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rest & restore

A Cellular Restoration from Spirituality and Science

September 6-8, 2024

A portion of proceeds will benefit MS Heroes for the construction of wheelchair ramps for those in need.

“The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience” – Emily Dickinson

To transform into a higher concept of ourselves involves shedding old views of who we think we are and taking on new truths. Our cellular system is always waiting for new thoughts that create higher vibrational frequencies of peace, joy, and love.

At our deepest level, we yearn for a quiet place to Rest and Restore ourselves.

The demands of Life from family and work can be overwhelming. We are left depleted physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The people we live with, or no longer live with, the work we do, and our environment drain us. We give and give and forget ourselves.

There is a better way.

our mission

Each Self Care/ Self Love retreat is focused on one mission: To bring immersive experiences that go beyond what is practiced in the mainstream world of health for the benefit of personal transformation and true healing.

who this is for

This retreat has been created for 16 women who wish to be filled with joy, laughter, inner healing, and cutting edge health tips. Women who desire to rest and restore themselves.

“Transformation is when who you are is not determined anymore by other people's opinions or other people's presence.” - Sadguru

Join us for a transformative weekend experience of holistic, joyful well-being.

Join us for a transformative weekend experience of holistic, joyful well-being.

Our eight expert presenters will guide us into higher vibrational frequencies of peace, spiritual growth, and the science behind the true nature of healing our cellular system.

We will detox, reset, and restore our natural healthy balance.

This women’s retreat has been created to address a new way of thinking and feeling that aligns with the movement toward inner peace and pure love.

As is the inner, so is the outer-Gnostic axiom.


My friend asked me why this gorgeous beach house was chosen for the 2024 retreat and I responded, “This Beach House is in harmony with the uplifting natural beauty of the Alabama Gulf waters and soft beach sand”.

When I first walked in I felt the presence of God/Universe/Divine loving light and knew this was our healing space for

Rest and Restore 2024.”🙏🏼

We will be staying at an extraordinary beachfront property in Gulf Shores, Alabama, renowned for its stunning location and luxurious amenities.

We'll be in the East side portion of the home with 12 bedrooms and 11.5 bathrooms, providing ample space and privacy. It is equipped with all the amenities you could wish for, including a private elevator, a beachfront pool, ample parking, and breathtaking views of the Gulf from our spacious deck and private balconies. Enjoy direct beach access via a private boardwalk that crosses the picturesque dunes right at your doorstep. This is truly a place where luxury meets the ocean.


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easy to get to


For those flying in for their Gulf Shores getaway, the closest aviation hub is Pensacola (PNS) International Airport, conveniently located just 32.9 miles away.

A diverse array of airlines serve this airport, including American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, Silver Airways, Southwest, United, and Spirit Airlines, providing a range of options for both domestic and international travelers looking to reach the beautiful shores of Gulf Shores, AL.



  • A beautiful, private, healing space on the water to rest and restore.
  • Transformative experiences that present holistic, alternative choices to heal one’s own body, mind, and spirit.
  • Alleviate stress, and anxiety and decrease pain and suffering.
  • In-house chef will create delicious food that heals the microbiome and the brain.
  • In-person sound healing at a frequency of 432 Hz to increase relaxation, focus, and reduce anxiety.
  • A supportive loving group of expert presenters and caring women.
  • What you’ll learn is not just for the retreat, but is meant for you to carry with you forever.


PRICES ARE ALL-INCLUSIVE. Prices per person in a shared room include:

🌟Staying at one of the most remarkable beachfront properties in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

This ultra-luxury beach house features 12 bedrooms, 11.5 baths, and every amenity you can imagine, including an elevator, a private beachfront pool, parking, and stunning Gulf beach views from our deck, private balconies and steps to the beach on a private boardwalk over the dunes.

🌟3 days/2nts weekend with 😍BONUS option to come for 5days/4nts at no extra charge If you register before May 1st or while availability of rooms last.

🌟Welcome adaptogen mocktails, vegan charcuterie pool party..

