The Power of a Retreat

Today I’d like to share one of my favorite success stories from my 1st retreat I hosted last year at The Elms Hotel & Spa in Excelsior Springs, Missouri.  The above photo is taken from inside the gazebo at The Elms where the retreat takes place.

Before I begin I want to share that Angela has given me permission to share her story as the coach / client relationship is private and confidential.

Angela and I met at Sprint nearly 5 years ago at an internal networking event.  At that time, I was just starting my coaching business part-time and beginning to grow my newsletter base.  Angela signed up to receive my monthly newsletter and has been a loyal reader ever since.

In May 2017, when I announced my 1st Extreme Self Care weekend retreat at the Elms, Angela was the first to respond.  She was thrilled to hear I was hosting an event in her hometown of Excelsior Springs and could not wait to attend.

At that time, she was beginning her yoga & meditation journey and wanted to continue to enhance her practice along with learning ways to incorporate more self-care into her daily routine.

After the retreat Angela was excited to start practicing and incorporating all the juicy knowledge she learned at the weekend retreat.  Two months later I received an email from Angela telling me that her life was shifting in ways which brought her more joy & happiness on a daily basis.  She signed up for yoga teacher training and wanted to learn more about one-on-one coaching with me.   Here is the rest of her story.

Angela’s Powerful Coaching Journey

What prompted you to hire Sarah to be your coach? 

I was not happy in my job. I wanted a change but was not clear on what I wanted or even why I was not happy. Learning more about Sarah’s background at the retreat in July 2017, I felt connected & decided to explore the coaching.

What are the tangible results of your coaching experience? 

I got a new manager, got promoted, got a raise and I am continuing to pursue my dream of retiring at 55. I finished yoga teacher training.  I have been hired by both the Excelsior Springs community center and The Elms to teach yoga.

What are the intangible results of your coaching experience? 

Clear Vision, Inner-Peace, Confidence, Abundance, Friendship

What are Sarah’s strengths as a coach? 

Great communication, clear expectations, organization, detailed, timely, genuinely vested in her coaching clients.

What was memorable or meaningful about your coaching experience?

The entire journey is something I will never forget. From the retreat at the Elms thru the entire coaching process. Sarah helped me navigate through the muddy waters & emerge! The most meaningful thing is that Sarah is always there for me, cheering me on, celebrating with me, holding me accountable.

Do you feel your coaching dollars were worth it? Why or Why Not? 

Yes, I learned so much.  I grew so much and to me that is PRICELESS.

Why do you think coaching works? 

Accountability, New Ideas, Resources, Structure, Vision

What I love about Angela’s story

Angela TOOK ACTION.  She made a big bold vulnerable move to come to the retreat by herself.  While she was there she connected with other like-minded individuals who also had the same intention to take the best possible care of themselves.

At the retreat she learned how to let go of negative beliefs and ideas which were holding her back from living her best life.  By releasing what was no longer serving her highest good she was able to allow more JOY and HAPPINESS to flow into her daily life.  She learned how to set healthy boundaries for her life and create a crystal clear vision on what she REALLY wants.

So many wonderful exciting things are happening for Angela right now.  I love that she is living an ABUNDANT life.  As I was preparing to share her story we both commented on how much she has GROWN over this past year because she signed up & took action.

Are you ready to Take Action?

Extreme Self Care Retreat

I invite you to join me at my 2nd Extreme Self Care Weekend Retreat at the historic Elms Hotel & Spa in Excelsior Springs, Missouri July 27th – 29th.

This weekend is designed for you to take the best possible care of yourself.

Here is the weekend schedule:

Friday, July 27th

8:00pm – 9:00pm           Full Moon Meditation at the field beyond The Elms Gazebo

Saturday, July 28th

8:30am – 9:00am          Check In & Set Up at The Elms Gazebo

9:00am – 10:30am        Welcome & Introductions

Guided Meditation

Coaching Exercise – Identifying & Zapping Energy Drains

10:30am – 10:45am      Break

10:45am – 12:00pm      Beginner / Intermediate Vinyasa Flow Yoga

12:00pm – 6:30pm        Free Time

Small Group Lunch options, Cafe at the Elms, Ventana Grill, Wabash BBQ


Spa Treatments

Pool Time

6:30pm – 8:30pm         Optional Group Dinner & Wine Tasting at Van Till Winery

Sunday, July 29th

8:30am – 9:00am         Check In & Set Up at The Elms Gazebo

9:00am – 10:30am       Guided Meditation

Coaching Exercise – Living an Abundant Life

10:30am – 10:45am     Break

10:45am – 12:00pm     Beginner / Intermediate Vinyasa Flow Yoga

The full weekend retreat rate is $149 for Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

**Note** Meals, Spa Treatments and Hotel Rooms are NOT included in retreat price.

RSVP today as there are only 6 spots left.

To book your hotel reservation please call The Elms at 816-630-5500.  Please notify the hotel representative you are with the Extreme Self Care Retreat to confirm the $159 discounted rate.

You will also receive 10% off all Spa services.

Questions?  Email me at or call me at 913-481-4791.