Behind the Magic

Sacred Business Program

A 9-Week Group Mentorship for Spiritual Creatives

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Are you seeking confidence and clarity in your creations?

How would it feel to generate freedom and abundance in your business?

Are you ready to take your business to the next level?

How would it feel to live the life of your dreams with purpose, confidence and joy?

I work with you to create a lasting, sustainable and prosperous business.

You’ll combine grounded strategy, connected marketing, and some serious magic!

Are You READY to Step into Your Vision of Success and Freedom?

Heart-Centred, Soul-Led, Conscious Business Leaders
You Are Needed More than Ever!

Pillar One – Know Yourself

Believe in Yourself (Even if No One Else Does)

Knowing and believing in yourself is your most important asset. Not being afraid to be who you are, having clear boundaries, and sharing from that place of inner clarity is the work.

Soul Magic:

  • Get crystal clarity about who you are, what you love and what you stand for
  • Dive into the essence and feeling of your business
  • Begin to translate that essence into 3-D reality

Practical Magic:

  • Get to know your strengths and challenges
  • Own your skills and unique abilities: bring your whole self to everything you do
  • Develop a concrete inner guidance system to breakthrough challenges

Pillar Two – Nurture Connection

Rainbow Connections: The Lovers, the Dreamers and Me

Cultivating connection, from a strong sense of who you are and what you offer, is absolutely essential to creating a lasting and fulfilling business. Without connection you don’t have a business. I’m so inspired by how Kermit the Frog started off in the pond with a simple dream and met others along the way!

Soul Magic:

  • Truly understand who you serve and why beyond the “customer avatar” (boxes are for moving, storing and tarot decks not people)
  • Learn how to resource your connection to yourself while in relationship with others
  • Cultivate your connection to something bigger than yourself

Practical Magic:

  • Stellar communication skills: from written copy, customer service to how you present yourself within live, in-person, audio and video formats
  • Learn my best practices for introverted networking and nurturing community
  • I’ll share with you how the qualitative research skills I learned in cultural anthropology can take your business to the next level. Curious? No one else is talking about this!

Pillar Three – Clarify Your Essence

The Dance Between Branding and Un-Branding

I’m going to be honest with you: your business is a brand even if you hate branding. I’m sorry. So, it’s vital that you approach branding consciously and clearly. You will dive into ways your business can also break out of the constraints of traditional branding and feel really really good to you. Gone are the days where brands wear us!

Soul Magic:

  • Learn what branding is and isn’t from a soul level
  • Get comfortable with being seen in a way that supports your work and your clients and customers
  • I’ll also share my roller coaster branding story and how my business took off when I let go of the rules

Practical Magic:

  • Have an actionable roadmap for communicating your values and unique points of view through graphics, fonts, colors, and stories
  • You’ll dive into how to take great photos, create beautiful graphics and other stunning online and print materials
  • Know when to hire a designer and how to communicate about your brand before you even get to the first meeting

Pillar Four – Say Something Real in a Noisy World.
There is No Kitten Filter in Real Life

Authentic Marketing: Let Yourself Be Seen But Make Sure You Have a Blanket Fort First

We live in a time where it’s more possible than ever to share and broadcast your message. This is exciting and brings with it new opportunities and challenges. Authentic marketing is about cultivating strength and freedom. BE YOU in this world. Even in (especially in) business! In this pillar, you’ll have a plan of action for sharing what’s real to you!

Soul Magic:

  • Learn what marketing is really about and how do it in ways that feel aligned and good to you
  • Dive into further strategies for being seen and ways to take care of yourself when you share yourself and your work with others
  • Learn how to let go of constant worry about the “algorithm,” numbers, and likes. I promise you it’s not a sustainable or happy-making way to live

Practical Magic:

  • Learn ways to make social media work for you (not the other way around)
  • Strategies to build and nurture your list
  • Launch plans that work for your offers and products

PLUS: My MEGA list for both in-the-box and out-of-the-box marketing ideas

Pillar Five – Share Your Magic

Offers & Content that Sing: Practice in Public & Shine Anyway

In this pillar, we’ll get into the nitty-gritty of crafting offers that sing and sell. Whether you have a local in-person business, an online business, or if you sell products or services, this pillar will help you get your work out into happy hands!

