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Small Business & Entrepreneurs Retreat
Pacific Shores Resort 

September 8 - 11 | 3 nights, 4 days
1600 Stroulger Rd #1, Nanoose Bay, BC V9P 9B7

Feeling a touch overwhelmed trying to reach your business goals? You're not alone. This retreat is designed to help small business owners like you overcome the challenges you're facing with business focused workshops AND make sure you're balancing your wellness needs at the same time. So come and join some like-minded people and make some lasting friends. Book your place today. 


The Small Business & Entrepreneurs Retreat will take place at Pacific Shores Resort. Set along side beautiful Craig Bay on Vancouver Island, a thirteen-acre property including gardens, trails, indoor and outdoor pools, and hot tubs. This is the perfect getaway to decompress, dream and make positive business-altering changes.


Queen Rooms, fit for a Business Boss
The waterfront accommodations are conveniently located just minutes away from Parksville, B.C, along side beautiful Craig Bay. This location gives you the luxury of enjoying beautiful scenery right from the privacy of your balcony or patio, where you can enjoy the peaceful setting and amazing sunset views. 

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Retreat Itinerary

A weekend of relaxation, creativity, and mapping out your goals.

This weekend will feature creative workshops lead by local BC Artists. You'll get to try out different mediums and takeaway your pieces.

Friday, Sept 8

16:00 - 18:00 | Checkin

We appreciate that everyone will have different arrival times. So relax, take your time, enjoy your beautiful surroundings and get settled in.

18:00 - Late | Welcome canapés & Networking

Get to know the other wonderful entrepreneurs and business owners on this retreat with you and share some delicious, locally sourced treats. 

This is a great time to practice introducing your business and listen to how other business owners do the same.

Saturday, Sept 9 - Morning

09:00 - 10:00 | Breakfast

10:00 - 11:00 | Morning Yoga

Join Farah for an awakening Yoga class to boost your concentration and focus for the weekend.

A complimentary Yoga Mat and carrier for every Marpole Retreat's guest will be provided. 


11:00 - 12:30 | Eliminate Limiting Beliefs to Create More Growth & Abundance in your Business.


This session is a great way to get back to the vision and purpose of your business, or if you're a new business owner - it's a great foundation for your building blocks.

Your coach, Jennifer, will start by helping you draw out what it is you desire from your business and your personal biggest blocks and limiting beliefs that are creating challenges for you.


Jennifer will then walk the group through 5 steps to eliminating those limiting beliefs which you'll be able to use throughout your business journey to help you keep growing.

12:30-13:00 | Identifying & Setting Your Business Goals over Lunch

This session will take place over lunch to encourage discussion. The first half will focus on clearly outlining your strategic business goals and the steps needed to get there.

We will then move to a classic marketing practice of giving life to your customer persona; defining your ideal target audience so that your decisions are shaped around this character.

This session is designed to remove the feeling of being overwhelmed or out of your depth as a new business owner, and instead to have a feeling of "having your sh*t together".

Sunday, Sept 9 - Afternoon

14:00 - 15:30 | Heart of Conflict

Conflict is an inevitable part of business.


In this session lead by Farah, you'll learn basic skills to help you understand your leadership and management style as it relates to conflict and develop the skills to help you shift to a collaborative approach that allows you to speak assertively and honestly, express empathy and kindness, and de-escalate conflict.


This workshop is foundational for business owners who wish to spend less time putting out fires (misunderstandings) and more time stoking the fire of passion that fuels your business.


This 60 minute workshop is followed by a 30 minute conflict lab (group coaching session) where we will workshop several real-life scenarios from the group to brainstorm, strategize, and explore how to resolve conflict.

15:30 - 18:00 | Spa Treatments, 1:1 Business Coaching and Free Time

As part of your retreat package you have a complimentary Spa Treatment and 1:1 health coaching opportunity with either Marie or Farah. We'll book you in prior to the retreat so you know your schedule.

18:00 - 19:00 | Dinner

Sunday, Sept 10 - Morning

09:00 - 10:00 | Breakfast

10:00 - 11:00 | Morning Yoga 

Join Farah for an awakening Yoga class to boost your concentration and focus for the weekend.

