EVENTS 2018-04-05T07:02:24+00:00

Register today – both Member and Drop-In rates available.

A Portfolio Life – Interests and Intentions @ Matrix Solutions Bistro (11th Floor)
Apr 30 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
A Portfolio Life - Interests and Intentions @ Matrix Solutions Bistro (11th Floor)

We have been exploring the idea of a ‘portfolio life‘ for a couple of years now.  Loosely defined, a portfolio life is one that has many interests/roles that require time and attention – thinking of vocation not as a single career, but rather as a whole body of work.  Wife, mother, professional, musician, volunteer, athlete…all the sums of the whole self.  Not everybody is just one thing.  As Jeff Goins, author of The Art of Work states: “...the search begins with passion, but does not end there.  Only when our interests connect with the needs of the world do we begin living for a larger purpose. Those who experience this intersection experience something exceptional and enviable…such a life is attainable by anyone brave enough to try.”

gro Member Julie Kemp has built Pursuit Advisors, a thriving boutique consulting practice helping people gain a clear understanding of their unique strengths, preferences and abilities and map out personal and professional pathways based on what interests them.  We are thrilled that Julie has agreed to facilitate a gro workshop to support our MEMBERS to articulate their personal interests and use these results to explore the multi-facted aspects of their lives to incorporate more of our interests day-to-day.


Each participant completes an online Strong Interest Inventory, by Wednesday, April 24th.  The Inventory will take approximately 20 minutes – similar to other assessment tools you will be asked a series of questions and asked to respond with the first response that comes to mind….no over-thinking.

Julie will review each assessment for validity and gather an understanding of the group’s results to facilitate our workshop the following week.

Outcomes of the Workshop:

  • provide an opportunity for reflection on one’s specific areas of interest, both from a professional and a personal perspective
  • use the results as a foundation for a broader discussion of:
    • how we are not just ‘one thing’ (i.e. the idea of a “portfolio life”) and how we can explore the multi-faceted aspects of our lives to incorporate more of our interests
    • do the results reflect what brings you joy from a career/volunteer perspective?
    • how to use these results to identify potential changes to increase satisfaction related to your “CRAFT”
    • Our time to pursue our interests is limited – how can we use what we learn here to make better use of our time to achieve greater learning, happiness, satisfaction in life?

Let’s explore our interests and get critical in examining how we are pursuing these interests in our daily lives.  The path to your life’s work is difficult and risky, even scary, which is why few finish the journey.  We have a limited number of summers – so let’s make sure we are spending our time intentionally feeding and nurturing our souls to gro in our interests and the joy that they bring!

Time matters.  Because it ends. 


Julie has agreed to facilitate this workshop and the Strong Inventory Assessments for gro members at cost.  This is a tremendous value and we thank Julie for this generous offer!

You have the option to order a copy of The Art of Work by Jeff Goins for an additional $16 with your registration.

Due to the time-intensive nature of the analysis of the Strong Inventory Assessments, this CRAFT event will be initially reserved for gro MEMBERs and seats will be limited to a 15 participant maximum.  Please contact us at if you would like to request a companion registration.

Don’t delay!  Registration deadline is April 23rd.  

THIS EVENT IS NOW WAIT-LISTED.  Please contact us at to inquire about joining. 

CREATIVE Collective – a Lifestyle Detox @ Crestmont Community Hall
May 22 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
CREATIVE Collective - a Lifestyle Detox @ Crestmont Community Hall

We’re back for round 2 of our CREATIVE Collective concept – this time with a bend on showcasing healthy products, activities, ideas and businesses to motivate you towards a cleaner, healthier lifestyle.

There will be hands-on learning opportunities, take-aways and of course…delicious, healthy snacks and wine curated just for you 😉  Bring your friends to gro the love and enjoy this special spring night out!

Save the date and watch for details and teasers regarding our guests and session facilitators to help us gro ideas around a cleaner lifestyle.

The Dinner Party @ Bridgette Bar
Jun 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

An invitation to dinner for gro MEMBERS.

It’s our 5th anniversary as a gro community – our learning over the last few years has been guided by neuropsychologists, elephant-whisperers (no joke), Cree Elders, entrepreneurs in health and well-being, artists, chocolatiers, sommeliers, aromatherapists and so many more amazing individuals.  Our membership spans women of all ages and stages and personal and professional backgrounds.  Some are working outside the home, some are retired, some are growing families and many are experiencing some kind of transition in their world that seems to be an interesting point of connection.  All are looking to “gro” in some way .

Whatever good things we build end up building us.”~ Jim Rohn

MEMBERS – you are invited to a good old-fashioned dinner party in the private room at Bridgette Bar on June 13th to celebrate what we’ve accomplished over the last few years and think deeply and collectively about the ways we’ll ‘gro’ together in the year ahead.

Your ticket includes a 3-course family meal with a glass (or 2!) of wine.

Seating is limited to 18 gro MEMBERS – reserve your spot today:

The Dinner Party

Aromatic Rituals of Self-Care @ TBD
Oct 3 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Nourish. Sooth. Restore.

Join aromatic alchemist and self-care ritual artisan Shelagh Lenon from 1912 Aromatherapy as we explore the art of aromatic self-care. Discover how to create your own aromatic self-care rituals that connect you to your deeper self and to the beauty of the natural aromatic world.

Stay tuned for details regarding the rescheduling of this workshop later in 2019.