$45 – $350

Creative Women's Co. Chicago Retreat

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Freehand Chicago

19 E Ohio St.

Chicago, IL 60611

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Are you a woman business owner or a woman entrepreneur who always hustling? Do you feel like you are so busy to take a moment to relax and have a "me time"? Do you sometimes feel guilty to take a nap in the middle of your workday because you're just so tired? Do you keep delaying your vacation because you can't step away too long from your company? Well, this retreat is made for you. We all are busy women who are trying to achieve a lot of our goals for the business and take care of so many different things in our personal and professional life. Sometimes we forget to take care of ourselves. We know we need to pay more attention to our self-care, but why don't we? If you feel the same way, this retreat is for you.

We believe in the restorative power of retreats. We also believe in unplugging and offering nurturing care to your sweet self. We realized that we all need this kind of self-care retreat for ourselves, especially after experiencing burnouts or even to avoid burnouts.

This retreat is a guided stepping away from your everyday life and the busy entrepreneurial hustle. This retreat will help inspire you to learn to get more focus, be present, and taking control to prioritize your self-care.

Join Chicago creative women entrepreneurs at our very first All Inclusive Retreat event where you'll get a chance to not only connect with speakers and attendees at a personal level but you'll be able to set a time to get away from your busy schedule, recharge your creativity with our programs, and enjoy the quality conversations with like-minded creative women.

This registration option is for one (1) paid registration residing in our selected retreat venue. You will be paired with 3 other attendees (total of 4 attendees in one room) and each room have four twin-size bunk beds and a private, en-suite bathroom with sapele wainscoting. Each bunk is draped for privacy and includes individual outlets and reading lights. Rooms are air-conditioned and include a work desk, seating area, lockers, and complimentary Wi-Fi. All rooms feature a private bathroom. You are free to indicate a roommate name preference on your registration form. Otherwise, we will pair you with another attendee. If you prefer to have a room of your own, please contact us separately for the one-person room booking and ticket pricing.


  • 2 Nights/3 Days Shared Room Accommodations
  • Welcome party, Saturday & Sunday breakfast + lunch, Friday & Saturday dinner, and snacks in-between
  • 2 days of relaxing, light discussion with women entrepreneurs/business owners and self-care theme masterminds
  • Creative sessions like coloring and calligraphy therapy
  • Yoga and meditation session
  • Intimate access to our speakers
  • Networking sessions on a personal level
  • All content and classroom materials
  • Swag and surprises from our sponsors

Need to split the payment into two installments? Contact us, and we can help.

All registrations are non-refundable but can be transferable.



ARI KRZYZEK Creative Director & Chief Designer of Chykalophia and Founder of Creative Women's Co.

Co-founder, creative director and chief designer of Chykalophia, Ari Krzyzek implements powerful branding strategies to provide distinctive designs for maximum impact via web, mobile and/or print. Additionally, she founded and hosts Creative Women’s Co., serving as design consultant, mentor and professional peer in support of fellow female entrepreneurs.

HEATHER VICKERY Founder, Life + Business Coach of Vickery & Co.

Heather Vickery is a Success Coach and Event Planner with over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and successful business owner. Heather’s coaching program helps entrepreneurs identify and work through personal and professional limits. She helps her clients build better business strategies and identify boundaries that together help elevate their lives and businesses to new levels of success. She runs a series of workshops and is a public speaker where she trains other entrepreneur’s on getting to the empowering side of fear, creating balance, time management, as well as countless systems, strategies and boundaries.

L'OREAL THOMSON PAYTON Blogger, Writer & Editor of LT in the City

A journalist-turned-nonprofit-PR-professional, L'Oreal Thompson Payton is passionate about empowering, educating and inspiring people through storytelling. In addition to her day job as Director of Communications for OneGoal, L'Oreal is also a blogger and freelance writer whose work has appeared in magazines such as EBONY and Sesi, as well as websites such as Brit + Co and HelloGiggles.

When she's not busy writing (which, to be honest, isn't often), L'Oreal can usually be found reading, dancing and eating her way through Chicago. She also enjoys mentoring young women and volunteering for girl-powered nonprofits. Learn more about her current projects at LTintheCity.com or follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @LTintheCity.

NATASHA CASANOVA, Owner of Kathmandu Yogi

Natasha Casanova is the Founder & CEO of Kathmandu Yogi, a purveyor of ethically made, limited edition meditation and yoga accessories handcrafted in the Himalayas. After several trips to Nepal meditating and working with the local Buddhist community, Natasha became inspired to create her own line of products as a catalyst for sustainable social change. Her company provides fair and sustainable employment and empowers women in a place with little opportunities. Simultaneously offering mindfully made products in the west for personal development that align their values with their spending.

KATE RIZZO, 200 hr Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT)

After being hit with a training injury, Kate Rizzo, 200 hr RYT was in search of something that would keep her active without the strain of high-intensity training. After taking her first hot yoga class, she was hooked. In 2015, Kate completed her Yoga Teacher training through Yoga Alliance & 50 hr CorePower Sculpt training. As more doors opened throughout her teaching and practice, she was introduced to Reiki, a Japanese form of energy healing. In May '17, she completed a level one Reiki Attunement, followed by a level 2 Attunement in the fall '17. Her heart is filled with a love for life and both the physical and spiritual practices that have uplifted each part of it.


Mark & Daniela believe that everyone should be living a WELLthy life free from the pits of burnout. Their fun and interactive virtual programs help fellow go-getters turn bad habits into badassery and keep their self care in check with daily accountability.


