RETREATS

One of my very, very favorite things to do is hang out with members of our incredible, worldwide community and offer rest and respite from our regular lives. MORE REST AND RESPITE, PLEASE. And, from the reviews, other folks agree.

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

But COVID REALLY PUT A CRIMP IN THIS PLAN, so now, after two years in hiatus, I’m thrilled to be opening retreats once again. I would LOVE to have you join me. Scroll down for more information on specific retreats I’m offering in 2022 and 2023. And please note this list is not comprehensive. Like all things in the After Times, we’re rebooting as we go, figuring things out on the run, and adding as we’re able. Retreats will be the same. More as more are doable. 

Looking forward to seeing your face, friends,

A BRIEF BACKGROUND ON RETREATS

So. We here at BethWoolsey.com (which is Just Me, Beth Woolsey, plus whoever else I can drag into my orbit) have, FOR YEARS, offered small retreats specializing in COMMUNITY, INCLUSION, and TAKING A FREAKING BREAK from lives that are often relentless and overwhelming. We’ve done these primarily in our own backyard on the Oregon Coast, and we expanded to international retreats to Tuscany, Italy in 2019 with plans for more in 2020 (HAHAHAHAHAHA!). Then, like the rest of the world, we took a 2+ year hiatus. And we (I) have been trying to figure out FOR MONTHS how to add retreats–life-giving, people-building, love-mongering retreats–back into the schedule in a way that’s healthy and responsible given the current environment. Locking everyone into a house, even on the expansive, GORGEOUS Oregon Coast where we could become delightful superspreaders seemed Less Than Ideal, especially without a reliable way to verify vaccination or infection status. So I was flummoxed. As eager to open retreats as I was reluctant.

But then! Then. Then I went on a lovely Alaskan cruise in July 2022. A cruise where they require proof of vaccination and a proctored negative COVID test within 48 hours of boarding the ship. A cruise where the food is beautiful and plentiful. A cruise where the scenery is extraordinary. A cruise where the adults-only pool, hot tub, and bar area is serene and where I can excel at my Best Talent which is Butt Sitting. And I thought, THIS! This, please! We can gather where health protocols and food and lodging and activities are arranged. And if this is an outcome of the After Times–that I thought out of the box for new ways to commune together–then I am here for it. Let’s do this. All of which is why…

WE’RE CRUISING INTO 2022 AND 2023!

Cruising, you ask? Yes, cruising. On SHIPS. On THE OCEAN. TOGETHER.
With the closest friends you haven’t met yet.

So far, we’ve scheduled….


Fall 2022:
5-Night Cruise to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
out of Los Angeles, California
on the Diamond Princess 
November 5-10, 2022

ITINERARY:

  • Saturday, November 5: Depart Los Angeles
  • Sunday, November 6: Day Cruising at Sea
  • Monday, November 7: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Tuesday, November 8: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Wednesday, November 9: Day Cruising at Sea
  • Thursday, November 10: Arrive Los Angeles

 

 

GROUP: 30 participants maximum, must be at least 18 years old

COST: Starts at $985 per person for a double occupancy, interior stateroom.  We can also provide quotes if you prefer a single occupancy stateroom, or we can pair you with a roommate (pending availability). A deposit of $50 per person is required to hold your spot. Final payment is due August 15. If booking after August 15, full payment is due at the time of booking.

INCLUDED: Your retreat includes lodging aboard the ship November 5-10, meals, taxes and fees, gratuities, coffee and tea, exclusive Beth Woolsey group events, and a few fun little surprises.

YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN FOR: 1. Transportation to/from the retreat. 2. Shore excursions in Cabo San Lucas. 3. Lodging prior to or after the event. 4. Soda, alcohol, and other beverage purchases.

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS and OPTIONAL ADDITIONS:

  • Travel Insurance. In these uncertain times, we do suggest purchasing travel insurance. It is usually fairly inexpensive and a number of companies offer it online. Our travel agent can also assist you with this.
  • Princess Plus, which we are offering at $35 per person per day ($15 off the Princess list price), will provide you with WiFi for one device AND up to 15 specialty beverages per day (not to exceed $12 per beverage) including soda, espresso drinks, smoothies, frappes, beer, wine, cocktails, and spirits. Please note: Princess Plus must be purchased at the time of booking AND both people in a stateroom must have the same package. 
  • Room Upgrades. If you’d like to upgrade from an interior stateroom to an ocean view stateroom, balcony, or suite, say the word and we’ll get you a quote! For example, at the time of writing, oceanview rooms start at an additional $175 per person.
  • Flights. Our travel agent is happy to assist you with booking a flight at a nominal fee of $35 per ticket. We recommend flying into the Long Beach Airport if possible; it’s the closest to the cruise terminal.
  • Ground Transporation. Our travel agent is happy to assist you with ground transporation to the cruise ship. For example, a transfer package between the ship port and airport is $70 per person roundtrip from LAX; transfer reservation must be made at the time of booking.
  • Hotel. Our travel agent is happy to assist you with hotel arrangements. Due to flight delays and cancelations, we recommend arriving in Los Angeles at least a day ahead of the cruise departure. 
  • Something else you’d like? Please let us know! You may or may not have heard our travel agent is happy to assist you. 😉 

