October ~ 11th Weekend Wellness Retreat in Ocean City, NJ

2021-05-21 09:00:00 - 2021-05-23 12:00:00

REGISTRATION for the 11th PhillyFIT Weekend Wellness Retreat

PhillyFIT is holding our next event in a beautiful home in Cape May featuring 11 bedrooms and a lovely setting for a fitness retreat. Your life will be touched, if not transformed, once you experience our soulful, healthy and fitness-packed (or relaxing) agenda. From the healthy food, to the workouts, to the life-changing therapy. Our guru’s are catering to your goals and your needs. You’ll be on the beach, and just a few days from becoming the best YOU ever!

We have two beautiful kitchens for cooking lessons. We have a wonderful large family room for seminars and group sessions/workouts, as well as a few scenic decks for early morning or late night chilling! Join in with our experts teaching us how to get back on track with our health and wellness goals.


You will experience NOTHING but wellness, workouts and healthy workshops such as:

Where your mind meets your body and talks to your soul.
Our event will leave you changed for the better, for life.
We are sure of it!

REGISTRATION for the 11th PhillyFIT Weekend Wellness Retreat

Robert Butera, MDiv, PhD

HOSTING: Evening Candle Light Meditation, Find the Right Meditation Method for your life, there is only a best way for your personality

Robert Butera, M.Div., Ph.D., directs YogaLife Institute presently Online from Devon, Pennsylvania, trains Yoga and Meditation Teachers and Yoga Therapists. He published “Yoga Living” magazine for 20 years. The Yoga programs follow Bob’s books, The Pure Heart of Yoga: 10 Essential Steps to Transformation. (Llewellyn, 2009), Meditation for Your Life: Creating a Plan That Suits Your Style (Llewellyn, 2012), Yoga Therapy for Stress and Anxiety: Create a Personalized Holistic Plan to Balance Your Life. (Llewellyn, 2015) and Body Mindful: Create a Powerful and Affirming Relationship with Your Body (Llewellyn, 2018), The Yoga Life (Llewellyn, 2021) See www.YogaLifeInstitute.com

Joanna Chodorowska

HOSTING: o   Healthier doesn’t have to be boring!  o   How to add Greens to Every meal        *The secrets of Essential Oils to boost Your Health *Maybe it’s Inflammation Causing Your Pain? *How To Ease Emotional Triggers so you don’t eat everything in the fridge or house

Joanna K Chodorowska is a holistic nutritionist, a pain and inflammation expert, author, speaker, ordained minister, founder of Nutrition in Motion, athlete and lover of life.  She guides athletes to relieve their pain and health challenges so they love their body and active life more fully.

Joanna incorporates real food, anti-inflammatory and mindfulness principles so you master your body’s own unique needs.  Joanna next explores your response to stress and emotional injury from childhood which contribute to pain and illness.

Joanna discovered through her own healing from adrenal exhaustion and a degenerating hip, that the body can heal naturally given the right tools.   She provides more than hope for you to get back to the active life you love.  You learn to love your body, love your food and love who you are!

She can be reached at www.nutrition-in-motion.net

Claudine Schuster

HOSTING: Power Vinysa Yoga

Claudine is a 500 hour RYT in Hatha yoga with Certifications in Warriors at Ease for Post Deployment & Trauma, Yoga 4 Classrooms, Childlight Yoga and Advanced, Karma Kids, Yoga Minded 4 Teens, Prenatal With Sue Elkind and Certified Barre above Instructor. She has had the privilege to train and study with Seane Corn in Spirit Speaks, Baron Baptiste of Baptiste Power Yoga, Sharon Gannon and David life of Jivamukti Yoga, Sadie Nardini of Power Core Yoga , Shiva Rea, Rolf Gates  (500 hour) and many other great teachers along her personal journey. Claudine is also a Certified Ayurvedic Specialist with the Himalayan Institute  and a  Holistic Health Counselor with INN. She is also trained in level 1 Buddhism and a certified traditional Usui Reiki Master.

