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Women’s Retreat Weekend at the Academic Village

Posted on Jul 01, 2014 in Women's Retreat Weekend , Academic Village , July-August 2014

The Seaside Institute will hold a three-day women’s retreat focused on health and wellness approaches for mind, body and spirit at the Academic Village from Sept. 19 to 21.

The weekend will include lectures delivered by wellness professionals, and exercise led by experienced instructors and social activities. Early registration pricing is $425, which includes a two-night stay in the Academic Village, breakfast each morning and a reception on Friday evening. After Aug. 30, the price will be $500. Weekend retreat packages without accommodations are $200 for early registration, $250 after Aug. 30.

Speakers include Leigh Baldwin, director of Wellness and Counseling Services at The Women’s Hospital in Evansville, Ind.; and Leslie Bonci, director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and sports dietitian for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Penguins, University of Pittsburgh Department of Athletics, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and Milwaukee Brewers. Bonci, based in Pittsburgh, Pa., is also co-author of “Run Your Butt Off.”

Pulling from the wonderful local talent along 30A, yoga and meditation instructor, Melissa Davis, will be on hand Saturday and Sunday to offer early morning yoga (Vinyasa style) and meditation. Also, Jenifer Kuntz, owner of Raw & Juicy, an organic food/juice bar and eating establishment that operates from a converted Airstream along Scenic Highway 30A in Seaside, will demonstrate how to make the perfect smoothie. More offerings: a two-mile trail walk, sunset beach walk and iPhoneography lesson given by super-creative, Studio b owner, Colleen Duffley.

The weekend will kick-off with a lecture and reception Friday evening in the new Seaside Assembly Hall. More details can be found at

The retreat is designed as an opportunity for women to find some life-balance in the most beautiful beach community in America. Space is limited; advance registration is encouraged.

Diane Dorney is the executive director of the Seaside Institute.