Outdoor skills, group hikes and art classes to fuel your creativity and equip you for your next adventure!


January 12, 2023 | Border Route Trail Annual Meeting | Virtual

If you’re curious about the Border Route Trail, considered by many to be the most scenic section of the 4600+ mile North Country National Scenic Trail, we welcome you to join us at the Border Route Trail Association Annual Meeting to be held by Zoom this year.

Our guest speaker is Jen Theisen, aka Wandering Pine. Jen Theisen is a Minnesota based artist and adventurer celebrating the intersection of art, nature and joy! Her aim is to inspire, educate and empower others on and off the trail through creating supportive experiences and sharing her contagious enthusiasm.  She blends her passion for fostering community, advocacy and experience as an outdoor educator by serving as a volunteer leader in three outdoor organizations and by hosting in-person + online events and workshops.  

“I believe in the ripple effect, that small changes can make a big difference, and that we all play a part in taking care of each other and the earth.”

You can learn more about Jen’s adventures at wanderingpine.com and @wandering.pine.


Monthly | Join us on a Group Hike!

Join Minnesota Women Who Hike Ambassador Jen on a monthly group hike! This series of hikes are 5 miles or less, beginner friendly and are a great opportunity to connect with others on the trail in a supportive environment. Each month has a fun theme! Details on the private Women Who Hike Minnesota Facebook events page – 23k Minnesota Women strong!


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Previous Events

November 14, 2022 | Contour Drawing + Watercolor | Virtual

Join Jen and the Kula Academy for a blind or pure contour drawing and painting class that focuses on resting the mind and building observation skills. This class is perfect for students of all levels. Great for beginners & artists who may be feeling stuck.

October 17, 2022 | Learn to Paint Autumn Leaves and Capture the Colors of Fall | Kula Academy Virtual Class

Grab your favorite tea or pumpkin spice treat and join us for a fun night of learning how to paint your favorite Fall leaves using beginner friendly techniques. Jen will show you how to capture the leaf shape, the supplies that she uses, techniques for creating beautiful color mixes and how to create a painting that you can enjoy all year.

October 6-9, 2022 Fall Women’s Cabin Retreat – Wisconsin!

Join Thrive Women’s Outdoor Adventures Leader Jen on a relaxing getaway in northern Wisconsin at a cozy cabin on a private lake and 14 acres. Hello, fall colors! Each day will have optional, join-on adventures and delicious home cooked meals. Activities may include campfires, watercolor instruction, hikes or bike rides, with plenty of time to rest and recharge. Details on the private Thrive Facebook events page.

October 1, 2022 Kulas on the Trail! Fall Art Hike in Minneapolis

Get Your Kulas on the Trail! If you love the outdoors and painting too, join us for a hike & paint in Minneapolis’ largest park. Capacity 20 – FREE

May 7, 2022 | Art Hike – Capture a Visual Journal of Your Adventures at Silverwood Park | Kula Academy (in person)

Grab your portable art supplies for an opportunity to create and connect with others on the trail in a supportive environment. Need a supply list? Check out this post

April 26, 2022 | The Four Ps: Pee, Poop, Periods, and Personal Hygiene with Leave No Trace, Kula Cloth and Women Who Hike (virtual)

Join Leave No Trace and Women Who Hike for an interactive workshop and discussion about getting outside in an environmentally sustainable way while managing the Four Ps: Pee, Poop, Periods, and Personal Hygiene. Topics will include considerations for human waste disposal, how and why to dig a cathole or use a personal portable toilet (WAG bag), what to do when you’re on your period, how and where to pee outside, and tips for bathing and personal hygiene when there’s no bathroom. Learn from Leave No Trace and Women Who Hike experts who spend much of the year working and living outside.

April 18, 2022 | Adventure Journaling and How to Create the Perfect Paint Kit | Kula Academy (virtual)

This class will show you what to bring to get started painting on all your outdoor adventures! It can be as simple as one tube of paint and one brush, or an elaborate set up – its up to you! Jen will show you the supplies that she uses, techniques for creating quick, small art pieces during breaks and a trail journal that you and your loved ones can enjoy for years to come.

April 9, 2022 | Beginner Backpacking Clinic | Thrive Women’s Outdoor Adventures (in person)

Does taking a backpacking trip sound intimidating? Where do you even start? What trail do you choose? Step into the wonderful world of backpacking. Learn from seasoned backpackers who were beginners once too.

February 28, 2022 | The Great Kula Mail Art Experiment: Creating a Daily Art Practice Through Mail Art

Before the social network, there was the postal network! In this class, Jen will give a brief Modern Art History lesson about the correspondence art or mail art movement and discuss the benefits of creating and releasing your art to use it to connect with other humans in a slow and thoughtful way. 

December 9, 2021 | Cultivating Your Art Practice with Blind Contour Drawing and Watercolor | Kula Academy

Join Jen Theisen for a blind or pure contour drawing and painting class that focuses on resting the mind and building observation skills. No prior art experience required.


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