MiMi McGee had a vision 20 years ago of creating a wellness center for women recovering from cancer.
That vision evolved over time to include all women in what McGee saw as a “grown-up girls’ camp.”
Her business, Island Wellness Adventures, became a reality in 2015. The four-day, three-night getaways offer activities such as yoga, hiking, meditation, dance, art therapy, massage, and health food.
McGee said her business has offers retreats on Cumberland Island National Seashore and at a remote location in Maine at the Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary.
“It’s all about nature therapy,” McGee said. “It is exactly our mission.”
The next retreat scheduled in October will be held at Stafford mansion on Cumberland. The two-story mansion was built to replace another mansion named Stafford that burned down on Jan. 5, 1900.
A year later, the mansion was replaced with another two-story, white stucco structure with a gable roof and open porch. Feral horses are often seen grazing on a nearby grass airstrip from the dirt road running the length of the 17-mile-long island.
The solitude and beauty of Stafford and the surrounding area is an ideal location for the retreats.
“Stafford is the perfect retreat venue with its large dining area and common rooms which are perfect for yoga, dancing, art and cooking classes, and health and wellness lectures,” she said. “Cumberland offers amazing outdoor adventure opportunities such as forest bathing, walking meditation, beach combing, biking.”
Guests will also be offered a chance to tour the island, similar to the Land & Legacies tour which is offered by the concessionaire who runs the ferry to and from the island.
McGee uses her skills as a chef, nutritionist, and health coach to make each outing memorable for the women who have traveled from as far as Great Britain to attend one of her retreats.
One of the activities will be to visit the garden at Greyfield Inn, another mansion built by the Carnegie family, to gather fresh produce from the garden.
So far, the adventures have been for women only because of the intimacy of the venues visited. McGee also does smaller private clinics in the region at people’s homes with a limit of 10 participants. In the future, she hopes to broaden her reach to include more individuals. Another area of focus includes tailoring retreats to suit specific needs.
“We offer bespoke or custom adventures which can certainly be inclusive of all, if that is what the client desires,” she said. “We can customize an adventure, workshop or retreat for anyone.”
For more information, go to islandwellnessadventures.com.