Claudine believes in living a holistic lifestyle and thinks yoga is a crucial foundation in this process. She feels privileged to teach the beautiful art of yoga with the hope that her students will use it both on and off the mat. Her style of teaching is a mixture of Vinyasa flow with a power yoga background. Claudine also likes to encourage a freedom of expression and exploration in the body and in the mind. Her goal as a teacher is to have her students grow in strength and flexibility in their body, mind and spirituality and to share passionate hearts as they open themselves up to their full potential and truly live in the yogic lifestyle.

In her spare time she is a foster mom for dogs, an avid traveler and enjoys spending time on her kayak and paddleboard. She loves surrounding herself with family,  friends, her chickens and 7 dogs.




Lisa R. Mele is a certified Group Exercise Instructor with over 15 years experience and specializes in Basic and Advanced Mat Pilates, which she will teaching this May at the PhillyFIT Wellness Weekend Retreat.Since 2011, Lisa has been part of the PhillyFIT Magazine Family as a contributing writer and Workout-a-thon Instructor. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys weekends in the Pocono Mountains with her husband and family. Lisa is also especially excited to spend time with her new baby grandson and is looking forward to her new baby granddaughter arriving this coming May!

Emily Rodenbaugh and Jordan Deane

HOSTING: Body Weight Workout you can do at home

This tag-team opened CUTLOOSE STUDIO, a Virtual All Inclusive fitness studio, in August 2020 in the midst of the pandemic to not only to help those struggling with gyms being closed and their routine changing but to also build a support system and fitness community all from the safely of your living room. Emily and Jordan are both Certified Personal Trainers along with Sports Nutrition Consultants who truly believe that fitness is for anybody with any body. Their virtual classes are designed for any fitness level, no matter where you are in your journey they will meet you there and push you forward to achieve your health and wellness goals.

Janet Sanders

HOSTING: Healthy cooking/eating and dinner Friday night

Janet Sanders is an attorney and Certified Health Coach dedicated to empowering the millions of people struggling with cravings, chronic high blood sugars, and yo-yo weight gain, to reach their health goals, experience vibrant health & get off of the dieting merry-go-round for good.

Janet has created a totally free Coaching community, Blood Sugar Central to bring together anyone looking for resources and support. It includes daily resources, tips, recipes, peer support, and coaching from Janet. She also offers webinars, workshops, challenges, group coaching programs and 1:1 personal coaching. Janet is also dedicated to connecting with other health and fitness professionals and organizations who would like to provide blood sugar coaching resources to their patients, clients and/or members. Janet is the author of “Beat the Blood Sugar Blues” which is the foundation for her signature LIVE FREE Blood Sugar coaching system, a certified Meditation Teacher and Dance Fitness Instructor with a specialty in low impact dance fitness instruction. You can learn more about her upcoming challenge and coaching resources at her coaching community https://www.facebook.com/groups/bloodsugarcentral or via e-mail at janetsanders@bloodsugarcentral.com

Kaia Christiansen, MSN, CRNP

HOSTING: Hormonal Wellness

Kaia Christiansen MSN, CRNP received her graduate degree at LaSalle University in Philadelphia in 2008 after many years as a nurse in Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Emergency/Trauma, Cardiology and Hospice/Palliative Care. This diverse experience has led to the gratifying endeavor of hormonal therapy; being a part of supporting healthy aging and lifestyle fulfillment through hormonal balance is a capstone in a long career.

Cindy Miller

HOSTING: Yoga, Reiki Master and Meditation

After more than 10 years as a personal trainer, Pilates and fitness instructor, Cindy was diagnosed with cancer in 2003 and was forced to take a giant exhale. It was then that she took her first yoga class and immediately fell in love with the mind, body and spiritual component of the yoga practice. She became certified as a yoga teacher through AFFA in 2006 and wanted to continue on this journey, knowing she had found her path. She then completed her 200 hr yoga teacher training at Yoga Vibhuti in 2012. Also graduating advanced 300 hr yoga teacher training in 2016 from Yogasphere. Cindy is a Reiki Master Teacher and a wellness advocate for Do Terra Essential Oils. “I teach out of a deep love and respect for a practice that has wildly and wonderfully enhanced my life. The yoga life is a constant reminder of self-love, acceptance, empowerment and the joy of community. The Divine Light that resides within me honors and respects the Divine Light within you. Keep on shining!”

