We Did it! Camp is Sold Out.
When you are lit up by life, connected to women who love your hot mess and your big ambition, and inspired to bring joy, laughter and meaning to your everyday —
You Are Truly Alive
Let’s practice, shall we?
Set aside your reality for four nights and dive into the outdoors, bouts of belly laughing, protected solitude, rediscovering your ability to play, magical rituals, connection to the earth, and deep conversation about your life without pretense or judgement.
You’ll leave camp reminded of the simple pleasures in life and reconnected to your heart. You’ll leave camp with soul sisters and stories you’ll be telling for a lifetime. You’ll leave camp with newfound confidence to take risks, new bonfire songs to sing at the top of your lungs, and a few new bug bites.
We've got the Campers!
We've got the Camp! We've got the Staff! We've got the Dates!
Camp is ON. You Saved Summer Camp!
Hey! I’m Molly and hosting this Summer Camp is one of my lifelong dreams.
Summer Camp is my chance to dig in deep with 80 of you IRL, while sharing my love of the great outdoors, laughing uncontrollably, and taking our dreams seriously but not taking ourselves seriously. I cannot wait to drag our mattresses outside to sleep under the stars, to talk about dreams/fears/ambition/ease, to dance our booties off, to push our comfort zones on the ropes course, and to practice being silent, whole, cherished and present.
Sound amazing? Grab a ticket and I’ll see you in August!
Stratejoy Summer Camp
Wednesday August 21 - Sunday August 25, 2019
Decatur, Michigan at Camp Lake in the Woods
· 4 days + 4 nights of playful + honest sisterhood set on a lakefront in Michigan.
· 80 campers +20 staffers + Molly = Awesome.
· This isn’t a conference in the woods. It’s an interactive playground. Camp is for YOU, about YOU, and co-created by YOU.
· Check in between 2 pm and 4 pm on Wednesday + check out at 11 am on Sunday.
Camp is equal parts rejuvenating personal retreat + summer camp for adults + intimate gathering of the Stratejoy Sisterhood
It all adds up to 4 nights of magic!
Need to recharge from the daily grind and the stress of living in the real world?
Immerse yourself in nature, yoga, meditation, Stratejoy sessions with Molly, afternoon naps in the sunshine, special woo-woo rituals and silent journaling time. You’ll be un-plugged and chore-free.
Need to remind yourself that life can be joyful, playful and fun? And not so damn hard?
Get ready for lake time, a high ropes course, bonfire sing-a-longs, camp names, dance parties, arts and crafts, daily cocktail hour and all camp games.
Need to reconnect to yourself and to other positive women?
There will be honest conversations about everything under the sun, bunk camaraderie, and new friendships born from this shared experience. And of course there will be plenty of opportunity to commune with your own sweet self.
do you belong at Camp?
You know that look of pure joy on a kid’s face when they jump in a mud puddle? Or the expression of delight when they eat an ice cream cone covered in sprinkles on a hot summer day? Or the intense curiosity reflected in their eyes when they study a spider web covered in dew? Or the way their chest puffs up with pride when they hit a softball off a tee for the first time?
Of course you do.
It’s a magical combination of being completely enamored with the world they occupy, pure presence in the moment, and an unselfconsciousness to enjoy it all.
I want more of that joy for you. More of that delight. More of that curiosity. More of that pride.
And I’m going to do my best to give you those gifts at camp.
Taking risks — in the face of uncertainty, doubt and conflicting external expectations — is something you get comfortable with by doing it.
So what about you?
It’s hard to practice being present to the small details and tiny joys of life when you are entrenched in your packed schedule, stressed out by your work, or simply overwhelmed by the demand of your identity as daughter, partner, mama, friend. Joy takes a backseat.
When your “to do list” is a mile long it’s tough to take the time to watch the sunset, learn a line dance, twirl sparklers, tell stories about the constellations, or sit in silence as the sun warms your face. Delight takes a backseat.
When you are constantly trying to live up to expectations, make it happen, or push harder, it’s difficult to distinguish your true desires for your life. When you are rushing through your day, it’s hard to remember what truly makes you happy moment-to-moment. Curiosity takes a backseat.
When your life no longer feels like yours, it’s tough to make time to figure out how you can move forward deliberately, on your own terms, with loving intention and delicious self-care. Pride takes a backseat.
Time to get in the driver’s seat! Camp is a gift of joy, delight, curiosity, and pride in an adult life that can be full of the opposite.
Camp was the perfect mix of adventure and rejuvenation this summer! Instead of checking my phone the moment my alarm went off, I opened my eyes to graffitied bunks and heard cicadas and rain on the tin roof cabins.
I took a huge leap of faith and went alone, but I left with a community of incredible and beautiful soul sisters!
