Rejuvenate Washington

October 5-7, 2018

Black Diamond Camp

Featured Speaker

Michele Schniedler

Michele Schniedler

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.

Appearing & Retreat Staff

Jennie Owens
Jennie Owens
Co-Founder & Speaker
Michele Schneidler
Speaker
Comedy Sportz
Laura Brinkman, LMT
Massage Coordinator
Krista Hahn
Art Instructor
Amanda Daniels
Retreat Coordinator
Thora Trumbo
Art Coordinator
Polly Lynch
Retreat Staff
Ellen May
Retreat Staff
Kathie Buck
Retreat Staff
George and Wendi Miller
George and Wendi Miller
Campus Pastors
Tishri Dobson
Break Out Leader
Joanna Martin
Speaker
Dana Reinke
Speaker
Christy Weitz
Speaker/Fitness Instructor
Amber Harris
Speaker

Retreat Center

Black Diamond Camps

https://blackdiamond.org
19830 SE 328th Pl
Auburn, WA 98092

Tentative Schedule

Crafts and Self-Serve Nail Salon Available All Weekend

Friday:

  • 3:00p Registration Begins
  • 5:00p Welcome Session & Small Groups
  • 6:30p Dinner
  • 7:30p Evening Session
  • 9:15p Late Night Activities
    • Pajama Party Movie Night
    • Pajama Party Game Night

Saturday:

  • 7:00a Prayer
  • 8:30a Breakfast
  • 10:00a Morning Session and Small Groups
  • 12:30p Lunch and Free Time
    • Staying present in the whirlwind
    • Self-care routine development
    • Easy essential oil uses
    • DIY essential oils rollerball
    • Meal making strategies
    • Supporting your stressed body
    • Zumba dance party
  • 5:30p Dinner
  • 7:00p Evening Session
  • 9:30p Late Night Activities
    • Bonfire with S’mores
    • Pajama Party Movie Night

Sunday:

  • 7:45a Raffle Items Displayed
  • 8:30a Tea Party Breakfast, Raffle Drawings and Session
  • 11:00a Photo Booth & Goodbyes

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Activities

  • Indoor, Heated Pool
  • Massages
  • Self Serve Spa
  • Crafts and Arts Classes
  • Fitness Classes
  • Nature Trails
  • Movie Night
  • Zipline
  • High Ropes Course
  • Tea Party
  • Photo Booth
  • Game Night with Snacks

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.

The schedule for each retreat vary’s for each conference center, but you can expect the schedule to approximate the following sample.

Note: All activities are optional, as the main goal for the weekend is rest and rejuvenation.

Friday:
3:00 PM     Registration Begins (Crafts and Self-Serve Nail Salon Available All Weekend)
5:00           Welcome Session & Small Groups
6:30           Dinner
7:30           Evening Session
9:15           Late Night Activities (Pajama Party Movie Night and Pajama Party Game Night)

Saturday:
7:00 AM     Prayer
8:30          Breakfast
10:00         Morning Session and Small Groups
12:30 PM   Lunch and Free Time (Free Time Activities TBD)
5:30          Dinner
7:00          Evening Session
9:30          Late Night Activities (Bonfire with S’mores and Pajama Party Movie Night)

Sunday:
7:45 AM     Raffle Items Displayed
8:30          Tea Party Breakfast, Raffle Drawings and Session
11:00         Photo Booth & Goodbyes

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.

Comedy Sportz

As seen in People, E!, and The NY Daily News!

At CSz Seattle we do funny. Our comedians specialize in improv comedy, meaning our shows are based entirely on your suggestions. Our trained comedy professionals have no plan and willingly dive headfirst into almost any challenge the audience will throw at them, resulting in unforgettably hilarious moments. For those reasons, no two CSz shows are ever the same.

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

Krista Hahn

Art Instructor

Krista Hahn runs Paint Night, an “art parties to go” business. She provides paint parties and quilling parties for adults and everything from paint to clay creations to pinata parties for kids. Krista is a stay at home mom who homeschools her two boys. She runs Paint Night In part time and also teaches art classes for kids at her co-op and at Kent Commons. Check out her website at paintnightin.com and feel free to email her with any questions at [email protected]
 
Krista will be offering paint and quilling options during the retreat complete with instructions on how to continue these art forms in your own home.

Amanda Daniels

Retreat Coordinator

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!

Polly Lynch

Retreat Staff

Ellen May

Retreat Staff

Kathie Buck

Retreat Staff

George and Wendi Miller

Campus Pastors

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.

Tishri Dobson

Break Out Leader

Tishri Dobson is the mother of seven. She and her husband Patrick, adopted a special-needs sibling group from Latvia. She attended 2 colleges receiving degrees in both Interior Design and Massage Therapy and currently runs a family Bed and Breakfast in Coeur d’Alene Idaho. But her greatest passion is to teach the Word of God and inspire women. She has taught many Bible Studies,  Marriage Classes and Hosted Home Groups. She continues to share with other adopted Mom’s special words of encouragement, hoping to lighten their load with the challenges she knows they face daily. God’s Word has been a proven successful tool for her as she parents her adopted children with FAS, ADHD, ODD, Anxiety Disorder and Autism. A firm testimony that even the toughest kid can be set free by the word of God.

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.

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.