NetWalking is just what is sounds like, networking while walking outside. We will be facilitating conversations, walking through and along different trails and areas in Indianapolis. No use of technology, no distractions that occur in a usual networking setting in a bar or restaurant, but meeting and having conversations with people face to face in and surrounded by nature.
RSVP by visiting this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/netwalking-with-deseri-garcia-tickets-24964588757
DNK Presents organizes and leads empowering adventure experiences for individuals, groups, and businesses. They know that challenging outdoor experiences and reconnecting with nature have transformed them both, personally and professionally. And, they have made it their mission to facilitate the same for others. Danielle and Kate customize adventure packages according to their clients’ goals and expected outcomes. They particularly enjoy working with women’s groups in leadership development and empowerment activities. DNK Presents is a fully insured adventure business. Danielle and Kate are Wilderness First Aid and CPR certified, Leave No Trace trainers, have their Level I Mountain Bike Instructors certification, are in the American Mountain Guide Apprenticeship program for Single Pitch Instructors, and have their lead climbing certification.
Deseri gets to the heart of the matter. She’ll look you in the eye while listening to your words – and the spaces between your words. She’ll respond with a question that will help you achieve amazing clarity – or she’ll make a simple, decisively constructed suggestion that will lead you to a life-changing “aha moment.”
A passionate coach, facilitator and speaker with nearly 20 years in Corporate America, Deseri implements creative, experiential and personalized programs that challenge, motivate and transform clients. Her tireless pursuit of possibility gets results – tangible, solid, proof-of-purchase outcomes.
Whether it’s through a half-day workshop, one-on-one session, or an extended training designed to your business’ specific goals, Deseri will lead you and your team on an adventure of a lifetime. Uncovering individual potential – your truth – isn’t that what the journey is all about?
By: JACQUELINE CROMLEIGH, Communications & Community Relations Manager Indiana Humanities
Our Next Indiana Campfires program is connecting us to some fantastic Hoosiers, including Danielle and Kate Nolan of DNK Presents. Learn a little more about these passionate and inspiring ladies below.
Meet Danielle and Kate Nolan of DNK Presents!
You can join the duo on an overnight camping and hiking adventure through Morgan-Monroe State Forest on July 8-9. New to camping? No worries! They’ll be teaching you everything you need to know about outdoor adventures including what to pack, how to set up a campfire and more.
Tell us a little more about DNK Presents. How did it start?
Danielle & Kate: We started DNK Presents because of our love of the great outdoors and adventure. We truly live our lives adventurously, and found that others were noticing and wanted to join the fun. We wanted to bridge the gap for people to try something for the first time, disconnect from technology and reconnect with themselves through outdoor experiences. We also realized that we excelled in our professional and personal lives because of our connection with nature and the challenges we had overcome in the outdoors. Outdoor adventures improve quality of life, reduce stress, help build relationships, improve sleep patterns, reduce anxiety, and provide endless physical, mental and spiritual benefits. Our goal is to provide a well-cultured, active and adventurous community and lifestyle.
What sparked your love for the outdoors?
Danielle: Our love for the outdoors definitely started at a young age for both of us. It was not uncommon to have my mom flickering the lights to signal it was time to come inside and have dinner since it had turned dark.
What drew you to Next Indiana Campfires?
Danielle & Kate: Next Indiana Campfires is an awesome program to get people enjoying the great outdoors in Indiana. We have so much to offer here but sometimes you do have to seek it out. Next Indiana Campfires is making it easy to get outside, meet new people and learn about the history of our great state as well.
You’ve adventured to the Grand Canyon, “netwalked” along the Cultural Trail and even enjoy some rock climbing. Can you describe a few of your adventures? What makes our Next Indiana Campfires adventure special?
Danielle & Kate: With DNK Presents Adventures we focus on getting people to step outside their comfort zone and try something for the first time. We lead backpacking, hiking, mountain bike clinics, indoor to outdoor rock climbing programs and paddle trips, consisting of day, overnight and week long excursions. Our adventure with Next Indiana Campfires is so exciting because we get to partner with an awesome nonprofit like Indiana Humanities, we get to learn ourselves from the exciting scholar they have selected for our backpack adventure, and we get to do all this and expose people to one of Indiana’s best backcountry trails!
Where’s your favorite place to spend time outdoors in Indiana? Have you discovered a hidden gem that more Hoosiers should know about?
Danielle & Kate: There are SO many awesome places to go in Indiana but one of our favorite spots has to be camping on the Peninsula Trail in Deam Wilderness which is part of Hoosier National Forest. It is Indiana’s only accredited wilderness and is named after Indiana naturalist and scholar himself Charles C. Deam.
