Join us for a VIP experience in gorgeous La Jolla, California. All you have to do is show up and work on your big project. Everything else is handled for you!
This is the perfect opportunity to tackle that one big thing that will move the needle in your business.
maximize your productivity
No distractions. No kids. No spouses. No employees. No pets. Productivity requires rest, too, so this is your time to work hard and play hard, uninterrupted by the day to day operations of your business or home life. This GSD Retreat is the perfect creativity incubator.
get strategic feedback
Working alone can be great for productivity but it's not great when you need feedback. We'll be there when you need us so as soon as that sales page is done you have someone to review it. Feeling writer's block and need inspiration? We'll be there to problem-solve and generate ideas so you make the most of your time.
enjoy a luxury setting
Did you know that changing your space and being outdoors helps with creativity? That's why we have a beautiful location where you can walk along the beach, sit outside in the sun or simply relax indoors. We will also have healthy, gourmet food to keep you fueled and productive, along with comfy beds for a good night's rest.
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Arrive, de-stress, get shit done and get pampered.
You don't cook. You don't clean. You don't worry about anyone else.
Leave knowing your big task is complete.
Here's a look at the tentative schedule...
Thursday, September 20th
Everyone arrives after 5pm to settle in to their rooms, begin to de-stress and enjoy a wine and cheese reception. If you arrive to San Diego early you can enjoy the beach or start your GSD right away at a local coffee shop.
On this first evening we'll have a gourmet dinner together in the house at 6pm and discuss ways to maximize your GSD time, set intentions for the weekend, answer any questions, and have some fun before getting down to business.
Spend the evening diving into your project, chatting with other attendees or relaxing in the hot tub.
Friday, September 21st & Saturday, September 22nd
Wake up whenever you want, eat when you want, and get shit done!
Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided at set times but if you are mid-task we will save your plate.
Maelisa and Amber will be available all day to strategize, answer questions, provide feedback and support you in whatever you need.
Sunday, September 23rd
We will have a final breakfast ready for you before you head out for the day. Check out is at 10am.
We encourage you to consider exploring San Diego a bit or stopping by the beach before you go home. Enjoy this final day and plan for the transition back to reality!
Please note: While you are welcome to keep your own schedule throughout the GSD Retreat, we do ask that all participants plan for quiet hours from 10pm-8am so that we all get our productivity sleep.
We'll be staying in a gorgeous home just a few blocks from the beach in La Jolla, California. This area is known for fabulous weather all year long, beautiful beaches with frequent dolphin sightings, and a luxurious but small town feel right outside San Diego city limits.
We have carefully selected a home that is not only in a beautiful location but also optimal for productivity! There are multiple areas (both inside and outside) where you can find quiet, as well as a large communal space for when you need to take a break or get some feedback.
You have the option of reserving a private room or sharing a large suite (a great option if you want to attend with your bestie!). Room choices will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis.
Who Should Attend?
>> Female business owners who find it difficult to focus on anything other than the day to day operations of their business
>> Women entrepreneurs who find themselves ignoring or suppressing their creative side in order to manage the ongoing tasks for current clients
It doesn't matter if you're a mom or if you don't have kids. It doesn't matter if you have a brick and mortar business, sell products online, or have a service based business.
What does matter is that you are a woman who is 100% dedicated to the success of your business... and you also like to have a little fun, too!
Amber and Maelisa are both business owners, licensed psychotherapists, podcasters, master networkers and biz besties. They are passionate about marketing and entrepreneurship but most importantly, they are passionate about connecting with like-minded business owners.
Amber and Maelisa noticed that many female entrepreneurs are yearning for a support system of other women who "get it." They started the My Biz Bestie podcast with the goal of providing practical advice for female biz owners and encouraging them to find their tribe.
Women entrepreneurs rarely have an environment where they are free to focus on their business without distraction. After participating in GSD retreats with their own tribe, Amber and Maelisa want to offer this life-changing experience to other women.
And with over 12 years combined as business owners themselves, one with a brick and mortar group therapy practice and one with an online education platform, they are excited to offer their expertise and support during this epic GSD weekend retreat.
$1,750 for Private Room | $1,500 for Shared Room
All reservations are contingent on final approval after a phone call with Amber or Maelisa.
