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Spring 2024 Wellness Retreat

Big Cedar Lodge Itinerary

Rejuvenate, Relax, and Connect to the Great Outdoors

Embark on a rejuvenating journey in the Ozark Mountains at Big Cedar Lodge’s first-ever Spring Wellness Retreat April 18–21, 2024. Unwind, reconnect with nature, and revitalize your mind and body over the course of four days. Immerse yourself in meditation, yoga, and nourishing meals in the serene ambiance of Big Cedar Lodge. Explore organic farming and sustainable living at Finley Farms for a replenishing riverfront getaway. Let the breathtaking beauty of the Ozarks revitalize you this spring while making memories to last a lifetime.

Can’t make it this spring? Save the date for additional retreats August 22–25 and September 12–15.

Dogwood trees in bloom at the entrance to Big Cedar Lodge.

Day One | April 18

Arrive at Big Cedar Lodge
Check in to your accommodation, and discover all of Big Cedar Lodge’s amenities! If you plan to stay off property or are a local, simply check-in at our Welcome Reception.

Pro Tip: If you arrive earlier in the day before your accommodation is ready, feel free to take advantage of pool access, shopping at The Shoppe, or a leisurely stroll along our paved path.

Welcome Reception

  • Welcome and introductions from Big Cedar Lodge associates at Ozark Room in the Rec Center.
  • Retreat itinerary and activities overview
  • Meet and greet with other retreat participants
  • Enjoy beverages and a Trail Mix bar before dinner
  • Sharing of intentions, goals and aspirations. You’ll receive a leather journal where you can notate your top goals for the weekend. Customize your journal using leather burning tools.

Dinner at the Historic Worman House
This exquisite dining destination pairs beautiful views of Table Rock Lake with exceptional cuisine. Plated dinners will be served to each guest based individual selections.

The Worman House fine dining restaurant at Big Cedar Lodge
The Worman House fine dining restaurant at Big Cedar Lodge

Candlelit Yoga
Big Cedar’s resident yoga instructor, Denette, takes the group through a slow flow/relaxation candlelight yoga. This session is designed to relax the body and mind with mild stretches and deep breathing allowing the mind and body to settle for the end of the day.

Pro Tip: Download our shuttle app for convenient transportation on property.

Private Bonfire with S’mores
Participants may join the group for a private bonfire with s’mores overlooking Table Rock Lake. Coffee, hot chocolate, cider, and other beverages will be availble to sip on while enjoying a guitar and vocal performance.

Day Two | April 19

Drop-in Breakfast, Informal
Breakfast boxes, coffee, juices, and a mimosa bar will be provided.

Rise & Shine Yoga at the Summit Lookout
Awaken the body and mind with an easy, energizing flow at the Summit Lookout.

Creative Writing Session
Let sweeping views of Table Rock Lake inspire you to flex your creative writing muscles during this guided workshop.

Charcuterie & Board Burning
Learn to build the perfect charcuterie board! Guests will also have the opportunity to customize their boards with a wood-burning technique. The charcuterie will serve as lunch.

Aerial view of the urban farm at Finley Farms
Aerial view of the urban farm at Finley Farms in Ozark, Missouri, just a short drive north of Big Cedar Lodge.

Arrive at Finley Farms
Shuttles sweep you away to Finley Farms, a historic riverfront destination in Ozark, Missouri to explore sustainable living, organic farming and more. You’ll be welcomed by staff at The Workshop for a brief meet and greet and property overview. Coffee, tea, and other beverages will be available.

Honey Health Workshop
Explore the fascinating world of honey with Finley Farms Beekeeper Hanna Price. Sample a variety of local honey, learn how local honey can benefit your health, and see how honey is extracted from a hive firsthand.

Indigo Dyes Workshop
Learn the art of shibori, an ancient Japanese dyeing technique that produces beautiful patterns with rich indigo color alongside local artist and Finley Farms Class Coordinator Ashleigh Hawkins. During the workshop, you’ll use natural indigo dye to customize your own bandana or canvas tote bag. Along the way, Ashleigh shares tips on growing indigo at home and how to perfect a variety of shibori techniques.

