The Saltwater Mountain Woman Retreat – A Cold-Water Dipping Midlife Awakening

An immersive, empowering and transformative women’s weekend retreat on the beautiful coast of Maine. The focus is on CONNECTION – with ourselves and other women, EDUCATION – how cold-water dipping supports midlife transitions, and INTEGRATION – through experiential and guided exercises.


Midlife for women is so many things – maybe too many things. The changes, the demands, the emotions, the sexism, the shame, the physiology, the (mis)information, the pressures, the isolation, the grief. And somehow at the same time, it can be exciting, rewarding, confident, sexy – so many things.

It can be a beautiful opportunity to fall in love with the rest of your life, but I’ve never known a life phase where I didn’t need my tribe to live it. And tribes of women are what I do. You can think of me as your “midlife midwife,” creating and holding space for you to birth the next phase of you. Hi, I’m Amy! If this resonates with you, I hope you consider being a part of this unique and special retreat.


The Stage Neck Inn
8 Stage Neck Road
York Harbor, Maine 03911
Cold-water dips will be at York Harbor Beach – just steps down from the Inn


Friday, October 4, 2024, 4:00PM to 8:00PM (SNI check-in is guaranteed by 3:00PM)
Saturday, October 5, 2024, 9:00AM to 8:00PM
Sunday, October 6, 2024 – 5:45AM to 1:00PM (SNI check-out is at 11:00AM – retreat concludes at 1:00PM and guests are welcome to use the facilities for the day)


Limited to 16 women – designed for all who identify as women experiencing “midlife”

Fee & Accomodations

$500.00 (Easy Payment through Venmo or Stripe)

Lodging at The Stage Neck Inn is highly encouraged to get the full experience and value of this retreat.


  • Cancellations made greater than 30 days prior to start date: 100% refund will be given minus a $50 processing fee
  • Cancellations made between 15-30 days prior to start date: 50% refund will be given, unless the spot can be filled from the waiting list in which case, 100% refund will be given minus $50 processing fee
  • Cancellations made less than 15 days prior to start date: No refunds given, unless the spot can filled from the waiting list in which case, 100% refund will be given minus $50 processing fee
  • If Saltwater Mountain Co. cancels the retreat due to unforeseen circumstances, 100% refund will be given.

Meals & Amenities

The Stage Neck Inn’s award-winning deluxe breakfast buffet and service charge/gratuity are included in your hotel reservation. Breakfast buffet hours are 7:30AM-10:00AM – keeping in mind retreat start time for each day. Lunch and Dinners are “on your own” and can be enjoyed at the Stage Neck Inn’s Shearwater Restaurant or brought from home. All guest rooms have mini fridges. All hotel guests have access to the hotel fitness center, pool, hot tub and sauna.

Hotel guests are welcome to inquire about booking a service at The Stage Neck Inn’s Day Spa before or after our retreat time. (e.g. Friday before 2PM or Sunday after 1:00PM) Advanced booking is required.

Retreat Outline

NOTE: Precise itinerary, packing list, preparation details and Q & A will be provided well in advance of start date. Please reach out to Amy at 207-641-7353 or with any questions or concerns. 

Our “Group Time” is intended to be relaxing, inspiring and exhilarating. It will be an organized blend of meditation, yoga w/ hands-on by Amy, breathwork, story-telling, prompted discussion, journaling, cold-water dipping education, sauna/heat therapy education, daily saltwater dips, midlife topics, small group exercises and ceremony. Your “Free Time” is at your leisure and could include sauna, hot tub, pool, fitness center, napping, walking, reading, relaxing in your room or strolling the beach.

Friday, April 19, 2024

4:00PM – 6:00PM – Group Time
6:00PM – 7:00PM – Dinner / Free Time
7:30PM – 8:00PM – Guided Sunset Dip

Saturday, April 20, 2024

7:30AM-8:45AM – Breakfast / Free Time
9:00AM – 11:00AM – Group Time
11:00AM – 12:00PM – Guided Midday Dip
12:00PM – 1:00PM – Lunch
1:00PM – 2:00PM – Free Time
2:00PM – 4:00PM – Group Time
4:00PM – 4:30PM – Break
4:30PM – 6:00PM – Group Time
6:00PM – 8:00PM – Dinner / Free Time

Sunday, April 21, 2024

5:45AM – 6:45AM – Guided Sunrise Dip
7:00AM – 8:00AM – Group Time
8:00AM – 9:00AM – Breakfast / Free Time
9:00AM – 11:00AM – Group Time
11:00 – 11:30 – Break
11:30 – 1:00 – Closing Ceremony


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    Your Retreat Leader, Amy MacMahon Hopkins

    Amy has dedicated her entire career to supporting women’s health. During her 15 years as a birthing nurse, Amy was known for her innate ability to connect with patients through her unwavering belief in them. She nurtured these relationships through the years with her gift for creating community wherever she lived. In 2010, Amy opened a holistic wellness studio in York, Maine, across the street from the very hospital where she worked - expanding her professional roots and providing a hub for holistic healthcare in the community.

    With her medical background, thriving massage practice and yoga teaching, Amy became recognized as a community leader for wellness. For the next 10 years, healthcare professionals, local folks and tourists alike became regulars of her wellness offerings, training programs and continuing education courses. Amy became known for her engaging and positive personality - always willing to listen, empathize and offer hope.

    Today, with more (mid)life experience, Amy’s perspective on what inspires and connects us all continues to evolve. Saltwater Mountain Co. is the culmination of 27 years of listening, learning, teaching, touching, dipping, rising, living and guiding. In 2021, Amy launched “Dip Down to Rise Up” - a powerful and timely cold-water dipping movement that serves as the basis for The Saltwater Mountain Woman Retreats. These retreats are opportunities for women to gain insight and inspiration into how their unique challenges, inherent superpowers and the power of a cold-water dipping practice can transform the way they choose to live out their “one wild and precious life.”

    With a special love for and understanding of the magic and science of cold-water dipping, Amy is a true leader and passionate teacher of this practice for self-care, deep presence, breath awareness, nervous system insight, reinvention of self, embodying the feminine, supporting mental health and embracing change. 

    Amy MacMahon Hopkins (she/her)

    • Saltwater Mountain Co. Founder
    • Cold-Water Dipping Guide
    • Speaker
    • Registered Nurse
    • Massage Therapist
    • Yoga Teacher
    • “Thermalist” Course-Trained
    • Wilderness First Aid/CPR Certified

    Amy by the ocean standing and smiling

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