Here's the thing: you need time to work on your business, not just in it.

Have you been missing any of these ingredients lately?


Strategic thinking to help you break through your limiting beliefs & strategize about your next best steps


Dedicated, structured time set aside for you to work on projects to grow your business


Inspiring conversations with fellow entrepreneurs, to give you a boost on your way to your goals

Does any of this ring a bell for you?

✅  You're not making time to work on the projects that will really move the needle for your business

✅  You keep getting distracted by the news cycle, the latest pandemic numbers, and the stresses of everyday home life

✅  Your side hustle has become "the IKEA ball pit of dropped balls", as one client put it

✅  You feel totally overwhelmed and don't know how to prioritize your workload

✅  With all the uncertainty in the world, you aren't sure of what your next steps should be

I hear you. And I want to help. ⬇️

What We're Aiming For Here →

Picture yourself in July, walking away from this retreat...

😎 Feeling more confident that you are making a difference in the world

⚡️ Having a boost in motivation to get back to investing in growing your business

💡Clearly knowing your message and feeling more empowered to share your gifts

❤️ More connected to like-minded entrepreneurs who share your values & cheer you on

💰Having created or tweaked an offering that will bring in more income for your business

😅 With the satisfaction of knowing that you just did more for your biz in one weekend than in the past few months combined

Let's do this! →

Retreats changed my life.

A few years ago, I started attending retreats for the first time: first to Nurture, and later on DIY retreats that I organized with my friends a few times a year. The first few times I went, I'd feel guilty about taking time off from work and worried about "wasting" time when I had so many looming deadlines and urgent requests. I felt like I couldn't afford to take a step back from my business long enough to examine it more clearly.

Turns out, I couldn't afford not to take a step back from my business. Each and every time I've gone on a retreat, I've experienced enormous shifts in my perspective, my offerings, my habits and my practices. It sounds dramatic, I know! But if anything, it's an understatement of how I really feel. There is truly nothing like focused, dedicated, compassionate time & attention to create massive change in our lives. And when you throw a handful of thoughtful, creative people into the mix? The game is changed.

I first hosted this retreat in early 2020, because I believe that creating this kind of space in our lives is essential. I believe in the power of togetherness and have seen the shifts that happen when we're witnessed & supported by our peers. I want to bring together interesting people, give them space to grow, and watch the magic happen. All of that still feels completely relevant, even if we can't meet in person this year! But having run four virtual retreats already during this pandemic, I promise you that an online experience can be just as potent. 

PS. If this particular retreat is not for you, I encourage you to create one of your own! All my best tips for setting up a DIY retreat, right this way

Melissa Condotta - The Foundery Retreat

This retreat was a time-out for me: a place where I could focus on my business without having to be at my business and without worrying about the day-to-day. I was able to work out the kinks with the help of other entrepreneurs, all while being nourished and taken care of.

I loved all the sharing of our thoughts, visions, ideas, advice, stories, everything. And I loved taking action and putting ideas into place during the retreat itself.

Mel Condotta | Sunday's Company



What's Included

All retreat packages will include the following:

Group Strategy Sessions

Structured strategy sessions with the other retreat members

Before & After Group Calls

Group calls to get to know one another before the retreat, and to provide accountability in the weeks afterwards

Retreat Care Package

A little care package to help you make your at-home retreat experience as special as possible

Productivity Parties

Specific time set aside for focused work as a group to get through your to-do list

Bespoke Menu

A custom menu and grocery list provided by Sonja Seiler of Nurture Retreats, with dietary restrictions accommodated

The Profoundery Membership

At least one month of membership to The Profoundery to continue your retreat journey beyond the weekend!

The Foundery Retreat: Online

July 16 - 18, 2021

Online business retreat + custom menu design

An online business retreat designed to support you in gaining clarity, creating momentum, and connecting with like-minded creative business owners while being supported by a fresh, seasonal menu of delicious meals.

Upgrade Your Retreat

Designed to support you before, during, and after the retreat, the Upgrade Package is perfect for the entrepreneur who wants more personalized attention at The Foundery Retreat.

The Upgrade Package will include all of the above, plus:

1:1 Individual Strategy Session

Get hands-on help during the retreat itself in a private, custom strategy session

($200 value)

Two Individual 1:1 Calls

Connect with me individually before and after the retreat to get customized suggestions & specific accountability

(combined $250 value)

The Profoundery

Get even more support before & after your retreat experience with two additional months of membership to The Profoundery

($297 total value)

There are a maximum of three Upgrade Package spots available. Save your spot →

Your Bespoke Retreat Menu

As I was designing this retreat, I wanted to find a way to infuse a virtual experience with just a little bit more magic. What better way to do that than through the food? 

As part of your ticket to The Foundery Retreat, you will receive a bespoke menu, including recipes and a grocery list, designed by Sonja Seiler of Nurture. It's not mandatory to follow this menu during the retreat, but we strongly encourage you to do so! We promise it will be simple to create, delicious to eat, and even more fun to share with one another.

Sonja is passionate about working with food as a tool for storytelling. Everything Nurture creates will be designed to support our work together, nourish your body and soul, and create a deeper sense of connection between us during the retreat.

Nurture menus are vegetarian – inspired by a whole foods, seasonal approach featuring local, organic produce. All allergies and food sensitivities will be accommodated in the menu, or alternatives will be suggested.

