The Perfect Work Getaway

Rest, walk in the woods and be inspired,
while making massive progress on your work.

The Ideal Workcation

Want some time away to relax and get outdoors — and make serious headway on your work?

This getaway is the best of two worlds: Join like-minded professional women for hikes, yoga and meals when you want community,
and slip back to your room or a nearby coffee shop when you’re ready to crank on your project.

We provide the space and inspiration, so you can find focus, clarity and momentum.

Who Attends

Our retreats are intimate, typically around seven attendees. We’re a female-only space.

We cater to the professionally-minded woman.
Our goal is to support women who serve in or are growing into leadership positions,
because this country needs more women in decision-making roles!

Leadership takes many different forms, so whether you’re a small business owner who
runs your own shop, a young professional contributing to a big company,
an entrepreneur leading a growing team, an executive at a Fortune 500, or a writer yearning to create your own residency,
we’re keen to meet you!

We recognize that you’re more than your career — moms, we see and appreciate you! — so please
bring your whole selves to this experience. Join us to laugh, reflect and find clarity.

The Place

We’re based in idyllic Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, an historic town at the intersection of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers.

Wander the Appalachian Trail, explore quaint shops, or soak in the Civil War history, all while breathing in the fresh mountain air.

Harpers Ferry is a 75-minute drive or train ride from Washington, D.C., and 4 hours from New York City.
You won’t need a car while you’re here. (If you arrive by train, we’ll pick you up at the station.)


Everything on our schedule is optional.
We invite you to join planned events as often or as little as you want.

Our retreats run Sunday-Thursday: 5 days and 4 nights. We offer group meals every evening, as well
as a group activity each morning, typically hiking or yoga. Afternoons are free to use as you choose.

Desperate for some me-time or feel a burst of productivity? Lounge at our B&B, crank out your project in a nearby coffee shop,
or take a solo walk around town.

Feel like connecting with others and forging new friendships? Join us for group activities and meals,
and find yourself inspired by the energy of other professionally-minded women.

Detailed daily schedule to come.

What’s Included

Our retreats are all-inclusive. All you have to do is get here, and we take care of the rest.



Stay at the beautifully restored Light House Inn, where you’ll have a private room and bathroom en-suite, plus reliable WiFi.

Guided Hikes

Guided Hikes

Easy to moderate walks (2-5 miles) with astounding views, including sections on the Appalachian Trail. Trails are the perfect place to reflect and make meaningful connections with others.

All Meals

All Meals

Breakfasts, lunches and dinners are provided, including trips to local restaurants. We lean healthy and are happy to accommodate dietary restrictions with advance notice.



For all levels. Mats provided. Relax and strengthen your body and mind, and set yourself up to do your best work.

Your Host

Hi! I’m your host, Lexi Grant. I’m a media innovator, an entrepreneur and a mom to two young boys.

I founded Retreat & Create because I wanted this experience and couldn’t find it.

While working a demanding role at a media startup, I wanted to get away from work and the responsibilities of home and
give myself the space to reflect, brainstorm and get sh*t done… while feeding my soul with rest and time in the outdoors.

I improvised by attending a women’s yoga vacation, but felt awkward when I skipped scheduled activities to work.

I attended business conferences, but found myself exhausted and spent after a few days of speakers
and high-pressure networking, desperate for down-time before going home to my family.

What I really needed was a combination of the two. A space to rest, reflect, write, brainstorm and
strategize, to let my creative juices flow. And in an ideal world, I wanted to be inspired by the energy of other women, too.

I have experience both growing my own businesses and serving a leadership role at a fast-growth startup. After starting my career in
journalism, I founded a content marketing agency in 2010. That company was acquired by The Penny Hoarder in 2015, just a few months before I
gave birth to my first son, and we grew that company to 100+ employees.

I left my position as EVP of Content at The Penny Hoarder in mid-2019 with the goal of finding a better
way to balance my work and my family. I’m now applying my passion for growing audiences to a website for writers, The Write Life.

After moving my family to Harpers Ferry, WV, I realized this historic mountain town was
the perfect place to offer a space where women can rejuvenate, connect and create.

I share more about my approach to business and life at and on Instagram.


Q: Is this a conference? A vacation?

We’re not a conference. You’ll leave here feeling refreshed and productive, not
exhausted from networking and behind on your work.

We’re also not quite a vacation. Although if you want to steer your time with us more toward rest and fun,
be our guest! Either way, we won’t give you the evil eye if you skip a group activity to make progress on your project.

Take what you want, leave what you don’t, and make this experience exactly what you need.

Q: Why join this retreat rather than create your own?

Of course you could DIY a workcation! We invite you to steal our ideas if you’d rather organize your own.

Here are the benefits of joining us instead:

We organize everything. All you have to do is show up.

No spending hours scouring reviews of hotels or restaurants… we’ve done that for you.
You’ll arrive to comfortable accommodation, a quiet space to work, yummy meals and amazing views from the trails.

How often have you showed up somewhere feeling inspired to work, only to discover there’s no WiFi?
We take care of important details, so you can focus on work and make serious progress… or simply unplug and relax.

You’ll connect with other inspiring, professionally-minded women.

Socialize as much or as little as you want. Focus on work or take some solo time in the afternoon,
and know you’ll have a group of supportive women to laugh with over dinner. Our hope is that you’ll take some of these friendships home with you.

Q: Why are your retreats women-only?

We aim to foster a safe, supportive space, which is why we tailor our events for women,
including everyone who identifies as female.


The next Retreat & Create is April 2019. (Exact date TBD.)

Cost: TBD.

Application TBD.

Send us a message to be notified when we open for applications.

We look forward to spending a productive, rejuvenating week with you!