After more than a year of Covid protocols, it is not surprising to see that State and National Parks are overwhelmed with people who want to get outside. We are not sedentary creatures. The human body is designed to take in and explore nature for our safety and wellbeing. Centuries of civilizations have spent time and resources ensuring that their celebrations and festivals about and for nature have been saved in history. We did not put all that effort into being outside for nothing. We need nature.
Research has shown that being outside can decrease stress, anxiety and depression.
It can increase the ability to focus and retain information.
It can reverse elevated heart rate, blood pressure and muscle tension.
Being outdoors also increases your absorption of vitamin D- an essential vitamin.
There are so many great reasons to be outdoors.
What are some great activities to get you outside? Walk with your children or pets around your neighborhood, take a bike ride, plant flowers or a garden, go for a hike, try doing yoga outside, or do some nature watching. Maybe have a picnic! From there, the options are endless. The most important tools you need to get started are you, water, and sunscreen. Maybe even bug spray…
So what does being in nature do for you? It allows you to connect with nature- to see, hear and feel nature. Being in nature allows you to settle the mind and focus on you and where you are in that moment. It allows you to settle the noises that clog your ears and hear birds and the breeze. By being in nature, you can better see how connected we all are and how much we affect everything in life. Once you feel that rush of energy, you will be hooked. And that is great! Find your passion in nature and make sure that it is there for future generations.
Tell us how nature or the outdoors has impacted your life and how do you plan to share your experience with the next generation? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Visit our events page to learn about all our adventures coming up. Contact us if you’re interested in a private custom adventure. Visit the CDC website to learn more about how to stay safe and healthy during indoor and outdoor activities.
Wellness in the Woods – Building Confidence on Your Next Adventure
Join Danielle Wolter Nolan for a guided outdoor day retreat, Wellness in the Woods, in beautiful secluded Story, IN in Brown County Indiana. We will begin the day with a hike in the southern part of Brown County in Story, IN. The hike has beautiful rock formations at the top, which is where we will do a short guided meditation and earthing session. After the guided meditation and breathing exercise we will practice what we learned in the Virtual Self Defense Training and discuss how to be more confident and empowered on your next hike or adventure. Then we will begin our decent and travel back to the Story Inn. From there we will have lunch together on the patio at the restaurant at the Story Inn – Wine Series at The Barn at Story is from 1-5pm (tickets sold separately).
When: Saturday Aug. 21st
Location: Story, IN
Cost: Early Bird $75.00
*Save $10 when you sign up for Virtual Self Defense Training using code Defense10
9am Meet at Story Inn, travel to trailhead
9:30am Begin hike
10:15am Guided meditation, breathing exercises, earthing, discuss and practice outdoor self defense techniques
12pm Arrive back at Story Inn for lunch at The Grill
Included in Cost:
- Guided hike, Earthing, Forest Bathing experience
- Self Defense in the outdoors practice and discussion on how to be more confident on your next adventure
- Catered lunch and non-alcoholic drink at The Story Inn Bed and Breakfast
- Secluded beautiful safe space experience to explore with Danielle at the Story Inn and in the wilderness of Brown County Indiana
-Transportation to and from The Story Inn, there is a short drive to the hike location as well but we will be able to car pool
-Travel insurance or fees incurred related to preparing for the event
*We have extra yoga mats if you need to borrow one
Make sure to wear comfortable clothes, and shoes. The hike is not very long but very steep so you will need a sturdy trail shoe or hiking boot. You may want to bring something to sit on for the meditation. Bring a small backpack to carry your water, electrolytes, snacks for the day, sunscreen, bug spray and anything else you might need to carry with you.
Danielle is a certified Yoga instructor, Thai masseuse, Reiki Master and Outdoor Wellness course creator and Wilderness guide. She is the co-founder of DNK Presents, non-profit women’s empowerment organization, Live Adventurously and nature healing business, Soulful Trail. She loves to reconnect people with nature to increase mental, physical and emotional health and wellness.
Participants are not required to wear masks during the retreat because we will be outdoors but please bring a mask with you in case we would need to be closer than 6 feet for some reason.
Do not come to the event if you have experienced symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the 14 days leading up to the event. Your guidess, Danielle is fully vaccinated.
If you have any questions please reach out!
Hopefully you are all getting your hiking shoes broken in and muddied up so far this year! Join us for a fun hike in the beautiful Ft. Benjamin Harrison State Park on the east side of Indianapolis. We will hike and explore the awesome trails in the park, give you more information about hiking, camping, and backpacking while getting to know other outdoorsy women in our community. If you are signed up for one of our adventures this year this is a great way to get ready for your trip or learn more about what adventure experiences DNK Presents’ offers. We hope you can join us this April!
9am Meet inside Ft. Ben State Park (exact location given closer to event)
9:15am Hike begins
~11am-ish Hike ends at your vehicle
*There is an entrance fee to get into Ft. Ben State Park $5 for in state residents and $6 for out of state.
Hello adventure seekers! Come out to the Speak Easy in Broad Ripple for a casual evening to meet the amazing DNK Presents Guide Team! We will talk to you about some of our upcoming trips, give you a chance to personally meet your guides, and we will share some outdoor adventure secrets with you. Some former adventures will also come to share their experience on a DNK Presents trip. Come for a fun meet and greet night and leave feeling inspired to take on your next big adventure!
