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wellness 2018

mind, body + energy

There’s more to fitness than the perfect body, it’s about health, it’s about getting your life together.
— Joanne Encarnacion | GoFitJo

APRIL 19 - 22, 2018




• non-refundable - due at registration •

9 wellness iS:

  • Our most INTIMATE RETREAT yet! Only 18 women!
  • "Wear your favorite T-shirt or PAJAMA" PARTY on the first night! Homemade face masks, games, dance party - a night in and a chance to get to know everyone without it feeling uptight or like a networking event!
  • Fitness, nutrition + life coaching with GoFitJo
  • Defining & setting boundaries with Kym Ventola (founder of NINE)
  • Cooking lessons with Dani Kump
  • Sound Bath with Emily Blanche
  • Mental wellness tools from Licensed Therapist, Donna Petriewicz
  • Guided meditations with Pam Jane
  • Preparing a few meals and snacks together, as a community
  • Overcoming fears & guilt 
  • Freeing ourselves from self-hate talk
  • Hiking at sunrise
  • For your MIND, BODY + ENERGY



Joanne will teach us how she weeds out the B.S. to maintain a "balance" of physical, nutritional + mental wellness every day!

"I'm a mother of two daughters sharing her journey towards a happier and healthier life, one rep at a time. I have always struggled with my self image. Becoming a mother at 21 was hard for me. In some ways I felt "robbed" of my childhood and my "youth". Not because I couldn't enjoy living like a 21 year old's life, but because my body had changed dramatically after being pregnant and since that happened I slowly began to hate my self image. I've always struggled getting into shape and focusing a life around my health. I began having low opinions of myself, which I believed for the longest time was modesty, until it became a form of self hate that quickly turned into a form of self destruction and depression. 

In July 2013 I started a fitness/health journey, making large changes in my lifestyle with how I viewed food and exercise. This journey hasn’t been all sunshine. There have been moments that I was ready to give in. If it wasn’t from the support of my husband, friends, and family I would’ve walked away. Throughout the process I remember feeling more energized, happier, and a fighting spirit within me started to burn brighter. I began to see the progress in my own eyes and I was amazed to see what I accomplished in a short period of time." 


Instagram: @gofitjo



"Walls keep people out. Boundaries show them where the door is."

Let's dive in and figure out where you could use healthy boundaries in your life: marriage, relationships, raising children, work, extended family, school, exercise, food, self care....the list goes on.  KYM is the founder of NINE.

Kym will lead a guided visualization exercise to help you set boundaries in a way that gives you the power to remove toxic & negative thoughts. With practice, you will be able to do this on your own and find peace and positive thoughts.


Instagram: @kymventola

meals & snacks


At our very first gathering of women (pre-NINE!), we prepared every meal together in the kitchen. 

We opened up, connected and learned cooking techniques, recipes and LAUGHED A LOT.

Kym and Joanne have decided to bring this experience to NINE Wellness and give you a chance to get in the kitchen and learn with us! Don't stress about how much you do, or don't know, in the kitchen. We will have experts with us and will keep us focused on creating great food and having a great time together!


with donna

We believe that our mental health is just as important as our physical health. At NINE, licensed therapist, Donna Petriewicz, will be available for you to talk to. She will steal your heart! She is wise and supportive and will give us tools to have power of anxiety and depression. 




Danielle Kump is an artist, teacher + culinary explorer. She experiments with new formats for building community in the form of wood-fired pizza making, cooking classes and collaborative art projects.  Her particular interest in growing food and learning to cook began with a simple desire to feed her family.  A dozen years, hundreds of cookbooks, and many gardens later, she is more engaged than ever in the desire to bring people to the table by empowering them to eat well and cook well.  Gathering over good food heals more than just the body and Dani is on a mission to eat together and often.

Someday she wants to write a book. 

Dani is rarely online but when she is you can find her @danimadethis


with emily

Sound helps to facilitate shifts in our brainwave state by using sound bowls, drums, gongs, etc. This synchronizes our fluctuating brainwaves by providing a stable frequency which the brainwave can attune to. By using rhythm and frequency, we can entrain our brainwaves and it then becomes possible to down-shift our normal beta state (normal waking consciousness) to alpha (relaxed consciousness), and even reach theta (meditative state) and delta (sleep; where internal healing can occur).

A sound therapy treatment is both a passive and participatory experience. The passive aspect is that you become more relaxed by laying down and slowing your breath. By doing this, you prepare yourself to become the receiver of sound. It's in this place of stillness that you participate by becoming more open and aware of each sound that comes in. Sound helps create the pathway to this place of stillness the same as a mantra helps you to arrive at the still point of meditation.

Instagram: @goldlionaz

off site adventure


Bring your hiking boots, a water bottle, comfy workout clothes and a camera: we're headed to the famous Camelback Mountain together for a sunrise & sunset hike! Regardless of your fitness level, we will have an option for everyone. We want you to feel safe and comfortable, while gently challenged to reach a fitness goal. This will be epic!



  • Dates: APRIL 19 - 22, 2018

  • Location: Royal Arcadia Retreat

  • Lead Teacher: Joanne Encarnacion (GoFitJo)

  • Setting Boundaries + Four Agreements: Kym Ventola

  • Mental Wellness with Donna Petriewicz, LCSW

  • If flying: PHOENIX, AZ (PHX)

  • you don't need to rent a car (save the $!) -- the venue is not far from the airport. We recommend that you share a taxi, Uber or Lyft with someone!

  • 18 women attending

  • Each room sleeps 2 women

  • Shared Queen bed + bathroom

  • Check in:  4/19 at 3 pm

  • Check out: 4/22 at 10 am

  • Breakfast each morning

  • Lunch each full day

  • Dinner on each night

  • Swag bag full of gifts!