Crafting Serenity – Artisan Empowerment & Business Development Retreat with Heart & Soul Productions

Crafting Serenity – Artisan Empowerment & Business Development Retreat with Heart & Soul Productions

Event Date:

April 26, 2024

Event Time:

4:00 pm

Event Location:

Frost Valley YMCA - The Castle

The Castle - Frost Valley YMCA

Join Heart and Soul Productions For an exciting weekend of crafting, business development, and personal empowerment.

Are you a small business owner, thinking of starting a business, or just entrepreneurial minded? Then this weekend is for you! Located at the beautiful Frost Valley YMCA Campus, we will be housed in “The Castle”. (Learn More About the Castle)

We have a full weekend of events planned. All Food and activities are included. Come and enjoy a weekend of crafting, business tips, and personal development coaching!

Contact us at if you would like to carpool.


Alma Gonzalez
Starting In the mid-90s, Alma started her career working in business development as a startup specialist and helped build an internet startup from day one to its IPO at $5M,  She then worked as an internet startup specialist for a private venture firm and helped raise nearly $80M for 50+ startup businesses until 9-11. Post 9-11 she owned an events business, producing over 3,000 events, and generating nearly $9M in revenue while servicing nearly 250,000 guests during the time she owned the business. Since 2019 when she relocated to Orange County, she has completed her MBA and began working on her doctoral thesis:  “The Living Business Plan” which proposes a method for small business owners to take their business plan from a startup framework to a useful tool for sustained growth.  Business development and entrepreneurship is her passion and along with her many other ventures, she currently works as a consultant to help develop new businesses from the initial idea to opening day and beyond.

Robbie O’Quinn
Robbie Is the owner of multiple online businesses including iHeart Hudson ValleyEquus Local, and RAQuinn CreativeWorks. With a background in web & graphic design, and digital & print marketing, she has been helping small businesses with their marketing needs for close to 20 years. She uses her iHeart Hudson Valley platform to further this mission and promote the many great small businesses, places, & events in our region.

Kristie Johnson
With more than a decade in operations, Kristie’s expertise lies in team management and operational optimization, evident in her successful track record of enhancing business processes, increasing productivity, and ensuring compliance with industry regulations. Beyond her professional realm, Kristie actively contributes to her community through volunteer work with organizations such as the local PTA, Board of Education, Cub Scouts, Preserve Blooming Grove, and Citizens United to Protect Our Neighborhoods (CUPON Orange). Alongside her community involvement, Kristie co-owns a wood carving business, showcasing her artistic flair. Through her journey of healing and growth, Kristie has gained invaluable insights into building healthy boundaries and overcoming adversity. This personal experience has uniquely qualified her to support and guide others in their journeys towards emotional well-being and empowerment. With her diverse skill set, unwavering dedication, and compassionate nature, Kristie Johnson stands as a valuable asset to any team or community, serving as an inspiration to those around her.

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Event FAQs

Friday Arrival

Arrival on Friday from 4 pm to 8 pm.

Participants should plan to arrive Friday evening between 4 pm and 8 pm. Please feel free to call us if you are looking to carpool or have room in your car. 

6 pm - Friday Night Welcome Party: Introductions, light meal, Sip and Paint activity

We will all get to know each other and do introductions while we enjoy a light meal.

Saturday Activities

Breakfast 8 am - 9:30 am - Business Development Discussion (Alma Gonzalez) - The Living Business Plan

First Period - 9:30 am - 10:30 am - Vision Board Making

Second period - 11 am - 12:30 pm - Choose from Frost Valley activities

Lunch 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - Lunch in the Cafeteria

Third Period - 1:45 pm - 3:15 pm - Frost Valley Activity or open

Fourth Period - 3:30 pm - 5 pm - Paint a planter or Frost Valley Activity

Dinner - BBQ at the Castle - 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm - Q storming

7 pm - 8 pm - Crafting - soap/candle making or FV activity

8 pm - 9 pm - Campfire - S'mores

Sunday Activities

7:30 am - 9:00 am Breakfast - Building Boundaries - Kristie

First Period 9:15 am - 10:45 am - Guided Meditation at the Chapel/ or by creek or Guided Hike

Second Period 11 am - 12 pm - Weekend Wrap Up

Event Location:

Total Seats: 25 (25 Left:)
  • Frost Valley YMCA - The Castle

Event Schedule Details

  • April 26, 2024 4:00 pm   -   April 28, 2024 12:00 pm
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