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.    

Last year due to restrictions we weren’t able to meet in person in the same way as before (hello pandemic pivot!). So we held zoom calls to explore the big ideas and gathered (safely distanced) for the photo shoot. It was pretty great given the circumstances and the overwhelming feedback was that our participants enjoyed having some time to process the big ideas we were discussing between our 3 weekly sessions! And so…much like all post-pandemic life, we’re learning from our experience to make our new-normal even better! 

Here’s how the Embrace Retreat version 3.0 works!

Our retreat will happen over two magical evenings.

On our first gathering (can I get a hurray?!) we’re going to connect as women, and have some real talk about the struggle to love the skin we’re in, and how we can explore a greater sense of peace, neutrality, and possibly even celebration of our bodies. Then, we’ll have an EPIC photo shoot as the sun sets. 

Then, one week later we’ll gather again. We will have the opportunity to gather one more time as a community to see the photography and have a very special photography reveal surrounded by our Embrace Community. It’s an incredibly moving experience. 


About the Photography Experience

The Embrace photography experience always has a theme. This year we’re returning to black bathing suits. But there’s a twist, one we think will be really transformative. There will be an opportunity to have individual photos, as well as small group (especially if you come with someone special), and if everyone is comfortable a few photos as a larger Embrace Community. 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.


The investment for the Embrace Experience is $375. This includes: 

  • 2 powerful group gatherings
  • A delicious picnic-style dinner at the beach on our first night together.
  • The Embrace Photography Experience (individual + group).
  • 3-5 digital images you can download, plus group shots.
  • A very special commemorative gift (mailed after the Embrace Experience, because snail mail is fun!)


Dates + Details:

The Embrace Retreat 3.0 will occur over two nights: Thursday August 19th from 5-8:30pm and Thursday August 26th from 6-8pm. The location (in the South Nanaimo region) will be revealed only to those registered for privacy.


Registration is CLOSED!

We’ll be BACK next summer and look forward to Embracing with you then! To be the first to know when registration opens, join our waitlist!


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!

And to say thank you for being part of our greater Embrace Community we’d like to offer you a $100 grad credit! You should have an email in your inbox…. (if your email has changed, be sure to contact Brooke or me!). 


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.