Susan Bacharach


HOSTING: Barre Workout on the rooftop deck

I owned a Boutique Barre Studio in Philadelphia successfully called Core Power Barre Fishtown. I have been teaching Barre for 5 years in the summer months at Core Fitness Studio in Margate New Jersey. I’m a Master Trainer who is Double Certified from the creators in my opinion of Barre .(Exhale N.Y.C) I also am a Certified Personal Trainer. My Barre Workout is a full -body workout that hits every big and hard to target muscle group in the body. My Classes -Cardio / boxing combos, ballet infused fitness. Traditional Barre infused with Steroids (CorePowerBarre) I do many different forms of lunges, kicks, and squats with or without weights. I also do circuit intervals, and use bands and ankle weights which are always optional. I have studied the anatomy extensively so I am able to guide you properly as you are working out in a safe, and challenging way being that I am a “ back surgery survivor“. I focus on the isolation of the Abs, Thighs, Upper Body, and Glutes, while burning tons of calories, and revving up your metabolism all in 1 hour. (SUSAN IS ON THE COVER OF PhillyFIT!)

Charles Peeples

HOSTING: Massage

A 2004 graduate of the Pennsylvania School of Muscle Therapy (now Cortiva), is a NCTMB Board-Certified LMT, NSCA Personal Trainer, and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He was selected as the Pottstown Mercurys Reader’s Choice Best LMT for 2017, and presently performs massage therapy at three local spas, as well as in-home. He’s been a columnist for PhillyFIT Magazine and has written dozens of articles for numerous international fitness magazines since 1990. Clients are often surprised that someone of his size (6’3” and 240 pounds) can be so gentle. He’ll be providing 15-min table mini-massages that include warm stones and stretches.

Dr. Guirand

HOSTING: Gain Muscle Lose Fat with Emsculpt Neo

Dr. Guirand is a graduate of The University of Illinois College of Medicine-Chicago. He trained in General Surgery, then completed a fellowship in ECMO/Critical Care. Dr. Guirand is passionate about helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals and is especially interested in non-invasive body contouring and continues to participate in advanced training opportunities. He’s competed internationally for USATF in Lyon, France in 2015 and Perth, Australia in 2016 in Masters level Decathlon. He’s currently training for the World Masters Games in Japan and World Masters Championships in Finland in 2022.

Ngan Ton


Ngan also the Owner of Etiquette Aesthetix LLC is a licensed aesthetician, certified body sculpting specialist, and certified semi-permanent lip blush artist located in the heart of Philadelphia, PA; she specializes in modalities for the skin such as; chemical peels, radiofrequency, micro-needling, and custom facials with reiki healing. Additional services she provides includes non-invasive body sculpting that includes cavitation, radio frequency, lipo-laser, and wood therapy. Lastly, she provides a service call “lip blushing” as her one semi-permanent treatment,

Since a teenager, Ngan struggled on her own self journey due to hormonal break-outs, which led her to start doing her own research on skin care, skin anatomy, and the well being of the body. Ultimately, she earned her license so that she can become an expert in her field.  She proceeded on her ultimate objective is to spread her knowledge on everything she has learned over years of experience as an aesthetician. She stated, “ I’m on a journey to making people look and feel beautiful with each service I provide”, so her ultimate goal is to make everyone feel special and look beautiful leaving her business.

Her unique approach in the aesthetic field is quite astounding, as she is both trying to create a relaxed atmosphere to relax her client mentally, but to also provide the non-invasive procedures in order to get them their optimal results on their physical appearance.

If you want a nice relaxed healing session or to simply  enhance your beauty by custom procedures, Ngan is the right aesthetician to go to so you get the best of both worlds!

“Balance is key”

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