Petite Pause FALL Women's Retreat @ Tops'l Farm

      365 Bremen Road Waldoboro Maine 04572

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      Oct 21 - 23, 2022
      Group size: 1 - 20
      Petite Pause FALL Women's Retreat @ Tops'l Farm
      365 Bremen Road Waldoboro Maine 04572

      Tops'l Farm
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      61 reviews

      Oct 21 - 23, 2022
      Group size: 1 - 20

      About this trip

      Long before a global pandemic threw our best laid plans out the door, many of us had been over-functioning for years to keep pace with demanding careers, financial stressors, and family obligations - let alone the grind of hustle culture. In the race to keep up with the cultural expectation to do it all, how could we possibly rationalize paying attention to our basic needs? If the roar of “shoulds” has been drowning out the signal to take care of yourself, we’re going to step in and mom you for a second: you can’t do big, badass stuff in any realm if you haven’t put on your own oxygen mask first. Enough is enough. It’s time to hit the pause button.  


      Join us - Friday October 21st - Sunday October 23rd

      This retreat offering is a nurturance of the spirit of pause; an exploration and contemplation of slowing down enough to recognize our own presence.  As Einstein once famously said “No problem can be solved from the same mindset that created it.” 


      We look forward to welcoming you to the farm for a little break. 







      Staying at Tops'l Farm

      For a full FAQ about staying with us, please visit our website FAQ page. 


      Lodging.  Lodging options listed for this weekend are in both shared and private Woodland Cabins as well as shared/private rooms in the Tops'l Farmhouse and Cider House (located 1.5 miles down the road from Tops'l Farm). Please review the different options in our pricing page and choose which one might be best for you! Should you choose a shared space, it is understood that you are booking for all the occupants in the room - at this time we are not offering shared spaces for folks who do not know each other. Grab a friend!


      -Food.   All meals and snacks included. A focus on simple, nourishing meals with seasonal ingredients. Breakfast & lunch will be casual offerings that you can enjoy in a group setting or take to eat quietly somewhere on the farm.  Dinners will be in our event barn space & shared.

      If you have dietary restrictions please let us know in the notes section on checkout and we will do our best to accommodate. 


      - Misc. Alcohol, phone use, etc. We are not enforcing strict rules around these things. Our goal is to help create a space for yourself to truly recharge and reconnect with yourself. We highly encourage you to drop your phone off with us for a period of time. If that brings you severe anxiety, then of course this isn't the right choice for you. Same goes with choosing (or not) to have this time on the farm be spirit-free - we know you will make the best choice for yourself and we will honor that space!


      -Cancellation Policy.

      Please note that because Petite Pauses are by design limited to a tiny number of attendees, our cancellation policy is in place to help guests and us alike work together sharing costs that may arise from unexpected cancellations.


      HOLD DEPOSITS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. 


      Hold deposits are transferable to another attendee found and assigned by original attendee.


      Cancellation requests submitted within 30 days of retreat date, 50% of total amount (less deposit) will be refunded.


      Within 14 days of your retreat: sorry but no refunds given, no exceptions.


      Any refunds allowed will incur a 3% processing fee.


      No one books an experience like this with the intention of cancelling it, but unexpected events do occur, so please consider purchasing travel insurance. By booking a spot on our retreat you assume responsibility for reading and understanding our cancellation policies. Exceptions cannot be made for any reason, including weather,  injury/illness, or personal emergencies. No refunds or credits for failure to attend or failure to complete the retreat, or for arriving late or leaving early.

