Women's Wellness Retreat

At Women’s Wellness Week, you’ll relax and find greater balance in your life – and a memorable getaway.

Women's Wellness Week, November 8-15, 2015

'Tween Waters Inn Island Resort and Spa, Captiva Island, Florida

Renew. Replenish. Rediscover.

Get ready to be empowered! Join experts from Cleveland Clinic's Center for Integrative Medicine at Women's Wellness Week. Our complete program that gives you physical, nutritional and informational tools you need to live healthier and happier.

Discover how to improve your health and well-being through exercise, nutrition, stress management, and integrative health care as you experience an amazing wellness vacation.

Special Discounts

  • Early Bird Special
    Register for Women’s Wellness Week before May 1, 2015, and receive $50 off! Discount not applied to deposit.
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Overview

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.

History

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.

Schedule and Calendar of Events

Daily Activities
7 a.m. - 8 a.m. Tai Chi or Flow Yoga
8 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Meditation
8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Journaling "Morning Pages"
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:45 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. Cardio-Conditioning, Muscle Toning, Core Conditioning
11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Stretch Out
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch
1 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Water Fitness
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Tea Time, Bridge, Mahjong
5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Dinner

Special Activities
Monday
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Natural Herbal Remedies - Galina Roofener, LAc
3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Wellness 101 - Dympna Ferrante
4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Tai Chi Sunset Gathering
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Nourish & Flourish: Essential Nutrition/ Essential Supplements - Melissa C. Young, MD
Tuesday
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Complimentary Acupuncture Treatment Experience - Galina Roofener, LAc
3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Cooking Demonstration - Chef Loretta Paganini
5:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Tai Chi Sunset Gathering
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Sexuality in Midlife & Beyond - Margaret McKenzie, MD
Wednesday
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Complimentary Acupuncture Treatment Experience - Galina Roofener, LAc
3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Brain Health & Longevity - Melissa C. Young, MD
4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Tai Chi Sunset Gathering
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Self-Expression Through Art - Melissa C. Young, MD
Thursday
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Complimentary Acupuncture Treatment Experience - Galina Roofener, LAc
3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Living in a Toxic World: How Do We Detox Safely? - Melissa C. Young, MD
4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Tai Chi Sunset Gathering
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Women's Health: Pearls & Gems - Margaret McKenzie, MD
Friday
3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Cooking Demonstration - Chef Loretta Paganini
5:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Tai Chi Sunset Gathering
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Anne Morrow Lindbergh 'Ask the Experts' Panel Discussion
Saturday
5:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Tai Chi Sunset Gathering
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Faculty

Dympna Ferrante
Director, Women's Wellness Week
Tanya I. Edwards, MD, Center for Integrative Medicine
Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute

Margaret McKenzie, MD
Section Head, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Cleveland Clinic Women’s Health Institute

Galina Roofener, LAc
Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbal Therapist
Tanya I. Edwards, MD, Center for Integrative Medicine
Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute

Melissa C. Young, MD
Medical Director, Women’s Wellness Week
Professional Staff, Tanya I. Edwards, MD, Center for Integrative Medicine
Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute

Loretta Paganini 
Chef, Author, Owner
Loretta Paganini School of Cooking
International Culinary Arts and Sciences Institute (ICASI) and Sapore Restaurant

Melinda Sessanna-Homan
Program Manager, Women’s Wellness Week
Tanya I. Edwards, MD, Center for Integrative Medicine
Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute

Fitness Instructors

Peg Barrett
April Grushetsky

Tai Chi Instructor

Charlene Nevans

Yoga Instructor

Dympna Ferrante

Resort Accommodations & Registration

Rates are all-inclusive with program fee, meals and room.

Two bedroom and three bedroom suite packages are available, for this option contact 'Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa, 800.223.5865 for pricing information.

  • A $200 deposit is due to Cleveland Clinic at time of registration.
    Remaining balance to be paid in full at time of check in.

  • A $300 deposit is due to 'Tween Waters Inn at time of booking.
    Remaining balance to be paid in full at time of check in. 
    You must contact 'Tween Waters Inn at 800.223.5865 to confirm your reservation.
Poolside Room

Poolside Room:

  • 2 Queen beds
  • Compact fridge
  • Screened balcony

Rates include room, program and meals
Single: $2675
Double: $2200 per person

Water View (Bay or Gulf) Room

Water View:

  • 2 Queen beds
  • Compact fridge
  • Screened balcony

Rates include room, program and meals
Single: $2850
Double: $2305 per person

Bay View Studio

Bay View Studio:

  • King bed
  • Kitchen efficiency
  • Sitting area
  • Shower (no tub)
  • Screened balcony

Rate includes room, program and meals
Single: $3130
Double: $2485 per person

Gulf View Studio

Gulf View Studio:
No elevator access in Gulf Building

  • King bed
  • Kitchen efficiency
  • Sitting area
  • Deluxe bath
  • Shower
  • Screened balcony

Rate includes room, program and meals
Single: $3130
Double: $2485 per person

Courtyard Suite

Courtyard Suite:

  • One bedroom with 2 Queen beds
  • Living room w/sleeper sofa
  • Kitchen efficiency
  • Screened balcony

Rates include room, program and meals
Single: $3300
Double: $2585 per person

Bay View Suite

Bay View Suite:

  • One bedroom with 2 Queen beds
  • Living room w/sleeper sofa
  • Kitchen efficiency
  • Screened balcony

Rates include room, program and meals
Single: $3510
Double: $2710 per person

Two bedroom and three bedroom suite packages are available, for this option contact 'Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa, 1.800.223.5865 for pricing information.

All rooms are in elevator buildings except Gulf Building.

Optional activities including spa treatments, kayaking, paddle-boarding and bicycling are priced separately.

Contact Us

For more information or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities for Women's Wellness Week, please contact:

Dympna Ferrante, Director
Email: ferrand2@ccf.org