Women's Renewal Weekend Retreat

October Women’s Retreat

At The Villa Maria

September 20-22

The inspiration for this weekend is that we as women may have to much on our plates or we may feel that we are not doing enough or good enough at what we are doing. Well my courageous friends, this weekend is one where you will be invited to move, laugh, love, write, meditate, journal, nurture and heal your body, mind and soul. Showing up in the world with an open heart as yourself takes so much courage and I want you to know you are never alone, you are supported and that you belong.

"Courage is contagious. Every time we choose courage, we make everyone around us a little better and the world a little braver." ~ Brene Brown

When you take time to quiet the chaos of the world around you, you not only get clear on your own message/direction/voice, you also become an inspiration to those around you.

This Transformational Women’s Retreat is a space for you to show up as you are. During our time together healing begins as soon as you set foot onto the land. The Villa Maria is a Spiritual Retreat Center that offers a beautiful and tranquil space for spiritual growth. You will have the opportunity to create your own retreat that includes time set aside for movement, creating, healing and nourishing from the inside out.

Who is this retreat for? Women who want to make a greater impact in what they do and with their families but are just overwhelmed and tapped out.

What is it about? A weekend retreat for women where they can renew their spirit, find their voice and live more courageously. Regaining a sense of belonging.

Why? There is a shift for women to regain their foothold within themselves. Women are an instrumental part of society and the world. As women we can offer a rebirth of nurturing oneself and others while still being courageous, authentic and a living in the world with an open heart.

There is one and only one rule: To take impeccable care of yourself.

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Investment Options

Early Bird by September 4


All Inclusive:


Early A la cart:

Full Weekend of Programming: $275

Private Room: $100

Food Included for entire weekend: $50

Late Bird, after September 4

2 spaces opened up at the $397 price! Expires October 1 at 6pm

All Inclusive:


Late A la cart:

Full Weekend of Programming: $350

Private Room: $175

Food Included for entire weekend: $50

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4:30-5:30pm Optional Dinner

6pm Check-In, Welcome and Introductions

6:30pm Laughter Yoga with Teresa Lisum

7pm Writing Circle with Dena Deluco

8pm Healing Hypnosis with Dena Deluco


7am Morning Yoga & Meditation with Maureen Lauer-Gatta

8am Breakfast

9am Healing Through the Generations with Kim Cooper

11:30am Mindful Eating

11:45am Lunch

1pm Gentle Movement & Loving Kindness Meditation with Maureen

2pm Tai Chi Chih with Teresa Lisum

2:30pm Writing Circle with Dena

4pm Break and Dinner

5:30pm Playin with Patterns

6:30pm Healing Hypnosis

8pm Yoga Nidra


7am Morning Yoga and Meditation with Maureen

8am Breakfast & Break

10am Walking the Labrynth Meditation

11:45am Lunch

1pm Closing, Connecting and Check-In

(note schedule may change without notice)

Description of Workshops

Healing Through the Generations: This guided meditation and energy experience is an opportunity to release the thoughts, beliefs and judgments we hold onto and pass from generation to generation. It’s also an opportunity to connect with ancestral wisdom that didn't get passed on due to fear, shame, or family circumstances.

Laughter Yoga: a revolutionary movement that’s blazing a happy trail across the globe! Its simple premise is that anyone can laugh. We don’t need jokes, comedy, or even a sense of humor. All that’s necessary is the desire to laugh—to open up our hearts, letting the joy of laughter flow. Laughter is so good for your mind, body and spirit! No yoga poses involved but you must invite your inner 5 year old to come out to play!

Playing with Patterns: No artistic talent required. It’s an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and a fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. A non-representational and unplanned practice that allows you to focus on each stroke and not worry about the result. You just need to know the steps. The result is a delightful surprise! Quiet your mind and experience a sense of peace and calm.

T'ai Chi Chih (pronounced tie chee chuh): is a mix of meditation and movement that focuses on balance and the circulation of energy known in Chinese philosophy as chi. T'ai Chi Chih is a variation of tai chi but simpler. T'ai Chi Chih only has 19 stand-alone movements and one pose.

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Your guides for the weekend are:

Maureen Lauer-Gatta

Your Mindful Living Guide and Retreat Leader

Compassion in action is crucial to creating more peace not only in our lives but also in our world. During yoga and meditation you will have the opportunity to practice on your mat how you want to live your life. To move with compassion and kindness. Taking what you learn on your mat and cushion into your life and through your day.

YOU have the opportunity here to start to recreate and be supported 1000% of the life you want to live.

My deepest intention is to create a more compassionate world to live in now and for future generations.


Maureen has a knack for creating a comfortable, calming atmosphere for people to heal and grow whether it be through yoga, workshops, retreats or drum circles she facilitates. She has been practicing yoga for over a decade, teaching since 2003 and training yoga teachers since 2008. She became the owner of The Yoga Room in 2010. Her love of this practice and the growth she sees in others through yoga inspires her daily. She has combined yoga and drumming at local retreat centers where people can learn Mindfulness Practices that help reduce stress, increase their ability to focus and improve their quality of living. Since 2011 Maureen has been leading 8 week Stress Reduction Programs based on Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program. In 2012, she participated in a Jon Kabat-Zinn's MBSR retreat at Mt. Madonna Retreat Center in Watsonville, California. She also has attended a Mindful Schools Workshop in February 2014 in New York City. Over the last two summers, she taught 300 children grades 4-12 yoga and mindfulness practices during the Inspiring Minds summer enrichment programs. She has presented Mindfulness Workshops to the YMCA of of Ohio in Columbus, Eastern Gateway Community College, One Health Ohio and Delphi.

