Your Beautiful Escape
A retreat for women to BREATHE and BE!
- Is it time to hit the pause button on your life for a little while?
- Need a time-out to escape from your everyday demands and pressures and to recharge your batteries?
- Does your rigorous routine leave little time for adventure?
- Ready to unplug and listen to your heart to get back in touch with your dreams?
WHO WANTS TO GET OUT OF TOWN?
Your Beautiful Escape is a retreat for the woman…
- Who needs an oasis for self-care to revive, refresh and rejuvenate!
- Who wants to connect with other women and experience the power of sisterhood!
- Who is ready to rediscover her inner child and learn what her heart desires most.
- Together, we will lounge in beach umbrella chairs, bury our feet in white sugar-like sand, enjoy relaxing beach yoga movements, catch some warm soothing rays, feed the sea gulls, relish our seaside balcony meals, play fun get-acquainted games, gaze at beautiful sunsets, dream, journal, giggle, dance, snooze, sip tasty smoothies and eat yummy treats AND take lots of deep breaths and just BE.
There will be sweet surprises because I love to give gifts. I want every woman to feel appreciated and treasured for the special and unique woman they are.
Your beautiful escape is an opportunity to recharge, reconnect with yourself, and fellowship with other women. It’s a calm, relaxing environment with fun activities to get to know each other, but not have to worry about the stress of deadlines, or set schedules. Annette is a wonderful hostess who genuinely cares about each of her guests.Mary King
How did Your Beautiful Escape – A retreat for women to BREATHE and BE get its beginning?
I realized my own need to breathe and be. It was clear to me that a destination getaway would be required to refresh my soul. As an artist, writer and publisher, I need silence, stillness and solitude to let my creative juices flow.
I am the caregiver to several aging and ill family members. I have learned the hard way that I can’t care for others if I don’t take adequate care of myself. I’ve found allowing myself some beautiful escapes gives my heart the nourishment it needs to carry on. I also live a somewhat confining male-dominated lifestyle on a cattle ranch and long for more contact with women. Since I can’t get away with my own besties as often as I wish we could, I decided to plan new ways to escape. I love the idea of meeting women and making new friends, so these retreats are as much fun for me as they will be for you!
Ladies, I love to laugh and have fun. Hang out and talk. Ponder soul-searching questions. Paint. Color. Journal. Eat yummy goodies. Take walks and breathe fresh air. I just need more friends to partake in these experiences with me!
Your Beautiful Escape is an all-inclusive weekend that includes:
- Four-nights lodging in a lovely four-bedroom condo with private balcony overlooking the beautiful Gulf of Mexico
- Endless stash of snacks and drinks
- Journaling, art supplies, soul collage making, AromaTouch massage, gifts and surprises
- Delicious and nourishing meals prepared by our retreat chef and health coach
- AND the time and space you need to loosen-up, get comfy and explore your surroundings.
Meet our beach retreat yogi Hollister Thomas!
“My yogi birth happened in 2001 when, pregnant with my first child, I placed pre-natal yoga DVD in the player and found my happy place! It has now been a part of my daily spiritual practice for more than 15 years. My practice has helped me grow stronger and more mindful, both on and off the mat. In the last 5 years, my private practice has become more public, teaching in St. Louis, northern Michigan, and South Florida under the mentorship of Barefoot Yoga Studios. My gypsy path has allowed me to make a home in many beautiful places. Right now, my family of 5+1 (husband, 3 amazing children and one adorable puppy) is swaying with the palm trees in Jupiter, Florida.
Finding the union between our thoughts, movements and breath (mind, body, spirit) is the foundation of yoga. In my retreat classes, I will journey with you through a joyful practice encouraging mindful movement to awaken your awareness of inner-strength and spunky awesomeness. My expectation is that you will step off the mat (or beach) feeling refreshed, balanced and beautiful!”
Annette provides a space to refresh, reflect and connect. Your Beautiful Retreat is a perfect pause to catch your breath, find balance and meet others heart to heart. Women looking for a space to let go of daily lists and rediscover what their heart says, will thrive at this beach retreat. Learning to take time to be still and listen to others and yourself will bolster your soul and remind you of who you are.Hollister Thomas
When is the last time you gave yourself time to BREATHE and BE with no interruptions or distractions?
Come with no expectations!
Let yourself be surprised!
I can’t wait to hang out with you!
There’s a chair here with YOUR name on it!
Your Beautiful Escape is an exclusive and intimate retreat with space for 15 women only.
Meet our retreat chef Lana Bania!
