About Paddle Up
June 21-25, 2021
Enjoy the outdoors? Hungry to be inspired by a group of amazing women entrepreneurs and leaders? Curious how paddle sports are uniquely positioned to up-level your focus, entrepreneurship, and leadership?
Join a group of women entrepreneurs and leaders to connect and find inspiration through this one-of-a-kind program in the heart of New York’s Finger Lakes. You’ll leave with new confidence as an entrepreneur and leader through facilitated individual and group experiences on land and water.
Whether you’re looking to embody a stronger sense of who you are or what you envision for yourself and your organization and how to get there, this week-long experience is for you!
You’ll develop new skills to fuel your sense of adventure and strengthen connections with other inspiring women through standup paddle boarding, meditation, yoga, kayaking, and nature walks. We’ll also dine together and watch the sunset over Cayuga Lake.
As a participant of this program, you will:
Refresh and recharge in one of the most beautiful places in America, wth fresh air, open water, and easy access to fresh, local food
Connect with other women entrepreneurs and develop allies who know what you are capable of
Develop clarity around your values and how they influence your business/organization/creative endeavor
Articulate your BOLD vision, commit to a challenge that brings bring you closer to this vision, and take action on the challenge
Step into your power as a leader, confirming your strengths and seeing them in action as you challenge yourself physically
Experience team building and leadership exploration through paddlesports
Develop standup paddle boarding (SUP) and kayaking skills
Relax through SUP sunset yoga and meditation
Fuel your sense of adventure with a SUP or kayak day-trip and hike at Taughannock Falls State Park
Receive a 60-minute follow-up 1:1 coaching session with executive coach, Christa Downey
This 5 day retreat will be led by Christa Downey and Jennifer Wells; two women committed to empowering others to thrive. Please direct questions to Christa Downey at Christa@ChristaBDowneyCoaching.com.
Creating a community of amazing women
We understand the importance of creating an inclusive environment and diversity is integral Paddle Up. We welcome women entrepreneurs and leaders of all ages, sexual orientations, and identities, including transgender women.
What is included?
- Coaching with Christa & Jennifer
- Program manual and journal
- Daily leadership and entrepreneurial exercises
- All paddlesports equipment & gear
- Daily breakfast, lunch, snacks, & refreshments
- Community building dinner
- Standup Paddleboard instruction and guidance
What is not included:
ABOUT Your coaches
Christa Downey - Christa is a seasoned coach who believes there is much work to be done in the world and is energized by helping individuals unlock their strengths, claim their values, and discover how they want to live and lead. She is attracted to people with a strong sense of possibility, which fuels her work with entrepreneurs. She has a passion for women’s empowerment and aims to have more women in a position to lift up women and girls across the world. As your coach, you will work together so you can bring your whole authentic self to all situations, resulting in a more purpose-driven life and career.
Christa is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and holds an M.S. in College Student Personnel from Miami University and a B.S. in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University. She has coached people around the globe, including China, South Korea, India, UAE, Ireland, and Italy.
Jennifer Wells - Jennifer is an outdoor recreation enthusiast, educator and professional who loves to work with others to expand horizons through adventure. As a entrepreneur, leader, and educator in the outdoor recreation industry, Jennifer believes the gift of her profession is to effectively teach and lead others to life enriching experiences. Her entrepreneurial spirit has driven Jennifer to create several outdoor recreation businesses, including Paddle-N-More, Finger Lakes Adventure Camp and Outdoor Transformations. As a professional outdoors person, Jennifer harnesses the power of adventure and outdoor recreation to help others grow both personally and professionally. Her mission is to inspire individuals and groups to seek new adventures, join experiences that challenge limits and push comfort zones, develop opportunities to embrace who they are and who they want to be as an individual, and empower people to grow and develop their inner soul. The outdoors and natural environment only create an authentic realm where personal bonds form and individual growth occurs.
Jennifer is a Certified Spirtual Life Coach and watersports trainer and instructor.
Together, Christa and Jennifer have designed PaddleUp! Where women entrepreneurs and leaders will leave this week long adventure retreat transformed.
Two entrepreneurs committed to women’s empowerment who feel most alive on the water
Get a taste of what to expect - complimentary workshops
Click the link to register!
Find a place to stay
Plan and enjoy your trip to New York's Finger Lakes region. These resources will get you started. As you plan your stay, located on the east side of Cayuga Lake, the Paddle Up retreat will be taking place out of Myers Park in Lansing, NY.
Our nation is making great strides to work toward getting our lives back to some sort of normal. For our 2021 programming, our coaches and program coordinators will require following the NYS Health Department and CDC guidelines related to COVID.
For our 2021 programs, we are asking participants to find their own housing. For future retreats and Paddle Up programs, we will be offering housing as part of an extended package.
“Talking with you is always uplifting and inertia-prodding, which is exactly what I’ve been needing lately. You gave me much to brainstorm over the weekend.”
With her incredible guidance and positive energy, Christa helped me clear the most significant obstacle in my life - my fear of failure. As a result of her coaching, I now have a deeper level of self-awareness. She helped me create the space for authenticity in my choices, with the clarity to peel away the muddiness of societal pressure and social noise. She helped me to see my blind spots, inspired me to go deeper, and challenged my old belief system and the narrative I've been telling myself. In essence - she is an amazing coach. A true gift.”
“Christa’s ability to pull ideas and solutions from me continued to amaze me. I came into this coaching thinking there were no clear answers, yet with her guidance, it all became very clear. From there a path was created and I was on my way! I cannot say enough good things about Christa’s coaching.”