Registration is open for our Spring Nurture Retreat this May 3rd – 5th! 

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THE NURTURE RETREAT

Three days and two nights full of hands-on creative workshops, sumptuous seasonal meals and time to connect with yourself.

Nurture is a soft place to land. A community that has your back. A weekend of creative nourishment and tending for entrepreneurs, leaders and caregivers.

Settle in and get cozy while you read about what’s in store at Nurture this Spring!

WHAT IS NURTURE, EXACTLY?

Nurture is magic. It’s the rich mystery of “it’s hard to describe until you’ve been there” meets the abundance of “greater than the sum of its parts.” It’s a three day sanctuary of personal, creative restoration and inspiration where you feast on good food with great people and are reminded of the sound of your own soul.

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YOU'RE AMONG FRIENDS HERE IF

ME TOO

Hello, dear friend. I’m Sonja. For me, being a human on this planet, much less one who runs a business, has only ever gotten easier when I added good company, good food and a good sense of humour.

I started Nurture in 2015 out of an inner invitation to prioritize my own creative practice and that decision changed my life profoundly. It provided me a way through my sticky and unmet parts to a place of deep self regard, inspired creativity and clear purpose: I am on this planet to feed and connect people while unapologetically being myself. I want to facilitate a safe space to explore your own clarity of purpose and you-ness, too.

I love creating spaces to feed you on your journey as much as I love butter and chickens (which is A LOT). I’ve curated an incredible team of kindred spirits to help me feed you on other levels, whom have found both purpose and solace in their own creative practices and intuitive rituals.

We’ve put our hearts and souls into every detail of this retreat for you.

“A weekend woven together like a tapestry of engagement and stillness. The ambiance is that of a warm, welcoming embrace and meets you exactly where and how you are. Seemingly an event conspired by the universe to bring the right people together, in the right place, for the right conversations, the right explorations and the right revelations. A breath of fresh air. Curiosity, vulnerability and love. All of this married with mind blowing food that will fill the hungriest parts of your soul.”

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WHAT IF YOU FELT YOUR CREATIVE SELF STIRRING AGAIN?

What if you found a space where you can really hear yourself and get some answers, or, more importantly, ask the right questions?

Imagine…You’ve signed up for Nurture, and you’re packing your bag and your heart for:

NURTURE IS FOR YOU IF …

Here's how some of our past attendees describe it:

Palak, Nurture Fall 2018

“I would say you just have to experience it. But to describe it – it’s a weekend that will allow you to re-connect with yourself and what matters. You’ll discover (and re-discover) parts of you that were buried away, and open up to connection and creativity in ways you might not know you could. The whole weekend felt like a much needed hug – all wrapped up in warmth and love. It’s exactly what I needed and hope I can bring some of the magic of it to my everyday life.”

Katie, Nurture Spring 2019

“It was exactly the balm I needed for the sore, burnt out edges of me; it was taking a breath and realizing it’s okay to put myself first.”

Nicole, Nurture Fall 2022

“This was one of the most special weekends in my life. It spoke my love language through and through. I left feeling so filled up, nourished, nurtured, honoured and deeply ‘considered’. The seemingly endless stream of thoughtful details and efforts. The time away, the unique and surprisingly delightful range of workshops. Just knowing that there are people out there with a similar love of connection, of creating and appreciating thoughtful details, and of sharing their unique offering to the world.”

NUTURE IS NOT FOR YOU IF ...

Set in a rambling, 1930s farmhouse on a cliffside overlooking Lake Simcoe. Accommodations are simple and cozy, with vintage quilts adorning the beds, and clawfoot baths to soak in (there is also access to a shower, if you prefer). A bright, open sunroom space features a long harvest table where we’ll gather for workshops and sumptuous meals, with windows that look out onto the gorgeous lake view from 3 sides. The property features stunning flower and rock gardens, with walking paths and sweet nooks, swings and benches to retreat to. Stairs lead down to the lake, with dock seating, while a forest path leads to a full-size labyrinth nestled amongst the pines.