Is there a piece of environmental literature you think everyone should read?
Danielle & Kate: John Muir, Aldo Leopold, Charles C Deam and Ralph Waldo Emerson all have written so many beautiful books.
What’s on your Bicentennial bucket list?
Danielle: I think it would have to include the waterfall tour! We’ve been seeing these maps popping up in our newsfeed on Facebook, I’m not sure who started it but we would love to do a tour of the waterfalls in Indiana, how fun!
Kate: This year’s Hoosier Mountain Bike Association’s Brown County Epic Ride. We’ve been volunteering to build new trails at Crooked Creek in Yellowwood State Forest but haven’t had the opportunity to ride them. The trails will be part of this year’s Epic Ride. I’m very excited to cover 100 miles of Indiana single track!
Curious about DNK Presents adventures? Learn more here.
Next Indiana Campfires is a unique way to connect nature, literature and Indiana’s Bicentennial. The program is supported by the Efroymson Family Fund, the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust and Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires. Indiana Humanities is supported in part by Lilly Endowment Inc. and the National Endowment of the Humanities.
This post is part of the weekly blog series devoted to the initiative. Check back every Tuesday to learn more about Indiana’s great environmental literature, find out interesting facts about Hoosier stewardship, get all the latest program details and more
Click the link below to see our interview on Inside Indiana Business, hosted by Gerry Dick!
Sign up to NetWalk with us Wednesday May 18th!
• May 18th 11am meet at City Market at the restaurant Say Cheese inside
• NetWalk on the Cultural Trail and then have lunch together in City Market
• Cost includes lunch
• Sign up here!
Check out the photos below from our recent adventure trips!
• Indoor to Outdoor Rock Climbing trip to the Red River Gorge
• Adventure Hike in Holliday Park
• Women’s Adventure clothing fitting at Athleta with our contest winners
Are you ready to join the fun?!
Check out the links below and sign up for YOUR next adventure. Contact us for more information on custom adventures for your group, organization or business.
Sign up to adventure with us!
• May 12-15th Women’s Adventure Contest Weekend, Yellowwood State Forest
• May 18th 11-12:30pm NetWalking downtown at City Market
• June 10-12th Women’s Midwest Mountain Bike Clinic Coaching
• June 15th 5:30-7pm NetWalking with co-host Tim Shurr
• June 21st Monumental Yoga – we have a booth!
• June 24-26th Backpacking in Morgan-Monroe State Forest
• July 9-10th Indiana Campfires Backpacking Overnight Morgan-Monroe State Forest
Read co-founder, Danielle Wolter Nolan’s story, published in Driftless Magazine, of her first backpack trip in Hoosier National Forest.
Making Adventure a Priority
By: Indy Chamber
Charging up and down the hills on narrow single track on mountain bikes, encouraging one another through the last stretch of their trail run, dripping wet from the splashes during white water rafting, married duo Danielle and Kate Nolan are always looking for their next adventure. After sharing their experiences with family and friends, a spark of wanderlust grew among the group leading the two to form DNK Presents.
Rather than suggesting where to go and what to do, DNK Presents offers guided tours for people seeking an active lifestyle. Their mission is to provide opportunities for people to “re-charge” themselves in nature, getting away from their technology driven lives.
Both Kate and Danielle are inherently adventurous and regularly go backpacking, kayaking, or mountain biking, which inspired them to start DNK Presents. Outdoor adventures are physically, mentally, and spiritually healthy for you, and are very beneficial to job performance.
Studies have shown that when exposed to nature, people build stronger relationships, improve productivity, increase motivation, foster problem solving, encourage creativity, promote a healthy lifestyle, etc. Additionally, pushing your limits through an outdoor adventure builds confidence, specifically in women.
“We recently had a woman who was a life coach go with us on a caving adventure. She was claustrophobic and had to face her fears of one tight spot in the cave. She buckled down and had to practice what she preached to get through it. Afterwards, she was so pleased with herself for completing the adventure!” Kate recalled.
On an overnight backpacking trip composed of 17 women, Kate and Danielle simply asked, “What does adventure mean to you?” They compiled a video of the women’s answers, including a woman who just turned 50 and decided to do 50 new things.
“We want women to gain confidence. There needs to be more women leaders in executive positions in the workforce. Women should be empowered, step outside of their comfort zone, and take their confidence to the next level.” Kate says.
DNK Presents is holding a Women’s Adventure Contest giving people the opportunity to nominate a woman in their lives who needs adventure. The four women who win will spend four days exploring the backcountry, trails, and lakes in Indiana. “We want to give back to the community, and feel that this is the best way to do it,” Danielle says. To learn more about this opportunity, click here.
