"I'm so thrilled to be able to reach these fantastic women. This is the best time of their lives to find love!'" says Palmer, whose website describes her as "a 50-something, joyfully married, proudly imperfect, kinda short, often sassy, ex-corporate manager who helps smart, accomplished grownup women find lasting love after 40." The most popular topic requested to date by women who've registered for Women At Woodstock is "finding love after 50." Having herself married for the first time at age 47, Palmer uses a 6-step system to help women find a healthy relationship and also self-love and clarity. She will be offering a handbook on online dating, and personal, 45-minute consultations for anyone who attends Women At Woodstock.
CEO Ivy Slater coaches women entrepreneurs and executives, and knows from experience that when boomer women hit their mid 50's, they tend to speed up, not slow down. "Their new-found freedom sets new wheels in motion," says Slater, whose clients include many women launching new businesses or significantly expanding the goals of their existing enterprises. Slater will be the featured speaker on the second morning of the event, encouraging women embarking on new or larger business ventures to carefully examine the "why" first, and then seriously plan out the "how," including business-appropriate financial planning.
The purpose of Women At Woodstock is to gather women in midlife for a total immersion retreat featuring speakers, performances, workshops, and one-to-one expert consultations to help foster change, action, and new undertakings either for themselves or for social causes or business ventures.
About Women At Woodstock:
Women At Woodstock is a first-ever retreat for women age 50 and up – to be held at the Emerson Resort and Spa in Woodstock, New York from October 7 to 10, 2012. A lineup of accomplished women from the boomer generation will speak and lead workshops and offer one-on-one consultation sessions. Presenters include Suzanne Braun Levine, the original editor of Ms. Magazine, and authors, playwrights, speaking coaches, fitness specialists, actresses, business experts, writing coaches, and an Episcopal priest. The entire Emerson facility has been reserved for the event, which can accommodate approximately 100 women.
The organizer is Ann Voorhees Baker, an internet marketing specialist whose firm, Net Marketing-123, is based in Southern California. She came up with the idea for the retreat last year. "When I turned 50 I held a croning celebration for myself – a gathering of 15 women friends in a cabin in the woods in Ohio," she says, "and the way we bonded and exchanged ideas was deeply affecting for me." One woman shared that she was looking for a new job, and another woman at the retreat recommended her for a new executive job placement, which she won. Another was inspired to write the book she had been thinking about for years - it's now selling on Amazon. A third started on a serious spiritual path and is now an ordained minister. Baker keeps a poster from that weekend on a wall in her office – and last year started talking with other women her age - friends and colleagues from all over the country - about mounting a repeat gathering of women in her age group on a national scale. "I'm not saying my croning weekend changed every woman's path on the spot," says Baker. "But it certainly gave us all the time and space and supportive environment to think about what we were doing, and wanted to do."
The cost is $595 for the program fee and between $565 and $895 for accommodations, depending on the type of room chosen. All meals, consultations, an opening party and a one-woman show on opening night are included in the price. Emerson Resort will provide a 10% discount on all spa services reserved throughout the three-day event. Interested women may register online at http://womenatwoodstock.com/
Sponsors include Date Like a Grownup, Slater Success Coaching, Seal Press, Vitafusion, BetterAfter50.com, FabOverFifty.com, TheThreeTomatoes.com, She Writes Press, and Warner Coaching. For more information, visit http://womenatwoodstock.com, or contact Ann Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 213-785-8835.