Thriving Skills Retreat & Workshop

Play Games, Learn The Qualities of Peace and Explore Nature!

The intention is to learn to participate and to serve from certainty of the abundance and the awareness of our shared essence.



We believe that peace as a state of being does not require a set of goals or achievements to be deserved or granted. Peace is in fact our own pure nature taking form in all expressions. This awareness brings a sense of liberation that motivates empathy and a pro-active state of participation. It is in this awareness that we commit to bring forward our collaborations.


Vena-Cava provides strategic consulting and media services to enhance and elevate both the visibility and impact of causes and nonprofit initiatives. Through multidisciplinary teams we develop customized pro-active participation models that engage audiences and strengthen those working to address the humanitarian issues of our time.

Come Join Us For The Experience of A Lifetime...

Children and parents come together for a dynamic and powerful weekend to become more aware of themselves, their relationships with each other and their peers, and how to dig for their dreams! Through Games, Storytelling, Art, Sports and the exploration of Nature, children and parents will learn through experiences in this fun, entertaining and incredibly unique 2-day workshop!

Thriving Skills Retreat & Workshop

Friday, May 1st 2015 at 7pm to Sunday, May 3rd 2015 at 4pm

11560 Calle Real

Santa Barbara, CA

For Booking and RSVP Information, please contact The El Capitan Canyon Front Desk at (866) 352-2729 and say you are booking for the "Thriving Skills Workshop." Call ASAP to reserve your lodging as there is limited availability. To register your child/children for the seminar, please call Evan Raynr at 818-458-2692 to confirm their attendance. You can also email him at

Special SIMA Movie Screening Friday Evening

Vena-Cava, as a network partner of SIMA (Social Impact Media Awards), will be screening one of this years acclaimed documentaries, Project Wild Things. Project Wild Things is about a father who decides to become the Chief Makerting Director of Nature, showcasing the beauty of the aesthetics around us in order to encourage children and families to "put down their ipads" and play outside.
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Thriving Skills Retreat and Workshop - Parent Agenda


7:00pm-9:00pm: Welcome, Registration, and Parent Discussion and Project Wild Things Screening.

• While, parents are meeting with facilitators, children will decorate their personal magical treasure cloth bags before they begin their weekend.


8:00am – Breakfast (on your own)

9:00am – Workshop Begins

10:00am – Nature Walk and Feeding the Llamas (PARENTS INVITED)

11:00am-11:20am – BREAK (SNACKS)

11:20am-1:00pm – Workshop Continues

1:00pm-2:30pm – Lunch

• BBQ GRILLED BURGERS, DOGS ETC. Provided by Vena-Cava

2:30pm – Workshop Begins

• Sports Set-Up

3:00pm – Sports/Outdoor Activities (PARENTS INVITED)

5:30pm – Dinner (on your own)

6:30pm – Workshop Begins

7:45pm – Campfire, Smores, Stories and MORE! (PARENTS INVITED)

End of Day 2


8:00am – Breakfast (on your own)

9:00am – Workshop Begins

10:00am – BREAK (SNACKS)

10:20am – Workshop Continues

1:30pm – Closing (PARENTS INVITED)

2:00pm-4:00pm – Lunch, Free Play and Self-Talk scripts.

4:00pm - End of Workshop

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El Capitan Canyon Resort


$300 (Per Child) for the Workshop.


We have reserved/held a total of 8 cabins for this event. All families who would like to be in attendance should call El Capitan Canyon Front Desk at (866) 352-2729 to claim and pay for the cabin of their choice. Each cabin can accommodate 5 Persons (1/2 Adults & 3/4 Children).

Cabin Rates range from $355 - $405 per night.

Cabins Available:

Canyon Loft -

King bed in rear room, gas fireplace, two oversize chairs, carpeted stairwell leading up to an extra-large loft with three sleeping pads, large deck with chairs, shower, full bathroom, kitchenette, w/ coffee maker sink and small refrigerator, porch, fire pit and picnic table

Corral Loft -

The Corral Cabins are located in their own village on the west side of the Canyon and include a king bedroom and sleeping loft (three twin mattresses placed "camp style" on a carpeted floor). The front living are in includes a quaint gas fireplace, sofa sitting area and a kitchenette with wet bar sink, refrigerator, coffeemaker and microwave. The extra-large sleeping loft with stairwell access includes sleeping pads for up to three people. Full bathroom is equipped with shower/bathtub. Private outdoor eating area includes picnic table and fire-put with grill. Cabin has a charming pine interior and decorated in their signature canyon style.

Canyon Loft

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Corral Loft

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