A 3-day weekend for artisan based founders, teams, and their collaborators to connect, get inspired, share resources and build community within our space.


February 10 - 12th, 2023
The Monte Vista Hotel
Black Mountain, NC

Conscious Collab is the first-of-its-kind retreat for global artisan brands, aspiring entrepreneurs, and service providers in the ethical impact industry.

Running an artisan-based business has its own set of trials and problems to solve. Join us for three days in beautiful Black Mountain, North Carolina, where you can get out of the weeds for a few days, connect with others who understand your unique trials, and can provide the expertise to support you as you build your business and deepen your impact.

Hosted by Jenny Nuccio and Joanna Waterfall, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in workshops, breakout sessions, and group activities designed to help you connect through Conscious Collaboration.

  • Newfound confidence in yourself and your brand's work
  • Deeper understanding of how to collaborate effectively 
  • A renewed sense of excitement about what lies ahead when it comes to conquering this coming year alongside like-minded partners. 

Leave this
Weekend with:


You’re an aspiring entrepreneur or service provider looking to connect with other artisan brands and gain insights into how to develop a successful business. 

You’re an established artisan brand looking to collaborate with others, learn new skills, and gain valuable marketing insight. 

You want to network with like-minded individuals who understand the creative process behind building a successful venture. 

You want to be part of a weekend full of inspiring conversations, meaningful connections, and practical tips to help take your business to the next level.  

You're ready to bridge the gap between traditional business models with innovative approaches.

You’re ready to invest in yourself and your business by taking advantage of top industry experts on branding strategy, marketing tactics, leveraging social media tools, and more.

You desire to build strong partnerships that will last long after the weekend ends.


Find yourself surrounded by inspiring mountain beauty and the perfect place for Conscious Collaboration at The Monte Vista Hotel! Originally built in 1919 as a schoolhouse, this cozy lodge is situated amongst picturesque hiking trails and bustling downtown Black Mountain.

The Monte Vista Hotel
308 West State Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
(828) 669 - 8870


Day 1: Friday, February 10, 2023
  • Arrival to Black Mountain, North Carolina (5pm kickoff!)
  • Collaboration + Connection Mixer
  • Welcome, Introductions + Collaborative Activity

Day 2: Saturday, February 11, 2023

  • Connection Breakfast
  • Speakers, workshops, and breakout sessions throughout the day
  • Dinner and reflection 

Day 3: Sunday, February 12, 2023
  • Connection Breakfast
  • Epiphanies and Commitments 
  • Closing ceremony + Departure (12pm) 

Please note that attendees should plan to arrive for the opening mixer on Friday at 5pm.  Closing ceremony will end at 12pm on Sunday -- lunches are available to take with you, or stay and mingle with new connections!

workshops & conversations to help you dive into your unique business challenges

• Customer Engagement, Marketing and Ads
• Business Modeling & Artisan Relations
• Production / Shipping / Logistics
• Leadership Development
• Product Development / Trend Forecasting
• E-commerce Strategy

Jenny Nuccio

meet your hosts

You probably best know Jenny as the Founder and CEO of Imani Collective — a social enterprise + holistic women’s empowerment program in Mombasa, Kenya, committed to breaking generational poverty. Having lived as an integral part of her Kenyan community since 2013, she is dedicated to the collaborative advancement of equitable opportunity for the friends she works with every day and for marginalized populations worldwide.

Jenny brings Conscious Collab a unique intersection of both classroom + real-world social entrepreneurship expertise. But this is only part of her identity: she is also a wife and mother of three who is passionate about spreading joy and helping inspire women from all walks of life to pursue their dreams and step into their true potential. 

Joanna Waterfall

Joanna Waterfall helps audiences all over the world let go of perfectionism, embrace a spirit of play and create their most meaningful work. As the Founder of Yellow Co., podcast host, facilitator and speaker, Joanna believes that creativity, business, community and social impact should never be separate from each other.

She and her work have been featured in publications such as Forbes, The Huffington Post, The Good Trade, Brit+Co, The Zoe Report, Darling Magazine, and more. Her speaking has brought her to places like Mattel, Lululemon, USC, California Baptist University and more. She's motivated by the belief that women can change the world through stepping out of fear and into who they were created to be.


What is included?

  • Three days with Jenny Nuccio and Joanna Waterfall – filled with workshops, breakout sessions, and fireside chats.
  • All meals & snacks


  • Asheville Region Airport (AVL): 35 minutes
  • Greenville-Spartanburg (GSP): 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Charlotte International Airport (CLT): 1 hour 45 minutes

where can i stay?


  • Aspiring entrepreneurs who are passionate about social impact but unsure where to start.
  • Established global artisan brands looking to network and connect with other successful entrepreneurs and service providers.
  • Service providers who work with artisan brands, such as marketing and branding experts, e-commerce specialists, or fundraisers!

I really want to collaborate, but i'm not able to attend in person. Can I Still participate?

  • Yes!  While we would love to see you in person, our goal is to connect as many people as possible.  By registering for the event you will be included in the participant directory and resource guide.   


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If you are looking to work with someone who is impactful, a fantastic thinking partner and will bring the energy look no further. Jenny’s strength is ideating and distilling the hard into actionable plans. She is a wealth of knowledge and what I love most is her desire to share and build community. 


Jenny lives what she teaches. She deeply desires for everyone to succeed and is always cheering other women on. She is very good at creating and maintaining community.


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