Thursday, June 15 at 5 p.m.
thru Sunday, June 18 at 11 a.m.

"Very complete education of the benefits and lifestyle of living raw. Amazing instructors and quality guests speakers. Fabulous food -- amazing behind the scenes food prep staff. The best part was the bonding and the stories of everyone's journey and intention. Just LOVED it!"

"This is probably the best $ I have ever spent. I learned so much, I felt so close to everyone and supported. I can really see this as a springboard for my future. While I still have to have a "job", this is now my passion that I plan to weave into my life in all aspects and I really desire to lead by example and teach others:)"

Stanford House, Cuyahoga Valley Recreation Area, Peninsula OH

6093 Stanford Rd., Peninsula, OH 44264

"It was perfect. The house was just the right size for the group."

"It was perfect! The environment was isolated, intimate, natural, clean, and peaceful. It was a beautiful setting."

This weekend is designed for you, by you.

If you love being pampered, desire a challenge, thirst for new skills and want to be surrounded by energetic individuals doing the same - this flexible self paced weekend is designed for you.

You decide what is on your docket of things to do – from a variety of options ranging from yoga, massage, food demos, health assessments and much more.

There will be gurus in the house to educate, empower and guide you to take this knowledge, find a rhythm that you can keep up at home.

We hear all the time:

  • If I just knew more about that I would do it
  • I just don’t have the time to try it – I wish I did
  • Teach me! I want to be able to do this at home

This is what we know. If you don’t make time, it won’t happen. 

Here is your chance to invest in you.

Allow yourself to get lost in a weekend all about ways to get yourself to feel and look better.

We are bringing everything to you – under one roof - weekend getaway style. Join us at the Stanford House in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. With the famous Towpath trail out the front door, and the iconic BrandywineFalls just a short hike away – this will give you a feel of a far-off vacation.

Come join us and plan an escape from your daily stress and indulge in an immersion of activities that blends the luxury of down-time and high-energy of replenishing your soul and mind with a feel good, mind right concoction that will leave you rejuvenated and asking for more.

Meet the teachers!


Marisa DiCenso-Pelser

This spiritual gangster, raw-food mixologist, hard-core chef just loves the natural raw beauty of food that God created (if God made it, it is good). Striving to raise a family right, training for competitions, overcoming health challenges and seeking the dang holy grail of consuming real food is what sent, Marisa Pelser, Founder, on her journey to create her own method of fueling her body—RAW. What is RAW? Simple. Food from the earth the way it was intended. No garbage, fillers or preservatives. Tinkering with recipes, scouring books, meddling with flavors, dominating the kitchen (all while listening to some old school hip hop) Marisa & her new RAW discovery quickly became a tasty, bold lifestyle that fueled her to feeling fresh with boundless energy, beautiful skin, fierce at athletics and a clear mind.

She is the Original RAW Food Renegade.


Pieter Pelser

Instructor + Personal Trainer

Meet Pieter, your tough (yet supportive) trainer who wants to do things great or not at all. He hunts, procrastinates, prefers to hang out at home and will never forget if you miss a class. He swam for his country (South Africa) and was pretty damn good at it, enough to get himself in the Cleveland state sports hall of fame. But the most important achievement? Building a life with his partner in crime Marisa and their family.




Valerie Waugaman-Gal

"Goals > Game Plan > Get Results!" w/ Life Coach Valerie Waugaman-Gal

Valerie is a high performance life coach and former professional athlete. She's also your super down-to-earth next door neighbor who has been on a mission to discover the most successful and effective methods, philosophies and habits of transforming her life and then teaching her clients how to do it! She has achieved some high accolades in fitness by becoming a 3-time Pro Figure Champion, gracing the covers of countless fitness magazines, and starring as "SIREN" on the NBC's American Gladiators tv show. Now, she is on a faith and fitness mission to inspire women to grow spiritually and physically through her company FITmission.

Alison Shelton

Alison has always been into fitness - from playing sports in high school to lifting weights and competing in a fitness competition after college. She's also seen her share of injuries. After a invasive shoulder surgery, and thanks to some major hype from the celebrity world, she started to pay more attention to what Pilates might be able to do for her. 'Work the small muscles that support the big muscles,' 'Get longer, and stronger', 'Take it easier on your body and get better results.' All these things piqued her interest and after her first time on the Pilates Reformer, she was hooked. She remembers that even though she had just signed a contract working in radio, she wanted to eventually teach this method because as she says, "Everybody needs to be doing it!"



Kristen Parken

Owner of Raw Esthetics Wellness Studio in Lakewood, esthetician, and massage therapist, Kristen has over ten years experience as a massage therapist and over five years as an esthetician.

“I take a whole body approach when assessing needs, the goal is to find balance. I find out what the issues are and work with my clients to figure it out together. With the appropriate treatment and continuous regimen, body balance is achieved.”

Allyson Grubba

Ally is a Cleveland native, a yogi, a Gemini, a CrossFitter, a lululemon Ambassador, a “goaldigger,” a dog & cat mom, and a certified yoga instructor. She received her yoga certification from Cleveland Yoga in 2013 where she currently teaches, under the guidance of Tami Schneider. Ally’s teaching style is a reflection of her core values [connection, light, fearlessness, and acceptance] and credits yoga for the person she is today. Her classes can be described as grounding, inspirational, and challenging, infused with lightness and good music!

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”



Sherri Engelmann LMT, APP

Sherri has developed a relaxing bodywork style that caters to addressing underlying causes for tension and pain based on 22 years of bodywork experience. In addition to her licensure with the State of Ohio Medical Board she holds certifications in Polarity, Reiki, Lomi- Lomi, Chakra Balancing, Myofascial Release Therapy, Therapeutic Applications in Sports, Deep Tissue and Neuromuscular Release as well as Acupressure. Each session is tailored to a clients individual needs to target stressors and restore balance