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Fill Your Plate Retreat – Fall 2017

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Do you like where you’re at in life?

Have you tried a few self-help books, maybe an online program and can’t quite find what you’re seeking? 

In order to find what we’re looking for, sometimes we have to venture away from where we are.

For most women, there comes a point in life when they realize that although they should be satisfied, they’re just not. They have everything– a family, a career, a house, vacations, nice furnishings, a good car, and so on. They attend every concert, game, class, event. They’re often quick to volunteer and help whenever asked. They’ve worked hard to fill their lives with constant activity and lots of stuff.

And yet…there remains an empty space inside. 

They realize, intuitively, the solution is to pay more attention to what their body and their mind is telling them but it’s so hard to quiet all the advice and expectations that come at them daily.

Many women have never paused long enough to ponder if they are satisfied with how they feel – mind, body, and spirit.

Have you?

What would happen if you did?

You just…paused.

What then?


Join us…

A fall retreat that brings together mindfulness, holistic nutrition, and life coaching in a spectacular setting.

We believe in you. And we believe your best you is waiting inside you. She just needs a little coaxing, maybe a hand to hold, some support, some inspiration. We know that in order to make positive improvements to both physical and mental health for the long term, it begins with tiny, doable steps that build the self-confidence that change is in fact possible.

Let us help you ask the questions and explore the answers. And better still, let’s come together and uncover simple meaningful steps we can take to get you to the place you’d like to be. The steps that are right for you.

Within the beautiful lake-side setting of Pinawa MB, we have created a retreat experience that inspires you to make positive choices that will have a lasting impact on your life. By taking time out of your regular life to focus on your self-care and learning ways to take practical, meaningful action, you’ll be led to discover better health, more balance, and more peace.

Does this sound familiar?

You have given to everyone in your life for years. You have often put your own needs, wants, desires, and dreams on the back burner while the kids grew and needed everything that kids need, your partner climbed the corporate ladder, your boss decided how your job and career progressed. Now it’s time to take a breath…for yourself.

This special weekend is a small step of giving back to yourself. A retreat designed around self-care and exploration of the mind and body.

You have filled other plates. Join us and fill your own.

  • Ask the questions in a safe and guided way
  • Explore the true desires of your heart, and the needs of your body and mind
  • Develop doable action steps you can begin right away
  • Understand the connections between sound physical health and quality mental health
  • Learn how nutrition (or the lack there of) can be the root of a great and satisfying life
  • Connect with other women who feel just the same (it’s true – it’s not just you!)
  • Empower yourself with new ways of thinking about your body, your why, your roles, and more.
  • Take away renewed energy and commitment to self-care.

Rest. Pause. Be.

fill your plate agenda

Friday, October 27, 2017

  • 6:00 – 6:30 PM         PM Arrival
  • 6:40 PM                      Welcome and Orientation
  • 7 PM                            Supper
  • 8:30 – 9:30 PM          Session #1  Setting the table: Setting your intentions for the retreat

Overview of the week-end and group discussion to share your own intention and witness the intentions of others

 Followed by Share the Plate: Community Time   (games, campfire, moonlight walk)

Saturday, October 28

  • 7:30 – 8:15 AM     Dog-walk along the water with Patti, Chobe and Clover (optional)
  • 8:45  AM               Breakfast
  • 10:00 – 11:00 AM  Session #2 Filling your plate: How nutrition affects your mindset
        1. reduce inflammation for improved brain function
        2. add quality fuel to run your machine well
        3. action steps
  • 11 AM         Solo or community free time
  • 12:30 PM   Lunch
  • 1:30 PM     Free time  (solo)
  • 4:30 – 5:30 PM   Session #3 Hack Your Plate: How to maximize food prep to minimize kitchen stress
        1. all hands on deck dinner prep
        2. simplify: cook once, eat for a week
  • 6:00 PM      Supper
  • 7:30 – 8:30 PM      Session #4 Fill Your Soul Plate: Remembering what’s important
    • key values, beliefs, actions, and environments that create peace, joy, and purpose by creating a visual reminder.

