Join wellness mama, self-care advocate, and GLOW owner Amy Hopkins, with author & writing teacher, amateur yogi, and trauma survivor, Alexis Paige, for a mind-body-soul journey of self-care and discovery through writing, sharing stories, yoga, and thai massage. Come mired, and leave inspired after a one-day retreat of intention, self-exploration, and nourishment— set in the restorative embrace of Eliot, Maine’s beautiful Shilo Farm. Drawing from her award-winning memoir, Not a Place on Any Map, which pursues a lost sense of self and home after trauma, Alexis will guide writing exercises designed to unearth and mine our stories, to release unwanted energy or self-defeating baggage, and to clarify intentions, so as to enter spring, the season of rebirth, with renewed zeal for living our best lives. Whether you are in a rut, curious about self-care, healing from trauma, beginning or continuing a holistic wellness practice, or just craving some emotional spring cleaning, take some time out to retreat from your daily grind, clear and reset your mind, and move into the restorative season in bloom.
WHO WE ARE
Long-term friends and lifelong learners both, Amy and Alexis manifested the GET GLOWING Wellness Retreat as both a reunion of sorts, and an offering of their professional gifts and mutual passion for personal growth. Sensing an instant kismet (and a shared weakness for raw cookie dough) upon meeting at the University of New Hampshire in the mid-90s, Amy and Alexis soon became roommates, and later, lifelong friends. With decades of education and experience between them, as well as a twenty-plus years’ bond, they offer uniquely-complementary gifts for the healing arts: Amy is known among her GLOW clients and the wellness community for her warm, funny presence and healing touch as a hands-on bodywork enthusiast, while Alexis is known as a fun, candid teacher and storyteller who challenges others to push beyond their comfort zones while providing a safe haven in which to explore their stories and possibilities for change.
The DAY’S JOURNEY:
With such a union in mind, this retreat will feature a mind-body fusion of exercises and activities for igniting self-discovery, self-expression, self-care, healing, and growth. Your day, designed with a mix of inner-work, discovery and awakening, and you-deserve-it pampering in mind, will include the following, and more:
– Mindful writing exercises for self-discovery
– Selected readings and thoughtfully-curated sources of inspiration
– Thai Yoga Massage
– Meditation and beginner-friendly yoga
– Delicious local, organic lunch, prepared and served by Shilo Farm
– All-day coffee & tea bar
– Access to Shilo Farm’s magical grounds, which include six acres of wildflowers and edible landscaping, paths for mindful walks, or hammocks and swings for playful rest
– Fireside closing ceremony
The VENUE & SETTING:
– Shilo Farm Eco-Lodge & Retreat in Eliot, Maine (4 miles from Portsmouth)
– In Partnership with GLOW Wellness Studio of York, Maine and Alexis Paige Writes Workshops, visiting from Vermont.
– Should you wish to book an overnight at Shilo or attend one of their classes before our retreat begins, visit their website at shilo-farm.com.
WHAT TO BRING
– Your raw selves and a sense of curiosity
– A yoga mat
– A water bottle
– A journal and pen
Amy Hopkins is an advocate for wellness – plain and simple. Since earning her nursing degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1997 and her massage certification from the Boulder College of Massage Therapy in 2001, she has spent years creating a body of professional wellness work.
During her early years working in Maternal/Child nursing in various hospital settings, Amy’s interest in holistic medicine was reinforced as she saw first-hand the need for it in her patients and in herself. In 1998, an adventurous move to Colorado stimulated her passion for all-things-healthy, mind, body, and spirit. It was here that Amy realized that wellness would be her life’s work.
In 2009, Amy opened GLOW, LLC – an innovative studio that is the culmination of Amy’s unique blend of expertise, commitment to wellness and desire to develop and share this holistic perspective with her community and beyond. Amy loves being “the face of GLOW” and promoting wellness through her teaching of massage and yoga, collaborating with her colleagues to create the best wellness plan for GLOW clients and students, building lasting professional relationships within her community, and with travel near and dear to her heart, Amy especially thrives on taking her professional trainings “on the road.”
Amy resides in York, Maine with her husband, daughter, son, and their lovable lab, “Ruby RedRocks.”
Alexis Paige is an author, editor, and teacher who writes from a converted farmhouse pantry in rural New England. Her first book, Not A Place On Any Map, a memoir in vignettes about trauma, won the 2016 Vine Leaves Press Vignette Collection Award.
Paige holds an MA in poetry from San Francisco State University and an MFA in nonfiction from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program. She teaches writing and social justice courses at Vermont Technical College and the Community College of Vermont, and has served as guest faculty at the Stonecoast MFA program, as writer-in-residence at Bay Path University, and as visiting artist at Saint Lawrence University.
