We are very excited to offer TWO RETREATS in 2019 — the first one in stunning  TUSCANY, ITALY in May and the second at the beautiful OREGON COAST in November. 

Our theme this year is {re}Treat Yourself because we’ve started to notice how very much we all need a chance to rest. A chance for respite. A chance for renewal and time dedicated to self-care and fun. As in, treat yourself… then treat yourself again… that’s why these retreats exist. See what we did there?  

“Re” as in “again?” ReTreat.

“Re” as in “regarding?” RE:Treat.

And, of course, “retreat,” as in “withdraw from the world because DEAR GOD WE NEED REFUGE for a little while.” I mean, right? Yes, right.

So without further ado, here are the details for how to {re}Treat Yourself in 2019.

May 21-29, 2019
***SOLD OUT***

THAT’S RIGHT! Tuscany, ITALY, friends. We’ve been toying with this idea for some time — capitalizing on our extensive travel experience to bring you along on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. We’ll be staying at a stunning villa in the heart of wine country, lounging by a pool overlooking the countryside, taking day trips to places like Florence, Siena, and Mediterranean beaches, and dining together in the evenings on food fresh from the market and wine sourced nearby. We’re thrilled it’s finally time!


GROUP SIZE: 12 maximum, including 3 staff members

INCLUDED: Your retreat includes 8 nights lodging, daily European continental breakfast (pastries, breads, meats, cheeses, fruit, yogurt, coffee), beverages, wine, optional day trips to places like Florence and Siena, ground transportation to/from all group activities, and group dinners catered by our very own Maggie Peterson.

YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN FOR: 1. Transportation to/from the retreat. We are happy to provide assistance booking airfare and/or ground transportation to/from the retreat upon request. 2. Museum and other attraction entry fees. 3. Lunches (because we don’t want you to miss out on dining at the local trattorias on the day trips!)

ACCOMMODATIONS: We will be staying at an incredible winery with breathtaking views of Tuscany in the Chianti area (wine region) of Italy. This is a known location where staff have stayed previously and are excited to share with you! Complete with historical winery tour and gorgeous pool, our beautiful rooms are located in a renovated farmhouse and old stone church. Each room can accommodate up to 2 people. Baths are located across the hall, each shared by 2 rooms.

RATE: $2,750 for the first guest per room, and $1,500 for the second guest per room. (Prices are listed in US Dollars.)

1. Email Maggie Peterson, retreat registrar, at
2. Indicate which retreat you’d like to attend (i.e. ITALY!)
3. Provide your name and let us know if you have any questions

PLEASE NOTE: We are unable to accommodate food allergies/sensitivities on the Italy retreat. 

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NOVEMBER 7-10, 2019*

* {re}Treat Yourself events at the Oregon Coast last three nights.
(A fourth night is optional for an additional fee. See more information below.)

We’re doing a FUN THING with the {re}Treat Yourself theme this year, combining all the elements participants have loved at past retreats into one cohesive experience.

There will be fantastic fresh food, a welcoming community, a relaxing environment, ample opportunities for both down time and planned activities, and expert guidance in topical sessions about Mindfulness with Heidi Hopkins and Discovering our Inherent Worthiness with Melanie Springer Mock. (There will also quite possibly be naked hot tubbing, questionable language, and stories with WAY too much personal information because Beth Woolsey isn’t very socially appropriate, but they keep letting her come anyway. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ) A sample schedule is below.

Truly everything about the retreat was shocking in how incredible it was. Location, people, food, the balance of sessions and free time, the love and sincerity of everyone there. I would go again in a second and recommend it to anyone.

OUR LOCATION: Waldport, Oregon Coast

GROUP SIZE: 22 participants maximum + staff

INCLUDED: Your retreat includes all group sessionslodging, meals, beverages, wine, WiFi, linens, activities, and more.

