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Welcome to

Harvest Retreat

This is a women's retreat, created to rejuvenate and restore the body, mind and spirit, through beautiful practices of self-care and connection with other women. We as women are natural nurturers who dedicate much of our energy caring for others, but fail to give ourselves that same level of love. Our retreat is designed to give that gift to you. It advocates herbs, medicinal mushrooms and plant based diet, as well as, meditation, sound healing and yoga to boost immunity. It provides opportunity to experience Chinese cupping, acupuncture and chiropractic practice to promote physical wellness. It validates the emotional and spiritual dimensions of health, such as the power of attitudes and beliefs to sicken or to heal.

The Retreat is held at Four Mounds, overlooking the majestic Mississippi River. Four Mounds is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, located within the Dubuque city limits, but tucked away in its own private sanctuary.


Lucia Ala

I can’t express enough how grateful I am with you for facilitating this incredible, amazing and magical weekend retreat! 

Arryn Guy, PhD

A relaxing and replenishing retreat with amazing women! I had such a healing weekend on the City Girl Harvest Retreat.

Courtney Lochner

Everything about the retreat was fantastic and I can't even tell you just how restorative it was for me, it's still with me now.

Meet The Team


Melissa Bartels

A lifelong lover of all things related to Holistic Health, Healing and Well-being, Melissa draws from her 10+ years of experience as a certified Personal Trainer and her recent Yoga Instructor Certification to help others achieve a greater balance between the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of being. A Level 2 practitioner in both Reiki and Sound Healing, her approach is of an integrated and intuitive nature used to obtain deep calm through fostering inner harmony, self-love and acceptance. She is currently pursuing a degree in Nursing.

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Rachel Harwood

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Reiki Master and Intuitive, Sound Healing Practitioner, Yoga Teacher, Creator. Rachel brings a variety of tools to connect the body, mind, and spirit. She shares some of these gifts in a yoga and meditation practices, in workshops, and in individual experiences, throughout the retreat weekend. Rachel hopes to assist you in finding a greater sense of inner peace and well-being in our time together.


Dr. Caroline Wilkerson

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Dr. Caroline earned her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She has accrued over 3,000 hours of training in Chinese Medicine theory, herbology, acupuncture, western medicine and clinical training during her educational training. She believes in providing holistic healing that improves every aspect of her clients' lives.

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