Rejuvenate Retreat Washington

October 5-7, 2018

Black Diamond Camp

The Rejuvenate Retreat in Auburn, WA focuses on encouragement and relaxation, as well as connecting moms with similar stories, struggles and triumphs. All adoptive and foster moms are welcome!

Featured Speaker

Michele Schniedler

Michele Schniedler

A trailblazing champion of empowering foster and adoptive families to thrive, Michele Schneidler is the co-founder of the nation's largest conference for foster and adoptive families. In 2018, Refresh Conferences were held in Seattle, Kansas City and Chicago with over 2,500 families represented. As an adoptive parent of three children herself, Michele understand the unique challenges and triumphs foster and adoptive families face.

For the last 12 years, Michele has served in orphan care ministry. First, with Antioch Adoptions and then as the Orphan Care Pastor at Overlake Christian Church. While at Overlake, she advanced life-changing work of Agape Children's Ministry in Kisumu, Kenya which transitions children from orphanage to family preservation center. She recently took a new position with Chosen & Dearly Loved as the Director of Programs and Partnerships. There she will be forming a coalition to reverse the global orphan crisis by strengthening and preserving families.

Whether she is acting as a resource for families on their post-adoption journey to wholeness or influencing a paradigm shift in orphanages, she is a champion for families overcoming trauma and special needs.

Schedule

Friday, October 5:
  • 3:00p Check In Opens
  • 5:00p Welcome Session
  • 6:30p Dinner
  • 7:30p Evening Session
  • 9:15p Evening Activities

 

Saturday, October 6:

  • 8:30a Breakfast
  • 10:00a Morning Session
  • 12:30p Lunch
  • 1:30p Meet Your Needs Options Include: Chair Massages, Mini-Sessions, Fitness Class, Quiet TIme, Naps, Arts Class, DIY Spa, Explore Nature, Ropes Course*, Zipline*, Full-Body Massages*
  • 5:30p Dinner
  • 7:00p Evening Session
  • 9:30p Evening Activities

 

Sunday, October 7:
  • 8:30a Tea Party Breakfast & Prize Drawings
  • 9:00a Closing Session

 

*These activities can be signed up for at registration for an additional cost.

Mini-Sessions

These quick 25-minute sessions provide introductory information with a few bite-sized take-aways.

  • Staying Present in the Whirlwind – It is natural to get caught up in the whirlwind of foster and adoption. Learning ways to stay present and grounded even when your life is in chaos that can help your mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health.
  • Self-Care Routine Development – Do you know why self-care is important? And more importantly, do you regularly do it? Take the mystery out of self-care and provide information about how to develop your own self-care routine that fits into your life.
  • Easy Uses for Essential Oils – Learn easy ways to use essential oils to positively impact your health and mood.
  • DIY Essential Oil Rollerballs – Make your own essential oil rollerball.
  • Meal Making Strategies – Learn techniques for meal planning and food preparation that will help simplify the process and reduce the stress of feeding your family.
  • Supporting Your Stressed Body – There are times that lower your stress level just isn’t possible. During these times, lessen the negative impact stress has on your body is vital. Learn what foods and supplements can be utilized to support your body.

Cost

Full registration includes access to all general sessions, evening activities, 5 meals, 2 nights lodging, mini-sessions, tea party and raffle prizes. Select the room options that best meets your needs:

  • $255 Twin Bed Lower Bunk – Double Occupancy (shared room)
  • $290 Queen Bed – Double Occupancy (shared room)
  • $320 Queen Bed – Single Occupancy

Accommodations

Black Diamond Camps

https://blackdiamond.org
19830 SE 328th Pl
Auburn, WA 98092
The majority of Retreat activities take place in Glacier Peak, including all our lodging. Hotel-style ooms include a queen size bed, a twin size bunk bed and a bathroom. Rooms come with sheets, blankets, pillows and towels.

Appearing & Retreat Staff

Jennie Owens
Jennie Owens
Co-Founder & Speaker
Michele Schneidler
Speaker
Laura Brinkman, LMT
Massage Coordinator
Joanna Martin
Speaker
Dana Reinke
Speaker
Christy Weitz
Speaker/Fitness Instructor
Thora Trumbo
Art Coordinator

Frequently Asked Questions

Due to the nature of the event, the moms involved have agreed that having children on the retreats may prevent other moms attending from experiencing the rejuvenation they need.

Yes! Before we move into a new geographic region we want to identify a local site director and gather support from the adoption and foster care community – including local agencies and churches. If you would like to be a part of this process contact Jennie Owens.

Possibly. We are actively seeking new locations for the Rejuvenate Retreat. We anticipate several new locations to be in added in the next year.

