This is an opportunity to revive and restore in the midst of holidays.

Sunday, December 29 th 10:00- 4:00 at The Tyler Arboretum Barn Loft

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 Strategies is available from Stenhouse Publishers)

This retreat will provide a chance to restore, and set intentions to make well-being a priority for the new year.

Too often we sacrifice our own wellbeing for others. It’s time to give yourself permission for a day of stillness and solitude. This retreat is intentionally designed to provide a day away after the business of the holidays. Weather permitting, we will take walks in the beautiful Arboretum grounds. Being in nature makes us feel good. Scientific studies have found that trees give off organic compounds that boost our immune systems. Many plants give off substances called phytoncides, which are antimicrobial organic compounds. Breathing in these substances promotes relaxation. All of this can lower blood pressure and the stress hormone cortisol and improve our mood, energy, sleep, and the ability to focus.

Dr. Lisa J. Lucas will facilitate a day of presence that will awaken the wellbeing in each of us.


Sunday, December 29, 10:00- 4:00

Tyler Arboretum

515 Painter Road

Media, PA 19063

Phone:  610-566-9134 x210 (press ext immediately when greeting begins)



Some of the features for the day include:

  • Meditation practices
  • Mindful movement
  • Journaling and reflecting
  • Time to collaborate
  • Quiet moments for yourself-optional massage
  • A healthy light lunch
  • Wine & beer tasting to close the day

Please plan to bring the following:

  • Comfortable clothing – dress in layers
  • Outdoor attire (jacket, boots, etc.)
  • Yoga mat (if you have one)
  • Water bottle
  • Journal and pen
  • Personal snacks
  • A willingness to stretch and expand yourself 🙂

Additional Options:

Massages are available for an additional fee.(limited # available- sign up early)

Stamping What’s Your Word is available for an additional fee.

Who Should Attend:

This is an all level workshop- for anyone who would enjoy “unplugging” for a few hours in a beautiful space. Feel free to share this invite with others in your life who would enjoy this opportunity! Consider giving as a holiday gift to someone you know who needs to retreat for a bit.

Pricing and Registration


$100.00 per person

This includes workshop, coffee, light snacks, light lunch, mindful movement and meditation, birding expedition, guided hike (weather permitting), wine and beer samples to close the day.

Full fee due upon registration

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 lisa@practicingpresence.life

Cancellation Policy

Non-refundable after December 1* Up to the start time, you may send a substitute in your place.


Sunday December 29th  10:00- 4:00

10:00      Opening: Present Moment Pauses to begin our day
10:30      Mindful Movement
11:30      Workshop: Simple Strategies for Restoration
12:00      Light Lunch
1:00        Guided Hike /Birding Expedition
2:00       Workshop: Setting Intentions for the New Year
3:00       Reflections and Closing
3:30       Wine/beer and light snacks. Head home or explore
Chester County, Philadelphia or Delaware

See what past attendees had to say about Lisa’s retreats.

Dining options near the Arboretum :

Italian Bistro:  La Porta  https://laportarestaurant.com/

Mediterranean – Take out or Dine In: Bersa Bistro:  http://byrsabistro.com/

Pub Food: Duffers Glen Mills: https://dufferspa.com/

Japanese/Chinese: Asuka – http://www.asukacuisine.net/


Lisa J. Lucas (Ed.D.): Owner 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. Lisa’s research focuses on how to cultivate a culture of mindfulness in the midst of our overly scheduled lives. Most recently, she is investigating whether adopting deliberate habits and stress reduction strategies can help us manage the “overwhelm” and foster a more peaceful, productive, and balanced life. Her book, Practicing Presence is a compilation of simple self-care strategies, habits and resources.

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. Colleen is a yoga provider for Unite for HER, a nonprofit that offers alternative healing modalities to women diagnosed with breast cancer. She is also 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS? E-mail lisa@practicingpresence.life