beth woolsey

mess maker • magic finder • rule breaker • kindness monger


NEXT RETREAT: Summer 2023, cruise with me to Greece and Croatia! Click here for all the details.

Beth Woolsey Cruise Retreat to Cozumel and Grand Cayman: March 2023

FUTURE RETREATS: Summer 2024, cruise with me to Alaska. And in Summer 2025, to Europe! Click here for more info on upcoming retreats.

ALSO: For more information on why we do these retreats in the first place–and also a background on our retreat history which is way more info than anyone ever wanted–click here.

BUT FIRST, Our Inclusion Policy: We welcome all adult humans (who are welcoming of all humans) to all of our retreats. (Children may accompany you on retreats noted with “families welcome.”) We are LGBTQ+ friendly and an inclusive space. We’d love to have you attend! If you have any questions, please contact me directly at

7-Night Cruise TO greece and croatia
out of venice, italy
on royal caribbean’s explorer of the seas 
july 30-August 6, 2023
Dubrovnik, Croatia


  • Sunday, July 30: Depart Venice
  • Monday, July 31: Split, Croatia
  • Tuesday, August 1: Cruising at Sea
  • Wednesday, August 2: Athens, Greece
  • Thursday, August 3: Santorini, Greece
  • Friday, August 4: Cruising at Sea
  • Saturday, August 5: Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Sunday, August 6: Arrive Venice

GROUP: 30 adult participants maximum, children welcome

COST: Starts at $1550 per person for a double occupancy, interior stateroom. (Third and fourth guests in a stateroom begin at $999 per person when in a quadruple occupancy, interior stateroom.) We are happy to provide quotes for families of any size, single occupancy staterooms, stateroom upgrades, or other configurations. Payment in full is due by April 25, 2023. 

INCLUDED: Your retreat includes lodging aboard the ship, meals, taxes and fees, coffee and tea, exclusive Beth Woolsey group events, and a few fun little surprises.

YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN FOR: 1. Transportation to/from the retreat. 2. Shore excursions in port. 3. Lodging prior to and after the event. 4. Soda, alcohol, and other beverage purchases. Beverage packages are available for purchase prior to sailing. 5. Gratuities. Royal Caribbean charges $16 per person per day in gratuities which go to your room steward and dining servers. You can pay this fee up front or they can bill you at the end of your cruise.


  • Travel Insurance. In these uncertain times, we do suggest purchasing travel insurance. It is usually fairly inexpensive and a number of companies offer it online. Our travel agent can also assist you with this.
  • Room Upgrades. If you’d like to upgrade from an interior stateroom to an ocean view stateroom, balcony, or suite, say the word and we’ll get you a quote!
  • Connecting Rooms. 
  • Flights. Our travel agent is happy to assist you with booking a flight at a nominal fee of $35 per ticket.
  • Ground Transporation. Our travel agent is happy to assist you with ground transporation to and from the cruise ship.
  • Hotel. Our travel agent is happy to assist you with hotel arrangements. Due to flight delays and cancelations, we recommend arriving in Venice at least one day ahead of the cruise departure. 
  • Something else you’d like? Please let us know! You may or may not have heard our travel agent is happy to assist you. 😉 

HOW TO REGISTER: Contact Beth Woolsey at Put CRUISE RETREAT in the subject line. Include as much info as you have–YOUR NAME, which cruise date you’d like to attend, roommate info, any upgrades or options you need, and other preferences or concerns. 

Santorini, Greece



One of my very, very favorite things to do is hang out with members of our incredible, worldwide community and offer rest and respite from our regular lives. MORE REST AND RESPITE, PLEASE. And, from the reviews, other folks agree.

Truly everything about the retreat was shocking in how incredible it was. Location, people, food, the love and sincerity of everyone there. I would go again in a second and recommend it to anyone.

But COVID REALLY PUT A CRIMP IN THIS PLAN, so, after a lengthy hiatus, I’m thrilled to be opening retreats once again! I would LOVE to have you join me. Scroll down for more information on specific retreats I’m offering in 2023, 2024 and 2025. And please note this list is updated as new retreats are added, so feel free to check back.

Looking forward to seeing your face, friends,


So. We here at (which is Just Me, Beth Woolsey, plus whoever else I can drag into my orbit) have, FOR YEARS, offered small retreats specializing in COMMUNITY, INCLUSION, and TAKING A FREAKING BREAK from lives that are often relentless and overwhelming. We’ve done these primarily in our own backyard on the Oregon Coast, and we expanded to international retreats to Tuscany, Italy in 2019 with plans for more in 2020 (HAHAHAHAHAHA!). Then, like the rest of the world, we took a 2+ year hiatus. And we (I) have been trying to figure out FOR MONTHS how to add retreats–life-giving, people-building, love-mongering retreats–back into the schedule in a way that’s healthy and responsible given the current environment. Locking everyone into a house, even on the expansive, GORGEOUS Oregon Coast where we could become delightful superspreaders seemed Less Than Ideal, especially without a reliable way to verify infection status. So I was flummoxed. As eager to open retreats as I was reluctant.

But then! Then. Then I went on a lovely Alaskan cruise in July 2022. A cruise where medical protocols are updated as new information is available. A cruise where the food is beautiful and plentiful. A cruise where the scenery is extraordinary. A cruise where the adults-only pool, hot tub, and bar area is serene and where I can excel at my Best Talent which is Butt Sitting. And I thought, THIS! This, please! We can gather where all these wonderful things are arranged. And if this is an outcome of the After Times–that I thought out of the box for new ways to commune together–then I am here for it. Let’s do this.

Beth Woolsey Cruise Retreat to Mexico: November 2022

Future Cruise Retreats:

We’re always planning for the future! Like me, I know many folks have to plan and budget in order to travel. That’s why I’m letting you in on what’s coming in the next couple years. Some of our future plans include:



Please email me at with “Retreats” in the subject line if you’d like to be on my mailing list for all future Retreat Info, including having the first chance to register.