Upcoming events

    • February 16, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Camden, ME
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    Want to give ice climbing a try? Here's your chance. The LAC will embark on a half-day adventure (almost a full day with driving) to Camden to ice climb with Equinox Guiding Service. We'll leave Portland at 8:00 and return home around 3:00 (back in the Portland area around 5/6).

    No ice climbing experience needed for this adventure, but you should be comfortable with heights and physically fit.


    • February 28, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Shift Gym, 24 Preble Street, Portland
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    LAC members have an opportunity to experience 50 minutes of myofascial release and movement analysis with LAC member, Inka. Inka is generously donating her time and experience in order to share this practice with our membership.

    Structural Integration is a form of bodywork that reorganizes the connective tissues, called fascia, that permeate the entire body. Fascial Release addresses fibrosities, which hold the individual back from functioning optimally. These come in the form of adhesions (lack of mobility between structures) and contractures (lack of mobility within a structure.) Treatments rapidly open range of motion and relieve pain.  

    Come learn/ experience the benefits of this type of bodywork so you can continue to adventure all year round while mitigating potential injury.

    Sign up on the website and then contact Inka directly to schedule your appointment: inka@inkahodes.com, 917-907-3337

    All sessions held at Shift Gym.

    • March 01, 2019
    • March 03, 2019
    • 1 Frenchtown Rd, Frenchtown Twp, ME 04441
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    West Branch Pond Camps is located north of Greenville in a remote and beautiful location. The cabins, each which sleeps three to six people, are quite rustic and heated with wood stoves. There is a central bathhouse with warm water, flush toilets and showers and in addition, there are outhouses near each cabin. While there, you can cross country ski, snowshoe or hike. Eric (the owner) cooks breakfast and dinners for us and puts out food supplies for a pack lunch. 

    We'll arrive sometime on Friday afternoon, take a walk, etc... and then gather for cocktails and dinner. On Saturday, we'll explore the trails or hike (in smaller groups). And then we'll gather again on Saturday evening to eat. On Sunday, some folks will depart right after breakfast and others will ski or snowshoe and then leave after lunch. It's your weekend -- create whatever experience best suits you.




    • March 03, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Brunswick
    • 3
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    On this half day adventure at the cusp of spring, we will tap into our active Yang energy and then balance with a receptive, restorative Yin practice.

    No experience necessary for this adventure.

    Start the morning on some very beautifully maintained trails through the woods at Crystal Spring Farm, owned and managed by the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust. We will hike/spike/snowshoe for about 90 minutes. Those who really want to energize the yang side of the day can do an invigorating trail run. This trail network contains a labyrinth in the woods - very lovely and a way to transition to the contemplative aspect of our adventure.  Dogs are welcome (but not in the labyrinth, and if they will be comfortable in your car for lunch and yoga). 

    Lunch overlooking the Androscoggin River in Brunswick at Frontier café, which has a coffee bar & menu of soups, salads, sandwiches and mezze boxes – or BYO.

    We will balance our outdoor adventure with a 90 min Yin yoga class offered by Birgitta Peterson at Sundara Yoga in Brunswick.

    Yin is a still, patient practice that will surprise you with its profound effects. In this class you will be guided into seated and reclined postures to be held for 3-5 minutes. These longer holds stimulate the deep connective tissues surrounding our joints and ligaments, thereby increasing mobility, stability and overall vitality. Yin postures also generate a loosening of deep energetic stagnations, allowing us to experience a greater sense of balance, flow and calm. This class is a perfect compliment to more active styles of yoga or exercise, and is open to all levels.

    Birgitta (Gitta) Peterson - Gitta is three quarters of the way through her 200 hour teacher training with the Josh Summers School of Yin Yoga in Boston.  Although she’s been practicing yoga for over two decades, it was trouble with her SI joint and low back pain that led her to a daily yoga ritual and a discovery of the lasting benefits of a regular, sustained practice. The lengthening, strengthening, and meditative qualities of yoga proved to be a much needed balance to her more athletic activities, and had an “ahaaa!” effect on her concept of fitness and wellness. She became aware that regular time on the mat helped her connect more powerfully with her body and spirit, and simply made her feel good.  She is now eager to share the multi-layered rewards of yoga with others.

    • March 08, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Portland
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    We don't always have to travel far for an adventure, so I'm offering Friday half-days near Portland each month that will get us out and keep us connected the the natural spaces that are tucked in and around the city. 