Complimentary Yoga and and carrier for every Marpole Retreat's guest will be provided.

11:00 - 12:00 | Email Marketing 101

Emailing marketing can be a little daunting for new business owners; how often should you be mailing your contacts? What type of content will they value? What are the best practices?

This session, lead by Marie, is a crash course in how to really make your emails work for you.


You'll be introduced to some email marketing platforms, some helpful automations, and the email compliance regulations your business should be following.

13:00 - 14:00 | Lunch

Sunday, Sept 10 - Afternoon

14:00 - 15:30 | SEO for Attracting Your Ideal Customers 

You’ve put a ton of work into your business and your website. But none of that matters if no one can find you.


The secret to ranking higher in Google Search is SEO - Search Engine Optimization. It’s easier than you think. In this 1-hour workshop with Wendy, you’ll learn how to use keywords to attract your ideal customers to your website so you can make the sale, without sounding sales-y.

15:30 - 17:00 | Spa Treatments, 1:1 Business Coaching and Free Time. 

As part of your retreat package you have a complimentary Spa Treatment and 1:1 health coaching opportunity with either Marie or Farah. We'll book you in prior to the retreat so you know your schedule..

17:00 - 18:00 | Business Goals Review. 

This session will come back in a full circle. You'll have spent the weekend thinking about your business and how it's going to grow, so we'll use this time to check in on those goals and stepping that you outlined and make sure they're setting you up for success.

18:00 - 19:00 | Dinner

Monday, Sept 11

09:00 - 10:00 | Breakfast

10:00 - 11:00 | Checkout

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Locally Sourced Dining

This all-inclusive retreat includes all your meals prepared by the wonderful Pacific Brimm catering team. Whether you are in the mood for a hearty meal or a light filler, the Brimm offers a choice that's right for you.

Your dining experience consists of a delicate balance of quality, freshness, presentation and nutritious goodness for the mind and body.

There will be a soft drinks station present throughout the retreat so you can help yourself to; tea, coffee, juices, and water. 

Dietary requirements? No worries. We wouldn't be a health and wellness retreat business if we didn't cater to all dietary requiremens, just let us know what you need - we've got you.

Your Menu at a Glance

Friday 8 September

Networking & Canapés: Mini Quiches, Feta Stuffed Cucumbers, Prosciutto wrapped pickled Asparagus, Tomato and Bocconcini skewers, Smoked Salmon with herb cream cheese on rye. 


Saturday 9 September

Breakfast: Breakfast Sandwiches and Fruit Platters.

Lunch: A selection of Sandwiches, Soups and Salads.

Dinner: Strawberry Pecan & Goat Cheese Salad, Spinach Cannelloni, Lemon roasted Potatoes, Szechuan Green Beans, Grilled Chicken Breast with Wild Mushrooms Sauce.

Sunday 10 September

Breakfast: Breakfast Burritos with your selection of; Scrambled Eggs, Cheddar Cheese, Tomato, Peppers, Onions, Bacon on a fresh wrap of your choice: plain, whole wheat, tomato or spinach.

Lunch: A selection of Sandwiches, Soups and Salads.

Dinner:  Cranberry, Mandarin & Pecan with Feta Salad, Pesto Chicken Farfalle, Mushroom Risotto, Honey Glazed Carrots and Flame Grilled Salmon 

Monday 11 September

Breakfast: Assorted pastries, muffins, scones, croissants and danishes, fruit platter Served with jams, whipped butter, and cream cheese

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Marie Fryman
Marpole Retreats Founder

Marie is a certified Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.


Her goal is to help motivated individuals reach their dreams, whatever they may be, by; providing a space to meet likeminded people, learn about breaking goals down into manageable stepping stones, and learning how to look after your body and mind to be your best self.

Marie has trained and worked in the field of marketing for a number of years. She very experienced in developing strong business strategies aacross multiple marketing channels including; email, website, social media, paid advertising, PR and SEO.

FUN FACT: Marie came to Canada almost 3 years ago with her travel buddy, Bertie - a blind Yorkshire Terrier with a strong desire to do nothing but sleep.

