A 3-Day Writing Retreat For Coaches, Experts & Entrepreneurs

May 8-11, 2024 at The Art of Living Center in North Carolina

Clarify Your Mission, Enter the Genius Zone & Be Seen as an Industry Leader

Join us for 3 days of inspiration, expansion & breakthroughs in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

If you are a:








Course Creator


(Or are in the process of developing any of these paths)


& you want to use a book or thought leadership to scale, expand and exponentially grow your mission, business and revenue

This is your year. It’s time to WRITE & GROW RICH!

If you’re reading this, you have a BIG VISION!

You may know you have a first or next book in you, a calling to share your message in a bigger way, on a bigger literal or metaphorical stage . . .

But there is always so much to do: running your business, taking care of the people in your life, trying to squeeze some self care in there as well . . .

You’ve tried things to make a bigger impact before (social media, writing, speaking) and they haven’t created the results you wanted.

Even though you’ve evolved, become more masterful, more tuned in, you worry it’s not enough.

Your bigger dreams get the fumes at the end of the day, if they get any attention at all.

And in certain moments, you may wonder if anyone would ever read what you write or watch your videos or come hear you speak anyway.

I mean, there are already so many people out there doing similar things – and they’ve been doing it longer and are doing it bigger and they’re younger and on TikTok  and have 100,000 followers so is this bigger vision even worth it???. . .

⚠️ WARNING!  If any of these thoughts have swirled through your mind, you’re likely about to smash your next glass ceiling and your well intentioned brain is trying to pull you back to the comfort zone, the familiar, to what you’ve been doing and have always done!

The great news is that you’re here and are poised for a BREAK THROUGH!

In case you don’t know me yet, my name is Sara Connell, and after a book saved my life 17 years ago, I used my second chance to make a contribution as a best-selling author.

Then I devoted my life to helping women and men with a story to share change- and even save- lives by becoming bestselling authors and speakers. 

The vow I made all those years ago has created a magical life. It took me to Oprah, The New York Times, Forbes, the TEDx stage, and many other exciting places.

It also inspired me to open Thought Leader Academy, where I enjoy the gift of coaching thousands of amazing authors, entrepreneurs, experts, and leaders who are changing the lives of millions through their bestselling books and talks.

I’m sharing this with you because, after living the life I’ve lived, and working with the people I’ve worked with, I know that if you have the calling to write, to speak, and to share your mission…

Then not only are you capable and worthy, but someone out there right now needs your message… the one only you can share.

Your calling isn’t there by coincidence.

It’s there because you’re meant to make a BIG IMPACT on the world and there are people out there right now, waiting on your message. 

So come join the upcoming Write & Grow Rich Retreat happening May 8-11 at The Art of Living Center in North Carolina, and over three powerful, interactive, and inspirational days together, my team and I will empower you to:


Clarify your thought leader vision


Increase mastery and skill in the craft of writing


Gain confidence


Get clear on EXACTLY what you want to write


A roadmap to finish and publish your first (or next) bestseller


Build a passionate audience of people eager to change their lives with your help


Use your writing to book speaking, podcasts, media appearances


Be seen as a leader in your industry


Monetize your writing and mission


Inspiring ways to share your mission and message with the world

Your ticket includes:

    • Workshops on writing, marketing, thought leader strategy & monetizing your thought leadership
    • Dedicated individual writing time
    • Live coaching
    • Connection and networking with AMAZING passionate, heart centered leaders
    • Mindset breakthroughs
    • Special evening sessions
    • Opportunity to add a 1-1 consult with our strategy team
    • Immersion in the Vortex of nature explore and inspire your creativity and vision

Then click the button below to apply to the May 8-11 Write & Grow Rich Retreat!

Past retreat participants have become:

  • Bestselling Authors
  • Media Experts
  • Industry Leaders
  • Movement Creators
  • TEDx Speakers 
  • 6 & 7-Figure Coaches

They’ve also changed lives…both theirs, and the lives of people they are meant to serve!

Here’s what’s happening with clients who used what you will learn at this retreat:

It’s your time now!

If you’re reading this, I believe it’s because your story is needed. 

You are capable, worthy, and important beyond words.

What’s more- I believe you are the only one who can bring the message you are here to bring. 

There is someone sitting somewhere right now who needs your story, your insight, your vision.

Not mine. Not Oprah’s. Not Warren Buffett’s.


I say that because 17 years ago, a book from someone I didn’t know and had never heard of saved my life.

Because one woman shared her story, I was able to change mine.

Make no mistake, your story has that same power to change lives…

But only if you get it into the world and tell people where to find it. 

Your mission, message, and audience are waiting!

WHEN: May 8 – 11, 2024

WHERE: The Art of Living Retreat Center | North Carolina

NOTE: Conference investment includes all content, materials, supplies and meals. Travel, accommodation, and other expenses are not included.


What does my retreat ticket include?

Your ticket includes access to three full days of workshops, masterclasses, craft classes, strategies, coaching, mindset work, connection and networking with a community of like-minded writers, and all materials and supplies- EVERYTHING you need to share your story, mission, and message with the world and build a passionate audience of people only YOU can serve! Meals are also included. (It does not include travel or accommodations.)

Is this for me?

This retreat is for you if you are a: Coach, Expert, Entrepreneur, Course Creator, (Or are in the process of developing any of these paths), & you want to use a book or thought leadership to scale, expand and exponentially grow your mission, business and revenue this year.

Is there a virtual option?

We are offering a fully in-person experience this year, so you can completely immerse and get the best possible results in the shortest amount of time. Immersion is a proven way to fast-forward results, and in-person immersion is most effective!

What if I get a ticket and then can’t come? Will I be able to get a refund?

The Art of Living Center requires room payments in advance and does not offer refunds. 

What if I’ve never finished - or even started - a book? Or if I’m not sure if I event want to write- Is this retreat for me?

Yes! Even if you have no clue what your writing should be about, or if you want to write yet, we will help you decide! What matters most is that you know you have a message to share in some say, and you want to clarify it, share it, and monetize it.

What if I HAVE published a book? Is this retreat for me?

Yes! If you want to publish another book, you’ll get what you need to identify your next book topic and make progress on fleshing it out, sharing it, and using it to fulfill your mission. This retreat will train you to sell more books, get bigger results and monetize your mission, story or any existing books in news ways.

sara connell


Sara Connell is a bestselling author and founder of Thought Leader Academy where she helps coaches, writers and entrepreneurs become successful, published authors and in-demand speakers. 

She has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The View, FOX Chicago, TEDx, The Today Show, and Katie Couric. Her writing has appeared in: The New York Times, Forbes, Good Housekeeping, and Parenting. She’s the author of five books and has been nominated for a national book award and ELLE magazine Book of the Year.