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Sept 17 - 24

Discover how to bring more meaning and joy to your life as you move confidently into your next chapter with clarity and ease.  

A transformative retreat for women seeking  renewal and a supportive community as they explore the

beauty of Sicily.

Only a few spots left!

Ask me about a buddy discount!

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I want MORE for you than that!

This moment in time presents a unique opportunity to discover what you TRULY want in your heart of hearts.

You’re ready to live life to the fullest and step into your best life.

Living intentionally means creating the life you desire and I can teach you the tools to get there.


I created this retreat for you.

At long last the world is starting to reopen to travel and social gatherings – and everyone is eager to get back to life as we once knew it.

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Eight days.


The magic of Italy.


The time and space to focus on YOU, with a powerful coaching program that brings you into alignment with your true self.

A truly exceptional villa shared with a small group of women, the perfect way to make life long connections.


You’ll go home with the tools you need to build a life you love, to deepen relationships, and connect with your purpose. 

What do you say? Will you join me?

This retreat is perfect for women who are ready to move forward into their best life – but need support in working through what it is and how to achieve it. 


Perhaps you:


  • Recently became an empty nester

  • Retired from your long-time career

  • Saw the end of an important relationship

  • Overcame a significant health issue

  • Moved to a new place


Or maybe you have a feeling deep down that

you want more from life. 



No matter what your journey has been to this point, you’ll find your way forward in community with other compassionate women seeking their own paths.

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September 17 - 24, 2022



Sicily is the perfect backdrop for this one-of-a-kind retreat. 


Baroque cathedrals with their limestone facades shimmering in the brilliant sunshine. Terracotta rooftops above winding ancient alleyways. Culinary delights to engage all your senses. Crashing crystal clear waves of the Mediterranean Sea.


Thousands of years of history happening on one incredible island just waiting to welcome you in.

What better place to disconnect than a place that feels worlds apart?

I’m ready to pack my bags just thinking about it!



Set in the country side, near the coast and the town of Ragusa, Il Baglio della Sorgente is a private villa that exudes calm. The property is a converted winery and stables, and includes a pool and gardens.

Our world class villa host is The Thinking Traveller, six times winner of the Conde´ Nast Traveller Readers' Choice award.


Guests stay in airy, comfortable accommodations with options for private or shared bedrooms. This intimate venue offers just enough privacy while still allowing us to get to know each other and share a truly special experience!

Il Baglio della Sorgente, Photo Courtesy of The Thinking Traveller
Il Baglio della Sorgente, Photos Courtesy of The Thinking Traveller

Here’s what I have in store for the women who join me for the THRIVE Sicily Retreat:


  • Signature THRIVE coaching program with the tools to shift your mindset and your life

  • Exclusive use of luxury villa with amazing amenities

  • Concierge support to effortlessly plan your travel

  • Freshly prepared meals with in house chef

  • Expert-led yoga sessions and guided meditations

  • Site seeing in Modica, Ragusa and Noto as well as  excursions to the beach and nature preserve

  • Restaurant meals to sample the Sicilian cuisine

  • Winery tour with lunch

  • Professional private transportation

Check out the full itinerary  for a more detailed description of the amazing-ness in store!


I returned home with a full heart, grateful for everything I learned from Paula and the other amazing women and memories that will last a lifetime.

After Paula’s retreat I feel more confident with a sense of calm, joy and hope. The experience was better than I expected, hoped or imagined it could be.


Christine, THRIVE Retreats, Sedona

Lynne, THRIVE Retreats, Sedona

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Saturday, Sept 17

As soon as your flight touches down at Catania Airport, you’ll jump right into the retreat experience by meeting your fellow retreat goers and sharing the scenic ride to Il Baglio della Sorgente villa via private transportation. You'll be welcomed with an aperitivo and we’ll get to know each other as we settle in. The day finishes out with a delicious al fresco meal prepared by our in house chef.


THRIVE Retreats, Sedona AZ

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THRIVE Retreats, Puglia Italy

This retreat was life changing for me.

I'm so glad I said YES to this experience!

Claudia, THRIVE Retreats, Puglia Italy

Price of retreat $3600 plus cost of room

(room rates start at $175/night per person and vary depending on room type)

What’s Included:


Signature THRIVE Program

Sicily provides the setting, but the THRIVE program provides the magic.


I’ll be leading intensive workshops throughout our stay designed to inspire, ignite, and illuminate. Topics include:


  • Using the tools of positive psychology to improve your life, relationships, and mindset

  • Understanding and leveraging your VIA strengths to live in alignment with your true self

  • Developing healthy and sustainable habits to find peace, happiness, and meaning

  • Clarifying your life's purpose with tools to define how to live into your best self

  • An action plan to jumpstart a dream goal


Once-in-a-lifetime Sicilian Experience

Included in retreat & room price are...

  • Concierge travel planning to book your flights

  • Transportation to and from Catania airport to our villa

  • 7 nights accommodation in private or shared room at Il Baglio della Sorgente

  • Daily continental breakfast prepared in villa by personal villa staff

  • Daily lunches either in house or restaurant

  • 4 dinners prepared in house by personal chef 

  • 3 restaurant dinners

  • Winery Tour with lunch

  • Visit to Vendicari Nature Preserve

  • Excursions to Modica, Noto and Ragusa with private transportation

  • Beach day with lido rental 

  • Morning yoga and meditation

  • Welcome and closing receptions with wine and cheese

  • Free time to read, meditate, or rest


Not Included in retreat price...

  • Flights to and from Catania airport

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 I could go on and on about how phenomenal this retreat is (and go into plenty more detail in the FAQ section) — but I’ll tell you something you need to know even more...

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If this trip is calling to you, it’s for a reason. I know you're ready to find out what it is.

This retreat is more than a trip. It's an opportunity to step out of your everyday life and gain clarity on where your journey will take you next.  


The woman who goes home from this retreat will be powerfully, beautifully different than the one who arrived.


This retreat is SOON. I've planned a once-on-a-lifetime itinerary where every detail is taken care of – so that you don't have to think about anything other than what you want to take away from this experience.

All you have to do is say YES.


To yourself today, and to the future self who's waiting to emerge. 


Just think – in a few weeks you could be gazing at the Mediterranean in the company of women as extraordinary as you are.

Sharing stories, delicious food, and new beginnings.


These spots are already going quickly, so grab your spot today!


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  • Why would I hire a coach?
    If you want to make changes in your life, whether it be losing 10 pounds, starting a new career, or being a more patient person, working with someone to provide support and accountability is always beneficial. Coaching provides that support. If you need help identifying changes you want to make in your life, are at a crossroads and cannot decide which road to take, or want more time, peace and joy in your life (Yes, these are the benefits of coaching!) coaching could help you. As a coach, I will: provide accountability and support; challenge and push you to be the amazing person you are; help you move forward with the changes you want to make in your life; see you accomplish your goals
  • What are the benefits of your coaching?
    According to my clients, coaching: teaches them to live in the present moment bringing greater peace in their lives; helps them find more time by prioritizing where their time is spent; decreases stress as they evaluate and make choices about what brings happiness and fulfillment; fosters more patience and a sense of wellbeing as they learn to take care of themselves by making their own needs a priority.
  • I'm super-busy! How can I fit coaching into my already packed schedule?
    I get it. From my own experience as a mom of three as well as talking to other mothers, I know the number one challenge we face is not having enough time. You need to look at coaching as an investment in yourself and your happiness. You are worth the time and effort it takes to move toward living the life you want to live. All of my personalized coaching is done over the phone during school hours, which means you can do it from your home at your convenience. And, no travel time! My coaching starts with two 45-minute discovery calls, after which we will schedule three 30-minute calls per month.
  • How long does coaching last?
    That’s really up to you, but my experience shows it takes at least three months to make changes that will stick. No fleeting New Years resolutions happening here!
  • You mentioned accountability. Does that mean I'll have homework?
    Your only homework will be the work you need to do to get closer to your goals. Finding more time in your day is always one of my coaching goals, so I will not assign any unnecessary work. I know how precious every second is, they will not be wasted.
  • What if something unexpected happens in my life and I can't continue with the coaching?
    I know that life happens. If you need to curtail our sessions, we can tie up any loose ends and I will refund any unused sessions.
  • What is the difference between therapy and coaching?
    Coaching is about moving toward the life you want to live, not analyzing why things are the way they are. It’s inevitable, however, that during our conversations emotions may surface. Emotions are energy and moving that energy through you so you can move on is healing. If you or I feel that you need a trained therapist at any point, I can help you find the right person.
  • Are you trained as a coach?
    Yes. I trained with the Coaches Training Institute,, the number one coaching training school in the country. CTI has one of the most rigorous coaches training program in the world. Through my CTI training, I am a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach.
  • I'm not really sure what I want to be coached on. What will we cover?
    Initially, I will ask you to complete a client questionnaire. This will help you determine what you want to get out of coaching; I have plenty of exercises to get the juices flowing. Our first two calls will involve reviewing your questionnaire and doing some visioning work. We will then move on to coaching on a topic of your choice. Don’t worry about coming up with a topic – I have never had a client with that dilemma. If needed, we can always revisit your questionnaire and look a little deeper.
  • Does being a coach mean you have all the answers?
    Absolutely not! You are the expert on your life. Through coaching I provide a different perspective to help you learn more about yourself – what makes you happy, what you want out of life. Only YOU have the answers to those questions. My job is to get you thinking, lead you through thought-provoking exercises, support your efforts and hold you accountable to reach your desired goals.
  • Is coaching confidential?
    Yes, absolutely. Any conversations we have are strictly confidential.
  • Are there topics you don't cover?
    My coaching focuses on you and what you want from your life. If you are looking for a direct and explicit focus on parenting skills, my coaching may not be right for you. However, if we identify improving your parenting skills as one of your goals, we can work together to find the right person to work with you on that specific goal. My focus is on you. While our work will certainly improve lots of areas for your family, our focus will be on you and your goals.
  • When are you available for coaching calls?
    My coaching hours are school hours. I have identified that limiting my work time to the hours that my children are at school works best in our world. As a result, most of my clients are stay-at-home moms that are available during that time of the day. As long as you are available via phone during the day, we can come up with a time that works!
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