REMINDER: The application process closes on August 31, 2018, at 11:59 pm and no applications will be reviewed on, or, after September 1, 2018. 

We are excited to announce that we are launching the first annual Spa in Me Retreat Scholarship. 

The Spa In Me, LLC, established the annual scholarship program to award one woman with admission to the Rest, Reset, and Restore Retreat, on October 27, 2018, and onsite lodging from Friday, October 26, 2018, until Sunday, October 28, 2018, at Onion Creek Kitchens at Juniper Hills Farm, in Dripping Springs, Texas. This scholarship is to award one woman who is in need of a getaway for an entire weekend but lacks the financial means to do so. After a decision is made by the scholarship committee to award an applicant with a scholarship, we will notify her about the decision.

Take this opportunity to carve out time for yourself. You have nothing to lose by applying, but you have everything to gain by writing your story and seeking the restoration that you deserve.  

You can start submitting your applications on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at 12:00 a.m. The application process closes on August 31, 2018, at 11:59 pm. 

Only applicants that follow all of the steps below will be considered by the Scholarship Committee. 

What does the scholarship cover? 

The scholarship:

What does the scholarship not cover? 

What else do I need to know? 

How do I apply for The Spa in Me Scholarship?

YOU MUST FOLLOW ALL OF THE STEPS IN 1 and 2, or your application will not be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee 

1. Send an email to with ALL of the following information:

2. On the same day that you email your essay to Sandra Foreman at, share what you hope to get out of the Rest, Reset and Restore retreat by: 

 Scholarship Committee Members

Jen Lewis is the Founder + Executive Director of Purse & Clutch, an ethical fashion brand working to create sustainable jobs for men and women in developing countries - starting from the raw materials and ending with you carrying the most beautiful bag in the room. She has a degree in Chemistry, a Master’s degree in Leadership and Ethics, and enjoys vegetable gardening from seeds despite mixed results. 

Jen shares that as far back as she can remember, she has wanted to spend her  time focusing on long-term, sustainable solutions for men and women living in poverty in developing countries with limited opportunities. She feels drawn to the beauty of international cultures and wants to join along side their fight against the systems that keep people in poverty generation after generation. 

From summers spent in Mexico & Bolivia to longer stints in Guatemala & Honduras, she has seen the need for sustainable job opportunities first hand.  

Jen started Purse & Clutch to connect talented artisans with a market in the States. She was amazed to learn about how these jobs were transforming the lives of the artisans they were partnering with and realized since she was based in the States, she could help facilitate that connection to help them grow. She has  the privilege of working directly with artisan groups in Ethiopia and in Guatemala, designing beautiful textiles and styles that are meant to stand the test of time. 

Karen Shopoff Roof is the founder of Balance Personal Fitness Training. In addition to personal training in-person and online, Karen is also a health coach who specializes in women's wellness. Karen shares that her goal is to build a community of well balanced women who know how to find time to exercise, want to eat to nourish their bodies, and love finding ways that make them feel happy, healthy, and whole.

Karen states that she has always been an active person.  Growing up in a family where road races were part of our weekly ritual and participation in sports was encouraged and supported, she learned at an early age that keeping fit has social, emotional, and physical benefits.

After grad school when she moved to Boston for her first real job, the first thing she did was crack open the yellow pages to find a running group to join.  Little did she know that this experience of being part of a competitive self-coached racing team was setting her up for leaving her job as a college professor and becoming a personal trainer less than a decade later.

When she became pregnant with her first child, she dove into research regarding perinatal fitness.  She combined the research with her knowledge and experience of training cycles and kept herself fit and active throughout her pregnancy.  After her son was born, she wanted to feel like her old self again.  She knew that regular exercise was a key component of re-establishing her identity.

It was a struggle, though, because she felt guilty about spending time and money on herself when she had her baby to care for.  She didn’t want to lament the body that she'd lost, as she was proud of the body that grew, birthed, and sustained her baby, but her new body felt foreign to her.  She needed to figure out how it could work most efficiently, especially on so little sleep.

She knew that she didn’t feel like herself without regular exercise, so she made the commitment to her physical and mental health to keep up regular workouts.  Sure, she had to look at what she had done before baby and adjust it to fit the new time constraints and body issues she faced.  She researched postpartum exercise protocols, wrote a workout plan, plugged it in to her calendar, found a goal, and got to work.

The exercise made her feel balanced and better able to cope with the demands of new motherhood.  It was empowering to her to work toward a goal that had nothing to do with her baby. Most importantly, the time she spent taking care of herself paid dividends when she had the energy and focus to take care of her family.

She has had two other children since then, and she's still a regular exerciser.  She's a long-distance runner.  A yogi.  An aqua junkie.  She has a runner of a husband and kids who love to move.  She has an active family.  You can find stories of her adventures on her blog Running On Balance.

