The universe isn’t out to get you. It’s here to conspire with you.

Most days. 
And yet, the world doesn’t always have the backs of women.
In fact, it can be downright hostile.  And let's face it, we can be downright hostile to other women as well.  

We collectively make 77 cents on the dollar in corporate environments, and women in leadership have to work their asses off to be considered trustworthy and claim true leadership roles.  Run those numbers through other lenses such as race? Black women make 65 cents, and Latina women make 54 cents on the dollar...Despite similar educational backgrounds and capabilities as their white male counterparts.  

Statistics like that?  
Should NOT exist.  And yet, they persist.  

We spend hours and hours working hard to claim our niche, proving ourselves each step of the way all while strategically attempting to build credible authority. 

On top of all this, we're bombarded by media that doesn't serve the kind of women we are or who we want to become.

And said media is constantly pitting us against one another.  Social, news outlets, it doesn't matter.  It's a battle.  

But how can we counteract this toxic culture?  

We can choose to rise.  Together.
Because no one is free, unless we are ALL free.  And truly, all of us.  How, of course, is the big question.  The solution?  Looking closely at our personal, community, and global leadership capacities. A process I call Your Leadership Recipe.

The hard truth?  

Women are under capacitated as leaders.  Women of color, often even more so. Because we aren't expected to become leaders.

Meaning, we're not trained/programmed/expected to lead. In fact, most of our cultural conditioning is that women aren't as effective as men when in leadership roles. But that is just patently false.  We're called shrill, bossy, overly emotional, know-it-alls and we're bullied (even in adulthood) by our male and female compatriots alike.

But YOU know we're more than that. WE KNOW we have more to offer than meets the eye of some beholders. Women are just as effective, and often have just as much if not MORE ability. We just haven't been raised, conditioned, and capacitated for radical and transformative leadership.  (Admittedly, neither have men.)

Say no more, I'm in!
Your Leadership Recipe LIVE! 

A no-bullshit, retreat/workshop/live event for women* (and those who desire to capacitate them) who want to realize their big dreams, lead movements, and do so without selling their sisters (not just cisters) out in the process.
This is not a mean 'girl', compare yourself to everyone else, their name brands, and their bank account kind of event.  And it most CERTAINLY is not a pitchfest (50% of the time you're in the audience while speakers are on stage attempting to get you to buy stuff pitch fest.  In fact, our speakers don't sell from the stage, at all.)

This event is to find YOUR personal Leadership Recipe.  Taking all your ingredients, tools, and wisdoms to craft your own method of leadership.  Because the catch all way of leading?  It's long dead.



This event is a hands on, transformational workshop for leaders and leaders in training who long to make shift happen in the world.  

Think of this event like a retreat for your mind, body, and soul.  There will be movement, relaxation, action, business acumen, leadership, and discussions of intersectionality (led by people who's entire mission is to lead this charge).  You'll go home with a renewed sense of purpose, concrete strategies to implement right now, and practices to start engaging with immediately.  

March 9-16, 2019

Three days of Courageous Cooking, a day off, then three days of intensive leadership training.  (I know you might be thinking...COOKING?  Well, Makenna believes that cooking is the PERFECT way to look at how we show up.  We'll use the cooking classes as a way to take inventory of our current way of being.  It's actually kind of magic.)

Chateauneuf-Grasse, France
La Pitchoune, The Former Summer Home of Julia Child AND Bramafam, the Former Home of Simone Beck


(Airport to fly into?  Nice-Cote D'Azur.  Then you can Uber or Taxi into La Pitchoune)

A rising tide lifts all boats....hypothetically.  

But that's just not always how it works.  We have to rise TOGETHER and do so with INTENTION.  Otherwise?  Stuff stays broken, and systems of oppression persist.  

Think of this as your opportunity to rise in your own leadership, and to help others rise with you.  To truly own your commitments to your work, changing the world at large, and not just changing YOUR inner world. We have a metric ton of magic to share, and this is the space to do that.  


There is room for 13 folx to join us.  That's it. We can have up to 16 if couples would like to share a room and bed in Bramafam.

Movement leaders.  Entrepreneurs. Moms. Sisters. Friends. Corporate executives. Teachers. Non-profit mavens.  Gender non-conforming humans.  Folx who long to lead.  Women who already ARE leading.  You're all invited.  


(*When I say women I mean ALL women AND gender non-conforming folx who have experience oppression due to femininity and/or woman-hood.  Gender is a sticky thing, as someone who has also wrestled with gender identity for years, I do in fact get this. 

Think of this event as centered around women, and women identified folks.  So that being said, any self-identified woman or gender non-conforming/trans-feminine/has-experienced-life-as-a-woman-at-some-point-in-time human is welcome.  And we certainly don't discriminate based on race/creed/religion/gender presentation/sexual orientation/etc., etc., etc.)  