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Farah Nazarali
Yoga Instructor & Conflict Mediator

Farah has been teaching yoga for over 20 years in a variety of settings - yoga studios, public schools, non-profits, corporate classes, and in retreat settings. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from her studies in Tibetan Buddhism, Lineage-based yoga, conflict resolution, and non-violent communication. She is a pioneer in integrating conflict resolution skills with yogic practices and Buddhist wisdom; bringing a somatic approach to communication and conflict.

Farah currently leads transformational Retreats on Bowen Island, Salt Spring Island, Hollyhock, and in the tropical paradise of Costa Rica and is delighted to partner with Marpole Retreats.

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Small Business & Entepreneurs Retreat Coaches

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Wendy Goldsmith
SEO Expert

Wendy Goldsmith helps entrepreneurs connect with their ideal clients online, with relationship-building content, audience research and SEO techniques. She has two decades of communication experience in corporate and non-profit marketing, and trade-journal publishing.


After working through her own mental health challenges, she became passionate about connecting wellness seekers with coaches, yoga teachers, counsellors and other wellness providers.


She starts every morning by pulling a tarot card, and scribbling furiously in her journal until it’s time to make lunches and find everyone’s socks for school.

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Jennifer Dibnah
Mindset & Manifestation Coach

Jennifer Dibnah is a Mindset and Manifestation Coach for entrepreneurs and has helped overwhelmed people step into successful, empowered CEO’s of their life. 


Her education in Psychology and, together with more than two decades of self-development and being a Yoga & Meditation teacher, has created a coaching practice to help driven people overcome limiting beliefs, accelerate their success and bring their dreams to reality. 


Jen lives in Vancouver, Canada and loves reading, hiking, being in nature and is a wildlife enthusiast. She is also a proud wife, and mom to two beautiful children.

Getting to this retreat

Address: 1600 Stroulger Rd #1, Nanoose Bay, BC V9P 9B7

Our venue is located in picturesque Nanoose Bay, BC on Vancouver Island.  Nanoose Bay is situated mid-island on the east coast, just 30 minutes north of Nanaimo and 2 hours north of Victoria. 

BC Ferries

A leisurely ferry ride between the BC Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island allow visitors to experience the unique geography and wildlife of this coast.

Sailing times: 

  • From Vancouver (Tsawwassen) to Nanaimo (Duke Point): 2 hours

  • From West Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) to Nanaimo (Departure Bay): 1 hour 35 minutes

The drive to the venue, Pacific Shores Resort and Spa, from Departure Bay is approximately 20 minutes and from Duke Point approximately 40 minutes.

1-888-BC-FERRY (1-888-223-3779)
Reservations may be made in advance for a nominal fee. We recommend reservations for peak summer periods as well as weekend or holiday travel year round to avoid waiting.

By Air

Connecting flights from Vancouver International fly into the neighbouring Nanaimo Airport and Comox Valley AirportHarbour Air Seaplanes and Helijet offer flights from downtown Vancouver to downtown Nanaimo, among other routes. WestJet flies direct from Calgary and Edmonton into Comox and from Calgary to Nanaimo. Iskwew Air flies direct from Vancouver South Terminal to Qualicum Beach Airport.

From Victoria

Drive north on Highway 1 to Nanaimo, just south of Nanaimo, take the exit for Highway 19 and the North Island. Bus connections are available from downtown.

From Vancouver and the Fraser Valley

Take the Lion's Gate or 2nd Narrows Bridge across Burrard Inlet, then follow the signs to Horseshoe Bay and take the BC Ferry to Nanaimo. Exit the ferry and keep to the 2 right lanes, then take Highway 19 North towards Parksville.

From Vancouver International Airport and South Vancouver

Take Highway 10 and 99, head to the BC Ferry terminal in Tsawwassen and catch the ferry to Duke Point (south Nanaimo). Head north on Highway 1 and then exit to Highway 19 and Parksville.

From Tofino or Ucluelet

Follow Hwy. 4, the 2 - 2 ½ hour drive leads directly to Qualicum Beach.

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