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Our Mini Retreat in 2019 will be in St. Louis, Missouri, September 12-14!

The St. Louis committee (Laura Herring, Lauren Herring, Sharon Fiehler, and Susan Block) is already hard at work planning the event! They have already started working on their program and the exciting events they have in store for us all.

Once regarded as a forgettable city in “flyover country” – St. Louis has been selected as one of WSJ’s 10 best travel destinations for 2019.

St. Louis is more than just a Gateway to the West. Known for its famous arch, St. Louis is a lively destination in its own right; full of inviting neighborhoods, stunning parks, such as the Missouri Botanical Garden, varied night life, and restaurants that draw on the bounty of surrounding farmland and rivers. With a mix of Midwestern sensibility and southern charm, St. Louis is a city looking to the future.

Learn More About St. Louis

Click here to learn a plethora of wonderful information about things that make St. Louis so special and unique. It also includes links to their most recent destination video, along with a video and information about their up-and-coming food scene.

Register for the Retreat

Click here to register! The retreat fee is $650.00.


Please click here to view the program.

Here’s a look at some of the fascinating panels:

-Forward from Ferguson
-Female CEO’s Leading St. Louis
-Virtual Medicine changing the Rural Landscape
-Improving the World Through Creative Conservation
-FASHION AND ART- Re”design”ing St. Louis
-Creative Medicine

Also, we are also thrilled to announce we will be having a keynote address by Jackie Joyner-Kersee on Thursday evening at the historic St. Louis Arch.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee is an American retired track and field athlete, ranked among the all-time greatest athletes in the heptathlon as well as long jump. She won three gold, one silver, and two bronze Olympic medals, in those two events at four different Olympic Games.

Hotel Info

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Plea for Roommates!

We have a few members who are currently on our wait list for rooms at the Hilton St. Louis Ballpark – including new members who have just joined the Grove!

If you are interested in sharing your room, please contact Leslie ( as soon as possible!

We also have a group of members who have booked rooms at the Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch, located across the street from the Hilton (where our conference will be held). While we do not have a room block at the Drury, if you still need a room and would like to join this group, the link to book is here.

Pre & Post Tours

Click here to register for any of the below tours.
The registration deadline is Wednesday, August 28.

St. Louis Zoo Tour
Thursday, September 12
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Cost: $45.00
Click here for more details.

Missouri Botanical Garden Tour
Thursday, September 12
10:45 AM – 2:30 PM
Cost: $58.00
Click here for more details.

Architectural St. Louis Tour
Saturday, September 14
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Cost: $100.00
Click here for more details.

Winery Tour
Saturday, September 14
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Cost: $150.00
Click here for more details.

36 Hours in St. Louis- New York Times

St. Louis Skyline

“The city, with its once-quiet, now-vibrant downtown, offers new restaurants, microbreweries and a rich array of cultural venues, including a museum that pays tribute to the blues.”

“The 630-foot Gateway Arch, the grand 1965 city landmark, remains the same, including the vintage tram rides to the top (tram ride from $12). But a four-year, $380-million remodeling of Gateway Arch National Park (admission $3) reframes the monument’s connection to the city and to the westward migration it commemorates.”

“St. Louis is the original home of the ubiquitous macro-brew Budweiser. But microbrew operations, some employing veterans of Bud, have created competing pints at newer brewers like Side Project Brewing, Narrow Gauge Brewing Company and Urban Chestnut Brewing Company. If forced to pick one, don’t miss the original upstart, the Saint Louis Brewery, makers of Schlafly beer.”

“In the Botanical Heights District, named for its proximity to the comprehensive Missouri Botanical Garden, Union Studio provides one-stop shopping for a variety of local art, clothing, jewelry and crafts.”

“There is a wealth of choices in the rich performing arts scene, including the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, which includes the playwright Tony Kushner as an alumnus. St. Louis Black Repertory bills itself as the nation’s largest professional African-American theater company.”

“The second-oldest symphony in the country, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra plays in Powell Symphony Hall, an ornate 1935 vaudeville theater. In summer, the 100-year-old Municipal Opera Association, known as the Muny, stages popular musicals (“Guys and Dolls” kicks off the season June 10) in a vast 10,800-seat outdoor stadium in Forest Park.”

“The site of the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904, the nearly 1,300-acre Forest Park serves as the wilderness and playing field for urban residents, as well as a cultural magnet with attractions that include the Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri History Museum, Saint Louis Zoo and Saint Louis Science Center.”

Click here to read the full article.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

The 2019 St. Louis Mini Retreat is subject to the following Belizean Grove cancellation charges if you cancel for any reason:

If your notice is received:                                                       You will receive:

30 to 59 days before Retreat…………………………………….. 50% refund of registration fees

29 days or less before Retreat………………………………….. No refund