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Women’s Retreat: Southern Illinois

Embrace your future: Dig deep and reconnect with joy

Featuring Dr. Deborah Ballard-Reisch

October 6-9, 2022 • $775

Retreat Theme: Release the past, embrace the future

Do you feel stuck or trapped?

Does your future feel vaguely empty?

Are you having trouble accepting loss?

Does getting older make you feel like the best years are past?

Join Dr. Deborah Ballard-Reisch and me for four days of escape from your daily life in a summer camp setting.

We’ll learn techniques to come to terms with the past and open ourselves to a joyful future.

And we’ll have a ton of fun!

It’s Summer Camp!

(But in the fall, because that’s nicer.)

October 6–9 2022 • $775 all-inclusive
Benton, Illinois (90 minutes from St. Louis)


  1. Sleep in a shared yurt
    Simple accommodations with bunks, just like camp
  2. Three meals a day — plus S’Mores!
    You won’t have to think about what’s for dinner even once.
  3. Outdoor Adventures
    Canoes, campfires, hiking, climbing wall, ropes course & more
  4. Nourish your body, brain & spirit
    Yoga, meditation, guided journaling, and personal coaching activities with Dr. Ballard-Reisch to help you release the past and tell yourself a new story about your future.

A few weeks ago, the future felt like an empty abyss for me.

Trapped in resentment over pandemic losses — and grappling with getting older — I felt like the best years of my life were over.

My coach, Dr. Deborah Ballard-Reisch, developed a workshop to help me release the past and embrace the future. She led me through meditation, discussion, mind-body techniques, and journaling, and I quickly figured out how to stop “hugging the cactus” — clinging to my pain — and tell myself a different story about my future.

Weeks later, I’m engaged and enjoying my life again! I am creating a juicy, purposeful life that I intend to enjoy for many years to come.

I wanted to share this transformation with others. That’s why I’m bringing Deborah for a camp retreat weekend. I want you to have the same opportunity to release pain, grief, and anxiety and figure out how to reshape your feelings about your future.

Let’s dig deep together and return to joy!

Lauren Zehara Haas

Indie Travel Guru

Sleep summercamp style in a shared yurt

We won’t tell if you whisper with your bunkmates after lights-out!

Yes, there are also hot-water showers and flush toilets. You’ll bring your own pillow, sheets & towels, everything else is there for you!

The getaway you need

No responsibilities, no demands. Three days without thinking, problem-solving, meal planning.

Everything is planned for you, and all expenses (except any winery purchases) are included.

Enjoy three delicious meals each day. Between activities, you’ll have free time to just…be.

Amazing women

Spending time in nature with an amazing group of women is an adventure in itself. You’ll be inspiring each other in a judgement-free zone.

No one will force you to socialize or “tell the group about yourself.” But you might laugh more in one weekend than you did in all of 2020!


Activities Galore!

NOTE: All activities are recommended if you want a fully transformative experience, but NOTHING is mandatory. Sneak off to hike, read, or nap if you’d rather, no questions asked.

  • Yoga
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing
  • Campfires
  • Dance Party
  • Bus Trip to Winery
  • Talent Show
  • Climbing/Ropes Course
  • Free Time to Relax
  • Guided Journaling
  • Meditation
  • Group discussion
  • Private one-on-one consultation with Dr. Deborah Ballard-Reisch

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Dr. Deborah Ballard-Reisch, your workshop leader

Dr. Ballard-Reisch has received multiple awards as a visionary leader, inspiring teacher and mentor, and dedicated researcher.

She has spent 30+ years as a university professor and trainer for public and private organizations at local, regional, national and international levels. She takes a strengths-based approach to strategic change and growth and emphasizes healthy communication and relationships in all contexts. 

Her work spans interpersonal and organizational settings, community-based development, health promotion, leadership training, gender, culture and advocacy awareness and facilitation, and strategic planning and assessment.

As a coach, Dr. Ballard Reisch uses diverse strategies including appreciative inquiry, strengths-based and personality assessments, PSYCH-K®, conflict resolution, and mediation to support workshop participants in identifying their desires and reaching their goals.

Special guest: Scout the Wonderdog

Scouty will be on hand to offer emotional comfort and to bring back any tennis balls you feel compelled to throw across the field!

My previous Women’s Adventure guests say:

Yes! Sign me up!

Women's Retreat registration
Price: $ 775.00

By submitting your registration, you are agreeing to the following conditions:

I understand that, despite safety precautions, Indie Travel Guru, LLC and Propel Consulting, LLC cannot guarantee safety against normal risks inherent in physical activities. Indie Travel Guru, LLC and Propel Consulting, LLC do not provide health and accident insurance for trip participants, and I understand that any medical expenses, property loss, or other personal expenditures that result during or from this travel/trip, are to be borne by me, the participant.


I also hereby consent, give authorization to, and release from liability; trip leaders to secure any emergency medical treatment in the event I am unable to, and I agree to be responsible for the costs thereof.


In consideration of the opportunity afforded, with full knowledge and acceptance of the risks associated with this trip and any recreational activities noted within; and with full understanding of the above issues/conditions and risks, I hereby release, indemnify and hold harmless Indie Travel Guru LLC, Propel Consulting Inc, their staff, officers, volunteers, and agents from all form and manner of risks inherent in, and from all claims, suits and demands of any nature arising from participation in said trip, or activities.


I also understand that I am paying to reserve a spot at the retreat. My payment may not be refunded if I cancel my reservation within 2 weeks of the event, or if I depart early or arrive late. 50% of the payment is a nonrefundable deposit that will be retained in the event I cancel and my spot cannot be filled.

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