'2019 - BEST YEAR EVER’
NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION MINI RETREAT IN PARIS DEVOTED TO DELICIOUS PARISIAN FOOD, INSIDER’S TOURS, DAILY INSPIRATIONAL CLASSES ON HOW TO PLAN AN AMAZING NEW YEAR FOR YOURSELF
JANUARY 24TH-27TH 2019
Each year around New Year's Eve I curl up in the corner of my cozy sofa with a warm cup of tea and my all time favorite notebook. At this time of the year, I love honing in on my core values to make sure I’m prioritizing what’s most important to me. I review my values and make new plans for the year to come. This January I will share my goal-setting tools and fuel you with new perspectives on how to give energy to what you dream of so you can get clear about what’s most important in the year to come. I will provide you with lots of new inspiration, tips and knowledge on five life areas: Livelihood & lifestyle, body and wellness, creativity & learning, relationships & society and essence & spirituality.
So are you in for a real treat and ready to spoil yourself with the perfect blend of a much-needed getaway and personal and professional development, then come alone or bring a friend, and you will return with new perspective and energy, new friends and a plan for your next step. This tailor-made retreat gives you the chance to reflect on what is going on in your life, and to define what future you wish to create for yourself.
Our 4 days together will be spent immersed in invigorating experiences, talks and meals, that nourish both body, mind and soul - both at “home" in our light-filled, and beautifully decorated apartment in the oldest area of Paris, Saint Germain des Près, and out on the town, and our evenings will end at some of Paris' most charming and cool restaurants and bistros.
On the day of arrival we will meet at 4 PM in the large, authentic 18th century workshop-apartment for a ‘Meet & Greet’ over bubbles and French nibbles as well as introductions & a talk on designing a life you love. The forthcoming three days will include cobbled street strolling, visits to the best local boulangeries, patisseries, crêperies and chocolatiers in Paris, a guided food & history tour in Le Marais with an abundance of delicious food tastings. In the late afternoon we will warm our winter-cold bodies with a steaming cup of freshly brewed java or traditional French ‘Vin Chaud’ (mulled wine) at Café de Flore or Café les deux Magot, where Ernest Hemingway and Simone de Beauvoir used to hang out, and each day I will invite you to curl up in the comfortable sofas in the workshop apartment or sit around the long wooden dinner table, and let yourself be fueled with new tools, insights and inspiration on how to create an amazing year for yourself, amongst others based on the knowledge, I’ve gained through my studies in Positive Psychology, my experiences as an award-wining author, photographer, publisher, café-owner, television hostess and educator + the endless list of books on time management, goal-setting, personal leadership, work-life-balance and the power of uncovering your strengths and defining your values, I have read.
Our gatherings and the daily inspirational and motivational talks will take place in a large, authentic 18th century apartment with beautiful high ceilings, parquet floors and woodwork, located in my favorite neighborhood in the 6th arrondissement, situated on the left bank of the River Seine - just as your hotel, Hotel Left Bank Saint Germain. It is located in rue de L’Ancienne Comédie - only a stone’s throw away from the workshop apartment. Stepping out of the front door of the hotel, you’ll find yourselves amidst Paris’ most charming streets, lined with quaint shops, patisseries, bakeries, historic bistros, famed cafe and wine shops, making the neighborhood an absolute paradise for food lovers, prop-hunters, photographers and coffee drinkers like us.
WELCOME LETTER & SECRET FACEBOOK GROUP
A couple of weeks prior to the retreat start you will receive a welcome letter with more practical information, a list of participants, a detailed itinerary as well as a generous portion of insider's tips and tricks on where to eat and shop if you plan to stay longer in Paris. You wil also be invited to become a member of a private ''2019 - BEST YEAR EVER’' Facebook group. Here you can communicate e.g. about sharing taxis from airport and other practicalities, post questions, ask for advice, share insights and personal goals, and I can upload the links, recommendations, tips and tricks, I share with you during the talks.
January 24th-27th, 2019
The mini-retreat begins on the 24th at 3 PM and ends on the 27th at 5 PM.
4 days of cobbled street strolling, delicious meals, exploration, visits to local boulangeries, patisseries, crêperies & chocolatiers, cafés and bistros, inspirational and motivational talks to inspire you to create an amazing year for yourself.
HOW TO GET THERE:
The nearest major airport is Orly, about 30 minutes to the center of Paris by taxi. Charles de Gaulle airport is located about 1 hour and 15 minutes drive by taxi from Paris. You can also jump on a bus or a train.
PRICE & ACCOMODATION:
Prices listed are per person
You have the option to book with accommodation or without - see the prices here. If you book with accommodation you will be staying in a lovely private double room at one of my favorite hotels in the neighborhood called ‘Hôtel Left Bank Saint Germain. The hotel is located 5-8 minutes walk from the workshop apartement.