 

HOW TO REGISTER: Contact Beth Woolsey at beth@bethwoolsey.com. Put CRUISE RETREAT in the subject line. Include as much info as you have–YOUR NAME, which cruise date you’d like to attend, roommate info, any upgrades or options you need, and other preferences or concerns. 

 


 

Spring 2023: TWO OPTIONS
out of Tampa, Florida
on Royal Caribbean, Brilliance of the Seas

Option 1:
4-Night Cruise to the 
Bahamas and Key West
March 23-27, 2023

Option 2: Families Welcome!
5-Night Cruise to the Western Caribbean
March 27-April 1, 2023

 

4-Night ITINERARY, BAHAMAS AND KEY WEST, MARCH 23-27:

  • Thursday, March 23: Depart Tampa
  • Friday, March 24: Key West, Florida
  • Saturday, March 25: Nassau, Bahamas
  • Sunday, March 26: Day Cruising at Sea
  • Monday, March 27: Arrive Tampa

 

 

GROUP: 30 participants maximum, must be at least 18 years old

COST: Starts at $960 per person for a double occupancy, interior stateroom.  We can also provide quotes if you prefer a single occupancy stateroom, or we can pair you with a roommate (pending availability). A deposit of $50 per person is required to hold your spot. Final payment is due December 1.

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5-Night ITINERARY, WESTERN CARIBBEAN, MARCH 27-APRIL 1:

  • Monday, March 27: Depart Tampa
  • Tuesday, March 28: Day Cruising at Sea
  • Wednesday, March 29: Cozumel, Mexico
  • Thursday, March 30: George Town, Grand Cayman
  • Friday, March 31: Day Cruising at Sea
  • Saturday, April 1: Arrive Tampa

 

 

GROUP: 30 adult participants maximum, children welcome

COST: Starts at $975 per person for a double occupancy, interior stateroom.  Children as Third and Fourth guests in a stateroom begin at $550 per person when in a quadruple occupancy, interior stateroom with two adults. We are happy to provide quotes for families of any size, single occupancy staterooms, or other configurations.  A deposit of $50 per person is required to hold your spot. Final payment is due December 1.

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FOR EITHER MARCH 2023 CRUISE…

INCLUDED: Your retreat includes lodging aboard the ship, meals, taxes and fees, gratuities, coffee and tea, exclusive Beth Woolsey group events, and a few fun little surprises.

YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN FOR: 1. Transportation to/from the retreat. 2. Shore excursions in port. 3. Lodging prior to or after the event. 4. Soda, alcohol, and other beverage purchases. Beverage packages are available for purchase prior to sailing. 

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS and OPTIONAL ADDITIONS:

  • Travel Insurance. In these uncertain times, we do suggest purchasing travel insurance. It is usually fairly inexpensive and a number of companies offer it online. Our travel agent can also assist you with this.
  • Room Upgrades. If you’d like to upgrade from an interior stateroom to an ocean view stateroom, balcony, or suite, say the word and we’ll get you a quote! For example, balcony rooms start at an additional $125 per person. 
  • Connecting Rooms. Oddly, it can cost less to book two connecting rooms for two people each than one much more cramped room for four people. If you’re traveling with children on the March 27-April 1 cruise and you’d like connecting rooms, please let us know so we can get you the best quote. 
  • Flights. Our travel agent is happy to assist you with booking a flight at a nominal fee of $35 per ticket.
  • Ground Transporation. Our travel agent is happy to assist you with ground transporation to the cruise ship. For example, a transfer package between the ship port and airport is $70 per person roundtrip; transfer reservation must be made at the time of booking.
  • Hotel. Our travel agent is happy to assist you with hotel arrangements. Due to flight delays and cancelations, we recommend arriving in Tampa at least a day ahead of the cruise departure. 
  • Something else you’d like? Please let us know! You may or may not have heard our travel agent is happy to assist you. 😉 

 

HOW TO REGISTER: Contact Beth Woolsey at beth@bethwoolsey.com. Put CRUISE RETREAT in the subject line. Include as much info as you have–YOUR NAME, which cruise date you’d like to attend, roommate info, any upgrades or options you need, and other preferences or concerns. 

 


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 Beth Woolsey at beth@bethwoolsey.com.