🌟Welcome gift bags and other gifts along the way.

🌟 In-house Chef- Fariha Bhatty from, By The Fig and The Olive, will create delicious, ayurvedic healing food every day during the 3-day retreat.

  • Friday dinner, Saturday- Breakfast, lunch, dinner, 24-hour snack table. Healthy drinks in the fridge.
  • Sunday breakfast and lunch. Coffee and tea bars are always available.
  • 🌟8 expert holistic presenters- Sharing their years of expertise, wisdom, and love.


Sharing their years of expertise, wisdom, and love.

Betty Sue O’Brian, Natural physician and Iridologist.

“A demonstration of the magic of living foods and how they can change your life for the better.”

Moira Anderson- LCSW, owner of, The MS Center for Yoga and Health.

"The Restoration of the Cellular System through Yoga".

Ophelia Abrahams- OT, Qigong facilitator.

An explanation of, "The Inside Out Revolution -creating clarity, peace, and freedom."

Tiffany Kidder- Kundalini yoga, sound healing bowls.

"Let's Awaken and Restore Your Inner Peace"

Donna Papania- Ayurvedic expert, yoga teacher, nutritionist.

Sharing, "The healing aspects of Ayurvedic medicine for your health".

Nicole Blair- Therapeutic Breath facilitator, and grief expert.

"Allowing the breath to detox, reduce stress, and increase emotional wellness."

Joany Gauvreau-International Belly dancer, ecstatic dance DJ.

"Restore the divine feminine within you".

Jackie Castro-Cooper-Holistic alternative PT,

"Treating The Cortisol Belly" and "The Healing Breasts- A Self Treatment class"

Chef Fariha Bhatty

"Ayurvedic healing food and the simple 5-day lunch meal prep"

meet the presenters

Betty Sue O’Brian Natural Physician, M.S., herbalist, naturopath, Iridologist, and a teacher for The Southern Institute of Natural Health. Betty Sue uses safe and natural therapies to help a person bring the body into balance. She is dedicated to teaching better ways to eat, drink and ‘live it’ through dietary and lifestyle adjustments that provide good nutrition and proper exercise for the body, mind and spirit.

Moira Anderson, CYT, E-RYT 500, LCSW is the owner of River Rock Yoga and Pilates in Ocean Springs, MS, and founder of the MS Center for Yoga and Health. She has a Master of Social Work Degree and has been using yoga in clinical health settings to benefit the community since 2010.

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Ophelia Abrahams, OT, CHT Is an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist. She is the founder of Insight Out Coaching and Consulting LLC. Ophelia has been practicing and studying Qigong for 25 years. The gentle, rhythmic movements of Qigong reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. She is excited to share it with the world.

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Tiffany Kidder is a certified 200hr Kundalini instructor from Samadhi Yoga Ashram in Rishikesh India, Sound Healing Practitioner, and Reiki Master. She is the founder of The Sanctuary of Gulfport Wellness Center. Tiffany has a passion to help guide the community to self-care and healing.

Donna Papania Spent 10 years in the desert of New Mexico studying with and working for Dr. Vasant Lad, assisting in the Pancha Karma (Cleansing) Department. She taught Ayurvedic Diet and Lifestyle classes at The Ayurvedic Institute and served as the head of the Ayuryoga department. Sharing all of the deep knowledge that was shared with her is her passion.

Nicole Blair is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist and Therapeutic Breathing Practitioner offering services and programs designed to foster resilience, grief support, personal growth, and recovery. She is also currently a caregiver and helps other caregivers find balance in their lives as they prioritize their well-being and individuality. Nicole has a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Regis Jesuit University in Denver, CO.

Joany Gauvreau discovered the Art of Bellydance in 2004, and from that moment, her life was transformed, not only physically and emotionally but also spiritually. The dance awakened her feminine spirit and led her to create Feminicity®, a powerful method for accessing and embracing feminine energy. Joany shares her passion and knowledge, guiding women on their transformative journeys of self-discovery and empowerment.