We have 4 main focuses of our adventures and they are listed below. We are working on incorporating more water activities on our adventures like canoeing, kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding. We are also in our third year of the Women’s Adventure Contest which is a long weekend filled with multiple activities like backpacking, mountain biking, yoga, and other surprises. We will probably be offering another long weekend that is open to the public for people to sign up for called the Live Adventurously weekend. We hope to see you Thursday Feb. 8th and on an adventure this year!
Do your fears overcome you, or do you overcome your fears?
One of the reasons Kate and I started DNK Presents was because of our love of adventure, and we know there is a direct correlation with the challenges we have faced in the in outdoors and the success we have had in our professional careers.
Fear is the unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, or may cause pain to us. As humans we fear a lot of things in our lives, objects like spiders, snakes, heights, and non-object things such as, asking for a raise, public speaking, and failure. Some people may never overcome their fears, but many times in order to move forward with our life we MUST overcome these fears to be successful and reach our goals.
Signing up for your next adventure is one of the ways you can overcome your biggest fear, and transmit that into your personal and professional life. Check out the list we put together below and start living your next adventure!
Adventure is FUN!
While you’re busy worrying about your biggest fear at home or the office you could be out living your next adventure, whether that’s taking a hike in your favorite park or white water rafting the Pacuare River in Costa Rica. Sometimes you need to step away from what is haunting you in order to see it from a different perspective.
Reconnect with NATURE
According to Everyday Health, (http://www.everydayhealth.com/hs/major-depression-resource-center/how-nature-helps-depression/) spending time outdoors is a key component in the evidence based treatment called, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which encourages the human body to accept things in life that make people fearful or uncomfortable. Being in nature instills more mindfulness, and makes you more at ease with your worries and fears. So get outside, take some deep breaths, and THEN think about a new career, and take a walk on the wild side.
Not relying on TECHNOLOGY
A recent study done by Kleiner Perkins Caufield, says the average phone user checks their device every 6 minutes or around 150 times a day. Image NOT checking your phone for a day, but rather using your well powered brain to figure out your next move by following trail blazes and reading maps. Psychologists from the University of Utah and the University of Kansas conducted a study and that showed individuals scored 50% better on a creative test after spending four days in nature. http://www.zmescience.com/other/outdoor-activity-problem-solving-14122012/
This proves that those who spend time in nature are better problem solvers because of the ability they have to make conscience decisions without relying on technology.
According to the Forbes article, “Take a Risk: The Odds are Better Than you Think” by Margie Warrell, expert motivational speaker and best selling author, we as humans are innately risk adverse, it’s much easier for us to stay in our comfort zones, not speak up, or going along with change.
But if no one took risks we wouldn’t have most things that have been vital to the advancement of our economy and human race. I’m not suggesting jumping off bridges or diving into something without weighing your options. You should definitely do your research before partaking in an offer or decision that is presented to you, but remember there is sometimes a greater risk in not taking one at all.
Fear what FEAR?
Taking on an outdoor adventure for at least 48 hours will make you realize your biggest fear isn’t so big after all. Overcoming challenges in the outdoors will prepare you to take on just about anything that comes your way. For example, taking a wrong turn on your mountain bike, leading you to the black diamond portion of the trail, it was scary and you may have felt worried and fearful at times, but guaranteed you’ll never forget the experience. These experiences change the way we approach situations that occur in our daily life.
Now, you have 5 reasons to take an adventure to overcome your fears! Hopefully it will let you see your fear with a new perspective, advise you to weigh the positive and negative risks, reconnect with yourself through nature, and most importantly have fun by living life adventurously!
How have your overcome a fear in the past? We’d love to know! Let us know in the comments below or drop us an email at email@example.com.
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?
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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Danielle Wolter Nolan
DNK Presents Women’s Adventure Contest and Documentary
“Indiana-based” outdoor adventure company DNK Presents is offering an unprecedented program, a Women’s Adventure Contest and Documentary to take place in Indiana. The Indianapolis based outdoor adventure company will select four Indiana women to win a free adventure. DNK Presents owners Danielle and Kate Nolan will lead the adventure, which will take place the weekend of May 12-15, 2016. The four contest winners will disconnect from technology, experience the outdoors, and challenge themselves with new activities. In addition, a select team of inspiring, leading local women will join the adventure trip as activity facilitators.
The contest weekend will also form the basis of a DNK Presents documentary about the significance of women experiencing adventure. “We feel women’s outdoor adventure films, and first-person documentaries are few and far between,” said Danielle Wolter Nolan. “Our film will showcase ordinary women empowering themselves through a variety of activities.”
DNK Presents is actively seeking nominations for this unique experience through February 26, 2016. Nomination submission details and highlights of the women’s adventure weekend activities are available on the DNK Presents website, www.dnkpresents.com.
Danielle and Kate Nolan founded DNK Presents in June 2014, and began offering open sign-up adventures in April 2015. They know that challenging oudoor 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 and have their lead climbing certification.