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Over the last 13 years, I've poured my heart & soul into creating a business that is known for serving people well. 

In that time, I've helped many other business owners along their own journey in digging deep to find their own unique voice & gifts.  This retreat is a time for us to do just that, in group form.  Sharing meals & concepts.  Breaking down the dynamics of exactly what is necessary to create a lasting business, with clients who are your biggest fans. 

Regardless of where you are in your business, you will leave this retreat inspired, packed with fresh ideas, and with a new community of friends.  I can't wait to see you there.   



/ il:umi'nare/ verb: to illuminate, to light up


"I was able to identify what triggers those feelings of self-doubt, how to push past the fear, and what makes me & my business unique. I came away from the weekend with new friends, new perspective, and new goals."


"I don't even know where to start. I'm feeling all the things after this weekend. I'm feeling so inspired - creatively & personally. I'm feeling excitement for what the future of my business is going to look like. I'm feeling the joy of community & connection with fellow creative business owners."


"Best investment I've made for myself as a female and business owner! I love this group of women!"

Illuminare is a conversation, not a workshop.  We believe sharing meals together leads to sharing our hearts.  That sharing a bottle of red leads to sharing our fears.  Illuminare provides a space for us to dig deep within ourselves & encourage our new friends, too. 

Retreat topics include:

-Creating a business with longevity
-Healthy boundaries & self-care
-Maintaining authenticity in a curated world
-Content creation for blogs and social media
-Finding your unique voice
-Fears, goals & how your mindsets are holding you back
-Speaking to your customer via branding
-"Open Problem" discussion (a time for you to share your struggles & get input from a room full of wise & loving women).


This women's retreat begins at 2:00 pm on Friday. 
The retreat will conclude at 1:30 pm on Sunday afternoon.

what to expect



2-nights stay

What's Included

Things to Note:
Our group will remain intimate in size, therefore spots are very limited.  Please note that you may share a (king size) bed with another attendee, so be ready to make a new friend, or come with your favorite roommate!  (If you prefer to stay in a local hotel, you're still welcome to share in all other activities & meals with us!)

We'll be pampered by our own private in-house cook Olivia, who has an amazing menu planned for us with comfort food to warm your belly & soul.  Dinner will be provided Friday, 2 meals on Saturday (guests will have time to explore the local fare for lunch on Saturday), and breakfast & lunch on Sunday.  Olivia will also be leading a cooking demo!

Lodging for two nights in a gorgeous private mansion just outside of Louisville, Kentucky (rooms and possibly beds will be shared).  Centrally located, it's just 12 minutes from downtown Louisville, an hour and a half from Cincinnati, and two & a half hours from Nashville. 

This is a conversation, not a workshop.  There is nothing quite like the change that can come from breaking bread with a group of like-minded women & sharing conversation deep into the night.  Come prepared to get open, honest, and leave with new friends.


for the mind and body

We'll be joined by a yoga instructor Saturday morning to lead us through relaxation techniques and helping our body & mind to come into alignment


for the body

We'll start the weekend off right on Friday with chair massages for each of our guests to settle in to a weekend of relaxation.

financial advisor

for the business

We will be joined by a financial advisor to help us through the journey of having financial health, as well.  Learn how to best invest into your future self.

cooking demo

for the body

Our in-house cook Olivia will lead us through a cooking demo, drawing attention to how the fuel we're using can help impact our businesses for the better.

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we'll also have..

I'm thrilled to be your host for what I know will be an amazing weekend of conversation & connection.  I am a wedding & travel photographer based in Cincinnati, Ohio and have spent over 13 years photographing about 400 amazing wedding days.  I'm a wife of 16 years to a red-headed, bearded mountain man, and the mom to 4 beautiful (and crazy...) kiddos. 

I'm incredibly passionate about helping fellow creatives cut through the noise to hear their inner voice, find their unique gifting, and walk boldly in their own truth.  My work has been published internationally, in an art museum, and photography has taken me all over the globe.  I'm an open book & look forward to sharing my journey with you.

the HOST

the branding expert

Kaleigh helps creatives tell their story & draw their ideal client.  As a branding expert and Showit Design Partner, she understands the struggle business owners have in making their brand both unique and represent their heart & business well. 

Kaleigh will be answering questions, giving advice & leading an open conversation on branding.   As a wedding photographer herself (she wears many hats!) she knows exactly what struggles we all may have & also knows how to get results through personalized branding.

Her photography work has taken her all over the world, and been featured in publications such as The Knot, Cincinnati Wedding Magazine, and Destination I Do.  She is based in Cincinnati, Ohio with her hubby and 3 kiddos. 

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Amanda Donaho

Kaleigh turner

International Wedding & Travel Photographer

 Showit Design Partner & Branding Expert

Conversation Leaders

Based in Dayton, Ohio with her hubby and two boys, she is a food magician and sweet as pie. 

Olivia believes in the health of the whole person:  mind-body-spirit.  She enjoys making previously unhealthy foods nourishing and nutritious.  She will keep your belly full throughout the retreat with a myriad of delicious meals & treats.   Olivia will also be teaching a class on healthy alternatives & how the fuel you put in your body can impact your business!

The in-house cook

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Olivia Tew

Food Magician Extraordinaire  

the special guest

Michelle is a professional hair and makeup stylist, actress, reality TV star, and a health, beauty, and wellness educator.  She believes in the power of truth and honesty, and has found that as she get real and honest with people, they are free to get real and honest right back.  Michelle also spent three years as a regular host on Utah’s #1 daily talk show, Good Things Utah,  & perhaps most notably, you may know her as one of the most recognized cast members from ABC’s The Bachelor franchise! 

In 2016, Michelle launched online courses to teach makeup techniques, help others discover ways to feel beautiful on the inside, and get connected to on online tribe of women who are passionate about life, love, and learning.  Michelle will be joining us virtually for a discussion you don't want to miss. 

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Michelle Money

Creator of the Money Method E-Courses

We'd love to hear from you!  Please complete the form with all applicable information & we will be in touch soon.

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Retreat includes:
-Lodging (rooms and possibly beds will be shared)
-Dinner on Friday, Breakfast & Dinner on Saturday, and Breakfast & Lunch on Sunday (along with lots of drinks & delicious snacks!)
-In-house chair massages, yoga instruction, nutrition class, surprise treats, and the community of speakers & friends.

Retreat investment does not include transportation to the retreat. 

A non-refundable retainer of $350 will secure your space at the retreat. 


2019 retreat Sponsors will be Announced Soon!

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 verb: to illuminate, to light up

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