The Slowpreneur Retreat

Time to work on your business, not just in it.

When you’re full steam ahead running your business, it can be so hard to slow down & be proactive. To pause long enough to ask yourself the really important questions, or figure out better ways of managing your workload. It’s not easy, but it is important.

So if you’re craving a new way of living & working, this is your invitation to take a time-out from your business and figure out what the next chapter looks like. Do you need better systems to support you? Do you want to move in a whole new direction? Are you bogged down daily with annoying problems that need fixing?  Together, let’s slow down, turn inwards, recalibrate and find the answers that are right for you. 🙏🏼

The Slowpreneur Retreat is a perfect place for you to take a deep breath as you figure out what comes next. We don’t have a crystal ball (sorry!) but we do have personalized support, new friends, a peaceful place to work, and a whole lot of amazing food to nourish you body & soul as you rest and reset.

This retreat is small: just four entrepreneurs, plus Sonja & I. We’ve built in lots of time for connection, rest, and gentle structure to help you take those next steps, and we’ll do it together while surrounded by nature. 

Our next retreat is happening Spring 2024. Want to join us? ⬇️

The Slowpreneur Retreat

At the retreat, we’ll be focusing on three things that I think every entrepreneur needs to have a successful & sustainable business:


To get where you’re going, you need a map. Through group strategy sessions, we’ll figure out the big picture vision of the strategy you need, whether that’s in your business model or your marketing plan.


There is at least one system out there that would save you time, money, and energy that you haven’t implemented yet. We’ll figure out what it is, and then actually set it up together over the weekend.


The retreat itself will support you to check in with yourself, follow your intuition, and let yourself be guided and nourished. Practicing this at the retreat will create ripple effects when you’re back home.
By the end of the retreat, you’ll have clear next steps, a brand new supportive system, tons of inspiration, and a full heart.

(And probably a bunch of new recipe ideas too, let’s be honest.)

This is where the magic happens. ✨

When thoughtful, creative people gather, good things happen. Every element of this retreat has been designed to promote thoughtful connection: to yourself, to your business, and to others.

We’ll work, we’ll play, we’ll rest, we’ll eat. We’ll take tangible steps in our businesses while surrounded by good vibes and good people. Join us!

So, does this sound like you? ➡️

⏰ You want some peaceful downtime to work on your business instead of in it

🧭 You’re looking for guidance & inspiration as you figure out your next right steps

📣 You’re ready to show up & be seen and share your gifts with the world

👩🏻‍💻 You want some dedicated time to set up better systems & processes

❤️ You want to make genuine connections with thoughtful entrepreneurs 

🥘 You want to be nourished by delicious food designed to support your best work


My time at the Slowpreneur Retreat was invaluable! As a mom who has less time to pour into my work, it was an incredible opportunity to dive deep and spend uninterrupted TIME in my business and with my own being. Space to breathe, space to create, space to be with others. To dream, to work through the sticky bits, and to be cheered on in the most supportive of ways.

Steph has a brilliant mind that directly compliments my creative intuitive flow. Bringing calm structure to the chaos I was feeling in my mind and life. I went in with a vision of what I wanted out of this weekend, and I can safely say that came out with exactly that and so much more. I came back to my business refreshed, invigorated, and with tools and a potent clarity that I couldn’t have found on my own. Leaving this experience feeling SO FULL…. in all the ways (did I mention the food?!?). So incredibly nourishing, from start to finish.

Amber Ellis | Creating Light Studio

About Me

Hi, I’m Steph, and I’m a self-proclaimed slowpreneur

Throughout the years that I’ve been running my business, I’ve gone through my fair share of chaotic seasons, chronic overwhelm and business burnout. It’s not easy to be an entrepreneur, because it’s not easy to be a human: there are always new challenges to overcome in both our personal & professional lives.

Recently, I’ve become fascinated with the idea of slowpreneurship: exploring how we can build a business that supports us as much as it supports others, and feels intentional both inside & out. I’ve started a podcast to document my evolving philosophies, which you can listen to right here.

