Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Power of Moms Retreat...Looking for a location

Do you know the perfect Northern Virginia/DC/Maryland location for a Power of Moms Retreat? 

Earlier this year I joined Power of Moms as a board member.  It is something that I love to do and I am so excited that we are planning a retreat in my neck of the woods this summer!  I'm hoping you can help me with some details...please forward this page to anyone that may have a lead for me...Thanks!

We're holding a Power of Moms Mini-Retreat Saturday morning, June 15th, and we're still looking for just the right place.   If you have any ideas, I'd love to hear them!

What are Power of Moms Retreats? 

Since June of 2010, The Power of Moms has held 22 Retreats and Mini-Retreats around the country and world.  This page on our website describes the Retreats in greater detail, but our main goal is to gather mothers to a beautiful location and give them an opportunity to strengthen each other, participate in meaningful discussions, and return home armed with ideas and inspiration to help them build great families.

A 1/2 day Retreat lasts about 3 hours, and it includes presentations by certified trainers or the Power of Moms Founders, April or Saren (with lots of audience participation), small group discussion and nice refreshments.

We focus on topics such as taking care of the person inside the mom, establishing family systems, moving good ideas forward, and keeping a healthy perspective on motherhood.  Each Retreat has been incredible.  Not because we think we're incredible, but because the mothers who attend are deliberate, sharp, wonderful women who want to create strong families.  Simply being in a room with so many good women who simply want to grow and learn from each other is powerful. 

The retreat we are planning for June 15th will be an inspirational morning entitled, "Live Deliberately: Dare, Dream, and Do".  A past event description can be found here.

Here are the details on our location search:

What are we looking for? While we are considering some beautiful hotels and event centers, we would love to find a large home that can seat between 40 and 90 mothers.  (We won't be bringing our children, so it will stay very clean!)  By holding the Retreat in a home, we are able to keep the costs down and enable more mothers to attend.  There is also something beautiful about being in a home atmosphere.

Location: Northern Virginia, Maryland or DC.  Our ideal location is somewhere near Vienna so it is easily accessible to the beltway and central for participants coming from Virginia, Maryland and DC. 

Ideal amenities: Convenient parking, space for small discussion groups to form (can be in the same area as the main meeting), two restrooms, and the ability to bring in outside catering for refreshments.

Date and Time: This Mini-Retreat will be Saturday, June 15th from 9:30 am to 12 pm. We'll need to set up the day before or early in the morning, and then we'll stay to clean up, so it will probably be more like 8 am to 2 pm with set up on Friday, June 14th sometime.

What will The Power of Moms provide?  Chair rental (if needed), catered refreshments to be brought in, clean up after the Retreat, plus all the set-up, logistics, etc.  Basically, if a homeowner is kind enough to co-sponsor this Retreat, we will take care of all the details and do our best to create as little disruption as possible.

Here are a couple of photos from our Retreats:

If you can think of a location that would be right for this event, would you please email janae.messick (at) and let me know about it?

Thank you so much!



Julianne said...

Hi! My name is Julianne Smoot, and I heard about your request through my friend Jana Ferrel. I followed the link to your blog, and I am HOOKED! How can I sign up to attend the mini-retreat? This looks amazing. I know a handful of power-of-momers, and each one of them are incredible women. Also, I realized after looking at your last name (and then your children's face) that know your in-laws, and I've probably met you! I am Julianne (Pratt) Smoot, and lived in Sugarland, TX when the Messicks were there. I graduated High School with sweet, sweet, Gina. Anyway, small world. I'm on the look out for a big beautiful home for you to host in... I'll be in touch. Thanks.

Jana said...

Thanks for the comment JaNae, I'll check out that book. Sounds like a good one to read! See you at the retreat!