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Gutsy Girls and Wise Women

For girls entering Grades 5-8 and their mothers

Join us for a two-day retreat that will foster confidence and resilience in girls, build their mothers’ understanding of how best to support adolescent girls, and reinforce the critical mother-daughter bond. The retreat will take place at Laurel’s beautiful 150-acre Butler Campus, where girls will participate in confidence-boosting activities with faculty who are experts in social and emotional development in girls.

Retreat Basics

WHO: Girls entering Grades 5-8 and their Mothers
DATES: August 5 & 6, 2023 (Saturday & Sunday)
TIME: 10:00 am-4:00 pm on Saturday and 9:00 am-12:00 pm on Sunday
LOCATION: Laurel’s Butler Campus, 7420 Fairmount Road, Novelty, OH 44072
  • Girls will participate in workshops focused on appropriate risk-taking, problem-solving, creativity, and communication. They will also brave the 16-element Project Adventure Ropes Course.
  • Moms will meet in small groups for reflective writing and conversation about all aspects of motherhood–managing conflict in the developmental framework of adolescence and managing stress–yours and hers.
  • Before the weekend concludes, moms will also do resilience-building work and join their daughters in programming designed to increase mutual understanding and strengthen the mother-daughter connection.
  • See our Butler Campus through the eyes of Laurel’s Third-Fifth Grade students, whose learning happens outdoors every day through an innovative, one-of-a-kind curriculum in Northeast Ohio.

Presenters & Facilitators

  • ANN V. KLOTZ, Head of Laurel School and Founder, Laurel’s Center for Research on Girls
  • DR. TORI CORDIANO, Director of Research, Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls
  • DR. RACHEL HERLEIN, Assistant Head, Laurel School
  • SHANNON LUKZ, Laurel faculty member and Creator of Laurel’s Adventure Girls
  • Special guest, DR. LISA DAMOUR, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Laurel’s Center for Research on Girls


$1,000 for a daughter and her mother
  • A second daughter and/or mother in the same household can be added for an additional fee of $465 each.
  • Workshop materials including monographs authored by LCRG staff, lunch, and snacks will be provided.
  • Travel and lodging costs are the responsibility of the attendees. Read about a discounted rate with Hyatt Place in Lyndhurst at the bottom of this page.*


Through our partnership with Hyatt Place in Lyndhurst, OH, a discounted rate is available to guests of Laurel School. Please use this custom link to book online, or call 216-382-3350. Laurel’s code is 102224. Subject to availability. Book early!

Additional hotels, including Aloft, Embassy Suites and Doubletree, are conveniently located in Beachwood, OH at the I-271 and Chagrin Blvd. exit.