Life Strategy Retreats

Are you tired? On the threshold of burnout? Get away with us for a wine and yoga retreat and recover your life. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace that will unlock greater capacity, energy, clarity and peace in your world.

You need to slow down to go faster.

You know what it means when Brene Brown talks about wearing hustle and striving as a badge of honor. You have the capacity to do more, but first you need to slow down. This weekend is designed to help busy women…

Create a more life-giving rhythm…
Quiet your mind so you can receive inspiration…
Catalyze unbounded success in connection with other women.

I’m Donna Carlson, a certified women’s leadership development coach, inspired by a 25 year PR career wishing for a world where more people acted like grown ups.

A year ago in my personal yoga practice I was inspired by a song that talks about the crushing and the pressing of life that turns grapes to wine. It was immediately clear to me that I needed to take inspired action to create space for women to find the freedom that comes in the crushing. Watch this video for a snapshot of the experience in the retreat we just finished.


 We use winemaking as a metaphor for the way we tend the vineyard of our own lives…

In the crushing
In the pressing
You are making new wine
In the soil I now surrender
You are breaking new ground

Over three days, we will crush…

…the tyranny of the hustle that keeps us from what’s important
…fear, doubt and the lie that we’re “not enough
…the habits that sabotage our success.

Here’s how we do it…

Tending the Soil

The soil is the first essential growth factor to create a wine of noble character. Likewise, the soil of our life forms us but doesn’t determine who we become. That’s why need we to know our soil to create strategies for the future.

The way we do this is with the 360º Life Map we we walk you through the process of taking an inventory of your life so you can determine what in your soil is working for you…or not.

Strategies for Growth

The second essential growth factor of a noble wine is the right environment for growth to flourish and the need strategies to grow all of the inside qualities that move us from surviving to thriving, where we see the world more clearly.

We weave holistic awareness about the connection between your gut and brain and the factors that cultivate a healthy mind, soul and body so you can create your own strategy.

Design & Intention

The third essential growth factor of a noble wine is to follow the vintner’s design. It’s after the winemaker has chosen the best grapes and designed the wine that the crushing and the pressing begins. How we respond to that matters.

This retreat is designed to provide you the space you need to see things clearly, understand how you’re designed to move from surviving to thriving and design a strategy to live that way.

Landy, fast track woman learning to breathe

Landy Spearman runs her own successful business and came mostly to serve and support the mission of Life Strategy Design, but discovered a new operating speed for her life that involves slowing down. Learning to breathe again is the surprise benefit that Landy walked away with.

Natalie, solo-preneur

When we work alone, connections are the lifeblood of creativity. It’s a lonely life as a solo entrepreneur and we know we are better when we link purpose with others. Listen to what Natalie, a solo-preneur, found in the cool connections she made at the Life Strategy Retreat.

Meredith, "How the bleep?"

Meredith Masse teaches a career mapping program called “How the bleep did I get here?” She majors more in wine than she does in yoga. She recommends the Life Strategy Retreat retreat to professional and executive women looking to clarify their purpose and create a clear vision for their life.

Kim, business development pro

Kim Searles is a business development pro who operates in the fast lane — often moving faster than the speed of thought. She starts the day running and this retreat taught her the value of slowing down. She came with a yoga mat still in the wrapper and was delighted with what she discovered. Listen to her epiphany at this Life Strategy retreat.

The Experience


Here’s a sample agenda from our last retreat. Future retreats will take on a special focus on business strategies, executive presence, personal branding and more. Take a look at the faculty (click right) from our November 2019 retreat to get an idea of the caliber of talent we assemble.



Here’s a sample menu from our last retreat. We sometimes will tone down the atmosphere to a really lovely VRBO, but we guarantee the menu is always first class. If you’re going to have great wine, you have to have great food! We emphasize mindful eating and always have options!

Future Retreats

Our last executive retreat was at The Garden of the Gods Resort & Strata Wellness Center. We may return here in the future for retreats with an executive focus

Our last executive retreat was at The Garden of the Gods Resort & Strata Wellness Center. We may return here in the future for retreats with an executive focus

Partners in Seattle are already looking at dates and locations. Watch here for other locations and retreat themes to see which one works for you. Sign up on the mail list to make sure you don’t miss the next one.

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