Farm Tour
Join resident Farmer Brendan Sinclair as he shows you around the flower fields, greenhouse, mushroom yard, high tunnels, and beyond, all while providing insights into organic standards and practices.

Forage & Cook
This interactive, farm-to-table cooking class will undoubtedly be a retreat favorite! Guests will forage and participate in preparing dinner for the evening.

The Ozark Mill at Finley Farms
Overlooking the Ozark Mill on the banks of the Finley River
The Chapel at Finley Farms, a sister property to Big Cedar Lodge
The Chapel at Finley Farms

Sound Bath & Meditation
Following dinner, head across the historic Riverside Bridge to The Chapel for a unique sound bath and meditation session. This healing session is led by Leslie Smith, RYT200, and Certified Sound Healer Matt Brake. The session ends with a 15-minute sound bath for tranquility.

Day Three | April 20

Drop-in Breakfast, Informal
Morning breakfast will be hosted at Swimmin’ Hole Lawn, weather permitting.

Poolside Roll and Mobility Class
Start the morning poolside with a roll, stretch and mobility class. Use small balls, foam rollers and bands to stretch the body and work on tense muscles while focusing on flexibility.

Dance Fitness Class
This high-energy and exciting dance class includes fun music and a way to burn calories.

Big Cedar Lodge swimming pool.

Smoothie Class
Big Cedar’s nutrition coach walks through a variety of fruits and veggies and their health benefits highlighting what foods are beneficial for specific ailments. Afterward, you’ll join forces with other attendees to see which team can create the best smoothie.

Skin Care Class
Featuring the Luksus Skin Care line, this class and demonstrations will be led by Luksus owner/CEO, Dr. Lili Fan, M.D.

Tip: Various, complimentary Luksus Skin Care samples will be given to each guest. Additionally, guests will have the opportunity to purchase full-size products from Cedar Creek Spa.

Lunch & Free Time
Boxed lunches will be distributed for you to enjoy at your leisure. Use your free time to explore activities and amenities including the Cedar Creek Spa, golf cart tours at Top of the Rock, or the property’s paved 5K trail.

Tip: Guests are highly encouraged to schedule spa appointments for massages, facials, and more in advance as availability is limited.

Interior entrance to Cedar Creek Spa at Big Cedar Lodge
The Grotto Pool at Cedar Creek Spa
The Lost Canyon Cave Trail at Top of the Rock

Essential Oils & Tea Blending Class
Learn the health benefits of essential oils and tea. Using your newly-found knowledge, create your own custom blend of essential oil bath salts.

Yoga Nature Walk & Lake Cruise
Big Cedar’s resident fitness instructor, Denette, guides you on a walk around the property to admire spring blooms, waterfalls and more. Upon arriving at Bent Hook Marina, you’ll board a boat for a short lake cruise to the Chuckwagon site.

Chuckwagon Cooking Demo & Dinner
Watch a live-fire cooking demonstration, then enjoy dinner and entertainment by a local musician.

S’mores & Journaling
Log journal entries, roast s’mores, and connect with other guests about your experiences and wellness journey.

Day Four | April 21

Drop-in Breakfast, Informal

Rise & Shine Yoga
Awaken the body and mind with an easy, energizing flow.

Mantra Bracelets & Closing Ceremony
Guests will have the opportunity to choose from a selection of beads and make their own mantra bracelet based on personal goals or daily affirmations. Following the Mantra Bracelet activity, the Big Cedar Lodge team will host the closing ceremony and farewells.

LEARN MORE

Big Cedar’s three-day Spring Wellness Retreat is $1,399 per guest. Open overnight or day guests, this price includes all meals, activities, and take-home items. Price does not include overnight accommodations. Questions? Please email wellness@big-cedar.com.