Welcome to Nurture: Spring 2023

Meet your co-Nurturers, find all the retreat info you need in one spot, and start getting excited! We’ll update this with your info as soon as you fill out your “Getting to Know You” form. 🙂

Your Fellow Retreaters

Sonja Seiler (she/her)

I’m Sonja, founder of Nurture, ardent lover of butter, candlelight and singing in harmony. Card carrying INFJ/Manifesting Generator. A ‘food storyteller’ at heart, I create custom menus and food experiences using food as a tool for connection and can’t wait to connect with all of you! I’m also excited to be building towards my dream of running a Nurture Farmhouse ‘coworking B&B’.

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Ari Para (she/they)

I’m Ari, a second generation Sri-Lankan-Canadian, Hindu, non-binary, queer artivist based in Scarborough, Ontario. I completed an undergraduate in Business Communications while also completing a minors in Women and Gender Studies and the Dramatic Arts. I am a jewelry designer, an ESL teacher, a theatre artist and a writer with a passion for reading, learning and unlearning.

Sarah Aranha (she/her)

I’m Sarah, an artist and maker who works primarily with watercolour, gouache and textiles. Drawing from the patterns, interactions and routines of the everyday, my work explores how we come to know a place, and how a place in turn influences the self. I run meditative stitching workshops, drawing sessions, and a series of art workshops with local galleries, schools and arts organizations.

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Stephanie Pellett (she/her)

I’m Steph, Nurture’s Creative Producer, creative business coach and educator, and creator of The Profoundery, an online business community for thoughtful, values-based entrepreneurs. I also host the podcast, Slowpreneur: Business without the Busy. In my spare time, you can find me reading romance novels and spending time with my puppy (preferably simultaneously).

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Laura Fullerton (she/her)

I’m Laura, founder of Capstone Pattern Co., providing thoughtfully designed, timeless, easy-to-follow sewing patterns for modern-day makers. Sewing gives me time to reflect, the ability to make things I love, a sense of empowerment, and a way to ground myself and connect with community. It’s served as an anchor in times of uncertainty and has been a steady friend through life’s ups and downs.

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Kate Watkinson (she/her)

I’m Kate, a Hamilton based lifestyle and intimate moment photographer. I find inspiration in community and connection, travel, food and hospitality and love to work collaboratively to showcase local businesses that share in these values. I love coffee, neighbourhood strolls, watching documentaries, visiting local markets and dreaming up travel plans with my son Rory and husband Glen!

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Valerie Tih (she/her)

I’m Valerie. Parent & Enneagram Coach at JoyFULL Coaching (Type 2 w 3wing). You know the gap between who you imagined yourself to be as a parent and the day to day reality of parenting? I help close it through shame-free courses and customized coaching. I love my Mirvish subscription, Choir!Choir!Choir!, and am a stationary perv! Looking forward to shenanigans, learning, and connection!


Marlo K. Shaw (she/her)

I’m Marlo, a fat, neurodivergent, chronically ill, middle aged mom of four (1 human, 3 feline). I’m a child protection & family lawyer, a Zoom theatre enthusiast and Writer. I really love playing around with ink, paint and papers of various textures and patterns, a view of a lake, the sounds of nature, crunchy tiny dill cucumbers, and enjoy deep, substantial conversations.

Retreat Details

Your Guidebook

A rich and informative deep dive PDF full of packing lists, preparation prompts and setting the scene for our time together. Available as of April 12th.

Our Venue

A link to our retreat venue Google Map for ease of planning your arrival. Need a rideshare? Reach out to us and we’ll help set you up with a fellow attendee.

Get In Touch

Have questions in the meantime, or something you forgot to include on your intake form? Anything we can support you with before your arrival? Drop us a line here.

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