      - Some legalese. Many of the experiences at the farm are adventures in the woods and as such require an adventurous spirit and the understanding that they are inherently risky. With that said, please review the following:   

      By visiting Tops'l Farm (VENUE) , you as the GUEST agree to the following during your stay (EVENT):

      Farm on Bremen Road LLC, (DBA TOPS’L FARM)  is not responsible for any damage, theft, or loss of any articles or property left at the VENUE prior to, during or after an EVENT. The GUEST agrees and accepts responsibility for any damage done to the venue owned by TOPS’L FARM by the GUEST and those in the guests reservation (guest invitees). The GUEST agrees that TOPS’L FARM shall not be liable for any suit, actions, claims, loss, damages, expenses, injury or casualty of any kind to any person or property occurring at or in the vicinity of the VENUE, whether occurring before, during or after the EVENT. The  GUEST as a material part of the consideration for this contract, hereby waives all claims and demands against TOPS’L FARM for any such loss, damage, injury or casualty. GUEST further agrees to indemnify and hold TOPS’L FARM and its staff and hired vendors free and harmless from any and all liability for any and all such loss, damage or injury to property and other persons, and from any and all costs and expenses arising therefrom, including but not limited to attorney fees.  GUEST also grants permission to take and use: photographs and/or digital images of me for use in news releases and/or marketing.  

      “Group” element disclaimer:

      Please note: While this retreat is about pause and self-reflection for each individual person, it has been crafted with a collective group experience at the core of its design. There are few opportunities as conducive to nurturing self-love, personal growth, and emotional healing as those that afford us to share safe, honest, compassionate space with other humans. (And these moments are so few and far between in our busy, fast-paced modern world!). We will be sharing stories (each to the degree they may feel inspired), time and space, and will inevitably learn a great deal about ourselves and each other in the process.

      While we do encourage each person to listen to what is right for them in the moment (and therefore there is always the opportunity to ‘pass’ or decline participation), this group element is an intentional part of this retreat. If you are looking for a totally solo, entirely self-led time at Tops’l Farm consider simply coming for one of our Tops'l Overnights for eat, rest & play.  

      All of that said, there is time built in to the itinerary for solitude for those who want or need it. The activities during lunch and in the afternoon are entirely optional, so you can feel free to balance the group experience with quiet if that is what is accurate for you.

      Never done the group thing before, and worried about kumbayas or eye-gazing or interpretive dances?   Don’t fret. Jane and Sarah are dynamic mixtures of sensitivity, respect, sincerity (and delicately-placed humor and irreverence), and are consistently tuning in (both overtly and implicitly) to the varying needs and desires of participants.  Every person and every group are met where they’re at, and the content of gatherings and discussions are designed to adapt in real time to the nuances and needs of a group and its members.

      Can’t get enough of juicy group stuff and LOVE kumbayas and eye-gazing and interpretive dances? Well, there may be some of that too. We can promise you realness and honesty, safety of expression and the celebration of personal truth. Beyond that, the specifics of actual activities and engagements depend on the unique constellation of the dear humans that show up together.

      If you can...a Gift of Pause

      For each retreat we will be gifting up a spot to a woman (healthcare, educational field or just a tired human) who really needs this pause and connection. If you have the means by which to pop in a little something extra to help us grow this gifted option the universe will thank you! Will be an option to "add on" this gift during check out. 

      What’s included

      • Lodging
        Woodland Pine Cabins & Farmhouse options
      • Food
        All meals & snacks during your stay
      • Optional Activities
        Yoga, Massage, Herbal Class, Meditation, Sauna
      • Group Connection
        Small group connection & guided conversation on "pause"
      • Fresh Air & Starry Skies
        Options for self-guided hikes, hammock naps, canoe excursions & more.
      • Massage

      What’s not included

      • Beverages
        Wine, Beer and Cocktails & Spirit Free Cocktails available during your stay

      Available Packages

      Shared Farmhouse Bedroom - 2 Full Beds

      Price is for the entire retreat package, for 2 people in our shared Farmhouse Room (two full beds).  Please note you are booking for two people ( we are not selling shared spaces for folks who do not know each other at the moment).  
          

      Rate: $1550 ($775 per person)

      The Farmhouse at Tops'l Farm are what farmstay dreams are made of.  Lovingly furnished and at the heart of the farm, this is a lovely option for those who need a few more creature comforts and have a friend to share the space with.  

