A Magical Experience with AdventurUs Women: Song's Testimonial

The experience proved to be nothing short of transformative, encompassing a perfect blend of deep connections, exhilarating outdoor expeditions, and delectable cuisine that nourished my spirit.


A Magical Experience with AdventurUs Women

For as long as I can remember, I had nurtured a dream of visiting Bend, Oregon. Finally, my wish came true during the unforgettable AdventurUs Women: 2023 Bend Escape weekend. This extraordinary opportunity became a reality through their scholarship program, generously funded by Visit Central Oregon. The experience proved to be nothing short of transformative, encompassing a perfect blend of deep connections, exhilarating outdoor expeditions, and delectable cuisine that nourished my spirit.

women in line at a buffet getting breakfast

From the moment I set foot in Bend, I was instantly captivated by the breathtaking natural beauty that enveloped me. The lush forests, majestic mountains, and pristine landscapes served as an awe-inspiring backdrop for my memorable escapades. Every step I took immersed me further into the enchanting wilderness, leaving me in a constant state of wonder and appreciation for nature's grandeur.

However, it wasn't just the scenic landscapes that made this trip extraordinary; it was the incredible people who shared this experience with me. We quickly formed a tight-knit community, united by our shared love for exploration and our desire to forge genuine connections.The conversations we engaged in were profound, delving into the depths of our souls and touching on topics that truly mattered. We exchanged stories, laughter, and even tears, creating bonds that undoubtedly will last a lifetime.

Undoubtedly, the highlight of the Bend Escape weekend was the exhilarating outdoor experiences we embarked on together. From challenging rock-climbing expeditions that pushed my physical limits to serene moments of reflection by the freezing ice bath (impressively lasting 16 minutes!), each adventure brought me closer to the essence of what it truly means to be alive. Stepping outside our comfort zones, I discovered inner reservoirs of strength I never knew existed. And throughout it all, we supported and uplifted one another, fostering an environment of empowerment and personal growth.

a smiling woman in a green shirt in a cold plunge pool

The magical moment arrived when the instructors uttered the empowering words, "Challenge by choice." Despite my near-blindness while rock climbing, Rosa took it upon herself to belay and guide me, pointing out the precise placement for my feet. There were moments when I felt inclined to surrender, but Rosa's unwavering faith in my abilities kept me going. As a result, I triumphantly reached the pinnacle of the mountain. This experience reinforced my belief in my own capabilities. When an instructor witnesses your challenges and continues to believe in your potential, it unveils the enchantment that propels me towards accomplishing great feats.

a woman rock climbing at Smith Rock

As the weekend drew to a close, a profound sense of gratitude washed over me. I felt grateful for the breathtaking beauty of Bend, Oregon, and the incredible experiences it offered. I cherished the deep connections forged with like-minded individuals who shared this remarkable journey with me. And above all, I felt immense gratitude for the personal growth and self-discovery that came from immersing myself in the awe-inspiring wonders of this extraordinary place.

The 2023 Bend Escape weekend will forever hold a special place in my heart. It served as a powerful reminder of the transformative power of nature to inspire, heal, and connect us. It underscored the significance of meaningful conversations and genuine connections in our lives. And, most importantly, it reaffirmed my unwavering belief in the incredible transformative impact that awaits when we step outside our comfort zones and embrace the boundless beauty and adventure life has to offer.

The impact of AdventurUs Women extends far beyond mere words. It led me to a phase where I discovered my true sense of belonging and found comfort in both knowing and embracing the unknown. I realized that genuine belonging occurs when we have the courage to present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world. 

It is through self-acceptance that our sense of belonging flourishes, for it can never surpass the level at which we accept and embrace who we truly are.Brene Brown

However, little did I know that the weekend would leave me with an abundance of cherished memories and invaluable experiences that will stay with me forever.

a group of women outdoors