As we look forward to the beginning of a new year, our natural inclination is to both contemplate the past and look toward the future. This is an opportunity to begin fresh and try to be our best self. By recognizing this inertia we can harness it for use now or at a time when we need it. Please remember, “Those on top of the mountain did not fall there.”
I love sets of three so let’s go with 3 recommendations for promoting and sustaining change this year.
1. Think of the pen as a magical wand, write your visions and visit them daily.

To achieve a goal we must first envision it, take steps to move toward it, resolve to keep moving when we get frustrated and push to propel ourselves forward, Please begin by congratulating yourselves. Two months ago you embarked on a journey of CHANGE but change is not the right term. I prefer “metamorphosis” because transformation is an evolving process. And each increment can be huge. Think of yourself as in a constant state of metamorphosis. EVEN doing nothing is a decision and alters us from one minute to the next. Be aware, know this is true then you can begin to shape your future next year more actively.

Goals, aspirations, and the journey we embark upon are multi-layered. One change creates a rippling effect moving you down the path of your intentions. Nurture hope and question yourself when dreams start to fade.

2. Be grateful. Recognize your strengths and how well they serve you.

Gratefulness changes your view of the world. The atmosphere around you refines, your body takes notice and begins to calm, tensions lower, and we increase our ability to live more fully in the here and now.

Think about the good things that happen when you are calmer and more present. JUST SAYIN. I am certain there are things for which you are grateful. On some days it may be small things, but evident when you look. Our brains are programmed to look for a threat to protect us, so you might need to dig a little deeper. It will be worth the effort to you and those in your world.

Make grateful an action verb today…and every day. create an atmosphere surrounding you that says, “Come closer, let’s share, have fun, and genuinely CONNECT with me.”

3. Surround yourself with positive people and be entirely who you are with them.

Because we have lived a number of years, we have bruises and scars. If we accept this as true for ourselves, an act of kindness is to afford this knowledge to everyone. We tend to hide the scars, but they are what make us human and vulnerable. The humanity of people reassures and comforts me. We are all ‘damaged’ in some way and those altered parts are tender. If we add the, “treat others as you would like to be treated,” adage, interactions become kinder and serve to bring us closer and create more genuine bonds.

When people can be exactly who they are and feel respected and accepted, they generally are lighter and more positive. Without having to make all the effort to be what people want me to be OR assume I am, space opens up for new and wonderful things to happen. The world fills in open spaces but not those crammed full – there’s no room. Think of shedding all you do not need in yourself (i.e. guilt) and in your surroundings (i.e. clutter).

I love being loved, dents and all. I can be more peaceful around people who know all the parts of me, I don’t need to fake anything. I can be calm and my mind is more available to them when I am not busy hiding.

I wish you all a peaceful, joyful new year filled with positive visions, sustained effort, calm assurances, close connections to self and others (dents and all), and gratefulness.


Our History

The Women's Heritage Walk is a life-affirming trek inspired by the worldwide history of women who walked to feed their families, bring water to the villages, trade goods and services, and migrate to safer, more hospitable lands. Women have been on the move for centuries, often reacting to the weather, food, and resources.

The Walks was a natural corollary to the three-day Wellness Seminars established in and around the mountains of Garmisch, Germany, in 1992. This format expanded to Poland, Rome, Italy, and into schools to meet the growing need to address the social and emotional need to cope with increased stress, particularly bullying in schools. Women's Heritage Walk, established in 2015, has become an unrivaled multi-layered experience for women.

The Women's Heritage Walk is an unrivaled multi-layered experience for women. It is rooted in the belief that women empower each other, their families, communities, and themselves through growth, learning, and pushing their limits.

Preparation begins three months in advance with a curated program to prepare walkers mentally and physically for an arduous, exciting adventure. This experiential journey captivates all the senses and enhances each woman's physical strength and internal fortitude while enhancing an individual's personal health and wellness path.

This adventure allows walkers to immerse themselves authentically in the local country's cultural heritage. Daily programs stimulate a more profound understanding of our foremothers' life experiences and offer a new appreciation for the habits and customs borne from the hardships of early life.

Participants forge deeper bonds with themselves and each other through physical, mental, and emotional development. Shared hardships endured with common goals create lifelong attachments, increase mutual understanding, widen tolerance parameters, heighten mutual respect, and reinforce shared values. Once accomplished, it accentuates individual strengths and potential more fully.

This transformational endeavor impacts the Walkers and their network of friends, family, colleagues, and community members. Each person learns vicariously from the participant's persistence, perseverance, lifestyle changes, growth, reinvigoration, and heightened knowledge.

Each year brings a new adventure and opportunity to connect as we obtain the most up-to-date research to augment and improve upon the four pillars of Culture and Heritage, Health and wellness, Strength and Leadership, and Community Connection.

We employ an overarching approach encompassing all human needs. We focus on physical and mental health, joy and balance in relationships and spiritual and intellectual curiosity.

Tolerance, perseverance, self-awareness, and cultural respect are themes discussed in the Wellness Component. These become more relevant as the event brings women from multiple nationalities together. The journey provides an open forum for the women to discuss culture, values, and traditions and to learn from each other without judgment. Through it, they discover more that unites them than separates them.

Each woman takes a chance by overcoming fear and disrupting their life momentarily, hoping to find something special inside and outside themselves. Through connections to others unlike themselves, they learn and grow.

"A heart afraid never learns to dance and never takes a chance." Bette Midler

Fear isolates us and diminishes our opportunity to live our best lives by finding our best selves. We must be challenged to do this, and the Women's Heritage will challenge you. Complacency and walking through our lives on autopilot does not. When we think of adventures, we think of exploring something outside ourselves. However, in this Walk, a large part of this challenge and any arduous struggle happens inside ourselves. This Walk challenges you to go outside your comfort zone in all areas.

This program is guided by integrity and honors heritage. The Women's Heritage Walk develops personal and collective strength. Proximity and shared hardship build not only tolerance but respect. By finishing, they teach our daughters, families, and community that difficult does not mean impossible. The challenging walks teach us to persevere with compassion, humbly appreciate nature's power, and draw on inner strength to keep moving forward when weary. This gift of struggling fortifies a heightened and profound belief in oneself and gratitude for the support given.

Along with her in-country cultural experts, Jody continues to develop a modern and ever-growing tribe of a global 'sisterhood.'

26-year-old UAE national Waheeda Al Hadhrami participated in 2017 and said about the event, "Walking through our beautiful deserts and reconnecting with our past was life-changing, although it was physically and mentally challenging. The experience allowed me to meet many women from different backgrounds and walks of life, and I enjoyed the cultural exchange. I loved every step of the journey!"