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

 

Peace

Owner: Jordan and Q Lewis

118 E Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701

Springfield Winery

Owner: Amie St’Angelo

11836 Auburn Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788

 

Southbound

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

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!

6 Packing Tips for Sedona, Arizona

6 Packing Tips for Sedona, Arizona

Are you planning to travel to Sedona, Arizona with us in October? This city in the desert is a must visit for nature and/or art lovers, with its vibrant art culture and stunning red-rock formations. Today we’re sharing packing tips to help you make the most of your trip.

Pack proper skincare and makeup

If you’re traveling from a cooler or more humid climate, the dry heat of Sedona might be a shock to your system. Our best packing tips for your face and body include gentle facial cleansers, hydrating lip balm, and body lotion. Items that will moisturize and protect your skin and lips are a must. Sunscreen is a must!

One of the bonuses to traveling to a place known for its natural beauty is that you can embrace your own natural beauty. If you plan on spending time outdoors (which really is a must in Sedona), opt for a tinted moisturizer with SPF over heavy foundation. Swipe on some bronzer and lip balm, and you’re good to go!

Layers are a must

While you might find yourself sweating in the sun during a day-time hike, evenings in Sedona are comfortably cool. The best time to visit Sedona is in the fall, when temperatures range from the 50’s to high 70’s. 

Layers are always a great addition to your suitcase, because of how versatile they are. You won’t need a heavy winter coat for Sedona — a light sweater or jacket will see you through the crisp nights. And don’t forget a bathing suit if your accommodations have a pool, or if you wish to visit a spa! 

Select sturdy footwear

Sedona is known for having excellent trails, so plan to pack sturdy shoes if your plans include hiking. If you don’t typically hike much, look for a pair of quality walking sneakers that have good grip. Two to three pairs of shoes should be plenty for your trip. Sturdy walking shoes and sandals are a must, but throw in a pair of dressier shoes if you wish. Some brands we love: Merrells, Chacos, Keens, and Tevas. Want more direction? Check out this list of 20 best hiking boots and shoes from Travel + Leisure!

Travel in style

Don’t forget to think about what you’ll wear on the plane! Consider items that are both comfortable and stylish, such as a maxi dress layered with a soft sweater. If your goal is to pack light, plan to wear your travel outfit twice — both to and from Sedona.

A carry-on suitcase should be plenty big enough for a weekend in Sedona, but plan to use a larger suitcase for an extended trip. Stash a foldable travel backpack in the front of your suitcase to use on your hike or to bring purchases home in. 

Don’t forget travel accessories! 

Be sure to pack a camera (or use your cell phone for pictures), charging cords, and a journal. You’ll also want to pack sunglasses, and perhaps a hat if you want extra sun protection. Leave your laptop at home if you can — Sedona is too beautiful of a place to spend your visit distracted by work. A collapsible water bottle is convenient for both your plane ride and exploring the sights.

Need more packing tips? Check out this extensive list of items to remember on your trip to Sedona!