Please Join Us for Our Next Special ECE Professional Development Opportunity

The Connect & Collaborate ECE Retreat is a 2-day weekend gathering (May 26 & 27, 2018) for professionals who work in the field of Early Childhood Education. It is being held in Burnaby, BC in the training rooms of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers in collaboration with the award winning rbKids Corporate Child Care Program.

This retreat, by ECE Workshops, will build on the exceptional success of The Reflect & Recharge ECE Retreat that was held in October 2017 in Tsawwassen, BC.

The Connect & Collaborate ECE Retreat will bring together educators and related professionals who work in a variety of roles to support children and families. Each day, speakers and attendees will be part of a number of collaborative conversation and learning opportunities related to important issues in the field of Early Childhood Education. In addition, there will be a social event planned for the Saturday evening.

This promises to be a truly incredible, valuable and memorable professional development opportunity. We hope you will join us!

Past Attendees: please use this order form to purchase your registration.

New Attendees: please use this order form to purchase your registration.

The Connect & Collaborate ECE Retreat by ECE Workshops includes:

  • Unique Professional Development Experience

    Join a special group of Early Childhood Educators to refresh, reflect and recharge your work in the field of early childhood education.

  • Being hosted in training rooms at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers in Burnaby, BC

    In a great spot -- the lovely Glenlyon Business Park -- get outside for walks during coffee & lunch breaks with colleagues.

  • Not Your Typical ECE Conference or Workshop!

    Lots and lots of time to connect and collaborate in small group conversations.

  • Includes a tour of award winning RBkids workplace child care program!

    A beautiful, mixed philosophy (Montessori, Reggio Inspired & Traditional ECE) child care program for Infants through School Age children.

  • Presenters & Participants Work Together!

    Through 6 Learning Model Sessions you will connect, collaborate and problem solve related to the issues that truly matter to you in the field of early childhood education.

  • Build Connections with Colleagues

    Great opportunity to meet and learn from other professionals working in the field of Early Childhood Education

  • Affordable, Exceptional Learning

    We are committed to helping ECEs grow their skills through high quality, unique professional development experiences.

  • Close To Richmond, Vancouver, Surrey & Delta + 35 min drive from Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal, 25 min drive from YVR

    Accessible by main highway, public transit + free parking within business park.

Your Opportunity to Connect & Collaborate on Everything ECE!

 The Connect & Collaborate ECE Retreat is presented by ECE Workshops and is organized by:

Jane Boyd, ECE & SNE

Founder of ECE Workshops & CEO of 45 Conversations Media & Education

With more than 30 years experience addressing small business, work-life, education, employee engagement and early learning issues Jane is a recognized authority when it comes to developing customized work-life and child care solutions. Recent projects include the preparation of ECE training curriculum for a local post secondary institution as well as the design and delivery of online professional development for Canadian ECE's. Through her work, Jane has been directly involved in securing more than $2.75 million dollars in funding for projects relating to business collaboration, work-life balance, employee wellbeing, education, community development and child care. She is passionate about self-directed learning, mixed philosophy programming and supporting children with exceptional needs. She is licensed as an Early Childhood Educator & Special Needs Educator in British Columbia, a Child Development Supervisor in Alberta and has Level 2 Certification in Nova Scotia. Jane has also been certified as a Licensed Infant, Preschool, School Age and Family Educator in Newfoundland & Labrador and a Child Care Supervisor in Prince Edward Island.

This ECE Retreat Includes an Onsite Tour of the Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Workplace Child Care Program

Presented by rbKids Child Care Program -- featuring key members of the child care team, including:


Christine Clements, ECE, IT & SNE

Corporate Child Care Director at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Child Care 

Christine has been part of the award winning Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Child Care program since it opened in 2009. She has been practicing in the field of Early Childhood Education for more than 20 years. She is a passionate advocate for excellence in the delivery of high quality child care services. Christine is committed to supporting, guiding and mentoring Early Childhood Educators as they grow personally and professionally in their work with children and families.

