Women’s Wellness Week rates include all program activities, room, meals and taxes.
- Single Room: $2,590 per person
- Double Room: $2,110 per person
(Optional activities, including kayaking, facials, massages, nail treatments and Reiki treatments, are priced separately.)
Sunday, November 10 - 3 p.m.
Join us for a welcome reception at 4:30 p.m. followed by dinner.
If you prefer to settle in on Saturday, you can check in at the resort’s special rate, subject to room availability, and enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast buffet on Sunday morning. Contact ‘Tween Waters Inn at 800.223.5865 for information.
Sunday, November 17 - By Noon
Each Day Brims with Possibilities!
Welcome the dawn with sunrise meditation on the beach followed by tai chi or yoga.
Rejuvenate with the Functional Fitness Program, the core of Women’s Wellness Week. This daily regimen includes three components that the American Council on Exercise recommends for overall fitness:
- Cardio conditioning — to increase your metabolism and strengthen your heart
- Muscle toning and core conditioning — to tone and strengthen your muscles as well as maintain and build bone density
- Flexibility and balance training — through classical yoga movements and poses that stretch and relax your muscles, making you more limber yet steady
No matter your fitness level or skill, you will benefit from the Functional Fitness Program. Our teaching method provides personal attention for:
- Beginners who are new to exercise or recovering from surgery, injury or illness
- Intermediate participants, who exercise occasionally and have some experience with a fitness program
- Advanced participants, who exercise regularly
You’ll have plenty of free time to enjoy all the delights of this tropical paradise.
Personalize your experience with additional classes in water fitness and memoir writing. Venture out on a naturalist-led kayaking excursion. Participate in our tennis event or sunset tai chi class. Pamper yourself with a facial, massage, manicure or pedicure. Or experience the healing energy of Reiki.
Enjoy evenings of entertainment and fun!
The highlight of each evening will be a presentation or demonstration designed to enhance your personal growth. Learn life-changing information from these experts from Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative Medicine:
- Tanya Edwards, MD, Medical Director
- Jamie Starkey, LAc, Lead Acupuncturist
- Kellie Kirksey, PhD, Holistic Psychotherapist
Participate in the Women’s Health Discussion Group with Women’s Wellness Week experts and presenters.
Functional Fitness Program Details»
Because fitness and skill vary from one individual to another, our Functional Fitness Program is offered at three levels. Participants are asked to complete a Fitness Assessment and Health History which are used to assign each person to her proper level. Our teaching method provides supervision and instruction specifically focused on individual concerns and conditions. The levels can be described as follows:
Level 1: Beginners to an exercise program and/or those with special concerns such as recent hip or knee replacement, recovery from injury, or regaining strength following illness.
Level 2: Intermediate-level participants who can execute non- or low-impact cardio moves for short periods of time, and perform muscle-toning exercises.
Level 3: Advanced-level participants who exercise on a regular basis, can execute low- or high-impact cardio moves for an extended period of time, and perform more challenging muscle-toning exercises.
Flexibility and Balance
Flexibility and balance are vitally important to a healthy lifestyle. Proper posture and alignment protect our muscles and skeleton from weakness which leads to injury. We advocate the disciplines of Yoga and Tai Chi as therapeutic forms of movement designed to stretch and tone the muscles and lubricate the joints. This is especially helpful if you experience aches and pains as a result of chronic muscle tension and stiffness in your joints, especially after a night's sleep.
Flow Yoga Class is a practice that flows with motion and pause into classic yoga poses to create balance, strength, calmness and the ultimate union of body and mind. The class is offered twice each day.
Tai Chi incorporates a series of low-impact, slow-motion movements performed while standing in a relaxed position. Benefits of this practice include increased leg strength, flexibility and balance as well as a sense of well-being. Tai Chi is offered twice each day: sunrise Tai Chi is held indoors, and sunset Tai Chi, conducted on the beach, concludes as we gather to watch the sun setting into the Gulf of Mexico. We recommend this "meditation in motion" to supplement your yoga practice.
Muscle Toning / Bone Strengthening Program
Our daily Fitness Program incorporates core stabilization (lower back, pelvis, hips and abdominal muscles) with upper and lower body muscle toning. This is achieved through various classes:
Muscle Toning / Core Conditioning Class supplemented with the use of resistance bands and body weight resistance, modified to meet the specific needs and capabilities of Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 participants.
Water Fitness Class for all participants in the beautiful 'Tween Waters Inn pool.
Cardio and Core Conditioning Class
The cardio/core conditioning workout is designed to increase metabolism, strengthen the heart and tone the core muscles. This is accomplished through each of the following daily classes:
Cardio and Core Conditioning Class modified for each of the 3 levels to meet varying abilities.
Director Dympna Ferrante works closely with Executive Chef Jason Miller of 'Tween Waters Inn to create our delicious Mediterranean-style menu.
Every meal incorporates anti-inflammatory, immune-building foods. We enjoy all our meals in the resort's private dining room.
