Gun safety, leadership skills taught at 2-day outdoor retreat for women

Gun safety, leadership skills taught at 2-day outdoor retreat for women

Jenni Laughlin Stevenson, who owns Hick’s Place in rural Cedar Falls with her husband, Troy, is offering a women’s survival retreat this weekend. CEDAR FALLS — Jenni Laughlin Stevenson teaches self-defense techniques, including firearms training. But it was something she couldn’t fight that nearly took her life in 2013. The Cedar Falls woman had heart surgery in April 2013, just a month before she and her fiance, Troy Stevenson, would get married and open up Hick’s Place in rural Cedar Falls. So perhaps it’s no coincidence that in Stevenson’s first, two-day outdoor “Women’s Adventure” retreat Saturday and Sunday, she’s teaching gun safety right alongside mindfulness techniques: Both are good ways for women to defend themselves. “When they say stress can kill you, it really can,” Stevenson said. The Women’s Adventure is $140 for the weekend or $40 per session. Sessions include how to safely keep guns in the home or conceal-carry with children, basic self-defense, making homemade bows and arrows, shooting basics, walking about with mindfulness and a talk about learning to unlock one’s potential. But it’s also buffered with unstructured time for participants to paddle around the lake, take a walk in the woods or share stories around a fire under the stars. “I really look at that time as bonding with each other,” Stevenson said. “Let’s quit thinking (bad) ways about yourself, and looking in the mirror and being your own worst enemy.” Hick’s Place , on several acres of land off of Pashby Road, has been […]

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