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THRIVE Retreats
Vermont Mountain Escape

Connect, Reset & Discover Your Best Self

Connect with your purpose and bond with a community of like-minded women as you develop your plan to move forward as your best self.

March 31 - April 2, 2023

Shrewsbury, VT

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Don't let life just happen to you. Live intentionally with purpose and meaning.

Every choice – big and small – led you to where you are now. Take the time to reflect on how you want to be and what you want to do in your one life as you discover who you are at your best.

Identify the thoughts and limiting beliefs that hold you back and learn tools to tap into your wise self that will have you moving forward with ease.

Leave the weekend with one of your goals clearly mapped out and get the guidance and accountability you need with our post retreat coaching call.  


This Vermont Mountain Escape is the perfect time and place to quiet your mind and relax your body as you develop a plan to reach your meaningful goals.


Three days. No obligations or distractions.

A quiet spot in the mountains of Vermont, chef-prepared meals, and a Thrive Program to give you clarity on your purpose and direction.


And most special of all - the deep connection and community where like-minded women hold space for one another.

You’ll go home with a clear mind, full heart, and a plan in place to get you where you want to go.

What do you say? Will you join me?

Here’s what I have in store for the women who join me for the Vermont Mountain Escape Retreat:

  • Signature THRIVE coaching program with a focus on discovering your best self while you map out your plan to reach a meaningful goal. Learn how to apply practical tools from the science of happiness to help you find meaning and purpose in your life.

  • Beautiful stay at a classic, timber and beam Vermont property "The Big Hoot", complete with outdoor hot tub, fire pit and yurt.

  • Phenomenal, plant-based meals prepared by
    in-house Chef  Tessa Holmes of Blossom Whole Food Kitchen.

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  • Expert-led yoga sessions in an on-property yurt nestled in the woods, heated by a wood stove.

  • Guided meditations

  • Nature therapy hike to fully experience the beauty and healing power of nature 

  • A post retreat group coaching call to give you the accountability and support when you return home.

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

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OUR VENUE, "The Big Hoot"

You will find a sense of calm, serenity and JOY at our classic Vermont get away, "The Big Hoot".

Bright and airy this classic post and beam home has stunning mountain views.  Our weekend retreat is located on a private and serene 88-acre parcel of woodland in the heart of Vermont.

Cozy up by the fire pit or soak in the 7-person outdoor hot tub as you gaze up to the star studded sky.

Rejuvenate your body with expert led yoga in our very own yurt, heated by a wood stove to relax your muscles and release stress.

On your drive in stop by one of the many local farm stands, farmers markets and artisan cheese makers close by.

Just 3 hours from Boston this Shrewsbury Vermont home is the perfect setting for our Thrive retreat!

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Friday, March 31

Guests will arrive in the late afternoon and have time to settle in before our welcome reception. Chef  Tessa will serve our group a lovely plant-based meal and we’ll gather around the fire pit to set intentions for the weekend before turning in for the night.

This retreat is for you if you...

  • Are ready to make changes to your habits and mindset to improve your quality of life

  • Looking to discover, clarify and take action on a meaningful goal

  • Are looking for meaningful connection and lasting friendships

  • Enjoy fresh, plant-based cuisine

  • Want to get quiet and listen to what your body and soul have to tell you

  • Enjoy hiking, yoga, and the outdoors

  • Believe in the importance of self discovery

  • Are excited to learn new ways to nourish your mind, body, and spirit


This retreat is not for you if you:


  • Want spa services, room keeping, or choice of meals

  • Need solitude or complete privacy

  • Are interested in the venue, but not the retreat program itself

This retreat was life changing for me.

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

Claudia, THRIVE Retreats, Puglia Italy

Retreat Experience $799, plus cost of room

(room rates = $180/night per person for shared or $290/night per person for private occupancy)


What’s Included:


Signature THRIVE Program

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


I’ll be leading a number of activities and exercises  designed to tap into your best self, quiet your mind, and gain clarity on your passions, purpose and goals.

Topics include:


  • Using the research backed tools of positive psychology to find stillness, connect to your purpose, and live in the moment

  • Connecting with nature to reduce stress and find meaning

  • Developing healthy and sustainable habits to achieve true self care, a mindfulness practice, and community

  • A unique goal mapping technique that incorporates research backed tools to help with goal attainment.


Quintessential Vermont Mountain Retreat included in retreat & room price are...

  • 2 night accommodation in private or shared room

  • Custom menu by plant-based, in-house Chef Tessa Holmes of Blossom Whole Foods Kitchen

  • Guided nature hike

  • Two on-site gentle yoga classes led by yoga instructor

  • Guided meditation

  • Free time to read, journal, hike, meditate, or rest

  • One post retreat group coaching call for accountability and support.


Not Included in retreat price...


  • Travel to and from Shrewsbury, VT

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“Returning home from my Thrive Retreat I feel inspired and empowered. Paula's warmth and light-hearted spirit made the retreat fun and enjoyable!”

Kerry, THRIVE Retreats, Sicily

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If this trip is calling to you, it’s for a reason. Aren’t you dying to know what it is?

The universe works in mysterious ways. It brings people together at the right time for the right reasons. 


I’m honored to hold the space for those special connections and inspiring shifts to happen.


There is SO much magic to be experienced at the Vermont Mountain Escape Retreat, and some amazing women to share it with.


Join us!


I’d love to tell you more about the retreat and answer any questions you might have. 

  • 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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