      Specifications:

      • 1 Shared Bedroom in Farmhouse
      • Guests – 2
      • Two Full beds.
      • Shared Bathroom
      • Communal use of all property amenities

      What we provide:

      • Bedding & linens (including towels)
      • Organic Shampoo, Conditioner & Soap
      • All meals
      • Full Retreat package    
      • Fire pit, outdoor seating, lawn games
      • Fresh air and starry skies
      • Yoga, Meditation, Herbalism Class
      • Sauna with optional cold plunge
      • Massage for each person

       

      $1,550
      Deposit: $250
      Shared Farmhouse Bedroom - 2 Twin Beds

      Price is for the entire retreat package, for 2 people in our shared Farmhouse Room (two twins). Please note you are booking for two people ( we are not selling shared spaces for folks who do not know each other at the moment).  It will ask for the number of participants - just select "1" for the space.
           

      Rate: $1500 ($750 per person)


      The Farmhouse at Tops'l Farm are what farmstay dreams are made of. Lovingly furnished and at the heart of the farm, this is a lovely option for those who need a few more creature comforts and have a friend to share the space with.

      Specifications:

      • 1 Shared Bedroom in Farmhouse
      • Guests – 2
      • Two Twin Beds.
      • Communal use of all property amenities

      What we provide:

      • Bedding & linens (including towels)
      • Organic Shampoo, Conditioner & Soap
      • All meals
      • Full Retreat package   
      • Fire pit, outdoor seating, lawn games
      • Fresh air and starry skies   
      • Yoga, Meditation
      • Sauna with optional cold plunge
      • Massage for each person


      $1,500
      Deposit: $250
      Private Woodland Cabin

      Here's the deal with a cabin stay in late October - it might be cold! This spot should be reserved by someone who is familiar with colder temperature camping/adventures. We are pricing this to reflect these possible conditions.


      Specifications:

      • Pine A-frame Cabin
      • Guests – 1 adult 
      • Sq. ft. – 176/ea.
      • No electricity or private baths.  Electricity/charging available for each site in the bathhouse/kitchen area.  
      • Propane heater - but it is not insulated so it will still be chilly!

      What we provide in the Petite Pause private cabin stay:

      • Private woodland cabin
      • Bedding & linens (including towels)
      • Organic Shampoo, Conditioner & Soap in the shared bathhouse
      • Battery powered lanterns
      • Potable water (bring your water bottle!)
      • Personal mini-locker in the bathhouse for charging electronics (or locking them away all weekend!)
      • Fire pit, outdoor seating
      • Retreat Programming & Activities for 1
      • All meals & snacks for 1
      • Fresh air and starry skies!  
      • Yoga, Meditation
      • Sauna with optional cold plunge
      • Massage for each person
      $600
      Deposit: $250
      Private Queen Suite Cabin

      Here's the deal with a cabin stay in late October - it might be cold! This spot should be reserved by someone who is familiar with colder temperature camping/adventures. We are pricing this to reflect these possible conditions. 


       
      A special cabin tucked in the woods. Boasts it's own bathroom facilities (outdoor shower, compostable toilet), queen bed, private fire pit.  

      Specifications:

      • 1 Accessible Cabin 
      • Guests – 1 adult
      • Sq. ft. – 182/ea.
      • Communal use of all property amenities
      • Propane heater - but it is not insulated so it will still be chilly!

      What we provide:

      • 1 Queen Bed
      • Bedding & linens (including towels)
      • Organic Shampoo, Conditioner & Soap
      • Electricity in cabin & bathroom
      • Fire pit, outdoor seating, lawn games
      • Fresh air and starry skies   
      • Yoga, Meditation
      • Sauna with optional cold plunge
      • Massage for each person 
      $750
      Deposit: $250
      Private Farmhouse Bedroom

       Price is for the entire retreat package, for 1 person in our private Farmhouse Room (one queen bed, shared bath).      

      Rate: $1100


      The Farmhouse at Tops'l Farm are what farmstay dreams are made of.  Lovingly furnished and at the heart of the farm, this is a lovely option for those who need a few more creature comforts.  


