2018 Determined to Shine Spring Retreat: Finding Freedom

We’re heading back to Milwaukee this May 25-27! Our theme is FINDING FREEDOM.

Once again, our retreat will be an immersive creative experience designed to help you celebrate your authentic self and build an amazing life.

This retreat is for YOU. There are only four spots left.
Early bird registration has ended, but you can still get a special savings for a limited time!

It’s all about FINDING FREEDOM. From what? Pretty much everything. SO many of us are spending our time and our days feeling STUCK. Feeling like we’re not good enough or that we don’t have enough. We’ll be breaking free from these limiting beliefs to find our lives full of joy, ease, and – of course – art!

We only have a handful of spots remaining, so please don’t wait to sign up.


  • Experience a weekend of transformation and new friendships
  • Create multiple art journaling projects using a ton of fun new supplies
  • Bust out of the beliefs and patterns that keep you feeling like you’re not enough
  • Learn new art techniques
  • Participate in guided imagery designed to bring peace and healing
  • Discover the power YOU have to shape your life into whatever you want it to be!

Check out our Facebook Live broadcast from February 27:


Are you feeling called to the retreat, but part of you is saying you can’t make it work?
This message is for you:



Friday, May 25, 2018:
Welcome Party Workshop 6pm-10pm
Saturday, May 26, 2018:
All-Day Workshop 10am-10pm
Sunday, May 27, 2018:
All-Day Workshop 10am-5pm

your registration includes

      • Two full days of guided workshop activities on Saturday and Sunday
      • Welcome party workshop on Friday night
      • BONUS! SoulCollage® workshop taught by licensed facilitator Dee Relyea
      • Multiple creative art journal and craft projects
      • All project supplies*
      • In-depth art journaling exercises
      • Guided meditations and group activities

      *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.


Listen to Charlene’s story:

Check out some photos and stories from our 2017 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.


Retreat Value: $997
Special savings price: $497


Retreat Location and Accommodations:

      • Ambassador Hotel Milwaukee: www.ambassadormilwaukee.com
      • This hotel is GORGEOUS and has such a luxurious atmosphere. Built in the 1920s, the Ambassador still has many of the original marble floors and fixtures, along with updated furnishings in the art deco tradition of the era. I fell in love at first sight. Be sure to check out the video on the hotel’s main page.
      • Group rate: $129/night, Single King or $149/night, Two Queens (Single King room includes pull-out Queen sofa)
      • 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.


      • You are responsible for your own meals.
      • The Ambassador Hotel offers multiple dining options with a wide range of dishes at affordable prices. An on-site cafe featuring Starbucks drinks is available.
      • There are many restaurants within walking distance. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle with service to and from many local restaurants and attractions.


      • General Mitchell International Airport (MKE): www.mitchellairport.com
      • Transport from airport to hotel: goriteway.com
      • Parking is available on-site at the Ambassador Hotel. Complimentary parking is included with your Determined to Shine hotel room reservation. Retreat attendees who are not staying at the Ambassador Hotel will have to pay for parking, which is $20/day.

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).  Note: If cancellation occurs within one week of event start date, a $100 administrative fee will be deducted from your 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 Spring Retreat, you release Determined to Shine LLC and the Ambassador Hotel from all liability relating to injuries or other issues that may occur.