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Focus on Self-Care: Spring Wellness Retreats

Written by: Jillian Catalano | WVUGo Media - Copywriter/Editor

spring wellness retreat Photos by: Carli Berkhouse

How can students focus on their physical and emotional wellbeing? WVU holds retreats to do just that!

At the conclusion of a rigorous and unprecedented academic year, many students looked for a way to focus on self-care. A free retreat was held in the Fall and additional wellness retreats were held during the Spring 2021 semester. The purpose of these retreats was to encourage students to focus on their holistic well-being, while emphasizing relationship building with other students. With online classes and limited interactions becoming a norm on our campus, these retreats provided opportunities to meet fellow mountaineers.  

With a variety of courses, clubs and campus events being held online, there were limited opportunities to collaborate with others in a meaningful way. As a result of an overwhelming virtual campus environment, the Spring Wellness Retreats were hosted outdoors and in-person. To provide adequate wellness resources to as many students as possible, a variety of wellbeing activities and events were held virtually throughout the year. 

The retreats were created and funded by partnerships between a variety of campus departments. Campus Recreation, Adventure WV, the Carruth Center and the Refresh Student Activity Series worked diligently to create this free event, which was open to all WVU students. 

The Spring Retreats offered a variety of outdoor activities focusing on personal well-being.  Activities included yoga, Adventure WV team-building activities, mindfulness activities and craft-based events held by the WVU Craft Center. Students also received a free lunch provided by the event and were entered to win a variety of wellness themed giveaways. 


The first ever wellness retreat was held in 2019 and was well-received by student participants. Events that focus on mental health and personal wellbeing are both beneficial and appreciated by the student body. With much of the student feedback being positive, wellbeing centered programming will continue to be offered at no cost to students. Fall 2021 wellness programs are in their early stages of planning. 

While wellness retreats and programming are a great way to focus intently on wellbeing for the day, it is more important to implement wellness-centered behaviors in your daily routine.  Eating healthy, staying hydrated and being physically active are positive ways to focus on physical and emotional wellbeing. WVU offers a variety of events and opportunities that support student’s physical, social, emotional and community wellbeing. 

To stay informed about future wellbeing programs, students are encouraged to visit the social media pages and websites of the student wellness units. Additional resources and upcoming events will be made available through email announcements and the following websites:

About the Author

Jillian Catalano
Jillian Catalano is a part of the Writing/Editing Team for WVUGo. She is a junior Communication Studies major with minors in political science and public relations. Jillian is from Lumberton, NJ, a small town named after the abundance of pine trees that were in the area many years ago. Jillian is a member of Omega Phi Alpha, a national service sorority and currently serves as the chapter’s Promotions Chair.