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Leading Outdoor Educator Offers Women's Retreats


Seasoned outdoor educator and adventurer, Kim Reynolds, has formed a new company, Mind Over Mountains, which will offer unique, women-only adventure retreats. Nestled in the heart of the San Juan Mountains in Colorado, the adventure retreats will combine outdoor recreation, intellectual discussions and luxurious pampering for women of all ages.

"I wanted to create an environment where women could come together in the mountains to challenge themselves physically and mentally in anon-competitive, tranquil setting," said Reynolds, an accomplished mountaineer, skier and kayaker who has led adventure trips and guided clients for over 24 years. "Something magical happens when women are together," she said. "In my experience, women support and encourage each other when they are part of women-only events."

Employing the skills and expertise of professional women with backgrounds in health and medicine, sports psychology, outdoor education and other disciplines, Mind Over Mountains seeks to help women discover their physical strengths, innate wisdom and authentic self.

"Our retreats will weave together athletic, intellectual and spiritual elements--- climbing, hiking, yoga, journal writing and guest speakers--- around themes that are important to women, such as finding balance in one's life or breaking through internal barriers," explained Reynolds.

The first retreat, A Fine Balance, will take place at the Chipeta Sun Lodge and Spa in Ridgway, CO September 9-13, 2002. The retreat will focus on creating and living balanced, healthy lives.

Reynolds is widely known for her 'giving back' ethic. Through her outdoor programs, she raises money for local, national and international women's groups, and encourages outdoor educators and enthusiasts to give back to the communities that inspire them. In keeping with that tradition, Mind Over Mountains will donate a percentage of its profits to organizations affiliated with The dZi Foundation, a charitable organization Reynolds and her husband, Jim Nowak, founded that supports girls at risk.

For more information go to: www.mindovermountains.com

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