The Shine Women's retreat is a weekend where every woman is warmly welcomed. Women of all ages, professions, ethnicities, sizes, single or coupled up, kid free women, or busy moms are invited to join us, including the happy or heartbroken, the introverted or extroverted, the frazzled and the bedazzled!  

Are you ready for some...



"Mari & Anna, I can't thank you enough for your time, care and attention. Your love and intent for the Shine Retreat weekend and the women attending was evident every step of the retreat. You rock and I will be back! ~ Chemene H., 2017 Shine Attendee 

"To be honest, I'm not really a "retreat" kind of gal, but I am so glad I decided to take a risk and attended the Shine Retreat. WOW! What an amazing experience hosted by two incredible and kind women Mari & Anna. I felt so accepted and included in the group activites and workshops, but also enjoyed having some relaxing "me" time as well. I left the weekend with a sense of renewal and focus on my life and dreams. I look forward to the next Shine Retreat and will be sharing with other women I care about!" ~ Mary N., 2017 Shine Attendee

Can you feel the warm sun on your face and the ocean at your ankles? Are you ready for some "YOU" time? Because you give so much to others, this restorative weekend retreat has just the right balance of supportive workshops, relaxation, festive fun, and connection. 

Anna and Mari are licensed therapists and experienced workshop leaders who designed the Shine Retreat to give you time and space to fill your cup, heal your heart, replenish your spirit, connect with other creative and authentic women, and savor a slower, more nurturing pace to recharge yourself for all that you do in the world. Take a look at the weekend schedule below...

"Shine is a very special and relaxing retreat for women! It was so nice to learn how to release stress and to take time to bring in good energy." ~ Rachel G., Shine Retreat 2017 Attendee

A weekend of Connection, Restoration & Fun! 


"So much thought and care was put in to the whole weekend retreat by Mari & Anna. I truly appreciated my time at the Shine Retreat, and would have even stayed for another day of workshops and fun!" ~ Rebecca S., Shine Retreat 2017 Attendee

The Shine Retreat is for every woman. We give so much to others, and sometimes we need to give ourselves permission to take a weekend away to fill our own cup, connect with other kind and authentic women, attend inspiring workshops, heal our hearts, nurture our spirits, and participate in relaxing activities that replenish our energy, while we have some fun! 

The Shine Retreat is more than a spa getaway or girls weekend, it is truly the annual retreat for every woman, because it is created by two women, Anna and Mari, who understand the need to step out of the every day hustle and bustle and give yourself a gift of self care and healing.  

If you are a woman that works inside the home, outside the home, or both - we understand that you are often pushed beyond your limits. You may be a self-care aficionado, or on the brink of burn out. 

Perhaps you are going through a change in life - a break up, divorce, or a betrayal. Or perhaps you are dealing with an "empty nest", grieving the loss of someone you love, a health issue, or a career change. 

No matter your reason for needing some time to heal and restore, taking a weekend to focus on your needs and to learn new tools to support your heart, spirit, life and relationships with others can make a tremendous difference in how you thrive (rather than just barely survive) in your life.

Whether you’re grounded by your female friendships or feel alone in this big world, connection and love is the key to healing. Most importantly, we know the power of finally admitting that the universal struggle of being all things to all people only leaves you being nothing to yourself. 

Mari and Anna inspire women to break the cycle of give, give, giving with no receiving, to release the hurts, heartbreaks, guilt and resentments that hold women down, to move through sadness and loss, and to fully rejoice in the unique gifts each of us bring to the world. It is time to to invite balance and joy to become a regular part of our lives once again! 

The Shine Retreat is different then any trip or woman's retreat you have had before, because it is truly a “bag drop” experience. Meaning you arrive, drop your bag in your room, and give yourself permission to let us take care of all the details...Every. Single. One.  

The Shine Retreat is the retreat you have been searching for, and an experince you deserve. Yes you, reading this right now, absolutely deserve self care and restoration. 

Walking away from our weekend together, you will find that you are more grounded in who you are, how your values and gifts light the path you walk in life, and you will experience a deeper connection to yourself and those around you. If you are dealing with heartbreak, betrayal, or grief this will be a time to restore and replenish yourself.

But most importantly, you will have gifted yourself with the space to better uderstand when you’re “off” so that you will truly be able to SHINE again! And that my friend is something you and every one of us women deserve. 

And, wouldn't it be nice to finally state with total confidence, I do deserve this, (even if in this moment you don’t yet have that confidence). Because that is what the Shine Retreat is all about, finding your voice, path and gifts and using them with the great strength you were brought into this world possessing.  

