WE LOVE THE WAY YOU CREATE.

At Nurture, we intentionally partner with people who seek to build a new way forward in a world that is in dire need of nurturing attention and sustainable solutions for the way we work, live and create. We see you as someone whose unique expression of creative talent influences, inspires and informs your life: both as a business owner and in your own personal and professional development. We’re inspired by YOU, your creative process and the work you are doing in this world and would love to have you join our team!

HOW WE RETREAT.

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!

HOW WE WORKSHOP.

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. Workshop facilitators share the metaphors and life lessons they’ve learned through their craft in a two-hour hands-on workshop.  The workshops reflect on creative process and explore how our creative and business pursuits act as a mirror to our own inner selves. Through the act of creating something tangible, we hold space for our light and our darkness, our struggles and our triumphs, and 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!

WHAT YOU PROVIDE

  • Attendance at our (mandatory) Nurture Team Meeting dinner (date TBD).
  • A two-hour workshop that captures the spirit of how you approach your creative process, where participants work on a tangible takeaway item.
  • Help setting up the retreat space and making it cozy and resetting the space before we leave.
  • One assigned kitchen assistant shift (mostly to help with dishes)
  • Support for other workshop leaders as needed. It’s fun, it’s creative, collaborative, and abundant with good vibes.

WHAT WE PROVIDE

  • A cozy meet & greet Nurture Team Meeting dinner a few months (date TBD) before the retreat: candlelight, wine, connection and all the info you need.
  • We cover the rest of your full ticket to Nurture.
  • We cover the materials expenses, within reason, for your Nurture workshop.
  • Features and promotion across all of our social media channels and website to share about you and what you do and what makes you and your creative process resonant.
  • A Nurture Team overnight retreat the night before the retreat proper to get grounded, relax, and set up the venue in an intentional, leisurely way.
  • A Nurture gift bag full of curated items by local makers and artisans.
  • Sumptuous meals prepared intentionally with your special dietary needs in mind.
  • Full access to all workshops & retreat activities.
  • Fruitful, meaningful connection with incredible creative kindreds and membership in the Nurture community at large: collaboration, cross-pollination, and all manner of creative partnerships, opportunities and friendships post-retreat.

YOU BECOME PART OF THE NURTURE FAMILY – WE ARE HERE TO UPLIFT YOU, SUPPORT YOU, AND TELL EVERYONE ABOUT YOU!

“Nurture is coziness. Nurture is community. Nurture is learning about yourself in ways you never expected. It’s allowing yourself to be as open as you feel comfortable with, or as private as you feel you need, but at the same time knowing you are safe. Each moment provided an opportunity to connect with people in a different way. For example, during downtime and while setting up my workshop, I was able to connect with the other facilitators. During meals and downtime, I was able to sit and chat with different ladies. There was always an opportunity to connect. Nurture, in some magical way, becomes whatever you need it to be at that moment in your life.”

– Melissa Condotta, Sunday’s Company

“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. Nurture is a true labour of love. Sonja carefully crafts a weekend that nourishes your creative spirit and your tummy! 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.”

– Catherine Cachia, Calligraphy & Hand Lettering

PAST WORKSHOPS GALLERY

“As soon as I came across the Nurture Retreat website, I knew I had to attend! Everything spoke directly to my soul, the heart-filled descriptions of the workshops, the gorgeous imagery captured from the retreat before, and most importantly the deep act of nourishing weaved into every part of the weekend. I ended up being a facilitator for the flower crown + portrait workshop and it was an absolute dream. The space that Sonja has created for women is truly special and healing down to the bones. I was so honoured to be a part of the magic she has created. And would recommend this weekend to anyone in need of a nurturing space for their mind, body and soul to be deeply cared for and to learn what it means to truly care for oneself (all while eating DELICIOUS food, and playing creatively all weekend long!).”

– Amber Ellis, Creating Light Studio