Say no more, I'm in!
Our topics this unique leadership event are:
Intention vs. Impact  :: Feel good hopes vs. actual results
Integrity  ::  Leading from your values and commitments to changing the world, not just YOUR world
Intuition  ::  Reprogramming and deprograming the stories you've been fed.
Income vs. Influence  ::  Leveraging them both for good
Inclusion  ::  Intersectionality, deprogramming where you take part in systemic oppression
Infinity  ::  Taking imperfect action, willingness to make mistakes, and building resilience
About your host . . .
Makenna Held
Start with a vintage, enameled cast iron Dutch Oven (teal is her favorite). Then sauté a mirepoix of business acumen, marketing, and strategy; pour in a good bottle of Integral Coaching methodology; add a cup of movement and spirituality; and a hearty handful of feminist theory. Whisk gently. Follow with a sprinkle each of intuition, wry comedy, and truth talking; and finally a dash of Tibetan theories of Emptiness. Place in the sun for two hours and VOILA! You have Makenna.

 In 2015, she followed the wild hair of her intuition and managed to purchase (with the help of investors) La Pitchoune, Julia Child’s former summer home in France. Since then, she has created The Courageous Cooking School at La Pitchoune, a recipe-free (EGADS!) experience that turns recipe bound cooks into creative masters of their home kitchen; created The HeartFirst Method–a movement and coaching methodology for leaders based on Integral Coaching methods; founded ALo Records, one of the few women-owned record labels in the country.  

Not sure about her yet?  Other neat people like her too, like the fine folks who have featured her at YFS Magazine, MindBodyGreen, CondeNast Traveler, Vogue Online,, and The New York Times (among others).

Yes, I'm in!
Andréa Ranae Johnson
Impact Analyst
Andréa Ranae is a coach, facilitator and writer. She really digs personal growth, social change and supporting others to use their work and life as a tool for cultivating more love, light and liberation in our world.
Monica Prince
Poet, Activist, Badass 
Monica Prince has an MFA in Poetry, is routinely published, does yoga occasionally, loves cheesecake, and writes choreopoems to save lives.  She'll be teaching writing workshops.
Kate Marolt
Movement + Creative Catalyst
Kate Marolt is a coach, teacher, and artist who focuses on embodiment and integration. She loves to bring visions, ideas, and possibility down to earth and into your body so you can show up fully, wholly you and create the impact you desire in your work and in the world.

There are currently 6 tickets left.  Tickets are non-refundable, but utterly transferable.

or 6 payments of $550
  • ☀ Shared lodging in either La Pitchoune or Bramafam (first come, first served) for seven nights. 

    (Single supplement available for an up charge) 

    ☀ Daily continental breakfasts, and nearly ALL lunches and dinners (three not included).  

    ☀ Pre-work reading list, and resources for preparation.  (Both cooking AND leadership)

    ☀ Two and a Half days of Courageous Cooking School, a Recipe-Free cooking experience.  

    ☀ Three day leadership workshop 

or 10 payments of $777
  • Everything at the $3,277 level and.... 
  • ☀ Six months of one-on-one integral leadership coaching, and personal work before and after the event(12 one-on-one sessions of 90 minutes each with Makenna) ​​​​​

Need an extended payment plan with greater flexibility? 

This option is available for the retreat only option.  (Not the coaching package option). 

Find Makenna on Facebook, message her and include your email, and she'll send you a 'pay what you can, when you can' invoice.  You can find more about her philosophy about this here by clicking here.

What People Are Saying About Makenna's Live Events
Lindsay Padilla
Academics Mean Business
"Makenna knows how to orchestrate an event. This was a mother effin symphony. Every detail, every moment, every speaker, (did I mention the massages during checkin?!), filled with intention. I felt so taken care of. This is a mandatory event for my business. I will attend as long as she's keen on hosting them!"
Tara Leduc
Founder, International Day of Peace & Inner Peace Summi
 "I KNEW this wouldn't be dry, boring (useless) networking. I knew this would be a room of women I wanted to know, and women I wanted to work with. And boom, it was that and so much more! Massages at checkin.  Movement. Local flavour. Hugs. Tears. Rawness, growth, sharing, spirituality, anger, politics. 
And oh yah, I now have JV partnerships that came out of that room. And friendships. And support. Exactly that energy I felt before I arrived."
Parish Wilson
Writing Coach and Editor
"Every moment of Makenna's event was designed with the intention of supporting transformation and growth. I left a different person, more connected to the truth of my soul and life purpose than I ever thought possible after just a couple days. Makenna cares deeply about how we show up in the world as women and carefully crafts her events to give us what we need to be our most thoughtful, aware and inspired selves."
Sarina Harz
The Creative Harz
"Makenna's live event was unlike any I've been too.  I was nervous at first, unsure of where I would fit in. The first day, I was a bit uncomfortable. I was excited to be with such a phenomenal group of women, but a bit intimidated. It forced me to find my edge and then love it. By day two, I felt more cozy. We were digging into social justice, intersectionality, and how to lead. It was messy and beautiful. By the next morning, I had 20 new best friends and was ready to conquer the world! Her event was a life-changing moment that supported my authentic expression and helped me find my courage to lead in the world. As a result of the event I have grown my workshops by over 50%, been accepted for publication, and begun to really show up in my world. Makenna is an igniter of leadership and authentic expression."

Not convinced?
We promise...
Deep introspection
Play & Presence
New Friends
Confronting experiences 
New Thought Patterns
Accessing YOUR Infinity
OK!  Let's do this!  I'm in.
Our FABULOUS Sponsors
Want to sponsor Your Leadership Recipe LIVE? We're looking for a few like-minded companies to share our fun. Contact cricketandmoxie at gmail dot com if you're interested.  Sponsorships start at $650.

And we'll get back to you ASAP
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