The Embrace Retreat is back!

Are you ready find a more peaceful, neutral, possibly even celebratory relationship with your body? The Embrace Experience is a unique group coaching and photography experience that has been called “truly transformational.” If you’re looking to level up your body acceptance and love, consider joining us for this one-of-a-kind experience.   

We’re going back to our roots!

We’re going to kick it like it’s 2018 and hold a one-day retreat. That’s right. We’re going to have a full day of juicy conversations, genuine connection, delicious food, and of course…the photo shoot!  

About the Photography Experience

The Embrace photography experience always has a theme and this year is no different. Given our unique location that has a beautiful earthy, woodsy, magical feel – we’re encouraging skin-tone undergarments (think undies, bra, tank or cami) for the group shots. For your solo shots – girl, you do you! The world is your oyster. Want to go nude? Or draped tastefully in a blanket? We’re here to support you. Want to wear something that makes you feel fabulous? YESSS!!! Magic.

In addition to the group and individual shots there will also be an opportunity to have small group photos (if you come with someone special).

If any/ all of this makes you nervous – please hear this. The photography experience is about being seen as you are. Being celebrated as you are. And you – seeing you with a lens of love, appreciation and (maybe even) celebration.

Our very special location

This year we’re partnering up with Rising Sol Space and we could not be more excited! Our retreat will be held outdoors in their magical geodesic dome nestled amongst the trees in Skutz Falls, in the Cowichan Valley. Not only is it a stunning site to be and have photos, there are many wonderful accommodation options nearby if you want to make a girls weekend out of it! 

The investment for the Embrace Experience is $395 (Earlybird pricing is $349).

Your registration includes: 

  • 1 full day of connection, community + body gratitude coaching 
  • A delicious picnic-style lunch and yummy snacks.
  • The Embrace Photography Experience (individual + group).
  • 3-5 digital images you can download, plus group shots.
  • A very special commemorative gift.
  • Once-in-a lifetime memories. 


Dates + Details:

The venue is booked and the date is set! Our 2022 Embrace Retreat will happen on Saturday September 17th from 9am – 5pm. 



Registration opens on Monday June 20th EXCLUSIVELY to our Waitlist. The waitlist will have EXCLUSIVE access to the earlybird pricing of $349 for 48h. On Wednesday June 22nd registration will open to non-waitlist folks (if spots remain).   


Don’t want to miss it?! 


I participated previously, would I gain value from coming again?

In short, YES! Not only will the conversations be completely unique (because they never are exactly the same, are they?), but you’ll have the opportunity to deepen and grow even further into this experience. It’s kind of like watching a movie you’ve seen before. Each time you see slightly different things, and deepen your understanding of the characters (in this case you!).

Plus with a completely unique photography experience this year (and a little more comfort since you’ve been in front of the camera before), you’ll have a new opportunity to shine!

 Stay tuned for an Embrace Grad offer coming to your inbox! 

Your Embrace Experience Facilitators:

This one-day retreat is a collaboration between Super You (Gillian Goerzen) and Captured Essence Photography (Brooke Hewitt-Morgan). We are both passionate about changing the way women view their bodies and are so excited to share this day with you!



What participants had to say about their experience:

What a powerful day. Something beautiful happens when women come together in love and support of each other. We were a group of strangers but Gillian and Brooke bonded us in such a beautiful way. To say the photography experience was amazing feels trite. It was inspiring, it was fun, it was empowering. Brooke has a way of making you feel so comfortable, and her gift behind the lens led to so many gorgeous photos. The conversation Gillian facilitated was powerful and real. We have work to do, as women, to re claim our place in the world. And Gillian and Brooke are making that work a little easier by building safe, open communities of women. Much love and respect to you both.

I went into this day with great trepidation, but I am SO GLAD I went. It was a really powerful day looking at preconceived notions about how I felt about my body and the way I show up in the world. It was a powerful day confronting some stories I’ve had and the way I have let them limit me, or censor me, hold me back from sharing myself authentically and without reservations. The photo experience captured me with such ease and being so fully in the moment that it was really profound. I am excited for the impact this experience will have on my life moving forward.

What a day that was spent at the Embrace Retreat. Women coming together to support and reflect. This world needs to hear this and change their mind on body positivity. The photo shoot was spectacular and was all about supporting each other and feeling great about ourselves.

If you are considering joining this retreat STOP and sign up!!!! It was very well thought out and the content was impressive and empowering. The food… Delish! Very worth the price paid. I was so very happy to be a part of the wonderful group of diverse women. The personality’s just worked. I felt safe and respected. I give huge compliments to Gillian and Brooke for this collaboration. Excellent!!!

What an incredible day, listening, learning and sharing. There is such power in a group! Gillian and Brooke were amazing at facilitating conversations with respect and kindness. I recommend this retreat to anyone wanting to get closer to body peace.

I found the embrace retreat to be a real eye opener and an AMAZING experience ! I felt safe and guided, was able to really express myself without any anxiety or fear. The process of listening to other women and their experiences and thoughts reminded me that I am not alone in how I feel, the fears I have and that I DO have the ability to change the story I tell myself and to help others do that as well. After a couple of weeks I am still feeling the love and gratitude that I felt that day and am feeling more comfortable in my own skin – it was and continues to be a strong life changing force. I soooo look forward to more retreats, more growth, more self love and more connection with strong badass women in all phases of their life and growth! The connection, realness and truth I felt filled my soul with a peace I have not felt in a long time – I saw a glimpse of “me” that has been missing!


We love them! Feel free to email either of us directly! You can contact Gillian here, or Brooke here.