An Unraveled Virtual Retreat 

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Connect & learn from home. 

So, what's it all about? 

It goes without saying that 2020 has really shaken things up...the entire world has been struggling to answer the question: “What does the future look like?” Lately, it’s felt as though we are all in this constant limbo of spinning off the rails while simultaneously feeling as though everything is stuck at a complete standstill. It is with a heavy heart that we had to cancel our annual Unraveled Retreat. For those of you who have experienced this in the past you can attest that it is an experience like no other. One that we look forward to all year long. And so with our heavy hearts we have turned the disappointment into possibility as we look onward into the future and with this The Onward Retreat was born. The Onward Retreat is an Unraveled Academy online photography retreat designed to help photographers Refocus, Reconnect, and Rebuild as individuals, creatives and business owners. We are taking the elements that make our Unraveled Retreats unmatched with other industry leaders and created a platform that gives students access to all of the game changing opportunities: Individual Wellness, Creative Exploration, Education+Direct Feedback from Industry Leaders, Social Media Guidance, Real World Examples of how to Set Achievable Goals and Further Grow Your Business all from the comfort and safety of your own home– and we want you to be part of that.

What's Included? Our ultimate goal is to bring you all the connection and benefits of an in-person experience straight to your home. The Onward Retreat is dedicated to not just educating but bringing creatives together in a time where we have to stay so far apart. 

Daily Lives
We will host daily lives, one from each instructor, which will be held at 5pm EST to accommodate all potential time zones. Lives will be recorded and available afterward if you must miss it. 
Daily Yoga Nidra Sessions
This is not just about education. Our retreats are a mind, body and soul experience. We will engage in daily yoga Nidra sessions and will also devote an hour to discussing the benefits of Yoga Nidra for your creative mind and spirit. 
8 Written Lessons and Downloadable PDFs 
Each lesson will be an in-depth look at these topics: couples, families, portraiture, seniors, creative shoots, weddings and motherhood. Our instructors will hold nothing back in their teachings. The best part? You will be able to ask them anything and everything during their live!! Also, each lesson will include a downloadable PDF to takeaway and reference. 
Live Social Media Roast
Every in-person retreat we have ever hosted has this laid-back edge. We never take ourselves too seriously. The social media roast is designed to educate but also laugh at the lives of creatives and the pressures of social media. You may choose to submit your instagram handle to get roasted by Elise Meader and Ace Fanning – and you will definitely learn something alongside the belly laughs. 
Editing Videos 
There will be editing videos by all of our core instructors breaking down their top tips for tones. Instructors will discuss their presets, workflow, and retouching. 
Behind the Scenes Videos 
Each instructor will include a look at a full session with them – discussing their approach, vision, posing, process and thinking. There will be no rock left unturned. 
Keynote Speaker: Yan Palmer
If you have never heard Yan speak, you are missing out. Last year at our in-person retreat we were all moved to tears by the words that so freely flowed from her mouth. This year, we have invited her to speak to a larger crowd, virtually, in order to touch more and heal more. 
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Yan Palmer 
No workshop is complete without the addition of a powerful and inspiring keynote speaker. Yan will be bringing peace and transcendence as she digs into the heart of every creative. 
Idara Ekpoh 
Idara will be discussing her approach to reflective self portraiture, as well as digging into how to edit and polish portraits and melanated skin tones.
Anna Caitlin
Anna will be discussing her approach to intimate and compelling couple portraiture. She will share how she connects and over-delivers with her clients. 
Jayme Ford
Jayme has a wonderful and alluring way of capturing families in their element. She will break down her entire process – start to finish, from posing to editing. 
Rebecca Lane
Find your daily zen with Yoga Nidra specialist, Rebecca Lane. She will guide you through how you can use Yoga Nidra as an incredible and powerful tool that will help your creativity and allow you to break free from mental and emotional blocks with mind/body balancing
Ace Fanning 
Ace will be tackling both seniors and creative sessions for this workshop, breaking down posing and light. He will also join Elise Meader on what is sure to be a hilariously blunt social media roast that you won't want to miss. Unless, of course, you're sensitive. 
Elise Meader
Elise will be joining Ace Fanning on what is sure to be a blunt and hilarious social media roast. The duo will not hold back. She will also join partner, Sarah Driscoll in discussing how to be laid-back in your approach to wedding photography. 
Lauren Phillips 
Lauren is the creator of Lover Her Wild Photography based out of Byron Bay, Australia. She is a muma, artist, mentor and a lover of the freedom a woman gets when given just enough opportunity to be free from the everyday hustle. She creates emotive images that honor all that is revered matriarchal.  
Sarah Driscoll 
Sarah will walk students through her entire thought process behind portraiture. She will find ugly locations and discuss how to make them work, as well as the importance of truly seeing and admiring your subject. She will also discuss how to be laid back in your approach to wedding photography in order to avoid burnout. 

+ Surprises and Giveaways!!

Probably one of our favorite parts! Throughout the week, we will be giving away amazing prizes from our sponsors, portfolio reviews from our instructors, exclusive Onward march and other Unraveled swag and giveaways!!