Illume Retreat » an intimately restful three-day retreat designed to inspire and empower creatives to build purposeful and intentional businesses that enable them to live, love and do business well.



Katie O. Selvidge

Cottage Hill Magazine

Katie O. Selvidge is an editor in chief, creative director, writer and thought leader for artists. As a former ballerina and choreographer, Katie coaches creative professionals in a unique way utilizing her self-developed curriculum ‘Assured + Well’ to ensure creative authenticity and sustainability. After Katie launched Cottage Hill in November 2014 as the only lifestyle and wedding publication, its inaugural magazine – The Homecoming Issue was immediately welcomed by thousands of readers in 43 US states and 4 countries before landing in all Barnes & Noble newsstands, The Captivated Issue and The Pioneer Issue to follow for May and October 2015. Cottage Hill is named after Katie’s hometown and celebrates lives worthy of an elegant and meaningful legacy through original inspiration, real stories and fine art photography by artists around the globe.

Assured + Well

What if I lost everything tomorrow? Together with Katie, you will be faced with the most truth-revealing questions to uncover your deepest desires and motives in this series of clarity exercises. Recording answers by hand in your notebooks, you should expect to hand-write pages and pages of heart-centered answers directing you to exactly what you desire in your work, your business, life and legacy.

Breakout Session Topic: Self-Care

As part of her Assured + Well curriculum, Katie will be leading us through a heartfelt discussion on how we can cultivate a better sense of self-care as entrepreneurs, wives, mothers and individuals. We’ll cover what self-care means to you, how to best pursue it in your day-to-day, and how it fits into creating your best life.

Shanna Skidmore

Shanna Skidmore Consulting

Shanna Skidmore is a business strategist and life coach. Nicknamed the “dream-releaser” by her clients, she helps entrepreneurs make money doing what they love by building profitable & sustainable businesses. For the past 10 years she has been immersed in the world of small business development and finance. By studying patterns of success, she now coaches and consults with creative entrepreneurs on business principles she found to be key indicators of success. Her background in finance, psychology and art, have allowed her to marry the world of business and creativity. Her greatest joy is watching others transform their stories and build businesses & lives they love!

Shanna resides in the southeast with her husband, Kyle, and Siberian husky pup, Sadie.

Defining “Enough”: Finding Freedom in Your Finances

Full session description coming soon!

Breakout Session Topic: TBD


Jenna Kutcher

Photos by Jenna Leigh + Jenna Kutcher Course

I am a hopeless romantic who thrives on documenting people in love. I am a wife to my beloved, a believer, and a devoted rescue puppy mom. I am a blogger, a fashion fanatic, a watercolor artist and a woman who seeks adventure (and balance.) Beyonce is my spirit animal and I live in yoga pants. I can’t go a week without eating macaroni and cheese (shapes, of course!) I’m just a Midwest gal who loves the north woods and travels during the freezing winters.
My style is raw, real, and authentic. I don’t want to hide who I am or belittle the fact that I am a little wild and different. I chase dreams, hard. I believe time is life and am constantly trying to find the balance between chasing it all and taking naps on the couch. I am in this life to tell stories. Love stories, about people just like you.

Fostering Your Community

Full description coming soon!


Bonnie Bakhtiari

b is for bonnie design + the illume retreat

Hello, lovely! My name is Bonnie – I’m a designer, brand stylist, writer, wife and pet parent to the most rambunctious golden retriever this side of the Mason-Dixon. I’m a proud Baylor Bear, an unashamed coffee enthusiast and I am incredibly passionate about choosing joy every day. I share life with my handsome husband in our college town of Waco, TX, and our little family of three believes strongly in giving grace freely, loving other fiercely, and pursuing joy without abandon.

My heart is centered around the desire to encourage and inspire through design, creating products and experiences that draw people in to what matters most in life. I believe in intentional and joyful living, handwritten thank you notes and loving people well. Through custom branding services and small business mentoring, I help creative entrepreneurs craft brands that authentically reflect the core of their businesses, which is simply a dream come true! The illume retreat was born out of my desire to create a space for creatives to step away from the hustle and bustle in order to dig deep into what it means to build an intentional, heartfelt business. I’m thrilled to get to spend three full days this April with you, and already can’t wait to hug you!

Creating a Brand that Reflects Your Heart

Throughout our 2017 retreat, we’ll be diving deep into what it means to create from a place of truth, as well as what that individual truth looks like to you! But how can you take this newfound knowledge and integrate it into your brand? Together, we’ll explore the pillars of a strong brand, and how you can integrate the heart, personality and authenticity that represents your work well. We’ll go much deeper than color palettes and font pairings, instead focusing on the specifics of creating a brand that serves as an authentic reflection of your core values, mission and truth!


Ready to join us, friend? Reserve your seat today!


We are honored to have these talented, tenacious women joining us for our April illume retreat! Through creative breakouts, small groups, and hands-on sessions, these women will be bringing so much wisdom, energy and love to the table.