2020 – Year 3 and how it all started!

In 2014 I was asked to be the Camp Director for the Youth Camp at Camp O’Neill. While facilitating Youth Camp it occurred to me that I should offer a retreat for Women as we are all so busy organizing our families, our careers, our lives and do not have many chances to indulge in Connecting with other woman or with ourselves.

Shirley Berthelet was the first person that came to mind to help me plan and organize this event, we thought we would do some yoga, hiking, paddling and some Christian Ministry. The thinking wheels started to turn in both of our heads. We each had our own agendas that we were able to mesh together so well! Shirley invited her daughter Sam to come and be our Chef for the weekend. Sam at the time lived in Fort Mac and had to fly out to the retreat, any money we were able to pay her went towards her costly flight. Shirley then asked if Aura could possibly join us and offer skills for doing self-massages, that added another element to our event that was setting us apart. Megan then approached me and indicated that she would absolutely love to be a part of something just like this to introduce meditation. We discussed it as a group and welcomed her. This formed our Core Group for year 1 of our Women’s Wellness Retreat.

Year 2 we Welcomed our Core Group back and had a fabulous time exploring our weekend connecting through Mind, Body and Spirit.

Year 3 we Welcome back our Core Group and would also like to introduce Jen, she is excited to join us, she will be bringing back the strength training portion of our weekend. We are beyond excited to see what Year 3 has in store for us. Please allow me to introduce you to these amazing women!

Shirley Berthelet – She is a Mom to 6 amazing young adults, and one very adorable little granddaughter she has 4 different careers that keep her running; she is the secretary of Our Lady of Victories Church, she is a Yoga instructor at Anytime Fitness in Esterhazy, she is the co-owner of BreatheMoveBe and she is a Mom. Shirley is an amazing lady, kind hearted, compassionate and she embraces a healthy lifestyle to the fullest. She understands the necessity of education, physical fitness, proper nutrition and positive spirituality. Shirley is a Certified Yoga Instructor and will share this passion of hers with us at our Retreat. Shirley is adding a new element to our Retreat this year, she will offer Yoga Nidra and Restorative Yoga workshops in conjunction with our Retreat. These workshops are an added cost.

Samantha Down – She is a Mom to one beautiful little girl and a very active puppy called Peanut Butter. Samantha has passion coming out of all of her extremities, she is bubbly, she is fun (with a capital FUN) she is hilarious. She is incredibly knowledgeable when it comes to pairing food, mixing ingredients and presenting the most amazing flavourful dishes – it truly is a Party in your Mouth when Sam is cooking. Sam is a Red Seal Chef, she will nourish us with the most amazing food, you will not want to leave. Sam will again be offering a cooking class this year. Spaces are limited so please book early.

Aura Zack – She is a Mom of 2 wonderful children. She is the quiet one of the bunch, always sporting a smile and ready to lend a helping hand. Aura is deeply dedicated to her physical fitness and brings to us an exciting element, she will teach us how to massage ourselves! Now who doesn’t love a massage? Aura is incredibly knowledgeable when it comes to the Framework and structure of our bodies, she is passionate about using our bodies and keeping them well balanced with proper athletic participation, appropriate stretching followed by muscle stimulation through massage. She will explain how massage releases toxins from our bodies, she gives you the tools and knowledge to take home to continue this practice. Aura is a Registered Massage Therapist and will be once again offering group sessions on self-massage as well as purposeful stretching. Aura has also added another element to this year’s retreat, she will be offering 30-minute massage for an additional cost. There are only 6 spots available, so please book early.

Megan Schreiner – Megan is a Mom to 3 amazingly active young children. Megan is passionate about life. If you need to get things done, they say to ask a busy person, Megan is our girl. She currently is a Teachers Assistant at the elementary school in Stockholm, she is attending University full time through distant education to realize her dream of becoming a teacher and she is the owner of Five Tree Meditation. Megan is a Certified Lifestyle Meditation Facilitator, she will once again be bringing all of her knowledge to us this year, she will guide us through meditation, she will educate us on how to work through Anxiety, she will give us the tools to guide us through the really tough days. Megan will also lead us through a quiet, unplugged 7 km hike up the Valley to give us time to reflect with our own thoughts, something we don’t often have the opportunity to do.

Jennifer Blair – Jennifer is a Mom to 3 young children. She is a trainer at Anytime Fitness in Esterhazy, she is a Planner at Saskpro Machine Works Ltd., she is part of the Choir at the United Church and has the voice of an Angel. Seriously, I could listen to her all day. Jen, is compassionate, she is a friend for life, she never gives up on anything or anyone. We are beyond excited to be adding Jen to our group, we know that she will be the perfect addition. Jen comes to us as a Certified Personal trainer, she is also working on Completing her FYI – Fitness Yoga Instruction with BreatheMoveBe. Jen will be offering strength training, tailored to our needs as well as a Power Yoga Class.

These amazing ladies are truly a Gift to me and to you. Their Passion, their knowledge their desire to lift other women up to make this world a better place, is second to none. We are so Blessed to call these women our mentors.

These wonderful ladies will be leading you in some exciting group sessions. We have tried to spread out the physical strength sessions, the powerful stretches, the relaxing canoe trips, the classroom learning sessions and of course the most delicious Chef prepared meals to give balance to the entire weekend. We hope that we have accomplished this to send you home feeling replenished, refreshed and relaxed.

Our Goal is that you own this retreat. You pick your sessions, you take the time you need to recharge your mind, your body and your spirit in whichever way suits you the best.

Our desire is that this is your safe spot. That we all pledge to not repeat what we hear, do or say at this retreat. We want everyone to be open without fear of their most cherished thoughts being repeated. We Thank you in advance for your confidentiality.

We need you to Make this retreat your own.

We want each of you to come and learn new skills or refine the skills you already have. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of what is Camp O’Neill. Take time to reflect on your own or with others. Rekindle bonds with your old friends and create new bonds with new friends throughout the weekend. Let yourself be open to new ideas, don’t stress if there is something that you are not doing exactly correct, practice makes perfect. Some have had a lot more practice than others. Ask Questions, we are all here to help in any way that we can.

Please remember that every single person at this retreat has or has had struggles. We cannot imagine how difficult these struggles have been for them because each one of us here deals with life in such a unique way. Please embrace each other and empower each other for the strong women that we are.

I am Linda Zeebeck, I have 3 children. 2 step children, 2 adorable grandchildren. I have an amazing husband who treats me like gold. In 2013 I retired at the age of 42, it took me 5 years to admit this or even utter these words with any kind of conviction. In 2014, I decided to go back to school to become a website designer simultaneously taking photography classes. That same year, I became the Camp Director at Camp O’Neill for the Youth Camp. I loved being the Camp Director at Camp O’Neill, I found my passion helping kids grow a love for the outdoors, celebrate life with laughter and understand there is a very loving God. I will bring to you some Christian Ministry, some tools to help us through the tough days. We realize that a lot of women that come to our Retreat are not “Religious” that is OK, we are not teaching Religion, we are teaching Faith. This year we will explore the word Gratitude and what it means in our Life. If this isn’t your jam, it is a perfect opportunity to be by the beach reading a book or possibly indulging in some quiet time.

Through the abundant knowledge that sets us apart in such a very unique way, we pray that each participant to our Retreat leaves us feeling connected, connected in every way imaginable Mind, Body and Spirit.