When Sarah had the idea of building tiny themed cottages she was on a mission to find the perfect spot. She started looking diligently for the right property with the right zoning type to be able to build and run a resort. She soon discovered this little piece of waterfront paradise, in the heart of the Kawarthas (Coboconk, Ontario) and then asked Harry and Joe to join her and help turn her vision into reality.
Both Harry and Joe have 30+ years of investing and development experience and are well-known for creating unique beautiful boutique spaces and top-quality products. Sarah, also an investor for the past decade, has vast experience in many different investment strategies including short and mid-term rental property management.
It was the ideal partnership, and so Harry, Joe and Sarah decided to buy the 6-acre parcel of land and that is when Inspire Beach Resort was born.

With the dream of creating a world-class retreat that would inspire,  Sarah, Harry and Joe have embarked on a multi-year transformation of six acres on the shores of Shadow Lake in Kawartha Lakes near Coboconk, Ontario. 

The first event held on the property was their very own ‘corporate retreat’ – 2022 Have Your Cake and Eat It Too – a health, wealth and time for self 3-day event. This was attended by over 40 business owners, entrepreneurs and investors with speakers ranging from real estate, business, wellness, health and nightly entertainment from bands and a comedian.
The 2023 Eat Cake event is already starting to get booked and you can get more details and book your spot by clicking here.

Sarah Larbi

Harry James

Joe Ferrara

Real Estate Investor, Mentor and Podcast Host

Business Owner, Investor and Motivator

Contractor, Builder

Sarah Larbi quit the corporate 9-5 world on October 1st, 2020 after investing in real estate since 2013. Her initial main strategy was the BRRRR strategy. She has now branched out into new build developments, mid-tern rentals and also the Inspire resort.

Sarah’s results-oriented approach has been featured in The Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, The Canadian Real Estate Wealth magazine and 1010 News Talk Radio and she is often a guest on numerous North American finance-focused podcasts.

Sarah also hosts her own top 50-rated investing podcast with guests from across North America. She more recently has become a co-host of regular Investor and Entrepreneur events, including a monthly one right here at the Inspire Beach Resort.

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Harry James has been helping people build wealth by dispensing advice for real-life since 1984.

A serial entrepreneur, he built one of Canada’s premier independent financial planning boutiques and sold it for an unprecedented price. Along with his real estate investment & development company, harry james enterprises inc, he is a partner in a robust employee benefits company, HJ Group.

Harry’s business journey includes restaurants, a stone quarry, sports franchise, cloud services and to date orchestrating in excess of $100 million worth of real estate deals. Along the way, he has earned his black belt in failures and its this honesty and vulnerability that resonates with the fellow entrepreneurs that he hopes to encourage and inspire.

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Joe Ferrara, owner of Napa Valley Contracting, isn’t afraid to let his fervent commitment to the highest calibre of customer satisfaction show. 

Like many builders that are proficient in their craft, Joe started honing his skills early. It wasn’t unusual to see him, hammer in hand, helping his dad on their Pickering farm when he was just 8 years old. In his late teens, he and his brother Sam were contracted to frame houses for some of the most successful Toronto builders.

This experience had Joe’s hands in every aspect of the building trade, from foundation work for large buildings to intricate finishes inspired by leading architects.

His growing reputation continued to precede him, landing him a spot on an early HGTV show, Mondo Condo, even before reality shows expanded into the highly dramatized phenomenon they are today. 

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