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Women's Adventure and Yoga Weekend

Carter Caves State Resort Park, Kentucky

Women's Adventure and Yoga Weekend
September 17 - 19, 2021
Carter Caves State Resort Park, Kentucky

Registration Fee: $460.00/person. Paid by check.

Registration Fee: $475.00/person. Paid online.

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"The Power of Adventure - Nature, Hiking, Rappelling, Cave Exploring, Yoga, Horseback Riding, SUP/Kayaking, Healthy Eating, Wellness and Fellowship"

Enjoy an adventure-packed, getaway weekend at Carter Caves State Resort Park. This women’s only wellness weekend focuses on adventure, fitness and good nutrition.

Reenergize your mind and body! Hike as you take in the beauty of the fall colors, rappel from a sandstone cliff, explore the natural wonders of caves in one of the largest natural cave systems in eastern Kentucky, and reach optimal physical and mental relaxation under the expert guidance of a certified yoga instructor and a certified health minister.

Overview: This is a three-day, two-night, adventure, yoga and wellness outing for ladies in the wilderness beauty of Carter Caves State Resort Park. The weekend includes fun activities inside, outside, and underground which are designed to help you unwind as you enjoy nature and make new friends. The deluxe cabins offer inviting and comfortable accommodations. Bring a friend!

About Carter Caves: The beautiful setting of Carter Caves State Resort Park is the ideal setting for this adventure outing. Nestled in the hills of Eastern Kentucky, Carter Caves is 2,000 acres of wooded hills rich in plants, animals and geologic formations both above and below ground. Carter Caves State Resort Park Web Site



The Cabins: No roughing it here! These deluxe cottages have all of the modern conveniences of home. Each cottage has two bedrooms, four double beds, two full bathrooms, full kitchen, wood burning fireplace, couch, covered deck, TV and telephone. Tableware, cooking utensils, linens and firewood are provided. The cottages have a refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher and coffee maker. Daily linen is service available. Four women to a cottage. Come with a group of four and have a cottage to yourselves. Note: The posted time for cabin check-in is late afternoon. But we typically can check-in earler if the cabins are available.

Thursday Lodging Special: Arrive at Carter Caves on Thursday and stay in a lodge room for only $59.95/night + taxes & fees. Call 606-286-4411 to book your room. Mention "Women's Adventure Weekend" to get this special rate. By arriving the day before you'll be sure to not miss a minute of fun! Subject to lodge room availability.



The Trails: There is plenty of above-ground adventure on the twenty-six miles of nature trails at Carter Caves State Resort Park. While the park is known for its caves and caverns, its best kept secret is the hiking trails. The scenic trails wander among sandstone cliffs, beautiful arches and natural bridges. You will hike the best of the best trails during this weekend.

Three Bridges Trail:As the name implies you'll see three impressive natural bridges on this 3.5 mile loop hike including the largest bridge in eastern Kentucky. You will marvel at these beautiful bridges as you get an up-close view of them. This hike will be led by a retired park naturalist who has lived in Carter County for 50 Fs.

Natural Bridge Trail: This short, half-mile trail, takes us through and over an impressive limestone natural bridge. Natural Bridge is one of the landmarks of the area and is quite unique in Kentucky.

Box Canyon Trail: One of our most scenic trails and passes unusual geologic features in the park, including the Cascade natural bridge, the Box Canyon and the wind tunnel. This trail is hilly and fairly difficult and is slightly less than one mile long.

Cave Exploring


Wet, Wild & Mild Cave Trip: Adventure awaits as you journey underground into the maze of natural passages of Cascade Cave. Our experienced and expert cave guide will lead you on a short hike of Box Canyon and then on the "Wet, Wild & Mild" caving experience in this majestic cavern. You'll explore the Cathedral Room, The Hanging Gardens of King Solomon and the Lake Room. Our guide will take you off the beaten path into wild and undeveloped cave passages. You will get waist-deep wet as you explore subterranean stream passages.

Some stooping, bending and hands and knees crawling is required. This is a mildly strenuous activity. For those who are more adventurous, there will be plenty of optional cave crawling.

You will be outfitted with the proper caving gear and given safety and conservation instructions. All caving equipment is provided including a helmet, headlamp, coveralls and knee pads. This adventure is bound to be one of the highlights of your weekend!

