The Outdoor Journal Tour is designed for women who want to dive deeper into their personal development, but are bored with traditional self-help methods. Participants will have the opportunity to explore scenic landscapes and hiking trails while being guided through an empowering (and customized) personal discovery process that uses physical activity, journaling and meditation as healing tools. The process includes daily writing prompts, engaging exercises and weekly guided meditations.
The Outdoor Journal Tour was born out of a desire to help women learn the importance of "praying with their energy", or actively moving into alignment with your goals and living as if you already embody them. So many women take the time to do so many things for so many other people, yet manage to spend so little time on themselves. ODJT provides a sacred space for women to reconnect with themselves and with nature. Our tours challenge women to think outside of the box, and make their self-care a priority. ODJT is for the woman who wants to explore herself; the woman who won’t back down from the challenge of creating herself vs. finding herself. We have combined 3 of the most effective emotional management tools (physical exercise, journaling and meditation) in one custom experience that is sure to provide both clarity and connection for participants.
Beyond that, our tours foster intimacy and rapport by limiting participation to 15-25 women. This way, each tourist receives one-on-one support and feels valued during the process.
A smiley, bubbly, self-proclaimed "live, laugh, love" girl, Michelle is a lover of the healing properties of nature and all things outdoors-y. She's always craved the high of a good workout and quickly infected Kenya with the same love. Raised as an "Army Brat", adventure and travel has always eased her nomadic spirit. On the eve of her 34th birthday, Michelle started "The year of Michelle" journal which turned into a now 2 year and on-going exploration to better understand herself the world around her and to find true joy and self-love.
Founder and Chief Experience Officer, Kenya, is a four time published self-help author with a background in Psychology and Non-Profit Management. She is an avid student of Buddhism and Metaphysics and a Reiki Master. Kenya has always been drawn to the self-help industry, particularly areas that empower women. Kenya currently sits on the board of the Love and Light Institute in Atlanta, GA and continues to expand her offerings as a intuitive healer with focus on Chakra balancing and journaling therapy.
In the summer of 2015, Kenya (Founder and Chief Experience Officer), had the idea to get a small group of friends together to hike Stone Mountain near Atlanta, Georgia. The plan was for the women to climb to the top, talk about life and journal about their goals once they got there. The experience was awesome. But it wasn’t until Kenya opened her eyes after the meditation and noticed that two new faces had joined the group, because of that she had an “aha” moment. The women explained that they had seen the group talking, journaling and meditating and they felt compelled to join. Next, they asked, “How can we be a part of the program?” Kenya recalls looking at her partner and mouthing the words, “Is this a program?” But before she could answer, her partner was taking down the ladies’ email addresses and smiling.
“It sure is,” she whispered while writing.
Needless to say, this was all the confirmation Kenya needed to build a program around the obvious demands of her very first “tourists.”
My superpower is encourager/motivator- I have been called "the ultimate hypeman" and a "smiler". I am known for always bringing a smile to a person's face and making a person feel better. I don't like anyone feeling bad or sad around me no matter the situation. You can find something to smile about, it might take a little longer sometimes, but there is a bright cloud somewhere to bring you a smile.
Long Beach, CA
We've heard of the horse whisperer and the dog whisperer. These guys who seem to miraculously get animals to relax and follow commands. I would say I'm a baby whisperer. I've loved babies since I was young. I had lots of younger cousins I helped care for, and as a teen, I did lots of babysitting for neighborhood parents and my church. I quickly learned that babies seemed at ease with me and I had a knack for not only getting them to smile but calming them down. My proudest babysitter moment was getting a starving baby to sleep after over 30 minutes of crying. I was 16 or 17 at the time and a few other daycare workers (moms even!) had tried to calm this baby with no success. Of course after all that hard work her mom showed up to breastfeed her! lol I don't have children of my own, but I get plenty of opportunity to use my superpower at work as a labor and delivery nurse.