ACCOMMODATIONS: We will be staying on the Oregon Coast south of Newport at a gorgeous 8-bedroom, 6-bath house with panoramic views. With ocean vistas, comfortable meeting spaces, a media room, expansive decks, library, multiple living spaces, a hot tub and fire pit looking at the Pacific Ocean, and meals prepared for us on-site, paired with wine, these are retreats to remember.

SAMPLE SCHEDULE (subject to change)

Thursday: Arrival Day
5pm — Wine and Cheese Reception
6pm — Welcome Session with Beth Woolsey
7:30pm — Dinner

Friday and Saturday
8-10am — Hot Continental Breakfast Available and Fun Fixin’s for Sack Lunches
10am — Introduction to Mindfulness with Heidi Hopkins on Friday, Introduction to Finding Ourselves in a World Expecting Someone Else (WORTHY!) with Melanie Springer Mock on Saturday
10:30am — Group Mindfulness Practice on Friday, Worthy Discussion with Melanie Springer Mock on Saturday
11am-5pm — Free Time Options like Planned Day Trips to Florence and Nye Beach (see our secret favorite spots!), Hiking Cape Perpetua and Exploring Yachats, napping, hot tubbing, reading, antiquing, one-on-one sessions with Heidi to dig deeper into mindfulness, learn to cook with Maggie, and more.
5:30pm — Cocktails and Snacks
7pm — Group Dinner
8pm — Play Time! Hot tub, hang out, catch a movie in the media room, play ping pong or pool, sit by the campfire, and more..

Sunday: Departure Day for 3-Night Participants
 8-10am — same as Friday and Saturday
10am — Free Time Options
5:30pm — Cocktails and Snacks for 4-night Participants
7pm — Group Dinner
8pm — Play Time!

Monday: Departure Day
8-10am — Hot Continental Breakfast Available
10am — Departure


ROOMS and RATES: Your retreat includes everything listed in “included” above. You may choose from the room and bed types below when selecting your rate, OR you may select a “Put Me Anywhere” rate at $485/person, the lowest rate available with the possibility you’ll be upgraded to a higher bed type/room for no additional fee.

BEDROOM #1: Single or Double Occupancy
Oceanfront King, Private Bath
Cost: $599/person to share with another retreat participant
or $1,025 to reserve the room as a single occupant
BEDROOM #2: Single or Double Occupancy
Oceanfront King, Private Bath
Cost: $599/person to share with another retreat participant
or $1,025 to reserve the room as a single occupant
BEDROOM #3: Single or Double Occupancy 
Oceanfront King, Private Bath
Cost: $599/person to share with another retreat participant
or $1,025 to reserve the room as a single occupant
BEDROOM #4: Single or Double Occupancy
Oceanfront King, Private Bath
Cost: $599/person to share with another retreat participant
or $1,025 to reserve the room as a single occupant

BEDROOM #5: Single or Double Occupancy
King, Private Bath
Cost: $550/person to share with another retreat participant
or $950 to reserve the room as a single occupant
BEDROOM #6: Single or Double Occupancy
King, Shared Bath
Cost: $525/person to share with another retreat participant
or $925 to reserve the room as a single occupant


BEDROOM #7: Quadruple Occupancy
Two Queens, Shared Bath
Cost: $500/person

BEDROOM #8: Bunk Room, Sextuple Occupancy
Two Queens, Two Built-in Top Bunks, Shared Bath
Cost: $500/person
OR you can always choose the $485 “Put Me Anywhere” rate!

FOOD: All meals from dinner the evening you arrive through breakfast the morning you depart will be provided onsite, including full brunches, snacks available constantly, and delicious dinners. If you have food allergies or sensitivities, please let us know when you register.

TRANSPORTATION: Rates do not include transportation to/from the retreat. If you need ground transportation, we can provide information, make arrangements for you, or introduce you to other attendees looking for ride-shares.

