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About Us

  • We are not presently taking residential guests.

  • You may contact us about individual wellness services or short-term retreats anywhere in the country.  

Amy Sotis

Nutritionist and Wellness Coordinator, CPR/AED/First Aid Certified, ServSafe Food Manager Certified, MC Nutrition, Liberty


Founder of Luminaries Retreat, LLC.  Amy wanted to combine a passion for cooking, exercise, love of the Saint Croix Valley, hospitality and Biblical teaching in a holistic program for true lifestyle change. She holds a masters certificate in nutrition degree from Liberty University.  She also holds a BS from Biola University in Business Administration, Marketing; with a minor in Biblical Studies.  Amy enjoys her family, competing in races & sprint triathlons

What is a luminary?


We chose the name Luminaries because luminary is the Latin word for light.  Jesus himself says that He is the "light of the world" and He also tells his people "you are the light of the world" (Matt 5:14).  So, we are lights in the world, but He is the ultimate Light in the world and as we follow Him, we get to shine His light wherever we go.  

Adjunct Instructors/Staff

Anne Sinclear-Prokop
  • Certified Group Fitness Instructor

  • Les Mills certifications

  • Teaches:  BodyPumpTM, BodyFlowTM

  • Hobbies: Hiking, Mountain Biking, SUP, Boating

Linda Shober
  • Certified Group Fitness Instructor

  • Les Mills & Beach Body certifications 

  • Teaches:  Bootcamp, InsanityTM, BodyPumpTM

  • Hobbies:  Trail Running, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Inventing Ways to Make People Sweat 

Jamey Sotis, M.D.
  • Board-certified family physician at local clinic/hospital full-time

  • Teaches seminars for Luminaries on health conditions impacted by obesity and inactivity

  • Outdoor recreation specialist

Connie Souder
  • Luminaries Marketing & Relationship Manager

  • Background in Counseling, Behavioral Therapy, Communications, Sales and Customer Relationships

  • Passion for healthy lifestyle habits with her husband Ned & grown children

Kristin Stephan
  • Wellness Support Group Leader & Program "success" story!

  • Married with 4 kids

  • Teaches:  Monday night class, misc events, seminar speaker, follow-up with guests

Jenn Lutz
  • Certified Health & Wellness Coach 

  • BIA (Biometric Impedance Analysis)are done by Jenn 

  • Regular Luminaries guest speaker on nutrition, metabolism, and body composition

Luminaries Retreat serves guests in a structured format to help our guests achieve their health and wellness goals.  We provide outdoor recreation, personal training and group fitness, nutrition coaching, body composition analysis, and soul-care.  


Outdoor Recreation options (subject to weather and availability):

  • Hike at Interstate Park/Potholes Trail in Taylors Falls, MN and Saint Croix Falls, WI

  • Beginner fitness and intensive weight loss

  • Canoe on a local lake

  • Kayak down the Saint Croix River

  • Road bike on safe, fast, hilly country roads

  • Fat-tire mountain bike on the Woolly Mountain Bike Trail in Saint Croix Falls

  • Bike or run (individual's choice) on the Gandy Dancer Trail in Saint Croix Falls, Centuria, or Luck

  • Hike/climb around Cascade Falls in Osceola, WI

  • Group Fitness classes and Body Weight Exercises in the retreat home led by certified fitness instructors

    • ​Body-weight bootcamp, HIT training, Tabata, Pilates-style low impact, or InsanityTM Beach Body


Relaxation is also a big part of our retreat...

If desired, massages can be arranged

Time for quiet and personal reflection/devotions

If desired, group prayer/worship/devotions can be arranged as well


And the only thing not included is your transportation to and from the retreat center

We are not a one-size-fits-all retreat business. We will work with you to book a retreat tailored around your specific desires such as beginner fitness, residential weight loss, one-on-one nutritional coaching, church/women's groups or training to increase athletic endeavors.  Just contact us!
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