Wellness on Main, an all-in-one wellness stop on St. Simons, will soon host its first Wisdom + Wellness Retreat in more than a year. The two-day retreat will feature Wellness on Main’s team of experts, who will share their knowledge and experience in an intimate, relaxed environment.

Classes and workshops are the foundation of each retreat, and new topics are added for each retreat so no two are alike.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced Wellness on Main to postpone planned events in 2020 and part of 2021.

At the upcoming retreat, Marie Artman will lead a Wisdom + Wellness Retreat class in several Pilates mat exercises using a variety of props to increase effectiveness of the movements. Her workshops at the retreat will include one focused on the fundamentals of the Pilates Method, a dance fitness session, a water sweat class, staying fit on the go, and a Pilates round robin.

“Living through a global pandemic has increased people’s awareness of the importance of their personal health and wellness,” Artman says. “Our Wisdom + Wellness Retreats offer a safe, intimate, and personalized opportunity for participants to connect with a variety of wellness experts and focus on ways to improve or enhance their overall wellbeing.”

The goals of the retreat are to expose participants to a variety of health and wellness topics from industry experts to broaden their understanding of overall wellbeing. The weekend event also provides a beautiful space for participants to step away from the stresses of daily life to focus on their health and wellness

Organizers also aim to inspire participants with simple tools and actionable tips on ways to incorporate healthy habits into their daily routines.

“The two-to-three day schedule provides enough time for participants to get away from daily life and to refuel their mind and body, without the stress of scheduling a weeklong trip,” Artman says.

Donna Mastianni is a master licensed esthetician and aroma therapist. She owns the Facial Suite at Wellness on Main. Her focus is on connecting nature and science to provide custom solutions for a lifetime of healthy skin.

The Facial Suite has affordable, effective skin care products used in treatment to reveal a natural glow and smooth texture. Mastianni specializes in mature skin care. Treatments she offers include an oxygen hydrating treatment, brightening peels, and CBD anti-inflammatory treatment.

Her classes at the retreat will explore the benefits of essential oils, botanical boosts, and skincare with common household items and food.

Nicole Monier is an honors graduate from Le Cordon Bleu Paris and has worked in some of the best restaurants in the world, such as La Tour D’Argent in Paris, Le Bernardin in New York City, and Aqua in San Francisco.

“I have been a cooking teacher for over 25 years and am a Certified Health Coach,” Monier says. “One of my big picture goals is to help change the culture of food in America, and that starts with understanding that your relationship with food is your most intimate. What we eat literally becomes us, and it doesn’t get much more intimate than that.”

Monier helps clients achieve a better understanding of issues like nutritional misinformation, as well as familial and cultural biases.

Her classes at the retreat will include one focused on creating meals using foods in season and the health benefits of certain foods. She’ll also lead a workshop offering a healthy guide to eating and exploring herbs and spices.

Dr. Margaret Goodman will share her expertise in women’s healthcare. She will available to answer questions in a casual and relaxed environment.

Goodman, a board certified gynecologist, will offer an informative chat session that will cover topics like menopause, hormone replacement therapy, safe weight loss strategies, and more. She’ll also set aside time for one-on-one consultations.

Wes Scholosser, a master certified dog trainer, will lead workshops on how dogs can benefit human health, selecting the right breed for a family, living happily with dogs, and training tools to build good behavior.

“There has been a lot of difficulty in the face of a global pandemic, and prioritizing our health has climbed to the top of our collective priority list,” Monier says. “Wisdom + Wellness Weekends help you do just that. Take the time to learn, grow and enjoy with some truly talented teachers.”

To learn more, please visit wisdomwellnessretreats.com. The website is updated with new locations and dates as they are finalized.