join us for inspired retreat

spring 2018

 

Inspired is for passionate and heart-driven designers, makers, shop owners, bloggers, photographers, artists and most creative women-owned businesses.

Dream of something bigger for yourself and your business? You've come to the right place.

Surround yourself with other like-minded authentic women who know the struggle of personal and family priorities while running a creative business. Take this time to meet new friends, learn new business strategies, and set new goals. Leave re-energized with a clear business road-map, creatively fulfilled, and the knowledge that you are far more capable than you know.

Our Spring 2018 gathering will be our 11th Inspired experience, and we have an amazing retreat in store for you. 



All-inclusive experience

We want to make your experience as uncomplicated as possible! Simply arrive in Smithville, Tennessee (an easy one hour drive from Nashville!) and we take care of the rest. Your registration includes:

- 3 Nights/4 Days of shared cozy creekside accommodations with covered decks & spectacular views

- ALL meals and drinks from arrival at the property to departure. Full breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in between, featuring locally-sourced and freshly prepared cuisine. We promise you won't go hungry!

- 3 days of tactical, engaging business content designed for you to implement immediately and be on your way to business success.

- Specialty creative "hands-on" sessions designed to enrich your creative brain, too! It's like a grown-up summer camp!

- Opportunity for close conversations with speakers and other attendees through planned special topic 'tribe' gatherings, 'fire-side' chats and panel sessions.

- Love gifts and surprises? We do too! Prepare for some wonderful swag from our sponsors.

- A professional headshot to pretty up your website, social media and marketing with.  

We do expect to sell out as we have every other experience!

Reserve your seat now. 
 

 
Inspired exceeded every expectation I had about business conferences. This is not the typical run-of-the-mill, stuffy, suits & ties business session. No, not at all. The sheer amount of time, talent, caring & creativity that is poured into this conference is what sets it apart from all the rest. No detail, no matter how small, is overlooked. The hand-selected speakers are immensely talented, successful businesswomen. Yet, they’re accessible & approachable to each and every attendee.
— Cara McGrady
 


A peek at our schedule

On Sunday, we'll greet you with a hug and welcome you to the gorgeous Evins Mill at 4pm CT.  You'll meet your new roommates and then head over to the historic grist mill, where we'll all get to know each other more and talk about all the fun we'll have together for the next few days. You'll have some time to freshen up and we'll meet again at 6:30pm for cocktails on the porch overlooking the creek. After a delicious four course meal, we'll head back to our cottages and rest up for a full two days together!

Monday and Tuesday will be filled with morning keynotes, breakout sessions, with a few creative and small group opportunities sprinkled in as well. Each night, we'll toast to another day together over a gorgeous meal before we change into our pajamas for our late night fireside chats in the main lodge.

On Wednesday, we'll gather once more after a full delicious breakfast (hello southern style meal complete with biscuits and fresh jam) before we say our goodbyes at 10:30am. Our schedule is full intentionally, and somehow our attendees still never want to leave!


The venue

Evins Mill offers a scenic setting, bluff view lodging, fine dining and a host of on-site activities and nearby excursions. The forty-acre property boasts wooded bluffs, cascading waterfalls, babbling streams and one of the few Eastern Hemlock forests in the region -- all lending it a mountain appeal. Well-appointed rooms feature breathtaking views, covered decks and in season sight and sound of water. At the Main Lodge, gourmet cuisine is prepared with just the right touch and served in just the right setting. The Lodge also houses several cozy living rooms, a 1200 square foot conference room and two expansive covered decks that are perfect for rocking, swinging or alfresco dining. The Gristmill houses two conference rooms and a game hall, replete with billiards, table tennis and dart boards.


Creekside Cottage Accommodations

Attendees will stay in beautifully equipped rooms. Each attendee will have their own sleeping bed. All accommodations are shared rooms to enhance the experience. When registering, you have have the option to include the name of a preferred roommate if you have a friend or business partner attending. Or, you will be matched up with a roommate for you. 

 
 
I came away with tangible action items to apply to my business and new friendships. You will receive a 110% return on your investment if you go with an open heart and open mind. The attention to detail that Amber and her team put into planning the conference was outstanding! From the pre-conference homework to the color coordinated dinners and small thoughtful gifts and surprises throughout the conference, no detail was left untouched. If you are considering going, register early so that you can get a seat because I am coming back with friends.
— Melissa Jones

Learning style

Choose Your Own Adventure!

Yes, that's right. Choose when and what you learn. Sound amazing, right? We know every person and business is different so we will offer breakout session selections in advance of your arrival. The earlier you reserve your seat, the higher priority you get on the selection list for selecting from available business and creative sessions. While many of our most popular sessions will be offered more than one time, class sizes are limited so reserve your seat soon.

A sample of what your day might look like:

Branding, SEO, and Pricing + Strategy sessions in the morning. Break for picnic lunch with some of your fellow 'tribe' members. Post-lunch, take in a watercolor painting session followed by an afternoon group hike to the on-site waterfall. After an amazing group dinner, you head over to main lodge gathering room for a casual chat with new friends on balancing motherhood alongside business dreams and desires. Sound like the perfect day? We think so too. Reserve your seat now.

 
Inspired was an amazing experience filled with personal growth, creative expression and outstanding service!! I LOVED that Amber personally opened herself up to all us women and made us all feel like we were her best friend versus someone who was just hosting an event. I left the retreat re-energized; some new perspectives; prepared to set some boundaries; feeling less guilty about being a Mom/Wife and a creative business owner at the same time; and ready to glitter the world!
— Nicole Mackey
 

Event extras

Be a guest at our designed dinner experiences from our talented speaker lineup. In addition to an intimate four-course meal, expect tons of swoon-worthy details.

Welcome Party Dinner

We'll kick-off our four-day soiree with a casual welcome party with some good ol' fashioned Southern hospitality. Expect socializing with new friends, spectacular sweets and a few fun surprises while the sun goes down! 

Monday Night Dinner

On Monday night, we'll feature dine-arounds where a speaker or two will be the 'hostess' at each table and you'll have the opportunity to ask questions or generate discussion on business topics during that timed round. A great way to dine with 2+ of your favorite speakers all in one meal!

Tuesday Night Dinner

Pack your party dress, for our last night together we'll be toasting to new friendships surrounded by lots of pretty details. Our dinner will be the pretty little bow on an amazing week spent together!

Reserve your seat now.

 
I’ve been to a ton of conferences in recent years... Inspired was one of the best-executed and well-planned conferences I’ve ever attended!
— Lindsey Nartker

Our community

Join over 300+ women who have been a part of the Inspired experience. Even after we're long done, you will still have a cheerleader in your corner! You'll gain access to the exclusive community and private Facebook group of fellow Inspired women. It's a wonderful place to connect, ask questions, and get support for your business! 

In advance of arriving at Inspired, you'll also be paired with a buddy and accountability partner so you'll be guaranteed a new friend even before you arrive and the opportunity to continue the friendship after you depart.