Time Out for Moms?

A camp break might just be the answer.

Last week in Moms Talk, asked, Here’s what some of our readers had to say:

"Being a Mom is one of the most difficult but rewarding jobs there is! I'll never forget beaming with pride as my son gave the Valedictorian speech at his high school graduation last year and had the entire audience rolling with laughter throughout!"

"Motherhood is overwhelming--wonderful and terrible, incredibly hard and the most natural thing in the world. I love being a mother and being a daughter to my own cherished mother."

"I really loved that article! It is so important to stop and take a moment to reflect on the moments that have created laughter and joy in our lives! Happy 'Mother's Day Month' to all of you out there! J"

Now onto this week’s topic: Time Out for Moms?

With discussions brewing about sending my kids to summer camp, I started thinking, “What about a moms' camp; does anything like that  even exist?” Amazingly, I found it—the perfect place for me—at YMCA Camp Campbell in Boulder Creek, only a 30-minute drive from Los Gatos.

With affordable rates which include lodging and a cafeteria, this was exactly my kind of place. The property has undergone renovations with a grant of $20 million. If it’s not quite the playground in the woods others might remember, it may be just the right mix for a mom! No cooking or cleaning, on my own schedule, yet with opportunities to join other women and share experiences! Yes, indeed! I'd found my moms' camp.

Happily, I was asked to participate as an instructor to lead my time-management workshops. I was delighted and thought,  “When was the last time I’d taken a break—a true time out—where I could actually enjoy being alone with the extra attraction of an overnight holiday to seek clarity, balance and peace. This perfect mini-retreat was at the Women’s Wellness Weekend in April sponsored by the YMCA.

In the heart of the redwoods lies this beautiful sanctuary with friendly staff and a chocolate bar waiting our arrival. My first night we even had s’mores; how I loved that special feeling of being a kid again.

The second evening I was more adventurous and joined a night hike. I welcomed the thrill of sensing the natural world all around me, and I quickly learned how one’s body adapts to night vision. Although I couldn’t see anything, I could feel the wind and hear the stream flowing nearby. My inner and outer world meshed into a total sense of peace.

For a perfect ending, on the morning of the last day, I participated in a Tai Chi class as well as an art class and took home the souvenir of a vision board.

Overall, within this wonderful experience. I found clarity through my vision board, peacefulness with my night hike and balance in attending the Thai Chi class! I recommend moms take a much-deserved time-out for themselves. Perhaps a short camp break might be just as beneficial a change for them as for their children.   

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Happy Mother’s Day Week!

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Holly Snyder May 10, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Wow! Your retreat sounds perfect! Moms are on the job around the clock. It is so important to stop that clock, take a moment for yourself, and feel rejuvenated. Being an educator and business owner, I also feel this need take a time out. I have had to make an effort to take time off for myself, or else I will keep working and remain overworked, stressed, and exhausted. A retreat like this sounds divine!
Carrie Vawter-Yousfi May 10, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Yes, retreats, camps, date nights, girlfriend outings, what ever style you choose, start by SAVING THE DATE. You and and your family will thank you!
Lenore Sanborn May 12, 2012 at 12:46 AM
So true! Thank you for the reminder and for the resource! I had heard about Camp Campbell for Science Camp for local schools and even "Family Camps" during the summer, but a retreat for Mom is such a marvelous idea!
Dyan Chan May 14, 2012 at 05:32 AM
I also went to a women's retreat at Camp Campbell years ago and thought it was awesome! I did do some hiking, but mostly I found myself doing a lot of exercise and movement classes, one wine-tasting, and a lot of beading (which I had never done before). They even had the ropes course available, but I chose not to challenge myself in that way. And I was too late to sign up for any of the massage times! They do have a good variety of activities that you can do or not! I have also been to a mother-daughter weekend there, and that was really fun too. (Even more fun now that the Treetop Cabins are there!) My daughter just came back from science camp there last week, and we're looking forward to returning to mother-daughter camp in the fall.
Carrie Vawter-Yousfi May 14, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Yes, the tree top cabins are nice and the variety of camp options through out the year are limitless! Just away from home, can be a time out:)


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