A typical day's menu includes:
Fresh, local papaya, blueberries and bananas
Wheat and oat bran pancakes
Strawberry-fruited cottage cheese
Coffee (regular and decaf) and hot tea
Salad Bar with smoked salmon and grilled tofu with homemade dressings and vinaigrette
Homemade whole grain wheat bread
Seasonal fruit for dessert
Iced herbal tea
Mid-Afternoon Tea Time:
Greek organic yogurt
Iced herbal tea, hot tea, coffee
Tossed garden salad with avocado dressing
Butternut squash ravioli with toasted walnut and rosemary pesto
Warm berry compote for dessert
Iced herbal tea, hot tea, decaffeinated coffee
Each year, new and exciting opportunities for personal growth are created. Evening programs feature a variety of speakers, as well as cultural and entertaining activities. Some previous activities have included:
- Tour of the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on nearby Sanibel Island
- Art presentations from award-winning artists
- Programs by a music therapist
- Journal-writing classes and book discussions
- Optional massages, facials and nail care
- Sun set watching on the Gulf of Mexico, from the beach and aboard ship
- Learning to paint
- Playing tennis
- Relaxing by the pool
- Learning to write memoirs
- Kayaking with the manatees and dolphins
- Collecting shells on the beautiful Captiva Island beach
- Sailing charters
- Riding bikes to Captiva Village
Who says camp is just for kids? Not Boots Freeman of suburban Cleveland, Ohio, who dreamed of a week-long health and fitness camp for like-minded women more than 30 years ago. But forget the bunk beds and outhouse. Freeman envisioned a health-oriented retreat where women could put aside the demands of jobs, families and commitments and just be girls again. In 1978, Freeman reserved cabins at Hiram House Camp in Moreland Hills, Ohio, at the end of their summer season and launched her program.
Freeman kept dreaming. While walking the beach on Captiva Island, Florida, she sparked a new idea: move her annual camp to the undeveloped slip of paradise near Ft. Myers. With a new name and home, her dream evolved into the Captiva Fitness Caper at ‘Tween Waters Inn.
The Captiva Fitness Caper thrived under Freeman’s direction, offering 35 sessions over a 25-year period. Cleveland women spread the word about this special experience. Campers of all ages and backgrounds, including celebrities like Gloria Steinem, found a common sisterhood at the Caper.
Over the years, Freeman noted “the body can only move so many ways, but the program kept evolving with new trends and ideas.” Times and attitudes have since changed. Today's participants are much more knowledgeable about fitness and health. Now, the next generation, many of whom are daughters of the original campers, is discovering this “girl camp.” Boots Freeman acknowledged it was “a labor of love” to nurture and direct the Caper for so many years, but the time had come for a change in leadership.
She turned to her long-time yoga instructor and key staff leader, Dympna Ferrante of Cleveland, to succeed as director in 2005. Ferrante incorporates her personal philosophy of health and fitness into a revamped program. Its new name, Women’s Wellness Week, reflects her belief that “wellness is not only for the body, but also for the mind, emotional heart, and spirit.” Her professional staff agrees that fitness is a mix of cardiovascular, strength and flexibility conditioning. They deliver a program that includes aerobics, bone strengthening, muscle toning, Tai Chi, and yoga.
“The way we feed our body is changing, too” says Ferrante. “We are much more aware of the importance of eating high quality foods that are not processed and free of chemicals, hormones, preservatives and artificial ingredients which accelerate the aging process and create disease.”
Informing her participants on matters of health and fitness is a primary goal of Ferrante. Evening speakers bring the latest information to the Wellness Week. In 2007, Dr. Tanya Edwards, Director of Integrative Medicine at The Cleveland Clinic, was invited to speak on medical issues of interest to women. She continues to return, each time presenting two unique and informative evening programs.
Also, there is strong scientific evidence that sleep and rest are vitally important in restoring our whole being. Ferrante notes that “many more women are embracing the art of meditation to soothe the mind, calm the heart and reconnect the spirit.” The program includes a daily morning yoga class, and Tai Chi classes are offered every morning and at sunset on the beach. In 2011, a sunrise meditation class was introduced, incorporating instruction on meditation techniques and time for meditation on the beach as each day began.
The opportunity to connect and reconnect with other women is a primary key to the 30+ year success of this enterprise. Participants from around the United States, Canada and Ireland have discovered this unique, affordable retreat and return year after year to experience renewal.
This experience, this annual week of friendship and rejuvenation, celebrated its 30th anniversary in November, 2009. From its modest beginnings at Hiram House Camp to its beachfront resort home, this event has stood the test of time, teaching women about health, friendship, and continual renewal throughout life.
The story continues on with a new chapter just added. In March 2013, Women's Wellness Week merged with Cleveland Clinic's Center for Integrative Medicine. The program Boots created long ago lives on and this merger will carry Women's Wellness Week far into the future.