Women’s Tree Climbing Workshop
Join the PNW-ISA for a tree climbing workshop for women, taught by women.
This will be our second women’s tree climbing workshop and it is designed for women who have never climbed trees before as well as those who have prior experience and want to improve their ability.
Come learn a new skill or improve your foundation in a safe and positive environment. This two and a half-day event was specifically created for women by women climbers, who have competed in tree climbing championships and are working in the tree care industry.
PNW-ISA has teamed up with the Women’s Tree Climbing Workshop to offer a fun, safe space to learn. No worries about looking silly or not being safe. This workshop is open to all women (18+), skills and ability levels. Bring your tree climbing equipment (if you have any) and we’ll help you determine what’s safe to use for tree climbing. Don’t have equipment? We’ve got you covered. Taught by International Tree Climbing Championship competitors Bear LeVangie and Melissa LeVangie, with over 40 years of collective climbing experience, you know you’re in good hands. In addition to the core teachers there will be a group of experienced champion women climbers on hand for mentoring and moral support.
You will learn about a multitude of styles in climbing equipment and techniques. Come network with women and female arborists from all over the Chapter! You will leave from this climbing experience with new skills, wonderful memories, new friends, and a sense of personal accomplishment. This workshop is limited to 30 participants. We will take a waitlist.
We have multiple options for registrants - a commuter rate for people that live locally and an overnight rate for those that would like to stay onsite overnight on June 7 and June 8. PNW-ISA member rates are reduced by 20% as a membership benefit.
Commuter Participant Rate Includes:
Member: $550 / Non-Member: $690
Instruction, meals (coffee breaks, two lunches, two dinners), yoga, networking, climber insurance, CEUs, event t-shirt, use of climbing equipment, amazing prizes, and a whole-lotta fun! The Commuter Participant rate does not include lodging. You will be expected to commute to and from the workshop each morning and evening.
Overnight Participant (Shared Room) Rate Includes:
Member: $790 / Non-Member: $930
Instruction, meals (two breakfasts, coffee breaks, two lunches, and two dinners), hotel type shared lodging (2 beds + private bathroom) on June 7 and June 8, yoga, networking, climber insurance, CEUs, event t-shirt, use of climbing equipment, amazing prizes and a whole-lotta fun! This price is for a double room shared with one other participant. Before the workshop, you will have the opportunity to request a specific roommate or indicate no preference. If you need overnight accommodations beyond June 7 and 8, please contact Talaris directly. They have additional guest rooms on a courtesy hold for a discounted group rate of $169 per night. These are available for attendees to book until Friday, March 30th, 2019.
Overnight Participant (Private Room) Rate Includes:
Member: $1,010 / Non-Member: $1,150
Instruction, meals (two breakfasts, coffee breaks, two lunches, and two dinners), hotel type lodging on June 7 and June 8, yoga, networking, climber insurance, CEUs, event t-shirt, use of climbing equipment, amazing prizes and a whole-lotta fun! This price is for a double room and will not be assigned a roommate. If you need overnight accommodations beyond June 7 and 8, please contact Talaris directly. They have additional guest rooms on a courtesy hold for a discounted group rate of $169 per night. These are available for attendees to book until Friday, March 30th, 2019.
- Clothing: Please wear long pants, over the ankle hiking boots and short or long sleeve shirts (no tank tops). Please dress and plan for weather - sunscreen, insect repellent and rain/warm gear. It might rain all weekend. Bring rain gear.
- What to bring: any climbing equipment you have, a yoga mat or towel for yoga (and one to share if you have the means), a fun attitude.
- Extras: Please bring a reusable water bottle and something to carry snacks out to the field; and up into the trees.
Bear LeVangie is an ISA Certified Arborist, CT licensed arborist and holds a TRAQ. She heads up the BioForest Northeast Office. Formerly she performed Asian Longhorned Beetle inspections for the USDA and DCR in Worcester, MA. Bear is an energetic and gifted coach who is a Past-President of the New England Chapter of ISA. Past NEC-ISA, CT, NY, ME and NH Tree Climbing Champions/Past ITCC Competitors.
Melissa LeVangie is a Certified Arborist, an ISA Tree Climbing Specialist and holds a TRAQ. She is the Director of Marketing and Sales for Shelter Tree, an arborist equipment supplier. Formerly she performed Asian Longhorned Beetle inspections for the USDA and DCR in Worcester, MA. Melissa is a passionate instructor and coach who loves to teach. She is the Past-President of MA Tree Wardens and Foresters Association and of the New England Chapter of ISA. Past NEC-ISA, CT, NY, ME and NH Tree Climbing Champions/Past ITCC Competitors.
Rebecca Seibel-Hunt is a Board Certified Master Arborist, TRAQ holder, CTSP, past MN Tree Climbing Champion, and past ITCC Competitor. Rebecca is a climbing arborist with over 20 years of experience. As a former Local Officer Safety Coordinator for Bartlett Tree Experts and former business owner, she brings a wealth of knowledge to the team with managerial and organizational skills. Rebecca is a natural teaching and easy to approach personality make her an effective and strong leader. In her spare time she loves to make arboriculture related videos.
In addition to the core teachers there will be a group of experienced PNW-ISA champion women climbers on hand for mentoring and moral support.
Interested in sponsoring this year's PNW-ISA Women’s Tree Climbing Workshop? Your sponsorship will keep workshop registration fees affordable by helping to cover instructor travel costs, lodgings, food, and climbing gear. Sponsorship will also provide us the opportunity to offer scholarships to participants in need. Please contact email@example.com if you would like to sponsor this event. Thank you to John Zehren and Renaissance Tree Care for kicking off our sponsorship effort, for a second year in a row, by donating $700 to the Women’s Tree Climbing Workshop.
The PNW-ISA recognizes that money can be a limitation to education. We prefer not to limit anyone from this life changing experience. Due to the success of our fundraising efforts, PNW-ISA will offer a few scholarships to women in the field.
The partial scholarships are $250 off the cost of your ticket. You can apply the scholarship to commuter and lodging registration fees. These scholarships are sponsored by industry professionals, past participants, and supporters of the vision of the Women's Tree Climbing Workshop. Often the supporters are past scholarship recipients paying it forward!
This scholarship application is for the Seattle workshop on June 7-9. To apply, fill out the Application Form. Scholarship requests are due no later than February 4, 2019 at noon. If you have questions or are unable to access the application form, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are applying for the scholarship, please REGISTER as soon as it opens on February 4 and select "Pay by Invoice". If you are awarded the scholarship, we will deduct the scholarship amount from your invoice and send you the final bill to pay.
Refund and Cancellation/Rescheduling Policy:
Registration is limited to 30 people. Cancellations will be assessed a 10% processing fee.
A full refund (100%) will be given for cancellation requests made up to midnight on the course registration deadline of March 15, 2019. No refunds will be given for cancellations or rescheduling after midnight of the course registration deadline unless we are able to register another person in your spot. Last minute cancellations prevent others on the waitlist from being notified of an opening in a timely manner. If you cannot attend a class for which you are registered, please contact the PNW-ISA office as soon as possible.
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