Confirmed Learning Module Presenters Include: 

Devon Glover

Rap Artist & Teacher - The Sonnet Man

Devon Glover "The Sonnet Man" is a rap artist and a teacher from Brooklyn, New York. He travels the world leading workshops for students of all ages -- from the very young to the almost very old -- all about Shakespeare through rap. Through rhyme, rap and a way with words he inspires children, young adults and educators to express themselves in new and interesting ways.  As a  committed and outstanding teacher he is able to make true breakthroughs with students of ages. He is especially skilled at working with children who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Devon's  story is an inspiration in itself.  Born and raised along with two brothers by a single mom in Brooklyn, he has strived all his life to make something of himself and to give back.  He went through the New York City Public School system and is a graduate of Ithaca College.  He was featured on The Today Show with a tremendous response.  The producer said, “I’ve never had so many emails from people saying how much they enjoyed the story and especially the song!” 


Roger Overall

Creative Director, Show & Tell Communications

Roger is a photographer, film maker, animator, writer, cartoonist, podcaster based in Cork, Ireland. Regardless of the medium, he's been helping people tell their stories and share their knowledge since the late 1990s. Sometimes behind a desk, often on location—once in the South American jungle even. Roger has worked with Jane Boyd on multiple projects directly connected to the field of Early Childhood Education.


Kimberly Ellsworth, ECE

Team Lead at Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers. (EMCN) Care for Newcomer Childcare

Kimberly has 27 years experience in the field of Early Childhood Education and received her diploma in Montessori in 2009. Her career experiences varied from Early Childhood worker, Kindergarten Supervisor, Montessori Directress, Montessori School owner/operator and in 2014 she left Prince Edward Island for an adventure to be part of EMCN as Team Lead for the Care for Newcomer Childcare. Working with refugee and newcomer children has been a rewarding experience in her career.

Additional Presenters To Be Announced . . .

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  • Ingrid Schaaf, Calypso Montessori School
    This is the best workshop that I have EVER attended. It beats every other workshop and every other means of education that I have received in the last 17 years in this field. It was the most informative, inspiring and professional training one could possibly ask for. This was nothing short of brilliant!
    Ingrid Schaaf, Calypso Montessori School
  • My experience at the ECE Reflect and Recharge Retreat has forever shifted the way I think about professional growth. I am beyond grateful for Jane’s kindness and wisdom. She gives herself wholeheartedly and shares with such grace and passion. She leads by example and encourages others to find their own special passion. The format of presenter, Mastermind discussion, to setting an intent left each of us with a clear connection to what we wanted to accomplish as well as tools to help that come to fruition. I came home with a vision for my practice, tools to bring that vision to life and a new found strength to dream big. The ECE Reflect and Recharge Retreat has impacted my life and my practice in the most wonderful ways. I am forever changed and so thankful I had the chance to attend.
    Carrie Nahorney, ECE

The Connect & Collaborate ECE Retreat - May 26 & 27, 2018

The Connect & Collaborate ECE Retreat
$175 until March 31, 2018 then $225

We will discuss the issues that today's ECEs really want to learn more about.

You will explore your personal and professional growth in a supporting, caring environment.

Working with other ECEs you will plan your next steps in your career, your classroom and your life.

Includes healthy snack and lunch breaks.

6 Learning Model Sessions -- listen to short presentations and then work with fellow professionals to apply the learnings to your work.

Flexible Payment - By Credit Card or By Interac eTransfer

Early Bird Rate of $175 until March 31, 2018 then $225.00

Limited spaces available!

Tour of the award winning rbKids Corporate Child Care Program

Register for The Connect & Collaborate Retreat if you want to:

Be part of a profoundly unique professional development experience.

Do something a little different that promises to grow your ECE practice.

Learn from presenters inside & outside the field of Early Childhood Education.

