Women’s Wellness 2024 – Early Arrival Option

September 12 @ 4:00 pm - September 15 @ 1:00 pm


hope, resurrection


Start: September 12 @ 4:00 pm

End: September 15 @ 1:00 pm

Cost: $350

Sale: Take advantage of our Earlybird special rate of $330 through 7/12/2024.

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Sale: Take advantage of our Earlybird special rate of $330 through 7/12/2024.

A Spirituality of Imperfection: Nurturing the Courage to Be Imperfect

“No matter what gets done, no matter how it gets done, I am enough.” ~Brene Brown

We women often think we need to do it all, do it flawlessly and effortlessly. We want to feel loved, connected to others, and we want to matter. But we run aground trying to be perfect. What we really need is the courage to be imperfect, the courage to care for ourselves and be our authentic selves.

Our weekend retreat will feature multimedia presentations that illuminate insights from neuroscience and positive psychology, showcasing self-care and spiritual practices that nurture gentleness, kindness, and patience towards ourselves. Far from being self-centered or selfish, these practices also generate a deeper understanding of others and aid in reducing stress and inflammation while slowing aging in our cells and our brains. Small group discussions and a creative activity will be included.

This early arrival option begins with check-in as early as 4pm on Thursday, so that you can have an extra day to unwind. We will have a prayer gathering after dinner on Thursday. On Friday during the day, you’ll have free time to walk around the Center’s beautiful grounds, shop in the bookstore, or stop by one of our guest vendors that afternoon.

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The retreat begins with dinner, and then we’ll have a fun, social time of games and laughter. Saturday begins with a feature presentation, followed by a choice of workshops to attend throughout the afternoon. You will be emailed a list of choices a few weeks before the retreat. Saturday evening will be a time of socializing, crafts, and a movie. On Sunday, the presenter will close the weekend with a special presentation. Guests will depart after lunch.

You won’t want to miss this special annual retreat. Many guests return year after year, and we welcome new guests too!

About the Presenter

Anne Kertz Kernion is the owner/artist of Cards by Anne, an inspirational greeting card company founded in 1986. Anne’s cards, hand-designed in calligraphy and ink, are available online (cardsbyanne.com) and in hundreds of stores. She holds a bachelors in Environmental Engineering, masters in Theology, and certificates in Happiness and Positive Psychology. Anne has taught Cross-Cultural Understanding of Religious Meaning at Carlow University and courses ranging from Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Nutrition, to World Religions and Ethics at a local community college.

Anne is the award-winning author of A Year of Spiritual Companionship and Spiritual Practices for the Brain: Caring for Mind, Body and Soul. She is a frequent lecturer and retreat leader, presenting topics that combine neuroscience, positive psychology, and spirituality across the US and Australia. She also teaches a weekly yoga class and enjoys biking and hiking. Anne and her husband Jack have three grown children and six grandchildren.

Take advantage of our Earlybird special rate of $330 through 7/12/2024.

You will be entering your information for registration and payment next. If you would rather call us, please contact our Welcome Center at 410-442-3120 and they can accept credit card information over the phone. You can also contact them with your information and mail a check to: 1525 Marriottsville Rd., Marriottsville, MD 21104. Please note that your registration is not complete until payment has been made.

If you would like to register a group to attend this retreat, please call our Welcome Center at 410-442-3120 or email Doris Gallagher, Manager of Marketing & Events, at Doris.Gallagher@BonSecoursRCC.org.

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What our guests are saying about their stay at The Bon Secours Retreat & Conference Center
"This place is awesome and thank God for all the staff."
— Heartland Hospice/Caring Hearts Camp
"Everyone goes out of their way to be helpful and makes guests feel welcome."
— A Path and a Small Light
"Once again, a magnificent center. Location, building, grounds, staff, spiritual director, mass and dining experience were all excellent!"
— June Directed Retreat
"The landscape and the beauty of this operation is spectacular. The scenery was breathtaking."
— NFBC Women’s Ministry
"Everything went very smoothly. The presentations were excellent. The bookstore had a great supply of the recommended books."
— Making All Things New
"Beautiful campus. Food was outstanding. Thank you for being so welcoming."
— School of the Cathedral
"Could not have been better in any way."
— Gift of Animals: Our Spiritual Companions
"A wonderful, peaceful experience. Very comforting atmosphere."
— Johns Hopkins
"The Retreat Center is spotless, offers good food, private full baths, seems to have a “happy” staff, persons from office, persons to do housekeeping and all. The hospitality of all is 'tops'. I love the quietness that is encouraged."
— Aging with Wisdom
"Loved your retreat center! Thank you for delicious meals and happy employees/facilitators!"
— Immaculate Heart of Mary
"I have been coming here for 25 years and it adds so much to my spiritual life."
— Aging with Wisdom
"From the first time I inquired about the retreat I was given great information. Very informative team and more than willing to answer questions."
— University of Baltimore
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