In an effort to join many of Cape May County's "holistic healers" and to enlighten the community on the abundance of holistic service available to them locally, the Cape May Holistic Journey, a wellness group, is hosting its second annual holistic retreat, Friday, Feb. 1, to Sunday, Feb. 3.

Cape May Holistic Journey is a group formed to promote new-age topics and holistic interests within Cape May County. Its annual, all-inclusive, weekend retreat is one way of doing so.

The retreat will be held at the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May Point and will include a weekend full of yoga, meditation, drum circles, organic whole-food meals, holistic workshops and more. All meals will be prepared on-site using whole and natural ingredients. All workshops and sessions will be led by trained, certified instructors.

Karen Manette Bosna, a member of Cape May Holistic Journey and the lead yoga instructor for the retreat, said the intent of the event is to be informative.

"It's an effort to really bring together all the healers in our area," Bosna said.

Nonlocals are also encouraged to attend the retreat for an opportunity to "unplug in the serenity of Cape May," she said. "All of the dust has settled from the holidays. Now let's take the time to unplug and reconnect with ourselves."

The retreat will begin 3 p.m. Feb. 1 with a holistic fair and meet-and-greet, followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and an opening speech by Yogi Shanti Desai, of Shanti Yoga Institute in Ocean City.

Friday evening will end with a drumming circle to set the mood for the remainder of the weekend.

Saturday will begin with a morning meditation, followed by varied-level yoga sessions and an afternoon of several 45-minute workshops on acupuncture, nutrition, reiki, essential oils, crystals and more. At 3:30 p.m., there will be a gentle yoga stretch followed by a shamanic meditation journey, described by Bosna as a "deeper meditation to help people to get quiet within the whole body."

Saturday evening will end with dinner and a yoga trance dance, "when we just let our yoga dance," she said. Throughout the dance, musicians will play African drums, dulcimers, sitars, acoustic guitars and more.

Bosna said last year's event was capped off at 55 people and was very well received.

"I was pleasantly surprised that there was such an interest," she said.

This year, the event will accommodate more people, including those wishing to attend Saturday day only, at a reduced price.

Louise Sinn, co-founder of the Cape May Holistic Journey, said she and fellow founder Joan Malec formed the group to unite locals who are interested in holistic lifestyle.

"There wasn't anything like it around," she said.

The group members can also partake in other events such as drum circle and book club meets, she said.

For information on Cape May Holistic Journey, visit capemay

Contact Elisa Lala:

609-463-6713

If you go

What: Cape May Holistic Journey, second annual retreat

When: Three-day event, Feb. 1-3.

Where: Marianist Family Retreat Center, 417 Yale Ave., Cape May Point

Cost: $225 per person, (all inclusive, including meals, board and programs.) one day drop in prices available by request.

More info: For reservations, call 609-333-2340.