Brushy Mountain Retreat was created by Judith Cabot who took over an empty Johnson Mountain College dorm room. She began to tell women that diets don’t work. A series of one-week intensive workshops was started to introduce women to the basics of building a long-term weight-management program and a healthy lifestyle. The first workshop had four participants. Brushy Mountain Retreat was initially a summer program. However, as it gained popularity through word-of-mouth, the program quickly evolved to be year-round.
Brushy Mountain Retreat grew its program to include four consecutive one-week workshops. The workshops can be taken individually or in blocks over the course of nine years. The program now has hundreds of alumnae. The maximum number of program sessions has increased to 20. Most importantly, the retreat now has a six month waiting list.
Brushy Mountain Retreat, in response to program growth, will move into a brand new facility. The new home, a former corporate retreat, is situated on a hill with views of Johnson Ridge and Johnson Valley Golf Course. It is among the best winter and summer resorts in Connecticut. Set on 16 wooded acres, the lodge offers informal classrooms, well-equipped physical activity rooms, a spacious dining room, and a comfortable common room.
In the new facility, program workshop enrollments will double. Up to 40 women can be accommodated in single and double rooms.
Leases on the new facility cost $80,000 each year.
The move to a new facility will be funded by Judith Cabot’s personal financial investment and a short-term loan.
Brushy Mountain Retreat exists to empower women to discover their own power to lose weight.
1.2 Keys To Success
These are the keys of success for the Brushy Mountain Retreat
- Change the way women view food.
- Regular exercise can transform the way women feel.
- You can change the way women view themselves.