Wholistic Women Uncorked

The Wholistic Women Uncorked inaugural event was filled with so much flow and play as we supported 10 local, women-owned businesses in Frederick County. We were so excited to collaborate with C Clark Consulting to make this event a success…and a success it was!

Participants began the day with 50 clues, plus some bonus clues, that led them to different destinations in Frederick County and clued them in on some fun finds while at each destination.

Our participating locations were:

Hippy Chick Hummus

Owner: Erika Brown

237 N Market St, Frederick, MD 21701

Frederick Basket Company

Owner: Lois Pruitt

12 North East Street Everedy Square

Frederick, MD 21701

Curious Iguana

Owner: Marlene England

12 N Market St, Frederick, MD 21701

Spin the Bottle

Owner: Lydia

9 W Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701


Retro Metro

Owner: Sherri Audette Johnson

213 N Market St, Frederick, MD 21701


The Pop Shop

Owner: Michelle Schaffer

241 N Market St, Frederick, MD 21701



Owner: Jordan and Q Lewis

118 E Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701

Springfield Winery

Owner: Amie St’Angelo

11836 Auburn Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788



Owner: Onna

911 E Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701


Catoctin Breeze

Owner: Alicja Fizyta

15010 Roddy Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788

We will do this again in 2023! Stay tuned as we have started scouting places for our spring Uncorked event! Thank you for being a part of our community.

Women In The Woods

The Wholistic Women in the Woods inaugural day retreat was filled with play, yoga dance, nutrition, healthy food, creative writing, and forest bathing. Our Wholistic team, experts, and the ThorpeWood staff (and animals) on the farm created a day in nature like no other.

Our group of over 20 women immersed in mother nature connecting their heart, mind, body, and spirit…dancing through the seven chakras and feeling more whole with all the senses. Some of the Women in the Woods who attended had a few things to say:


“The retreat was a pitch-perfect celebration of nature, dance, writing, reflection, and play. All of this coupled with delicious food and the company of soulful women was an absolute delight.” Sheila Turybury


“Our team loved it. Thank you for everything. What a beautiful day filled with so many nice events.” Debbie Bennett


“What a wonderful Saturday with amazing women. Thank you Wholistic Women for putting together a fun, peaceful day in the woods. I left feeling refreshed and renewed.” Melissa Lentz


“I am so grateful that I signed up and have always loved all the Wholistic Women programs. There was something even more special with this event, being in ThorpeWood, a magical place, with a beautiful group of women. What a combination. I can’t wait to do it again.” Cindy Williams


Well, we will do this event again in 2023! Stay tuned as we roll up our sleeves for more time in nature and please consider beautiful red rock country in Sedona, AZ in October 2022. Thank you for being a part of our community.

Virtual Gratitude Circle

Virtual Gratitude Circle

November 17 | 6 - 7:30 PM

Celebrate Your Growth in 2021

Let’s face it, busy women need to take a break sometimes…and we all seem to be busy these days!

Wholistic Women Retreats + Academy has just the right opportunity for you to slow down and savor your accomplishments of this year at our Annual Gratitude Circle and Brunch.

We believe that gratitude is a key ingredient for wholistic well-being. When we focus on what’s going well, we shift our energy to a higher, more positive level. Gratitude is a choice; one that we make collectively in our community.

Now, more than ever, we need to appreciate the Good.

A wholistic approach to gratitude:

  • opens your heart
  • relaxes your body
  • eases your mind from worry
  • lifts your spirit

It brings positivity and love to the forefront of your awareness.

We want to practice gratitude with you!

Each November we gather to express our appreciation for our individual growth as women, and as a community.

The past 2 years have been unlike any other in history, causing incredible stress, fatigue, and loss for many.

In these challenging times we want to support one another and learn what we can, so we ask you to reflect on questions such as these:

  • How have you grown?
  • Who has walked this year’s journey with you?
  • What do you want to remember and continue to practice in the year ahead?

Wholistic Women Retreats + Academy wants to celebrate the good with you.

Please join us in acknowledging the blessings in our lives.

We will gather virtually via Zoom on Nov 17 from 6-7:30 pm to celebrate, bless, and release what is, as we open ourselves to receive what lies ahead.

We invite you to join us for this special time of connection, appreciation, and a celebration of Wholistic Growth.

Let the positive energy that gratitude provides bless and support you.

This event is open to all. Attend solo or invite a friend!

Register Now!

Workshops & Retreats: What’s the Difference?

Workshops & Retreats: What’s the Difference?

You’re ready to gain new skills or hone your craft in a group setting. The question is, should you sign up for a workshop or a retreat? While they both involve an element of learning, workshops and retreats are quite different types of events. Let’s take a look at what each event type involves, who they benefit, and how to decide between the two.

What is a Workshop?

