WOMEN & ...

Women & ....

At La Cantera Resort & Spa

The Women & … Series was conceived by La Cantera Resort & Spa’s General Manager, Camila Federico to spotlight incredible women in the art, wellness, music, fashion, and sports communities that are making a difference and impacting others. These quarterly programs will be open to the public with a give back component to a local charity and will enrich the guest experience of this award-winning destination.


Women & Wellness: An Afternoon of Inspiration and Empowerment

Join us for an unforgettable afternoon as we unpack the very complex topic of mental health. We’ll learn why holding on to emotional baggage from our past causes mental instability in our future. Science tells us that 80% of all disease is stress related. Learn to let go of what no longer serves you, and hear from two extraordinary women in La Cantera Resort & Spa’s first ever thought-provoking and inspiring series dedicated to women empowerment and self care. 

Our special guest speaker, Joan Childs, a renowned author and wellness expert, will share her profound insights on the mind-body connection and the transformative power of self-care. 

Moderated by Nancy Cheak-Zamora, MA, PhD, a distinguished professor of public health at UTSA, this engaging event promises to be an enlightening and empowering experience. Joan’s captivating lecture, followed by an interactive Q&A session, will leave you feeling inspired and equipped to make positive changes in your life.

Enjoy delicious lite bites and refreshing bubbles, creating a convivial atmosphere that fosters connection and community. A portion of the ticket proceeds will be donated to UTSA Public Health & Community, supporting their efforts to promote health equity and well-being in our communities.

Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to learn from and connect with inspiring women leaders in the field of wellness. Join us for an afternoon that will ignite your passion, empower your mind, and leave a lasting impact on your journey toward a healthier, more fulfilling life.


  • Lecture-style presentation with an interactive Q&A session
  • Lite bites and bubbles will be served
  • Networking opportunities

May 9th | 4PM-5PM | La Cantera Resort & Spa, La Sierra (Located in SweetFire Kitchen) |
$20, with a portion of proceeds benefiting UTSA Public Health & Community

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Joan Childs - Certified Therapeutic Life Coach in Florida

 Joan E. Childs, LCSW, has been in private practice since 1978.  She is a Clinical Social Worker specializing in couple’s therapy, known as ENCOUNTER-CENTERED COUPLES THERAPY. Joan completed a three-year master class sponsored by Hedy Schleifer in April 2014. Encounter-centered Couples Therapy weaves together the work of John Bradshaw, Imago Therapy, Neuro-biology and the philosopher Marin Buber.  This innovative technology takes couples through a profound transformational experience that cleanses the relational space where the couple and their children live and grow.  (See web page: www.joanechilds.com)

In addition, she is an expert in Codependency, Inner Child Work, and Second Stage Recovery.  Joan is certified in many modalities including NLP, (neuro-linguistic programming), EMDR, (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), Supervision, Hypnosis, PAIRS, (Practical Applications for Intimate Relationship Skills), Mediation and Grief and Trauma Counseling. Joan was the first affiliate of the John Bradshaw Center in the United States and has appeared on many national television shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Joan provides lectures, workshops and seminars dedicated to her profession of mental health and women’s issues. 

Ms. Childs is the author of THE MYTH OF THE MAIDEN: On Being a Woman (1995), WHY DID SHE JUMP? My Daughter’s Battle with Bipolar Disorder released in June 2014, both published by Health Communications, Inc.  Her most recent book published by Frederick Fell Publishers is I HATE THE MAN I LOVE: A Conscious Relationship is Your Key to Success that is presently being revised with Koehler Publishing Company with a new title and updated material.  DO YOU HATE THE ONE YOU LOVE? Strategies for Healing and Saving Your Relationship to be released in January or February 2025.

Joan had her own television series, SOLUTIONS, dedicated to the memory of her daughter, Pam, which offers information and resources for anyone suffering from mental and mood disorders.  She is the founder of the PAMELA ANNE GLASSMAN EDUCATIONAL CENTER, in cooperation with the MENTAL HEALTH CENTER OF SOUTHEAST FLORIDA.

Joan lives and practices in Hollywood, Florida.

Dr. Nancy Cheak-Zamora - Professor and chair for the Department of Public Health at UTSA

Dr. Nancy Cheak-Zamora has over 20 years of experience working to improve quality and access of healthcare services. She has advanced degrees in Health Psychology and Public Health. Her area of expertise centers around improving care and independences of youth with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. Her research on Health Care Transition (HCT) for autistic youth is the first in the field and has led to improvements in healthcare delivery as well as inspired further research in this area. She is committed to improving the quality of care for children and youth with special healthcare needs, both mentally and physically. She has advanced degrees in Health Psychology and Public Health. When not working you can find Nancy her two boys, 10 and 12 years old, to soccer or football practice or reading a book on her porch.


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