X-Cave: A commercial cave with electric lights. X-Cave has two vertical joint passages that meander through a large layer of limestone, putting you up-close to beautiful cave formations. Features include turkey rock, the pipe organ, and the giant column which is the largest cave formation found at the park. It's the one of the most unique caves you'll ever visit!



Rappelling: Ready to try rappelling? This is your opportunity! Under expert guidance and with the proper safety equipment, you'll be given formal instructions, clipped into a harness, and monitored as you descend the beautiful, 60-foot sandstone cliffs of Carter Caves State Resort Park. Fun and excitement are guaranteed! No experience is necessary.

All equipment provided. For your safety and comfort, there is a weight limit of 250 pounds. In addition, you must also be able to fit into the harness per manufacturer's safety guidelines.

Yoga In The Cave


Relaxation Yoga: After hiking in the afternoon, we'll take a trip to over to Cascade Cave where we will venture into the cave a short distance dressed for yoga. A silent, timeless chamber lit by soft cave lights makes the perfect atmosphere for yoga. Our certified yoga instructor, will take you through a series of yoga poses to stretch your muscles while breathing deeply, relieving stress and tension. The class will conclude with a long relaxation so that you feel calm, refreshed and renewed. This class requires no prior yoga experience.

Stand Up Paddle Board & Kayaking


Stand Up Paddle Board & Kayaking: Unwind after a day of adventuring with an evening of kayaking and stand up paddle boarding on calm and scenic Smoky Lake. Stand up paddle boarding offers a fun way to play on the water, with the added benefit of a full-body workout. And, since you stand at full height on your board, it gives you a unique vantage point for viewing what's down under the water and out on the horizon. Try both stand up paddle boarding and kayaking. Instruction provided.

Horseback Riding


Horseback Riding: Disconnect from the world one last time and reduce your stress level with a 45-minute, beginner-level, horseback ride on the scenic trails of Carter Caves State Resort Park. Horse riding is recognized as having excellent therapeutic qualities. The psychological benefits can be of equal importance to riders as the physical benefits. No experience required.

Wellness Program


Until My Ship Comes In: A Guide to Winning Over Chronic Stress: Are you waiting for your ship to come in? Why wait? Do it now! This interactive workshop will explore the meaning of chronic versus situational stress, and how so many of us put off our own happiness waiting for something to change. This seminar will address the power of negative emotions on our mind, body and spirit, and how to combat those emotions by being proactive and intentional in our emotional and physical health. You will learn the top "Five Regrets" that people have later life. Learn how you can use outdoor adventure now to eliminate these regrets. Program presented by Kristy Matheson.

Friday Schedule

8:30 amMeet and Greet: Prompt start in lower level of the lodge.
9:30 amPresentation: Until My Ship Comes In: A Guide to Winning Over Chronic Stress. Olive Hill Room.
10:30 amHike: Let's get moving! Three Bridges Trail.
11:30 amLunch: Provided. In the Guide Cabin.
1:00 pmRappelling: A scenic, fun and exciting rappel from a 60 foot sandstone cliff.
3:00 pmA Tour of X-Cave: An easy, walking cave tour.
5:00 pmYoga In The Cave: Awaken your mind, body, and spirit.
6:30 pmDinner: Provided. In the Guide Cabin.
7:30 pmCampfire: With smores.

Saturday Schedule

7:30 amBreakfast: On your own. Dine in the lodge restaurant or prepare your own in your fully equipped cottage.
8:30 amWet, Wild & Mild Cave Trip: Let's explore majestic Cascade Cave and get off the beaten path.
12:00 pmLunch: Provided. In the Guide Cabin.
1:30 pmStand Up Paddle Board & Kayaking: Smoky Lake.
3:30 pmFree Time: Relax and unwind at your cottage.
5:00 pmHike To Dinner: Three Bridges Trail.
6:00 pmDinner: On your own. Dine in the lodge restaurant or prepare your own in your fully equipped cottage.
7:00 pmSunset Yoga: Old golf course.

Sunday Schedule

???Breakfast: On your own. Dine in the lodge restaurant or prepare your own in your fully equipped cottage.
9:00 amLakeside Yoga: Start your day with some stretching along scenic Smoky Lake.
10:00 amHorseback Riding and Wrap-Up: Enjoy a 45-minute peaceful horseback ride.
11:00 amEvent Concludes

Note: The schedule of activities may be re-arranged or change depending on the weather conditions.

