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Women's Adventure and Yoga Weekend

Carter Caves State Resort Park, Kentucky

Women's Adventure and Yoga Weekend
September 18 - 20, 2020
Carter Caves State Resort Park, Kentucky

Registration Fee: $415.00/person. Paid by check.

Registration Fee: $430.00/person. Paid online.

Registration Fee with Private Room Option: $515.00/person. Paid by check.

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What Is Included?

Limit 16 participants. WORKSHOP FULL. Join the waiting list.

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July 15 Update: Everything is a "go" for this event. We will need to practice physical distancing, use hand sanitizer frequently, and wear a mask inside at times (park rules).
Private Room Option: I have a limited number of spots for anyone who wishes to not share a bedroom. The extra fee for this is $100. With this option, you will share a cabin with another participant but each of you will have your own bedroom and bathroom. If you are interested in this option contact

"The Power of Adventure - Nature, Hiking, Rappelling, Cave Exploring, Yoga, 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 + tax. Call 1-800-325-0059 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!



Down For Dummies 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.

Healthy Eating


Friday Lunch: We'll start our weekend of adventure with a quick and easy Soup & Salad Bar lunch at the lodge restaurant.

Saturday Breakfast: Starting your day with a good breakfast is one of the best health decisions you can make. Breakfast literally means 'breaking your overnight fast'. Your guide will serve a simple, healthy and delicious breakfast on Saturday to get you ready for a full day of exercise, excitement and adventure.

Saturday Dinner: Enjoy a full buffet and unwind with fellow adventurers on Saturday evening around the dinner table in the lodge after a full day of activities. Choose from a wide variety of entrees and side dishes. Includes soup and salad bar too!

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

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

Saturday Schedule

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

Sunday Schedule

???Breakfast. On your own. Dine in the lodge restaurant or prepare your own in your fully equipped cottage.
9:00amYoga at Smoky Lake and Wrap-Up
10:00amCottage Check-Out. Event ends. Stay longer and enjoy the park.

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
  • Yoga In The Cave led by a certified yoga instructor
  • Guided walking tour of X-Cave
  • Wellness Presentation: When Your Ship Comes In
  • Friday lunch of soup and salad in the lodge restaurant
  • Friday campfire with smores
  • Saturday morning light and healthy breakfast
  • Saturday dinner in the lodge restaurant
  • And More!

What Is Not Included?

  • Transportation.
  • Friday dinner, Saturday lunch, 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:

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.

Great fun excellent accommodations and planning.Jeni W.

I loved the caving and rapelling- really physically and mentally challenging ourselves. Kristy is such a calm moderator and speaker creating a trusting environment where we felt so accepted for who we are. This enabled everyone to share without fear or embarrassment of showing our emotions. I loved all the various activities with yoga in the mix to relax the body and mind. Mary U.

First one I've been on, and it was wonderful. Great people, guides, location and activity. Thanks for pulling it together!!! Name Withheld

I don't know when I would ever get a chance to do that with such special people again. Loved it!Janet R.

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.

I honestly feel the retreat was perfect. The attention to detail was amazing! Each activity was perfectly planned. I will recommend this if available in the future to everyone I know and will attend myself as well.Sherry L.

I had the most fun together on Saturdat night and then it was over! Would be nice to have had one more night! The guides were awesome. The park was just beautiful - I will go back!Theresa G.

The guides were friendly and helpful. The activities were varied and interesting. The cabins were lovely.Patty H.

What an amazing experience! Thank you for sharing it with me and others.Noelle A.

What an absolutely wonderful weekend this was! It was refreshing, challenging, relaxing, fun, therapeutic, inspiring, energizing, esteem building, educational and informative. The weekend was filled with new and unique experiences for me - caving, yoga, yoga in a cave, gourmet dining. Loved all of the caves we were able to see on the hikes and also the ones we were able to explore. I didn't realize how fun it would be to get up close and personal with a cave by crawling in the dirt on hands and knees. Sign me up for the next retreat!Karen P.

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.

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

A PERFECT weekend...well-planned, seamless, and packed with fun things. I'm not a sit-around-and-chat kind of girl. I do better connecting through activites, so I liked it jam-packed! I really appreciated the thoughtfulness of the extras.Renee W.

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 is refundable, minus the 25% non-refundable deposit, if you cancel before August 15, 2020.

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.

Hiking with the other ladies. Princess Doah was great!Kari D.