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Natural Awakenings South Jersey

Empowering Women Through Wellness Retreats

by Anna Pitkin

In a world where the demands of daily life can leave us feeling drained and disconnected, Shae Marcus, the visionary behind the 11 11 Experience, is on a mission to change the narrative. As the publisher of both Natural Awakenings South Jersey and Philadelphia and the founder of the Holistic Health & Healing Expo, she has long been dedicated to promoting holistic wellness. Now, she’s expanding her reach to international wellness retreats, providing women with a sanctuary to recharge, reconnect and rejuvenate.

We live in a fast-paced world,” she explains, “constantly pulled in different directions by our families, careers, and commitments. As women, we often find ourselves exhausted, running on empty.” It was during a conversation with a friend about the fleeting nature of self-care that the idea for a wellness retreat was born.

We wanted to create a space where women could truly unwind and nourish their souls,” Marcus elaborates. “A place where they could escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, even if just for a few days.” The retreats are designed to provide participants with a holistic experience, encompassing relaxation, inspiration, adventure and introspection.

We believe in the importance of self-care,” she emphasizes. “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” The retreats offer a variety of activities aimed at replenishing the mind, body and spirit, from guided meditation and journaling sessions to laughter-filled hikes and cultural excursions. “Our goal is to help women reconnect with themselves and rediscover their inner strength and vitality,” she adds.

The 11 11 Experience offers an array of retreat options with upcoming destinations including Peru and Bali. The Peru retreat, scheduled for July 6 to 12, and Bali April 8 to 14, 2025, promises transformative experiences such as Tezmacal ceremonies and waterfall hikes, culminating in a visit to the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu. Meanwhile, the Bali retreat, set for April of next year, offers participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in Balinese culture, with visits to temples and purification ceremonies led by local healers.

Our retreats are all-inclusive,” Marcus notes, “so participants can relax and enjoy the experience without worrying about any unexpected expenses.” When asked about the decision to expand her business to include retreats, despite her already busy schedule, she is resolute. “I understand the pressures of juggling multiple responsibilities,” she acknowledges. “But I’ve also come to recognize the importance of prioritizing self-care. When were at peace with ourselves, we’re better equipped to support those around us.”

For Marcus, the 11 11 Experience is more than just a business venture—it’s a calling. “My goal is to empower women to live their lives to the fullest,” she declares. “To help them realize their true potential and embrace all that life has to offer.” With each retreat, Marcus and her team aim to create a supportive community where women can uplift and inspire one another.

So, for those ready to prioritize their well-being and embark on a journey of self-discovery, consider joining the 11 11 Experience. As Marcus puts it, “Let’s live, love and launch together.”

For more information or to schedule a discovery call, 856-797-2227 or email [email protected] or visit


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