Our Story

The idea for Rustic Mama Retreats was conceived from a fairly simple desire… The desire to getaway, to relax, to refresh and to reconnect with what’s important in life. That idea grew to include opportunities — opportunities for adventure, excitement, passion, reflection, self-discovery, education and creativity; a chance to embrace life in all its wonderful facets, and do so in the company of other like-minded adventure seekers.

  Team Members

Jennifer James

As a busy mom to 5 kids, an entrepreneur and an outdoor adventurist, Jennifer is known for embracing the chaos and for running with a new idea. Although focusing specifically on Retreats is a fairly new venture, she has been involved in large number event planning for over 20 years.

Growing up in a small town, she spent her teenage years volunteering at summer camps, and then began running her own day-camp programs for youth in her late teens. Later, trained as a social worker, she spent many years facilitating events for special needs children and adults before launching her own small business that focused more on her creative side. 

Jennifer also has a passion for volunteering and works with many organizations. As a leader in Girl Guides, the Chair of the local School Council and a very involved mother to her 5 children,  she has planned many large events for over 200+ people including outings, camps, sleepovers, fundraisers, reunions and parties.

Susan Abraham

Susan is a busy mother to 2 children and she works full time as a developmental service worker. She is co-chair on the School Council and most recently joined Girl Guides of Canada as a volunteer leader. She has a passion for photography, camping, sailing, crafting, reading and kayaking. Campfires, board games, wine, and bike rides with her family often fill her summer weekends.

Susan knows first-hand the importance of taking time for herself. When it comes to juggling work, 2 children – one with higher needs, homework, family time and managing the household, she understands the struggle to find the precious time for herself, for a cup of tea and even for reading a single chapter. 

She enjoys learning and self-discovery. Her favourite self-care manta is “you can’t pour from an empty cup!” The outlet of journaling has recently become a passion of hers and taking a few minutes every day to reflect on her family, her successes or her challenges has allowed for greater stress relief and deeper reflection. Often she can be found on the deck with her journal in one hand and a glass of wine in the other.