The mini retreat fee can be paid in two installments. To only pay a 50% deposit now, use the code 2INSTALLMENTS at check out. Feel free to pay in full if you would like. Otherwise the second payment will be due 6 weeks before the retreat-start. Contact us here if you need any help or guidance.
People from all walks of life is welcome.
Space is limited to 8 attendees.
* Meet & Greet with bubbles and nibbles
* 3 x light breakfast in the apartment or at a cozy Parisian café
* 3 lunches - either in the workshop apartment or at cafées/bistros
* A guided food & history tour in Le Marais
* 1 welcome dinner + 1 glas of wine at an authentic Parisian bistro
* 1 farewell dinner + 1 glas of wine at a super hip Italian restaurant
* Daily inspirational and motivational classes, talks and exercises
* Visits to local boulangeries, patisseries, crêperies and chocolatiers
* Macarons, chocolate, crêpes, bread, cheese, and wine tastings
* Transportation within Paris for all group excursions
* The unique opportunity to meet and connect with a group of like-minded creatives from all over the world
* Goodie bag with lovely New Year surprises
* BONUS: Lots of amazing photo opportunities - bring your camera along and I’'ll fuel you with tips and tricks on how to up your photography!
* In case you choose to book the retreat without accommodation, this is obviously not included
* Transportation costs (flight/train ticket) to and from the workshop destination, taxes & baggage fees
* Travel insurance (highly recommended)
* Dinner on Saturday
* Meals/items/activities bought when you're not with the group
“These days have been just magical! Thank you so much."
MARIA HÄRDNER, SWEDEN
“I am so so looking forward to being surrounded by a this creativity and life once more. And have the chance to talk with you. There is something really special about the atmosphere you create during these retreats and they give fire to all ideas.”
ANNA GILCRIST, VENICE
“I strongly recommend joining Sif Orellana in any upcoming retreat. She shares her talent, but, more importantly, her wisdom! "
You might not know but you cannot really live happily without it!
KAJSA JEPPSON, SWEDEN
“I AM STILL IN SOME KIND OF EUPHORIA AFTER MY RETREAT WITH SIF ORELLANA."
Thank you so much for being the most inspiring, caring and warm person I have met in a long time, Sif. I will always be grateful for this retreat.
NETTAN DAHLQUIST. NORWAY
“I'm speechless AND so thankful… It was wonderful, eye-opening THREE days for me. You are such a genuine and colorful person, and IT WAS SO generous OF YOU to share your experiences and skill sets with us."
I think that it was really good that I participated in this workshop to open up perspectives and possibilities in this time of transition. Your advice and recommendations are precious to me - they filled me with so much energy. I felt stuck when I came, but now I have found a light that gives me a sense of direction - thanks to your guidance. I know organizing workshops is a really hard thing, but you never looked tired and I respect you a lot. Again, thank you so much. I'm looking forward to our next gatherings. With lots of appreciation.
MINA USUI, JAPAN
"AFTER SPENDING JUST A FEW DAYS TOGETHER AT A SCANDINAVIAN CHRISTMAS TALE RETREAT, A VERY SPECIAL BOND WAS CREATED BETWEEN EVERYONE IN OUR LOVELY GROUP."
It was such an honor to be a part of this creative bunch, made extra special by our lovely leader and teacher Sif. Her passion and ability to inspire, her big heart and kind words, her empathy and unlimited generosity are so precious and inspiring that we were all in awe. I came back home with a full heart and lots of new friends. It was unforgettable! Thank you Sif for bringing us all together and sharing your hearts and wisdom!”
KARMEN KODA, PARIS
“I have been full of peace and happiness ever since."
Thank you for an amazing retreat and learning experience.
LOUISE GRANHOF JUHL, DENMARK
SIGNED UP FOR SIF'S WORKSHOP HOPING TO HONE MY VISUAL STORYTELLING TECHNIQUES...BUT I LEFT WITH SO MUCH MORE."
For me, the main benefits came when Sif shared the inside secrets of her incredible personal success story and from receiving invaluable individual feedback which she happily provided beyond workshop hours and even upon my return home! Importantly, she makes you feel comfortable instantly, no matter your photographic experience. Her down-to-earth approach helped participants to immediately gel well together which made the workshop fun.
Sif's style of communicating her visual storytelling knowledge is unique and made me feel truly connected and inspired. I returned home equipped with more tools and fully motivated to take action on my dreams.
I can’t speak highly enough of Sif's workshops.
IVAN EBEJER, MALTA
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Due to logistics, the people involved, the retreat is non-refundable. So please register only if you know you can attend. However, we would be very happy to transfer your spot to someone else should you be unable to make it and know someone who will take your spot. In the unlikely case that we have to cancel the retreat, you would receive a complete refund of the retreat fee. We encourage you to have a valid travel insurance before embarking on the trip. More info about our terms and conditions can be found here.