities offered. Saturday night offered an “Owl Prowl” hike, and a program on the “legendary” craft of brewing. Sunday morning continued with some more outdoor activities, as well as some time for introspection and self-improvement. The weekend was truly one for the body and mind.
Participants were blessed with beautiful autumn weather all three days, and were quite complimentary of the cabins and other facilities. To be sure, this was a special weekend at the Park, but Bear Creek Lake is available to all people the entire year ‘round. All four seasons offer magnificent natural changes to the Park and the surrounding Cumberland State Forest. Since its inception, the Park has existed to promote recreation and a healthy lifestyle, as well as a satisfied sense of self.
To all who participated in this Women’s Wellness Weekend, the Park extends its thanks and of course an invitation to come again, any time. For more information on the Women’s Wellness Weekend in April 2011, click here.