New Wine Retreat

I'm looking for 12 women who are ready to disconnect from life and connect with other women serious about catalyzing your greatest contribution yet

I’m looking for 12 women.

You might be one of them.

When you are at your best, everyone in your life wins.

But you are not at your best. You’re treading water, feeling crushed by the demands of work, family, relationships?

Your soul aches for a more life-giving rhythm…
Your mind longs for clarity and focus…
You want to move your purpose forward faster…

If this is you, this is your retreat.

It’s inspired by a song that talks about the crushing and the pressing that turns grapes to wine. I’m Donna Carlson, coach, catalyst and your head “winemaker” for this weekend. 

Take a look at the video and see if you’re one of the 12.


“You had me at wine!”

That’s what most women say when they hear about this weekend. We do taste some amazing wines at this retreat, and they serve a purpose to demonstrate how the characteristics of a noble wine are similar to the fruit of a mature life. We use winemaking as a metaphor for the way we tend the vineyard of our own lives and curate the soil with intention. Over three days, we will crush…

…the tyranny of the hustle that keeps us from what’s important
…the stories we tell ourselves about why we’re “not enough”
…fear, insecurity, doubt and other habits that hold us captive.

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

Just like the Vintner needs certain growth factors in place to create the right environment for a fine wine to flourish, WE need strategies to grow our mental agility, our finesse as a leader, the energy and elegance we bring to our life.

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

 It’s after the winemaker has chosen the best grapes and designed the wine, THAT is when the crushing  and the pressing begins. In the same way WE are crushed, tested and refined before we become what we’re made to be.

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.

Together with the brilliance of 11 other curious souls, you will begin to design your life strategy and leave with…

…the self-insight you need to get that promotion, new client or best life you deserve,
…life-giving rhythms that bring you energy, clarity and focus, 
…the courage and confidence to take hold of the life you were created for.

Don’t just take our word for it. Hear what past participants have to say…

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.

I'm looking for 12 women

I have confidence that there are 12 women who know when they read this page that they need to carve out this time in November. YOU are the reason we are planning this retreat and we’re ready to take you on a journey of discovery and strategy. Your life will never be the same!

The Experience

Walk with me through a visual tour of your weekend. 

When you walk in those doors, you are transported into a world that’s all about YOU. We’ll greet you by name, we’ll hand you an Experience Journal, hand you a beverage and show you to your room. Each evening begins with a wine tasting journey led by our Master of Wine, then every morning is made to order – yoga, hiking, spa.

This is YOUR weekend. How many times have you come home from a retreat exhausted? Not here. We’ve built in blocks of time for you to disconnect every day in between the elements of a fabulous wine-making program for your life that culminates in your personal work of art.

I like details. You too? Want to know more about our fabulous faculty?  Here’s more. 

Want to the details of our agenda?  Here is a detailed schedule.

Want to know just skip to the part where you sign up? Keep reading… 

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Garden of the Gods Resort
Colorado Springs, November 14-17, 2019

Your private room faces the Garden of the Gods — a breathtaking natural wonder that people come from all over the world to see. Your retreat package include all your meals, wine, workshop supplies and resort amenities. We’ve rolled in one comprehensive health analysis for everyone, but you can add in all the spa luxuries you can handle.

Resort amenities

Your registration includes Wi-Fi (not that you’ll need it), in-room coffee and tea, access to Kissings Camels 27-hole private golf course, access to the sports club with group exercise classes, tennis courts, recreation center an swimming pool

Strata Wellness Spa

Adjacent to the resort, the Strata Wellness Center has a wide variety of spa treatments for your whole health and wellness. Strata has assembled experts in medicine, exercise physiology, nutrition, leadership skills, spirituality and other wellness specialties—all in one stress-free environment. Your registration includes a free consultation with the Strata Integrated Wellness Spa to match spa amenities with your wellness and restoration needs.


The closest airport is Colorado Springs Municipal Airport. The Garden of the Gods Resort offers airport transportation for $40 each way. Please contact the concierge at (719)329-6900 or

Early Bird Registration

There is life before Life Strategy Design and then there’s the freedom that comes with living on purpose with clarity, courage and confidence.

Register and pay in full by August 31 and we’ll give you the same $2,997 experience at an unbeatable $2,497.

Payment Plan

I get it! Life-changing investments take planning. Our three payment plan gives you the chance to make three equal payments of $1,000 between now and October 31.

Set up a 10 minute call and we’ll arrange your three payment dates and get you on your way to Colorado!

Questions about the retreat or about our sponsors (below)? Contact or 719-209-9900