This retreat incorporates everything I’ve learned on my journey so far. Contrary to most business retreats, this one leads with prioritizing human connection, practicing self-compassion, and creating a sustainable pace.

Where We’ll Gather

Sage Haven Cottage | Emsdale, Ontario
This beautiful lakefront cottage is about 2.5 hours’ drive from Toronto, located on peaceful Bay Lake. Each bedroom is private and cozy, and offers lake or forest views. We’ll gather in the Muskoka Room for our strategy sessions, eat at the harvest table just off the large kitchen, and cowork in the spacious greatroom. In your spare time, you’re free to explore the property, take out a kayak, cozy up by the fireplace, or sit on the dock and watch the water. 

What’s Included

Strategy Sessions

Group sessions designed to get you unstuck & get clear on your next right steps. 

Ask Me Anything

I’m always nearby to give you a hand with anything you get stuck on or provide hands-on support.

Systems Setup

We’ll pick one system that your business needs right now, and work together to set it up.

Quiet Coworking

Gentle structure to get work done in a peaceful, beautiful, natural environment.

Delicious Meals

Nourishment & delight provided by Nurture to inspire you & fuel your best work.

Mindful Connection

You’ll deeply connect through thoughtful conversation prompts & cozy candlelit meals.

Restful Time

You’re free to use your free time to read, explore, connect, play, or just be in a beautiful place.

Personalized Gift

It’s a retreat tradition that each attendee gets a hand-picked book & other assorted treats.

What We’ll Eat

Nourishment by Nurture

For us, the food is as important to the retreat experience as the work itself. Every meal is custom-designed by Sonja of Nurture to accommodate your dietary needs, fuel your brain, and support your soul in doing your best work. The food throughout the retreat is thoughtful, intentional, and beautiful. It is one of the important elements of self-care that we build in to the retreat to remind you to slow down and eat well, even when you go back home.

All retreat packages include:

Accommodation for 4 days & 3 nights at a private lakefront cottage  · All meals & snacks by Nurture  · Pre-retreat group call & post-retreat follow-up call  ·
Personalized group strategy sessions
 · 1:1 systems implementation support  ·  Group Productivity Parties · Retreat welcome gift  

The Lower Bedroom

✔ Private room with Queen bed

✔ Private bathroom & living room on walkout lower level with lake views

The Forest Bedroom

✔  Private room with Queen bed

✔  Shared bathroom on main level with forest views

The Primary Bedroom

✔ Private room with Queen bed

✔ Ensuite private bathroom on main level & forest views

The Deck Bedroom

✔ Private room with King bed

✔ Shared bathroom & private lakeview deck on main level

Join the Waitlist 💌

Our next retreat is happening Spring 2024. Sign up below to be the first to hear when registrations open. 


How many spots are there at the retreat?

There are four spots available! You’ll each have your own private bedroom, two with a private  ensuite and two with a shared bathroom. 

I’m dairy/gluten/nut-free, can I still come?

Of course! Sonja is devoted to making food that everyone can eat and enjoy. Just tell us your dietary restrictions when you choose your room & we’ll take care of the rest.

What happens in the group strategy sessions?

Each attendee will get time in the “spotlight” to bring a topic to the group and get personalized feedback, ideas and suggestions. 

How long is the retreat?

The retreat will run from mid-afternoon on Thursday to mid-afternoon on Sunday.

Is this venue accessible?

There are four steps up from the driveway to the main house (see photo). From there, three of the four bedrooms, the kitchen & dining rooms, and all other main retreat areas are all on the same level. There are steps down to the lake and firepit. If you have accessibility requirements, please email me to confirm details before registering.


A really productive weekend, but not in a hustle-y way. 

It was nourishing in food and connection. We had free time to do what we wanted, like jump in the lake or go for a long walk, strategy sessions to get perspective on our business hurdles, and focused time to work on projects we never seem to have the time to do.

On top of it all I felt super rested, had leftovers to take home, and now, a handful of new friends. For a weekend that is all about slowing down, we sure did a lot…but I don’t feel exhausted, I feel calm, cool, and collected.

Rachel Kelly | Make Lemonade

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