Marilyn Strong, the Director for the Spa at the Inn at Langley, says, “There is a growing movement toward spas returning to being places of health and healing, rather than primarily places where people go to pamper themselves.
The original spa at the Inn at Langley opened in 1999 as “Spa Essencia.” It was closed early in 2012 when the owners of the Inn decided to more fully integrate the food and room experience of the Inn with the services offered by the Spa. Marilyn Strong had been working there since it originally opened and assumed the new Director’s position.
Strong’s intention is to continue to build the reputation of the Spa at Langley Inn as a wellness center. The team at the Spa includes eight massage therapists and two aestheticians. She also believes in the importance of offering only product lines that are organic and healthy and have a spiritual consciousness to them, which significantly contribute to the special experience provided at the Spa.
Mid-Week Wellness Retreat
The Spa offers a mid-week retreat that is designed to provide a guided, individualized experience that pampers and heals. The retreat is three nights and four days and includes the Inn's wonderful breakfasts, and gourmet lunches; three different treatments from the ila line; access to local forests, beach walks and yoga classes; and a choice of a private session with one of South Whidbey’s fabulous artists, healers or teachers.
Women’s Seasonal Wellness Retreat Series
Beginning this fall, the Spa is offering three mid-week retreats for women with a different theme for each season. “Fall, Season of the Dreamtime and Letting Go” will be the first in the series and will be available October through Mid-December. The second retreat will be offered January through mid-March, 2015 and is called "Winter, Season of Earth and Spirit.” The third retreat in the series is called "Spring, Season of Renewal and Imagination,” and will be offered April through Mid-June, 2015.
Each of these retreats has been crafted to help a woman withdraw from her ordinary life and replenish her inner inner world through intention, spa rituals, the opportunity for silence and solitude in nature, and the creation of a container for her to be held by the magic and mystery that is present at the Inn in the liminal space "where the forest meets the sea".
Participants can sign up for individual retreats or for all three for a special price.
All retreats are facilitated by Strong who has 30 years’ experience leading spiritual growth groups, rites of passage, and working with individuals on the integration of body, mind and spirit.