As she finds herself moving into a new phase of life and her body shifting once again, her interests are shifting, too.  Her current area of research is perimenopausal fitness and wellness.  She refuses to believe that she is doomed to suffer for the next decade, and, beyond, so Karen is testing strategies for surviving and thriving during menopause.

She loves being a life-long exerciser and a life-long learner.  In addition to academic degrees from The University of Notre Dame, The University of Texas at Austin, and Univeristy Of London, Birkbeck College, Karen has earned numerous qualifications in health and wellness.  She is a Cooper Institute Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Pre/postnatal Fitness Specialist and holds certifications to teach Prenatal Kriya Yoga and Aqua Kriya Yoga. Karen is also a Certified 3rd Age Woman Wellness Coach.

Because Karen loves to share her knowledge and experiences of the wellness journey, she is often quoted about fitness and family wellness in articles and blogs. Karen is a public speaker who loves to help others realize that feeling great in your body and your life is a pleasurable possibility. 

Courtney Lynn Harris is the founder of Courtney Harris CoachingCourtney is a skilled, compassionate coach with 10 years of experience in supporting teens and families. As a certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator and Parenting Coach Academy trainer, Courtney utilizes experiential activities to guide parents through their ongoing process of being in relationship with their child. With a background in secondary education, creative writing, social and emotional learning, and a master’s degree in special education, Courtney’s approach integrates empathy, accountability, and creativity. Courtney has mentored over 1000 teenagers in their journey of finding their voice and sense of self.

During her teenage years, Courtney struggled to find her inner locus of control. She turned, instead, to the outside– to grades, boyfriends, social status, and people-pleasing– for affirmation. Because the external world is always changing, Courtney felt lost and broken through this transitional time of life. 

Courtney’s own personal development and healing have called her back into the space of adolescence. Her experience of not feeling “enough” as a teen inspired and motivated Courtney to support young people in their individual journeys towards empowerment.  She believes that everyone deserves to know and appreciate their true power starting in childhood.

This transformational work impacts entire family systems, and since her first year as an educator, Courtney has partnered with parents to offer support and tools for this often challenging phase of parenthood.

If you are feeling lost or stuck, Courtney is here to help you find the path back into communication, connection, and trust. 

Kimberley R. Morgan has over 20 years’ experience serving the Commercial Real Estate industry. Kimberley has specialized in several areas of the industry including marketing, leasing, construction management, and property management. Currently, Kimberley serves as the Senior Property Manager with Stream Realty Partners for 515 Congress Avenue, a 263,000 sq. ft high rise in the Central Business District of Austin, Texas.

After receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from the National University in San Diego, CA, Kimberley sought a career in Commercial Real Estate. Her previous employment includes service for Endeavor Real Estate, REIT Management and Research, and CB Richard Ellis (CBRE), where she acquired her extensive background of managing over 2.8 million square feet of commercial properties in total.

Under Kimberley’s leadership, several of her buildings received awards and designations including those of the highest distinctions. In 2010, Kimberley’s previously managed building received the “BOMA International Toby Award” for buildings under 500,000 square feet category. The building became LEED Silver certified in early 2015, receiving all points it applied for, and currently leases to one of the largest social media companies in the world.

In addition to her dedication in property management, Kimberley is an active member of IREM (Institute of Real Estate Management) and BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association). Since her initiations in 2002, she has served as the Chair of the Diversity Advisory Board, Regional Vice President, President of the Austin Chapter, was awarded “Member of The Year” for IREM, and additionally, was awarded as “Principal of The Year” from BOMA.

Furthermore, Kimberley is also a professional speaker who is passionate about focusing on property management skill sets, mentorship, leadership and teambuilding. She hopes to provide all attendees the tools needed to build and elevate the best team possible from her seminars.

She is a national dance champion in DFW Swing out. She has been a 24 Hr. Fitness instructor and trainer, and is a 1st place Figure winner in a regional bodybuilding competition.

Kimberley has built a notable career in her experience as a Senior Property Manager, but her greatest accomplishment is being the proud parent of two college graduates, a daughter who is a high school biology teacher, and her son who will be attending medical school this year.


Erica Benedicto is a Physician Assistant (PA-C) with a Masters in Public Health. She is a medicine mama, an educator, a healer activist, and co-founder of Healing the Healers. She holds certifications as a yoga and meditation teacher and in nutrition. Erica is also a contributing writer for the Huffington Post and Integrative Medicine Alert. Her life, focus, and service have always been to underserved populations and their healers. Her philosophy as a PA is to be a partner and guide and believes that listening, creating space, and teaching is key to facilitating healing. After years of studying with pioneers of integrative medicine and yoga as medicine, she began to shift her practice. Her primary tools are breath, mindfulness, community, and food as medicine. She believes that everyone has an inner healer that emerges when the parasympathetic nervous system is activated. She teaches these concepts to healers of marginalized populations in group visits, workshops and Healing the Healers events.