Our weekend together includes healing workshops, connective time together, inspiring group activities and soul conversations over nourishing meals all while encouraging you to create "you space" to find your breath and focus again. 

Essentially it is the perfect blend of a schedule that flows through the weekend without feeling overscheduled or over planned, allowing you to take the weekend at your own pace.  

No matter where you are in your life, you can be sure that you will be warmly welcomed as we come together in beautiful Laguna Beach, CA. for our Shine Retreat. Scroll on down to learn more about the hotel and weekend agenda, and to meet Anna and Mari...

"The Shine Retreat is so safe and welcoming and the comforting space Mari & Anna created allowed me to do some healing while connecting with other like-minded women." ~ Michelle F., Shine Retreat 2017 Attendee


"The Shine Retreat was a wonderful and amazing weekend retreat!" ~ Corie V.  

We intentionally keep the Shine weekend small so that the "vibe" is warm, authentic and connected. Morning and afternoon workshops, led by Mari and Anna, provide ample opportunity to release stress, heal heartbreaks, learn new tools, restore your creative spirit, while building authentic connections. Plus plenty of time to connect, relax, learn and build friendships in both workshop settings, fun retreat activities, and in your leisure time.


Retreat fee includes all of the fun activities, nourishing breakfast meals and morning yoga each day, plus a festive, fun dinner outing on Saturday night. The Shine Retreat really is the retreat for EVERY woman who wants to create space to nourish her soul, connect with her heart and stimulate her mind. We make sure that each woman feels welcomed and supported.



  • Arrival and check in at 3:30 pm.
  • Pick up Retreat goodie bag that will take you through the weekend.
  • Meet and Mingle on Friday night from 5-6pm, wine, refreshing iced tea and light snacks.
  • Dinner on your own to enjoy all the delicious cuisine Laguna Beach has to offer.
  • Evening beach workshop: PJ's Under the Stars on the beach: Setting our intentions, letting go of what is weighing us down.  
  • "You" time.


  • Morning yoga on the beach.
  • Delicious oceanside breakfast on the Terrace.
  • Morning workshops: Identifying your values that light the path your walking, giving yourself permission to be and creating a “me too” experience. 
  • Intentional "you" time built in for R&R including lunch on your own and an afternoon of leisure.  
  • 5 PM Wine by the Waves (or sparkling water for those who prefer this).
  • Dinner as a group at Las Brisas for delightful Mexican cuisine and oceanside views.


  • Morning yoga on the beach.
  • Delicious oceanside breakfast on the Terrace.
  • Morning workshops: Healing disowned parts of yourself that create shame and isolation. 
  • Learning to own power of self as a way to build and sustain habits of self-care and self-love.
  • Closing "Goodbye Ceremony" as we end our time together at 12pm.

"The Shine Retreat was a fantastic opportunity to connect with other amazing women and settle in to being with myself again. I loved the entire retreat weekend and highly recommend this experience! ~ Traci L., Shine Retreat 2017 Attendee  

*Package fee includes all of the above activities, workshops, outings, and meals listed. Mari & Anna have attended to every detail for your relaxation and enjoyment during the retreat. 

**The retreat fee does not include transportation or your hotel reservation. Once you have registered for the retreat, your next step is to contact the hotel directly to reserve your room at The Inn at Laguna Beach at 800.544.4479. The hotel staff will be happy to assist you in booking your room at "The Inn at Laguna Beach", or at the sister hotel (2 blocks up) at "The Beach House" if you are registering late and the Inn rooms are filled. 

***Due to the intimate size of retreat, there are no retreat fee refunds, and it is first come first served depending upon space available. Registration fee is final. 

**** Professional groups, adult mother/daughters, sisters, best friends, or women on their own are all warmly weclomed. We look forwad to having you join us for this special weekend! 

"Shine was such a lovely and restorative weekend! Thank you for all of the thought and love you put in to every aspect of the retreat; I am leaving much more refreshed than when I arrived!" ~Holly D, Shine Retreat 2017 Attendee 


"The Shine Retreat has left a lasting impression on my heart. It has been a wonderful and inspiring weekend retreat, and I loved meeting all of the diverse, kind and fun women from all over the country! I can't wait for the next Shine Retreat!" ~ Dahuit W. 2017 Shine Attendee


Mari A. Lee, LMFT, founder of Growth Counseling Services, is a licensed therapist who works with women healing from betrayal. She is the author of the best selling book, “Facing Heartbreak”, and a popular national speaker known as the “Resiliency Rebel” speaking on resiliency and finding the gifts in the wound. Mari is also a respected business coach providing support for busy professional women.

