About Us



Megan Zvezda is the founder of Central Texas Women’s Retreat and works as a graphic designer and henna artist in Austin, Texas. Megan heard a strong calling to organize a retreat just for women after the birth of her first child and feeling the stress of motherhood. She knew many women did not take the time to care for themselves and wanted to offer an affordable option to relax and rejuvenate. After five successful Central Texas Women’s Retreats, she is excited to be a part of this crafting retreat. Learn about Megan’s marketing business at OmGirlMarketing.com.

pamPam Schumacher is a mother of three boys and teacher at a local Austin charter school. She received her BFA from University of Nebraska and has been crafting and creating art ever since. Pam will be assisting in the knitting workshops and offering her creative guidance to start you on your knitting path. Pam will also be leading our Succulent Gardening workshop.

Ana Clerc is an incredibly gifted knitter and crocheter will be joining us leading several workshops.  Ana loves to teach crafters of all ages and especially loves to see the spark of understanding explode in their minds. Her vast experience in creating patterns, teaching and working with all levels of students makes her the perfect fit for the Central Texas Women’s Retreat. Besides all things fibery, she loves to talk about science-geekery, color theory, music, and crazy food. In addition to teaching classes in Austin she has started her own label Yarn Carnival featuring hand-dyed yarns. See her fabulous work here and here.

debbieDebbie Schmidt is a classical guitarist and currently plays in the duo Suite Journey as well as solo guitar. She is a certified yoga teacher yoga therapy practitioner. Debbie’s goal is to create a heart centered sustainable practice doing what she loves: yoga therapy and music. Visit Debbie’s website at Heartworksyogatherapy.com.

Wakelyn Malitz is a graduate of Naropa University with a Master’s in Somatic Counseling Psychology/ Dance/Movement Therapy. As a Body Psychotherapist and a Dance/Movement Therapist it is her belief that through movement we as humans can arrive at the innate wholeness that lives within us all. Wakelyn has been a mover most of her life and values the inner strength that comes from accessing the body to move through uncomfortable and joyful times. Wakelyn utilizes, mindful movement, breath work, and expressive arts to support the human experience of connection and vitality! Her passion lies in supporting females in finding their true vibrancy!

Kifferie Corley graduated from St. Edwards University in Austin, TX with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and obtained an undergraduate degree in Visual Art from University of North Texas in Metalsmithing and Jewelry.  The arts have been a huge personal resource of exploration and healing in her life.  During her internship she worked at a Holistic Substance Abuse and Family Treatment Centers and pursued other holistic modalities to support her work as a therapist such as Acu Detox Specialist, Children’s Yoga Teacher and various trainings in trauma informed therapy.  Her belief is that through healthy attachment and supportive relationships, we can all attain wholeness. Weaving these modalities together allows us each the opportunity to explore our inner resources for repair and healing.  You can learn more about her at www.galvestonmarriageandfamilycounseling.com or www.bfreewellness.com.  Kifferie is currently working as a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern under the Supervision of Nancy Davis, LMFT-S, LPC-S on Galveston Island where she supports individuals and families in transitional aspects of life.

A big piece of the Central Texas Women’s Retreat is being in community with other women. A community offers camaraderie and also acts as a support system. With our society moving at a faster and more detached pace due to technology, busy schedules and changing jobs/homes/locations, it makes it harder to feel a sense of community.