ASHLAND - Attendees of the 3rd Annual Women's Wellness Workshop will try fitness classes, watch cooking demonstrations and learn self-defense strategies. They'll also bond with other women and enjoy a healthy meal.
But most importantly, event organizer Seth Weibel believes, they will leave empowered to live healthier lifestyles.
Weibel is a chef and culinary instructor at Pioneer Career and Technology Center. His wife, Andrea, is a personal trainer in Ashland.
That's why the Weibels started the Women's Wellness Workshop at the intersection of their two passions.
The workshop is designed to entertain and inspire fitness novices as well as women who work out regularly. Women will rotate through seven eight-minute workout sessions including activities like yoga, spinning, crossfit, kickboxing, Refit and Tabata.
"This way, women can get a full hour workout, but they get to see what they really like," Weibel said.
Next, a firefighter and a Marine Corps Sergeant will lead a class in self-awareness and basic self-defense tactics.
"We added that last year, and the women really loved it," Weibel said.
Women will then enjoy a healthy meal featuring local foods prepared by chefs and Weibel's culinary students. The meal includes vegetarian items as well as meat and poultry.
The meal will be followed by a live cooking demonstration from Melissa Khoury and Penny Barend. The owners of the butcher shop Saucisson in Cleveland, Khoury Barend have been featured on Andrew Zimmern's Travel Channel Show and in Food & Wine Magazine.
The event ends with a series of prizes and giveaways.
The event is 5-8 p.m. Sunday July 28 at The Ashland YMCA. Tickets are $14 and can be purchased at www.womenswellnessashland.com.
Weibel said he was able to keep costs low thanks to 36 event sponsors donating everything from the venue to food and prizes. Free childcare will be provided with grant funding from Ashland County Community Foundation.
"This is really a community event, so I wanted it to be a great value," Weibel said. "It's going to be a comfortable environment for a girls night out for women of all shapes and sizes, from beginners to the super fit."
In past years, the event has sold out. Weibel expects the same outcome this year in a new, larger venue at The Ashland Area YMCA, which has a 140-person capacity.