If you are an introverted entrepreneur who wants to create success on your own terms, create a life you love, AND make more money, then join us for a transformative experience + marketing mastermind retreat in Sicily, Italy from May 15th - May 20th 2018.
Dear Fellow Introverted Entrepreneur
Are you sometimes tired of doing it all alone but yet have a hard time finding your people? Have you attended big conferences in the hope of moving your business forward & making meaningful connections and instead ended up throwing yourself on the hotel bed, exhausted, because you just couldn’t take all the small talk anymore? If so, take just a few moments to read further…
Imagine waking up to the sound of ocean, and after a healthy breakfast & stroll on the beach, sitting on the shady terrasse with a small group of fellow introverted entrepreneurs masterminding, brainstorming & clearing roadblocks.
Step out of your routine and into the Dolce Vita in Sicily. It's time to calm your mind so we can work on the next important steps for you so you can show up, and make a difference.
Strolls on the beach, alone or with others, relaxing at the pool, laughing, cooking & eating healthy meals, reading your book & deep conversations with fellow participants are what we introverts treasure and are therefore an important part of the program. But we’ll also go explore the beautiful surroundings: Syracuse and it’s Roman Amphitheather, the baroque beauty Noto that is so gorgeous you might mistake it for a film set & the Necropolis of Pantalica, a collection of cemeteries dating from the 7th to the 13th centuries BC!
Deep dive masterminds, hot seats and one-on-ones with fellow participants will help you build the confidence you need to dream bigger and get a clear direction on where to go next so you can show up and make a difference.
Research shows that getting out of our usual surroundings helps us to think outside the box and come up with new and creative ideas. Creativity researchers refer to it as ‘seed incidents’.
“A seed incident is what stimulates people to explore new ideas because something happened which the same old stories we tell ourselves couldn't quite explain. The seed incident sends us on a journey of discovery. What we end up finding on that journey is another story. “
Tuesday, May 15th
Welcome Reception & Introductions
Arrive any time after 12pm (we’ll pick you up at Catania Airport). Then it’s time to relax, settle in and we’ll start with a cozy Pizza dinner at the house (I’ve tested all the pizzas in the area and know which place to order from! ) We’ll do an introduction and goal setting round, discuss our business challenges and opportunities - and then just hang out – with a glass of Nero d’Avola!
Wednesday, May 16th
We’ll taste our way through Siracusa
Early risers can join me for a walk at the beach before breakfast ;-) After our morning mastermind session, a light lunch & siesta we’ll head to Siracusa for an amazing tour which perfectly combines a wine and culinary experience with a sightseeing walk through the most breathtaking monuments of the old city.
Thursday, May 17th
Cooking Class & Dinner at an Organic Farm
After another day of business breakthroughs we’ll reward ourselves with a real treat: a cooking class at my favorite Agriturismo, an Organic Farm in the middle of an organic citrus plantation.
Friday, May 18th
Noto – The Baroque Beauty
Noto, a Unesco World Heritage is another must see! We’ll visit it early evening, when the red-gold buildings seem to glow with a soft inner light! Truly breathtaking. We’ll top off the evening with a delicious dinner (self pay).
Saturday, May 19th
A day of options!
For our last day together I thought it would be nice to leave our options open. We could do one-on-ones or another mastermind in the morning. In the afternoon the adventurous souls could go visit Necropolis of Pantalica, a collection of cemeteries dating from the 7th to the 13th centuries BC which is only a short drive away. Or maybe you prefer to spend the afternoon at the beach, go back to Siracusa or just hang out at the pool…
We'll meet again for our last dinner together. We'll stay in for a cozy dinner with all kinds of Sicilian delicacies catered by my friends Michele and Barbara.
Sunday, May 20th
After a last breakfast together we’ll say goodbye and ‘ci vediamo’. Maybe you'll extend your trip with a stay in Rome or explore some other Sicilian cities (I'd recommend Ragusa, Modica, Taormina).
Our villa is located in a quiet yet lived-in neighborhood in Fontane Bianche, a short 4 minute (400m) walk from the fine & white sand beach & crystal clear sea. The house is surrounded by a Mediterranean garden (orange, lemon, fig and palm trees as well as a multitude of different cactuses). There is one big main terrace as well as 2 other verandas (one with a built-in barbeque) to enjoy the lovely evenings accompanied by the sound of the cicadas.
There are 3 smaller bed rooms available in the house, and 4 more sophisticated ones just across the street in a beautiful Bed & Breakfast. We are also welcome to use the bio-swimming pool next door, a pool with salt water and no use of chemicals.
In the Main House
3 Rooms (for 1 person each)
These are three small rooms in the main house
In a lovely Bed & Breakfast just across the street
4 Studios (40m2 or 430 ft2)
Get a bit more privacy in these small studios just across the street. These apartments are also ideal in case you’ll bring your partner along on the adventure!