My superpower is being an emotional cheerleader! I love helping people reach their goals whatever they are. I found my superpower a couple years ago when I completed a really rainy half-marathon to ensure someone running their first had someone waiting when she crossed the finish line. It made me so happy!
As a Highly Sensitive Person, I’d like to think that I have a few superpowers, but my favorite is my ability to communicate with animals, especially dogs. Okay, I don’t TALK to dogs (well, I do, but I don’t expect them to talk back), but we definitely connect on a deep and emotional level, even ones I pass by on the street, if our eyes meet. My grandparents lived on a farm, so I’ve always had a kinship with animals, but it’s only recently that I discovered my sensitivities and how deep that kinship is. With the help of some wonderful therapists and through meditation, I have been able to learn and love a lot more about myself. My dog Brownie also taught me so, so much about life and love and what it means to be a gentle being in this world.
Have you ever noticed that when you enter a house it smells and feels like the person that lives there? What about the sensation you get when you touch the items of someone you love? Can’t you almost feel them living within that thing? That’s because clothes, objects and homes hold energy; the energy of the person or people who occupy it/them most. Want to know why? Quite simply, it’s because our items are--- and our homes are full of-- inanimate objects. Objects that don’t have the capacity to filter energy. As a result, the energy that is placed on or around these objects gets stuck…trapped. That’s why our houses, rooms, cars, offices, etc. all feel a certain way. It’s as if the room absorbs everything that happens there and keeps it preserved forever. We’re not saying this to creep you out by the way, just to draw your attention to the benefit that can and will be gained by doing your personal development work outside of a theoretical trapped energy box.
Nature on the other hand, is totally animate (alive) and is therefore always filtering energy. Plants do this through photosynthesis. Not to spring this middle school natural science lesson on you, but photosynthesis occurs when plants use the elements around them, namely carbon dioxide, water, and energy from sunlight to make food for themselves. Dope right? We thought so. But what’s even cooler is that spending time in nature can and will do the same for you (metaphorically). For example, one of the most intriguing areas of current research documenting the impact of nature on general wellbeing comes from the scholarly journal, Mind. The study found that 95% of those interviewed said their mood improved after spending time outside, changing from depressed, stressed, and anxious to more calm and balanced. In this way, nature literally filtered out the negative emotions replacing them with more desirable ones. Other studies show that time in nature or scenes of nature are associated with a positive mood, psychological wellbeing, meaningfulness, and vitality
The healing properties of nature are undeniable. From both a scientific and spiritual perspective, nature literally heals. For example, the Japanese practice of Shirin Yoku (森林浴) or forrest bathing, explains that the exposure to nature creates calming neuro-psychological effects through changes in the nervous system. Being outdoors actively reduces stress, anger, anxiety, depression and sleeplessness. Um, yes. More of that please. We've all felt if before. You are outdoors, in a beautiful setting, the wind blowing past your cheeks, and you are overcome calmness and gratitude, and beauty. That is the feeling ODJT allows you to tap into.
Everyone deals with stress, conflict and worry in different ways. Journaling is a practical mechanism that anyone can use. Something happens when you write things down, when it leaves your brain and stains a page. Getting all of those thoughts…out…provides an almost immediate release. Not to mention, the actual act of writing accesses our left brain (the analytical and rational side). Meanwhile, our right brain is free to create and feel. Writing helps to remove the mental blocks that cloud our vision on a daily basis and allows us to use all of our brainpower to better understand ourselves, others and the world around us. Writing also provides a space for you to put your hopes, dreams and plans. Almost every successful business, million-dollar idea, or brilliant innovation started off in the pages of a journal.
Meditation has also been proven to reduce stress and improve focus. It has been called the birthplace of happiness, inspiration and positive intentions. The practice of stilling one’s mind centers us and replaces distracting thoughts with the calm of the present moment. ODJT uses guided mindful meditation to assist our women in finding their Zen and truly connect with their higher selfs. The addition of meditation brings much needed balance, clarity, and spiritual connection to the ODJT experience.