In Celebration of Women’s History Month

A Day-Long Women’s Retreat

Divine Beauty – Nurturing the Spirit

Saturday, March 9th, 2024 9AM – 3PM

Science of Spirituality International Meditation Center, Lisle, Illinois

Event Schedule

A Free Community Event

Saturday March 09, 2024

9:00 am – 9:45 am

Registration Recommended

9:45 am – 10:00 am

Opening Remarks

10:00 am – 11:15 am

The Pursuit of Courage: When Being Brave is Not an Option.
By Karen S. Wells, Chief Operations & Inclusion Officer Make-a-Wish America

11:15AM – 12:15 PM

Meditation Workshop – “The Power of Love” with Zelma Chamberlain, M.Ed., Career Development Coordinator, Retired.

12:15PM – 1:00 PM

Free Vegetarian Lunch

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Panel Discussion with Women Community Leaders

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Closing Remarks

Host Sponsor:

Science of Spirituality International Meditation Center

In Partnership with:

Institute for Meditation and Inner Harmony (IMIH)

Community Sponsors:

The DuPage County Convention and Visitor's Bureau
Lisle Chamber of Commerce
Naperville Chamber of Commerce
Wheaton Chamber of Commerce
Aurora Chamber of Commerce
Aurora Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


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About the Event

Within every woman there is a Divine Beauty that can transform our lives and the world around us.

Join our 9th annual women’s retreat where we explore the divine beauty in all women and how empowerment, transformation and meaningful changes come from within.

Held at the Science of Spirituality International Meditation Center in Lisle, Illinois, we will hear esteemed speakers share their experiences of self-discovery. Enjoy a free vegetarian lunch and spend time together with like-minded women.

Regardless of where you are in your life’s journey, learn how to face daily challenges with courage and strength by finding your center of peace and harmony. Together we will be inspired to navigate life by creating a space for unconditional love, wisdom, fearlessness, and joy.

Keynote Speaker


Vegetarian Lunch

Panel Discussion

Meditation Session

Keynote Speaker

Special guest speaker, Karen S. Wells, Chief Operations & Inclusion Officer Make-a-Wish America

Karen S. Wells brings over 30 years of distinctive career experiences and an exceptional leadership journey. In addition to being an NCAA Division I scholar-athlete, Karen has held successful key leadership roles in a Fortune 500 company, multiple C-suite roles in nonprofits, and as an entrepreneur and small business owner. Karen is the Chief Operations and Inclusion Officer serving the mission of Make-A-Wish America, a grassroots organization granting life-changing wishes of hope and healing for critically ill children across the US. In her previous role, Karen served as the Chief Strategy and Diversity Officer for Make-A-Wish America. Before joining Make-A-Wish, Karen was the CEO of Bridge Communities, the largest provider of transitional housing and support services for families experiencing homelessness in DuPage County, IL. Read More

Guest speaker, Zelma Pierce Chamberlain

Zelma Pierce Chamberlain M.Ed is a retired educator, with over 20 years experience working with a non-traditional school population. Zelma has been meditating for over 39 years and has found that meditation is key to living a life of peace and love. Coping with stressful situations is not easy however meditation allows her the opportunity to navigate life’s challenges with grace and serenity. Zelma is the National Women’s Retreat Coordinator for Science of Spirituality. She facilitates and presents at women’s retreats and workshops around the world teaching a meditative technique that is widely respected and provides numerous benefits. Many have found her presentations direct, engaging and resonating with practical experiences that are enjoyed by all.

Moderator & M.C., Sara Pletcher M.S., M.Ed.

Sara Pletcher M.S., M.Ed. has been in the field of education for over 20 years, beginning as an AMS trained Montessori teacher. She later went on to specialize in both early childhood and dual language education, earning Masters degrees from the Erikson Institute and Roosevelt University. During her career, Ms. Pletcher has worked in a broad range of contexts—including public and private schools, both in the U.S. and abroad. Ms. Pletcher has used meditation and relaxation techniques in the classroom to support students’ social emotional development and decrease stress. She has also published two children’s books based on her experiences in the classroom—Ride the Wind and ¿Qué se dice en la escuela? Read More

Panel Discussion

Inspiration and Wisdom from Women Community Leaders

Isabel Draughon

Isabel Draughon

M.B.A. Author, CPCC Certified Professional Life Transformational Coach & Speaker

Karina Garcia

Karina Garcia

President & CEO - Aurora Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Nancy Sayer

Nancy Sayer

Ph.D., Benedictine University L.E.A.D.S. Director

Rimjhim D. Stephens

Rimjhim D. Stephens

M.D., R.H.N., Health & Nutrition Strategist at Nature's Path

Shweta Duggal

Shweta Duggal

M.D., Board Certified Physician, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Gallery From Previous Years Events

Event Venue

Science of Spirituality International Meditation Center

4105 Naperville Rd, Lisle, IL 60532
Phone: 630-955-1200

Masks Recommended but Not Required

No Smoking Facility