In August I shared news about my strategic partnerships to support the Small Change initiative—and now I have an exciting update to share.
My partnership with Molte Wellness & Adventure has moved forward and founder, Turi Hetherington and I created a plan for giving back through her retreats. Molte is the Norwegian word for cloudberry – a delicate and hardy berry growing in the highland mountains of Norway, symbolizing the abundance, beauty, and grace of nature.
I founded Small Change in 2014 on the premise our travels not only leave an impact on the communities we visit for races and adventures, but these communities annually open their trails and wildplaces to us—Small Change is a way to say “thank you” by donating to nonprofit organizations in our destination cities.
Molte Wellness & Adventure offers trail running, hiking, yoga, and meditation retreats in the beautiful mountains of Montana. The retreats are a perfect blend of endurance, outdoor bliss, and mindfulness. The trail running workshops are led by ultrarunner, Nikki Kimball.
Turi knew she wanted to give retreat participants an option to easily donate to local nonprofits as part of the registration process—and that’s just what she’s doing! Her 2016 Retreat Beneficiaries serve the communities throughout Big Sky Montana.
- Montana Wilderness Association
For more than 50 years, Montana Wilderness Association has been working with communities across the state to protect Montana’s wilderness heritage, quiet beauty, and outdoor traditions.
- Girls on the Run (Montana Chapter)
Girls on the Run is a national organization inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running.
- Bozeman Help Center
The Bozeman Help Center strives to assist all those who are in need, in crisis, mentally ill, or elderly or vulnerable. They offer free, confidential and non-judgmental 24/7 crisis or suicide counseling and comprehensive information and referral. Montana has one of the highest suicide rates in the country.
Turi uses a wonderful analogy of how tossing a pebble into a pond creates ripples to demonstrate even just a few dollars donated to an organization can have meaningful impact.
I’m incredibly honored my initiative—a little idea I had over a year ago—is resulting in nonprofits receiving donations and awareness for the important work they do. While Turi certainly could have forged ahead without me to establish a beneficiary program, I’d like to think Small Change was the little pebble that created the ripple for our partnership.
Registration is now open for Molte’s 2016 trail running and yoga retreats. I encourage you to take a few minutes to read through the itinerary and see for yourself how the retreats offer the perfect remedy for leaving behind busy schedules and deadlines in exchange for several days of mountain bliss.
If you’re a race director or an adventure outfitter and want to partner, let’s talk! We can work together to create a customized plan. Together, our Small Change can add up to something good for communities.