(November 10, 2021) Emily McKavanag sees the challenges that women and girls face as the next epidemic. As a result, she founded FIT House, or Fitness Initiative. And growing up, girls understand our value.
“I noticed a lot of girls coming to my fitness studio who were struggling with anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. It was very worrying,” she said. “I’ve seen this happen in parents as well, when a lot of people ask about their jobs and life choices.”
FIT is a home-based fitness camp in Manchester-The-Sea, McKenag, and GROW was originally intended to inspire young girls to become interested in sports. McKavanag is currently working on the GROW initiative on the island, and will be leading a women’s retreat at the Nantucket Hotel on November 12-14.
“I knew that if we could bring girls together and give them the tools they needed, such as sharing and listening, they would feel stronger, more supportive, more connected, and more loving,” she said.
The retreat is designed for women and girls of all ages to help participants understand the importance of outdoor boot camps, sharing and listening sessions and cooking classes. McKavanag was inspired to create a program for women and girls after looking at the experiences of her FIT clients during the epidemic.
She has been developing in her fitness education and boot camps to develop a sense of team and unity, but she wants to reach a wider audience outside of Manchester-Bay. McKavanag proposed the GROW withdrawal to her friend Caroline Budini, who works at the Nantuket Hotel.
She said, ‘Yes, please!’ “Because she was hearing similar screams about mental health on the island, and she knew she wanted to do more programs that targeted this demographic.” “I wanted to do it on Nantucket because one of my favorite things is getting on a boat and letting go of stress.”
“This was important to me. I wanted to find a place where people felt that they were in this area, away from anything that would take them there, away from grief or chaos, or that they were connected or out of control.
One of the central components of the experience is the support group program, share. Allows participants to discuss mental health issues in a supportive group. This part of the program is especially important for Makvangag, who is a mother and wants to show how sharing can be a healing tool.
“As the parent of a little girl, I want to do better as a mother. Sharing is part of improvement, and sharing is no problem. She said she wanted to end the stigma surrounding mental health. I talk a lot about the emotional competence in my studio and how important this is. It is just as important as the physical part.
GROW uses the Nantuket Hotel, which offers a wide range of amenities, including hot tubs, and guests have the opportunity to dine with Greg Margolis at the Nantucket Cooking Room.
The sheer number of activities undermines McVanag’s desire to provide a comprehensive health experience that focuses on physical and mental well-being and communication with her guests.
“So retreating is mostly about promoting the art of sharing with mothers and daughters or friends or girls in general. The biggest part we share is doing things we love like cooking or exercising.” There are times when we talk about sharing and listening to sympathy, but I want some to be organic and only when people are cooking or practicing side by side.
The size of the group is small, allowing for a more intimate experience for guests. There are places for 25 people, and according to McVanag, many are registered with their mothers, daughters or friends. They are coming from New York City to New Hampshire. Guests are divided into two groups, missing each day, either participating in a fitness session or a compassionate listening and sharing group.
This is a test drive for Macvanag and Budini to see how much interest this retreat brings. Considering this week’s retreat, the two are happy to have similar programs in the future.
“Now that we’re getting this success, we’re going to go back to the drawing board and create a better website and save photos and videos of this session,” Makkavanag said. “In the future, I think we will still try to target quiet times on the island, so make these experiences truly human.”
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