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Women’s Wellness and Education Retreat

Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021

Oshkosh Convention Center
Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel and Conference Center
Oshkosh, Wis.

Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021
Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Cruise along the Fox River 4 to 6 p.m.)
Cost: $99
Location: Oshkosh Convention Center (2 North Main Street, Oshkosh, WI  54901) and Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center (1 North Main Street, Oshkosh, WI  54901)
Maximum Capacity: 35 participants (Please register early and no later than Friday, Oct. 1, 2021.)

Learn. Grow. Live a more balanced life.

You are invited to a wonderful one-day retreat focused on you. Spend the day with like-minded women to learn, grow and live a more balanced life because you are worth it!

The day includes:                  

  • Yoga – adapted for all skill levels ($10 value)
  • Educational programming offered by experts focused on well-being and gut health ($650 value)
  • An hour of Sound Massage ($65 value)
  • Healthy and delicious lunch and two snacks ($40 value)
  • Time for a walk along Oshkosh’s Riverwalk
  • A fun, two-hour boat cruise along the Fox River (On the Loos Cruise $35 value) and
  • An opportunity to stay in Oshkosh’s Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel and Conference Center at the UWO Rate by asking for the UWO Women’s Wellness Day rate: $119.99 per night for Friday, Oct. 8 and Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021. There are two weddings that weekend so do not wait to book!
  • COVID-19 protocols will be followed to ensure safety at this event.

Schedule

8:30-9:00 a.m.   Registration
9:00-9:30 a.m.   Yoga (for all levels)
Bring your yoga mat.
9:30-9:45 a.m.    Break and Morning Snack
9:45-10:45 a.m.  Session 1
Both sessions offered twice so you may attend both.

Navigating, Coping and Adapting to Change
by Shelly Maxwell MSW, LCSW

This pandemic has reminded us how adaptable we are to change. But change can still take a toll, especially the accumulative effects of many changes. In the morning session, we’ll take inventory of the changes we’ve endured and their effects on us. We’ll also use that time to share how we’ve been navigating, coping and adapting.

The Gut-Brain Connection
by Kate Harrell, MS, RD, CSSD, LD

The gut-brain connection is real. Anxiety is linked to stomach problems and vice versa. The gastrointestinal (GI) tract is sensitive to emotion. Anger, anxiety, sadness and elation — all of these feelings (and others) can trigger symptoms in the gut. When we have a healthy gut, it can improve our mood and how we handle stress. Learn more about getting and maintaining a healthy gut.

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.    Session 2
Attend the alternative session from Session 1.
12:00-1:30 p.m.               Lunch and walk along the Oshkosh Riverwalk
1:30-2:30 p.m.                 Session 3

Tools for Change
by Shelly Maxwell MSW, LCSW

There are many coping strategies that can assist us to adjust and to cope with change. In the afternoon session, we’ll experiment with these skills. You will be guided through these skills and have a chance to experience their benefits. We will also explore how to incorporate them into everyday life.

Peter Hess® Sound Massage Sound Vibrational Experience™
by Deb Sommerhalder, Inner Sun Yoga Studio (This is a group session not individual massage.)

Immerse in a Peter Hess® Sound Massage! Tibetan singing bowls are played gently on/near your fully-clothed body to connect to your vibrational tone and take you on a sound journey experience. These vibrations will generate a range of sounds to open your energy field and reset your body, mind and soul.

2:30-2:45 p.m.    Break and afternoon snack
2:45-3:45 p.m.    Session 4
Attend the alternative session from Session 3.

4:00-6:00 p.m.  Boat Cruise along the Fox River
Weather dependent: There will not be a refund if we are not able to go due to weather).
                               The boat holds 39 people.  We are capping this program at just under that number.
                               If we are inside, we will not be able to be distanced and masks are required. 

Masks are required by UWO for all indoor activities. Please be prepared to wear a mask while we are indoors.

Meet the Instructors

Shelly Rutz 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 Ascension WI 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.

Kate Harrell, MS, RD, CSSD, LD is a registered dietitian and certified specialist in Sports Dietetics and Weight Management. She holds a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology. She is employed by the Kinesiology Department at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and serves as the director of the Healthy Titans Employee Fitness Program. Kate also provides nutrition coaching and training at the Oshkosh YMCA.  She is passionate about the integration of fitness and nutrition for health and vitality.

 

Deb Sommerhalder, Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT), Certified Pilates Teacher (CPT), Certified Peter Hess Sound Massage Practitioner, is the founder of Inner Sun Yoga Studio, LLC and Intuitive Yoga Experience™ known for her authentic, compassionate teaching style. She encourages growth of the physical and spiritual self through breath, movement and meditation, inviting her students to use their intuition to explore their practice at their own pace. Deb weaves a variety of modalities into her classes to create an inspiring, nurturing and safe practice that is accessible for everyone.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will your retreat experience include?

The day includes:                  

    • Yoga – adapted for all skill levels ($10 value)
    • Educational programming offered by experts focused on well-being and gut health ($650 value)
    • An hour of Sound Massage ($65 value)
    • Healthy and delicious lunch and two snacks ($40 value)
    • Time for a walk along Oshkosh’s Riverwalk
    • A fun, two-hour boat cruise along the Fox River (On the Loos Cruise $35 value) and
    • An opportunity to stay in Oshkosh’s Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel and Conference Center at the UWO Rate by asking for the UWO Women’s Wellness Day rate: $119.99 per night for Friday, Oct. 8 and Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021. There are two weddings that weekend so do not wait to book!
What goals can you accomplish in just one day?

Learn more about yourself, along with the science and theory of current/cutting-edge nutrition, fitness and overall health.

  • Quality wellness education to address the dimensions of wellness – not diet schemes.
  • Be with like-minded women on your wellness journey.
  • Unplug, rest, relax, spend time with female family members or friends and meet new women as well.
  • Try new things – foods, exercise options and ways of thinking – to shift your paradigms.
  • Intellectually stimulating – sessions are not dumbed-down, cliché wellness platitudes.
How long has the Women's Wellness and Education Retreat been around?

Women’s Wellness and Education Retreat History

  • Started by the UW Oshkosh Continuing Education department in Fall 2016.
  • The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for women to receive quality, cutting- edge wellness information in a non-traditional higher education setting.
  • We meet at a resort and enjoy the amenities while learning from our presenters and each other.
  • A wellness book is chosen to read in advance (this is optional) and sessions are planned from the topics of the book.