Women’s Weekend R & R (& R & R & R & R) Retreat
Hosted by Teresa Marchese of Rock Solid & Boo Martin of Stepping Stones Farm and Retreat Center
Life happens and it wears us down, sometimes our shine dulls or our spark darkens. Sometimes we need a shot in the arm, a kick in the butt, a few hours with a horse, a massage, or a dance party. Sometimes we need some guidance, support, inspiration and divine feminine mojo. And sometimes we need to just get away, breathe in the fresh air, take off our shoes, and feel the grass between our toes (with not a chore for days)!
Join us and your soon-to-be new women friends for a fun-filled weekend on a beautiful, rustic lodge at Stepping Stones Farm and Retreat Center. We have put together a program that combines Rest, Relaxation, Rejuvenation, Reinvigoration, Reinvention, a deep Refresh and a fresh Resolve.
Nov. 4th – 6th
Private Room $ 975
Shared Room $ 850
Off-site Lodging $ 550
a program that combines Rest, Relaxation, Rejuvenation, Reinvigoration, Reinvention, a deep Refresh and a fresh Resolve
Rustic, rural and relaxed, there is no better place than Stepping Stones Farm and Retreat Center (link here) to reconnect with the land, and to sink back into the woman you know yourself to be. This warm and welcoming environment offers you peace, community, and loads of opportunities for adventure. With a heritage of hospitality that extends back to before the American Revolution, you will find historical interest everywhere you look. With our horses and chickens, honking geese flying south, birds singing, and crickets chirping, you will find comfort in this special oasis.
We hope you will opt for an on-site stay where you will enjoy quiet nights sleeping in our Lodge, shared or single rooms available. Of course, you are welcome to stay in your own local home, or find alternative lodging and join us for the full daily and evening schedule. (Price includes all meals, workshops, events and activities.)
Friday Home-Cooked Dinner – Delicious and nutritious by wellness guru, Teresa Marchese
Saturday Farm-Fresh Breakfast – With fresh eggs from our hen-house, local bacon, sausage and bread, by the one-and-only Farmer Boo. Traditional Country Picnic – Spread out on a blanket, grab a croquet mallet and enjoy fried chicken and all the fixin’s!
Champagne and Wine Reception – Come dressed ready to toast your fantastic weekend and fabulous future musings!
(Semi) Semi-Formal Dinner Party by Private Chef, Frank Ciardelli, of Bubba Frank’s Catering.
Luxurious & Luscious Sunday Brunch by Pam Clemens of SereniTea
Early arrival for a walk, a nap, a massage, or some alone-time before the fun begins.
Arrive, Orient and Relax
Opening, connecting, and visioning exercises to warm us up!
Reception / Meet & Greet
Delicious and Nutritious Dinner
Star-Gazing Fire Circle
Smores & Mulled Cider
Coffee, Tea, Juice, and Fruit
Yoga with Deb
Farm Fresh Breakfast
Morning Workshops – Pick one that most moves your spirit!
- Wisdom Horse with Boo – Let the horse herd teach us something special about ourselves. Safe, unmounted, experiential activities with horses.
- Bake a Pie with Cilla – Perfecting the quintessential holiday dessert.
- “Your Story” with Teresa -The Art of Memoire & Visioning through journaling and creative writing. Your story is important and amazing. As poet Derek Walcott writes, “Sit. Feast on your life.” Get inspired to write it down.
Afternoon Workshops – What further moves your spirit?
- Historic Photographic Hike with Boo – Bring your camera, travel through time exploring the historic Homestead, barn, stagecoach bridge and graveyard.
- Shibori Ice Dying with Ivy – If this is your colorful choice, bring a piece of plain cotton fabric, with which, after learning this Japanese dying technique, you can make a throw or a pillow or a wrap!
- Facial & Clean Skincare with Ellen from European Esthetics – We are so worried about what we put in our bodies that we forget how important it is to pay attention to what we put on our bodies. After your time with Ellen, you will be inspired to never forget again.
Whole Group Experience:
Painting Party with artist, Jay Mercado – Fantastic Group Art Experience. Take home your very own masterpiece.
