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
  • 3:00p Chair Massages
  • 5:00p Welcome Session
  • 6:30p Dinner
  • 7:30p Evening Session
  • 9:15p Evening Activities Options Include: Worship, Movie, Card/Board Games, Crafts, DIY Spa

 

Saturday, October 6:

  • 8:00a Breakfast
  • 9:00a Morning Session
  • 10:45a Reflect & Connect
  • 12:00p Lunch
  • 1:00p Meet Your Needs Options Include: Mini-Sessions, Zumba Dance Party, Quiet TIme, Nap, Arts Class, DIY Spa, Explore Nature, Pool Access, Ropes Course*, Zipline*, Full-Body Massages*, One-on-One Listening & Encouragement Coaching
  • 6:00p Dinner
  • 7:00p Evening Session
  • 8:30p Evening Activities Options Include: Worship, Movie, Card/Board Games, Crafts, DIY Spa

 

Sunday, October 7:
  • 8:30a Tea Party Breakfast
  • 9:00a Closing Session
  • 10:00a Raffle & Grand Prize Drawings

 

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

Mini-Sessions

These quick 30-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.
  • 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.
  • 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 – Explore simple way to use essential oils to positively impact your health and mood.
  • Make & Take Essential Oil Rollerballs – Make your own essential oil rollerball to take home.
  • FLIP IT! Take Care of You – Apply the FLIP IT model to learn how to explore your own Feelings, Limits, Inquiries and Prompts to build resilience.

Art Classes

  • Go With the Flow – This introduction to watercolor lets you explore the beauty that comes from going with the flow.
  • Pick & Paint – Instructor will take you step-by-step through painting either a colorful chicken or angel wings.
  • Beauty in Chaos – Use a collection of things that you find beautiful to create and paint a collage.
  • Pour It Out – Learn fun pour painting techniques to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

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.

Retreat Team

Jennie Owens
Jennie Owens
Co-Founder & Speaker
Michele Schneidler
Speaker
Laura Brinkman, LMT
Massage Coordinator
Joanna Martin
Director & Speaker
Dana Reinke
Speaker
Christy Weitz
Fitness Instructor
Dani Dodge
Art Instructor
Shannon Banna
Art Instructor
Amber Harris
Speaker
George & Wendi Miller
Worship Leaders

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

Director & 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

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.

Dani Dodge

Art Instructor

Dani Dodge brings life to watercolor illustration, humorous comics and feminist artworks. Dani is also intensely curious and loves finding new ways to tap into creativity. She owns Studio Dodge and currently works form her in-home studio in West Seattle where she is constantly trying to keep dog hair out of her paints. As part of her business, she offers commissioned work, private lessons and workshops.

Shannon Banna

Art Instructor

I am large and contain many contradictions
‘Like my tea black, coffee light, bourbon strong
Broccoli is from the devil
Meat is good because – chicken.
Live with one cat too many
My kids put the scare into Halloween…
Preferred color – pink
Favorite sound – quiet.
Heuristic conversations turn on light bulbs
Liberal Christian Anarchist Cajuns:
We burn question marks on your lawn.
I am tall: short hair. Husband short with long
Family crest: Sebastopol Goose
sporting a tinfoil hat.
Self taught professional artist
Accidental parent
and the person that accepts the charges on your midnight call.

Amber Harris

Speaker

Amber Harris’ gift and passion is to bring healing, humor and joy to insurmountable difficulty.

At the age of 5 she contracted Legionnaire’s disease which permanently scarred her lungs leaving her with a fraction normal lung function. Her parents were told her condition would be progressive and she would likely not survive to graduate high school. Her childhood and teen years were marked by recurrent pneumonias, countless hospitalizations and medical tests. During those years, it crossed her mind numerous times how much easier it would be to end it all…but God was working. He was raising up a warrior and an advocate for women who struggle. The adversities she faced helped her to develop insight into overcoming the impossible and even finding profound joy using her sharp wit and humor.

Now at 44 years old, and married for 24 years, her greatest joy is to be a mother of 5 adopted children. She has learned to survive and work around her physical limitations but more importantly, has found joy in life’s absurdities. Just to keep her life interesting, three of her children have special needs and one is globally delayed with a “rare” genetic disorder…like 7 or 8 others in the world “rare”. At 9 years old, he weighs in at 190 pounds and enjoys chasing his cat around the neighborhood wearing nothing but a Batman cape and his infectious smile. Did she mention the 6 year old kleptomaniac? If not, you will not want to miss this truly unique opportunity to give yourself permission to…dare we say it? Laugh. Her disarming and palpable authenticity gives her the ability to connect with women from all backgrounds and invites them to share in her vulnerability.

Amber will be leading workshops that will focus on finding humor and joy in the midst of chaos and pain. She will explore what scripture teaches us about the topic and how to discern humor from mockery. You are invited to share in the healing power of laughter.
She has valuable experience in international, domestic, private and agency adoption. She is a fierce advocate for special needs children and those that care for them.

George & Wendi Miller

Worship Leaders

George and Wendi Miller, from Maple Valley, WA, are a husband and wife team. They have been married for 14 years in March, and have 3 kids. Together they have held various ministerial positions such as Young Adults/Young Married’s Pastors, Small Groups Leaders, Worship Leaders as well as holding various church staff positions. Wendi, who is a graduate of Northwest University, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music. She has been actively involved in leading worship for the last 17 years. George has 3 year of Bible Collage for Pastoral Ministries. George has experience of 29 years of worship ministry, as well 23 years of various Pastoral positions.

George and Wendi are very passionate for what God has called them too. They have a passion to speak life and healing into those in need. George and Wendi have an extended passion to see people free; to experience God’s presence, love, and restoration through the power of the Holy Spirit in worship and teaching as well all the ministries that they put their hands too.