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June 23, 2014

OCTOBER: Three day Wild Women event allows women to explore new activities and adventures.

Niagara Gazette — Yvonne Folck is a wild woman.  

And now, the Grand Island woman wants other women to be wild women, too.

What is a wild woman? “Wild women like to play outdoors, try new things, laugh, take on a new challenge and make a difference,” Folck said.

Folck is holding a “Wild Women Unite” event in October that will allow women to get in touch with their wild side through a wide variety of activities, from kayaking to archery to fishing, sailing and horseback riding and much more. 

The keynote speaker will be Jennifer Haddow, founder of a company that sponsors global expeditions for women. 

Haddow, reached by phone from her home in Newfoundland, Canada, said she recently got back from six months of traveling around the world, designing new tours for her adventure business.

”What Wild Women Expeditions is about is women coming together in small groups for experiences in the wild, outdoor adventures that might be horseback riding in Iceland, or kayaking in Kawaii on the Nepali coast,” she said. “We tend to do really epic type of adventures.”

Haddow said that it was adventure that save her life after a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis 10 years ago. After the diagnosis, she said, “I decided to challenge myself with hiking to the base camp of Mount Everest. That experience, out of my comfort zone, very bold and adventurous, really propelled me forward and changed my life.”

As the keynote speaker, she said, “One of the messages I’ll bring to the woman is to say, ‘You can do it; yes, you can!’”

That’s also the message for the entire three-day Wild Woman Unite event, being planned around a base camp at Byblos Hotel and Spa on Grand Island.

After the participants gather Oct. 3 for opening events, Oct. 4 will allow the attendees to choose four workshops from among the 30 offered, which include: backpacking, biking, birdwatching, golf, gourmet campfire cooking, gun safety, meditation, gun shooting, photography, sailing, tai chi and more. 

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