Refunds of the entire amount minus a $50 cancellation fee will be given up to 30 days before the retreat. Up until this time, you may also transfer the full payment toward another Rejuvenate Retreat, either toward the next year’s registration at the same location or to another date/location.

30-14 days prior to  retreat, you may receive a refund of half of the registration price or may transfer 75% of the payment toward another Rejuvenate Retreat.

No refunds will be given within 14 days of retreat, however your registration fee may be transferred to another participant. If you know of someone who would like to attend in your place, let us know; otherwise we will offer the space to a mom who has expressed interest but has been unable to pay her way.

The organizers and speakers at the retreat are Christians. They may use the Bible as a teaching tool during the general sessions and some of the general sessions conclude with worship music.  Our goal is to help Moms of all faiths to rejuvenate.

Rooms are assigned at check-in. The first person to arrive from each party can sign up everyone in their group.

For larger groups, contact us and we will set aside rooms ahead of time.

  • Linens: Some room options provide linens. Some retreat centers provide them for an extra fee. Otherwise, bring a sleeping bag or linens and blankets (most beds are twin but there are a few double and queen beds) 
  • Towel & Wash cloth or bath sponge: Unless you are choosing a room that provides linens, you will need to bring a towel and wash cloth or bath sponge.
  • Pillow: Unless you are choosing a room that provides linens, you will need to bring a pillow.
  • Toiletries
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Flashlight
  • Hair dryer
  • Prescriptions and vitamins
  • Book to read
  • Items for your favorite hobby (We will have activities available, including the supplies for arts and crafts; however you may want to bring your own craft supplies, musical instrument or anything else that you enjoy doing.)
  • Snacks (Food and some snacks will be provided, but you may want to bring some of your own, especially for the late night activities like the PJ Party Game Night)
  • Workout Clothes (If you want to participate in one of the fitness classes provided at the retreat or go for a nature walk, you may want to bring workout clothes.)

What to Leave Home:

  • Worries and stress
  • Perfume (Some women are allergic to perfume…let’s make this a pleasant experience for everyone)

Typically between 100-150 women come to each retreat. While for some this may seem like a large number, we provide many opportunities to get to know other moms in smaller, more intimate settings throughout the weekend.

Nope. We are all adults and you can use the weekend for what you need. If that includes some of the planned activities, we are honored to have helped you rejuvenate. If not, that’s ok too. We want you to do whatever will help you experience rejuvenation.

It depends on the ticket you have purchased. Some private accommodations are available at most of our retreat centers for an additional cost.

When shared rooms are used we have planned so that no upper bunks are used when rooms are so equipped.

Refund Policy: Refunds of the entire amount minus a $25 cancellation fee will be given up to September 1, 2018. Up until this time, you may also transfer the full payment toward another Rejuvenate Retreat, either toward the next year’s registration at the same location or to another date/location. From September 2 – 19, you may receive a refund of half of the registration price or may transfer 75% of the payment toward another Rejuvenate Retreat. No refunds will be given after September 19, however your registration fee may be transferred to another participant. If you know of someone who would like to attend in your place, let us know; otherwise we will offer the space to a mom who has expressed interest but has been unable to pay her way.

General information and FAQs about Rejuvenate

Jennie Owens

Co-Founder & Speaker

Jennie has worked with children of all ages for over 20 years and is the author of Dancing with a Porcupine, a real life parable about living successfully as the parent of special needs children.. In addition to her MA in Education, Jennie has received extensive training in therapeutic parenting, trauma, and attachment in adoption. She has worked in multiple group home settings with abused and abandoned children and in several settings providing support for foster and adoptive parents, including doing foster parent Recruitment and Retention through Fostering Together and working as a foster parent trainer for the state through the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence.

Most of Jennie’s experience, however, comes from the fact that she and her husband adopted three deeply wounded foster children nine years ago, who were 8, 10 and 10 when they came to live with them. All of her children have progressed leaps and bounds further than professionals ever expected, and now as teenagers they continue to provide her with on-the-job training every day.

Along with training foster parents, Jennie provides coaching services through Canyon Lakes Family Counseling for parents wanting to find more effective ways to parent challenging children, as well as parents who have experienced their own trauma through parenting them. Jennie is currently working on a book called “Dancing with a Porcupine.” It chronicles her challenging experiences in parenting their children and her journey back to health and sanity after being told by a medical professional, “If you don’t get rid of your stressors, you’re going to die.”

Jennie speaks at adoption and foster care conferences, retreats and workshops and leads foster and adoptive mom retreats. If you’d like to contact her about speaking at an event, please email her at [email protected]

Michele Schneidler

Speaker

Michele serves as the orphan care pastor at Overlake Christian Church near Seattle and is the founder and emcee, along with her husband Andrew, of The Refresh Conference (www.therefreshconference.org).  Michele and Andrew built their family through adoption and reside near Seattle, WA with their three children.

