See Jane Do ‘Slumber Party’ in Smartsville for women of all ages
September 25, 2013
With the slogan "Every day women doing extraordinary things," I wouldn't expect a slumber party hosted by See Jane Do to be anything less than completely unique.
Sure, there will be the requisite dance party, talent show and a beauty bar. Don't forget the organic breakfast, clothes swap and late-night movie. But what will make this slumber party different from that of your typical teenage giggle fest will be the caliber of women gathered around the campfire.
The organization, whose mission is to empower everyday women to be a hero in their own lives and provide tools to put Passion into Action, will host its first ever slumber party at the River Highlands Ranch Oct. 4. See Jane Do co-founder Elisa Parker says the idea for a slumber party was mash-up of inspiration from the organization's last Passion in Action conference and her own life.
"At our last Passion into Action event, keynote speaker Martha Beck reminded us of the importance of resting and playing. As women, we tend to carry a lot on our shoulders, and we often forget to take care of ourselves and have fun. With all the serious issues going on in the world, we need more joy," Parker said. "Also, I have two young daughters, and I've organized numerous slumber parties for them. I love watching them connect with their friends; they dance, they play, create and laugh together. It occurred to me that as women, we could really benefit from an event like this. You're never too old have a sleepover with your friends. It's a great opportunity to connect with some of the incredible women in our community, women who we see in passing but generally don't get to spend quality time with."
See Jane Do attracts women who use their skills and energy to accomplish amazing things — in the community, for women, organizations or whatever activist arena they choose.
"The slumber party is designed for women to recharge, relax and most important to have fun and connect with other like-minded women. The event encourages creativity, play and 'taking care of you.' Plus it's a great opportunity to network," Parker said. "I've found that the magic and connections really happen in between the structured sessions at events. Who knows what projects, collaborations, ideas or new connections will develop out of this event. There are women of all ages and backgrounds attending the event. To share this experience together under one roof is pretty special."
The See Jane Do Slumber Party is designed for women of all ages to leave the partners, children or grandchildren behind and enjoy the company of others.
"Women of Nevada County, you deserve a break and some time devoted just for you," Parker said. "We have organized an incredible group of women to pamper you and create an evening full of fun and play."
The overnight will wrap up Oct. 5 with morning meditation and yoga.
Space is limited for the slumber party. It costs $30 to $35 to attend or $15 for those who just wish to attend for the evening, without sleeping over. For tickets or information, go to http://seejanedo.com.
River Highlands Ranch is located at 8600, Big Oak Valley Ranch Road in Smartsville.
Features Editor Brett Bentley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 530-477-4219.