Friday, April 19, 2013

Our First Review

A special thanks to infertility advocate and author Fran Meadows for offering her social media discount to a participant in the retreat. Fran has been through an incredible infertility journey.
  For more information, check out Fran's blog:
  Also please be sure to follow Fran's blog during National Infertility Awareness Week. She has a lot of great things in store!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions
Here are a few questions that have been asked already! Check periodically for updates. Also if you have a question feel free to leave it in the comment section and I will add it!
How much does it cost and are there discounts?                                                                       
The costs is $300. We are currently offering a Social Media Discount. You can get $50 dollars off if you are willing to blog about the retreat, tweet about it and like us on Facebook. Email Casey for more info. Also if you sign up with a friend, you both will get $25 off the price.           
What are the accommodations like?                                                                                                  Very simple! Each room is clean and has a personal sink and twin bed. There are many bathrooms and showers on the floor. The food is also very simple.
Where is Ossining, New York?                                                                                                   Ossining is a small town right on the Hudson River. You can take a train from NYC's Grand Central Station to Croton on Harmon Station and be there in 45minutes to an hour. The facility is then a five minute cab ride away. Westchester County Airport is a half an hour away, LaGuardia Airport is 45 minutes away and JFK International Airport is 1 hour away.  
Do you have to believe in a particular faith to participate?                                                              
 No. We welcome people of all faiths, religions or agnostics. We just ask that you come with an open mind and heart and be respectful of those who have different beliefs.                                                     
Who is running these retreats? How did they start?
Casey Berna and her husband battled infertility for 8 long years. As an endometriosis warrior and translocation carrier (if you don't even know what that is, that's okay most people don't!) Casey endured four miscarriages, 5 abdominal surgeries, 3 IVF's--two of those with PGD, and three IUI's while on her journey with infertility. After it was all done, Casey wanted to share her story and knowledge of infertility with other women to help them along their own journeys. Casey doubled majored in Religious Studies and Social Work at Fordham University and then went on to get her Masters in Social Work there. In high school, Casey went on her first retreat and fell in love with the comforting, peaceful atmosphere and the rejuvenation that occurred when she stepped away from reality for that short time. She continued leading and participating in retreats in college with the Jesuits. Then after getting her Masters, Casey was active in the campus ministry programs at her alma matter, The Ursuline School as well as at Manhattan College. Casey has participated, led and organized close to 100 retreats.   
During her journey, Casey looked for a retreat program that supported women struggling with infertility and couldn't find one.  Now that she is an infertility survivor, Casey hopes to offer a safe space for women currently struggling to bring them comfort and support on their journeys.

Casey has also met a bunch of wonderful people in the infertility field, both medical professionals and fellow infertility survivors who are now active advocates in the world of infertility. She hopes to have some of these amazing people also come to the retreats and share their stories and experiences. 

Retreats for Infertility Schedule

          Hoping you can join us May 31st-June 2nd for our Retreats for Infertility weekend on the beautiful Hudson River! The theme of this retreat is "Come As Your Are." Coping with infertility is incredibly stressful, this retreat will be a chance to get away, reflect and relax with other women who know exactly what you are going through and how you are feeling.  The cost for the weekend is $300. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information as well as Social Media Discount Opportunities. Contact Casey at to hold your spot and get an application. Spacing is limited.

Retreat Schedule
Friday, May 31st: Arrival between 4:00-5:00 pm
                            5:15pm-6:00pm Meet and Greet
                            6:00pm-7:00pm Dinner
                            7:00pm-9:00pm Evening Presentations:
                                              "The Weight of Infertility"
                            9:00pm-10:00pm Baked Good Heaven Social Hour

Saturday, June 1st: Breakfast 8:00-9:00am
                               9:00-11:00am Morning Presentations :
                                              "The Journey Of Infertility"
                               11:00-12:00pm Free Time
                               12:00-1:00pm Lunch
                               1:00-2:00pm Meditation and Reiki Energy Treatment
                               2:00-3:00pm Free Time
                               3:00-5:00pm Afternoon Presentations:
                                                     "Loss and Infertility"
                               5:00-6:00pm Individual Letter Writing Exercise
                               6:00-7:00pm Dinner
                               7:00-9:00pm Evening Reflection/ Fire Pit Hang Out
                               9:00-10:00pm Wine and Cheese Social Hour
Sunday, June 2nd: Breakfast 8:00-9:00 am
                              9:00-11:00am Morning Presentation
                                                  "Coping with Infertility"
                              11:00-12:00pm Free Time/ Pack up
                              12:00-1:00pm Lunch
                              1:00-2:00pm Closing