Connect and collaborate to grow your skills and leadership in the field of ECE.


What Early Childhood Educators Say About ECE Retreats

  • Melanie James, ECE & ITE
    I really loved the ECE Retreat I attended because it offered a unique opportunity for everyone to feel heard and appreciated while obtaining their professional development hours. I'll be returning to future ECE Retreats!
    Melanie James, ECE & ITE

A Professional Development Retreat for ECEs Like No Other!

10 hours of onsite professional development that promises to be unique, special and exceptional! Opportunity to earn up to 2 additional hours of professional development through online reflective learning a few weeks after the retreat.

Join us for The Connect & Collaborate ECE Retreat that is being held May 26 & 27, 2018 in Burnaby, British Columbia. This retreat will be in the training rooms of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers thanks to the support of the rbKids Corporate Child Care Program!

The Connect & Collaborate ECE Retreat will bring together a special group of Early Childhood Educators and Early Learning Professionals for a very unique and customized professional development experience. There will be ample opportunities for learning, growth, conversation, connection and collaboration.

Using "mastermind" learning modules, special presentations and more - participants will collaboratively work together to set personal and professional goals, further develop their ECE practice and plan action steps related to the work they do in the field.

Connect & Collaborate ECE Retreat Highlights

Through short presentations by leaders from inside AND outside the field of ECE you will truly begin exploring a wide range of areas related to your practice in the field of Early Childhood Education.

Saturday will include 3 Learning Module Sessions that will focus on personal growth, development and connection directly related to your work in the field of Early Childhood Education.

Sunday will include 3 Learning Module Sessions that will focus on your day to day ECE practice, the power of collaboration -- in the classroom, in the field and in your community.

Plus, we will enjoy a private tour of the award winning rbKids Corporate Child Care Program which serves children ages infant through school age in an amazing workplace setting.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to be part of a special collaborative video project as part of our "Ask an ECE Series." This is an optional initiative that is part of each ECE Retreat experience.

Working together we will:

Explore, assess and problem solve related to the topics and issues that today's Early Childhood Educators are interested in.

Nurture opportunities to strengthen your leadership skills in the field of Early Childhood Education through connected conversation and collaborative learning.

Have time to create, connect and collaborate -- all while reflecting on your personal wellbeing and professional practice.

The Connect & Collaborate ECE Retreat Also Includes:

Morning and afternoon breaks will include coffee and tea as well as healthy snack. A healthy lunch option will also be provided on Saturday and Sunday.  Access to lovely river side walking paths within the Glenlyon Business Park during your coffee and lunch breaks.

An opportunity to be part of something truly customized for the needs of the ECEs who are part of it. There are only 75 spots available for this space is limited.

Retreat Agenda

Further details will be added as this becomes available.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

8:30 AM - Registration with coffee, tea and healthy breakfast choices.

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM - The Connect & Collaborate Retreat Professional Development Sessions

5:00 PM to 9:00 PM - Group dinner gathering at nearby restaurant in area. (More information to be announced soon.)

Sunday, May 27, 2018

8:30 AM - Registration with coffee, tea and healthy breakfast choices.

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM - The Connect & Collaborate Retreat Professional Development Sessions

4:00 PM - Retreat Ends

 Questions & Answers

What are ECE Retreats?

Jane Boyd, the Founder of ECE Retreats believes in offering outside the box, incredible and enlightening professional development experiences for today’s Early Childhood Educators. Through her own personal and professional experience, she knows that it pays to step into places and opportunities that are different than the norm. And she understands that doing so helps educators to expand both their thinking and horizons when it comes to exploring ways to enhance day to day practice with children and families. As part of her company's commitment to offer high quality professional development that includes face-to-face collaborative conversation, exciting learning opportunities and a sense of wonder she hosts ECE Retreats multiple times per year in the Greater Vancouver area. In addition, Jane works with organizations in other parts of BC and Canada to offer ECE Retreats to communities that would otherwise not have access to this unique model of professional development.