A workshop is designed for a small group of people to hone specific skills in a relatively short amount of time. They can be held virtually or in-person. The skills learned often relate to a particular field or craft, such as marketing, writing, or personal finances. Since workshops are designed for teacher to student learning, there is often little time for socialization. Lastly, while they can range from a few hours to a weekend commitment, workshops are one-time events. 

The Benefits of Attending a Workshop

You can think of a workshop as a quick crash course taught by an expert. If you desire to increase your knowledge on a subject, but you don’t have the time or money to spend on a lengthy course, a workshop is a great option for you. You’ll be challenged to think outside the box and leave with practical action steps. 

What is a Retreat?

According to Merriam-Webster, a retreat is “a period of group withdrawal for prayer, meditation, study, or instruction under a director.” Retreats are in-person events and last for at least one day, but can be as long as a weekend or even one to two weeks! Most retreats offer some form of instruction, while also including free time for reflection, socializing, or practicing a craft (i.e. writing, knitting, or yoga). 

The Benefits of Attending a Retreat

Stepping away from your daily life to reconnect with yourself and/or nature provides a boost to your mental health. Retreat settings tend to be conducive to creativity and reflection. You also have the benefit of growing alongside your fellow participants and are given the opportunity to deepen relationships with others.

Should I Attend a Workshop or a Retreat?

The main difference between the two types of events is that workshops are focused on learning or honing a specific skill, and retreats tend to focus on spiritual or personal growth. If you’re looking to fill a notebook with helpful suggestions and action steps, check out a workshop. Remember, workshops aren’t designed for networking or peer interaction. If you long for the time and space to focus on creative pursuits or unplug from the grind, look for a retreat to attend! You’ll enjoy learning from a facilitator or coach while also having plenty of time to connect with others and yourself.

Join the Wholistic Women community on a retreat to Sedona, AZ

Soulful Sedona Destination Retreat 2022

Soulful Sedona Destination Retreat 2022

Soulful Sedona Destination Retreat

Exploration and Growth in Red Rock Country!

Wholistic Women Living, LLC will embark on a third journey to beautiful Sedona, Arizona to provide a fun, adventurous, and supportive space to help you reconnect with the wise and wonderful woman inside of you. This four-night destination retreat will be held October 13-17, 2022 and this year will include the grandest adventure to the Grand Canyon, only two hours north of Sedona.

Sedona, a land of timeless beauty, is surrounded by beautiful natural red rock sculptures and national forests. It’s suggested that Sedona as a whole is a vortex, a place in nature where the Earth is exceptionally alive and healthy.  Kelye Rouse Brown, founder of Wholistic Women Living, LLC, has been traveling to Sedona for over 30 years and says the more you develop your relationship with this land, the more it will reward you with magical experiences. Any season is a wonderful time to visit Sedona, but October’s average high temperature of 77 is the best for immersing yourself in this energizing and soulful splendor.

You’ll begin your Grand Soulful Sedona adventure on Thursday evening with our signature Prickly Pear Reception at A Sunset Chateau and get your Sedona Sisterhood on! Each morning will start off with a special Wholistic Coach’s program created to feed your soul and your creativity followed by a gourmet cooked to order breakfast.  In addition, yoga and dancing in the seven chakras (the body energy centers), a crystal rock demonstration and art are part of the program. More details on the daily agenda are found below but expect some delicious spontaneity to this schedule.

Returning this year, is one of our very special classic excursions, the Vortex Hike led by Feather, a land journey guide for over 30 years. Her background in native tribal teachings and earth-centered awareness infuses her guidance and knowledge of the land. You will be part of one of the only four women groups that she continues to work with. We provide transportation to Boynton Canyon, which is filled with feminine energy, to explore sacred areas, observe ruins, and participate in a ceremonial ritual.

Because Sedona is a major cultural center for the arts in the West, we will spend time in Tlaquepaque. This arts and shopping village has been a Sedona landmark since 1970. It includes dozens of internationally acclaimed artists and writers and is filled with stores and galleries. If shopping is your thing, then this is the place for you and a perfect area to find a special souvenir. There is also a popular New Age center if you are interested in crystals, a reading, or an astrology report. This is a fun and eye-opening way to enhance your personal life’s journey, bringing new insights and awareness.

Registration is NOW OPEN for our small boutique-group. Spots will fill quickly with returning Sedona Sisters. You too can become a part of this unique sisterhood.

See the agenda below that includes one more day of soulful Sedona with a minimum four night stay. It’s time to explore, wonder and Be Whole at our Grand Soulful Sedona 2022 Destination Retreat.

May the vortex be with you!

