Over the course of her life, Sandra has been deeply inspired by her uncle Marcellin, a master-practitioner of neurolinguistic programming, whose mentorship helped her find her way at key crossroads in her life.
Fired up by her conversations with women in the military and armed with the tools of neurolinguistic programming and expertise in team-building, Sandra, together with Marcellin, developed the Lifeshop™ program to help women make the transition out of the CAF.
In 2020, Sandra gathered a group of trusted friends and advisors at a peaceful chalet in Chelsea, Quebec. The mission: to brainstorm how best to deliver Lifeshops™ to women veterans, soon-to-be veterans and military spouses (women).
Inspiration struck, and Sandra decided to open a retreat centre for women — one that focused on connecting women in tightly-knit tribes that would support them as they navigate life’s adventures as a veteran.
The fact that Chelsea is enveloped in lush forest sealed the deal.
“We can learn a lot from trees,” says Sandra. “They teach us how to support and lean on each other during the storms of our lives.”