Free time – Rest, relax, reflect, journal, shower, dress, do your hair and make-up, and get yourself down to the party! (How’s that for “free” time!)
Champagne and Wine Reception
“Semi-Semi-Formal” Dinner by Frank – Come dressed to the nines for a beautiful autumnal feast!
Special Song and Dance Party – Send us your favorite song and we’ll provide the props!
Morning Glory Dance Class with Teresa
Scrumptious Sunday Brunch by Pam
Closing Ceremony & Gratitude Circle
Goodbyes (but not farewell)
Even as we break our special circle, there is no need to rush off. Feel free to continue to relax on the farm, schedule a massage with Jaya, thank our great team, or just soak it all in.
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Spearheading an innovative and intrepid approach to wellness, Rock Solid founder, Teresa Marchese, is the catalyst for change in the bodies and lives of women who are ready to say yes to themselves. After years of working in corporate management and consulting, she took a challenging turn by pursuing and earning a law degree. The parallel challenge, it turns out, was staying healthy, happy and solvent during this intense time. So she took that on, too, and started a business where, not only would these needs would be met for her, but also for a growing tribe of like-minded Rock Solid women. Rock Solid Fitness was San Francisco’s first outdoor women’s fitness club.
Rock Solid grew and evolved as the last decade has seen Teresa become an expert in fitness, nutrition, detoxification, and inspired wellbeing. Her goal is to empower women to lead extraordinary lives—to take their health into their own hands, and walk the world with strength, confidence, courage, power, and passion. She believes in getting back to basics, back to the elemental truth and timbre of life. Eating well. Moving often. Loving. Living. Laughing. Forging a path forward, smiling, with arms wide, eyes open, and heart full.
Teresa’s fitness and wellness programs have been featured in Health Magazine, Sunset magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, KRON 4 news in San Francisco, MSNBC.com and CNN.com.
She has since moved to New Hampshire to start a new adventure and build a Rock Solid life in, and bring her services, retreats and events, to New England.
Boo is the Co-Facilitator of this retreat. In her 60 years of living on Stepping Stones Farm, she has led countless retreats and gatherings of all kinds. She brings her love of people, the land and its animals as she shares her expertise with horses, nature and history. Let her share her zest, optimism and spirit with you for an amazing get away from all that is hard, sad and isolating in our current world. Boo has recently completed a national certification course in Equine Experiential Learning and Education that complements her many other national certifications and Master’s Degree. She will share her new learnings and discoveries with you and the horses who live with her at the farm. For anyone who loves animals, this will be a fun, creative and meaningful experience for all who participate. No prior horse experience is necessary! Her love of retreats held at the farm is contagious and will help you to unwind and de-stress. Join her and the Stepping Stones Team for a weekend that you will not soon forget!
Jay Mercado was raised in San Francisco during an era when pop art, psychedelic posters and underground comics flourished. That bold aesthetic, mixed with a vibrant culture of street artists and grand scale public art from previous generations, became early artistic influences that still inspire him today.
After attending UCLA, he spent 15 years in Los Angeles in a prestigious advertising firm, until he ultimately switched paths. While studying at Art Center College of Design, California College of Arts and Crafts, and Academy of Art College, Mercado cut his teeth painting for two mural studios in Santa Monica. As a budding muralist, he served on teams assigned to paint scenes for private residences and commercial spaces including panoramic vistas for Las Vegas luxury hotels. Ready to build a solo art career, Jay returned to San Francisco where he worked as a fine artist and muralist for 30 years. He says, “My work is inspired by the world around me, the things I see and touch and experience as a member and observer of this diverse, innovative, beautiful world.” His works are in homes, businesses and galleries worldwide.
Having recently relocated to Temple, New Hampshire, his paintings are sure to reflect the beauty of his new home.
Pricilla (Cilla) Wheeler
Cilla grew up helping her mother run a Swedish restaurant. All the veggies, roots and herbs were garden-grown – the bread, pastries and pies all home-made. Baking has forever been a true love of hers, and she is always making friends and family moan with delight as they enjoy her creations. Although she feels like she has tried every recipe under the sun (and invented others), Cilla invariably finds herself drawn to something new. Pies and pie crusts have always been a favorite and she is excited to share her tricks and tips with you.
