By Alicia Dziak

If you’re a woman looking to learn something new, make new friends, reconnect with old friends, or just take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, there are some fabulous events coming up in June. Why not take a cue from Mother Nature, where new life is all around us, and breathe some new life into yourself? Plan now for these female-focused events:

Women in the Outdoors June 9

On Saturday, June 9, experience the great outdoors with Women in the Outdoors, presented by Springville Strutters Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

These events are held across the country using experts and trained professionals to teach outdoor skills to women and girls over 12 years of age in a non-competitive environment.

According to Estelle Greene, one of the event organizers, “This will be the 19th year the event has been held, and this year’s courses include some new offerings, such as Canoeing and Camping, Owl Painted Tote Bag and Food Prep and Fire.” Other courses include Tomahawk Throwing, Let’s Talk Turkey, Archery, Emergency Prep, Walk in the Woods and Self Defense. Registration is required, and the $65 fee includes all equipment use, course instruction (four classes), continental breakfast, hot buffet lunch, great t-shirt, NWTF membership and a one year magazine subscription.

This is a great opportunity to learn something new with friends and family, and is geared toward females ages 12-100.  “Each individual helps the others succeed,” Greene said of the attendees.

The event will be held at the Erie County Conservation Society, located at 13319 Miller Avenue in Chaffee. For more information, and to sign up, contact Estelle Greene (716) 941-6775 or Becky Werchowski (716) 942-6858, or like them on Facebook (

Girls Getaway Weekend, June 1-3

The first weekend in June, take part in the second annual Ellicottville Girls Getaway Weekend. “This weekend is about relaxing from the pressures of everyday life, reconnecting with those you may not get to spend enough time with, having the ability to let loose with the ones that know you best, while treating yourself with what you deserve,” said Barb Pump, Communications, Membership & Events Manager for the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce, who is organizing the event.

Head to the village for a welcome reception on Friday night at EllicottVillas for amazing hors d’oeuvres and wine tastings. An outstanding brunch, cocktail hour and amazing shopping specials are also included in the $150 registration price.  Spend Saturday doing a variety of activities like yoga, jewelry making, scarf tying, a bit of mixology, and even some essential oils information. You can pick and choose your extra activities (for an additional charge) when you register.

“I want women to leave this weekend with memories that will be remembered forever, because of the experience as a whole, and want to create new ones year after year,” Pump noted. “I want this to be marked on their calendars as soon as they return home for the following year.”

For more info, or to sign up, visit

Women’s Day Retreat, June 16

On Saturday, June 16, enjoy the Women’s Day Retreat, organized by Jessica Raymond, owner of rSpace yoga studio in Colden, and her tribe of fitness gurus. The retreat is held at the Pioneer Camp and Retreat Center, located at 9324 Lake Shore Rd. in Angola.

The day is divided up into morning and afternoon sessions. The morning one has seven classes to choose from, with the afternoon one offering six. Classes include Power Yoga, POUND Fitness, Restorative Flow with Live Music, Partner Synergy Yoga, Belly Dancing for Beginners, BUTI Yoga, African Dance Class, Turbo Kick LIVE, Vinyasa Flow, SUP Yoga and Yin Yoga. There will also be discussion groups on various subjects like Silencing Your Inner Critic and Nutrition 101. In addition, the Holistic Healing Shelter, open all day, will feature chair massages, reflexology, EFT Tapping, Reiki and Chakra Clearing, and a Beauty Bar will give women the option of getting their hair braided or styled, apply inspiring temporary tattoos, and meet with an esthetician.

There is a range of ticket prices depending on the experience you are looking to achieve. There are a limited amount of VIP tickets for $100 being sold, which include all day access to classes, a morning mimosa, a swag bag filled with goodies, lunch and cocktail, first sign up for SUP yoga, and two holistic healing services for free. These tickets are $100.  There is also a $75 option that includes full day access to all classes and lunch, and a $55 option for a half day of classes (choose either morning or afternoon).  Visit the event Facebook page for more info and to purchase (

With a variety of options to suit all interests, a little planning goes a long way and now’s the time to schedule that well-deserved “me time”!