Jackie is one of the first holistic, alternative physical therapists in the US. She obtained her Master’s in physical therapy from the University of South Alabama. She is a professional speaker, health and business consultant, retreat leader, and the author of, The Power of Self Care/Self Love: A Physical Therapist's Guide to Evolving Into Your Higher Self and The Power of Self Care/Self Love Journal Workbook with Intellect Publishing. Her private practice was born in 2007, Gulf Coast Myofascial Release Physical Therapy in Ocean Springs, MS. Her mission in life is to share information that is not widely known specifically for the alleviation of pain and suffering. Jackie is the founder of “The Women’s Health Forum” which educates and promotes alternative health care for our communities and the creator of The Self Care/Self Love Retreats.


👯Bring a friend and you can room together or we’ll match you up with a roommate and let you know who your new best friend is a week before the retreat.

Remember the Bonus to stay for 5 days/4 nights arriving Thursday, Sept 5th at 6 pm and leaving Monday, Sept 9th at 10 am is free! If you pay before May 1st or while the availability of rooms last.


Rooms available at this moment are:

  • Only 3 Primary King bedrooms with private balcony/Beach Gulf View available at $1,817 per person. Two Accommodation options: One Woman in a Room or Two Women in a Room at Buy One Get One Half Off.

  • Only 1 Room with one king bed and a full bath available at $1,417 per person. Two Accommodation options: One Woman in a Room or Two Women in a Room at Buy One Get One Half Off.

  • Only 1 Room with two kings and a private full bath is available at $1,517 per person, Two Accommodation options: Two Women in a Room or Four Women in a Room at Buy Two Get Two Half Off.

  • Only 2 Rooms with two Queen beds and a full bath are available starting at $1,317 per person.

  • Only 1 room with two Queen Lower Bunk Beds with a shared in-room full bath is available for $1150 per person.

  • Only 2 Adult-size single lower Bunk Beds with shared full baths are available for $950 per person.

Final pricing upon registration will include a 4% fee for processing. All pricing is a price per person.


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"Jackie Castro-Cooper's 'Rest and Be Free' retreat was a transformative two-day journey. The collective energy of empowering women elevated our well-being. In remission for seven years, I attribute my health to these practices and the community's support. Join us next time!" - Renee H.

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"The retreat offered new insights and timely support. It was beautifully organized and I cherish the daily journaling. Excited for the next one!" - Amber O.


“ I feel like I had a two-week vacation! My fight/flight/freeze is now less and I can breathe so much better! The retreat softened me and I am not as raw. Everything was perfect timing. This retreat helped me grow my wings and fly! -Melissa E.

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"The 'Rest and Be Free' retreat was a game-changer for me. It helped me heal old wounds and shift my view on aging as I approach my 50s. The sessions opened my heart and mind, leading to meaningful connections and the start of lasting friendships. Every woman should try this transformative experience. It's a personal journey to embracing life's changes with joy and peace." - Jennifer S.

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I’m feeling great after the retreat! It’s always so empowering to be around other loving women. The presenters were inspiring and I would like to connect with them. I felt God said, “Stop and trust”. I feel brave and more trusting now.”- Amy S.

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“I had a wonderful time at the retreat and it was a blast! I felt several pounds lighter from the weight on my shoulders and experienced so many neat things. I still feel so good and I love all of you! Let me know when you do the next one so I can invite my friend!”- Linda W.

"My first retreat experience felt sacred and nourishing. Joyful and grateful, I eagerly await the next!" - Rachel K.

"The 2023 retreat was a profound journey in self-care. It equipped us with vital tools for wellbeing. Looking forward to more!" - Jodie S.

“I loved the retreat soooo much. So grateful my friend made me go.” Roxy C.

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Be with us as we open the portal to another dimension of pure love.

This is a higher vibrational frequency created when women gather and remember their ancient wisdom. The divine woman…our matriarchal place. We will rest and restore ourselves, each tiny cell, and return to this sacred place.

I look forward to personally welcoming you with open arms 🤗


Castro-Cooper, MPT