Put some “me time” back at the top of the never-ending to-do list!

Why should the kids be the only ones to get all the fun of s’mores, campfires, arts and crafts, fun and games? Women’s Weekend at Camp Hochelaga takes adult summer camp to a new level with an energizing retreat designed just for women that want to have fun, enjoy some relaxation, make new connections, be inspired and try something new!

Friday, August 25th-Sunday, August 27th 2017

Open to all women 21+

This weekend will be hosted at Camp Hochelaga. 30 gorgeous acres right on Lake Champlain in South Hero, Vermont (25 minutes from downtown Burlington).

Packages are priced per person, and include three day, two-night camp accommodations (exquisite grounds, clean and comfortable cabins and bathroom facilities), non-alcoholic beverages and snacks, five delicious meals, t-shirt / SWAG Bag and most activities. * additional camp store purchases, alcohol purchases, airport shuttle service and some self-care appointments may have additional costs.

Single: $275.00 (scholarships available - click here for qualification guidelines) depending on registration response, cabins may accommodate up to 4 participants // Fill-a-Cabin: You and up to three friends, will receive the upgraded SWAG bag and $25.00 off registration fee pp.

Registration is NOW Open, do not delay! Secure your reservation with easy online registration platform. Create an account, fill out some personal information and make an online or mail in a deposit! Please note that the final schedule, cabin assignments, additional program and workshop information, balance reminders will be sent out to the email address on file once you register. You can also see our FB invite for posts leading up to the event, invite friends or participate in discussions before the weekend. https://www.facebook.com/events/26636180383196

Additional concerns, alternatively register by phone or questions: (802) 862-7520 or by emailing contactus@ywcavt.org


Register Online Today to reserve your spot and request to share lodging with friends if you choose.


The retreat begins Friday late afternoon with unprogrammed REST, camp scavenger hunt and casual check-in. We are asking all participants to be checked in for the official kick off at 5:30pm with dinner and keynote speaker; we are excited to bring racial justice educator and author Debby Irving to YWCA VT Camp Hochelaga. Her first book, Waking Up White, tells the story of how she went from well-meaning to well-doing. Now, leading workshops and presentations around the country, Debby devotes herself to exploring the impact white skin can have on perception and how individuals can help themselves and others change misconceptions and attitudes. Be one of the first 25 to register and Debby Irving’s book, Waking Up White is yours FREE! Saturday will be your day to enjoy a variety of workshop offerings (jewelry making, creative writing, cooking, dance, painting, etc…), our FUN officials will be on sight to facilitate land / waterfront activities (archery, SUP, kayaking, human foosball, 3-lane slip and slide, noodle hockey, etc…), self-care & management opportunities (massage, restorative yoga, natural home remedies, reiki, car wash and detail service, etc…) sit back and relax as satisfying food selections that will make your mouth water are prepared for you, unprogrammed REST and evening programs (campfires, glow and dark swim, epic talent show, wine tasting, etc...)  Retreat will conclude late Sunday afternoon with brunch, final workshop offerings, unprogrammed REST and check out.

More about our Keynote Speaker and Dialogue Facilitator: Debby Irving

About the Auther: Debby Irving is a racial justice educator and author.  A community organizer and classroom teacher for 25 years, Debby Irving grappled with racial injustice without understanding racism as a systemic issue or her own whiteness as an obstacle to it.

As general manager of Boston’s Dance Umbrella and First Night, and later as an elementary school teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she struggled to make sense of tensions in racially mixed settings she could feel but could not explain. In 2009, Debby took a graduate school course, Racial and Cultural Identities, which gave her the answers she’d been looking for and helped launch her on a journey of discovery.  A graduate of the Winsor School in Boston, she holds a BA from Kenyon College and an MBA from Simmons College. Her first book, Waking Up White, tells the story of how she went from well-meaning to well-doing.


Waking Up White is the book Debby Irving wishes someone had handed her decades ago. By sharing her sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, she offers a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance. As she unpacks her own long-held beliefs about colorblindness, being a good person, and wanting to help people of color, she reveals how each of these well-intentioned mindsets actually perpetuated her ill-conceived ideas about race. She also explains why and how she’s changed the way she talks about racism, works in racially mixed groups, and understands the racial justice movement as a whole. Exercises at the end of each chapter prompt readers to explore their own racialized ideas. Waking Up White's personal narrative is designed to work well as a rapid read, a book group book, or support reading for courses exploring racial and cultural issues.

Can't make it for the whole weekend? Interested in joining us for the Friday evening Dinner and Discussion with Debby Irving? Limited number of tickets now available for dinner, discussion, and book signing with Debby Irving on Friday August 25th from 5:30-8:30pm at Camp Hochelaga (34 Hochelaga Road, South Hero VT).

Click here to register ($50 - Dinner and Discussion, $60 - Dinner, Discussion, and signed copy of Waking Up White by Debby Irving)