Paige’s work appears in multiple journals and anthologies, including The Rumpus, Fourth Genre, Hippocampus, Full Grown People, and on Brevity, where she is an Assistant Editor. Her essay, “The Right to Remain,” which first appeared in The Rumpus, was named a Notable in the 2016 Best American Essays anthology. Four-time Pushcart Prize nominated, Paige’s work has also been featured on Freshly Pressed and Longform. Winner of the 2013 New Millennium Writings Nonfiction Prize and twice a top-ten finalist of Glamour magazine’s essay contest, Paige lives in Vermont with her husband, and their two dogs, and a wayward duck. She can be found at alexispaigewrites.com
GLOW’s Acupuncture “Happy Hour” is a community acupuncture experience allowing folks to receive treatments on a more consistent basis at an affordable rate. Treatments are performed in GLOW’s Studio Be, which is a safe, cozy space where you can lie quietly and comfortably in a peaceful room among others.
Starting in October 2017, our Happy Hour is the first Thursday of every month from 5:45 to 6:45pm. PLEASE ARRIVE BETWEEN 5:45 AND 6:00pm FOR UP TO AN HOUR TREATMENT. DOORS WILL CLOSE AT 6:00pm TO MAINTAIN PEACEFUL ENVIRONMENT.
*As of 4/1/16 anyone new to Happy Hour is required to have an initial private consult with our acupuncturist, Isabel, before registering for Happy Hour. If you have treatment-specific questions/concerns or if you are considering private acupuncture, please contact Isabel at firstname.lastname@example.org. You must pre-register and pre-pay for Happy Hour. There is a flat fee of $20.
Isabel received her Master’s of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) from the New England School of Acupuncture, the oldest acupuncture school in the United States. She is licensed and board-certified to practice Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in New Hampshire and Maine. Isabel’s gentle acupuncture style draws from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Japanese acupuncture, and Kiiko Matsumoto style of acupuncture. Working in a variety of healthcare settings, from hospitals to community to private settings, Isabel has developed the ability to design comfortable and effective treatments to suit the individual needs of all her patients from infancy through our life long evolution. Isabel incorporates her background of Western herbalism, integrative health coaching (from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition), nutrition, psychology, and humanities to address each individual as a whole, focusing on a strong foundation to foster each person’s full potential for health. Isabel has been dedicated to honoring this complete medical system of Chinese Medicine that is over two thousand years old through the Eight Branches of Chinese Medicine that are used to stimulate the body’s inherent ability to heal itself.
The Eight Branches of Chinese Medicine:
5. Feng Shui
Isabel is currently serving as the secretary for the New Hampshire Acupuncture and Asian Medicine Board, and continues her studies with her mentors as well as through continuing education opportunities to continually be at the forefront of what acupuncture, health coaching, and, herbal medicine can offer her patients.
direct phone #: 207-400-7721
GLOW’s Reflexology “Happy Hour” is a community reflexology experience allowing folks to receive treatments on a more consistent basis at an affordable rate. Treatments are performed in GLOW’s Studio Be, which is a safe, cozy space where you can lie quietly and comfortably in a peaceful room among others.
Reflexology Happy Hour is the second Thursday of every month from 5:45 to 6:45pm. PLEASE ARRIVE BETWEEN 5:45 AND 6:00pm. DOORS WILL CLOSE AT 6:00pm TO MAINTAIN PEACEFUL ENVIRONMENT.
*If you have treatment-specific questions/concerns or if you are considering private reflexology, please contact Sharon Trull at email@example.com. You must pre-register and pre-pay for Happy Hour. There is a flat fee of $20.
Sharon has been involved in the health and wellness industry for over 30 years. Sharon started her career in Recreation Therapy working with spinal cord and brain injury patients. This led her to seek complementary therapies for her clients. Sharon is a Maine Certified Reflexologist. Sharon has always loved a good foot rub and was encouraged by her Naturopath to use reflexology on her son prior to each day of school to help “ground” him in elementary school. It worked, and the seed was planted for reflexology! Based on the belief that the power of reflexology helps reduce stress, increase circulation and balance one’s mind, body, and soul, and by working through the nervous system, Sharon finds reflexology to be a natural fit in continuing her work with clients. Sharon is passionate about her work with individuals to help them improve their quality of life and live it to the fullest.
Sharon is also certified as a Yoga 4 Cancer instructor, a former children’s yoga teacher and trainer, (ERYT-200) and registered yoga teacher (RYT) through Yoga Alliance. She is excited to be a part of the GLOW team, and working with clients of all ages. Sharon resides in South Berwick, ME with her husband and two children. She loves spending time outdoors – hiking through the woods, skiing, swimming, or paddle boarding in Maine and Vermont.
Saturday May 5, 2018 from 9-11am
Saturday June 9, 2018 from 9am-11am