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Spring Into New Adventures

It’s time to Spring into new adventures! We’re highlighting some big events and the big changes we have in store for 2024 in this month’s newsletter!

Chattanooga Outdoor Festival
April 6 | 12 - 7 PM

Mark your calendars and plan to join us at the inaugural Chattanooga Outdoor Festival on April 6 from 12-7 PM at the newly renovated Chattanooga Choo Choo Gardens!

This FREE event hosted by Outshine Adventures and Nomad Be Happy will celebrate Chattanooga’s vibrant outdoor community and diverse recreational opportunities by bringing together Chattanooga’s best outdoor retailers, outfitters, conservation organizations and nonprofits while serving up live music, food, beverages and prizes from event sponsors. This exciting one day event sponsored by Rock/CreekTVAChattanooga Tourism, and Roamstead will have over 40 vendors offering fun activities for all ages. Be sure to get your free tickets in advance to be entered for a chance to win a weekend camper van rental from Nomad Be Happy built by Vandoit and an outdoor adventure vacation package to experience Chattanooga’s thriving outdoor scene first hand!

Litter Clean Up April 7 | 9 AM - 12 PM

After a day of celebrating with our outdoor community, we’re rolling up our sleeves and inviting folks to join us for a litter clean up at Harrison Bay State Park on April 7 from 9 am – 12 pm. As many of you know, litter in our waterways is a big problem. Paddle boards will be available for those who want to get out on the water to assist with litter removal. We will also have boots on the ground for the litter on land. During the event, we will provide all the necessary equipment, including gloves, trash bags, and litter pickers. By taking part in this Litter Clean Up, not only will you be contributing to the preservation of the park, but you’ll also be helping to protect the wildlife that calls it home. Everyone is welcome to participate! Thanks to our partners: Harrison Bay State ParkResponsible Stewardship, and Alt Route Meals.

Yoga in Nature April 9 | 6:30 PM

Connect with the healing power of nature while connecting with your own body and breath during this 60-minute outdoor yoga class with Outshine Adventures and Yoga. These monthly classes offer beginner-friendly postures, connecting breath to gentle, mindful movements. Location varies each month as we highlight a special outdoor space. On April 6 join us at the Sculpture fields at 6:30 pm. Through this $10 community yoga class, you’re investing in your well-being while giving back to local organizations dedicated to education, advocacy, and conservation efforts in Chattanooga. With 50% of proceeds flowing directly to these initiatives, every stretch and pose becomes an act of positive change. Classes are for all ages, levels of fitness, and flexibility. No previous experience is necessary.

Wellness in the Woods Retreat April 20 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Join Outshine Yoga and Railroad Valley Therapeutics for a retreat in the heart of the Whippoorwill Woods of Dunlap, TN on April 20, 2024 from 9-5 with options to tent or hammock camp!

Immerse yourself in yoga sessions that blend movement and breath. Indulge in meditation practices and tranquil sound baths that foster inner peace and clarity. Delight in the therapeutic experience of forest bathing and guided plant walks, revealing the restorative essence of nature’s treasures. This retreat for all genders, provides a tranquil sanctuary amidst the woods, inviting you to nurture your well-being in the embrace of nature. Learn about local vendors, receive a chair massage, delight in moments of stillness and reflection amidst the beauty of nature, as you cultivate a sense of inner peace and balance throughout the day. Let us cater to you by adding on a delicious lunch and/or dinner from Cashew, a local plant-based restaurant.

Want to make a weekend of it? There are optional add-ons for tent or hammock camping. Tent Sites are limited. All sites will have access to a fire ring, freshly cut logs, composting buckets with toilet lids and woodchips, as well as a bath house with hot water and electricity. Price is $210, a celebratory half off for 4/20 – a day of peace. Catered lunch and/or dinner from Cashew, and tent/hammock sites are not included. This event is for all genders, ages 18+!

Full Moon Yoga Hike At Lula Lake April 22 | 5-8:30 PM

April 22 is Earth Day and we’re celebrating with one of our most popular offerings! A Full Moon Yoga Hike at Lula Lake! This unique offering is a great way to ground yourself with mother earth, connect with the lunar cycle and rhythms of nature all while gathered in community in a scenic landscape. We’ll guide you on a 3.5 mile hike to view Lula Falls before heading up to the bluff, where Michelle will lead a gentle lunar yoga practice as the full moon rises over the valley. Participants will need a yoga mat, water, a headlamp, and are asked to wear sturdy shoes for the hiking portion. Proceeds benefit Lula Lake’s conservation efforts. *No prior experience necessary, all folks are welcome. Only 3 spots left!

International Women’s Retreat March 16-24, 2024

It’s finally here! We’re departing for Panama later this week to indulge in a week long all inclusive Yoga + Adventure Retreat at the luxurious Sansara Resort! We can’t wait to celebrate the Spring Equinox in a warm coastal paradise with 21 wonderful women! If you’re feeling FOMO, be sure to follow our adventures on Instagram.

Winter Hike Challenge Ends March 19

Big thank you to all the nature lovers who joined our winter hike challenge! We enjoyed our last group hike on March 2 at North Chickamauga Creek Gorge with these fine folks. We’re proud to report that the 39 folks who joined the challenge contributed miles to the collective good of their own health and towards the health of our environment. With their help, we planted 50 trees with One Tree Planted in the Appalachia region! This act will help future generations breathe easier! The challenge ends March 19 so there’s still time to get those last few miles in. Everyone that completes the full 90 miles in 90 days will be entered for a chance to win a pair of hiking boots! Big thanks to Rock Creek Outfitters, REI Chattanooga and Four Bridges Outfitters for sponsoring this challenge and offering up some cool prizes to incentivize us all to get out and hike more during the winter months!

Outshine Adventures Road Tour

If y’all read last month’s newsletter to the end, then you were the first to learn about the big changes and the epic adventure we have in store for 2024! If you didn’t, here’s what you missed!

We’re excited to share that we’re collaborating with Vandoit and Nomad Be Happy to embark on a 6 month road tour starting in May 2024! Our new year intentions were to travel more and have new adventures in new places and we are positively pumped those manifestations are coming true! The road tour will take us all across the country showing off Vandoit’s newest build – the Moov Model and recruiting Vandoit owners to join the Nomad Be Happy rental fleet. We’ll attend large events like San Fransisco Pride and Roam Fest and also set up smaller events like Sip & See’s at local breweries/coffee shops and Pop up Paddles + Community Yoga sessions along the way.

Want us to come to your neck of the woods? Reach out here and tell us where you’re located, what you have in mind and let’s see if we can collaborate to create something magical! Are you a fellow nomad? Give us your best recommendations of places we must visit, things we must do and any other wanderful tips you’re wiling to share. Leave your suggestions here.

Embarking on this grand adventure means we’ll be taking a break from offering guided tours and outdoor experiences in Chattanooga this season. While we’re a little teary-eyed about stepping away, the truth is, we’re bursting with excitement for this change and we’re incredibly grateful to Vandoit and Nomad Be Happy for giving us the opportunity to explore the world in a whole new way!

But there’s good news too! The Outshine van will remain in Chattanooga and be available for rentals during our travels. So, if you’re feeling inspired by what we’re doing and ready for a road trip of your own, book your vancation today! You can experience vanlife and explore in comfort and style, just like us.

With love and gratitude,

Sunshine + Michelle, founders of Outshine Adventures + Yoga

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