Relax and Recharge! Get ready to be empowered! Join us for Women’s Wellness Week—a complete program that encompasses mind, body, and spirit. Learn life-changing information from Integrative Medicine experts on women’s health. You’ll learn lifestyle strategies to manage stress, improve health, and recharge your life.
Throughout your stay, you’ll learn the latest on fitness, nutrition, dietary supplements, and stress reduction while soaking up the sun and enjoying the white sand beaches of Captiva Island, Florida. You’ll enjoy delicious gluten-free cuisine that features anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting foods. After seven days, you’ll return home energized with a renewed sense of well-being.
Boots Freeman of suburban Cleveland, Ohio, 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 launched her program in Moreland Hills, Ohio.
In 1980, Freeman moved her annual camp to an undeveloped slip of paradise near Fort Myers, Florida. With a new name and home, her dream evolved into the Captiva Fitness Caper at ‘Tween Waters Inn.
Eventually, the time came for a change in leadership. Boots 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 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.