Soul Magic:

  • Learn how to hold strong containers for individuals and groups
  • How to offer heart-centred impeccable service
  • How to move from “free to fee” in a way that honors both your work and your heart

Practical Magic:

  • Create a menu of offerings that make sense to you and your customer
  • Map out short, long programs and multi-level offers
  • Discover new ways to package your offers, products and services

Pillar Six – Abundant Time

Energy Management Practices for the Win: Run the Marathon Not the Race

My partner always says to me, “it’s a marathon not a race,” and wow is she right! You were meant to live in joy, vitality and peace. Working for yourself offers you so much freedom about how you want to set up your life. This pillar will give you the tools to do just that!

Soul Magic:

  • Learn how to move from contracted to expansive time
  • I’ll share all the hard lessons I’ve learned recovering from burnout.
  • How to listen to what you need and take care of yourself

Practical Magic:

  • Learn my tried and true ways to stay organized and focused while getting things done
  • How to set up your day, week, month and year in ways that sustain your energy
  • Learn energy management practices that will help you stay in flow

Pillar Seven – The Energy of Money

Walking Out of the Machinery: Make a Sustainable Income You Feel Good About

In Peter Gabriel’s song Solsbury Hill, he sings about leaving his old life behind, listening to the eagles, and stepping into a life he never thought was possible. This song is perhaps my greatest inspiration for finding new ways to work and live outside of the “machinery” (i.e. the old paradigm ways of doing things).

In this pillar, you’ll learn how to creatively work with the energy of money in ways that bring you and others home to themselves.

Soul Magic:

  • Discover your unique money blueprint
  • Break free from money wounds and step into a new story
  • Learn how the energy of money works

Practical Magic:

  • Learn strategies for pricing
  • Learn how to be a good steward of money
  • Learn how to create containers for money to come and stay in your life

Pillar Eight – Radiant Leadership

Shake it Out: Don’t Try to Sit at the Popular Table

No one interesting ever said I’m so glad I fit in and didn’t stir any feathers. I see so many people trying to be industry leaders by making the right connections, wearing the right clothes, and saying the right things. Sound familiar?

In this pillar, you’ll learn how to “shake it out” like Florence + the Machine and freaking step into your version of radiant leadership. Radiant businesses carve their own paths and don’t make people feel bad if they can’t sit at their tables. Let’s do that.

Soul Magic:

  • Learn how to let go of whatever version of the “popular table” you have. I promise you this is not where the magic happens.
  • Strategies for embracing who you are and letting your freak flag fly while in business
  • Step into true innovation, creativity, freedom and business leadership

Practical Magic:

  • Strategies for letting go of comparison
  • Learn when and how to share generously with others in your field
  • Learn how to create a world within your business where you bring out the best in everyone you serve

Pillar Nine – Increase Capacity

Smash Your Own Glass Ceiling: Be Willing to Live Magic

In this pillar, you will learn practical and energetic ways to live in expansion, integrity and creative power.

Soul Magic:

  • You’ll learn how you can make the impact in the world you were born to
  • Discover how to do work that goes beyond you and leaves a legacy
  • Learn how to increase your capacity for joy, love, health and abundance

Practical Magic:

  • Learn to manage multiple projects with ease
  • Know when and how to hire and how to work with a team
  • Learn how to share your message on a larger scale

We’re talking NEXT Level Entrepreneurship Here!

An Incredible Online Community to Inspire and Cheer You On!

You can live in business flow, have a healthy client base, and cultivate financial stability

While doing what you’re passionate about!

Who’s Behind the Magic For?

  • You’re ready to start a business or take your business to the next level
  • You’re changing careers and want a life of deep meaning
  • You have a BIG VISION & want to take meaningful action
  • You’ve burnt out and are ready for more vitality
  • You want to make money in love and service
  • You are willing to invest time, resources and energy into your business
  • You’re ready to go pro and take 100% responsibility for your life
  • You want to claim your independence
  • You’re a leader in your field and are READY to SHINE!

Whatever mistakes you think you’ve made in your life, career or finances you still have this! I want you to know that no matter what has happened in your life, your future is still in front of you.

If you’re feeling trapped, exhausted or have lost hope, I’m here to say it can change when you’re willing to live in magic!

Running your own business is a doorway into personal and spiritual meaning as well as social and collective healing.

Hi, I’m Vanessa Sage, PhD and My Best Friend Calls Me a Magician!

A decade ago I was a graduate student writing papers that turned into poems while wearing black cons on my walks through the magic of the city. All I wanted was to recognize myself in the mirror.