    March 8: Snowshoeing Fore River Sanctuary, Portland

    This 85-acre preserve is the home of Jewell Falls, Portland‘s only natural waterfall, as well as the site of the former Cumberland and Oxford Canal. The lowland area, where salt and freshwater marsh meet, provides great bird-watching opportunities in spring. This network trails encompasses some of the most diverse habitats in Greater Portland. The land is owned by a mix of private owners, Portland Trails, and the city, and is great example of the unique collaboration that takes place in order to preserve green spaces.

    No experience necessary for this adventure - we stick together. 




    And looking ahead:

    April 12: Falmouth Nature Preserve

    May 10: Peaks Island ferry, walk (or we could consider renting bikes) & picnic!

    I'd love to have members who are familiar with these trails serve as trail guides - please be in touch with Alicia to offer your knowledge. Thanks!

    • March 09, 2019
    • 9:10 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Merrill Auditorium, Portland ME
    • 14
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    PSO Executive Director and LAC member, Carolyn Nishon invites LAC members to a sneak peak, insider's view of the Portland Symphony Orchestra. This adventure is for those who know the symphony well and for those who have never been to a concert — it is open to all. Take a couple of hours on a Saturday morning to learn more about this Portland cultural jewel. You'll have a front row seat to the symphony as they prepare for an upcoming concert — who doesn't love a private concert?


    • March 13, 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • 65 Warren Ave, Portland, ME 04103
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    Are you curious about rock climbing? Do you envy Spider Man's ability to scale city buildings? You probably won't get that good in one night, but to learn more about climbing and for a chance to get on the wall, join in this adventure at Evo Rock & Fitness. Beginners welcome and all climbing equipment provided by Evo.

    No previous rock climbing experience needed for this adventure. 


    • March 15, 2019
    • 11:00 AM
    • Wilton Warren Road, Denmark, ME
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    Depending on snow conditions we will snowshoe or microspike the Warden's trail up Shawnee Peak. This is the old carriage road that was used to carry vacationers up to the summit lodge back in the 20s. Roundtrip is 4.6 miles with 1500 feet of elevation gain. After the hike we will swing over to Nurture for Nature for a Finnish Sauna (3:30 pm) followed by munchies at the Gastro Pub in Bridgton. Doesn't this sound like a great winter day! 

    Pack a trail lunch.

    Trail Maps: http://www.loonecholandtrust.org/places-we-protect/preserves/pleasant-mountain-preserve/

    Saunda Details: http://www.ntnretreats.com/

    This adventure is suitable for members with a reasonable level of fitness who are comfortable using snowshoes or microspikes.


    • March 22, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Newry, Maine
    • 8
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    Come hike Puzzle Mountain. We've done this hike before (with MATLT), but not in March. Puzzle Mountain (3133 ft) is along the eastern section of the Grafton Notch Loop trail. This hike is considered moderate due to its length (7.2 miles) and elevation gain (approximately 2400 ft.) It follows old logging roads and switchbacks through young spruce, white birch, and balsam fir woods at a gradual incline before crossing over exposed granite boulders, steep sections, and ledges offering terrific views of Grafton Notch and the Presidentials.



    This is a moderately strenuous hike. Prior hiking experience is required. Depending on ground conditions, microspikes or snowshoes may be needed.



    • April 03, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
    • 500 Forest Avenue, Portland (rear of building)
    • 21
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    Qigong translates as “internal energy work or skill,” and refers to a broad range of gentle, mind/body/spirit integrative exercises that can include dynamic movement, standing, sitting, and breath work. Qigong is also the foundation of the art of Taijiquan. This class will introduce the practice and cultivation of energy exercises with a particular focus on building vitality and health. Potential benefits of the program include improved balance, range of motion, and core strength, in addition to pain management and decreased stress and anxiety. 

    Open to all levels of experience, including beginners

    Jason Ames is founder and owner of Maine Center for Taijiquan. He is a full-time Taiji and Qigong instructor who has taught throughout Southern Maine for 25 years.


    We need 10 people for this class to run.

    • April 09, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Good Medicine Collective 231 York Street, Portland
    • 21
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    “Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.” --Mindful.org

    Mindfulness meditation is the practice of observing our experience, exactly as it is, with compassionate and wise attention. In this 2-hour introductory workshop for members of the Ladies Adventure Club, we will explore this capacity to be fully present for our experience – through the practice of meditation, as well as in our daily lives and on the hiking trail. There will be time for sitting and walking practice, small group discussion, and Q+A. No prior meditation experience necessary, all levels welcome.

