take time in your busy schedule to

recharge yourself.


Hello & Welcome! I’m Arianna - the Founder of The Self-Discovery Retreat.


The Self-Discovery Retreat is a lifestyle blog & community with a mission to empower individuals globally to believe in themselves & pursue their dreams.  

How it started

While pursuing my graduate degree in psychology at the University of Toronto and living downtown in the biggest city in Canada, I, like many others was always on the go.  In addition to being an athlete for the Varsity Blues rowing team, I was always working hard turning my dreams into reality with little time off. Being in that busy environment, I saw so many people that were exhausted and struggling with doubt, myself included. We all needed to be renewed along the way!

Then during a much needed vacation to Maui that renewed my spirits and lifted my energy, I learned that taking time for self-care in our busy schedules isn’t selfish or bad it actually enhances our productivity and well-being. I was so excited about what I learned and decided while on a beach walk with my sisters to start a blog with a goal of renewing myself and people globally. I wanted to bring the Hawaiian sunshine and hope that I got to others and thought technology was the best outlet to share the message. Instead of needing to go on vacation, I wanted to remind us all that every day is a beach day when we have a positive mindset. We can find happiness, beauty, calm, and joy on our busy routine commute. We don't have to go elsewhere to find it, we carry it within ourselves. 

This site provides us all with hope and renewal anytime, anywhere. Every day is a beach day. It all starts with believing in ourselves.

See you at the beach,



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Kind Words


Arianna Merritt is one of those people that loves helping support others and encouraging them to follow their dreams. She has helped me so much over the years in boosting my confidence and promoting my career. So often in my life of work as an opera singer, there are periods of time where I am unemployed and I have to constantly keep pushing myself and auditioning for opera companies to find new contracts. With the amount of competition and rejection, I often feel discouraged and inadequate. But Arianna has always been there to build me up, motivate me and put me back on the right track. From all of her many years of training, education, and experience in the psychology and coaching field, she has all of the tools and strategies needed on how to help people feel more comfortable in their own skin and how to help them succeed, not only in their career, but also in their daily lives.

shantelle przybylo, Canadian soprano


Arianna is a true trailblazer, and I’m so privileged to know her and have hosted her work on my blog! I’m continually amazed by her can-do attitude, her perseverance, and her deep passion for making a difference in the lives of countless people. Arianna shows all of us that life is best when we face its challenges, overcome them, and most importantly, celebrate who we are!

jacqueline boone, entrepreneur


I’ve known Arianna for some time now and her positivity and zest for life are not only refreshing, but inspiring! She’s a true inspiration to women and young girls as she promotes healthy living and having a positive body image. We need more Arianna’s in today’s world!!

celenia serrano, professional