Ask me for a $200 discount if you're flying in from outside of Europe!
I know it's quite a trip from the US or anywhere else outside of Europe. And because I'd really LOVE to have an international group I'm offering my friends from outside of Europe a $200 discount ! Make sure you select that option on the registration form.
I have had the pleasure of working with and getting to know Sarah over the past few years. For over a year we talked on a weekly basis as we were both members of a small Online Mastermind. She's such a lovely and caring person with an attention to detail and a passion for business. It's been great to get to know another introvert in the online business world and to get to see being an introvert as more of a super power instead of a disability!
I've been fortunate to spend several days with Sarah at my own retreat recently, and she is a joy to work with (and to travel with!) Sarah is thoughtful, engaging and "wicked smaht," as we say here in Boston. More importantly, as a card-carrying introvert myself, I greatly appreciate Sarah's approach. She makes everyone comfortable and at ease, so they can be at their best. Introverts rock, and so does Sarah!
I recently attended a Mastermind with Sarah, meeting her for the first time. In just a few days, I realized how much she contributed to the direction and outcomes of the group’s discussions. She listened thoughtfully to each person’s business presentation and responded with perceptive insights which, for several in attendance, truly moved them to clarity and confidence to take action. Sarah was instrumental in helping us to find new business directions that may not otherwise have been pursued. I am thrilled to know Sarah, both as a colleague and a friend, and look forward to attending her Mastermind so we can again spend days exchanging ideas and planning for future steps in our business development.
This event is reserved to introverts and ambiverts. If you're not sure where you fall on the spectrum, ask yourself the question 'where do I get my energy?' If you're an extrovert you get it from being around people, if you're an intro- or ambivert you recharge your batteries with alone time.
If you have a website and are using it to get clients, then this event is a good fit for you. You might not have a product yet, but are definitely interested in adding a passive income stream to your business.
I'm glad you asked. No, this is nothing like a workshop. A workshop is typically an intellectually based, content-heavy experience, 2 - 3 days long and the activities are normally limited to what can be done in the classroom. There's a clear objective and outline of the program.
Our retreat is much more experiental and transformational than the average workshop. Yes, we will work real hard on our businesses in the morning, some straight-up teaching, some mastermind sessions with hot-seats & some one-on-ones, but the afternoon is for activities, exploring, experiencing & relaxing. Our brains need this time for integration & processing ;-)
Our main objective is to get clarity for our next steps, learn from each other, form long lasting friendships & get new ideas in order to create success on our own terms.
Yes, of course. We can make a special grocery trip into Avola to get what you need.
Yes, you can. Either in the B&B across the street or you can go visit the other beautiful cities close by such as Ragusa, Modica or even go see the Etna further up North.
Because I pay our vendors in advance, any cancellation at any point will result in a total loss of the your initial $500 USD deposit.
more than 60 days prior to workshop, full refund due less non-refundable deposit.
Less than 60 days prior to workshop, no refund due.
I recommend a personal travel insurance to cover the possibility of unexpected cancellation.
With only 7 spots available for this incredible retreat, registration will close when I have 7 paid deposits or on March 15, 2018, whichever comes first. After that, your name will be added to the wait list for notification of the next retreat.
I started my first online business adventure in 2008, as a Virtual Assistant. We were living in California at the time, on an Expat Assignment, and I needed a location independent business.
I’ve since moved back to my home country, Switzerland, and built a successful business as a LinkedIn Trainer & Consultant (simplicitysmallbiz.com)
After reading Simon Sinek’s book ‘Start With The Why’ I realized that my true purpose is to help other introverts embrace who they are and scale their online business in order to make a difference, using their introverted super powers.
Once I turn off my computer, I am a mom of two crazy boys, a wife and best friend to my soulmate, an Italo-Canadian whom I met while traveling in Spain 20 years ago. We have two boys together, aged 11 and 14. I’m a very open-minded, alternative-thinking citizen of this world. I live in Switzerland where I was born and raised, but I think way beyond borders. Traveling and discovering other cultures is one of my passions.
I grew up with values of community & non materialistic thinking (brings back childhood memories of community living in an apartment building my parents & friends bought together and named ‘Colombina’). I was taught early on that I was very privileged to be born in a society that has everything and that this privilege came with a responsibility: take care of our world and take care of those who are not as privileged as me.
I’m a non-conformist and I think you see why … So if you’re after the million dollar business to satisfy your own luxury tendencies, I’m probably (most likely) not the right person for you. I do my best work with people who want to make a difference.
I don’t have all the answers, like you, I’m still figuring things out. But there are a few things I’m good at already and have to offer you:
I’d love to meet you in Sicily!