Cultivate Retreat 2014 – Day Two

After all the fun of Day One, we enjoyed an elegant “Peaches and Cream” themed breakfast, which was as beautiful as it was delicious. The beautiful paper goods for this event were provided by 521 Designs and the flowers were designed by Kennedy Occasions and Simply Yours Weddings. We loved the beautiful linens from I Do Linens, too!CultivateRetreat2014_318CultivateRetreat2014_314
Next up: more learning sessions. Valerie Gernhauser of Sapphire Events shared her Secrets of Success with a fun Mardi Gras gift – a nod to her location in New Orleans.

CultivateRetreat2014_349Next up was Ashley Baber, sharing how she’s grown her powerhouse brand into a poweful team with locations across the country.

CultivateRetreat2014_362And another great session from three-time Cultivate speaker, Lauren Grove of Every Last Detail! She shared lots of great info about marketing to millennials.

CultivateRetreat2014_385After all this it was time for our Southern Barbeque Luncheon – with delicious Georgia favorites like pulled pork, bbq chicken, and mac ‘n cheese! Flowers by Kennedy Occasions and Simply Yours Weddings – the beautiful farmhouse tables and gold flatware were sponsored by Set Rentals, and of course the linens from I Do Linen were the perfect accent for this meal!

CultivateRetreat2014_394 CultivateRetreat2014_412After lunch we had more great sessions from Megan Ely, Cheyenne Schultz, Jacob & Courtney Towe, and Jennifer Earnest. It was fair to say that everyone’s minds were full after Monday’s sessions and we had tons of new ideas and strategies to take home and implement.CultivateRetreat2014_461 CultivateRetreat2014_468 CultivateRetreat2014_501 CultivateRetreat2014_524Be sure to check back for the recap of our final day, day three!

Cultivate Retreat 2014 – Day 1

Cultivate Retreat 2014 was a fabulous time. Situated among the towering oak trees dripping with Spanish moss, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel was our host venue and the perfect backdrop for a phenomenal retreat. Here are a few images taken by our talented workshop photographer, Corinna Hoffman!

The room was ready and waiting for our sweet attendees! Fabulous linens (including that sparkly gold number on the stage) were provided by I Do Linens. Emily of Oh Deer Creative sponsored the fun sequin hangers for each attendee. They were definitely a hit!!

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Our retreat workbooks were designed by Heather O’Brien Designs, and the beautiful watercolor itinerary booklets were created by Design House of Moira, who also did all the beautiful calligraphy featured throughout the retreat.
Cassie took the stage to welcome attendees and introduce our next speakers.
Rhiannon Bosse of Hey Gorgeous Events was our first speaker and shared some great info on creating effective boundaries. She also brought donuts. Score!
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Next up was Shay Cochrane. She had some encouraging words to share on defining your own version of success and not falling into the comparison trap.
Ashlee Proffitt shared all kinds of branding insights with the attendees. It was truly a joy to have these ladies pour into us to kick off the retreat!
After the afternoon’s sessions it was time to get gussied up for our “All that Glitters” themed welcome soiree!
Linens were again courtesy of I Do Linens, and the music and lighting was all thanks to DJ Jacob Towe. Flowers for this event were designed by Shea Hopely Flowers and they were simply stunning! Last but not least was the pretty gold flatware, courtesty of Set Rentals & Design.
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A look back at Cultivate 2013 – Day 1 Opening Sessions

We had such an awesome experience last year at Cultivate 2013 and I am so blessed to have some wonderful photographs to share, captured by Theresa NeSmith, who was the official retreat photographer. Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing some of the images with you all!

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What to expect from Cultivate Retreat 2014

Hi Friends!

I hope your week is off to a great start! I’ve had several requests from some sweet folks interested in attending Cultivate this year for me to explain just a bit more about what to expect from the event, so I figured a blog post might be the best way to share this info!

Expect acceptance. Cultivate strives to create a safe, open environment. Our attendees have attested to this fact time and again: if you attend this year, not only will you find yourself inspired by the great sessions, but you will find a welcoming community environment. Unfortunately, several popular conferences have become all about meeting celebrities, seeing-and-being-seen, and dealing with clique-ish situations. Well, I am super proud to say that Cultivate is nothing like that. We encourage warmness, honesty, openness, and you’ll find that that your fellow attendees are so accepting, willing to share and you may just leave with friends for life.

Expect inspiration. Cultivate’s social experiences are crafted with you in mind. We’ll have inspiring settings, delicious food, and attention to your experience so that you’re best able to connect and grow. We want to showcase current trends while still keeping the environment warm and intimate.

Expect sharing. Our speakers have been hand-picked to share at Cultivate because of their openness and commitment to helping other businesses grow. You’ll see that they are very willing to teach, to share what has worked for them, and to give advice if needed.

Expect escape. Our retreat location, Jekyll Island, has been chosen because of its secluded, idyllic vibe. You’ll literally get to escape from the hustle and bustle of the every day, and among the dripping spanish moss and stately Victorian architecture, you’ll be able to think introspectively about your business and identify ideas for growth and areas for change.

In short, we hope that you come expecting an amazing time, because we truly believe you’ll find one.

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