ACCESSIBILITY NOTES: The first floor of the main retreat house is wheelchair accessible, with one bathroom on the same level (with walk in shower). An additional first floor bathroom (with walk in shower) is one small step up. There are two bedrooms on the main level (1 Lush, 1 Cozy) and three (Cozy) on the level with one small step. Accessibility needs can be communicated at checkout and expanded upon in our attendee intake form so that we can follow up with you to ensure you will be comfortable. If you have questions in advance of checking out, please don’t hesitate to contact us at connect@nurtureretreats.com.

At Nurture, the food is a notable highlight – it’s what we are known for. From the ingredients to the styling and presentation, everything is custom-designed to best support and nourish you, the story of our retreat, and the work we are doing together. Nurture menus are vegetable-forward – inspired by a whole foods, seasonal approach featuring local, organic produce. Intentionality and organic sensuality shine through in all of the dishes. Everyone feels welcome and included, as allergies and food sensitivities are fully accommodated.

Breakfasts and Lunch are build-your-own from a smorgasbord of delightful, nourishing offerings that you can enjoy anywhere you like – the table; a hammock; your room; picnic-style on the lawn. Dinner on Saturday and brunch on Sunday are sumptuous communal meals, at the gorgeously-styled harvest table featuring a family-style feast of platters heaped with sensual, seasonal bounty. We also have our Nurture SnasketTM – a basket full of snacks for you to graze on or indulge in should you feel peckish between meals.

YOUR CREATIVE SUPPORT TEAM

FOUNDER – SONJA SEILER (she/her)

Sonja Seiler (@nurtureretreats), founder of Nurture will be enlisting the help of seasonal produce to bring us a memorable menu you won’t be able to stop thinking about.

In her own words: “Hi, I’m Sonja and I can’t wait to feed you! I’ve always enjoyed feeding a crowd, but catering never felt like the right term. Instead, I consider myself a ‘food storyteller’. To me, food carries the ability to connect, to inspire and to create and reignite memories. Cooking and eating well, especially together, is a deep form of nurturing that often gets overlooked. 

My food and my approach in the kitchen is less ‘chef’ and more ‘kitchen witch’ –  it is my biggest delight when you walk into the dining room at Nurture and your eyes light up at the feast of options before you! Each meal is a love letter, an invitation to awaken your creative impulses and a nutritiously delicious spell that hopefully has you feeling well fed, on every level.

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CREATIVE PRODUCER – STEPHANIE PELLETT (she/her)

Stephanie (@stephpellett) is a magical being, who will be assisting with all aspects of the retreat to make sure you are comfortable and happy.

In her own words: “Hi, I’m Stephanie. Aside from intentionally infusing all Nurture systems and retreat logistics with love, I am a creative business coach and educator. My goal is to make your business more sustainable, more expansive, and ultimately more FUN for you by streamlining your systems, supporting your business strategy, and helping you prioritize your self-care.

I am the creator of The Profoundery, an online business community full of accountability, resources & connection for thoughtful, values-based entrepreneurs. I’ve enjoyed hosting on Learn With Shopify and have taught classes in partnership with Creative Mornings and Make Lemonade. My podcast, Slowpreneur: Business without the Busy, aims to spark conversations about new ways of living and working that support and honour our humanity. In my spare time, you can find me reading romance novels and spending with my puppy (preferably simultaneously).”

RETREAT PHOTOGRAPHER – JENNY JAY (she/her)

Jenny Jay (@justaskjenny) of The Double Jay Collective will be gorgeously capturing the beauty and the essence of our weekend with her camera and her gentle-yet-discerning storytelling eye.

In her own words: “Hi, I’m Jenny and just like you, I’ve been on a long journey of learning, seeking education, and growing to be a better person each and every day.

As a storyteller and creator, all of my education over the last 6 years has become integral to the content that I write, create, and share. Add that to my lived experiences as a South Asian woman with experiences with in/visible disability, living unhoused and without financial security, and existing in my other identities, I recognize the difference it makes when stories are shared in a way that recognizes you and validates your experiences. 

