Each event participant must choose ten class choices using the form below. You will be assigned to as many of your choices as possible – a minimum of six (6) and up to eight (8) workshops. Most classes last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, but some last up to 4 hours. A confirmation letter with your class schedule will be sent about a week prior to the Retreat. Schedule changes can be made upon arrival at Hickory Knob.
If you wish to be in ALL the same classes with a friend(s), you can enter more than one person in the "name" field below, and more than one email address, and then select classes for the group. If you do NOT wish to be in all the same classes with your friend(s), you should each fill out this form separately.
Descriptions of all classes are provided below for your convenience.
2019 Women's Outdoor Retreat Class Descriptions:
ARCHERY - CLASS FULL - One of the oldest methods of hunting involves the skilled use of a bow and arrows. You will practice some of these skills as you test your aim with stationary targets.
BACKYARD WILDLIFE HABITAT - Learn how to provide food, water, cover, and places to raise young for wildlife to supply a natural habitat for a variety of birds, butterflies, and other wildlife.
BIRDING - Your leader will help you improve your birding skills through field observations using field guides, identifying marks and calls, and will lead a walk in the park listing the species observed.
CAMPING – Learn the basics of camping from the World’s Foremost Outdoor Outfitter, Cabela’s. They will cover essentials for any trip: tents & gear needed, how to pack, cooking essentials, solar charging equipment, sleep pads & more.
CANOEING – CLASS FULL - One of the most relaxing ways to enjoy the outdoors. Learn basic strokes and how to have a safe outing, on a river or lake.
CIVIL WAR HISTORY - An interactive, hands-on program intended to give a better perspective of life of the Southern soldier during the War Between the States. Students will have a chance to see and handle military equipment and uniforms, experience rifled musket drill and be immersed in the campaign life of a common soldier. You'll taste the cooking and wear a battle jacket!
COASTAL CRAFTS ($) - CLASS FULL - You don’t have to be crafty to bring nature indoors. Join us to create several beautiful projects from nature’s craft store. We will help you step-by-step, and you can keep them all for yourself or use them as gifts!
ESSENTIAL OILS ($) – CLASS FULL - Explore and learn about the healing benefits of essential oils. See how nature’s medicine cabinet can help you take care of you and your family’s health by utilizing essential oils as your go-to in first-aid situations.
FISH CLEANING & COOKING - CLASS FULL - Learn to clean, prepare and cook your catch of the day from South Carolina’s many lakes and streams.
FLOWER ARRANGING ($) – CLASS FULL - Instructors will cover some of the techniques to making beautiful natural flower arrangements. There are many items right in your own backyard to enhance centerpieces. We will teach you how to use natural elements for a unique floral arrangement!
FRESHWATER FISHING - Learn the fundamentals of fishing on our inland lakes and streams with basic equipment, and then try your luck. A valid SC Fishing License is required, & can be purchased from the SC Dept. of Natural Resources or places where tackle is sold.
GEOCACHING - CLASS FULL - Join the world’s largest treasure hunting community! Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor adventure that is happening all the time, all around the world. To play, participants use the Geocaching app on your own smart phone and/or a GPS device to navigate to cleverly hidden containers called caches. There are millions of caches in 190 countries waiting to be discovered – even some at Hickory Knob State Park! Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards.
HEALTH & NATURE - CLASS FULL - This experiential workshop will introduce participants to the health benefits of regularly spending time in nature. It will include a brief introduction to the Japanese tradition of Shinrin-Yoku (forest bathing) and the latest health research connecting wellness to nature. Participants will learn several relaxation techniques aimed at stress management.
KAYAKING INTRO - CLASS FULL - You will learn basic paddling strokes, safety techniques, self-rescue and more in this introductory class. Kayaking allows you to float on a peaceful river or paddle around a pond or lake as you enjoy nature’s beauty.
KNOT TYING – CLASS FULL - In this interactive workshop, you will tie basic knots for camp craft. Learn the difference between granny and square knots, hitches and more. Hands-on participation will help you master those basic knots.
LAKE THURMOND PADDLE - CLASS FULL - Enjoy a leisurely paddle in a kayak along the coves and shoreline of Hickory Knob as you explore the natural beauty and watch for wildlife. (Paddling is not difficult, but if you’ve never been in a kayak, we recommend selecting the Kayaking Intro class also).
MAP & COMPASS READING - Techniques of land navigation can be used to find your way along unfamiliar terrain or in orienteering competition. It also enables you to identify and understand geologic features as you travel along the more out-of-the-way roads.
NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY & BASKETRY ($) – CLASS FULL - You will learn about the culture and history of America’s early inhabitants as you weave a basket with kudzu, a plant regarded by many as a nuisance.
NATURE SPA ($) - CLASS FULL - Learn how to use and enjoy beauty secrets from Mother Nature's pantry. You will have the opportunity to make some bath salts and other spa products for yourself or for gifts to carry home.
OUTDOOR COOKING – Representatives from Cabela’s will show how cooking outdoors is made easy through proven techniques, different equipment, and the sharing of recipes. Learn all this, & more, while tasting the fixin’s.
OUTDOOR ETHICS – As more and more visitors use our public lands for recreation, the land becomes stressed and abused. Come learn how you can help the land by using the principles of “Leave No Trace” and “Tread Lightly” to lessen your impact on nature and protect natural spaces for future generations to be able to enjoy also.
PADDLEBOARDING - CLASS FULL - The fast-growing sport of stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is a fun, easy way to enjoy our waterways. Paddleboarding offers an amazing full-body workout and has become a favorite cross-training activity.
SELF DEFENSE – Train with SASS (Surviving Assault Standing Strong) Defense and your new SASSters you’ve come to bond with to prepare your mind and body for some of life’s worst-case scenarios. From grabs to chokes to abduction scenarios, this is the class that empowers you to your core forever. Athletic apparel & shoes suggested. All fitness levels welcome.
SKEET SHOOTING & FIREARMS SAFETY ($) - Learn how to safely handle a firearm and polish your hand-eye coordination and reflexes when you take aim at clay “pigeons.”
SOUTH CAROLINA ROAD TRIPS – Take a journey across South Carolina, from the mountains to the sea, without leaving the classroom! Learn about some of the beautiful places which showcase SC wildlife and natural history, and the best time to go. Be sure your next road trip includes some of these places which are easily accessible and appeal to a variety of interests, from hiking to birding to kayaking.
WALK ON THE WILD SIDE - Come along for an easy walk with a naturalist on an exploration of the park as she interprets the great diversity of wildlife and other natural features.
YOGA - This practice will invite a quieting of the mind while also exercising the body with postures that encourage strength, stretching and letting go of tension. For all levels of yoga practice (no experience necessary).
($) – indicates an additional materials fee of $5 per person will be collected at check-in for each of these classes.