Celebrate the return of spring and enjoy a morning dedicated to the wellness and well-being of women as Mill Creek Metroparks — Fellows Riverside Gardens hosts the first Women’s Well-Being Retreat – A Morning at the Gardens, Saturday April 7.
Join Michelle O’Brien and guest speakers Dr. Kathy Padgitt, Ginny Taylor, and Karen Schaffert, as they share information, practices, and techniques to enhance healthier lifestyles and more vibrant living among women.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for women in the Mahoning Valley to learn strategies to support good health on all levels, connecting the physical, emotional, and energetic components of the individual,” O’Brien said. “It is our hope that this becomes an annual event.”
O’Brien is the owner of Valkere LLC, a firm that specializes in enhancing personal and professional performance and expression. She is also in private practice as a meditation specialist and as a certified yoga instructor.
The retreat will cover a variety of topics such as living intentionally, meditation, mindful eating, transition journaling and healing touch practices for self-care.
“These lifestyle strategies enrich traditional health practices and methods, and together create a more holistic way of living,” O’Brien said. “What a pleasure to have an event of this nature hosted by Fellows Riverside Gardens. It is important to have a venue of such high caliber supporting women’s wellness in the community.”
Padgitt, a board certified nephrologist and hypertension specialist and partner in The Kidney Group, said that she is excited to be a part of this retreat. “I want to thank Michelle for organizing this wonderful spring event,” she said. “This retreat presents an opportunity to renew, share and learn with other women in our community.” Padgitt also serves as principal practitioner of The Center for Lifestyle Change in Boardman.
Schaffert, a trained Healing Touch facilitator and certified yoga instructor, noted that the retreat would open up new pathways for women looking to achieve optimal wellness. “I’m looking forward to sharing my expertise to help women tap into their energetic component of health and wellness,” she said.
Taylor, a life transition mentor and founder of Women of Wonder, is also a certified yoga instructor.
“This is an excellent opportunity for women to gather in community with each other,” Taylor said. “It’s a chance to engage, learn, rest, and practice self-care – a priceless experience.”
The women’s wellness retreat runs from 9:30 a.m. until noon at the D.D. and Velma Davis Education and Visitors Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Participants are encouraged to bring a notebook and writing tool, and a mat if so desired. Tables and chairs will also be provided.
Cost for this event is $32 for residents and $34 for non-residents. Participants should reserve their space by April 4. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens at 330-740-7116.
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