What is available to help us handle the summer heat?
Shakti Valley is, on average, 5 – 10 degrees cooler than the main Solstice site of Guru Ram Das Puri. It is also typical for the local rainy season to begin during International Women’s Camp (IWC), giving us cooling clouds, wind, and thunder showers in the afternoon.
There are electrical fans in our main teaching tents, and there will be a time each day when you can use the pool. We will have electrolytes and drinking water from our deep well available throughout the day, as well as cool showers (note: no hot water is available for bathing).
Where is the drinking water located?
The showers and water faucets are located close to the teaching tents. The water well is more than 150 feet deep.
What toilets are available?
We will have portable toilets in Shakti Valley. Flush toilets are a 5 minute walk.
Is electricity available?
The two main teaching tents in Shakti Valley have electricity for the purpose of teaching (microphones, music, etc.). However, the camping areas do NOT have electricity so bring your battery or solar flashlights and lanterns. Due to extreme fire danger, candles are NOT allowed.
What about the food preparation and service?
We use the large Solstice kitchen on the main site. The meals are transported down to Shakti Valley where we eat at picnic tables.
How many women attend this event?
Each year is different; we usually have in the range of 90-125 women.
Would this be a good experience for my teen daughter?
Yes! IWC offers an incredibly unique opportunity for mothers and daughters to co-create and explore the divine feminine together.
What are the options for children at IWC?
Boys and girls ages of 5 to 12 must be enrolled in the Khalsa Youth Camp, which is located 5 minutes away on the grounds of Guru Ram Das Puri. There is Youth housing for Khalsa Youth Camp, but they may camp at night with their mothers, if desired. Children over 12 years old may apply to Khalsa Youth Camp to be teen guides.
The environment of Ram Das Puri can be very challenging for small children and their mothers. We've seen the number of women bringing small children decrease, and as a result we don't offer any type of childcare or co-op program for small children.