Weekend Women’s Retreat: Nurturing Self-Compassion

Weekend Women’s Retreat: Nurturing Self-Compassion

Shell Fischer Claymont Court Retreat Center

Shell Fischer

3/16/2018 - 3/18/2018 at Claymont Court Retreat Center, (577 Claymont Mansion Rd, Charles Town, WV, 25414) (Map It)


The Buddha taught that you can search the entire universe for someone more deserving of your love and affection than yourself, and you will not find that person anywhere.

And yet, so often for many of us, it seems much easier for us to offer our care, compassion, and even forgiveness to others than to ourselves.

“This revolutionary act of treating ourselves tenderly can begin to undo the aversive messages of a lifetime.”

~ Tara Brach

We tend to beat ourselves up, or give ourselves an unnecessarily hard time for our “perfectly human” imperfections.

During this silent women’s weekend retreat, we’ll be exploring a variety of different ways that we can offer more of our love, care, and forgiveness to the person we spend the most time with – ourselves.

In order to nurture a sense of stillness and deep listening, silence will be maintained throughout the retreat, as we experience a variety of dharma talks, silent and guided meditations, and walking meditation on the grounds. 

Check-in will begin at 4 p.m. Friday, and the retreat will end at 3 p.m. Sunday.

The Claymont Court mansion and retreat center is nestled on 369 acres of forest and farmland in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of West Virginia, less than 40 minutes from Washington Dulles International Airport, less than 90 minutes by car from Washington, D.C. or Baltimore, and less than 30 minutes from Winchester, VA. The 16,000-square foot mansion, built in 1840 for the Washington family, is on the National Register of Historic places, and includes numerous walking trails throughout the surrounding farmland, forests, and orchards.

Meals: The retreat center is committed to using green technology, and most of its excellent organic cuisine is made from fresh, local produce. Guests can enjoy meals in the museum’s stately dining room, airy sunroom, or long outdoor porch – all of which look out onto the grounds. Vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free options are available upon request.

Guest Rooms: The mansion’s comfortable, unique rooms include towels, sheets, pillows, and blankets for guests.

Accessibility: This venue is not handicapped accessible. Please note in the comments section of the registration if you have special needs.

** This retreat is limited to 40 participants. 

Please find more information about retreats in our Resource section/Residential Retreat Information.

Teacher biographies can be found on the Teachers webpage.

Retreat Manager: Shell Fischer


Registration Information


Single room with double bed (limited availability) $425

Dorm/shared room of 2-5 people in the main level of the mansion $370

Dorm/shared room in the upper or lower levels of the mansion $310

Fees include all meals.

A 50% deposit is required: You have the option of paying the full fee upfront, or making a 50% deposit to reserve your place at the retreat.

For more information and to register, please visit www.mindfulvalley.com.


Any questions? Contact us