    Susa Talan is a co-founder of Open Door Meditation Center in Portland, Maine. She has been studying and practicing Insight Meditation for more than 12 years and is a long-time student of Sayadaw U Tejaniya, with whom she ordained temporarily in Burma in 2010. Susa works as a Content Producer for the 10% Happier meditation app and teaches awareness + movement on retreats at Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She is also an artist + illustrator: www.susatalan.com

    “When we practice mindfulness, we’re practicing the art of creating space for ourselves—space to think, space to breathe, space between ourselves and our reactions.” -- Mindful.org

    No prior meditation experience necessary. We need a minimum of 15 participants to run this workshop.

    • April 12, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Falmouth
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    We don't always have to travel far for an adventure, so I'm offering Friday half-days near Portland each month that will get us out and keep us connected the the natural spaces that are tucked in and around the city. 

    April 12: Falmouth Nature Preserve

    Lets join spring's snow melt, and follow drainage streams toward the sea! Nestled in the midst of Falmouth Foreside, this network of trails wind through a young, mixed forest of hemlock, beech, maple, and yellow and white birch. The two main trails lead to the beautiful Mill Creek tidal estuary and salt marsh.  Although some of the trails are flat, many have a varied elevation through the forested areas abutting the salt marsh. No experience needed. 2-3 miles total distance. 

    As spring emerges, we will watch for Canada Mayflower, Arbutus, Lady Slipper, Clintonia and other wildflowers. In the spring, the warblers are often abundant. This property requires dogs to be on leash at all times due to restrictions by the Nature Conservancy.



    And looking ahead:

    May 10: Peaks Island ferry, walk (or we could consider renting bikes) & picnic!

    • April 23, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Portland Gear Hub, 155 Washington Ave., Portland
    • 8
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    Are you riding your bike around town without any idea of what to do if you get a flat tire or your chain falls off? 

    Join the Portland Gear Hub for an introduction to your bike, it's components, and easy how-to's of on-the-go repair. Great opportunity to ask questions and develop your bicycle knowledge. 

    Portland Gear Hub's mission is to offer affordable gear, teach new repair skills, and provide a safe community space to help the people of Maine get outside.



    No experience necessary for this adventure.

    • May 09, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Gillian's house
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    Join AMC & LAC guide Sarah Hunter for a lesson on how to prepare for a backpacking trip.

    Are you thinking of heading out on your first backpacking adventure this summer? Or your first one in many years? Maybe you’ve been on a few trips recently and you want some ideas for streamlining your gear.  Join us for an evening backpacking workshop! We'll discuss must-have items, gear options, how best to pack your pack, along with lots of helpful tips. Come get excited - and prepared! - for backpacking season.


    • May 10, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Peaks Island
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    We don't always have to travel far for an adventure, so I'm offering Friday half-days near Portland each month that will get us out and keep us connected the the natural spaces that are tucked in and around the city. 

    Peaks Island walk (or we can consider renting bikes) & picnic!

    A scenic 20-minute ferry ride to the island from Portland is half the fun. The perimeter road is paved and mostly flat, approximately half waterfront, half residential. Distance approximately 5 miles. Many benches along the waterfront offer scenic views of the Bay. We will find a nice spot for our BYO picnic, or pick up supplies at the island market.

    No experience necessary for this adventure. 

    10:15 ferry to Peaks, meet at the boarding ramp to the boat 

    2:45 Return ferry to Portland 


    I'd love to have members who are familiar with these trails serve as trail guides - please be in touch with Alicia to offer your knowledge. Thanks!

    • May 14, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Portland Gear Hub, 155 Washington Ave., Portland
    • 10
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    Join the Portland Gear Hub for a bike ride in order to develop your confidence and knowledge of biking around town. We will discuss practical know-how, and then debrief and talk about biking skills as we ride together as a group. 

    Portland Gear Hub's mission is to offer affordable gear, teach new repair skills, and provide a safe community space to help the people of Maine get outside.

    Some experience on a road bicycle in an urban setting is required for this adventure.

    • May 25, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Ten Apple Farm, 241 Yarmouth Road Gray, ME 04039
    • 4
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    The LAC is partnering with Ten Apple Farm for a goat hike! Yes, a goat hike. You’ll hike through the Ten Apple Farm woods with a herd of Alpine dairy goats. The hike consists of an approximately 1.5 mile loop through the woods on fairly well maintained trails. There is some steep terrain. Along the way we’ll hear about goats as pack animals and you’ll learn a thing or two about raising and caring for goats. After the hike, try your hand at goat milking, and enjoy some fresh goat milk and cookies. If you don't fill up on cookies, we can gather for lunch post goat hike at the New Gloucester Village Store, which is about a 10 minute drive from Ten Apple Farm.


    No prior goat-herding experience necessary for this adventure.