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Jane Austen Weekend at the Heartland Spa

January, the month that is often associated with the post-holiday blues and the winter blahs is taking on a new face at the Heartland Spa.  We are offering our first “theme” weekend with special rates for the weekend of January 11-13, 2013.

One of the elements of stress release and relaxation our guests love is reading. We have noticed that our guests read everything from the latest best seller to the classics.  Jane Austen, the author of Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Emma definitely qualifies under classics.  The Regency Era continues to hold interest two hundred years later.  We will be celebrating her life and times throughout the weekend, in addition to our regular program of healthy eating, exercise and stress management information.  We will have a movie marathon of Jane’s classics, and some other surprises with an English flavor. 
As we are sponsoring this weekend, you need not feel like you are not part of a specific “group.”  Come alone, with a companion or bring friends to enjoy exercising your brain as well as your body, and escape the winter doldrums!

Our Special Presenter: Jo Mader

Jo and John MaderJo Mader currently lives in Noblesville, Indiana, with her husband, John and his dogs, Liam Dubh, an Irish Wolfhound and Lydia Bennet, a Labrador-Russian Terrier mix. Lydia was, indeed, named for the youngest Bennet daughter in Pride and Prejudice. Both Lydias are boy-crazy.

Jane Austen became an interest of both John and Jo about 7 years ago when they were spending a month on the Gulf Coast and the weather was lousy. They stayed inside and spent time viewing Austen movies, then got into the books. They’ve been hooked ever since.

Special Low Jane Austen Group Rate*

Rates start at $540.00 per person, double occupancy in a standard room, $755 per person, single occpancy in a standard room so call for your reservation today!   Manor Room Rates are $560.00.  Our Trip Protection is only $25.00 additional, that will protect your booking in case of emergency.

Not a Jane Austen fan?  Join us anyway, and take part in these low rates.  You can ignore any part of the program you are not interested in!

Call 800 545-4853 now
to book your special Jane Austen Weekend

*Special group rate may not be combined with other coupons, promotions or special offers


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Jo has worked in marketing for a variety of financial services institutions. She’s taught a variety of material as a training manager for a regional bank. Her degrees include a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio Dominican University and a Master’s in Liberal Studies from Indiana University. Most recently, she serves as an adjunct professor of business writing in the Master of Business Administration degree program at Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio.

From The Brighton Pavilion to the Manor House;
Entertaining in the Regency Period

In 1811, when George, the Prince of Wales, became the Prince Regent because of the illness of his father, King George III, the Regent set about establishing a lavish lifestyle that was mimicked by many of his subjects. In her books, Jane Austen, the most able social commentator of the day, gave us the details of the landed gentry’s attempts to replicate the social life in London and Brighton.

Our presentation will begin with a look at party menu from the Regent’s home by the sea in Brighton, and consider the difficulties in preparing large quantities of food to serve guests. We’ll look at how time was understood differently during this period and how that affected a hostess’s choices when entertaining. Among her considerations was the concept of serving in “Courses.” A party at Pemberley, home of Fitzwilliam Darcy and his wife, the former Elizabeth Bennet, will provide an opportunity to compare the execution of the Regency style in the country as opposed to the Regent’s party by the sea. Our final consideration will be how the menu for a modern dinner party would compare to the Regency menus. We will discover that the lack of knowledge of balanced eating practices and the health implications of diet accounted for many of the medical issues experienced by our ancestors.