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Outessa is a women’s only weekend getaway made of stunning views, opens spaces and adventure. Imagine a custom schedule built from hundreds of options, wholesome food, good wine, challenges and the professional instruction to meet them. You can find time to yourself or the synergy of dauntless women. This is an event where you indulge in any outdoor activity you desire without a shred of guilt. You’ll come back enlivened with new skills and lifelong friends. Outessa is every women’s weekend. Join us. Open the outdoors. 


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Cindy Abbott Wood

Cindy is the Senior Instructor for the REI Outdoor School in Austin, TX and has over 10 years' experience in the Outdoor Experiential Education field. Aside from being a pro-level mountain bike racer and USA Cycling XC series Category 1 national champion, she is a professionally certified International Mountain Bike Association Level 2 mountain bike Instructor and an American Mountain Guide Association Single Pitch Instructor for rock climbing. She also coaches a local High School mountain bike team and is the Director of Ride Like a Girl, Central Texas' only free mountain bike instructional program for women. Cindy started her time with REI in 2012 as a bike tech, and although she left for a while to build her outdoor professional resume, she has since returned to the CoOp as the Senior Instructor in the new Austin REI Outdoor School market. She has been featured in various REI Expert Advice mountain biking videos, REI Expert Advice mountain biking articles, and REI blogs. You can find Cindy on the trails or on the cliff, but either way, she enjoys living life outside and inspiring others to do the same.

For a snapshot into Cindy's instructional style, watch the following videos: