great life redesign

Join me in the spectacular Banff National Park from April 17 – 19, 2015 for 2 ½ days of life design.

We’ll gather in a lavish retreat room in the legendary Banff Springs Hotel surrounded by breathtaking scenery and we’ll design a life you love.

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There are puh-lenty of events on the scene. Some are rah-rah, some are bursting with star-power gurus, others are swarming with great networking opportunities. Most are inspiring—if you bring the right mindset.

But, some events are a tad different. More intimate. Softer. Flowing with deep meaningful connections and wholehearted exploration.

The Great Life Redesign is one of those rare gems—a chance to rest, reflect, uncover ideas, find answers, tap into knowing, and create a meaningful change.

Lissa MarkwardtStraight from an open heart, Gemma shared the love she saw in me right back like an illuminating mirror. This kind of love allowed me to see and feel it within myself so I could hold it and move forward with it. Lissa Markwardt

Within us is the ability to design our lives the way we want them to be. Sometimes we get off course and end up with a life that feels draining and not quite right.

During our 2 ½ days together, we will dive into designing a life you love. You will push past limits while honoring your boundaries in a safe, positive, loving environment.

You’ll dig deep, figure out what matters, uncover what’s holding you back, and return to the world with the vision and strategy to live your great life.

It will be a real redesign, complete with metrics and momentum. We’re out to get tangible proof of a great life.

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what’s included?

For $600.00 CAN {non-refundable but fully transferable} you will receive,

Time. A full 2 ½ days of inspiration and deep internal reconfiguring.

Great Life Redesign retreat with Gemma Stone SerenityCommunity. You’ll spend the weekend with a collection of wise, supportive, loving, like-minded people.

Celebration. We kick off the retreat with some heart-opening work early Friday evening. With the stunning Rocky Mountains beneath your feet and crystalline skies above your head, we’ll cap the evening off with a calm celebration, late night stargazing and homemade marshmallows. Saturday night will be the Great Life Celebration! Invite your family and friends and dance the night away.

Great Life Redesign Retreat with Gemma Stone FoodNourishment. Healthy snacks and beverages will be provided throughout your experience. If you have allergies, are gluten-free, or have specific dietary requirements let us know and we’ll take good care of you.

Truth. The most powerful experiences happen in an atmosphere of openness to truth and willingness to change. I’m not going to tell you what to do, how to live your life, or give you unsolicited advice. The redesign process is all about you digging deep into what matters to you.

Great Life Redeign LoveNurturing. Throughout the experience, I’ll encourage you to drink extra water, engage in self-nurturing activities, sip delicious tea, record your reflections, and ask questions. You may wish to schedule some extra time before and after the retreat to support your mind, body, and spirit and integrate the redesign experience.

Confidentiality. By registering for this retreat, you are agreeing to keep everyone’s stories confidential. You do not have to share anything with the group {unless you want to}.

Momentum. You’ll come away from this retreat feeling rested, fired up, inspired, recharged, and ready to live a life you love. You will leave with meaningful connections to like-minded people, a deeper connection to your soul, and a strategy to live a life you love.

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what’s not included?

Breakfasts and dinners are not included. For breakfast and dinner, you’ll get to indulge in one of the many fine restaurants scattered throughout the Banff Springs.

Transportation to the retreat is not included.

Accommodations are not included. You can stay at the Banff Springs or you can stay somewhere else nearby. The Banff Springs has offered a really great rate of $209.00 {normally $479.00} for all Life Designers — I’ll send you the reservation code as soon as you register for the retreat.

is it for me?

Yes, if you

  1. want to live a great life
  2. want to change something about your life
  3. are open to exploring and reflecting
  4. are ready to discover your own truths
  5. are interested in how the psychology of change can make your life better
  6. want to belong to a community of supportive, loving, like-minded people

No, if you

  1. do not wish to meet others who are experiencing something similar
  2. if you are looking for a private therapy experience
  3. feel that there is nothing you’d like to change in your life
  4. are not interested in investing time, money, and energy in yourself
  5. want an expert to tell you what you “should” be doing

how do i register?

As soon as you know this is for you, register by clicking the button below. The Great Life Redesign alumni and my clients tend to jump on spots ahead of time, so this retreat fills up fast.

If you need a multiple payment option, please let me know; I’m happy to be accommodating.

In my opinion, any life lived without a clear understanding of what deeply matters is a waste of time. And we don’t have time to waste.

It’s gonna be sublime.

And if it doesn’t work out this time, we’ll have other adventures together. I promise. But if this is speaking to you right now, I’m looking forward to redesigning your life with you.

See you in Banff!

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frequently asked questions

What’s the schedule?

We gather on Friday evening to register between 6:00pm and 6:45pm. We begin at 7:00pm and wrap up our reflective work around 9:30pm. For the rest of the evening we enjoy a calm celebration. Imagine yourself stargazing in the Rocky Mountains, munching on homemade marshmallows and sipping apple cider while being surrounded by like-minded people.

Gemma Stone retreat Banff Spring SpaWe meet back in the Cascade Ballroom at 9:00am. For dinner on Saturday, you can indulge in one of the many fine restaurants the Banff Springs has to offer. At 8:00pm the Great Life Celebration begins! If you’d prefer a quiet evening, you’ll have time to check out the world class spa for some well deserved self-care.

Sunday morning we start at 10:00am. The retreat processes wrap up at 1:00pm so you will have plenty of time to make it back to the city, catch your flight, or soak in the hot springs before you head back into the world.

I already love my life. Should I still come?

First of all I’m delighted to hear you love your life! Yay!
Here’s my perspective — I really love my life too, and the Life Design process is something I go through personally twice a year. Every time I do it I find it valuable.
The retreat is really focused on conscious living. We are all about developing courage, community and consciousness — which is always a work in progress. Some participants come who need a complete life redesign and some people come to reflect, check in, and make a few adjustments.

I’ve been to the Great Life Redesign retreat before, should I come again?

Yes! About half of the Great Life Redesign participants are alumni. I’m always reading the latest research and integrating new strategies and processes into the GLR experience so every year there is new material. You Great Life is always in motion; it requires time, energy and attention every year.

Is it just for women?

No! Everyone deserves to live a great life :-)

We’re an inclusive kind of crowd.

How do I prepare?

Clear your schedule and your mind. Put an auto-responder on your email, turn off your phone, let people know you will be MIA for the weekend.

Why is it at a hotel {instead of a retreat center}?

This was a tricky decision to make, I thought about it for a very very long time.

First, the Banff Springs is kinda me — I love luxury, nature, and impeccable service.

Second, at most retreat center everything is shared — rooms are shared, meals are shared, free time is shared, and processes are shared. While this works beautifully for some people other people need time alone to reflect and rejuvenate.

I opted for a bigger hotel so you have your own space and can choose how much to engage with others during the time that we are not together.

This location is a lovely way to honor both extroverts and introverts.

How do I get there?

Check this for general location information or for interactive flight data play with this.

What if I register and I can’t make it?

I totally get it. Things happen. Once you register the wheels behind the scene start turning and I spend money to make your experience as awesome as possible. For that reason, there are no refunds, but you are welcome to transfer your spot to someone else up to sixty days before the retreat or transfer your attendance to the next retreat. Send me a note to let me know if you’d like to make a change to your registration.

I still have a question.

If there’s something you need to clear up or explore before registering, email

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