Determined to Shine Spring Retreat

Only a few spots remain! We are heading to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this May 5-7!

Our retreat will be an immersive creative experience designed to help you celebrate your authentic self, move toward self-love, and bring inner peace to your daily life. All while creating amazing projects, of course!

  • Discover the real and true YOU – and create an album celebrating your magnificent soul.
  • Use art journaling, guided meditation, and creative techniques to dive deep into self-compassion and self-love.
  • Play with paint, stamps, and ink in new and unique ways.
  • Use stencils and glitter paste to create sparkling textures.
  • Silence your inner critic and create with freedom.
  • Make an encouraging mini canvas to decorate your desk or bedroom and remind you of your self-worth.
  • Create a “Celebration of You” mini album that honors all of the amazing things that make you YOU! This album expandable so you can add personal notes and cards from people you love.
  • Create a Negativity Rescue Kit to help you break through negativity and depression on hard days.
  • Receive more than $200 in supplies from leading companies in the art and craft industry – including Catherine Pooler Designs, StencilGirl Products, Fun Stampers Journey, Paper Nest Dolls, Taylored Expressions, Hannah Lynn Art, and many more!


Space is extremely limited, sign up right away so you don’t miss out.

  • One payment of $329 – click the “Buy Now” below.
  • Customized payment arrangements can be made. Email if you need assistance.

Download the complete supply list and itinerary.


Just a quick look at some of the treats you’ll find in your supply kit, courtesy of Catherine Pooler Designs and Paper Nest Dolls.


Friday, May 5:
Welcome Party Workshop 6pm-9pm
Saturday, May 6:
All-Day Workshop 9am-9pm
Sunday, May 7:
All-Day Workshop 9am-5pm

Your registration fee 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
      • Generous project supply kit with bonus gifts, valued at more than $200
      • In-depth journaling exercises focused on self-acceptance, self-love, and self-compassion
      • Guided meditations and group activities


Retreat Location and Accommodations:

      • Ambassador Hotel Milwaukee:
      • 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):
      • Transport from airport to hotel:
      • 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).

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.