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February 6, 2013

Be Present Retreats | Your Story 2013

photo by Jessica Woodford, 2012

Registration opens today for The Your Story Retreat, June 19-23 in beautiful Gearhart, Oregon.

Come along to the Oregon Coast with me, Kelly Barton, Vivienne McMaster, and Liz Lamoreux as your guides and explore ways to tell your story using photography, journaling, and art+crafty fun. This will be my third year attending this wonderful gathering – I wouldn’t miss it.

Throughout the retreat we’ll share stories and creative tools in a safe, encouraging environment. We’ll play with paint, let our cameras guide us, walk on the beach, and let the sun shine upon our heads as we listen to one another and share pieces of who we are.

Throughout our time together, we will explore the theme “Tell Your Story” and dive into self-portraits, go on photography excursions, play with journals and have lots of creative fun. We’ll also have some group discussions on topics like blogging and the intersection between our personal and private lives and how to navigate sharing our stories online.

More details and registration available here.


  • 1.
    Tere said…

    Oh Ali, I so want to do this. I’ve committed to Brave Girls in the fall….one will be it for this year….but 2014…I’ll come see you!

  • 2.
    Erika said…

    This looks and sounds amazing… I can’t afford it this year but my goal is to save for 2014′s :) x

  • 3.
    Erin Tigner said…

    I am there. Looking forward to spending time with everyone again this year. See you there!

  • 4.
    dawn said…

    I sooooo want to be there, my OLW is STORY so this would be perfect. We are going to DISNEY this year but hopefully next year I can make this happen!!

  • 5.
    Tracy Jackson said…

    Just curious, what’s the farthest anyone has ever come? I’ m in NC.

    • ….
      Cyndi S said…

      Tracy – there have been people there from New Hampshire, North Carolina,all over the country. I went, and I am from Indiana.

  • 6.
    cindy b said…

    if only i had $$ to afford something like this!!

  • 7.
    bonitarose said…

    the only thing stopping me is the money… that’s the truth.. I’d love to attend this one day. xo

  • 8.
    J3SS1C4 said…

    Wow, this looks amazing! I wish I could go, but living in Aust and building a place I do not have $$ at all :(

    I hope you all have an amazing time though!

  • 9.
    Brooke said…

    My hubby and I had a conversation the other day and I told him that if ever you came to Australia I would be there. We also talked about our wish to return to NYC and he told me that Oregon is a place that he would like to live. He seemed open to letting me do something creative if we return to the Us. *wink*

  • 10.
    Wendy said…

    One of these days, when my change jar runs over, I’ll be signing up. Until then…

  • 11.
    Teresa L. said…

    This sounds like an amazing trip/retreat/time to get your heart and soul collected. Too bad its a bit pricey… :(

  • 12.
    libbywilko said…

    I wish Oregon wasn’t so far from Brisbane, AUS. The course sounds wonderful.

  • 13.
    MaryAnnP said…

    I’m coming and I’m so excited! Thanks to Jenny, Erin, and Sarah I will be there! I can’t believe it and I can’t wait!!! I’m still pinching myself!!!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      It will be so good to see you again!

  • 14.
    Briel said…

    I’m in! I am so, so, so excited! I read about it too late last year and have been hoping to attend all year. I’m nervous to come alone, but I know it will be great.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Looking forward to meeting you Briel!

    • ….
      Sarah said…

      Hi Briel,

      I went alone last year and was a bit nervous but had the most amazing time. Will be coming again this year so look forward to meeting you in person!!


    • ….
      Mary Sara P. said…

      I’m going to from Boston. So excited to meet everyone.

  • 15.
    Kellie said…

    I was hoping that I could participate this year. With my son graduating and the expenses, I will have to wait til next year. I know I’m meant to go someday. I went to Gearhart Elementary school first grade to sixth, way back when! Now there’s a story!

  • 16.
    Hannah said…

    So excited! I am coming :) Missed it last year and found it really hard to let go of the idea. So glad I saw your facebook post this evening- I think I got the last spot…. :D

  • 17.
    liz said…

    Oh man, this looks amazing Ali. I’m struggling right now trying to find that “right” balance between sharing/being open and keeping certain things out of the blogging realm. And just trying to find my voice, or maybe I know what it is, and it’s just a matter of being comfortable. One of these years hopefully. :)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Love you Liz – call me anytime and we can chat – I know those feelings.

  • 18.
    RealNatalie said…

    Hmmm…do you think my husband would mind if I missed our anniversary so that I could fly across the country and hang with y’all?!

  • 19.
    simplypearl said…

    i cannot believe this sold out in less than 24 hours!!! will definitely ask to be put on the waitlist. i so hope that i can get a spot in.

  • 20.
    Jessica Griffin said…

    I need to find more “me” time to sit down and read the blogs I love. Just went to sign up and realized there’s a waiting list! Sounds incredible, I could certainly use the “me” time, even if I have to pitch a tent! :)

  • 21.
    Tinka said…

    I really wanted to do this but I am going to take the fact that it is already sold out as a sign I’m not meant to be there this year. Plus, I already have 4 big trips planned for the coming months…and as easy-going and understanding as my boss is, I’m not sure I can ask for any more time off! So next year!

  • 22.
    Mary Sara P. said…

    Looks like I’ll be there this year as I’m going to make it work. Excited.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Excellent! Looking forward to seeing you.

  • 23.
    kelly barton said…

    aligirl….i can’t wait to see your face!

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