Food photos by Katie Benfey Photography

How It Works

Before the retreat, you'll receive a full retreat menu featuring a full grocery list and recipes to help you prepare to feel nourished & supported throughout the weekend. Most of these recipes can be prepared in advance, so that you can focus on your work during the weekend itself!

Here's what to expect during the retreat:

✔ Full retreat menu guidebook

✔ All dietary restrictions fully accommodated

✔ One custom-designed recipe based on YOU!

✔ Group cooking class with Sonja on Saturday July 17th

✔ Sharing photos of our creations throughout the weekend

✔ Nourishing, easy-to-prepare meals to support you




How many spots are there at the retreat?

There are five spots available! There are a maximum of three Upgrade Packages available within those spots.

Is the retreat limited to people who have taken part in The Foundery?

Nope! It shares the same name as my group program because we'll be using the same format we use in our group strategy sessions. Also, the name "foundery" is meant to represent forging stronger business connections, which applies just as much at a retreat as it does in the program!

What if someone uses my business ideas or shares my private information?

The very practical answer is that everyone who attends The Foundery Retreat (including myself) will sign a non-disclosure agreement that pertains to what we discuss in our sessions. But the real answer is that every person who joins The Foundery will be someone who believes that collaboration is more important than competition and understands that there is enough to go around. Also, each entrepreneur's business will likely be so different from yours that borrowing similar techniques or ideas would never take away from what you're doing.

How long is the retreat?

The retreat will run from late afternoon on Friday, July 16th to mid-afternoon on Sunday, July 18th.

What will happen in the group sessions?

Each attendee will get time in the "hot seat" to bring a big topic to the group and get feedback, ideas and suggestions. If there's an offering you've been dreaming about, or a goal you're scared to name, our group sessions will be an awesome opportunity to voice it! This is where the magic happens. You'll also learn so much from the other attendees' hot seats!

How will the retreat take place?

All retreat sessions will happen a private Zoom meeting room.

Is this only for people who live in Toronto & the GTA?

Nope! That's the beauty of a virtual retreat: it can be accessible to you no matter where on earth you live! That said, please be mindful of any time differences you may encounter when registering as the retreat will be offered in Eastern Standard Time.

I'm not an entrepreneur, can I still take part?

This is primarily designed to be a working retreat for entrepreneurs to work on their businesses. If you don't have a business you'd be working on, please get in touch first to see whether this retreat would be a good fit for you!

I'm dairy/gluten/nut-free, will the menu still work for me?

Yes! Sonja is devoted to making food that everyone can eat and enjoy. Just tell us your restrictions when you register and she'll be sure to include alternatives to suit you in the menu design.

What should I do to prepare?

You'll get way more information by email before the retreat, but here are some essentials of things to have on hand: your computer, a notebook (or multiple), cozy clothes, a good book, your favourite pens, all the coloured markers, your fave tarot or oracle deck.

Why is this retreat called The Foundery?

This is another Sonja Seiler original! A foundry is a place where metal is forged, and we loved the idea that The Foundery Retreat could be a place where stronger, better businesses and authentic connections could be forged!

A beautifully intentional and intensive experience, where you can dive deep into your business and to receive focused support from a group of kindred business owners.

A space to breathe, dream, create and step into embodying the next version of your business.

Amber Ellis | Creating Light Studio



Ready to retreat with us?

Choose your package below to join us July 16-18, 2021.

Basic Package

✔ Pre-retreat group call

✔ Full retreat attendance

✔ Individual hot seat time

✔ Group strategy sessions & coworking

✔ Custom Nurture menu design

✔ Retreat welcome package

✔ Group follow-up call

✔ One-month membership to The Profoundery (a $99 value)

Or click here to pay in full

Upgrade Package

✔ Pre-retreat group call

✔ Full retreat attendance

✔ Individual hot seat time

✔ Group strategy sessions & coworking time

✔ Custom Nurture menu design

✔ Retreat welcome package

✔ Group follow-up call

PLUS $700+ in additional value:

✔ Pre-retreat 1:1 strategy call (a $125 value)

✔ Individual 1:1 Strategy Session during the retreat (a $200 value)

✔ Post-retreat 1:1 follow-up call (a $125 value)

✔ Three months' membership to The Profoundery (a $297 value)

Or click here to pay in full

🎉 Bonus Offer: FREE 3-month Membership to The Profoundery 🎉

From November 11-20 only, I'm also offering a bonus 3-month Profoundery membership to all retreat attendees!

For those purchasing the Upgrade Package, that means 6 whole months of community support & coaching to compliment your retreat experience. For those purchasing the Regular Package, you'll receive three bonus months to use the community forums & coaching calls to get ready for your retreat, or to get additional support and accountability with your goals afterwards!

This bonus is a $296 value, but totally priceless in terms of how it might help you keep your momentum going after the retreat.

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The Foundery Retreat was exactly what I needed to kick off my business in 2021! Steph's leadership and support is unlike anything I've ever experienced.

Her retreat helped me to narrow down my focus, strategize with like-minded business owners, and it got me to sit down and do the things that I've been putting off! The environment was so supportive and I really felt like I could show up as I was, without any pressure. It was a wonderful weekend where I felt inspired to be my best self and I'm pretty sure I got what I would have accomplished in one month done in a weekend!

Cynthia Arscott | Goldminds