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New Year | New Adventures

We wish everyone a happy and adventurous new year! As we reflect on 2023, we have a lot to be grateful for! We celebrated 6 years in business and 7 years in love! We both took the leap to give our all to Outshine this past year and it truly paid off. We took more people on adventures in 2023 than any year prior which helped increase our charitable giving to local conservation organizations and nonprofits. We continued to nurture a beautiful community of women through our retreats, provide outdoor experiences for local nonprofits serving marginalized and at risk populations, and give tourists a unique way to experience Chattanooga. We collaborated with some amazing organizations and fostered meaningful partnerships with local businesses that embolden our mission to connect more folks with the healing power of nature

We feel so loved, held and supported by our community and are truly amazed at how far we’ve come! It’s been an amazing journey and we’re excited to transform Outshine into something new in 2024! Our new year intentions include more travel and new adventures in new places! That starts with our first international retreat in Panama in March and we would love to share that experience with you! We still need 4 adventurous women to join us and are offering discounts to those that can fill those spots last minute! Read about all that in our first newsletter of 2024!

With love and gratitude,

Sunshine + Michelle, founders of Outshine Adventures + Yoga

Winter Hike Challenge
Starts December 21 | Ends March 19

There’s still time to join our winter hike challenge! Commit to doing something healthy for yourself and the environment by participating in our 90 miles in 90 days winter hike challenge. We will plant a tree for everyone that participates and you get to reap the health benefits of staying active through the winter months. Plus you’ll have access to the 3 group hikes we’re offering on the first Saturday January-March.

Need more incentive to join? We have some awesome hiking gear to giveaway to over achievers, cheerleaders, and active participants all thanks to our sponsors: REI Chattanooga, Rock Creek Outfitters and Four Bridges Outfitters!

We’ve partnered with The H2O Life for our first group hike on January 6. Click the button below to learn more and get signed up!

Local Hiking Guide: 16 Must Do (Winter) Hikes in Chattanooga

Need some hiking inspiration? Wether you signed up for our winter hike challenge or not, we want to inspire you to get out and hike more during the winter months to reap the health benefits of staying active while connecting with nature. Check out our hiking guide to the best trails and hikes in Chattanooga to try this winter or anytime of the year.

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International Women's Retreat

Escape the winter weather and relax in a warm coastal paradise before the rush of Spring. Last chance to register for our international Yoga + Adventure Retreat at the luxurious Sansara Resort in Panama! This 7 day / 6 night all inclusive retreat promises adventure, relaxation and connection with nature! It’s an experience that will feed all your senses while nurturing your mind, body and soul. Click below to learn more and complete the interest form hereWe have four spots to fill so please reach out and we can work with you to offer a discounted price. This retreat is just for women to offer a sacred space for healing.

New Adventures in 2024

We are celebrating six successful years in business, growing slowly and organically each year. 2023 may have been our best year financially and statistically speaking, but it was a tough one emotionally and personally for Michelle and I. We both quit our jobs in May 2023 to give our all to Outshine and it was one hell of an emotional roller coaster ride. We are so grateful the leap paid off and we were able to sustain ourselves while doing the work we love and are so passionate about.

I started this business because I loved being a tour guide and sharing outdoor experiences with others. I found solace and healing spending time in nature after my cancer scare and wanted to give this gift to others through unique tour offerings. But, if I’m being honest I’m feeling burnt out, overwhelmed, lost and ready for something new. It’s not sustainable to continue operating Outshine the way we have been and I don’t know if I have the ability to scale up/commercialize. If I scale up/commercialize the biz, it will lose it’s original intent and I’m really struggling with this.

Somehow, I’ve learned to embrace the quiet darkness of winter to rest, reflect and reset. In this season of my life, I’m going through my own transformation. By publicly sharing my gender transition I’ve learned that we are surrounded and supported by a loving and generous community! You all have given us so much love, encouragement, monetary donations, meals and so much more as we navigate this gender journey! Our hearts are overflowing with love and gratitude and words aren’t enough to express the gratitude we feel. Thank you for lifting us up and carrying us through this uncertain time.

With all that said, we don’t know what 2024 will look like for Outshine, or for Sunshine and Michelle personally. We have high hopes to travel more and have new adventures in new places. But what does that mean for Outshine and the eco tours we offer in Chattanooga? We envision a big transformation in the way we’ve been doing business and the way we’ve been living and hope you’ll come along for the ride. What would you like to see Outshine do in 2024?

6 Really Cool Winter Road Trip Destinations in the Southeast

We think winter is the best time of year to van camp and offer 6 really cool winter road trip destinations near Chattanooga to try in this blog post. We hope it inspires you to get out and adventure differently.

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Cool Winter Road Trips Are Calling

New Year, New Adventures! We invite you to adventure differently by renting Outshine, the solar powered adventure van for your next vancation. This custom built Vandoit van is ready for adventure and winter road trips with a built in furnace!

The van can sleep + seat four and comes with everything you need to travel in comfort. Curious about vanlife but don’t know where to roam? We offer custom travel itineraries and can even set you up at a local campground to make your first camping/glamping experience as comfy and hassle free as possible. Get in touch today so we can help you plan your next adventure!

Hala Paddle Board Sale: Save $100 Off New or Buy Used and Save More!

We’re selling off our used paddle board fleet. Click here to see what’s up for grabs and pricing!

Looking to buy new? We love our Hala Boards and are an Ambassador for the brand. Hala is currently offering their cheapest prices ever on last years inventory! Click here to shop and save an extra $100 with discount code SUNSHINE. We get a kick back too so it’s a win win!

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