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  • Writer's pictureHeather Pirie

Walk With Me

Walk with me! This special one day walking retreat at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center in Buford, GA (~35 miles northeast of Atlanta) is a beautiful way to get in touch with your inner leader. Through a series of walks and workshops, you will feel restored and open to new possibilities in your life and career.

Jennifer and Heather bring their holistic coaching approach and heart-centric experience to guide you through forest trail walks, experiential exercises and mindfulness opportunities, all of which are thoughtfully designed to bring you closer to your inner leader and grow your relationship with a community of other amazing women.

You will be nourished throughout the day with local organic food and be energized by the natural beauty of this environmental sanctuary. Rain or shine we look forward to having you join us for an enriching day of fun and inspiration!


Who is the target audience for the walking retreat?

Curious and fun women ages 21 - 101 :)

Do I need to train for this walking retreat?

No, you should not need to train for this event. However, it is expected that you are able to walk unassisted for 4-5 miles (~10,000 steps) over the course of 6 hours. There will be several stopping points throughout the day so it will not feel like one continuous hike. The trails range from flat paved or gravel surfaces to slightly rugged (but well traveled) forest paths with moderate inclines with a few tree roots and/or branches to cross.

Where and when will we meet up to start the day?

Please arrive at 10:00am. We'll meet just outside the main doors of the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center building.

What should I bring?

The average temperature in Buford in late September is in the mid-70's, but you'll want to check the local weather to ensure that you will be comfortable for the entire day. Please wear trail walking shoes and bring a refillable water bottle, small backpack or fanny pack with bottle holder, a small journal or notepad, and a pencil or pen. Pop up afternoon showers may occur in GA this time of year, so consider packing a travel rain poncho. You may also want to bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.

What about food and refreshments?

We'll be serving lunch around 1pm and we'll provide healthy snacks in the morning and mid-afternoon. We'll also have plenty of water on hand to refill water bottles. We are very excited about our caterer, Chef Ned with J&J Culinary Sensations, which is the only 100% green catering company in Gwinnett County. Chef Ned prepares, cooks and serves everything fresh to order with locally sourced, high quality organic ingredients. He has a core philosophy of buying from and supporting local, organic farmers reinforcing his commitment to giving back to the community. There's no doubt you will be well nourished and refreshed for this day journey!

Are there bathrooms?

Yes, the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center building is centrally located among all the trails and has a large, air-conditioned indoor restroom. In addition, there is an indoor restroom towards the south end of the trails we'll be walking, plus there are portable toilets on the northern trails.

What if it rains?

We will hold the retreat rain or shine! The good news is that there are several covered pavilions throughout the walking trails on the campus, so we can take cover if needed to wait out any heavy rain showers. Plus we can take shelter in the main indoor facility at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center if there's any severe thunderstorm activity.

What are my transportation / parking options

There is plenty of parking at the facility, but we encourage you to carpool to the event if you can!


Sat, September 22, 2018

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT


Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center

2020 Clean Water Drive

Buford, GA 30519

United States


Refunds up to 7 days before event

Organizer of Walk With Me - Leadership Walking Retreat for Women

Jennifer Daniels and Heather Pirie are certified professional coaches who have had extensive careers as marketing and strategy executives in their respective fields. They now own their own companies where they advise, coach and consult with business leaders and entrepreneurs. Jennifer serves as Managing Principal with Flying Laboratories, a strategic advisory and leadership coaching practice based in Marietta, GA. She is also an adjunct professor teaching entrepreneurship at Georgia State University. Heather runs her leadership coaching practice, Heather Pirie Coaching, based in Toronto, Canada. She's also a published independent artist and a healer.

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