What topics will the Learning Modules cover?

We will be releasing the Learning Module topics in March 2018.

Our October 2017 Learning Modules included - Why the Stories We Tell Ourselves Matter - Personally and Professionally, Empowering Reflection and Learning in the Field of Early Childhood Education, Show and Tell: Using Digital Tools for Reflection & Storytelling About ECE, Designing and Building Quality Child Care Programs, Expanding ECE Horizons - Personally & Professionally and Creativity & Ideas

The Connect & Collaborate ECE Retreat Learning Modules promise to inspiring and truly relevant to the key issues that ECEs and Early Learning & Care Programs are dealing with.

Where is The Connect & Collaborate ECE Retreat being held?

We are most thankful for the support of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers and the rbKids Child Care Program for providing space for The Connect & Collaborate ECE Retreat to be held in their training rooms at the Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers  office in Burnaby, BC.

The address of this location is:

9500 Glenlyon Parkway, Burnaby, BC, Canada.

This is the same location of the rbKids Child Care Program.

To give you a sense of travel time/route here is a map showing the directions from the Tsawwassen Ferry to the location of The Connect & Collaborate ECE Retreat.

To give you a sense of travel time/route here is a map showing the directions from Vancouver to the location of The Connect & Collaborate ECE Retreat.

I have attended a previous ECE Retreat -- will this one be the same?

Each ECE Retreat uses the same learning formula of short presentations, learning modules and group collaborative conversation, however each retreat is different in that the topics addressed are different. We encourage past attendees to attend multiple ECE Retreats as we know they will support participants with ongoing personal and professional development experiences. In addition, as our ECE Retreat community grows we know that the opportunities for connection and collaboration will also grow between all who are part of these unique professional development experiences.

Is there a dress code for an ECE Retreat?

This retreat is designed to be a professional learning and development experience. While we don't have a formal dress code, attendees are encouraged to dress in comfortable, professional clothing.

If I register and then am unable to attend can I obtain a refund?

Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds for registrations. You can however transfer your registration to another Early Childhood Educator for no service fee. We simply ask that you let us know in advance if this is something you would like to do. If for an unexpected reason we must change the date of an ECE Retreat, we will offer you the choice of registration in the next available ECE Retreat we schedule or we will provide you with a credit that you may use toward any of our online ECE Workshops.

How will I receive my professional development certificate?

Professional development certificates will be issued as a PDF file via email one week after the retreat.

How much will it cost me to attend The Connect & Collaborate ECE Retreat?

Early bird registration fee through December 31, 2017 - $175.00 plus GST

Regular registration fee - December 11, 2017 - May 25, 2018 - $225.00 plus GST

We have a payment plan available to assist with making the registration fees more affordable.

If there is sufficient interest, we may coordinate an optional group ECE Retreat Dinner on May 26, 2018 at a local restaurant close to the location of the retreat. If you would like to be part of this you will be responsible for the costs for your meal and drinks.

Can I stay at a hotel close to the retreat location?

There are a variety of hotels in the Burnaby (Metrotown) and Richmond areas that would be within a close drive or cab ride to the location of The Connect & Collaborate ECE Retreat. We are currently exploring the feasibility for a group hotel rate at a local hotel and will post this information if this becomes available.

I don't have a credit card - can I pay in some other way for the retreat?

Yes - we will accept email transfers for payment using Interac. You can learn more about that here. If this is something you would like to do -- please contact Jane Boyd via Jane @ 45Conversations dot com

I would like to split my registration fee into three payments - can I do this?

Yes, this is possible -- please see the registration page for this option. Please note this is only available for registrations made prior to mid March as all payments must be received prior to the start of the retreat.

My company is interested in being a sponsor of an ECE Retreat, who do I contact?

Please send email to jane @ 45conversations dot com

Other questions?

Please send email to jane @ 45conversations dot com

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