The Women's Quest Vision
In The Words of Colleen Cannon
I have been an athlete all my life and I guess you can say that I have a Ph.D. in Play! It was my love of the outdoors, sports and adventure that lead me into a very successful career as a professional triathlete for 11 years (1982-1992). But beyond the athletic accolades like National Champion and World Champion, I saw my success not in titles, but in experiences. I learned that physical activity is one of the most powerful and, perhaps the most under-used tool for personal discovery, balance and transformation. For me, training and racing was far more than simply grinding it out and competing, it was chance to create harmony in all aspects of my life. I had the amazing opportunity to train with the world's best athletes, coaches and doctors to help me gain the "winning edge". As a result, I discovered that there is an athlete and winner within each of us. With clear vision and determination, we can all achieve our life's dream. So it is this spirit, woven through the curriculum at Women's Quest, that sets our program apart from any other.
I created Women's Quest with a flood of ideas in the back of my mind. I wanted to ignite a spark and passion in people for the outdoors, their own bodies and their spirits. I wanted to create a safe environment for women to experience new kinds of activities and not feel rushed, intimidated or threatened. We live in a very competitive world and Women's Quest is a safe haven from all the craziness of competition. From my years as a professional athlete I also saw that we needed more women in sports. Since then, it has been my personal mission to get more women involved in sports on a level with which each woman is comfortable. Regardless of your age, fitness level or athletic background, it is never too late to learn to love an active lifestyle and feel truly alive.
Another fundamental reason for creating Women's Quest was to educate women about healthy body image, nutrition and a fun, active lifestyle (which hopefully gets passed down to their children). Our goal is to introduce women to the healthy aspects of being balanced and to connect people with the biggest playground we have - The Outdoors! At camp, I am constantly amazed at how women truly start to shine after they have spent six days playing outside. There seems to be a liberating light that is mysteriously ignited when we get out of the house or office, and get into nature. This is where the fun begins.
The dedication and devotion of our staff has grown each year since we started because of the many letters we receive from the participants about how the Women's Quest experience has changed their lives forever. It must be this magical combination of the great outdoors, open hearts and chocolate. You will just have to come see for yourself.