Together, I truly believe we can make spaces — online, in our media, in our conversations, and in our businesses, that are spaces for change. 

Because now more than ever, this is important.”

Nurture workshops explore creativity as alchemy. You’ll experience a window into the creative practices of a collection of artists from varied disciplines, specifically chosen because their art form infuses their lives with a framework of meaning. While each of the workshops will provide you with the basic skills needed for each offering and a tangible takeaway, you will be immersed in the act of creation as a way IN to your own Self. Your workshop facilitators will guide you on this journey of working with a variety of materials that have spoken to them, so that you can be inspired, ignite any areas of stagnancy, and learn about your own creativity through the lens of a creative pursuit from a facilitator who lives and breathes it.

“These were such unique workshops. None of the workshops were about “the thing” i.e. sewing, they were about a much deeper lesson, that “the thing” simply facilitated. I appreciated that they were structured to help you come to your own answers… it wasn’t about telling you what to do or how to think. It was also a fascinating look into how the facilitators approached their craft. I felt like we got to watch them nerd out and create workshops they were passionate about, but perhaps couldn’t run elsewhere, and that was really cool. I was also entirely overwhelmed by how thoughtful all the facilitators were, and how much they thought about how our experience would extend beyond the workshops. I don’t know how to put words to it, but what we learned in each will truly change how we show up in our lives.”

Rachel Kelly

WORKSHOP - IN FULL BLOOM

Facilitated by: Rachel Kelly (she/her), floral artist and founder of Make Lemonade

Found at: @makelemonadeco

Working with: Fresh and foraged florals and a little bit of magic!

In her own words: “Hello sunshine! I’m Rachel, a motorcycle ridin’, community-buildin’, florist in Toronto.

Like a lot of small business owners, my journey isn’t linear, but what makes me stand out is my eternal optimism and passion for colour. From the opening (and closing) of my coworking office, crafting email magic, to whipping up unique floral creations, good design is at the heart of everything I do.

I had an epiphany in the midst of the pandemic: my dreams were bigger than the work I was doing on my laptop, so I went after ‘em.

With a degree in fine arts, a sharp set of snips, and an eye for design, I jumped at the opportunity to go to Toronto Flower School to scratch an itch. The itch became a full-on career switch and I’m so glad I made it.

From hauling tonnes of greens for milestone celebrations, scaling 15ft ladders to craft hanging installs for brand launches, to wrapping bouquets for your kitchen table, I love every moment of making flower magic.”

Together, we’ll explore the life-affirming joy of creating floral arrangements and reaching towards our biggest, brightest dreams.

WORKSHOP - PLEASED AS PUNCH

Facilitated by: Robin Fitzsimons (she/her) founder and designer of Fitzy  – a line of quality handmade leather goods

Found at: @fitzydesign

Working with: ethically sourced leather

In her own words: “Hi, I’m Robin. I’ve designed a line of useful and beautiful handmade leather accessories, but my desk is always a hot mess. Three different drinks, a bag of mini eggs, and various notepads. So while you probably picture me in the studio surrounded by leather a lot of the time I’m on the computer answering your emails, sending out newsletters, and other not so glamorous admin. As a one-woman micro business I do ALL THE THINGS, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Together, we’ll explore themes of adornment and choosing items and ideas that not only stand the test of time, but get better with it.

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WORKSHOP - YOU EAT WHAT YOU ARE

Facilitated by: Sonja Seiler, food storyteller at Nurture

Found at: @nurtureretreats

Working with: mini cakes, icing, edible flowers, natural pigments, flavour essences

In her own words: “Food has the ability to tell stories. Flavours, colours and textures evoke memories, act as a beacon of beauty and bring people together. We’re after inspiring you to bring beauty back to your daily table through the lens of your own longings.”

Together, we’ll use natural botanicals to adorn and flavour small cakes that tell our stories. Ultimately, these cakes will be a ‘love letter to the season we’re in’.

