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Women in Military Resiliency Retreat

March 22nd-24th, 2024




Join Sally for an incredible weekend of connection, discovery, fun, and relaxation for women in military! What a fabulous way to celebrate Women's History Month. We welcome active duty, guard, reserve, veterans, and wives of military. 


Here is the tentative schedule. Please keep in mind, you can do all of it or pick and choose! 

3:30-4:30pm - Arrive and get settled in your yurt
5pm – Gather for a rundown of the weekend events,
ice breaker, meet our facilitators, & mini-meditation to set intentions for the weekend
6:30pm – Dinner - the food will be amazing

Bonfire fun after dinner - theme = Military Pride


Anytime: Hike around camp trails
7:30am – Group run or walk + bootcamp with Kelly Pettis - OR sleep :)
7:30 – Coffee available

8:00am - BREAKFAST
9:00am – Facilitator Presentation

(Option for morning bike ride on quiet roads around the lake)
10:00am - Yoga 

11:00am - Facilitator - Rachel Rubin Wilkins


12-1pm Lunch & Break

Afternoon Options:

1:00pm Ropes Course 
2:30pm Kayaking
3:30pm - Facilitator Activity or Presentation

4:30pm - Optional Pleasant Hollow Winery excursion on the camp bus
5:30pm Sip & Paint
6pm Dinner 
7pm Pajama Party at the bonfire

Sunday Options:
7:30am Group run or walk + bootcamp with Kelly Pettis  - OR sleep!
7:30am Coffee available

9:00-10:00am - Colonel Laurel "Buff" Burkel speaks on resiliency
Option for morning bike ride on quiet roads around the lake
10:30am Yoga 
11:30am Pack up 

12:00pm Lunch & reflection


Bike Rides:

Bring your own, or rent an e-bike for the weekend!

Women’s Retreat Special Rate

Valid for (1) Electric Bike Rental from Rend Lake Electric Bike Rentals for October 21 - October 22, 2023. Includes delivery to Camp Manitowa on Saturday at 9am, one electric bicycle, helmet, and bike lock with pick up on Sunday at end of morning activities. Contact Darby@BikeRendLake.comor (618) 740-3707 with any questions! Web Address:

During the entire camp, you can pick and choose what you will attend. Curate your weekend!
Take all the free time that you want!
Sleep late, have a friend grab you breakfast!


What to bring:

  • Bedding & pillows

  • Sunscreen

  • Throw for the bonfire/meals

  • Ear plugs

  • A variety of clothing/hats/shoes for weather changes


Wonderful Yurts! They sleep 12 but we can spread out, there are plenty!

3 Dorms are also available. 

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