Women’s Paddlefest

Connect, paddle and build community May 31st - June 2, 2024 at the Nantahala Outdoor Center

Join Anna at the Nantahala Outdoor Center for a fun weekend of paddling trips, yoga, mental agility and connection.

Women’s Paddlefest is a community event that celebrates the legacy of Shannon Christy, a dear friend and paddler gone too soon.

We come together this weekend to empower each other and share in the joys of being part of the paddling community. Suitable for all skill levels.

Your registration includes:

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Shuttle and safety boaters for paddling trips on the Tuck Gorge, Nantahala, Ocoee or on Fontana Lake.

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Coffee talk with Anna - let’s talk courage and confidence over coffee!

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T-shirt.

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2 morning yoga classes.

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Dinner on Saturday night.

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Chance to win door prizes.

Proceeds from registration benefit the Shannon Christy Memorial Fund, that supports charities that empower women and girls.

Paddlefest Scholarship

NOC and Mind Body Paddle want to make a more equitable outdoors for all. We would like to offer scholarships for this event to support a more accessible outdoor community where all are welcome. Three BIPOC women will be chosen to receive the following scholarship:

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Admission to the weekend of events

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Event T-shirt

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Group lake paddle with all equipment provided (if applicable)

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Saturday Evening Dinner

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Friday and Saturday Lodging Accommodations in NOC’s Basecamp

Festival Schedule

Festival Schedule

Make A Tax Deductible Donation

The Shannon Christy Memorial Fund lives at the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. Donations are tax-deductible and support organizations and grants that empower women and girls.

Make your tax-deductible gift to the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. Checks can be sent to the following address:

CFWNC
4 Vanderbilt Park Drive, Suite 300
Asheville, NC 28803

Please include ‘Shannon Christy Memorial Fund’ in the memo.

The following non-profits are supported through the Shannon Christy Memorial Fund:

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Outdoor Afro

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Helpmate, domestic violence services

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Our Voice, rape crisis center

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American Whitewater

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Ascend (sponsored 2 young Afghan girls who resettled in Western North Carolina in 2021)

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The American Canoe Association Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program fund

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GALS NC

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French Broad River Academy Girls School

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Live Like Maria Fund

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Sarah Ruehlen Memorial Fund

Thank you to our generous sponsors!