A joy-filled week of nature-based service, exploration, adventure and relaxation in the beautiful Virgin Islands!
Our Women’s Impact Trip is an invitation to step into a week in paradise to focus on service to others, wellness, and quality time with other amazing women!
February 20-26, 2022
Friends of the Virgin Island National Park Campground at Cinnamon Bay, St. John US Virgin Islands
The US Virgin Islands National Park consists of breathtaking hills, valleys, beaches, turquoise water and sea life unlike anywhere else on the planet.
We will be staying at the Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park campground- located at Cinnamon Bay- in platform tents that are reserved for service groups. Platform tents will be shared with 2-3 women in each tent.
- Arrival on February 20th: Please arrange your travel to arrive to St. John during daylight hours on February 20th. Most common travel arrangements are to fly into St. Thomas and take the ferry to St. John. We can help you with more details if needed. We will transport you from Cruz Bay, where you get off the ferry, to the campground.
- February 21-25: Our service project will likely be trail work within the National Park trail system. Staff will transport us to our service site each day from approximately 8am-2pm. We will have one free day during the week (we will have an organized boat and snorkel excursion to that day!) Afternoons and evenings are available for us to explore the island and relax by the beautiful Caribbean waters!
- February 26th: Departure day- please arrange your travel to depart from St. Thomas airport in the afternoon, in order to account for ferry travel from St. John and shuttle time to the airport.
Cost per participant: $950**
- Accommodations at Cinnamon Bay Campground- shared platform tents
- Transportation- we will be renting a van for the week
- Breakfast lunch and snacks each day (pack-out lunches on service days); Dinners: 4 dinners will be cooked at the campground and are included in the fee. Other nights, we will organize group dinners out, or you can go out to dinner on your own.
- Yoga classes
- Boat and snorkel excursion on our service day off
**Price does not include airfare, ferry from St. Thomas, alcohol, additional excursions, and tipping.
What to bring
- Appropriate clothing and gear for performing field work. This includes sturdy shoes, long pants, lightweight long-sleeve shirts, and sun protection. Work gloves.
- Flashlight/Headlamp with extra batteries.
- Swimming stuff (suit, towel, goggles, and snorkel). Snorkel gear can also be rented locally.
- Toiletries (eco-friendly)
- Lightweight lounging clothes. Bring something that covers your skin a little more for the bugs at dusk.
- Phone and charger
- The Friends Camp provides cots, but no bedding. Pack a fitted sheet for the cot, sleeping bag or light blanket, and a sleeping pad (optional but comfortable). It stays quite warm at night, but it’s nice to have something to cover up with.
- Bug spray and reef-safe sunscreen
- Casual clothes for dinners at local restaurants
- Spending $
Feel free to reach out for more information.
Meet your Adventure Directors!
Lisa West spent her years after college leading canoe and backpack wilderness trips for YMCA Camp Widjiwagan and sailing trips for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). She has been practicing massage therapy and offering birth doula services for nearly 20 years. Recently, she has co-led several women’s retreats focused on wilderness immersion and the connection we share with this amazing planet. Lisa has traveled and sailed around the Virgin Islands her whole life. She is a 2020 Women’s Impact Trip alum, co-leader in 2021 and is thrilled to be heading back to St. John to share and help preserve the beauty of the island with groups of women.
Karen Vivian grew-up in the north woods of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where much of her days were spent in the wilderness exploring. Her adventure heart brought her to the island of St. John in 2005. From her first trip, she fell in love with the island and culture. Over the past 16 years, Karen has traveled back almost annually developing a stronger respect and desire to continue to help the island persevere and protect its unique natural landscape. She ventured to the island on both the 2020 and 2021 Women's Impact Trip and couldn't have been more impacted by working with women on this spectacular earth. On a daily basis, Karen is the Director of Marketing and Communication for her family-owned John Deere business. She is excited to be given the opportunity to co-lead the 2022 Women's Impact Trip.