Maureen has been practicing yoga for over a decade and teaching since 2003. In 2011 she became a certified Drum Circle facilitator under the guidance of her teacher Jim Donovan (www.jimdonovandrums.com). Since then, she has been facilitating drum circles at The Yoga Room, which she has owned since 2010. She studied at Inner Wellness and earned her Registered Yoga Teacher certification. After many years of teaching numerous classes she received the title of Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT) through the Yoga Alliance. In August of 2010, she completed her 500-hour certification at Three Rivers Yoga (www.threeriversyoga.com ) in Coraopolis, Pa. In August of 2009, she participated in a monthlong meditation retreat at Tara Mandala (www.taramandala.org ) in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. She also leads teacher trainings - Yoga Alliance 200 and 500 hour certified programs as an affiliate with Three Rivers Yoga. She is a part-time adjunct professor at Youngstown State University since August 2015 for yoga and meditation.

She also works privately with women that are ready to take their life to the next level creating one with more purpose and intention. She has created Purposeful Living to help women that are feeling stressed and overwhelmed by inner and outer expectations to live a life of purpose and authenticity.

She continues to study yoga and meditation with her teacher Karres Cvetkovich of Youngstown and Dawa Tarchin Phillips of Santa Barbara, California.


Life is FAST … and getting faster!

It’s so easy to jump on the hamster wheel - without ever realizing that we’re running in circles!

This weekend offers the opportunity to simply Stop… and BE (no judgments, no guilt, no blame or shame) Just BE. Be present for yourself. Be present for those in your company.

It is my deepest wish for you to take this weekend – and let it be Just For You.

Just. For. You. When was the last time you did something that was Just For You?


Hypnosis is my ‘go to’ for assisting you to go deep within yourself to clear blocks, heal wounds and to tap-in to the essence of who you are. In your sessions with me, you will be given the opportunity to influence your own thoughts, beliefs and actions. Hypnosis can be described a lovely guided meditation that can introduce you to a sweet calm and your inner spiritual world.

This level of awareness can open us up to higher levels of inspiration, creativity and well-being.

WRITING CIRCLE (No Writing Experience Needed. For Real - None!):

Our circle will begin with a deep dive meditation. Here we connect with our ‘Sacred Heart’. A topic is dropped, and then we write. It’s often called “Stream of Consciousness” writing… which simply means – No filters, No Judgment, No need for Editing, No worries about Punctuation or Grammar… Just Write! After a time, we read (there zero pressure to read – only if you feel inspired to do so).

The beautiful thing about this process is that while we connect with our own Sacred Heart… we are simultaneously weaving together a collective heart. This practice has been the doorway to answers, spiritual awakening and healing on the level of the physical, mental and emotional.


Dena has the unique ability of originating easy and graceful ways to help empower women to live their lives from a place of authenticity and heart. Her casual and approachable style creates the perfect atmosphere for learning and healing on multiple levels (mind, body and spirit).

She is an author, trainer, Certified NLP Success Coach, Hypnotherapist/Hypnotist Trainer (International Hypnosis Federation), and the founder of The Evolving Door (Inside The Old School Marketplace in North Lima, Ohio). Dena is also the Executive Producer of TEDxYoungstown (September, 2018).


I believe that every choice we make affects the next seven generations. If you’re feeling angry, fearful or stressed, it’s not just affecting you. If you extrapolate that backwards, we are at the effect of the thoughts, feelings, beliefs and experiences of our parents and their ancestors. Some of those beliefs serve us well. Many of them don’t, but we either don’t know how to change them, or they reside in our subconscious and we aren’t even aware of them.

I will be offering a guided meditation and energy experience at the retreat; an opportunity to release the energetic debris we hold onto and pass from generation to generation. It’s also an opportunity to connect with ancestral wisdom that may have been lost due to fear, shame, or family circumstances.

YOU have the power to heal your generational line, both forward and back. Are you ready?


I work with Pathfinders - visionaries who see the world in a different way than everyone else. Pathfinders see possibility where others see limitations, they work on their own healing even when it’s uncomfortable, and they have the unique ability to shift hearts and minds with their thoughts and words (once they decide to stop hiding their brilliance.)

A Pathfinder myself, I spent many years as an airline pilot before starting my business, Pathfinder Healing Arts. (In aviation a Pathfinder is the first airplane that flies out after a storm, charting a safe course for all those that follow.) A recovering people pleaser, I am passionate about alleviating shame, healing family histories, accessing ancestral wisdom, mindfulness, intuition and energy work.

Teresa Lisum

I will help you laugh, move, and play with patterns, in a mindful and joyful way. Allow your mind, body and spirit to come together through her various movement-based activities.

You’ll be introduced to several Mindfulness practices that you can take home and explore on your own. Practices that are user-friendly, can be done anywhere, anytime, and can be used as part of your self-care routine or whenever you need some extra peace in your day!


I am a Wellness Advocate, essential oil educator, and fitness enthusiast. I help people feel happier, healthier and more peaceful by offering a variety of tools, resources, guidance and support. I am on a personal journey seeking my authentic self and enjoy partnering with others who are ready to step into their best selves! I love to laugh, dance, be outside in the sunshine, walk the beach, view the sunset and spend time with friends and family.