If you are longing for adventure close to Indy on your own, Danielle and Kate recommend Eagle Creek Park, Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park, and Brown County State Park.
“We love being in Indy. We love the opportunities to be adventurous, like the bike paths and multi-use cultural trail. It is an inclusive, diverse, and welcoming city that allows you to be yourself,” Kate says.
DNK Presents recently signed on as a supporter of Indiana Competes, a business coalition united in the belief that Indiana is and should remain a welcoming place for all. “Indiana Competes has recently made headlines sending an inspiring and encouraging message, and we love being a part of that momentum,” Danielle explains.
Kate and Danielle took a chance, starting a business doing something they love, and that risk has proven to be worth the reward. So what advice do they have for future entrepreneurs?
“Start now, there is no reason to wait.,” Danielle says, a member of NAWBO and the Start-Up Ladies out of Launch Fishers.
The duo has also benefitted from free business coaching through the Indy Chamber’s Entrepreneurial Services division.
“The Indy Chamber has so many resources that we have taken advantage of, like business coaching, networking, and their willingness to help. It’s a great forward-thinking group to be a part of. We tell all of our friends that are starting a business to join!” the couple agrees.
To learn more about DNK Presents, please visit dnkpresents.com.
See you next week, we’ll be rappelling down the side of the Westin Hotel in Indy!
Have you ever repelled?
Have you ever repelled off of a building? Specifically the Westin Hotel in downtown Indianapolis?
Now’s your chance! Next week we will be volunteering and participating in the Shatterproof Challenge. With Over the Edge and the charity, Shatterproof – a non-profit that is committed to ending the stigma and suffering of our loved ones and protecting our children from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.
Here’s the exciting part, you too can participate in this amazing event, sign up today and if you can’t make it be sure to see our video that day – we will be posting live from the event!
Sponsor a Young Adult in Recovery
“One voice is a mere whisper. A chorus of voices can change the world.” With each participant, our message is that much louder. Those who wish to sponsor someone in recovery can read about some of the young people participating in the Shatterproof Challenge and make a donation here or by contacting us atShatterproofChallenge@shatterproof.org.
Danielle & Kate #LiveAdventurously #ShatterproofChallenge
Recently we guided a backcountry adventure for Team Film in Charles C. Deam Wilderness – part of Hoosier National Forest. We led 17 amazing women, some of which had never backpacked, or slept on the ground, and most of which never had our s’moreos or rehydrated veggie tacos. It was an amazing experience to have spent the weekend sharing our backpacking skills and campfire stories with these ladies. We made 17 new friends and put together a short video that gives you a snippet of all of us “living our film” in the wild. Click below to view the video on You Tube.
Check out the blog post from Team Film to hear what the ladies had to say about their experience!
We were inspired to write a poem about our weekend with Team Film.
Writing a poem was quite an adventure for us!
“Smells Like High School”
19 women came near and far
Deep in the woods they raised the bar 😉
We hiked eight miles with no complaints
Everyone was smiling even with the dehydrated food we ate
We had Ironwomen, ultrarunners and marathoners in the group
We made up one badass troupe
Lake Monroe greeted us when we arrived
It wasn’t long before we all took a dive
Our neighbors turned out to be friendly in Deam
They even offered to share their bottle of Beam
We drank some beer and sang some songs
We may have stayed up a little too long
The next day came – sun shining bright
We sat by the lake and shared a bite
We packed up our tents and stuffed our packs
It was now time for us to head back
We left our mark that weekend in Deam
For the rest of our lives we’ll love the Team
Testimonials from the Adventure:
“I had no idea that I would meet SO many incredible women. I have 18 new friends — how fantastic is that?? Thank you so much for a great weekend.
The idea of micro adventures is a wonderful way to get introduced to something new. There isn’t a huge investment and you have an opportunity to try something new to see if it is enjoyable. When’s the next adventure?
I have already planned my next camping trip and found an easy backpacking trip to take my fam! If Team Film and DNK Presents didn’t offer this trip, I don’t know if I would have ever backpacked. Thanks Team Film!” — Karen Hale Yott
“What I learned in Deam Wilderness:
- When you spend a day with strangers on a trail carrying a pack, you learn the coolest things about their lives and personalities. It makes me want to pry open the story of more and more women.
- Jim Beam is no one’s friend.
- You should always travel with someone who knows about pressure points and therapeutic teas.
- Women share a bond that is innate and electric. Sometimes we need to get out in the woods to share it and feel it. That’s what happened in Deam.” — Casey Kenley