Who doesn't love a good bonus?!
We know how important it is to set yourself up for success during a productivity weekend. That's why we'll have a private Facebook group for all attendees one month prior to the retreat.
You'll be able to post your questions, preferences, and coordinate pajamas (if you're in to that kind of thing). Most importantly, you'll be able to post your goal for the retreat and get feedback from the group, as well as Amber and Maelisa, about how to make the most of our time together.
We'll also host one group call before we all meet in person.
This way you get a chance to know everyone a little and can receive more in-depth feedback if you're trying to narrow down what to focus on during the retreat.
Save time and stress. Let us do all the planning so you can just work!
Check out the time and cost of planning a GSD retreat on your own...
Hotel for 3 nights (plus taxes & fees): $780
Food & Drink for 3 days: $300 (at least)
Surprise bonuses: $200
That's $1,280 in basic expenses alone!
Then add in the time it takes to find and book a room, the mental energy to coordinate and pick up meals, the annoyance of hotels never having easy access to drinking water (why is that always so difficult?!), etc.
Plus, you also get...
Access to Maelisa and Amber for 3 full days of feedback, strategy, resources at your beck and call: $9,000 (for real!)
Connection with other female biz owners who are serious about their entrepreneurial success: Priceless
Time away to focus on nothing but your big task: Priceless
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Is my deposit refundable?
Your deposit is 100% refundable until your phone call with either Amber or Maelisa. We want you to have the best experience and if we don't think it will be a good fit, we will let you know and offer suggestions for alternatives. We will also return your deposit right away. However, once you have talked with Amber or Maelisa and confirmed your room your deposit is non-refundable.
Why do you require a phone call with Maelisa or Amber?
We want this to be an amazing experience for everyone involved. That means 1) making sure this is a good fit for you and 2) making sure everyone in the group is a good fit for one another. This call is your chance to ask any questions, convey any concerns and our chance to understand your goals for the retreat.
Do I get to choose my room?
Absolutely! Rooms will be available on a first come, first served basis so reserve your room early to make sure you can select what you want. Selections will be made once the full fee for the retreat is collected.
When is the full amount due?
After we determine that the retreat is a good fit for you and will meet your needs you will have 7 days to pay in full to retain your spot.
What is the cancellation policy?
Once you have paid in full and reserved your room the cost is non-refundable. However, you may transfer your spot to another person, with written approval from Amber and Maelisa. All attendees will be required to have a call with Amber or Maelisa prior to confirmation of booking or transfer. You may not charge any person more than you paid for your reservation.
What is included in the price?
Everything! Well, maybe not a shopping spree but everything you need to GSD for three days...
Private or shared room for the nights of the 20th-22nd
Wine and cheese reception, drinks and dinner on Thursday, September 20th
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks on Friday, September 21st and Saturday, September 22nd
Breakfast on Sunday, September 23rd
Initial phone call with Amber or Maelisa to determine your goals for the retreat
Private Facebook group with Amber, Maelisa and other attendees one month prior to the retreat
One group call (via Zoom) with Amber, Maelisa and other attendees prior to the retreat to finalize goals and meet one another virtually
Strategic feedback and support from Amber and Maelisa throughout the entire retreat
Supplies for getting shit done (paper, pens, markers, post-it notes, etc.)
A few extra goodies and surprises
I have special dietary needs. Is that okay?
We have a small group specifically so we can meet all your needs! We will send a survey to determine any requests before the retreat.
My bestie and I want to share a room. Can we get a discount?
We have one shared room available for a discounted price. This room has two king-sized beds, a private bathroom, and is on the second floor (separated from the other rooms). The discount for the shared room is $350 per person.
I'm traveling to attend. What is the best way to get there?
The San Diego International Airport is just 13 miles south of the house and is about a 20 minute cab, Uber or Lyft ride. If you are in Southern California you are welcome to drive and park your car in the driveway during your stay. The home is near La Jolla Shores Beach and is less than 10 minutes away from the 5 freeway.
Maelisa and Amber are familiar with the area and are happy to help you with any travel questions!
What are the surprises you have planned?
If we told you then they wouldn't be surprises! But rest assured that they will enhance your productivity rather than distract you from getting shit done.