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PAWMA Camp 2017: The World is Our Dojo

Camp Sealth –Vashon Island, WA
September 15-18, 2017

Register for PAWMA Camp 2017

Instructors: Apply to teach at PAWMA Camp 2017 

Scholarships to attend camp are available for
qualified PAWMA members. Apply by July 15.
Information and application instructions.

Camp Sealth is a Campfire Girls site that is used as a summer camp and for retreats during the school year. The setting is lovely, but rustic. There are trails, rather than paved roads, between some of the buildings, so please be prepared to walk. The Pacific Northwest can be quite chilly along the water, and some of the waterfront housing may be colder at night, so be sure to plan to dress in layers.

There are also accommodations available in town and throughout Vashon Island, for those of you who prefer to commute to classes. Please check Airbnb, and VRBO, or Google “places to stay on Vashon Island” if you prefer to commute to camp, rather than stay in the cabins. Because the camp is on an island served by a ferry only, we recommend you start your commuter search with Vashon Island itself.

Visit Camp Sealth's accommodations page to see where you might be most comfortable.

Please note that the “upgraded” cabins are the Wrangler Retreat Center cabins. These are a 10-minute walk from the main camp and dining hall. We will have *some* transportation available, but cannot guarantee a ride for every occasion, or at specific times.

Questions? Email us at camp@pawma.org

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The World is Our Dojo

Lynn Keslar, 2017 Board President

Sifu Lynn Keslar
Photo courtesy of Lynn Keslar.

Dear members of the Pacific Association of Women Martial Artists:

The 2017-2018 PAWMA board was convened at the end of last year, after a generously managed transition from the prior board, led by President Sonya Richardson (Sigung) and Vice President Nikki Smith (Sensei). They have remained available to us since then to answer any question and run down any detail. I know that they are committed to our success and the ongoing success of our organization. The long hand-off, the generosity of the prior board, their deep knowledge and love of their arts and fellow practitioners, reminds us that as women we bring connection to the table. We are at our best when we are holding each other up, and out, so that our gifts can deepen and be shared and our desires for the world and ourselves in the world can be realized.

The new board has been fully engaged in bringing to life the many pieces of training camp, from the location and logo, to insurance and the schedule. So far, decisions have been met with inspiration. We are happy to be together and working on behalf of our sister warriors, women of all ages, races, genders, sexualities, abilities, religious beliefs, genetic sequences, and favorite movie references. We are bonded by the firm commitment to, above all, an organization devoted to the dignity and equality of everyone, all enjoying the thrill of a rigorous practice.

The new board is: Lynn Keslar as president, Aminta Steinbach as vice president, Leslie Lippard as treasurer, Restita de Jesus as secretary (continuing from the prior board), Ellen Morrison, Tyler LePard, Gin Yang, and Mary Lynn Morales as fearless, brilliant colleagues. We want our work together to offer opportunities for everyone to develop in leadership, so as much as possible we are sharing responsibilities and sharing knowledge. Our hope is that in the important ways we will speak with a single voice as a Board.

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15 Sep 2017 • Camp Sealth, Vashon Island WA

Help a woman or girl come to camp

A special appeal from
2012 Martial Artist of the Year, Sensei Leslie Lippard

This year, the PAWMA Board has a bold goal. We have always funded a small number of scholarships for people who aren’t able to afford camp. In order to address this need, the board would like to significantly increase the amount of scholarship funding that’s available from $1000 to $6000 (or more).

Join Sensei Leslie by donating to PAWMA's scholarship fund when you register for camp.

Read Sensei Leslie's full appeal here.

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PAWMA gift certificates can be used for camp or applied to new or renewing memberships.
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