05 May Women’s Weekend Wellness Retreat – Acadia National Park, Maine


September 20-22, 2019


Physical fitness, yoga and music in a secluded setting on the rocky coast of Maine…can it get much better than that? Venture Outside is pleased to offer this unique and special holistic wellness retreat experience at the perfect location for recharging your body, mind, and spirit.


The Schoodic Peninsula is the “quiet” corner of Acadia National Park, known for its pounding surf, incredible sunsets, and soft conifer-cloaked landscape. With miles of hiking and mountain bike trails, a rugged shoreline of both quiet coves and rugged headlands, and miles of quiet paved park road, the Schoodic peninsula in Acadia National Park provides the perfect setting for this active retreat.  In partnership with Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, this retreat is held entirely within the park and based from the Institute’s beautiful campus.


We invite you to reconnect to the power of your body by focusing on your physical fitness and well-being. We’ll choose from two activities and bike, hike, or paddle over this two day weekend retreat. We balance physical activity with just the right amount of reflection during and between outdoor excursions. In addition to the outdoor nature-based activities, we’ll practice yoga indoors and out to balance body and spirit, and be treated to restorative and entertaining music performances and chanting.


Explore and immerse yourself in the uninterrupted landscape of green forest, blue ocean, bold shoreline, and big sky. Find healing and inspiration by connecting with nature through simple meditations and interpretive “nature stops.”



Total: $595 includes Program Tuition and Accommodations.

Program Tuition includes instructor/guide fees, safety gear, and any program materials. Bike or Kayak rentals are an additional fee.

Accommodations include 2 nights lodging and 6 Meals. Lodging will be in double occupancy bedrooms in comfortable and spacious 2 to 4-bedroom apartments at Schoodic Institute.


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Ellie Osborn – Licensed Maine Guide, Musician, Teacher Naturalist, Geologist

Dave Santillo – Licensed Maine Guide, Wildlife Ecologist, PhD Biologist, Musician


Payment – A $200 non-refundable deposit is due 60 days before the retreat, with the balance due one month in advance. Cost as indicated includes lodging and meals, all activities, and performances. Equipment rental fees are in addition.


Travel – The Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park is approximately a 3.5-hour drive north from Portland, Maine, or about 5 hours north of Boston, Massachusetts. We will be happy to try to coordinate car-pooling from the Portland area, or arrange for transportation for those arriving to Maine via air travel. Please call or email us with your interest in car-pooling, or needs for transport.


Weather – Late Summer, Early Fall along the coast of Maine typically consists of pleasant days and chilly nights. Colorful fall foliage often peaks in Late September and early October.


Packing – A detailed packing list will be provided upon registration.



  • Outdoor activities will accommodate all skill levels; activities will depend on weather conditions.
  • Feel free to participate in, or just listen to, all music performances and chanting.
  • Meals will be delicious, healthy, locally grown ingredients, and will accommodate vegetarians.
  • A detailed itinerary will be provided upon request.


If you can’t make this scheduled retreat, please let us know of your interest by completing the form below, and we’ll contact you directly with information on future scheduled sessions.  VO also can schedule a custom session of this retreat for your group of 6 to 12.

Experience and Celebrate an Extraordinary Alternative Adventure for the Body, Mind and Spirit. Connect with Nature – Visit: http://Venture-Outside.com
Experience and Celebrate an Extraordinary Alternative Adventure for the Body, Mind and Spirit. Connect with Nature – Visit: http://Venture-Outside.com
group ride, Schoodic Trails
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Recharged at favorite peninsula

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