Join us for our Spring Nurture Retreat this May 3rd – 5th!JOIN THE WAITLIST
At Nurture, we intentionally partner with people whose unique expression of creative talent influences, inspires and informs their life: as a business owner and in their own personal and professional development. We’re inspired by YOU, your creativity, and the way you see the world and would love to consider you for our team!
Nurture is magic. The community that is built through the friendships forged over this soulful weekend of creativity, sensuality, good food and warm togetherness is potent. Nurture inspires a delicious ripple effect beyond any networking opportunity we’ve found out there. It’s also literally delicious, as shared decadent harvest table meals provide the foundation for our connection.
One of our past facilitators, Kathryn Bondy, put it this way: “I think what stands out about being a facilitator is the bonds you form – for sure with the attendees, but so strongly with the other team members: you get a deep sense of shared fate. It feels fated that you meet and connect and grow together personally and professionally once the retreat is over.“
Each cohort of facilitators is specially curated to encourage connection and cross-pollination of your unique blend of talents and personalities. We think you’d flourish here!
At Nurture, we seek to explore creativity as alchemy. We believe deeply in the nourishment provided by working with our hands and our hearts to make something beautiful. Through a collaborative workshop design process with Nurture founder Sonja Seiler, workshop facilitators build a two-hour hands-on workshop to share the metaphors and life lessons they’ve learned through their tangible craft. Nurture workshops are less about the materials or skills we’re working with, and more about YOU and how you create and see the world through your tangible craft. Together, we explore your unique creative process and observe how it can reflect our inner selves back to us and help us see things in a new way. Through the act of creating something with our hands using your preferred medium, we hold space for our light and our darkness, our struggles and our triumphs. We delve into how we can intentionally work with and through the reality of the full spectrum of emotions and experiences life offers. We also have a ton of light-hearted, playful fun!
We’ve gotten recent feedback that Nurture attendees resonated most with our hands-on workshops where the tangible craft element is also the core creative practice of the person facilitating the workshop.
What we mean: A person who is a professional in their craft, ie: ceramicist working with clay, florist working with flowers, fibre artist working with fabric, etc.
What we don’t mean: A person who wants to explore their area of professional expertise with a craft they are not a professional in, ie: a therapist who wants to talk about how collage helps with self expression, or someone for whom their craft is solely a hobby.
In response to this feedback, tangible mediums will be our focus for Nurture workshops going forward. We will be moving away from featuring more intangible topics (even if those teachings feature a creative component). Much as we love exploring these topics in our lives and enjoyed featuring them in past retreats, we have found they are not the best fit for the workshops at Nurture.
There is something powerful about bringing a group of thoughtful, open, and curious people together and seeing things bloom. Everything was magical, from the energy of the people, the grounds, the nourishing and scrumptious food, the intentional time we made for ourselves and those with us on the retreat. The workshops were varied and provided time to get introspective, share and play with creativity and just be in the moment. As a facilitator, I felt taken care of and supported the whole way through. From the trust, freedom, and compassion throughout the planning stages to the retreat itself and upon return and acclimatization “back to reality” after such an amazing weekend. You have created a very potent potion. I felt hugged the whole way through
“I was so honoured to lead a calligraphy workshop where I was able to share my passion for this art form and spark an interest in others. Everything about this weekend has a tremendous amount of care and thought behind it: from the colourful, beautiful meals to the personalized, welcome care packages. So often in our busy lives we forget to take time out to simply play and learn new things. This weekend reminded me of the importance of play, especially in community with other women. Perhaps the most surprising thing was that I came away from the weekend with a bunch of new friends who I still keep in touch with. Sometimes we just need a little nudge to remember our creativity, and the sense of joy and healing that comes from exploring it. Nurture is that nudge.”