Lifeshop I

Lifeshop l is a retreat for women veterans and soon-to-be veterans to help transition to civilian life

At a glance: Lifeshop™ I


A two-day, two-night retreat for women veterans


The Pepper Pod in Chelsea, QC and in several locations across Canada

What’s included?

Lodging, meals, course materials and lots of hugs



The Pepper Pod’s signature Lifeshop™ program is a safe, confidential and powerful weekend retreat for women who are (or will be) transitioning out of military service, as well as for military spouses (women). Participants gain practical resources and invaluable support to facilitate an effective transition—even if their release was many years ago.

Lifeshops are offered in English or French in Chelsea, QC and in several locations across Canada. We travel to you, our sisters in arms, and meet in locations close to veteran communities.

What to expect

During the Lifeshop™, you’ll join a group of eight women working directly with Sandra Perron, facilitator and CEO of The Pepper Pod.

You and your group will work together, eat together, bunk together and relax together from Friday night through to Sunday morning.

The retreat uses the tools of neurolinguistic programming (NLP) to help you identify and eliminate limiting beliefs, recognize stress triggers, and develop effective coping strategies. By the end of the weekend, you’ll be better able to tap into your inner strength, draw on available resources, and embrace the possibilities that lie ahead.

Woven through Lifeshop™ l is a deep understanding of the unique challenges women face when transitioning out of military service. From our own personal experiences, we understand how important it is to have a tribe of women who’ve been there too.

It’s no coincidence that we plan Lifeshops around geographical regions. The connections you’ll make with your fellow Lifeshop™ participants become a vital social support system in the next chapter of your life. By the end of the weekend, you and your group will emerge as a close-knit tribe–better able to lean on one another for support.

Trust yourself, trust the process

Registering for a Lifeshop™ is a big leap of faith. It takes courage, and we’re glad you’re considering joining us.

When you register, you’ll be joining a community of over 350 women who’ve completed a Lifeshop™ since 2019. The program has a 99.8% satisfaction rating, so you know you’re in caring and capable hands.

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A Lifeshop is a transformational retreat for women veterans and military spouses (women)

It’s not therapy or a religious gathering.

Nor is it a substitute for medical or psychiatric treatment

As a non-profit organization, we are not equipped to provide medical or psychiatric treatment to participants needing that type of care.

If you need immediate help, call the Veterans Affairs Canada Assistance Service (1-800-268-7708) or visit the VAC website.

Register for a Lifeshop™

To register for a Lifeshop™, please add your name to the waiting list. After you register, a member of The Pepper Pod team will contact you for an initial intake session.

Lifeshops™ run on a first-come, first-served basis. When you sign up for the waiting list, you express your interest in attending, and we’ll contact you the month before the Lifeshop™ to secure your spot.

The cost for the Lifeshop™ is $50. This fee covers your registration, lodging, meals and all course materials.

Once you’ve made the commitment to attend, we kindly ask that you do everything in your power to ensure your presence at the Lifeshop™ and avoid last-minute cancellations.

You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers!

If you have any further questions or would like more information, please email us at