GLR Registration Information — aka the total and complete checklist

Hello Life Designer!

THANK YOU {again!} for registering for The Great Life Redesign Retreat at the spectacular Banff Spring Hotel. I am dancing with delight and planning sooooo many treats for you. I can already feel the Rocky Mountain magic.


FIRST! Please add gemma@gemmastone to your safe list/ white list/ allowed-to-enter-my-inbox list. I’m going to be sending some emails about the retreat that you won’t want to miss.

I’ve created a checklist with everything you need to know about booking your flight, arranging your hotel room – even packing & mental preparation.

Time will fly and we’ll be in the Rocky Mountains, together, before we know it!

Can’t wait!

Big love, to the moon & back.




The Total and Complete Great Life Redesign Retreat Checklist

April 17 – 19, 2015

Here is a super-helpful, unbelievably thorough checklist to help you plan your Great Life Redesign experience, with ease!


Please bring a small item that represents you. It might by a special rock from your favorite stream, a picture your child drew for you, a small statue that represents your connection to the divine, a token from a lover – you choose.

It’s important that you feel comfy leaving this item on a table in our retreat space for the entire day. At the end of the retreat you will get to take it home again.


Circle the dates! April 17 – 19th, 2015. Here is how our time together will unfold. These are approximate times — on ‘retreat time’ we often go up to fifteen minutes over time if a process requires.

April 17, 2014

Time Activity Location
6:00pm — 6:45 Registration Cascade Ballroom
7:00pm — 9:30 Retreat Process Cascade Ballroom
9:30pm — 9:45 Retreat Process Garden Terrace
9:45pm — 11:00 Calm Celebration Garden Terrace


April 18, 2014

Time Activity Location
7:00am – 8:00 Yoga Option Cascade Ballroom
9:00am — 10:30 Retreat Process Cascade Ballroom
10:30am — 11:00 Tasty Break Conservatory
11:00am — 1:00 Retreat Process Cascade Ballroom
1:00pm — 2:00 Delicious Lunch Conservatory
2:00pm — 4:30 Retreat Process Cascade Ballroom
4:30pm — 7:00 Personal Time / Dinner Find your space
7:15pm – 7:45 Retreat Process Cascade Ballroom
7:45pm – 8:00 Special Treats Conservatory
8:00pm – midnight Great Life Celebration and Life Design Social Cascade Ballroom & Conservatory

April 19, 2014

Time Activity Location
8:00am – 9:00 Yoga Option Cascade Ballroom
10:00am – 11:30 Retreat Process Cascade Ballroom
11:30am – 12:00 Tasty Break Cascade Ballroom
12:00pm – 1:00 Closing Circle Cascade Ballroom

Great Lives are built on great values. I’d for you to love to you to come to the Great Life Redesign Retreat with your core values in hand. You may already know what they are and, if you do not, here is a handy worksheet to help you uncover them.


Our retreat sanctuary = the spectacular & legendary Banff Springs Hotel in the Banff National Park.

The address is :: 405 Spray Ave Banff, Alberta, Canada

Here’s a map.

We have secured a fantastic rate for all Life Designers to stay at the hotel {more on that in a sec.}.

Here’s a handy map of the Banff Springs. You are welcome to download it and print off. Or, of course, there will be one waiting for you when you check in.

You can find our retreat space by going up the elevators and getting off on Mezzanine 2. Turn left, go through Riverview Hall and walk straight ahead until you come to the Cascade Ballroom and the Conservatory.



Fly into Calgary International Airport (YYC) on Friday April 17, 2015. Aim to arrive early in the day if you can {or early in the week if you want some extra time in beautiful Banff}.

Fly out of Calgary International Airport (YYC) on Sunday April 19, 2015. Aim to fly out later in the evening so you have plenty of time to get to the airport {or, if you’re in the mood for communing with nature, stay a few extra days to explore Banff}.


Click here for all the details of how to travel from Calgary to Banff.

If you’re trying to budget, plan for $55.00 — $350 depending on what mode of transportation you choose.


Follow Highway#1 for approximately 1-hour until you reach the Banff National Park entrance gates. The gates are open 24-hours & there’s a park fee of $9 per person per day.

Once you have passed through the park gates, continue driving West for approximately 10 minutes until you reach the first exit to Banff (noted as Banff/ Minnewanka Loop).

Once you have taken the Banff exit, turn left at the stop sign onto Banff Avenue and continue straight. You will drive through the town of Banff until you reach the Bow River Bridge. Cross the bridge and at its end turn left onto Spray Avenue and stay to the left on this road until you reach its end at which the Fairmont Banff Springs is located.


The hotel’s parking is located beside the Convention Center.

  • Self-parking :: $25 CAD/night, with unlimited access
  • Valet service :: $35 CAD/night, with unlimited access

The Banff Springs has offered all Life Designers a really great rate of $209.00 for the Fairmont Room {normally $479.00}. These rates are “subject to availability” — which basically means that if you procrastinate too long there might not be any rooms left.