Laura Brinkman, LMT

Massage Coordinator

Laura began her massage therapy career in 2008 in Indianapolis, IN. She moved to Washington in 2013 for both professional and personal growth. In June 2017 she competed in the World Championship of Massage in Denmark. Since returning home she has partnered with her mentor and two fellow colleagues and opened a practice, Massage Reimagined, in Fremont. She also works independently as a mobile therapist traveling to local businesses to provide chair massages.

www.massagereimagined.com

219-863-7416

Joanna Martin

Speaker

Joanna Martin spent years trying to survive as a foster parent before simply surviving wasn’t enough. Her journey of self-discovery and healing has slowly brought her to a place of thriving. Currently a mom to an 8 year old adopted son and 16 year old foster daughter, Joanna works full-time in a city municipality’s recreation department. It is common to find this curious lifelong learner researching and exploring different subject matter. She has a Masters degree in Public Administration and Bachelors degrees in Psychology, Communication and Recreation.

Joanna will be leading the following workshop:

Staying Present in the Whirlwind:
It is natural to get caught up in the whirlwind that is fostering and adoption. Learning ways to stay present and grounded even when your life is in chaos that can help your mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health.

Dana Reinke

Speaker

Dana is from Spokane, WA, and currently working on her Integrated Medicine Health Coach certification. She has dealt with autoimmune disease, been fat, fatigued and frazzled, super toxic, stumped doctors and almost lost hope.

By solving her own autoimmune puzzle, her mission now is to help and educate others on their journey back to health. Dana’s journey started 11 years ago, with a car accident during pregnancy, that put her in the hospital on a 60-day emotional roller coaster ride. Muscle atrophy, helplessness, emotional pain, abnormal tests results and exhaustion almost got the best of her. Dana began asking “Why is my body failing me?”

Making it her life’s mission to find answers, Dana was all in. With research and focus, she reversed her autoimmune disease naturally, and learned that the body is magnificent and when given the right fuel, has the energy to propel forward into a state of regeneration and healing.

Dana absolutely loves meeting new people and is energized each time she can help solve someone’s unique health crisis by getting to their root causes. Ready to take control of your health?

Dana will be leading the following workshops:

Self-care Routine for Daily Success: Do you know why self care is important? And more importantly, do you regularly do it? Dana will take the mystery out of self care, and provide solutions to properly fuel your lifestyle with simple daily self-care habits for optimal performance of your mind, body, and soul.

Essential Oils for the Stressful Mom Life: Learn how essential oils can lift your spirits and positively impact your health and mood.

Essential Oil Rollerball Workshop: Dana will guide you through finding the best blend for your busy life and walk you through the process of making your own essential oil rollerball.

Properly Support Your Stressed Out Body: Life happens. Therefore, stress happens. Learn how to lessen the negative impact stress has on the body. Dana will share what kinds of foods and supplements can be utilized to support the body during times of stress.

Christy Weitz

Speaker/Fitness Instructor

In addition to being a wife and mother to an awesome 8 year old son, Christy Weitz is a nutrition professional and group fitness instructor. She currently works full-time as Dietary Manager for long-term healthcare facility where she is responsible for meeting the daily nutritional needs of 91 residents. As a fitness instructor, Christy helps clients achieve toned bodies and peaceful minds while designing enjoyable and effective workout that promotes results. She is a skilled motivator with an energetic personalize who prides herself in being a healthy lifestyle role model. Christy’s credentials include: Bachelors of Science in Food Science and Nutrition, AFFA Certified Group Fitness Instructor, Zumba Zin Certified, Step-Strength Instructor and Zumba Gold Certified.

Christy will be leading the following classes/experiences:

Meal Making Strategies
Do you dread the “what’s for dinner” whining? Or find yourself continuously scrambling to get food on the table? With 10 years of experience as a Dietary Manager, Christy will share techniques for meal planning and food preparation that will help simplify the process and reduce the stress of feeding your family.

Zumba Dance Party
Shake off your worries and cares for at least a short while at this fun dance party. This easy-to-follow Zumba class is designed for to move your body while having fun. No matter your fitness level, join Christy and get your sweat on.

Thora Trumbo

Art Coordinator

Thora attended California State University in Chico, earning dual purpose teaching credentials in the graduate school program.  She and her husband adopted daughters, first a baby, then a five year-old with multiple disabilities. She left public school teaching and taught their girls at home between many surgeries, recoveries and the necessary but demanding weekly therapy.  Now, their oldest adopted child is 19 and in college. Their youngest at 18, reads and writes as a kindergartner, happily doing her best. The girls names are Grace and Joy. Truly God loves beyond measure! It is with great delight Thora shares her passion mentoring other adoptive and foster mothers with art and craft relaxation. See you soon at our upcoming retreat!