Treat yourself to this retreat and expect to:

  • Create deeper connections with like-minded adventurous women
  • Learn to love all that you are and let go of what you are not
  • Embrace a getaway full of fun and joy that meet deep and sacred
  • Amplify your wholebeing ~ in heart, mind, body, and soul
  • Navigate towards a more authentic version of yourself and feel more alive with vortex energy all around you
  • Savor and bring home a traveling Sedona sisterhood supported by certified Wholistic Women
  • Energize, enrich and enlighten your life for a healthier Wholistic Women Living lifestyle


What is the agenda of the retreat?


What does the retreat cost?

Special early-bird pricing for your Sedona getaway: $1175 (ends June 30, 2022)
Regular pricing: $1375 (beginning July 1, 2022 – registration ends August 10, 2022)

Are there payment options?

Payment plans are available through August 5, 2022. 
To participate in a payment plan check that option when completing your registration.
We will calculate the payment amount based on the number of months between your registration date and the payment deadline of August 5, 2022.
You will receive a monthly invoice which you can remit through PayPal, a credit or debit card.

Do you give refunds?

The retreat fee is refundable before 8/5/21. Should you need to cancel after that date you may transfer your registration to someone else. Contact our wholistic community support team for assistance in transferring your retreat registration and call A Sunset Chateau directly to cancel your reservation.


Soulful Sedona Orientation

Once you have registered for our Grand Soulful Sedona retreat you will be invited to our virtual orientations prior to take-off. We hold these to answer additional questions, start forming the sisterhood/re-connecting, and discuss logistics or rooming. Many ladies are open to sharing a suite to help on cost.


Flight & Accommodations

How do I get there?

Flagstaff Airport is the closest small commercial airport, just a 45 minute scenic drive from Sedona.

Phoenix International Airport is a lovely 2 hour drive from Sedona.

We recommend that you book your flight with Southwest Airlines (typically $450)

It is recommended that you talk to others about sharing a rental car. We will help you connect with other attendees.

What hotel do you recommend?

A special block of rooms has been reserved for us at the boutique Sunset Chateau B&B. Visit their website and call their hospitality staff directly to reserve your room at 928-282-2644. They’re expecting your call!

What can you tell me about the hotel?

A Sunset Chateau is nestled on a gorgeous hillside with panoramic views of Sedona’s world-famous red rocks. Experience artistically decorated luxury suites with uniquely curated art & furnishings. All of their spacious suites include modern conveniences and thoughtful touches to make you feel more at home including organic bath amenities, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, and comfortable furnishings.

There are many places to unwind and enjoy the view, whether from your patio, in the lush gardens, or by the salt-water pool and jacuzzi. A wonderful made-to-order breakfast is included each morning in the dining room.

Can I cancel my room if something comes up?

To book your room, you will be required to pay for your first night’s stay. If you need to cancel, you would get a full refund if your cancellation is before the deadline (TBA). Call A Sunset Chateau directly if you need to cancel.

Register Now!

3 Reasons Why Your Team Should Go On a Group Retreat

3 Reasons Why Your Team Should Go On a Group Retreat

Whether you’re part of a religious group, wellness club, parenting co-op, or business cohort, you and your peers likely want to work together to meet mutual goals. Perhaps you want to raise money for a cause, learn how to communicate better, or bring in new members. One of the best ways your group can reach those goals is by attending a group retreat.

A group retreat can be as low-key as attending a workshop in a nearby town, or can be as intensive as a weekend getaway. The most effective group retreats will offer hands-on activities, group coaching, and flex or free time for free-flowing conversation. There are several benefits of group retreats. These include:

Group Retreats Improves Morale

When was the last time your group bonded over a shared experience? Offering your group a morale-booster, such as going on a hike, playing a new game, or cooking a meal together, will help everyone feel more relaxed around one another. This is especially beneficial for groups that have a clear leader or “boss,” because it evens out the playing field. Who wouldn’t love to see their pastor try ziplining for the first time, or listen to their wellness coach share a personal story?

Group Retreats Create Cohesion 

One of the best aspects of a group retreat is that it gets everyone out of their comfort zone. This might intimidate some people at first, but it won’t take long to break the ice. If you’ve never attended a group retreat before, commit to being open to new experiences. Make a point to engage with everyone in your group. You never know, you might find that your coworker you’ve hardly spoken to shares your favorite hobby, or that the younger woman in your wellness group is looking for accountability from a more seasoned person such as yourself. 

Even if everyone in your group already knows one another, a group retreat will encourage deeper personal connections. Through workshops and team-building activities, your group will grow closer and learn how to work more effectively together. 

Group Retreats Promote Personal Growth

Group retreats don’t simply benefit the group as whole — they also impact each individual. A person can learn a lot about themselves when they’re with a group of people. One person might find it uncomfortable to try new things, while another person might blossom from being put in a strange environment. Ideally, the person heading up the group retreat will ask everyone ahead of time what they aim to get out of the experience. You might find yourself learning something new, making friends, or teaching others about your areas of expertise.

Is your group ready to try something new? Maximize the full potential of your team by booking a group retreat!