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#1 Eat Pray Learn Retreat
Tuscany

October 2015

  Montevarchi, Italy

 
 
 
 

The first three Wealthy Coach Retreats actually had a different name… The Eat Pray Learn Retreat! The whole story on how this retreat originated and the first retreat you’ll find after the pictures.

PART 1: THE ORIGIN OF SUCCESSFUL RETREATS #1
In June 2015 it finally clicked! Carl and I were looking for a project to do together.
We were both set on working together as entrepreneurs and traveling with our laptops through the world.
After a brain abscess almost took Carl’s life, destroying our relationship that we worked very hard for, we were set on taking matters into our own hands.
But we are/were also two captains on a ship, so we needed something really solid to work on together, otherwise it could go wrong.
In June we enjoyed a beautiful Tuscan wedding and it’s there where Carl told me: “What about retreats? Maybe we should organise retreats? It’s good for our experience, we can work live with clients, we get photo & video material, plus if we play our cards right, it will give us income to pay the bills for a longer period of time.”
When I heard the word “retreat” I was already there. Something had clicked. This was what we could do together.
We made an investment into our training and hired Jennifer Jimenez​ to coach us through this. This is where I learned you need to invest in yourself. When you want to earn money, you need to invest money to get ahead.
How we did it is still bringing up questions, but only 3 months later in October 2015 we welcomed 6 amazing women at our retreat venue Agriturismo Relais Campiglioni​ in Tuscany, Italy.
Carl managed the marketing, enrolment calls, and modules leading up to the retreat. I was preparing the retreat. We decided to do it one week + excursions. So I was in charge of venue, catering, food allergies, bus rental, transport from airport to venue and much more. I also prepared for every scenario in the book. What if someone got sick? What if someone would not fit in? Preparation was key!
Carl & I worked together from beginning to end. And it was clear who was responsible for what part. This is where everything fell into place. We were trusting each other and supporting each other. Plus we were working on something so out of the box that we felt courageous and adventurous the entire time. No more procrastinating. We really embraced our uniqueness and our ability to create this.

PART 2: EAT PRAY LEARN RETREAT OCTOBER 2015
Carl and I welcomed six remarkable women at our first retreat at Agriturismo Relais Campiglioni​ in Tuscany, Italy. Shari​, Jennifer​, Natalie​, Paula​, Diana​ & Katerina​ were such a gift for us to have as a first group experience. They shared, worked hard and their input made it all complete.
I found out that in Italy they like (or our cook Mama Orlanda did) to feed a group with many courses and big plates. As our ladies found out, they probably needed a carbs-free diet for awhile after this retreat. But we all indulged in Italian cuisine and Chianti wine.
Jen is an incredible singer and she gifted us after-desert-shows, what made the evenings so special.
I really wanted to use the stunning venue to it’s max experience, so whenever the sun would show itself the workshops would move outside, when immediately magic would cover everybody with inspiration.
Our coach Jennifer Jimenez​ traveled from Los Angeles to our venue in Tuscany. She joined us for two days to do a lecture on enrolment.
Here’s when I spontaneously created a fun catwalk energiser where everyone danced and laughed.
After a couple of days of hard work, we went on an excursion and we hopped in the bus towards, a medieval village called Pienza and after to the Tuscan city Siena….
At the end of the retreat we were blessed with some video testimonials of the ladies that we could use for our promotion for the next retreat.
Our coach Jennifer told us at the venue: “You’ve got something special going on here.” We felt magic too. As a spiritual person, I felt we were guided and we were on the right track. So we immediately set new dates for May 2016 with the venue owner and left for home….
Our first experience hosting a retreat was full of lessons, full of joy and the most amazing thing coming from it, is the transformation of all these women.
I felt blessed to have met them. And these ladies have organised their own get-together one year later in Barcelona. How awesome is that! Check out the pictures of this extraordinary event.

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