Mari is passionate about helping women create their best lives and relationships, and loves to support women on their journey toward professional and personal joy and contentment. Visit Mari at  

The Shine Retreat was a wonderful experience! Everyone was so kind and friendly, and I met lots of great women. ~Tina B., 2017 Shine Attendee


Anna Osborn, LMFT, host of Her Life Unscripted podcast, focuses her work on inspiring burnt out, stressed out and stretched thin women to live more intentional and connected lives. 

Anna’s podcast and psychotherapy practice is dedicated to uplifting others by empowering them to discover their individual gifts and use them as strengths in the world. 

For more information about Anna and her work with women, and  

Amazing workshops! Amazing location! Amazing women! Amazing eperience! I loved the Shine Retreat! ~ Kim P., 2017 Shine Attendee 


“Mari is a captivating, engaging and knowledgeable workshop facilitator and a gifted speaker. She is a compassionate and gifted therapist and a wonderfully encouraging human being. Mari has a real knack for creating an authentic atmosphere that is safe and supportive for every woman in attendance, no matter what your pace or personality. I would definitely attend another workshop or event hosted by Mari, I felt so comfortable and supported and loved every minute.” 

- Ninoska Montero, LMFT, A Healthy Love Life, Inc.

"Anna is an inspirational and humorous presenter who really knows her stuff. Her style is engaging and she brings her topics to life. She has trained my staff in multiple areas and they consistently respond with positive feedback." 

- Margaux Helm, LMFT | Former Director of Programs, WEAVE

“Anna has a warm, inviting presence that is attractive to almost any walk of life. Being authentically who she is, she has a genuine desire to connect with, empower and empathize with others. Her strength shines and is contagious. She has a trustworthy spirit that provides a safe place to relate to the world around." 

- Mary Lisa Patton, B.A., CADCII, IS, NCFAC

“Mari is a fantastic retreat leader and presenter! Through fun and thoughtful exercises, participants begin to connect, bond and have meaningful conversations that are focused on healing, growth and self care. Mari’s acumen for bringing women together, along with her ability to motivate each woman in attendance is a rare gift. I recommend her workshops and retreats to every woman I know – you will leave the experience renewed, refreshed and inspired!” 

- Mary Anderson, BA, President, IMP Corporation 

In addition to the retreat workshops, activites and outings, we are excited to introduce our 2017 Shining Star Sponors. Dynamic business women who will be adding some fun goodies to the Shine gift bags as a support for our attendees! Please meet our sponsors:

Diana Rudolph 

doTERRA Essential Oils Independent Consultant

Diana is a wife and a mom of 2 young boys, and a busy professional who is passionate about educating women on holistic health, active living, balanced wellness and dōTERRA essential oils. Dianna is a Professor of Exercise and Sports Science at Azusa Pacific University in California, with a Master's Degree in Public Health, a Master's Degree in Education, and is a certified fitness trainer. Diana loves helping women and families embrace vibrant health...naturally! 

Diana can be reached at

Nicol Peterson 

Rodan + Fields Independent Consultant

When she least expected it Nicol became a skincare consultant and mompreneur. As a therapist, expert witness, child custody evaluator, non-profit director, and a mom, she had more than enough on her plate; but then Rodan & Fields (a company started by the 2 amazing female doctors who started "Proactive") showed up. Nicol decided to not worry about what people would think and followed her heart and her desire for flexibility, good skin, and a positive experience. And guess what, it's working.

Nicol can be reached at

Gina Ballard

Feng Shui Practitioner and Angel Intuitive

Gina Nicole Ballard is a Angel Intuitive and Feng Shui Practitioner. She connects with the angelic realm to deliver messages for your highest good, and guides you to shift your space to bring change to your life. Gina is committed to working in a place of love, integrity, and fun, while supporting you to meet your angels and raise your frequency. 

Gina can be reached at

Lisa Branco

Stella and Dot Independent Consultant

As a consultant with Stella and Dot, we give every woman the means to style her own life. We get great joy out of designing irresistible accessories. And yet, accessories are just the tangible expression of something much greater we are creating. We have a vision of the world where strong women live bold and joyful lives. They know what they want and they work for it. They inspire each other. Passion and joy are their best accessories.

Lisa can be reached at

"The Shine Retreat for women was a very relaxing and enjoyabe experience!" ~ Lauren H., 2017 Shine Attendee

"We had a wonderful weekend at the Shine Retreat. The location is amazing and the morning yoga classes were a great way to start each day!" ~ Jennifer B., 2017 Shine Attendee  

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