1. Email Maggie Peterson, retreat registrar, at
2. Indicate which retreat you’d like to attend in your subject line (i.e. OREGON COAST)
3. Include the following information: Your first and last name. Your room/rate preferences, listed in priority order (i.e. 1. Bedroom #1, 2. Any King Bedroom to myself, etc.) OR select the $485 “Put Me Anywhere” rate. 
4. Want an additional night? Most participants do! Just let us know, and we’ll add it at $130 per person.
5. Roommate requests, if any.
6. Food allergies or sensitivities, if any. Your questions or other requests. For example, this is a great place to let us know you’re flying into Portland and will need ground transportation information!

Within 24 hours of receiving your email, we will send you additional information, including how to make your payment via PayPal. PLEASE NOTE: Your registration is not complete until you have paid in full. 

Inclusion Policy: We welcome all adult humans to all of our retreats. We are LGBTQ+ friendly and an inclusive space. We’d love to have you attend! If you have any questions, please contact Maggie Peterson, retreat registrar, at

Cancellation Policy: Because we’re already incurring expenses related to these  events, reservations are nonrefundable. That’s the policy. However, if you find you’re not able to attend, please do let us know as soon as possible. We’re not jerks; we’ll try to work with you. For example, if we can find someone else to pay to take your place, we’ll deduct a $75 administrative fee (’cause setting this stuff up is a lot of work, friends) and the send the rest back to you. OK? OK.


beth-equals-boss-099RETREAT FACILITATOR: Beth Woolsey is the writer and humorist behind the blog where she writes frequently about raising 5 kids, magic in the mess, grace in the grime, pee and Jesus, but not usually at the same time. She’s been described by readers as “optimistic, authentic, poignant and laugh-out-loud funny” and she was named one of’s Top Five Moms Who Will Make You Laugh Out Loud. Beth is INCREDIBLY excited to add an international retreat destination in 2019 to ITALY, capitalizing on her extensive international travel experience to 5 continents and over 50 countries. Beth’s true passion lies in creating authentic communities full of imperfect people. She loves wild truths and unreasonable grace, and she’s really far too loud for polite society.     

RMaggieETREAT REGISTRAR and CATERER: Maggie Peterson is a friendly and energetic graduate of Seattle Pacific University with a Bachelor of Arts in French and Francophone Studies. In addition to her work as retreat registrar, Maggie manages high end, oceanfront, vacation rentals on the Oregon Coast, including the one we use for the retreats! She loves good food, international travel, being outside, getting rowdy, and investing in people in her community, so enjoy her youthful presence and don’t be intimidated by her friendly approach to bonding.   

petersonRETREAT FACILITATOR: Polly Peterson is an Assistant Professor of English at George Fox University and a playwright. From Newberg, Oregon, Polly pursues stories because she believes every person is valuable and has something important to say. She takes a holistic approach to writing instruction, caring as much about what the writer wants to say as how she says it, and she’s an accomplished small group leader, putting people at ease and ensuring the whole group receives the benefit of each individual contribution. 

MelanieSpringerMock“WORTHY” SESSION LEADER: Melanie Springer Mock is a Professor of English at George Fox University, Newberg, Ore. In 2009, she won the GFU Undergraduate Faculty of the Year award. She is the author or co-author of five books, including most recently Worthy: Finding Yourself in a World Expecting Someone Else, released in April 2017. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The Nation, Christian Feminism Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Mennonite World Review, among other places. Her primary interests include making her 15-year-old sons spend time with her, watching good (that is, awful) reality television, and drinking Diet Coke.

IMG_4730MINDFULNESS SESSION LEADER: Heidi Hopkins has been studying, practicing, and supporting others in contemplative practice for the last 15 years. She graduated with BA in Human Biology from Stanford University and has been fascinated by the brain and body ever since. Heidi has trained in a variety of settings since college, most recently with Richard Rohr in the Living School for Action and Contemplation and with Mindful Schools in their year long certification program. She currently teaches mindfulness to public school students and works in one on one and group settings with adults and youth. You can read more about mindfulness and Heidi here. Heidi is humbled by her own ongoing need for mindfulness and heartened by the fruits of daily practice. She looks forward to learning and practicing with you!