      Specifications:

      • 1 Private Bedroom in Farmhouse with a shared bathroom
      • Guests – 1
      • 1 Queen Bed
      • Communal use of all property amenities

      What we provide:

      • Bedding & linens (including towels)
      • Organic Shampoo, Conditioner & Soap
      • All meals
      • Full Retreat package    
      • Fire pit, outdoor seating, lawn games
      • Fresh air and starry skies 
      • Yoga, Meditation
      • Sauna with optional cold plunge
      • Massage for each person
      $1,100
      Deposit: $250
      Cider House - Private Room (King)

      Price is for the entire retreat package, for 1 person in a private room at our Cider House  (located just down the road from Tops'l Farm).       


       Rate: $1000

      The Cider House is located 1.5 miles down Bremen Road from Tops'l Farm. A lovingly restored home with lots of space and room to breathe. While located off property, it is a hop, skip & a jump from the farm and a perfect place to escape for the weekend. 


      Specifications:

      • 1 Private Bedroom
      • Guests – 1
      • 1 King Bed
      • Communal use of all property amenities at Tops'l Farm

      What we provide:

      • Bedding & linens (including towels)
      • Organic Shampoo, Conditioner & Soap
      • All meals
      • Full Retreat package    
      • Fire pit, outdoor seating, lawn games
      • Fresh air and starry skies
      $1,000
      Deposit: $250
      Cider House - Shared Room (2 Fulls)

       Price is for the entire retreat package, for 2 people in a shared  room at our Cider House  (located just down the road from Tops'l Farm).     Please note you are booking for two people ( we are not selling shared spaces for folks who do not know each other at the moment).  

      Rate: $1400  ($700 per person)

      The Cider House is located 1.5 miles down Bremen Road from Tops'l Farm. A lovingly restored home with lots of space and room to breathe. While located off property, it is a hop, skip & a jump from the farm and a perfect place to escape for the weekend.  Specifications:

      • 1 Shared Bedroom
      • Guests – 2
      • 2 Full Beds
      • Communal use of all property amenities at Tops'l Farm

      What we provide:

      • Bedding & linens (including towels)
      • Organic Shampoo, Conditioner & Soap
      • All meals
      • Full Retreat package    
      • Fire pit, outdoor seating, lawn games
      • Fresh air and starry skies
      • Massage for each person 
      $1,400
      Deposit: $250


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      Tops’l Farm is a camp & farm retreat destination on the banks of the Medomak River in Waldoboro, ME. Our 83 acres of pristine pasture and hearty woodland offer an idyllic setting for your unique forest escape

