Date & Time Details: The first retreat session begins at 4:15 p.m. on Friday, May 3rd. The retreat ends on Sunday, May 5th at 1:00 p.m. after a farewell lunch that begins at noon.

Location: Elohee Center

Address: 1478 Bean Creek Road Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571

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WellAcademic: Women of Color Faculty Retreat

With Roxanne Donovan, PhD

May 3 - 5, 2019

Join other women of color faculty for a weekend devoted to YOU – your joy, your success, your wellness.

Andre Lorde put it best when she said, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” And this retreat is about just that – helping women of color faculty care for themselves.

Surrounded by the magical beauty of the Elohee Center, this retreat offers the precious time and compassionate guidance women of color faculty need to replenish from systemic, institutional, and individual challenges faced daily; to rejuvenate the body, mind, and spirit; and to share in authentic sisterhood where your whole self is recognized and welcomed.

Our time together will focus on engaging in techniques shown to minimize suffering and stress while amplifying the capacity for joy and connection. Specifically, we will:

  • Harness the healing power of gentle body movement
  • Find calm and restoration though relaxation and mindfulness practices
  • Explore pathways to identifying/accomplishing life goals
  • Experience effective, affirming coaching focused on the unique experiences of women of color in the academy
  • Foster connections with other women of color faculty
  • Exhale and unplug

What’s Included:

  • Two-night accommodations in calming, quiet (and new) cottages on Elohee’s Bald Mountain
  • All taxes and fees
  • Nourishing, delicious, chef-prepared exclusive (or mostly) vegetarian meals on the following schedule – dinner on Friday; breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday; breakfast and lunch on Sunday ·
  • Access to Elohee’s amenities, such as miles of hiking trails, 100-ft waterfall, reflection pool, etc.
  • 24-hour tea service (coffee is available at all meals)
  • Over 10 hours of guided group activities, such as meditation, sister circles, and breakthrough sessions focused on helping women of color faculty find peace, productivity, and community in the academy
  • Time for exploration, reflection, and/or rest
  • Post-retreat networking opportunities
  • And more…

What’s Not Included:

  • Optional 30-minute individual coaching session with Joycelyn Moody, PhD ($100)
  • Optional 60-minute ($90) or 90-minute ($120) massage with Elohee’s licensed massage therapist
  • Optional Thursday night accommodation and meals for those who would like additional time to decompress and explore Elohee prior to retreat start (price varies between $315 and $420 depending on room choice)
  • Transportation to/from Elohee


We are committed to making this retreat possible for all interested women of color faculty. We offer Early Bird Registration and a $50 WellAcademic Community Member discount. We also have two $100 grants available to WellAcademic Community Members who would benefit from the retreat but need assistance to afford the full price. These grants can be combined with Early Bird and Member discounts. They are on a first come, first served basis. Because we are only able to offer a two grants and do not ask for proof of need, please do not seek a grant if you have the means to attend the retreat without this assistance. Also, grantees are unable to take advantage of the optional activities noted above. If you are a WellAcademic Community Member and would like to request a grant, please contact Roxanne Donovan at Not a member? Join here.

For more information about WellAcademic and to find out about future retreats, go to:

Have additional questions? Contact Roxanne Donovan at


The retreat price is based on registration date and room choice. Early Bird Registration is effective until February 1. After February 1, all prices increase by $100.

  • A basic single-occupancy room with one twin bed and a bathroom across the hall that is shared with one other person is $820 until February 1.
  • A premium single-occupancy room with one king bed and a private bath is $1050 until February 1.
  • A double-occupancy room with two twin beds or one king bed and a private bath is $790 per person until February 1.

Date & Time Details:

Check-in is Friday between 1 and 3 p.m. The first session begins promptly at 4:15 p.m. We end Sunday at 1:00 p.m after a farewell lunch.

For more information and to register, go to:

Have additional questions? Contact Roxanne Donovan at



Roxanne Donovan, PhD
Roxanne is co-founder of WellAcademic, Professor of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies at Kennesaw State University, and a licensed psychologist in Georgia. She has over 20 years of experience teaching, researching, mentoring, and practicing in the areas of health and wellness. As a Black-identified (cis)woman of multiracial…
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