“As a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and a Certified Holistic Health Coach, I feel one of the most important things to pass on to people is an understanding of self-care. To nourish oneself physically, spiritually, emotionally and nutritionally is a huge lesson we must all learn. Doing this allows us to bring the best “us” to the world so we can better serve others and express our full potential. In today’s fast-paced life-style it can sometimes be hard to find this balance. This includes navigating the complicated food system and finding what works best for you.
I believe what works for one doesn’t always work for someone else and understanding everyone is a bio-individual can be empowering. I am a believer in counting nutrients not calories. Learning to truly love oneself and the body we’ve been given is one of the most beautiful things we can do. Giving our bodies the most nutrient dense foods is one of the best ways we can show this love and appreciation.
On Your Beautiful Escape weekend, I will nourish you with delicious, simple, whole foods that will refresh, energize, and satisfy you. I will also be offering AromaTouch massage so each woman can take a relaxing moment to Breathe and Be. I look forward to connecting with everyone that takes this beautiful journey.”
Your Beautiful Retreat is whatever you want it to be and need. The retreat space allows for connections and opportunities to unfold. Annette provides a comfortable embracing atmosphere to breathe and be. Take the time to do something for yourself. You will come away being grateful!Lana Bania
Want to know more about your Retreat Host?
Author, publisher and women’s retreat host, Annette Bridges is on a mission to help every woman realize her story is extraordinary, valuable and noteworthy. She publishes books, journals and coloring books that empower, encourage and entertain. Annette’s retreats provide women an oasis to decompress, rediscover their inner child and learn what their hearts desire most.
Before writing books, this former public school and homeschool educator spent a decade writing hundreds of helpful, instructive, and light-hearted columns published by Texas newspapers, parenting magazines, websites and bloggers.
Annette lives on a Texas cattle ranch with her husband John, dachshund Lady and lots of cows. She can drive a tractor but only if wearing a fresh coat of lipstick and it’s not her pedicure day!
Annette loves to travel as much as she can – with her husband, her grown-up daughter or girlfriends. And she wants to travel more with you! When she can’t travel far, she likes to take little escapes to her lovely villa on Lake Texoma. But when she can, she makes a break for her beloved Alabama ocean-side condo!
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Registration for the 2019 beach retreat is coming soon!
Got more questions?
Please feel free to contact Your Beautiful Escape host with your questions or special needs and requests.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where does this retreat take place?
Your Beautiful Escape is hosted by Annette Bridges at Regatta Condominiums in Gulf Shores, Alabama. 317 E. Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, Alabama, 36542. 251-540-1327.
Where will you stay?
Your host will be providing a fully-furnished 4-bedroom Gulf Front condo with 1 king bed, 2 queen beds, 2 full beds, covered parking, pool and private balcony overlooking the beautiful white sands and Gulf of Mexico.
What do you need to bring?
Comfy and casual beachwear, swimsuit, flip flops, yoga attire and sun dresses. Feel free to bring your favorite journals and pens, but your host will be supplying these items, too.
May I bring a guest who is not registered for Your Beautiful Escape retreat?
The condo accommodations only have space for retreat attendees and five women will be sharing bedrooms and two bathrooms. Three women will have a private bedroom and two women will share an upstairs loft bedroom. However, if for example, you have a spouse who wanted to make the drive with you, he can book his OWN escape and stay at a one of the many local hotels. We won’t be hanging out with our spouses during our retreat though! This is a retreat exclusive for women!
How do I get to and from the resort or airport?
Commercial flights will be into Pensacola International Airport that is only 33.5 miles from Gulf Shores, Alabama. Discuss flight options with Annette before you book so we can try to coordinate your arrival time with other women. The goal is to try to pick up all women at the same time! All women with return flights will be taken to the airport at the same time on Sunday.
Retreat start and end times?
This is a 4-night all-inclusive women’s weekend retreat. Arrival time at the Regatta condo begins at 3 PM CST on Thursday, October 25th and check-out is 10 AM on Monday, October 29th.
Type of food?
Beginning with Thursday evening, nutritious and delicious meals, snacks and beverages are included in your retreat cost. A continental breakfast will be provided on your departure morning, Sunday.
Yes and it’s free! You’ll be able to park in a covered parking lot directly under the condominium complex. You will take an elevator from the parking area to the top floor where your retreat condo awaits.
Your retreat host had made an unconditional commitment to provide you with a retreat and has made a substantial financial investment months in advance. She loves to lavish her attendees with gifts and amenities. Consequently, full refunds are ONLY available 60 days prior to the retreat. Full refunds would be available however in the event of mandatory evacuation.