Kulapalooza, October 25-27 2019

Kulapalooza, October 25-27 2019



On October 25, your journey begins on the shores of Lake Diablo in the heart of the North Cascades. In just three short days, you’ll create lasting friendships with women that share your passion for the outdoors, learn new skills that will build your confidence in the backcountry, and explore artistic pursuits that will set your soul on fire.

But Kulapalooza is about even more than that.  It’s about having fun and laughing audaciously while creating a community that encourages and supports each other’s goals, dreams and ambitions.  It's about appreciating where we are right now and being grateful for each moment.  Join us to discover the energy and inspiration of Kulapalooza. 


A Weekend Retreat for Outdoor Women

Oct. 25-27, 2019 at the North Cascades Institute

Standard Rate: $475


--------------------- Draft Weekend Agenda - Subject to Change --------------


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm:  Kulapalooza Check In

Check in at the registration desk, retrieve your swag bag and one-of-a-kind custom Kula Cloth, settle into your room and prepare to have a life-changing weekend that will have you coming back year after year.  


5:00 pm -7:00 pm:  Welcome, Introductions & Dinner

Join us for an inspiring Kulapalooza welcome that will make you laugh and maybe even cry!  You're in for a weekend retreat like no other.  Meet our amazing team, enjoy a delicious meal prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients and prepare to create your own incredible outdoor adventure story.  


6:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Musical Mountaineers & Evening Icebreaker

Very few people get to experience the Musical Mountaineers live in the wilderness.  This is your opportunity to join us for a brief concert and evening icebreaker.


7:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Bonfire, Smores, Music & Night Hike  

Settle around a cozy fire, share your stories, s'mores and enjoy a little music.  Or experience the North Cascades at night by the light of your headlamp. 


10:00 pm - Lights Out! 


7:30 am - 8:30 am  Early Risers Activities

Whether you’re an early riser or like to sleep in a bit, we’ll help you start your day right.  If you wake up with the birds, start your weekend with your choice of one of these activities: 


  • A morning trail run through mossy North Cascade forests 
  • A guided meditation to help you tune into your inner guidance system
  • A little yoga 



8:30 a.m. - 9:00 am  Kulapalooza Breakfast

Enjoy a hearty breakfast with fresh, seasonal ingredients grown locally.


9:15 a.m. - 12:00 pm  Morning Activities

Enjoy the the sights and sounds of nature while you explore your artistic passions through one of these artistic workshops: 


  • Outdoor Watercolor 
  • Landscape & Nature Photography
  • Adventure Writing
  • Adventure Story Telling
  • Vision Boarding



12:15 pm  - 12:45 pm Lunch

Enjoy a box lunch that you assemble in the dining hall.  Eat a quiet lunch by the lake or join new friends in the dining hall.


1:00 pm  - 3:45 pm Afternoon Activities

After lunch, learn outdoor skills to build your confidence in the back country with one of these activities:


  • Map & Compass
  • Backpacking Basics
  • Rock Climbing 101 (weather dependent)
  • Self Defense for Outdoor Women & Solo Travelers
  • Canoeing on Lake Diablo



4:00 pm  - 6:00 pm Evening Activities

The day's not over yet!  Expand your knowledge base with one of these activities:


  • Wildlife Awareness
  • Wilderness First Aid 
  • Map & Compass
  • Outdoor Photography
  • Watercolor Painting



6:15 pm  - 7:15 pm Kulapalooza Dinner

By now, you've worked up quite an appetite.  Join us in the dining hall for an amazing meal prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients.  And be sure to save room for dessert.


7:30 pm - 8:30 pm  After dinner Shenanigans

Join us for a little after dinner fun.


8:30 pm - 10:00 pm - Music, storytelling and a short evening hike

We'll wind down after a busy day with the Musical Mountaineers, some good old fashion story telling around the fire or a short hike through the trails. 


10:00 pm - Lights Out! 


7:30 am - 8:30 am Early Risers Activities

After a restful night's sleep wake up to another day of adventure and inspiration.  Join us for:


  • Canoeing on Lake Diablo
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Trail run 



8:30 am - 9:30 am Kulapalooza Breakfast

Enjoy a hearty breakfast with fresh, seasonal ingredients grown locally then delve into some activities before you depart at noon.


9:30 am - 11:30 am Activity

Enjoy one last activity before joining us for the final send off.


11:30 am - 12:00 pm am Kulapalooza Send Off

No one likes goodbyes so we are sending you off in Kulapalooza style!  Join us for a one-of-a-kind send off and be inspired to create ripples of inspiration until we meet again next year!

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