Last summer included all of the goodness from summer camp as a child but also…
Champagne and wine, adult conversations that inspire, quiet time you actually savor (now that you’re an adult), camp songs that include your favorite jam and surprisingly good food!
From staring at the sky and seeing the Milky Way for the first time, to being overwhelmed with love while listening to the beautiful singing voices of my sisters – camp contained more moments of magic than I can count.
The combination of sisterhood, nature, authenticity and fun creates a space for deep connection with other women and yourself.
so honey – is Camp for you?
Well, if you’re brave enough to pause your “real life” for 4 nights while you remind yourself who you are at your core —
Camp is for you.
If you’re optimistic enough to throw yourself into new adventures with a grin on your face —
Camp is for you.
If you’re soulful enough to realize that productivity isn’t the only measure of a well-lived life —
Camp is for you.
If you’re wild enough to think meeting dozens of other incredible women while canoeing, or toasting s’mores, or doing yoga on a lawn, or sharing honest stories of love/money/sex/business/parenting, or playing trampoline volleyball, or meditating on a dock, or taking one for your team in the egg smash, or drinking bubbly while wearing tank tops, friendship bracelets and sneakers actually sounds fun —
Camp is for you.
And if that list scares the hell out of you,
but you’ve got a nagging feeling that you kinda sorta might possibly have that gutsy, optimistic, soulful, wild woman hiding deep down inside of you —
Camp is the perfect chance to discover her.
To discover you.
The most powerful moment for me at camp was realizing that this is a safe space for me to be myself in whatever form that takes on any given day.
From Molly to the counselors to the other campers, this is a group of people who are committed to witnessing and encouraging each other through fun and challenging times.
And I’ll definitely be back.
Stratejoy Summer Camp was the perfect escape! I loved summer camp as a kid, and this took me straight back to those sleep-away camp days – but with Happy Hour!
I found equal parts community and solitude. There are so many words that come to mind when I think of camp: safe place, community, peace, laughter, fun, magic, cleansing, soul work, freedom… I can’t wait for the next one.
Summer camp was everything I thought it would be, and more.
Amazingly delicious food, crappy coffee, comforting cabinmates, uncomfortable beds. Early morning yoga, late nights, too much wine and not enough time. It was all painfully beautiful, exciting, and life-changing.
I don’t regret a penny of it. If you want to go, go! It doesn’t matter if no one else understands. We do.
Summer Camp FAQ
Read on for my very detailed, slightly humorous, and totally honest best attempt to answer every single question you may have about Camp. I’m leaving no stone unturned…
Ready, Set, Go!
And here are photos from our Michigan Location:
you can call me Sunshine
I’m an Entrepreneur, Mama, Teacher and Adventurer. Stratejoy is my home, my love, my community, my contribution. Others may know me as Molly Mahar, but at Camp — it’s Sunshine all the way.
Camp is my happy place. And I'm alllll about Camp "fashion."
I’m obsessed with real talk about taboo topics (sex? money? power? bring it on!) and designing personal experiments. Currently, I’m hooked on finding the perfect Westfalia camper van for my family and the On Being podcast. I believe in going big, that honesty is the best policy, and in the undeniable fact that we are all deserving of fulfilling right-fit lives.
Most of all, I believe in YOU.
Creating a Summer Camp has been on my dream list for years. I loved camp as a kid and have been deeply craving a week off of adulting so I can return to my joyful, enthusiastic, adventurous kid self. I want to get launched off the blob in the lake, make new friends, eat s’mores, chill the f out, wake up to the smell of grass + dirt, and play like it’s my job.
At Camp, we get to do it all.
With the added bonus of cocktail hour and yoga. Woo woo magic and journaling time. Deep conversation and likeminded women.
Sound like something you’re craving too? Then I’ll meet you in Michigan! This is my fourth year hosting Stratejoy Summer Camp and I couldn’t be more excited to be back at it. Fingers crossed we pull this off!
Summer Camp was everything I was wanted and more. It was five days of running around in the woods, laughing, playing, swimming, sharing, and connecting with dozens of new sisters.
I’ve never felt so seen, heard, and held by other women before in my life. I’m counting down the days until I go back.
Who would have ever thought I could conquer a high ropes course, dance in shiny blue leggings to 80s music, and stand in front of 75 women and share my authentic self all at camp?
I can honestly say, from the bottom of my heart, attending camp has changed my overall attitude – which has changed my life.
Camp taught me that I am not alone and that I need the support of others to really be happy.
Hearing so many wonderful women share their stories and sharing my own made me see how freeing and wonderful it feels to have a trusted sisterhood where I feel safe being vulnerable and open.
Excitement about Camp and meeting IRL? Let us all know on social media with the #ssc19 and #stratejoycamp hashtags!
The countdown is on, babe. Ready to make this happen?