What Is Included?

Your registration fee includes:

  • Three days, two nights lodging for one person in a shared, fully equipped, deluxe cottage. (Four to a cottage)
  • Guided hikes
  • Wet, Wild & Mild Cave Trip including all equipment
  • Cliff Rapelling including all equipment
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Kayaking on Smoky Lake
  • Horseback Riding on park trails
  • Yoga In The Cave led by a certified yoga instructor
  • Guided walking tour of X-Cave
  • Wellness Presentation: When Your Ship Comes In
  • Three Meals: Friday lunch, Friday dinner and Saturday lunch.
  • Friday evening campfire with smores
  • And More!

What Is Not Included?

  • Transportation.
  • Saturday breakfast, Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast.
  • Snacks
  • Optional guide gratuities

What To Bring:

Check out our List of Items To Bring so you are fully prepared!

View the lodge restaurant Breakfast Menu and Lunch & Dinner Menu .

Your Adventure Guide and Yoga Instructor:

Kristy Matheson. Kristy's passions are yoga, wellness and being in nature with just about any outdoor activity. Kristy is an experienced hike leader and an active member of the Dayton Hikers group. In her professional life she is a Licensed Social Worker, and Certified Dementia Practitioner. She is a talented motivational speaker on topics such as women's wellness and the therapeutic benefits of nature based adventure. Kristy is a 200-Hour Certified Yoga Instructor. In addition, she is certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR/AED. Kristy and her husband have three children and live in Germantown, Ohio. She looks forward to sharing her passion of nature, adventure, yoga and wellness with you.

Your guide is highly experienced and has current Wilderness First Aid and CPR/AED certifications.

Here Is What They Say About Our Adventure and Yoga Outings:

Loved every second of it!!Anna K.

Still trying to absorb the absolutely wonderful experiences I had this past weekend. I highly recommend Outdoor Adventure Connection if you want to learn more about all things hiking. This is my second trip with them, and it was even more awesome than the first one.Shelly M.

Perfect as is.Patty B.

Every excursion was well planned and detailed. I enjoy being pampered as well as being fit.Jennifer L.

I can't think of anything to change or do better. The park, facilities, trails and amenities were absolutely wonderful and beautiful. Very happy! The guides were great! They were interesting, provided a personal experience and were so very knowledgeable. So enthusiastic!Debbie D.

I loved everything. All of the activities were well planned and coordinated. I appreciated that I didn't have to "think" I just showed up and everything was taken care of. The night of fellowship was a great time to share and get to know one another.Sarah K.

I loved the rappelling and the yoga in the cave, and of course, I always love hiking. The food was excellent, Linda and Kristy did a great job preparing it. The cabins were great, loved having the wood burning fireplace, and there was plenty of space for 4 people. The employees at the resort, from the restaurant to the guides, were all so nice.Name Withheld

I like the caving trip the best! There isn't an anything that I can think of that I would change.Rita L.

This surpassed my expectations. Loved every minute. Susan R.

Loved every minute of it. Would not change a thing.Lisa B.

Loved it from start to finish. LOVED the hospitality you showed - I felt totally pampered all weekend - you thought of everything. Loved it! THANK YOU! Ashley D.

I liked everything!Lori D.

The guides made everyone feel welcome and safe.Nicole L.

I liked the variety of activities that were offered. The guides were very energetic and informative about the activities. I really enjoyed the Kristy's program on stress management at the beginning of the retreat.Heather P.

Loved the caving and guided hikes, also loved the attention to detail and all the small touches.Maria D.

Operated on Kentucky State Park lands in Carter Caves State Resort Park with special permission.

Cancellation Policy: Your registration fee includes a non-refundable deposit of 25% of the amount paid. Your registration fee, less any PayPal fees, is refundable, minus the 25% non-refundable deposit, if you cancel before August 15, 2021. No refunds after August 15, 2021. PayPal fees are not refundable.

Important: All participants must complete an adventure application and sign a liability waiver. Adventure Application PDF with fill-able form fields or Adventure Application PDF to download/print. Application must be returned for your registration to be confirmed.

Notes: Minimum age is 18. No pets permitted. All of our trips are non-smoking. A recommended packing list, meeting location and trip details will be sent via email to registered participants.

Loved the whole experience!Tina A.