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?



(Me, too!)

Your Beautiful Escape is a retreat for the woman…

  • img_8173Who 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.

img_8488There 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?

img_3896I 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 have been 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!

img_3893Ladies, 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 relaxing, peaceful and a completely safe environment to feel, express yourself and be one with God. It touches the body, soul and spirit. There is time for rest, solitude for reflection and sisterhood solidarity that touches your soul. The food was organic and clean and delivered with love by an amazing chef. Annette also provided a yoga instructor who taught us how to befriend our body. There was an enormous amount of loving energy and thoughtfulness by Annette and the beautiful women who came to serve with open hands and hearts. Do it! You will come home refreshed, restored and rejuvenated. The expense is more than reasonable. You won’t find another retreat of this kind anywhere for less. You deserve it! What are you waiting for?
Carlee Liebhart

Want to know more?

Come away with me to my beach haven on the luscious white sands of the gorgeous Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Where nature breathes deeply and you can, too!

Your Beautiful Escape is an all-inclusive weekend that includes:

  • Four-nights lodging in a lovely three-bedroom condo with  private balcony overlooking the beautiful Gulf of Mexico
  • Endless stash of snacks and drinks
  • Journaling, art supplies, soul collage making, 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.

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 .

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 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 now open! 

The 2019 Beach Retreat will be

Thursday, October 17 – Monday, October 21

The 2019 Retreat is SOLD OUT!

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Got more questions?

Please feel free to contact Your Beautiful Escape host with your questions or special needs and requests. 

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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 two fully-furnished three bedroom Gulf Front Condos with four private rooms and two shared rooms, covered parking, pool and two private balconies 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. 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!

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 17 and check-out is 10 AM on Monday, October 21.

Type of food?

Beginning with Thursday evening, nutritious and delicious meals, snacks and beverages are included in your retreat cost.


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 your retreat condo. Luggage carts are available near the elevator.

Refund Policy

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 in the event of mandatory evacuation.