As a Former Corporate Representative of well-respected brands including State Farm Insurance and Home Depot and a Licensed CPA, Tiffanie Luellen is a multi-faceted professional and strategic visionary. After achieving a BA in Accounting from Tennessee State University and collecting a diverse set of professional experiences, she recognized that the solution to stability in one's professional and personal life was yoga and meditation. This realization prompted the creation of Jaiona's Yoga Closet, where Tiffanie's mission is to enhance the overall health and well-being of her clients through body awareness, breathing techniques, and yoga postures. Through yoga and meditation, she became aligned with her purpose and aspires for her clients to achieve the same.

JUSTINE HWANG, Social Impact Calligrapher of It Just Flows

Justine Hwang is a Social Impact Calligrapher who helps compassionate souls to tap into creativity as a powerful form of self care, so they can impact their world from a full heart. After burning out from a life of saying yes to everything, she revisited her childhood love of calligraphy and discovered its therapeutic nature. Her workshops provide a collaborative and relaxed space for people to show up for themselves, to experience the peace and flow of calligraphy, and to create meaningful connections with their own heart, with others and the world. She brings 20 years of experience designing and facilitating workshops, and coaching non-profit leaders in spiritual growth and community development.

TIFFANY RENEE, Urban Medicine Woman

Tiffany Renee is a Medicine Woman: a clinical herbalist, ordained lightworker, and writer focused on helping you heal in mind, body, and spirit. She combines East Asian Herbalism, Western Herbalism, Medicinal Food Therapy, and Energywork to address Women’s Health, the Postpartum Mother, Autoimmune Diseases, and Anxiety and Stress. Tiffany combines her graduate education and research of TCM meridian/organ theories, chakras, and physiology to evolve the medicine woman archetype into a modern-day practice.


Melissa McSherry has been a successful entrepreneur since 2010. She has launched two successful businesses, doubled her monthly income, and created a true life by design, all while raising a six year old son. She has worked with hundreds of women helping them slash their stress while doubling their income, doubling their free time, and creating everything they want out of their business and their life.

CARINA LAWSON, Founder & Managing Partner of Ponderlily

Carina Lawson is the founder & CEO of Ponderlily, a UK-based brand that creates inspired, modern, eco-friendly gifts for mindful living. Lawson is a quality and efficiency management expert and holds an MBA from the University of Liverpool, a Bachelor of Science in Business Management & Business Administration from Indiana State University. She also holds a graduate certificate in Higher Education Management from Georgetown University and a graduate diploma in Sports Management. Lawson works as an Associate Director for Academic Operations in one of the world’s leading American academic and research institutions based in the Arabian Gulf with her husband and twin daughters.


Cat Aldana is the Founder of EAT STRETCH NAP™, a boutique wellness company offering Yoga + Meditation Retreats, Corporate Wellness Consulting and Ayurvedic Cleanses. As an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500), Master AIR® Aerial Yoga Teacher Trainer and Mindfulness Expert, Cat is a widely sought-after speaker and healer. Her passion for yoga stems from her contagious love for dance, holistic wellness and personal + professional development. Cat's fun-loving + energetic personality, deep empathy, and gentle motivation create an extraordinary atmosphere of calm that inspires her students to trust their inner wisdom and strength.

ELISHA-RIO APILADO, Don't Forget the Hyphen

Elisha-Rio Apilado is a 7+ year experienced art director, illustrator & hand-lettering artist residing in Chicago. When she's not in dance class or taking a break from studying to become an art therapist, Elisha keeps herself connected to her love of lettering by curating content for This Type Love. Her weekends are filled with teaching art classes at the Lincoln Park Community Shelter, participating in an art therapy pen pal project with an artist at Esperanza Community Services, graphic recording at networking events and traveling to complete her personal art bucket list: see each city's art museum at least once.

CHRISTINE REED, Dance Educator of Design Dance

Christine Reed is an dance educator in Chicago, Illinois who believes in the power of arts education and self-directed learning. She has taught in a variety of settings including elementary schools, community programs, and dance organizations for over 12 years. She is on faculty at Ravenswood Elementary in Chicago Public Schools. In addition to her work at Ravenswood, Christine is a Coach for Teaching Artists at Design Dance, the Curriculum Development Specialist and a Board Member at Prismatic Movement, and runs a summer day camp at Steve and Kate’s Camp. Christine holds a Master’s of Art in Teaching with endorsements in Elementary Education, Dance, and Social Studies, and a Bachelor’s of Science with concentrations in Business, Dance, and Arts Management.

KATHARINE HANNAH, Katharine Hannah Photography, Photographer for the retreat

LINDA NGUYEN, Licensed Practical Nurse at Skin Laundry

Linda Nguyen is a Licensed Practical Nurse at Skin Laundry, a 15-Minute Laser & Light facial taken out of the doctor’s office and put into an accessible clinic - where it’s fast, affordable and incredibly effective. Linda has gone from assisting dermatologist with routine skincare and concerns to opening the first midwest location of Skin Laundry. She believes everyone should have confidence in their own skin and access to safe but effective and affordable skincare, and with Skin Laundry this is possible.

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Creative Women’s Co. is series of intimate gatherings for creative women entrepreneurs to connect with each other on a personal level, learn together and spark collaborations.

Building and fostering genuine relationships among creative women entrepreneurs can be challenging. At Creative Women's Co. we believe that it all started at a personal level connection. We value intimate networking events as a way for us to get to know each and everyone who attend the events. Our events are less like meeting up with random professionals but a gathering to see friends, learn together and create collaborations.

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