• Your inner fire is sacred.


    We’ve thoughtfully designed the Ember Retreat to help you tend it.

    On Dec.12th we’re gathering thirteen women for a day of re-connection, and realignment at Misiwe Ni Relations Healing Lodge in Manotick, Ontario.


    This is a day for those who are craving time to pause, recenter, and reflect on the year you’ve had, and intentionally step into the year ahead.


    The day will feature heart-centered tools, a healing space, the forest, and a circle of women to support you to shed your ‘shoulds’, amplify your inner voice, and seek clarity on how you want to serve.


    We'd be honoured to have you join us.






  • Logistics

    Date: Sunday Dec.12th, 2021, 9-4pm

    Doors will open at 8:30am and close at 4:30pm providing additional time for your own reflection if desired.


    Location: Misiwe Ni Relations Healing Lodge in Manotick, Ontario ~ 30 min. drive from downtown Ottawa.


    Vegetarian lunch & snacks to be provided.


    Investment: $260 +HST

    Scholarships & bartering options available.


    Note: The eleven spots will be filled on an first come, first serve basis. We have three spots left!


    Who is this for?

    The Ember Retreat is for women who want to reconnect with the deepest parts of themselves and feel more aligned in all aspects of their life. It's a space for those who want to be of service to others and the planet in this time of rapid change.


    *The circle is centred on the experience of, and is open to, all women - including both trans and CIS women. Non-binary folks who identify with the experience of womanhood and are interested in joining please reach out for a conversation.


    The retreat is designed with both those who are new to the Ember Circle, and Ember Alums in mind.


    Babes in arms are welcome - there will be additional quiet space for naps or nursing if required.


    To adhere to public health guidelines and maintain physical distancing attendance is limited to thirteen people. All attendees will need to show proof of vaccination status before entering the site.


    If you have questions about the retreat or other available supports please reach out to jess@embercircle.com.



  • Complete the registration form to reserve your spot.

  • "Jess is a great facilitator, very caring and open. The tools she provided and her insights helped me to think deeply about some of the key questions I am asking myself about who I am in the world, who I want to be, and how I can be more kind, compassionate, and invested in the people I love and the world around me."


    - Ember Alumni

  • Facilitators

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    Jess Lax

    Jess (she/her) is passionate about empowering others to bring their whole hearts forward to create a more just, connected, and beautiful world.


    A mother, educator, community builder, and coach - Jess believes there is incredible power in living authentically so that your choices align with the life you want to lead, and the world you want to create.


    She is the founder of The Ember Circle, where she integrates her experience as a social impact leader with her training as an ICF certified coach. She leads transformational experiences for women to reconnect to their aligned path of service, and speaks on the connection between inner work and social change.

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    Melissa Hammell

    Melissa (she/her) is a facilitator, speaker, community connector and mama to three young children. She is passionate about small world stories and synchronicities, living life in awe of how everything is connected. Melissa is proud of her Anishinaabe and European mixed heritage, using her experiences to bring voices from different cultures together in an welcoming and respectful way.


    As owner of Pine Gum Studio and a senior associate with First Peoples Group, Melissa leads conversations specializing in cultural awareness, relationship building and reconciliation. At the community level, Melissa volunteers for several organizations and is the President of the board of directors at Tewegan Housing for Aboriginal Youth.

  • "The most valuable part of this experience has been the time and space to focus and connect with myself, and to do that with other wonderful women in a way that I know I've been missing. The work has been deep and life changing. I feel more present, connected, and stronger."


    - 2020 Ember Alumni

  • Join Us

    Complete the registration form to reserve your spot.

    We look forward to being in community with you. <3