     Followed by Share the Plate: community time   (games, campfire, moonlight walk)

Sunday, October 29

  • 7:30 – 8:15 AM     Dog-walk along the water with Patti, Chobe and Clover (optional)
  • 8:45 AM               Breakfast
  • 10:00 – 11:00 AM  Session #5 Fill Your Fun Plate: Finding your authentic self through play
  • Free time and packing
  • Noon                Lunch
  • 1:00 – 2:00 PM   Session #6 Your Take-Away Plate: Saving some for later
  • 2:30 PM      Departure


What’s Included (beyond the programming)

  • Shared accommodations (two per room)
  • Bedding and towels (bring your own favourite pillow if a good sleep depends on it)
  • Two nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and suppers
  • Lots of delicious snacks
  • Access to quiet spaces
  • Access to kayaks and stand-up paddle board
  • Access to mountain bikes
  • Tips on local trails and other attractions
  • The meals at this retreat are all gluten-free

What to bring  (over and above your typical gear for a week-end get-away)

  • Outdoor clothing including trail shoes and rain gear
  • A journal or notebook
  • “Toys” for your free time (camera, sketch book, yoga mat, instrument, book, fishing rod, bike and helmet, music, etc.)
  • Open mind and open heart
  • Your Best You!

About The Nurtured By Nature Retreat and Playhouse

Located just an hour from the perimeter of Winnipeg and on the doorstep of the Whiteshell Provincial Park lies the beautiful community of Pinawa.

The retreat property sits on a large yard of mixed forest, with water views and easy lake access. The four seasonally decorated guestrooms have two beds for shared accommodations. A well-sized bathroom is shared by all guests and requires some cooperation to coordinate showers.

The great room on the main floor has a wall of windows that overlooks the forest and lake beyond. Perfect for watching birds and the abundant deer. This is where we gather for group sessions and quiet reflection.

The large kitchen has its own special vibe with bright, large windows on both sides of the room to let nature flow in. Feel free to gather around the huge island and chat with the cook, stir a pot, or ask a question.

There are lots of opportunities to escape to the great outdoors, either to the large screen room (sorry, as perfect as it is here, we haven’t eliminated mosquitos and other bugs), the large water facing deck, the forest hammocks, and the sun-drenched front porch.

Take a few more steps away from the house and wander through our “Wonder Woods” (look for the wonder boxes hanging from the trees). Soon you’ll reach the Trans Canada Trail for a walk, run or bike ride along the river’s edge. Launch a kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddle board from our “backyard” dock and in minutes you’re completely immersed in water heaven. Take your yoga mat and do a sun salutation on Canadian Shield rock.

The resident dogs, Chobe and Clover, bring nature indoors, sometimes right onto your lap. The cat, Sedona, will do her best to keep herself invisible while on your visit, but don’t be alarmed if you see a tailless cat out of the corner of your eye…you aren’t seeing things.

With all the amenities of a community that gives you a feeling of comfort, security, and safety, (including a hospital, grocery store, gas station, bank, library, tennis courts, golf course, art gallery) it’s hard to believe a fulfilling natural and spiritual experience is possible so close to the city. But that’s the gift of Pinawa…it truly is the best of both worlds.

Stay close to journey far.

About the facilitators:

Jodi Lee is a registered holistic nutritionist, professional home economist, health educator and coach. She is dedicated to demonstrating how real, whole foods as well as ancient wisdom and common sense can have huge impacts on health, happiness, well being, and longevity. Jodi specializes in gluten-free and allergy-free living, digestive issues, auto-immunity, and nutrition myth busting.

Patti Phillips is a certified life coach, inventure retreat guide, Grief Recover Specialist, and authentic self-awareness facilitator. At 45, her mid-life crisis transition freed her to leave a twenty year career and direct all her life lessons and wisdom into building her own business. Today, she guides other women who feel stuck in the middle and they’re not sure how to move forward. Through powerful conversations, women are able to discover and honour their own wisdom to live with more peace, joy and purpose.

 Register Today and Fill Your Plate

Investment:       $465       (introductory pricing)

This table holds space for 8 women.

To reserve your space, email [email protected]

Registration deadline in Wednesday, October 18.

Questions? Click here for the most FAQs.

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