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weekend retreat

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10.21.22 - 10.22.22

THE pearl

columbia, md

relax THE body

clear THE mind

liberate THE soul

RELEASE: a weekend retreat

about THE retreat

Autumn. A wise teacher and student alike, autumn shows us all how absolutely necessary change can be. While change may be the only universal truth there is, our human habits and our clingy minds often make this most beautiful process feel challenging.

Learning how to gently purify the body and clear the mind will help you embrace the inevitable changes that life presents us with. Absolving yourself and others with gratitude and love guides you on a path towards authentic spiritual freedom. 


At the RELEASE weekend retreat, you will be guided through a series of nurturing activities and intimate group sessions designed to relax your body and balance your mental and emotional health. 


Using the gifts of deep listening, community, forgiveness, and gratitude, you will begin to release whatever you may be resisting, allowing space for more love, more resilience, and more acceptance.  Daily yoga, community reiki, rejuvenating water therapies, grounding walks, heart-centered activities, and sacred sharing circles will aid you in making space for all that is waiting to be let into your life: once you're willing to surrender. 


The RELEASE weekend retreat will be held at THE pearl wellness spa + boutique, with overnight accommodations and meals provided by Merriweather lakehouse, a luxury boutique hotel just steps away from THE pearl. This beautiful and serene environment is perfect for keeping participants focused on the necessary work of letting go.

Facilitated by Heather Jefferson, mindful movement manager and 500 E-RYT instructor, and Sharon Schmitz, wellness director and LMT

when + where

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Friday, October 21st - Saturday, October 22nd

on-site at THE pearl spa

accommodations provided by Merriweather Lakehouse


$575.00 per person, shared room

$700.00 per person, single room

price includes one night accommodations, 3 meals catered by Merriweather Lakehouse, a self-care spa box to be enjoyed at your leisure, access to THE healing waters, a private floating meditation class, access to mindful movement classes, customized, private reiki+yoga workshop, activity materials, and supplies

extend your stay at the Merriweather Lakehouse for only $300 per room.

customized spa experiences available during certain times. choose from the following therapies

THE surrender massage - 45 minutes $125

THE inner peace facial - 45 minutes $120

THE good karma body experience - 45 minutes $125

THE kindred sole foot therapy - 30 minutes $90

schedule of events


3:00 pm - 5:00 pm             arrival + check-in*

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm             group sharing and introductions

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm             dinner at Merriweather Lakehouse

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm             THE healing waters*

8:30 pm - 9:15 pm             aerial floating meditation + reiki

9:30 pm                             reflections, rejuvenation, rest



7:30 am - 8:00 am              rise and shine wellness tea + tinctures

8:00 am - 10:30 am            choose your journey (activity)*

10:30 am - 11:00 am          surrender circle + journaling 

11:00 am - 12:00 pm          brunch at Merriweather Lakehouse

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm         grounding walking meditation

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm           releasing art therapy activity

2:30 pm - 4:30  pm            quiet reflection + room checkout*

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm             wellness tea + surrender circle

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm             restorative yoga + reiki

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm             dinner at Merriweather Lakehouse

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm             final surrender circle, hugs + safe travels

*spa therapy appointment times available. please contact your retreat guides to reserve your space

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more information

accommodation information

participants will be staying at the beautiful Merriweather Lakehouse, a boutique hotel located in the heart of Columbia, MD. offering 4 star accommodations in a lakefront setting, the Merriweather Lakehouse is the ultimate space to rejuvenate your whole self. 

each participant should bring the following:

swimsuit and shower shoes or flip flops

appropriate clothing for exercise

comfortable clothing for meditations and surrender circles

rain gear and/or umbrella

shoes appropriate for outdoors

water bottle

personal toiletries and self-care items, such as an eye mask, silk pillowcase, fuzzy socks, and so forth

payment + cancelation

the full payment is due in full at the time of registration. cancelations 15 days in advance and receive a 100% refund.

cancelations of less than 15 days receive a 50% refund. there will be no refunds for cancelations less than 3 days in advance.

each participant will be asked to complete a liability waiver and emergency medical form and bring their identification and insurance cards. more information to follow upon registering.

inner surrender leads to the highest truth.

- zen proverb

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