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(Posted 10 a.m., April 18)
Women’s retreat seeks to rejuvenate, with a philanthropic twist

By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star

An Ottawa businesswoman with an Orléans connection is organizing a special retreat for women aimed at rejuvenating their “mind, body and soul” while raising money for the St. Joe’s Women’s Centre.

Pierrette Raymond is the founder of Moving Forward Matters, a home transi-tion service for seniors and empty-nesters looking to downsize to a smaller residence She is also the founder of the Women Living Fully group that seeks to empower its members to live extraordinary lives, and is the author of the motivational book and DVD, “The Art of Living Fully”.

“In Power: A Day to Honour You and What Matters Most”, is being held on
April 22 at the Strathmere Wellness Retreat in North Gower.

Registrants can expect a day of relax-ation, energizing activities, and fun with other women in need of a day devoted to themselves.

Participants will experience the power of meditation, art therapy, and body soothing exercises. They will also learn to simplify their lives and leave relaxed, rejuvenated, and excited about what is possible.

Experential hands-on sessions will help participants calm their minds, invigorate their bodies and bring comfort to their souls, according to Raymond.

“As a mother, wife, daughter and owner of multiple businesses, I comp-letely understand what it feels like to give so much to everyone else and wanting to take care of everything. I also know how we often put ourselves at the bottom of the priority list,” says Raymond.

“The retreat is an opportunity to gift yourself with a day of self-care, fun and rejuvenation, while benefitting other women who, for a whole host of reasons, aren’t blessed with the same type of opportunities.”

The all-day event costs $149 and includes a catered lunch. Participants who want to stay for dinner and a reception can pay an extra $50, or they can spend the night by booking a room through the Strathmere Retreat.

Unfortunately, this year's event is completely sold out and there are no more spaces left, but Raymond plans to hold another retreat next year.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)


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