The Art of the Pause

“A day to recharge mind & body”

Urban Retreat at Verity in Toronto –  January 16, 2021 

Do you feel perpetually stressed, overwhelmed, and dissatisfied with your job? Have you lost your “spark,” unable to tap into the joy, drive, and raw passion you once had?

Believe me, you’re far from alone. Stop pouring from an empty cup — join me and other women professionals for a wellness retreat designed to help you reignite your fire and refocus your goals. Through meditation, authentic discussions, and expert insights, you’ll learn to find more soul satisfaction in your career and in your life. Come away feeling refreshed, empowered, and ready for your next move.

Only a limited number of spots are available. Secure yours now — and mark your calendar for an unforgettable day of sisterhood and self-discovery.

“I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed your retreat. What a group of incredible women! I really enjoyed getting to know them all. Everyone was so open and on interesting paths to personal growth.”

Barbara Dennis
Former software development manager with international technology firm

Strengthen Your Self-Care Toolbox

You dedicate so much of your energy to your work, family, and personal commitments. Now, this is your time. At my Urban Retreat, you will:


  • Learn tips to unlock your highest potential for 2020.  Are you feeling stagnant in your career? Looking for fresh inspiration? In our sessions, you’ll discover techniques for creating personal and professional goals that challenge and excite you. Grounded in science, these strategies use your subconscious mind to help you push beyond your limits with ease — and achieve more than you ever thought possible.
  • Discover the power of meditation. Learn to incorporate calming meditation practices into your routine and bring more peace, awareness, and contentment to each day. Meditation isn’t difficult — and it doesn’t have to be time-consuming. We’ll show you how.
  • Forge lasting friendships that nourish the soul. Meet like-minded women who share your challenges and want more out of their business and personal lives. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you bond! Plant the seeds for a lifelong support community of amazing women.
  • Recharge your batteries. The afternoon includes some free time when you can just do your thing. Relax and laugh with your new friends, take an invigorating stroll around the city or just chill on your own. You can even book first-class spa services offered on-site at Verity.
  • Come away with a fresh perspective and a plan of action. Wrap up your retreat day with a new set of goals to fuel your career — and your soul. You’ll feel renewed enthusiasm, a reignited fire in your belly, and the confidence to take 2020 by storm!

The Location: Verity, Downtown Toronto

Nestled in the vibrant heart of Toronto, Verity is a members-only women’s club located in a historic, gorgeously restored chocolate factory. This 65,000-square-foot facility is home to an array of amenities, including elegantly appointed lounges, a day spa, conference rooms, fitness center, and more.

Verity is a sanctuary for inspirational, high-achieving women ranging from budding entrepreneurs to C-suite executives. These over-achievers gather here regularly to work, de-stress, and connect with other female decision makers and thought leaders.



    “Living in Harmony With the New Year”
    Urban Retreat at Verity | January 16, 2021

    111D Queen Street East, Toronto, ON M5C 1S2

    Cost is $750 including lunch.

    The Art of The Pause: A Spa Day for Mind and Body

    The Itinerary*: What to Expect

    10:00am to 10:45am: Arrival

    11:00am to 12:00pm: Meditation and Class Time
    Start the day by getting centered with calming meditation. Then, we’ll talk about proven ways to stay on track toward the goals that inspire you in 2020 while maintaining balance and harmony at work and at home.

    12:00pm to 1:00pm: Lunch
    Join your fellow retreat guests in Verity’s award-winning restaurant for a delicious, healthy lunch. Vegan and gluten-free meal options available.

    1:00pm to 3:00pm: Free Time
    Book a massage, pedicure, or facial in Verity’s full-service day spa. Take advantage of their steam room, sauna, or jacuzzi, or lounge with other retreat-goers by the saltwater pool. You can also explore the city on your own or with a newfound friend.

    3:00pm to 5:00pm: Class Time and Goodbyes
    We’ll close out the retreat by discussing different types of meditations and their benefits. We’ll also discuss ways to maintain your energy and harmony during the day, no matter what it brings.

    *Subject to change

    What’s Included:


    • Lunch from award-winning George restaurant
    • Private meditation session with Kristi following the retreat
    • My ParaVita Circle membership for one year
    • Handcrafted key chain of Citrine

    “Living in Harmony With the New Year”
    Urban Retreat at Verity | January 16, 2021

    111D Queen Street East, Toronto, ON M5C 1S2
    Cost is $750 including lunch.

    About Me

    I’m Kristi Stangeland, founder of My ParaVita. Once upon a time, I was just like you. I spent many years in the corporate trenches as a CPA for PricewaterhouseCoopers and J.P. Morgan Chase, followed by a series of small-business ventures. I know firsthand the stresses working women face every day — the pressure to build and maintain a thriving career while also being a good mother, partner, daughter, neighbor, and friend.

    After I left the corporate chaos, I made a commitment to helping busy professional women find greater peace, success, and personal fulfillment through meditation, retreats, and Feng Shui. I’d love you to be my guest for a day and discover the transformative impact meditation can have on your life.

    I now share what I’ve learned with other women by creating opportunities for success and personal fulfillment through meditation, retreats and feng shui. Having logged more than 219,000 minutes of meditation since I started the practice more than two decades ago, I am anxious to share my knowledge and insights to serve more women in a deeper way.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Who is this retreat for?

    This event is ideal for busy female professionals, particularly executives and entrepreneurs, who are fatigued from the daily grind and feel like something is missing from their life. If you’re struggling with anxiety and discontentment — or just feel like you’re stuck in a rut — this retreat is for you.

    But I won’t know anyone! Won’t I feel uncomfortable?

    This is a common concern — but fear not. Newcomers are warmly welcomed and within minutes, the conversation is flowing. That’s because my guests are all smart, accomplished, and motivated women and have a lot in common! You may start the day as strangers, but you will leave as friends.

    I tend to be shy in group settings. Is lots of sharing mandatory?

    Don’t worry! There are no forced sharing sessions or awkward tests. You’re welcome to participate as much — or as little — as you like. It’s your retreat and your time, so do what feels right to you!

    I’ve never done meditation before. Will I be able to participate?

    Absolutely! Newbies are welcome. Our meditation classes are geared toward practitioners of all levels. If you’re just starting out, you’ll learn basic techniques for quieting your mind and achieving a state of inner calm. If you’re more experienced, you’ll learn how to maximize the impact of your meditation practice.

    What if something comes up and I can’t make the retreat?

    Life happens. If you cancel within 15 days of the retreat date, you’ll receive a 50% refund.

    “Living in Harmony With the New Year”
    Urban Retreat at Verity | January 16, 2021

    111D Queen Street East, Toronto, ON M5C 1S2
    Cost is $750 including lunch.

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