Embracing Your Story & Journey
Join wellness mama, self-care advocate, and GLOW owner Amy Hopkins, with author & writing teacher, amateur yogi, and trauma survivor, Alexis Paige, for a mind-body-soul journey of self-care and discovery through writing, sharing stories, yoga, and Thai massage. Come mired, and leave inspired after a one-day retreat of intention, self-exploration, and nourishment— set in the restorative embrace of Eliot, Maine’s beautiful Shilo Farm. Drawing from her award-winning memoir, Not a Place on Any Map, which pursues a lost sense of self and home after trauma, Alexis will guide writing exercises designed to unearth and mine our stories, to release unwanted energy or self-defeating baggage, and to clarify intentions, so as to enter spring, the season of rebirth, with renewed zeal for living our best lives. Whether you are in a rut, curious about self-care, healing from trauma, beginning or continuing a holistic wellness practice, or just craving some emotional spring cleaning, take some time out to retreat from your daily grind, clear and reset your mind, and move into the restorative season in bloom.
Long-term friends and lifelong learners both, Amy and Alexis manifested the GET GLOWING Wellness Retreat as both a reunion of sorts, and an offering of their professional gifts and mutual passion for personal growth. Sensing an instant kismet (and a shared weakness for raw cookie dough) upon meeting at the University of New Hampshire in the mid-90s, Amy and Alexis soon became roommates, and later, lifelong friends. With decades of education and experience between them, as well as a twenty-plus years’ bond, they offer uniquely-complementary gifts for the healing arts: Amy is known among her GLOW clients and the wellness community for her warm, funny presence and a healing touch as a hands-on bodywork enthusiast, while Alexis is known as a fun, candid teacher and storyteller who challenges others to push beyond their comfort zones while providing a safe haven in which to explore their stories and possibilities for change. BIOS below...
MEET AMY HOPKINS, RN, LMT, E-RYT
Amy Hopkins is an advocate for wellness – plain and simple. Since earning her nursing degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1997 and her massage certification from the Boulder College of Massage Therapy in 2001, she has spent years creating a body of professional wellness work.
During her early years working in Maternal/Child nursing in various hospital settings, Amy’s interest in holistic medicine was reinforced as she saw first-hand the need for it in her patients and in herself. In 1998, an adventurous move to Colorado stimulated her passion for all-things-healthy, mind, body, and spirit. It was here that Amy realized that wellness would be her life’s work.
In 2009, Amy opened GLOW, LLC – an innovative studio that is the culmination of Amy’s unique blend of expertise, commitment to wellness and desire to develop and share this holistic perspective with her community and beyond. Amy loves being “the face of GLOW” and promoting wellness through her teaching of massage and yoga, collaborating with her colleagues to create the best wellness plan for GLOW clients and students, building lasting professional relationships within her community, and with travel near and dear to her heart, Amy especially thrives on taking her professional trainings “on the road.”
Amy resides in York, Maine with her husband, daughter, son, and their lovable lab, "Ruby RedRocks."
MEET ALEXIS PAIGE
Alexis Paige is an author, editor, and teacher who writes from a converted farmhouse pantry in rural New England. Her first book, Not A Place On Any Map, a memoir in vignettes about trauma, won the 2016 Vine Leaves Press Vignette Collection Award.
Paige holds an MA in poetry from San Francisco State University and an MFA in nonfiction from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program. She teaches writing and social justice courses at Vermont Technical College and the Community College of Vermont, and has served as guest faculty at the Stonecoast MFA program, as writer-in-residence at Bay Path University, and as visiting artist at Saint Lawrence University.
Paige’s work appears in multiple journals and anthologies, including The Rumpus, Fourth Genre, Hippocampus, Full Grown People, and on Brevity, where she is an Assistant Editor. Her essay, “The Right to Remain,” which first appeared in The Rumpus, was named a Notable in the 2016 Best American Essays anthology. Four-time Pushcart Prize nominated, Paige’s work has also been featured on Freshly Pressed and Longform. Winner of the 2013 New Millennium Writings Nonfiction Prize and twice a top-ten finalist of Glamour magazine’s essay contest, Paige lives in Vermont with her husband, and their two dogs, and a wayward duck. She can be found at alexispaigewrites.com