The Times West Virginian

July 15, 2013

WOW retreat offers ‘great opportunity’

Activities, workshops, health screenings on tap Saturday at Heston Farm

By Mary Wade Burnside
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — When the Women on Wellness (WOW) retreat — presented by the National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health — takes place this Saturday at Heston Farm, Tonya Madia will be there, teaching yoga in the morning and leading meditation sessions in the afternoon.

“That’s the beautiful thing about the WOW retreat,” said Madia, who also teaches yoga at BlissBlissBliss in Morgantown. “You reach into the community and bring local yoga, Pilates and Zumba teachers and the women really get into it. It seems like they have a great deal of fun trying different things.

“You have people who maybe have never tried yoga before and now they know where they can go to do yoga, and the same thing with Zumba and Pilates.”

The retreat also allows participants to try several activities they might never have done before, such as kayaking or swinging a golf club, as well as avail themselves of health screenings, attend educational workshops and hear a keynote speaker.

Betty Critch, executive director of the National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health at West Virginia University, noted that WOW ( has grown in several ways since it was established in 2006, including attendance, which she estimates has tripled.


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