Building Heartfelt Brands at the Illume Retreat | Austin, Texas Retreat for Creatives

July 16, 2015

Remember when I oh-so-excitedly announced the Illume Retreat a few months back? Well, I can hardly believe that in a few short months, so many talented creative minds will be gathered together at Travaasa Austin for two days of learning, building community, and finding rest. From the talented line up of speakers and creative sessions leaders, to the diverse group of attendees who have punched fear in the face and said a big “Yes!” to pursuing their dreams, this promises to be such a sweet time of learning and laughter for all.

building strong brands at the illume retreat | a two day creative retreat for building purposeful + heartfelt businesses

In addition to organizing this retreat, I am absolutely thrilled to share my heart with our attendees both days through presentations geared to addressing two topics I feel so passionately about – heartfelt branding, and pursuing balance and boundaries in business. As a brand designer, I’ve seen businesses and entrepreneurs approach the concept of building a strong brand from a variety of angles. But it’s my hope that through strategic planning and authentic messaging, we can create heartfelt brands that add value to not only the lives of those we serve, but also to the lives of those we love.

During my branding presentation, I’ll delve into what the term “branding” really means to the modern business owner. I’ll also be sharing the value an authentic brand promises to bring you, as well as lay out actionable steps we can all take to create a more heartfelt brand. I truly believe that by giving our brands purpose, and infusing them with authenticity, we have the unique opportunity to share something that provides true value to our clients. Not to mention, is a genuine reflection of our core values and big heart!

But we’ll be covering so much more than just branding during the Illume Retreat, friends. The heart behind this retreat is to create a space that is not only restful, but offers practical information to build more purposeful, heart-filled businesses. While you steal away into the rolling hills of Austin, Texas, you’ll be building new relationships with industry leaders, learning how to infuse more intentionality into your work, and most importantly, the power of creating a business that blesses your life.

From intentional social media marketing, to infusing your personality into your work, to creating more than a business, to punching fear in the face, there is so much goodness waiting for you this October! And when we’re not learning from our talented speakers, we’ll be getting our creative juices flowing through two different hands-on creative sessions geared towards styling and calligraphy. Oh, I cannot wait to join around a campfire and sip coffee (and maybe a little wine) with this incredible group of big dreamers, risk takers and pursuers of joyful living!

And I’d really love to have you join us, friend. From October 26-28, trade your high heels for ankle boots and your laptop for locally roasted coffee as we gather together to pursue building businesses full of heart. Only a handful of seats are still left, and payment plans are available! Visit our website for more details or to register. Can’t wait to see you there, sweet friend!

Photo by the talented Lauren Carnes Photography for the Illume styled shoot.

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I'm Bonnie -- a designer, brand designer + strategist, writer, wife, and pet parent to the most rambunctious golden retriever this side of the Mason-Dixon! I'm passionate about building authentic brands, encouraging small business owners to chase their dreams, and spreading joy through design. It's a delight to have you here, lovely! Grab a cup of coffee, pull up a comfy chair and stay a while, won't you?

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