Heart Renewal Retreat

A relaxing getaway for massage therapists... while earning CE's

Looking forward to our next retreat, thank you for your interest...

16 ce NCBTMB certification


My dream has been to gather people in a quiet and peaceful surrounding, a place where nature can renew our spirit, eating wholesome, healthy food prepared by gracious hosts while earning continuing education hours.

You will find heartfelt love at the Heart Renewal Retreat.

My intention is to plan a retreat for massage therapists to relax and rejuvenate our mind, body and spirits in breathtaking nature surroundings and receive continuing education, all in a relaxing weekend getaway.

Come spend a peaceful weekend embracing Indian Head Massage's healing tradition and nurturing Gentle Yoga, experiencing its peacefulness with a nurturing whole body mindfulness, feeling revitalized and replenished. Take the well-deserved weekend getaway to nurture your mind, body and spirit.

Blending training & rejuvenation in a nourishing weekend retreat!

Day One ~ 4:00 pm ... We will begin with a group welcome, delicious dinner and ending our evening at 7:30 pm with an hour of Gentle Yoga with Deb Phelan.

Day Two ~ 7:30 am... Our relaxing weekend begins with Gentle Yoga, a gentle stretching, releasing any stress and tension. After breakfast, we begin embracing Indian Head Massage throughout the day, having our delectable healthy meals with plenty of free time to enjoy our peaceful surroundings. Ending our day with a session with Gentle Yoga at 7:30 pm.

Day Three ~ 7:30 am... Begins again with a hour of Gentle Yoga to welcome our day then breakfast and continuing our training with Indian Head Massage in an inspiring surrounding. The Heart Renewal Treat ends with lunch. This event will end today after lunch at 1:30 pm.

The Registration Price includes:

  • Tuition (16 = $250.00 ),
  • Accommodations (depending on which cabin you choose),
  • Meals all included ( 6 meals )


Indian Head Massage Training with Ann Karkoski


  • Learning a new massage technique in an inspiring and nurturing setting
  • Having enough time to explore, learn and experience Indian Head Massage and feeling confident to add to your practice right away
  • Feeling replenished and revitalized while learning this meditative massage, receiving and giving Indian Head Massages throughout our training.
  • and having some fun...

After completing this 3 day ~ 12 ce training, you will be able to:

  • Perform a 45 minute Indian Head Massage routine
  • Integrate Chakra balancing and Marma points into the session
  • Understand the benefits, effects and advantages
  • Identify indications and contra-indications

Gentle Yoga with Deb Phelan

Deb Phelan has practiced and studied yoga for over 20 years, studying with prominent international and local yoga teachers.  She holds certifications with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500 hours), is a C-IAYT yoga therapist, and Knoxville's only Curvy Yoga teacher.

In this class, she will bring the gentle movements of yoga to support the restoration of the mind-body connection. The benefits of self-care yoga improves posture, balance, body awareness, concentration, flexibility and overall good health as well as reduced stress and tension.

Gentle Yoga is not meant as a workout or as part of a traditional yoga practice instead it gives therapists a break and a gentle option for learning new ways to renew the body and soul. No experience necessary. All necessary yoga equipment will be supplied at the Well Being Retreat Center. Deb will gently modify or give suggestions to those who cannot do the movements or needing extra assistance.

Each morning and each afternoon we will nurture our body, mind and spirit with Gentle Yoga enveloping the peacefulness of stillness and loving our heart.

You will receive NCBTMB continuing education (ce's):

12 NCBTMB ce's ~ Indian Head Massage Training ~and~

4   NCBTMB ce's ~ Gentle Yoga

The Registration Price includes:

  • Tuition
  • Accommodations (depending on which cabin you choose),
  • Meals all included ( 6 meals )


Ann Karkoski is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a Board Approved Continuing Educator Provider #451093-09 and Florida #50-11715.