Last year, someone has to stay at another hotel because every single room was booked — true story. So, chop chop! On March 1st our excellent rate of $209.00 pops up to $479.00.

Just in case you would like to upgrade we do have special rates for other rooms {see below} but they are not reserved for us, so I would suggest giving them a call right away to ensure you get the room you want.

If you are calling the hotel to make your reservation say you are with the Gemma Stone International group or use this code 0415GEMM_002.

The Banff Springs has a service charge of $12 per person to cover portage, housekeeping, and conference services. For each extra person over and above two adults sharing a room per night they charge $30.

Here are the special rates:

Fairmont $209.00
Deluxe $249.00
Stanley Thompson Deluxe $269.00
Signature $309.00
Junior Suite $329.00
Stanley Thompson Suite $309.00
One Bedroom Suite $449.00
Fairmont Gold $369.00
Fairmont Gold Junior Suite $489.00
Fairmont Gold One Bedroom Suite $609.00
Royal Suite $2500.00

To take advantage of these rates call :: 1-866-540-4406 and tell them you are with the Gemma Stone group.

Or click here link if you’d like to register online.

Check into the hotel on Friday, April 17, 2015. Check out on Sunday April 19, 2015. Easy-peasy.

Done & done!


Banff in April is gorgeous in a magical end-of-winter sort of way. You can expect temperatures ranging from 1°C to -8°C or 32°F to 18°F, so pack accordingly. Also, it may snow!

I recommend …

:: a yoga mat –  a flexibly body supports a flexible mind.

:: a bathing suit – the spa or mineral pools are a must!

:: cozy clothes – lounging, sitting & writing (for me, that means, uh … yoga clothes & cashmere wraps).

:: comfortable shoes & snow friendly boots in case you want to commune with nature.

:: a warm jacket, mitts, warm hat {or for my fellow Canadians – a toque}. If the weather cooperates we’ll spend a little time on Friday evening outside celebrating with a crackling fire under the crystalline stars – it may get a little nippy {gourmet hot drinks will be served to keep your insides toasty warm}.

And, don’t forget stuff to write with! Some pens, your favorite journal, colorful markers … anything necessary supplies to support your reflective & creative process.


I would LOVE for everyone to arrive in the Rocky Mountains with excitement about the Great Life you will be stepping into.

A few question to consider ::

What deeply matters to you?

What does your Great Life look like … feel like … sound like?

What needs to be released so that you can step into your Great Life?


Life design is wayyyy more fun when it’s done with friends and like-minded people. Here’s some post-ables to make spreading the love fun & easy ::


This year, I’m going to design a life I love with @Gemma_Stone at the #GreatLifeRedesign

This may change everything :: #GreatLifeRedesign with @Gemma_Stone

Planning your life leads to loving your life. I’m planning with @Gemma_Stone at the #GreatLifeRedesign

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Making the right change in the right way can be simple. I’m going to be making changes at the Great Life Redesign Retreat.

We all arrive on this planet with possibility, potential and with a desire to live a great life. I’m designing my Great Life.

Great lives don’t just need to be designed; they need to be radically awakened. I’m signing up for a weekend of redesigning & awakening at the Great Life Redesign retreat.

I’m ready to live in the world with vision, momentum, and a strategy for how to live my Great Life.


Come join our online party {aka Great Life Redesign Facebook Group}, it’s full of really lovely people. It’s also a really awesome place to find a roomie or to make car-pool plans.


For some inspiring Great Life Redesign visuals, check this.


On Saturday evening {April 18, 2015) we’re having a party like no other — the Great Life Celebration! This is an open invitation, everyone is welcome. Admission is by donation to charity:water {though as a GLR participant you’re welcome to come for free}.

Spread the word, invite your friends, pack your dance shoes & let’s get ready to parrrrrty!

That’s all! For now.

See you in the mountains!

xo & ox,


The Mini Checklist Great Life Redesign Retreat 

(   ) I’ve added to my ‘can enter my inbox safely list’.

(   ) I’ve emailed you my dietary issues. Yum!

(   ) I’ve packed my small item that represents me.

(   ) I know where I’m going and when.

(   ) I know my core values! And they feel oh so good.

(   ) I’ve packed my toque, eh.

(   ) I’ve circled the dates in my calendar! Woohoo!

(   ) I’ve got the location of the retreat sanctuary scribbled down. Totally on it!

(   ) I have booked my flights, arriving at Calgary International Airport on Friday April 17, 2015 & departing on Sunday April 19, 2015.

(   ) I have booked a car, taxi, limo, shuttle, chariot — or not! But, I’ve figured out a way to get to the glorious Banff Springs Hotel.

(   ) I have booked my hotel room, arriving on Friday April 17, 2015 & departing on Sunday April 19, 2015. Or stay longer, of course.

(   ) I know what I need to pack! I’m set!

(   ) I am thinking about my Great Life! And it’s gonna be AWESOME!

(   ) I have spread the love, ‘cause everyone deserves to live a Great Life!

(   ) I’ve joined the online party & I’m making connections.