Ivy Bibler landed in Temple after a 30 year career in banking, enabling her to finally work and play with textiles. Scarcely tall enough to see the table top where her mother sewed her family’s clothes, she began to understand the utility of sewing. Throughout her life she relied on her sewing skills to bring a vision to reality in creating a home for her and her two daughters.
Now retired she is able to dive headlong into exploring ways to create with textiles. The interplay of fabric, dye, hand stitching, creating resists through twisting, folding and clamping never fails to reveal a jaw dropping design. Honor is given to traditional shibori embellished Japanese ceremonial robes that took months to sew in intricate designs. Today Ivy relies on traditional shibori techniques, immersion dying, bleaching, screen printing and sewing to create.
Jaya is a former Waldorf teacher for many years. Her patient, joyous and calming demeanor helped hundreds of kids relax and learn. Now, as a licensed Massage Therapist, she is an amazing healer. Using a variety of well researched methods of Oriental Massage including Acupressure, Foot Reflexology, Cupping, Cranial Sacral, and Reiki, as well as divine natural Lotions and Potions, she will soothe and gently relax your body. This is an optional extra. Please sign up on the Registration Form so she can plan. The cost is $90 for a 1½ hour on-site massage. You will truly be amazed by her healing touch. Available before, during and after programming.
Frank brings zest and great joy to his cooking. He loves to use fresh ingredients, getting as much as he can from local farmers. He takes great care to select his meats, breads, produce and desserts to fit the season as well as the folks he serves. He loves to combine a variety of spices to make unusual and tasty dishes. Having grown up in a big Italian family where the men were the main cooks, it is his passion to feed people. He lives into this passion with hard work, a hearty laugh and a lot of creativity. We are delighted to have him as our Private Chef for our guests at Stepping Stones Farm and Retreat Center.
Growing up in the kitchen with my Italian grandmother instilled my love of comfort food. Sipping Tea with my English Canadian grandmother ignited my passion for High Tea. I knew my journey would include sharing special times and comforting foods with friends, family and far beyond. My diverse career path includes Interior Designer, Realtor, Global Event Planner, Corporate Trade show Exhibit Design and Execution, Monadnock Area Chef, Caterer and Five Star Bed and Breakfast Owner/Manager. As a Bed and Breakfast owner sharing my home and culinary inspirations with my guests resulted in comments such as “you can taste the love in your cooking” “The house was beautiful and comfortable, the breakfasts were to die for, and you could not have been more personable or gracious. We loved it and it was by far our favorite B&B ve stayed at.” “If you haven’t already tried SereniTea I would encourage you spend an afternoon
In New Hampshire’s finest Tea Room. From the moment you enter their quaint New England home (and B & B), you are made to feel welcomed and special. I loved everything about this place.”
Ellen Smith is a Licensed Esthetician and Certified Health Coach plus the owner of European Esthetics, Holistic Wellness Spa in Peterborough, NH. Mindfulness and self love is at the heart of her business and life. Ellen’s passion for natural and clean beauty has been the focus for over 30 years in her spa and she loves helping women feel beautiful and special through holistic treatments and education on skin care products that won’t compromise one’s health.
Judy is joining us to help with all kinds of details for our retreat that will make everyone’s time away feel truly special. She has such a caring way about her that cannot help but make all guests feel warmly welcomed. Judy has had a life time of taking good care of people. She comes to us after working for 20 years in the Mental Health field in a Psychiatric Hospital, followed by 5 years at a rehabilitation center for people with Head Injuries. She is currently providing Elder Care. She adores people, parties and playing on the farm. We are delighted to have Judy on our team to make the entire weekend go smoothly. She will also be joining us for lots of the activities and fun we will be offering.
Deb Curtis has been practicing yoga since the 1970’s when she taught yoga as a Phys. Ed. class back when she was a university student. Deb follows the YogaFit yoga teaching practice with a focus on anatomy and alignment to keep all the body parts, particularly the spine and the knees, safe throughout each yoga pose and transition. Deb will be delighted to share a yoga sun salutation, a gentle vinyasa flow, and a savasana relaxation to open your energy channels and prepare yourself for a fabulous day!