Area healers unite for women’s wellness on Tybee Island

A weekend of relaxation, self-care, and discovery can be found right around the corner on Tybee Island. Tybee Wellness Retreats stepped on the scene in August and is already making an impact on the lives of those who have joined them. 

Founder of Tybee Wellness Retreats Angela Lightsey combined her interest in wellness along with her background in hospitality to create the getaway. For her, this was a natural fit. 

“We are creating a safe, nurturing container for women to come and immerse themselves in wellness practices,” Lightsey said. “We do a variety of things. We have yoga; we have energy work; we have a find your fire workshop, which is life coaching; we have a cooking demo.” 

Guests of the retreat arrive Friday afternoon and leave Monday morning after breakfast. Each weekend is customized to the group coming in including dietary and physical restrictions. 

“It could be that you’re celebrating something; It could be that you’re mourning something; it could be just because you notice you need some space and time for yourself,” Lightsey said. “Basically, if you were to come, you would give me a synopsis about what you’re looking to get out of the retreat. If you said to me ‘I want quiet,’ we would provide that quiet for you.” 

The goal for Lightsey and her staff is to create connection and a safe space for the women coming to one of the three homes on Tybee Island hosting the retreat. 

“The women that are on my team, almost all of them are small business owners. They are experts in their fields,” Lightsey said. “These women have come together and not only is it beneficial for our clients, but it’s also beneficial for us. We’re creating this new narrative on Tybee that you can come and be well.” 

Fow now, the retreat is just for women, but this may change. With the response being so great, the future looks bright for the locally owned business. Lightsey hopes to add additional weekends, extend the retreats into a week-long getaway, and expand into Savannah. 

Women from their first ever retreat have continued to keep in touch. They’re even discussing a reunion. 

“Not only did they take something away from the experience, they connected with one another,” Lightsey said. “Women have been able to speak their truth in a safe space and have other women support their ideas or whatever it is they’re going through.” 

Lightsey said she wants to always be a part of the continued adventure and she doesn’t ever see that changing. 

There are still spots left for the October and November retreats. 

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Jamie Burton

Jamie Burton is a journalist and music enthusiast, originally from Upstate New York. She graduated from Penn State in Broadcast Journalism. Check her out on Connect's "What are We Doing?" weekly podcast.
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