Frequently Asked Questions
May I attend the retreat along with my partner, spouse, or someone else, like my mom, dad, or a friend? Can we share a bedroom?
You are welcome to attend The Unplug Retreat by yourself—or with a companion.
This is a beautiful experience to share with your spouse, partner, significant other, or with a friend or family member.
Perhaps you want to celebrate a special anniversary, birthday, graduation, or personal milestone by attending the retreat.
Or perhaps you simply want to unplug and reconnect with someone you love and create memories together.
If you’re traveling with a companion, you can each get your own bedroom ($6,995 per person) or you can share a room ($5,495 per person). Either way, it will be a remember-forever experience.
Am I allowed to bring a phone, tablet, or laptop to the retreat? Or should I leave those at home?
We encourage you to do whatever feels right for you.
This is your retreat.
You get to decide how much you want to unplug.
You might want to unplug completely—or partially.
Trust your “hut” (heart + gut) to determine what is best for you.
You have plenty of options. You can:
- Unplug completely. (All devices off. No tech. Complete break.)
- Unplug partially. (All devices off, except for occasionally calling your kids and loved ones back home to say hi. For instance, a daily chat after dinnertime.)
- Do a combination of both. (Complete unplug for two days, then a partial unplug for the remaining days.)
Whatever you choose to do, we support you.
If you choose to bring a phone, tablet, laptop, or another device to the retreat, we ask that you refrain from using your devices in the common areas of the resort (this is the resort policy) and, instead, use those devices in the privacy of your room.
This will help create a relaxing environment for everyone on the property.
I want to work on a project during the retreat—like writing a novel or something like that. Would that be okay?
Yes! That is completely okay.
If you want to use this retreat as an opportunity to:
- Work on writing a book.
- Work on a photography or painting collection.
- Work on your business plan or brainstorm marketing ideas.
- Work on some other project.
That is just fine.
We encourage you to use this time to do whatever feels right to you.
That being said, we invite you to see what it feels like to do…nothing. No plan. No agenda. No pressure to achieve and accomplish.
Most likely, back at home, you are doing-doing-doing many things and your brain is cluttered and frenzied. The Unplug Retreat is a rare opportunity to experience space and stillness and no responsibilities.
By allowing yourself to do nothing, you will reset your brain and nervous system. You will see your issues from a new perspective. You might have a million-dollar business idea or huge realization. You will depart the retreat feeling fired up and ready to get things done. You will be even more productive once you’re back home.
Ironically, doing nothing can allow you to achieve even more.
How do I get to the retreat? Which airport should I fly into?
The Unplug Retreat is happening at The Lodge at Woodloch, located at:
109 River Birch Lane, Hawley, PA 18428
Cherry Ridge Airport in Honesdale, Pennsylvania - 20 minutes away from The Lodge
Wilkes Barre/Scranton International (AVP), Scranton, Pennsylvania - 55 minutes
Newburgh Stewart International (SWF), Newburgh, New York - 75 minutes
Newark International Airport (EWR), Newark, New Jersey - 2.5 hours
If you have a car, you can drive from almost any city in the Northeast United States to the Lodge in less than 5 hours.
Driving time to reach the Lodge:
Scranton - 1 hour
New York City - 2.5 hours
Philadelphia - 3 hours
Long Island - 3 hours
Syracuse - 3.5 hours
Boston - 4 hours
Baltimore - 4.5 hours
Washington D.C. - 5 hours
Don’t have a car?
You can take an Uber, Lyft, or taxi.
Or, you can contact the Lodge to arrange a private car or shuttle bus to pick you up and bring you to the retreat. They can pick you up from a nearby airport, bus station, or private residence. Some shuttles are free, and some require payment, depending on your location.
Who is producing this retreat?
The Unplug Retreat is presented by Alex Franzen and Lindsey Smith, co-founders of a company called Get It Done.
Alex and Lindsey have extensive experience producing events of all sizes.
Alex has led intimate retreats and workshops in 18 cities around the world.
Lindsey has produced conferences including the Rising Women and All Rise Conference in her hometown of Pittsburgh, and Pitch, Promote, Publish, a conference for aspiring authors.
This dream team knows how to craft an experience that leaves you refreshed, recharged, and feeling your best.
You’re in great hands.
Retreat Organizer Bios
Co-Founder, Get It Done
Alex is an entrepreneur, writing teacher, and author of six books, including two novels.
She is the editor and founder of The Tiny Press, which has released award-winning books on success, creativity, health, wellness, and relationships.
She deleted all of her social media accounts seven years ago.
Spend time with Alex, and you'll be motivated to turn off your phone, do less busywork and, instead, more great work, and bring more simplicity into everything you do.
Co-Founder, Get It Done
Lindsey is an award-winning, best-selling author who has written eight books.
Early in her career, she created one of the world's first online programs on how to self-publish a book. To date, she has helped more than 1,000 people achieve their dream of becoming an author.
Mental health, wellness, and food are just a few of Lindsey's passions.
