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Women’s Wellness and Education Retreat

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022

Copper Hall
203 Otter Ave.
Oshkosh, Wis.

Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022
Time: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Cost: $99
Location: Copper Hall (203 Otter Ave., Oshkosh, WI 54901)
Maximum Capacity: 33 participants (Please register early!)

Moving Intentionally Through Life’s Transitions

As we travel through our journey in life, we are thrown many curve balls. Some of those curve balls are pleasant and sweet surprises, while some bring us heartache and grief, and some bring us both. Often, we are so busy, we don’t even realize that we are grieving a loss – a loss of what we thought life would be, a job loss, a loss of a relationship, a loved one, an empty nest  – until we are encountering other obstacles that we can’t resolve. In our fall retreat, we will focus on how we move with intention through these transitions.

We will be using the book Finding My Intention: A story about hope transforming into purpose after life falls apart, by Shelly Maxwell. Shelly, a licensed clinical social worker, will facilitate our discussion and the activities will be further supplemented with music interventions by music therapist, Tiffany Vollrath.

Fall 2022 Schedule and Topics

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022

8 – 8:30 a.m. Check-In
8:30 – 9 a.m. Session I:  Get to Know You!
The opening session will provide opportunities to get to know each other while participating in community drumming.  We are capping this program at 33 people to allow for a more personal experience.
9 – 10 a.m. Session II:  Change in Our Lives
In this session we will identify our roles, recognize the transitions we have encountered and explore our reactions to these events.
10 – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15–11:30 a.m. Session IIII: Experiencing Grief: Caring for the Body, Mind and Soul
As we explore our experiences, we will be given tools for self-care.  Tools such as breathing, reflection, music, movement, and trying something new.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Walk along Oshkosh’s Riverwalk (Rain or shine.)
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Session IV: Bringing Balance & Going Deeper – why do we react?
Review and explore narratives about change and how they shape us and our reactions to the transitions we experience in life.
 2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Session V:  Creating Narratives for Healthy Transitions
We will further develop our discussion from Session II to practice the tools received through writing, rituals, and music.  Develop a personal playlist to use moving forward.
4 – 6 p.m. Fun Activity TBD
 Optional Activities – Not Included  
6:15 p.m. A reservation for dinner will be at Becket’s if you would like to eat with other women from the retreat you are welcome to do so.

Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022

Optional Activities – Not Included  
  Yoga will be available to retreat participants Sunday morning at Inner Sun Yoga Studio. Registration links will be sent to registered participants closer to the date.
  Shelly’s book will be available at the retreat for $15. Please indicate in your registration if you are interested. If you would like the book prior to the retreat, contact UW Oshkosh Continuing Education Program Manager Julie Kiefer at

Meet the Instructors

Shelly Maxwell, MSW, LCSW, RYT lives and works as a counselor, guest speaker and yoga instructor in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. In college, Shelly worked in outdoor experiential education before moving to St. Louis for graduate school. Her graduate work specialized in counseling and coping with chronic illness. Shelly worked for 15 years in higher education at both Washington University in St. Louis and UW Oshkosh. In addition to serving as a staff counselor at UWO Counseling Center, she also led multiple initiatives on campus, including training students and staff in responding to students in distress. She now works for the Ascension Wisconsin Employee Assistance Program where she continues her clinical practice and provides presentations to companies around the Fox Valley. In 2018, Shelly completed 200 hours as a registered yoga teacher to celebrate her 20 years of practicing yoga. She practices and teaches at Inner Sun Yoga Studio.

Finding My Intention is Shelly’s first book detailing a time in her life where she used her professional skills to help navigate the death of her mother and divorce. By sharing her story, Shelly hopes to connect with readers who are going through transition and experiencing grief. Shelly believes that when we tell our stories a healing process occurs which deepens our compassion towards each other and ourselves.

Tiffany Vollrath, MT-BC, NMT-Fellow, AMTA Internship Supervisor lives in Oshkosh and works as a board-certified music therapist. Since 1998, Tiffany has practiced music therapy with a variety of ages and populations including: adult oncology, skilled nursing, Alzheimer’s and dementia, early childhood, pregnancy and childbirth, autism and developmental disabilities. Tiffany specializes in Neurologic Music Therapy. She has been employed by Expressive Therapies since 2017. She has been a choir director with ARTS for ALL Wisconsin (formerly VSA) for over 20 years and enjoys providing music with the worship team at her church.