      Reviews

      JP
      There are really no words to describe how special Tops'l Farm has become for me. This was my second "pause" and it was even better than the first. The concept is brilliant, the venue lovely and the people...oh my gosh the people! Tops'l is the perfect place to dial down the outside noise and enjoy nature, unplugging and absorbing the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding area. Our facilitator, Jane Frederick created an incredible space for this group of busy, caretaking women to exhale literally and figuratively. We started on Friday as strangers, this group of 29 amazing women. We left as friends and confidantes, cheering each other on and hugging without wanting to let go. There are not enough words to explain how special the Petite Pause is and why Tops'l is heaven on earth in Waldoboro Maine. So I will just say.....spectacular. oh, and the cheesecake. unreal.
      By Jill P for May Petite Pause - Retreat @ Tops'l Farm on May 12, 2024
      I was delighted to return to Tops'l for my second Petite Pause—and it was very different from my last experience, which was with a fairly small group of 11 or 12. What I liked about the larger group was having more diversity, as well as more solo attendees. Even if the number of people meant that it wasn't possible to connect with absolutely everyone, I thoroughly enjoyed my time with those I did get to know; I think that we established a wonderful feeling of connectivity from our first meeting. Jane's chart with things to discuss and reflect on was a good focal point and icebreaker, and I appreciated how that translated to a sense of reflection and exploration and an even better way of connecting with the place, both alone and with others. As with my first visit, I just love the grounds, the campground cabins, and all the little thoughtful touches. I think it was great to have coffee, tea, and snacks available in the event barn all day (because hey, that hot tub made me hungry for some reason!). The food was delicious—including the fiddleheads, which were a real treat (I think they were the freshest ones I've ever had). And the peepers were the perfect sundown symphony. A larger group does present some challenges too. I know that it wasn't easy to schedule all of us for massages; mine was lovely, but unfortunately it ended too close to the start time for the afternoon workshop, which I regret missing out on. And following dinner I did feel we were rushed out of the event barn a bit (I think several of us would have maybe liked to linger with another drink while hanging out there). I do truly appreciate everything the staff was doing to keep things organized and moving along, however! It was clear that Jane put a lot of thought into providing a range of experiences for us—as well as emphasizing that we could participate to the degree we wanted to. I think that's what I love about the Petite Pauses the most: the chance to both connect and retreat, come together and be alone, all in a beautiful place where you feel well taken care of. Thanks to Jane and everyone else at Tops'l for hosting these, and I look forward to coming again.
      By Anne S for May Petite Pause - Retreat @ Tops'l Farm on May 11, 2024
      Had a wonderful time doing a Petite Pause Retreat at Tops'l Farm. Couldn't have asked for a better location. The amenities (hot tub and sauna) were also divine. I will say the one thing retreat-goers should know is there was some forced sharing. There is some pressure to talk with the group about your experience as you're going through it. I've been to a few other retreats and sharing your thoughts, feelings, etc. with the group was always optional. I think if that was replicated at Tops'l it would be a 10/10 retreat. The food was also out of this world and the tarot workshop changed my life. With a few tweaks, this retreat could be amazing and I'm still grateful I was able to be part of it.
      By Abbey N for April Petite Pause - Retreat @ Tops'l Farm on May 07, 2024
      Hello there Abbey - Thank you so much for coming to our spot and pausing! We are sorry you had the impression that the sharing during the pause was forced - this is absolutely not expected and we will make sure all are clear that EVERYTHING during a pause is optional. Have a lovely summer and we hope you see you again!
      By Tops'l Farm on May 12, 2024
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      I originally booked this trip on a recommendation of a friend who had attended. 2 of my friends joined me. We had a great time on our women’s retreat. Wonderful people, delicious food and comfortable accommodation. Thank you for this fantastic experience!
      By Jacqueline U for April Petite Pause - Retreat @ Tops'l Farm on May 03, 2024
      This was an amazing visit at Tops’l Farm! This Petite Pause was a fantastic way to start into winter with gratitude. Our room at the Cider House was comfortable and well appointed. The house itself is perfect New England charm. The event Barn and farmhouse are gorgeous! The food was so delicious and nourishing. I never left the table hungry. The Host Amy did a fantastic job at gathering us together as well as ensuring we had time for ourselves. Everything was honestly just perfect! Cannot wait to see the lineup for next year so I can decide when I’m coming back!!
      By Kimberly S for Petite Pause: Turning in to Root Down on Nov 07, 2023
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      CM
      I was gifted the "Petit Pause" May 8/9 2024 and knew very little about where I was going or what we would be doing, I just knew that a break sounded well needed. Well, I have to say that it was perfect! Jane's "no pressure" attitude towards relaxation and unplugging made it feel like you could really make the weekend into whatever you felt you most needed. Sneak away from dinner to get some hot tub time in, sure! Skip the yoga because you want to sleep in, sounds great! Lay in the field, read a good book, journal or make some new friends. Enjoy a glass of wine with some delicious appetizers! Dig a little deeper into tarot, human design or foraging, if you'd like. There was the perfect amount of structure and down-time to make the weekend feel full and robust, but also deeply relaxing. I came home feeling like a had the support of 30 new wonderful women friends, some new tools for self-discovery, and had gotten some serious relaxation in. What more could I ask for? Can't wait to come back again. Thanks Jane!
      By Christina M on 14 May, 2024