If you’d told me then that I’d be running a multi-level year-long Sage Priestess Certification® program, a 3-year Tarot School and 1:1 mentorships for creatives and leaders in the spiritual and personal development fields, I wouldn’t have believed you.

I dreamed of creating, building and growing a prosperous business where I honoured my spirit and guided others to find connection, mystery and joy in their lives.

In the first two years of business, I made a total of $150 and in each of the last two years, the business has exceeded six-figures without a large list. I only say this to let you know it’s possible when you run the marathon, not the race.

I’ve been scared and tried to fit myself into box after unforgiving box. I didn’t want to step on toes, shine too brightly, or even be seen at all.

Now, I’m happy to say I love the person I see in the mirror, have been able to work while travelling for significant periods of time, and I lead a sustainable expanding heart-centred company specializing in high-touch online educational experiences, with a growing team and concrete plans for decks, books, in-person retreats and pilgrimages.

After gently and compassionately leading groups of beautiful souls from around the world, I’ve watched the work ripple out in ways I couldn’t have imagined.

These incredibly brave humans have become great and loving vehicles of service in the world.

Many are industry leaders now with their own programs, healing centres and practices. Many keep the soul work they do to themselves as they enrich the lives of people they touch in their day-to-day. I’ve witnessed them be who they are without apology!

I Cannot Wait to See What Magic YOU Will Make!

Authentic Business Expression and Aligned Action

Are You Ready to Take the Next Step?

$999 Pay in Full

OR 3 Monthly Payments of $399

This group will only be open to a limited number of people so that we can give you our attention and care

We’re So Excited to Share Behind the Magic with You!

My partner Stacy and I hold the community space together.

We’re committed to building an enriching, conscious and thriving community based on the principles of love, compassion, kindness and respect.

This group will only be open to a limited number of people so that we can give you our attention and care.

We show up for you!


Work isn’t about being tied to a desk all day. It can be playful and out in the world.

READ the FAQ: There's Some Serious Magic in Here!

YAY *Kermit Flails* I'm so excited! After you register you'll receive a welcome email right away to the email attached to your payment.

If you don't receive your welcome email please contact us at so we can get it to you!

Great question! My programs are designed to make sure that you get dedicated attention. I'm a highly sensitive empath and know what it's like to feel easily overwhelmed by large groups of people.

I can't emphasize enough how important it is to nurture aligned connections. You may meet your next collaborative partner, tea buddy, or simply be inspired to see that the life your dreams of is possible! Check Out THIS INTERVIEW and be prepared to be amazed! This program will give you the space to do just that.

I hear you and I've been there. You are about to join an experience that will be a joy to take part in. Honestly, I don't want to re-create the wheel. I share all the hard-won lessons I've learned along the way with you. My aim is that this is the course that makes ALL the difference!

The LIVE component of this course ensures that you have space to receive valuable coaching and guidance, the community aspect of the course (and the cap in enrolment) means you'll connect with incredible people, and I am here for you personally every step of the way. Have a question? Ask and it will be included in the weekly Q&A videos. This ensures that what you need will be addressed! How exciting is that?

Oh dear one, I understand. Starting a business involves a lot of effort, especially at the beginning. I will share tools, prompts and ideas and then you take it completely at your own pace. Remember to honor your own timing and speed. You run your own race and don't let anyone ever tell you that you're not going fast enough. We will regularly celebrate every single step you take. They all matter!

First of all, thank you for being here. I know what it's like to build an expanding business and be unsure where to turn. I'm a lifelong learner and it's a powerful vulnerable thing to continue to grow and learn! We will cover some business basics, but at every step of the way, you're encouraged to start where you are, deepen into what you've already created, and lean into your best next step.

I've worked with many industry leaders and all of their businesses have grown as a result. I believe we all have valuable things to learn from each other and I welcome you wholeheartedly into the space.

Oh do I relate to this! I'm not going to lie, working on your business takes time and consistent dedication. This is an intensive program to inspire you to take action!

This business course is designed to propel you forward to create the life of your dreams. You'll be encouraged to block out time for your business each week in a way that works for you. Additionally, I recommend giving yourself 2-4 hours a week for course content and calls.

We will also cover good practices for energy managementavoiding burnout, and staying calm and focused under pressure. This could very well be the course that changes your life.

