Practicing Presence Summer Self-Care Retreat

Participants will learn self-care routines that can improve focus, productivity and presence.

I have learned that when we care for ourselves, deeply and deliberately, we are able to care for others- our students, our friends and families- in a healthier, more authentic way.
(Lisa Lucas: Practicing Presence-Simple Self-Care for Teachers available from
Stenhouse Publishers)

This retreat is an invitation to fully inhabit the present moment. Discover how to infuse rituals into your day. We will focus on rest, rejuvenation, and discovering how to create the space in our daily lives to “retreat” a bit every day.

Topics such as self-directed brain plasticity, mind-body medicine, mindfulness, metacognition, social emotional teaching & learning will be explored. Lisa will translate the research from neuroscience into practical, evidenced-based brain health and wellness strategies.


The Practicing Presence Summer Self-Care Retreat will take place at the beautiful Inn at Grace Winery.

Commuter Rate Discount:


Sunday June 23 PM

3:00- 5:00 p.m.: Arrive, check in, sign in and explore the grounds. Winery is open to the public and also serves craft beer. Make yourself at home in the cozy den, the taproom parlor, or the billiards room.

5:00-6:00 p.m.: Welcome in the barn/ winery (cash bar)

6:00 p.m.: Dinner on your own – see below for options

Dining options:

Italian Bistro:  La Porta

Mediterranean – Take out or Dine In: Byrsa Bistro

Pub Food: Duffers Glen Mills

Japanese/Chinese: Asuka

Monday June 24, 2018

7:00 a.m. Mindful movement and meditation for those with prior experience
7:30 a.m. Mindful movement and meditation for those with minimal experience
8:00 -10:00 Country breakfast in the solarium overlooking the back pasture. Gentle Hike
10:00- 11:30 Workshop: Simple Self-Care Strategies
11:30 Lunch
12:30 p.m. Self-Care Selection: Coaching- Collaboration- Massage-Swim or Rest or Read
2:00-4:00 Workshop: Rituals and Routines for cultivating Presence
4:00 Reflections and Closing
5:00 Head home or explore Chester County, Philadelphia or Delaware

Pricing and Registration

Workshop Tuition: $250.00

Includes workshops, breakfast, lunch, mindful movement and meditation class, access to pool and grounds.

Four participants will win the opportunity for a 20-minute coaching session from Lisa.

If you have trouble registering online, or if you don’t receive an email confirming your online registration within 24 hours, contact us at 484-571-6803 or email us at

Workshops will take place in the classroom below.


Call the Inn at Grace Winery for reservations. Tel: 610-459-4711

50 Sweetwater Road, Glen Mills, Pennsylvania 19342

Accommodation options include:

  • 7 private rooms at the Inn ($145.00)
  • 7 cottages for ($220.00)
  • 1 large cottage that sleeps 6-8 for ($270.00)

Contact the Inn for room specification details and to make your reservation.
Tel: 610-459-4711

The Fine Print

  • Full fee due upon registration

Cancellation Policy

  • By February 1 – Full Refund
  • Non-refundable after March 1


Snacks, breakfast and lunch on June 24 will be provided.


Lisa J. Lucas (Ed.D.)

Senior Faculty Member; Founder of LJ Coaching & Consulting LLC

Lisa is currently a Professor in the College of Education at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and an author, speaker, coach and consultant. She specializes in helping others achieve balance- finding the median between working to live and living to work. With over three decades of experience in education as a teacher, instructional coach, administrator, and consultant she is a life-long educator.

Her workshops are designed to foster reflection and rejuvenation, skills that educators need more of. Lisa’s research focuses on how to cultivate a culture of mindful educators and students. Most recently, she is investigating whether adopting deliberate habits and stress reduction strategies can help educators manage the “overwhelm” and live a more peaceful, productive, and balanced life which will then impact their classroom climate, culture, and students.

Her book, Practicing Presence: Simple Self-Care for Teacher published by Stenhouse Publishers is a compilation of simple self-care strategies, habits and resources for educators at all levels.

Chelsea LaRose: (M.Ed.)

K-12 Educator

Chelsea is an elementary school teacher who has a classroom environment that teaches students to utilize mindfulness techniques that can improve self-regulation and focus.

She’s a teacher that regards social emotional learning as much as, if not more than the content that she teaches. Daily she integrates present moment pauses into her transitions.

She’s the teacher that you want your child to have.

Colleen DeVirgiliis

Director of Training, Transformation Yoga Project

Colleen has been teaching yoga in Chester County, PA since 2004 in studios, health centers, schools and privately. She is a yoga provider for Unite for HER, a nonprofit that offers alternative healing modalities to women diagnosed with breast cancer.

She is the Director of Training programs for the Transformation Yoga Project, a nonprofit in the Greater Philadelphia Area that offers mindfulness based movement, meditation and more to individuals impacted by trauma. Colleen leads yoga and mindfulness classes within the justice system, in recovery centers and to adolescents in behavioral health settings. She is the former director at Seva Power Yoga, a vinyasa studio in West Chester where she led classes and yoga teacher trainings for eight years.

Bronwyn Morris, LMT

Bronwyn has been practicing massage for 15 years. She specializes in therapeutic and deep tissue techniques as well as prenatal massage. Bronwyn resides in Phoenixville, PA and is the owner and operator of B Well Massage and Holistic Therapies.

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When you learn, teach. When you get, give.
-Maya Angelou

We are awarding one scholarship for an educator who has made a significant impact in the life of a child/student. The recipient will be an educator who promotes social emotional teaching and learning.  A panel of judges will review the submissions and make their selections based on a combination of merit and need.

To apply, please submit a one-page Word Document HERE describing how you or someone you know has impacted a child or children. Self-nominations are permitted.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need any prior experience with mindful movement or meditation?
Absolutely not! Our experienced workshop leaders plan their sessions to benefit both beginning and experienced practitioners.

I’ve been to dozens of workshops. What will I get out of this one?
This retreat will focus on the topics that help establish practical sustainable self- care habits that can change the trajectory of your life.