The Butterfly Effect Hits Tahoe

Saturday, September 6, 2014, the sold-out inaugural Butterfly Effect (BE) Tahoe event saw over 100 participants ranging from 7 to 70 years of age. Women traveled from as far as Maui and Colorado to attend the event. Held at the Tahoe Vista Recreation Area, the day was crystal clear and the winds calm, making for a perfect day on the water and at the beach.

Tatiana Howard, founder of The Butterfly Effect, led the morning ceremonies. While participants stood in a large circle holding hands, she announced the beginning of Butterfly Effect Tahoe and expressed her desire to share Aloha with all. After opening remarks and a ceremonial hula to set the tone, a handful of participants were selected to release monarch butterflies. The group was awestruck as the butterflies took flight and tears of happiness were seen across the faces of BE participants. Little 7-year old Maylanie, the youngest participant of BE Tahoe, had a smile stretching ear-to-ear on her face all day.

After a morning paddle on the calm, crystal clear lake, the day was filled with hula-hoop lessons, a water fitness program, SUP yoga, and raffles. The event culminated in a fun relay race where the participants had to each don grass skirts, leis, and flowers, and drink the nectar of the gods from a wooden bowl before running through the water to her paddleboard. The race ended with hula, dancing the story of aloha in the mountains.

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The final activity of the day had BE ladies participating in a beach cleanup, followed by an after party at Caliente for continued celebrations. Every woman left the BE Tahoe event in high spirits, feeling stronger within, after one of the best days to end the summer.

Lindsay Felsh of Tahoe was instrumental in bringing The Butterfly Effect to California and shared her excitement about the success of the day: "As a paddler born and raised in Tahoe I wanted to share the aloha spirit with women of all ages and all ability levels in the Tahoe area and beyond. When meeting Tatiana at The Butterfly Effect Maui, we immediately clicked and expressed the same appreciation and passion for empowering women. I was so fortunate that she was willing to bring this event to Tahoe and I couldn’t have asked for a better turnout! I can’t wait to see what next year brings."

As with every Butterfly Effect stop, a local organization received a donation from funds raised at the event. Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner was honored to be the beneficiary of proceeds from The Butterfly Effect Tahoe. Truckee Donner Club President Linnis Jellinek explained how BE aligns with the Soroptimist mission to improve the lives of women and girls through programs that lead to social and economic empowerment: "The Butterfly Effect is a perfect fit with Soroptimist Mission and Core Values. Women supporting and encouraging women develops empowerment at all levels. Tatiana has created a fun and powerful event and I encourage more women to attend this event next year."

The Butterfly Effect Tahoe will return in September 2015!

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