That sounds super uncomfortable! Here's the straight-up truth: your life is your own and you do not owe it to anyone in order to be in business. If standing naked on a rock is your thing, go for it! If you prefer to keep your personal life to yourself you can still do this! We'll dive deeper into what vulnerability can look like for you in the program but at no point will you be asked to do anything that doesn't 100% feel good to you.

I'm so happy you're interested in the program! We offer a limited number of partial scholarships for a savings of $111. We particularly invite BIPOC, people with disabilities, older people, those without income, single parents, people on the LGBTQIA spectrum and people in recovery.

This course addresses a need within our community to make my business mentorship more accessible by offering it as a group course.

I understand that it can be a big deal to invest in your business. This course will help you reduce significant costs in your business by giving you the support to take the reins of your website, branding, and copy. These services alone add up quickly.

No matter what you decide, I completely honor your choice. I simply invite you to sit down and think about what giving yourself this 9 weeks to jump-start your business could do for you long-term.

Straight up: your return on investment will completely depend on how dedicated and committed you are to your business. This program supports your business.

While I cannot promise any specific return on investment, a general rule of thumb is that any investment you make in your business should yield at least 10 times what you've put in. It may take longer than you'd like (believe me, I've been there) but do consider what's possible for you in 2021!

Going beyond the immediate future, the aim of the program is for you to have long-term freedom. What would you do? What choices would you make? What dreams would become a reality?

Calls schedule will be announced after registration. All calls are recorded if you can't attend live. Watching the recording is still participating in the program.

We'll meet on Zoom. This is free and simple for you to use. We will be able to see and hear each other, which makes it very similar to an in-person class. I love it! You will have an opportunity to ask questions and get to know each other. All of these calls will be recorded.

You have lifetime access to all pre-recorded Videos, PDFs and Q&A videos in our online platform. The Facebook group will remain open for six months after the completion of the program.

Given the intimate nature of the live group connection calls, we archive them after six months. We find that our communities appreciate the space to share freely knowing that these live calls are not downloadable and out there forever. Sharing about your business can be tender and deep work. We're committed to giving you as safe a place as possible to share vulnerably and receive guidance and support as you grow your business.

Everything you need to take the course is provided. You will need access to a computer and an internet connection.

All prices are quoted in USD. Your currency is automatically converted for you at checkout

Program is non-refundable once you choose to enrol. By registering with a monthly plan you are making a commitment to complete all payments. Really check in with yourself and see if you can make the commitment to the program at this time. We want this to be a good fit for you. Please reach out if you have any questions.

Gratitude to My Mentors - No One Does the Alone:

Stephanie Seagram at CoBALT Connects in Hamilton, Ontario. The Social Innovation Centre in Toronto. Chris Farias now at Unicorn Rebel. Nick Tompkin at OrbitalJennifer Lee for three years of life-changing mentorship. Kiala Givehand for encouraging me for years to shine and be myself in the world. Sharon Tessandori, Susan Stott Miller and all the Right Brain Cohorts. Gratitude for the Peer Mentoring I've received from members of several nurture huddles and small group masterminds. Marie Forleo (I'm a proud B-School Grad, and even though I do things a little differently, I continue to be inspired). Becca Bergen and Chris-Anne Donnely I am forever grateful for both of you and your angel presence in my life.


I do not promise any cure and this program is not intended to be a replacement for licensed legal, financial, medical care or prescribed therapies. Please follow the laws and rules that govern your place of residence and citizenship when conducting business. I will share my thoughts about pricing and the "energy of money" but do not give financial or legal advice. Also, please follow the advice of your doctors and counsellors for all medical treatments, prescribed remedies and for any and all mental health, physical health and emotional health problems or concerns.

Other Notes:


All photos are my own and were taken by my partner Stacy Maskell or myself. We reserve the rights to these photographs.

The photos show me at work! Many photos were taken in my office (AKA my temple) and others on my 3 month Goddess pilgrimage in Crete, Malta, Rome and Glastonbury.

Decks Featured:

Red Seeds Oracle, Tarot of the Old Path, Wild Unknown Tarot, Guided Hand Tarot, Goddesses of the New Light, Aura-Soma Tarot, the Light Seer's Tarot and the Vessel Oracle. I highly recommend these decks. I use cards daily in my business and life which is why they can't help but make an appearance here 😉

Songs Referenced:

"The Rainbow Connection" (1979) music and lyrics written by Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher.

"Solsbury Hill" (1977) by Peter Gabriel.

"Shake it Out" (2011) by Florence Welch and Paul Epworth.