Save the date!!!
2019 Weekend Retreat

Come spend the weekend with us! …a little art, a little yoga, a little R&R for the teenage soul.

jUly 5-7  &    jULY 12-14

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About our retreats

The creation of It’s a Girl Thing Weekend Retreat came to me through many-a-group participant expressing a desire for “more.“ More group time, more activity, more bonding with each other. During the weekend, your daughter will engage in team building activities, group discussions, yoga, dance, and other forms of movement to enhance body integrity, art work, free time, guided meditation, journaling &/or poetry.


What I truly aim to teach through this experience is that actually, less is more. The goal is to teach and encourage your teen how to relax, practice self-care, enjoy “down” time and have fun without the aid of television, the internet, cel phones, video games, drugs or alcohol. To appreciate the quiet beauty of nature. To look within, before seeking the external answers.

The Retreat is held in Montgomery, NY. The location allows us the flexibility to meet in large or small groups, the opportunity to be a bit messy with our expressive art projects, to be a bit loud, should we feel the need to dance, a hot-tub for relaxing during down time, and a pool for a moonlight swim. The staff is well-seasoned and phenomenal in providing endless TLC to participants. The cuisine is vegetarian, simply with the intention of encouraging young women to be more conscious about healthy food choices. This ain’t no summer camp, no hot dogs and paper plates here!


My thirteen year old attended a weekend retreat with Amy. She was very reluctant and begged me not to make her attend the retreat. At the end of that weekend I was greeted by my ‘new’ thirteen year old. The strong, independent and confident 13 year old and she was begging to return the following weekend.
— Tricia Kortright.
I met Amy when my girls were 14 and 10. I originally found her through the recommendation of a former therapist of mine who was well aware of my concerns about the relationship I had with my older daughter and how angry she seemed to be with me ALL the time. Her first and only contact with Amy was through one of her ‘It’s a Girl Thing’ retreats. She brought a friend with her and it was a great experience for them both. Amy’s passion for her work comes through in all she does, and it is so great to see the creative expressive art work from her girls.
— MaryAnn Rothstein
Amy’s summer retreats have been some of the best weekends of my life. Meeting new people and bonding with them so quickly you think we are lifelong friends. Extremely comfortable environment and allows the perfect 3-day escape.
— -Leah Stern

Staff at It's a Girl Thing

Amy Frisch

Amy Frisch, LCSWR, is a psychotherapist and the founder of It's a Girl Thing!  Amy specializes in issues of adolescence, and has developed a dynamic, creative and unique private practice over the past 20 years. 

The Weekend Retreat is one of Amy’s favorite programs because it allows her to connect with young women in a more relaxed setting.  "We create a true sense of family."  Amy is a fan of being near the ocean, scuba diving, and new adventures. She loves a good challenge, appreciates a funny joke, and cherishes down time with her family. She holds firmly to the  belief that most of life’s problems look a little less intimidating after a good run.  

Amy received her MSW from Fordham University way way back in 1994!

Kaitlyn Hutchinson

Kaitlyn Hutchinson will be joining us for her 7th year at It’s a Girl Thing! Weekend Retreat. A graduate from SUNY New Paltz, Kait works for a local non-profit organization, doing home visits for families who need pregnancy and parenting support and education. Her passion is rooted in helping women realize their own power and true beauty.  

Kait, who lives in Kingston with her fiance and fearless beagle, describes herself a corny, hoaky, silly gal who loves to make people smile and laugh. She is a bonified Netflix junky, and is always, always looking for music recommendations (hint! hint!)

"I truly cannot wait for these upcoming weekends, and so look forward to meeting you!!"

Jen Ostrow

 Jen Chess is 28 years old with a MSW from NYU. She currently works for Orange County DMH as a school based mental health specialist. Originally from New Jersey, Jen grew up and now resides in Pine Bush. Jen has been training in martial arts for 13 years. She admits to having a tendency of volunteering for too many worthy causes at once, spending more time at charity events than at parties or the mall. "I guess I’m a caregiver at heart".

Jen was part of It’s a Girl Thing for two years when in she was in high school and found it tremendously helpful. "I wouldn’t be who I am today without it. "  She looks forward to meeting you, getting to know you, and hopefully helping you all while having a good time.


Casey Dederick

Casey is twenty-eight years old and a human services major from OCCC.  When she's not working you can find her volunteering at the Walden Humane Society. She enjoys photography, spending time with family, a good joke, and connecting with friends.

This retreat is something that is near and dear to her heart. In high school Casey joined It’s A Girl Thing expressive arts group after being diagnosed with PTSD and Bipolar Disorder.  "The love and guidance provided by this group allowed me to blossom into the woman I am now:  fearless and healthy."


Rachel Spear

Rachel Spear, LCSW from Fordham University, joined the IGT team in 2015.  Rachel co-facilitates weekly IGT expressive arts support groups and offers individual therapy to teens in the Montgomery office. She enjoys expressive arts, meeting new people, and photography. Rachel appreciates the level of complexity and diversity each individual has to offer, and wishes to celebrate each person's truth. Because she actively works to see the beauty in every person, Rachel believes self love and self care are not selfish, but selfless, and the key to freedom. This is Rachel's 3rd year with It's a Girl Thing! and she is excited to be a part of the summer retreats!



Emma Elisabeth

Emma Elisabeth is a young woman on a mission to transform through writing, supported by the beautiful Hudson River Valley. She fell in love with language at an early age, seeking to capture the spark in everyday life. Her inspiration stems from children’s shining faces, the smells of the forest, and anything that she can create with her hands. You may find her journaling in red ink, cooking a nourishing meal, or teaching yoga ~ doing her best to share her passions with others. You can find her on her: or on


SarahRose is a licensed social worker who received her degree from the University of Albany in 2014. She decided to become a helper at 7-years-old when she volunteered at a soup kitchen in Berkeley, California where she grew up. Since that time, she has devoted her life to the field of social work. We are grateful to have Sarah as a part of our IGT team, working with individual teens and and co-facilitating It’s a Girl Thing in our New Paltz office. She specializes in work with children and families experiencing any of the hardships of life and works as a therapist for the Institute of Family Health. SarahRose believes everyone has the capacity to heal themselves given the right guidance and support.  She loves being outdoors hiking in the woods, crafting, indoor gardening or cooking in the kitchen. She feels there’s nothing better than connecting to your inner spirit through nature.