She has been invited to speak on major stages, including Google Talks and TEDxPittsburgh.
She will motivate you to get moving and make your vision happen—but without burning yourself out in the process.
What is the cancellation/refund policy?
Cancellations cause an unpleasant hassle for everyone involved.
We ask that you register for The Unplug Retreat mindfully.
Please double check the dates, double check your budget, and discuss this trip with your family. Make sure that you can absolutely be there before you pay and register.
Once you register for The Unplug Retreat, we hold a bedroom especially for you, and there are no cancellations and no refunds for any reason.
If you want to be protected, we encourage you to purchase travel insurance from Travel Guard or another provider. That way, if you need to cancel at the last moment due to illness, injury, travel delay, lost luggage, or some other reason, your retreat investment will be protected. Your credit card company may offer automatic travel insurance coverage, too. Contact them to inquire.
Thank you for reading and respecting this cancellation policy.
Will I be required to wear a face mask at the retreat? What’s the COVID-19 policy?
Fully-vaccinated guests do not need to wear a mask while on the resort property, both indoors and out.
Unvaccinated guests are still required, by order of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, to wear an approved mask indoors and when interacting with those outside of their traveling party.
Guests will be required to submit a COVID-19 acknowledgement prior to arrival.
The resort is taking extra measures to keep everyone healthy, including:
- Stringent housekeeping procedures for cleanliness and sanitization (including EPA-approved disinfectant) that meet and exceed industry best practices and standards.
- Upgraded air filtration system as an additional safety measure for guests and team members.
- Safety Services team, trained in advanced first aid, available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. This team is fully up to date on the latest COVID-19 regulations as reported by local, state, and federal agencies.
I am an introvert. Will this retreat include big crowds, loud music, or group activities that I’m required to participate in?
No, no, and no.
This is an introvert-friendly retreat.
The atmosphere is serene, peaceful, and restorative.
You will have your own private bedroom and bathroom, plus full access to the resort facilities and 500 acres of forest trails. Plenty of space to do your own thing.
During this retreat, we offer you a menu of activities daily—including fitness classes, nature activities, intimate workshops, and panel discussions.
All activities are optional, not required.
Do whatever interests you. Skip whatever you don’t feel like doing. Chat and get to know the retreat leaders and fellow retreat guests—or not.
We encourage you to do whatever feels good.
This looks incredible but the dates don’t work for me. Will this retreat happen again next year?
We intend to offer The Unplug Retreat in 2022, but no dates have been set yet.
We encourage you to come in 2021 because…why wait?
I am self-employed. Would attending this retreat be considered a tax-deductible business expense?
It might be.
Talk to your accountant or tax preparer to find out for sure.
The Unplug Retreat might be considered a deductible travel expense, educational/training expense, or (if you’re coming along with a co-worker, colleague, or employee) a company retreat.
We can provide a receipt you can keep for your tax records.
Is this retreat for women only? Or all genders?
We welcome people of all genders, sexual orientations, backgrounds, and faiths.
What are my payment options? Can I pay a deposit now and then pay the rest later?
We have several payment options to choose from.
Yes, you can make a deposit now and then pay the remaining balance later.
Go here to choose a payment option that works for you.
I really want to come, but I can’t afford it. Do you have scholarships? Or any other options for me?
There are no scholarships for The Unplug Retreat.
However, we do offer scholarships for our online courses and you’re more than welcome to apply. We give out 100 scholarships per year. See here for more information.
If you want to attend The Unplug Retreat, but it’s not feasible for your budget right now, we have a few suggestions for you.
Ask your employer if they’d be willing to pay for the retreat, or a portion of the retreat.
“There’s a retreat I’d like to attend. It will reset my brain and reduce my stress levels so I can come back to work fired up and more creative than ever.”
They might say:
“Sure, I’ll pay for you to go.”
You never know unless you ask.
See if there’s a grant you could win.
Millions of dollars are awarded every year in grant money.
You might be eligible to win a grant for travel, research, education, health, or wellbeing, and then use those funds to attend the retreat.
There are grants through the U.S. Federal Government, through the Small Business Administration, through private funders, and many other places. grants.gov is a good place to start searching.
Ask your family to chip in.
You can say to your family:
“Instead of sending a birthday or holiday gift this year, I’d really love you to chip in—any amount—so I can attend this retreat.”
Allow your loved ones to give you an experience—rather than a physical gift.
Sell something you don’t want or need.
Like that $2,000 treadmill that you haven’t touched in 12 months.
Get creative and earn the funds you need.
There are so many ways to earn extra cash.
You can circle back to a previous client and ask them to hire you again.
You can negotiate for a bonus or raise.
You can teach a seminar and charge money for tickets.
You have so much untapped earning potential you could unleash. Brainstorm a list of 10 ways you could generate more money, pick 1 option, and go for it. You might be surprised by what happens next.
I have another question that’s not answered here.
Please reach out!
Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or schedule a 15-minute chat here.
I want to come! Where do I sign up?
Please go here to register.
Thank you! We’re thrilled and can’t wait to see you there.