YOUR RETREAT DETAILS

DATE: MAY 3RD-5TH, 2024 (Arrive: 11:00 AM on Friday, Depart: 3:00 PM on Sunday)

ACCOMMODATIONS:

  • Nurture Cozy: simple private bedroom, shared bathroom
  • Nurture Lush: large private bedroom, private bathroom with clawfoot bath

Occupancy is first-come, first-served. Please indicate any accessibility needs at checkout.

WORKSHOPS:

Three 2 hour hands-on workshops and all materials. See above for full workshop descriptions.

FOOD:

All meals, snacks and drinks. Wine served with dinner. Menus are mostly vegetarian & all allergies, sensitivities, and strong dislikes are happily accommodated.

  • Arrival Soup & Sandwich Lunch (Friday Afternoon)
  • Cocktails and Grazing Dinner (Friday evening)
  • Buffet-Style Breakfast, Lunch, & Harvest Table Family-Style Feast (Saturday)
  • Harvest Table Brunch & ‘Bestovers’ Lunch (Sunday)
  • Coffee, tea, and ‘Nurture Snasket’ snack station set up for grazing when desired

YOUR SURROUNDINGS:

  • rest, relaxation and time for solitude and contemplation in a beautiful, natural setting
  • a full-sized labyrinth in a pine grove
  • gardens
  • lake access
  • walking paths

NURTURE SELF CARE KIT:

A collection of curated gifts to nourish your body and soul throughout the retreat and to remind you of the retreat when you return home. All items are sponsored by local women-run Canadian companies.

BELONGING:

Membership in a growing, collaborative community of like-minded creatives with opportunities to cross-pollinate in other creative ventures, projects and mutually beneficial personal and professional relationships.

PERKS:

Nurture Alumni pricing on other Nurture events and offerings.

TRANSPORTATION:
Transportation to and from the retreat is not included. Ride shares with other attendees may be available.

CANCELLATION POLICY:
The Retreat Founder reserves the right to cancel the retreat at any time, for any reason. In the event of a cancellation, your ticket amount will be returned to you, minus a nominal administration fee.

In the event that you are unable to attend the retreat, for whatever reason, as much advance notice as possible is appreciated. With more than 30 days notice, your ticket amount will be refunded to you in full, minus a nominal administration fee. With less than 30 days notice, there is no refund. Should there be someone from the waiting list available to take your place, your ticket amount will be refunded to you in full, minus a nominal administration fee.

“The weekend was MAGNIFICENT. Really, that word does not do it justice. The experience was unsayable. From the nourishing food Sonja lovingly prepared by hand, to the artistry and creative expression and expansion explored through the workshops. The group of women – connected. Deeply. And in a matter of 48-hours became life-long friends. There is power in what Sonja is doing. There is power in bringing together sisters. There is power in creating a safe space for women to unfold, to undo, to let go. You find a new part of your soul on these retreats. It is forever engraved on my heart.”

DEAR FRIEND, I THINK YOU READ THIS FAR FOR A REASON ...

If you’re ready to commit to yourself and your creativity

If you’re tired of feeling guilty for taking the time for yourself

If you need to disconnect, recharge, and reinvigorate yourself

If you need a creative community of support

THERE'S ROOM FOR YOU AT NURTURE.

Choose your accommodation preference below to check out and we’ll send a sweet package to your inbox with all the details and next steps. We can’t wait to share this weekend with you!

NURTURE COZY

$1250

plus HST, in 3 equal monthly payments

NURTURE LUSH

$1495

plus HST, in 3 equal monthly payments

Photos shown above are examples of each room type, but your room may be slightly different than pictured.
At checkout, you will be charged the first of three (3) monthly payments. The remaining 2 payments will be charged to your card one and two months from your first payment, respectively. Occupancy is first-come, first-served.

Photos on this page by our incredible Nurture guest photographers:

Frances Beatty | Kate Watkinson | Amber Ellis | Nautica Simone | Katie Harrison | Jodianne Beckford | Lauren Kolyn | Sara Monika | Liat Aharoni | Evonne Bellefleur | Alyssa Wodabek