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Paddle Up!

Rescheduling for the summer of 2022

Women Leaders Transformed


About Paddle Up 

July 29 - August 1, 2021

3-Day Adventure Retreat


- Includes accomodations and all meals

Enjoy the outdoors? Hungry to be inspired by a group of amazing women leaders? Curious how paddle sports are uniquely positioned to up-level your focus, entrepreneurship, and leadership?


Join a group of women 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 a 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 3-day adventure 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 beautiful Cayuga Lake. 


As a participant of this program, you will:

  • Refresh and recharge in one of the most beautiful places in America, with fresh air, open water, and easy access to fresh, local food

  • Connect and create relationships with other women leaders 

  • Build and enhance your leadership skills

  • 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 clarity around your values and how they influence your business/organization/creative endeavor

  • Develop standup paddle boarding (SUP) and kayaking skills

  • Relax through SUP sunset yoga and meditation

  • Receive a 60-minute follow-up 1:1 coaching session with executive coach, Christa

  • Enjoy a follow-up Acceler8 session with Kiley


This 3-day retreat and adventure will be led by Christa Downey and Jennifer Wells; two women committed to empowering others to thrive. Please direct questions to Christa Downey at, Jennifer Wells at or Kiley Doll at

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 & Kiley
- Program manual and journal

- Daily leadership and entrepreneurial exercises
- All paddlesports equipment & gear
- Daily breakfast, lunch, snacks, & refreshments
- Standup Paddleboard instruction and guidance

- Accomodations at the Cayuga Lake Inn and Villa

- All meals

What is not included:
- Transportation to and from the Lansing/Ithaca area

Sample Agenda:

 - Arrive Thursday, July 29 for a check-in and meet and greet dinner - early check-in is allowed

 - Friday - Early morning yoga, followed up by breakfast on the Cayuga Lake Inn Villa deck and prepare for the first day of workshops and adventure - ending the day with a group dinner

 - Saturday - Morning meditation and intention setting followed up by breakfast and a full day of workshops and adventure - end the evening with dinner in the park and sunset standup paddleboard yoga

- Sunday - Morning Villa session and lunch - bring it all together workshop and head home around 2 pm

Your transformation does not end there! Join the Adventurous U and Entrepreneur's Hangout groups on facebook to stay connected. 


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 help women find their courageous voice to become effective change agents and leaders. Through Jennifer's professional development programs, she develops opportunities for women to seek out and embrace who they are and who they want to be by empowering them to grow and develop their authentic and genuine selves.The outdoors and natural environment only creates a natural realm where personal bonds form and individual growth occurs. 

Jennifer is a professor at Ithaca College, a Certified Spiritual Life Coach, yoga instructor and watersports instructor trainer. Jennifer is working toward her Certified Professional Coach and Leadership Master Practitioner through iPec. 

Kiley Doll - Kiley Doll is a tenacious businesswoman and mentor fueled by an intense passion for entrepreneurship. Her high-energy approach and zest for life are the spark behind her high-impact methods, which have helped many struggling entrepreneurs, small businesses, and startups. Kiley loves being involved with projects that show great promise - especially when there's real enthusiasm and dedication behind the idea.

No stranger to adversity, she uses every challenge she has encountered during her global experiences to mentor budding business owners. Kiley believes in the importance of community outreach and is committed to instilling the same philanthropic values in every business she works with. A single positive gesture from every business in a neighborhood is all it takes to help communities thrive. For Kiley, success and giving back go hand in hand.

Host of The Entrepreneurs Hangout FB group and Entrepreneurs Podcast

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Meet three entrepreneurs committed to women’s empowerment who feel most alive through adventure and outdoor exploration. 



Together, Christa, Jennifer, & Kiley have designed PaddleUp! Where women entrepreneurs and leaders will leave this week long adventure retreat transformed.


Booking information



Retreat accomodations

Paddle Up Rretreat Participants will be staying at the Cayuga Lake Inn & Villa
- if you would like your own room, contact Diane at the Cayuga Lake Inn & Villa to book separately

Other places 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.

Rogues Harbor Inn - Rooms are available - Book soon

Visit Ithaca - Ithaca's access to lodging

Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance 

Finger Lakes Wine Country



“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.”

COVID Statement

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.  The Cayuga Lake Inn & Villa has several rooms that have a separate access.

Before travelling to the Ithaca/Tompkins County region we recommend you check for any travel advisories and protocol.  Paddle Up will follow local regulations with respect to travel, business practices and physical distancing. In order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and limit the risk of infection, we will be implementing pre-trip screening procedures, increased on-trip sanitization and personal hygiene, and maintaining physical distancing guidelines while on a trip whenever possible.



If you are flying, there will be screening protocols in place when embarking and disembarking your flights. If you are travelling internationally, there will be additional protocols and conditions in place at the border when passing through customs and it is your responsibility to be prepared for any conditions put in place by the United States.   


To ensure everyone’s health and safety while on trip, participants will be asked to follow sanitization measures at all times including:

  • Hand Hygiene, Respiratory Hygiene, Food Handling, Handling Personal Equipment, and following instructions from your coaches or team leader who has been trained to ensure COVID-19 health and safety protocols are followed properly.

  • In addition, we will practice specific cleaning details for equipment, accommodations, and dining facilities.

  • Hand sanitizer will be provided wherever possible in accommodations, dining and workshop areas.



Paddle Up Retreat will adhere to physical distancing guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 during this time. Examples of physical distancing protocol include:

  • Assisting to find other accomodations to women who prefer not to share with a roommate

  • Working closely with accommodation providers to ensure single room upgrades are available to all who prefer this option

  • Women sharing rooms will maintain the same roommate throughout the retreat

  • Reminding all participants to maintain a 6 feet distance between anyone they are in contact with during the retreat

  • Masks are advised to be worn whenever 6 feet physical distancing cannot be maintained and must be worn while inside

  • Avoid crowds wherever possible