Fall Retreat – Determined to Shine

Just announced! This fall, we’re heading to Tampa for Unleash Your Joy, our fall retreat!

unleash your joy!

Our retreat will be an immersive creative experience designed to help you transform your life by unleashing your inner joy as you work toward discovering your true life purpose and moving your life into amazing new directions.

  • Discover 17 specific, practical ways to increase the joy in your life.
  • Learn how to lift yourself out of bad moods in minutes.
  • Start a Negativity DetoxTM
  • Create you own Book of Joy in a custom, made-just-for-you art journal – made from your favorite colors, containing themes and pages you choose yourself.
  • Learn new ways to art journal “on the go” as we create outside. You’ll receive your very own travel watercolor set, complete with everything you need to paint on the go. We’ll explore the hotel’s nature boardwalks, wildlife estuary, sunning beach, and gorgeous views of the Tampa Bay.
  • Use art journaling, guided imagery, and creative techniques to dive deep into discovering your joy, manifesting your dreams, and finding your life purpose.
  • Receive a personalized supply kit full of supplies in your favorite colors – in addition to your watercolor kit and journal. Your supply kit is valued at more than $200!
  • Play with paint, ink, and other art supplies in new and unique ways.
  • Develop lasting friendships in an amazing, supportive community of women.



Friday, October 20:
Welcome Party Workshop 6pm-9pm
Saturday, October 21:
All-Day Workshop 9am-4:30pm
Optional Evening Workshop Party: 6:30pm-9pm
Sunday, October 22:
All-Day Workshop 9am-5pm


Listen to Charlene’s story:

Check out some photos and stories from our Spring Retreat:


“The Determined to Shine Retreat had a little bit of everything! I was very nervous but instantly felt comaradarie and support. We were provided with the most amazing art goodies and the creative sessions were beyond expectations. Not only did we learn new creative techniques but I learned a lot from the gals I sat with at the table, just sharing with each other. The lectures were powerful, focused on how we can become our authentic self. It was money and time absolutely and most positively well spent. You leave with so much more than what you came with, inside and out.”
– Barbara A.

“The retreat changed my outlook for my life and helped me to clarify my long term goals. Allyson put so much work into it and it was the best retreat I have been to – and I’ve been to many others! Determined to Shine never disappoints.”
– Faith R.

“The Spring Determined to Shine retreat was an amazing experience for me. I, by myself, went on a road trip to get there and was wondering if I would enjoy being with a lot of strangers for the weekend. What I found was my “tribe,” others who ‘think’ like me, a group that was the kind of support that I always try to extend to others. It was a beautiful experience: so much more than expected, in connection to others, great donations and door prizes, wonderful new (to me) ways to create, laughter and tears, but such a sense of belonging! Allyson succeeded in making a room full of strangers into a supportive group of friends! It was a wonderful experience and I would recommend her retreats to everyone who is looking for an emotionally supportive art experience, whether you are a long time ‘creative soul’ or a curious explorer in the art realm. You will receive so much more than any monetary cost; I know I did! Check it out!”
– Elizabeth B.

“The DTS retreat provided me the opportunity to create, craft, and experience fellowship with a group of amazing people! The different projects as well as the activities I participated in during the weekend allowed me to not only reflect and learn more about myself, but it also acted as the catalyst to get me back into art; which is the one activity and place I have found where I don’t judge or criticize myself at all. I also loved experimenting with all the different techniques presented to us and have added them to my ‘crafting toolbox’ and my self-confidence.”
– Christie C.

your registration includes

      • Two full days of guided workshop activities on Saturday and Sunday, plus a welcome party workshop on Friday night
      • Multiple creative art journal and craft projects
      • All project supplies* – including a custom-made, disc-bound art journal designed especially for you, featuring your favorite colors and images designed to bring you joy.
      • In-depth art journaling exercises focused on moving consistently into joy, manifesting your dreams, and finding your life purpose
      • Guided meditations and group activities focused on helping you learn to live in the present moment and focus on your joy.

*I’ll ask you to bring some basics, like scissors and adhesive, but almost everything you need will be provided. You most likely already have these basic items on hand. If not, I’ll provide affordable purchase options, or you may be able to borrow from a friend.



      • Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay: https://tampabay.grand.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html
      • All rooms include complimentary WiFi, robes and slippers, full bath amenities, an in-room refrigerator, and safety deposit box.
      • The hotel is located among a 35-acre nature preserve on the upper shores of the Bay,  and has two nature boardwalks for exploring.
      • The Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay features two pools, a whirlpool, gym and sauna, and many other world-class facilities.
      • Group rate: $159/night, Single King or Double Occupancy.
      • If you are interested in being paired with a roommate, I will do my best to make sure you are matched with someone. However, I cannot guarantee this.
      • Please do not book your hotel room until your retreat registration is confirmed. I will then send out booking instructions.


Registration is now open.

  • One payment of $419. REGISTER NOW
  • Customized payment arrangements can be made. Email support@determinedtoshine.net if you need assistance.
  • *Total price paid using payment plan is slightly higher due to increased administrative costs required to offer the plan.

additional details


      • You are responsible for your own meals.
      • Three restaurants are on-site at the hotel. In addition, there are many restaurants within walking distance. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle with service to and from many local restaurants and attractions. Guest rooms include in-room refrigerators.


      • Tampa International Airport: www.tampaairport.com
      • A complimentary shuttle is available to the hotel from the Tampa International Airport.
      • The Sarasota-Bradenton airport is approximately 50 minutes from the hotel. If you are flying into this airport, you will need to arrange your own transportation to and from the hotel.
      • Complimentary on-site parking is available on-site at the Grand Hyatt. Valet parking is available for an additional fee.

Cancellation Policy:

      • Retreat registration fees are nonrefundable. In the event that you cannot attend, you will have two options:
        • Transfer your registration to another student (if a waiting list exists for the event, Determined to Shine will help facilitate this process)
        • You may elect to receive your entire registration fee in Determined to Shine credit for future classes and events (online or in-person). If cancellation occurs within one week of the event start date, a $100 administration fee will be deducted from your store credit.

Legal Stuff:

      • The Determined to Shine Spring Retreat is designed to inspire, uplift, and motivate. It is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The information is for your general knowledge. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your physical and emotional health conditions.
      • By participating in the Fall Retreat, you release Determined to Shine LLC and the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay hotel from all liability relating to injuries or other issues that may occur.