align & revitalize your life

At this four-day retreat set in beautiful Napa County, you’ll develop a focused plan for living a rewarding life that energizes you ever step of the way. You'll get time to pause and find clarity on exactly where it is you'd like to be headed, and then you will start taking action along that path. Expect expert guidance, dedicated time, and a community of like-minded women in an inspiring, gorgeous environment. We'll rejuvenate at a luxurious spa one afternoon and purvey some of Napa's finest wineries on another afternoon. It's well-balanced for your revitalization!  

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Has work left you burnt out and exhausted from performing energy-draining tasks? Perhaps you daydream about what you really want to do, but something is holding you back. Maybe your real wishes are being pushed under as "nice-to-haves" and not prioritized as the need-to-haves they really are.

Settling into a peaceful, awe-inspiring villa in Napa County, you'll get the time to pause and listen to what your heart and mind want for you. Once you are equipped with clarity around your life's mission and goals, you will create a plan for reaching these new heights. You'll craft an empowering story about you that will unleash your unconscious mind's goal-reaching creativity. Then you'll formulate a task-driven plan for achieving a life that leaves you refreshed and satisfied at the end of the day.  

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
— William James

With a plan of attack and a story that will get you there, we will spend a day discussing what defenses you unconsciously use to block you from achieving your dreams. Everyone's barriers are unique and they may have served us in the past - but they are no longer needed. We'll help you discover what those defenses are, and build strategies to avoid them so that you stay on the path towards your dreams. 

Lastly, we'll put in place a strategy that helps all of us stay on track with your dreams - accountability. As a community of empowered women, we'll help each other stay on course in the coming months.

Just think about it - you'll get to spend a luxurious week of getting insights from your inner voice about what you need and will come away with a personalized, robust plan of action that leave you feeling empowered, inspired and ready to rock your world! You'll also melt away all your stress getting a massage one afternoon and sampling Napa County's boutique wineries on another.

Join us to:

  • bring new purpose to your life
  • connect to your unique vision and talent
  • set and meet impactful goals
  • make progress towards changes you want to make in your life
  • connect with professional change agents
  • revitalize with spa time in St. Helena
  • expand your wine palate visiting boutique wineries
  • relax, eat amazing food, and make lifelong friends

Here’s how our week together will unfold:


We’ll unwind around the pool, get grounded and centered for our four days together. We'll do some gentle movement and share an amazing meal together.



Through a series of guided exercises, you’ll get clarity around what uniquely energizes you. You’ll understand what both your heart and head want.

We’ll also identify any internal roadblocks (aka limiting beliefs), that might set you on a detour. You’ll make peace with those restrictive beliefs and transform them into empowering ones

We’ll steep in our gorgeous setting in Napa with luxurious space and healthy food (we'll have organic fruits, smoothies, veggies, etc.).


Now that you know where your joy lies, how do you get there? You’ll create your own customized Roadmap to Joy, where you fill in the few first few steps and the end goal, and the rest will materialize as know and go. 

After all that good work, we’ll relax at a spa and soak in the goodness in St. Helena in the late afternoon. Expect smoothies, massages, bubbles, all that good stuff.


Now that you’ve got the clarity, knowledge and wisdom to lead the life of your dreams, you need an on-going support system to keep you on track. This morning will be spent celebrating your start along this path and putting an accountability system in place. 

We’ll reward our hard work with an afternoon filled with tasting gorgeous Napa red and white wines. If you like savoring wine, bread and cheese, you’ll ace this exercise.

If you are ready to embrace a life of joy, love, gratitude and high energy BUT you’re stuck or a need a gentle guide – this is your time and place to walk towards your joy! Acting in the best interest of your heart always takes courage. That is why the word “courage” is taken from the French word, “Coeur”, which translates as heart. Follow what makes your heart pitter-patter, and your life will be fun of love, laughter and warmth.


Allison Quaid has gone through the journey of burnt-out corporate executive to energized creative (read her blogs posts about her journey here and here), and is a compassionate guide that will offer you the support when you need it or the nudge when you're ready to fly on your own. She knows that engaging in activities that energize you are their own reward (writing and leading workshop is her unique recipe), and that fear acted upon releases energy, and when buttressed with a realistic plan, will activate you to achieve your dreams. As an expert in behavior change, she also knows the importance of long-term peer support in transitioning to a healthier life, which is why she leads group retreats that empower women to achieve their goals.

Allison is CEO of Creative Eco-Catalysts, a marketing and sustainability consulting firm, a rock star change-agent, 20-years experienced workshop facilitator, Reiki healer, writer, and storyteller. She combines her talents to help you connect vision to action. Whether it’sa book you want to write, a business that it's finally the moment to start, or simply space and time to write, plan, create, laugh, and replenish with a community of like-minded women, Allison meets you where you are and takes you where you’re meant to go.

If you are curious whether this retreat will help you meet your goals, email her at

Photos of our retreat location in Napa

Dates, Times & Locations

May 16 - May 19, 2017

Starts at 5 p.m. on Tuesday and ends at 5 p.m. on Friday

Napa County, California

Villa photos where workshop takes place:


$1500 (villa room for 3 nights) 

$850 (lodging excluded)

If you would like to share a room for a lower cost, please inquire about availability. We have one bedroom with two beds. 

Registration fee covers all instruction from May 16 to 19th, and includes 3 breakfasts and lunches, 2 dinners at the property and three nights of lodging. It also includes a wine tour of a select number of Napa wineries and one afternoon trip to a spa in St. Helena.

Dinner will be provided the first night, we will go out to eat on Thursday night and cook together on Friday night. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies so we can plan accordingly.

Spa services and purchases of wine on the wine tour are not included in the fee.

Reserve your seat today by making a non-refundable $500 deposit on the registration page. We offer installment plans where you can make a deposit today, pay the remaining 50% of the fee 3 months away from the date, and then another 50% 30 days before the workshop. Contact us with any questions.


(see detailed schedule to the left) 

7:30     Meditation / Walk / Gentle Movement

8:00    Breakfast
9:00    Guided Exercises
12:00   Lunch
2:00    Continued workshop or field trip or writing/researching/relaxing on your own.     

Friday afternoon we will go to a spa in St. Helena and on Saturday afternoon we will go wine-tasting.

4:00    Community support: share your daily progress, get encouragement and feedback

5:30    Walk 

6:00    Cocktail / Wine Time

7:00    Dinner

There is no force equal to a woman determined to rise.
— W.E.B. Dubois

"Allison possesses a vulnerability, strength of character and sense of humor that makes her a perfect facilitator. This solo journey and being coached by Allison has brought me tremendous growth, confidence and a sense of purpose that has changed me forever.” - Lori Ann d.

In my workshops, I pull from a variety of experts in the field of personal transformation, including: 

  • Brene Brown, teaches the power of heart, courage and vulnerability
  • Pema Chodron, the buddhist monk that teaches self-compassion as the most powerful transformative tool 
  • Dr. Friedemann Schaub, has a recipe for replacing the unconscious' limiting beliefs with empowering ones
  • Jocelyn K. Glei, editor of Maximize Your Potential by  (invaluable lessons on the mechanics of effectiveness)
  • Gretchen Rubin, Happiness Project 
  • Barbara Ganim, teaches how to use art to hear the soul's whispers
  • Dr. Clarrissa Pinkola Estes, Women Who Run With the Wolves
  • Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul (an oldie but a goodie)
  • Executive and leadership training that I have received over the years


Read Allison's blog post, Why Do I Care About You