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Dear Storytellers:

Due to COVID-19, our retreat has been rescheduled for May 13-17, 2021.



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The Storyteller | A Photographer’s Retreat.

A chance to re-charge, relax, be inspired, get motivated.

Here at Hello Storyteller, we wanted to give our community a chance to come together in a way that was focused on community, connection & growth. An intentional coming together – to be honest, to be authentic, to be nothing other than you.

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An intimate retreat in the Rocky Mountains. 

Escape. A weekend away. We want you to get to know one another. Not in that forced-summer camp-ice breaker way, but to be able to create meaningful connections with the people that you feel drawn to.

Downtime. To sleep, to take a walk, to spend some time alone or hanging with new friends. Time to go off and shoot rogue, on your own or with a small group, just for fun. Time to soak in the beauty of the mountains and drink your coffee, while it’s still warm.

Learning. There is going to be incredible opportunities to learn from our instructors through classes and through shoot alongs. But also, from one another. We know that our attendees have knowledge, perspective and talent to share and we want you to know that we want everyone to arrive ready to learn, but also ready and willing to teach as well.

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When & Where?

Friday | May 14 – Sunday | May 16, 2020

YMCA of the Rockies | 2515 Tunnel Rd, Estes Park, CO 80511

(Retreat will take place Friday – Sunday | arrival & departure dates are Thursday 5/13 & Monday 5/17)

when creating this retreat | our biggest priorities were

Keeping it small, so that community could be the focus & keeping it affordable. That is how we decided on the YMCA of the Rockies.

Now, we understand what kind of stigma the word “YMCA” might conjur up, but stay with us for a moment. We’re grown women. And mothers. And if we’re going away for the weekend, we need to be comfortable. We have no interest in roughing it. At least not during this trip. The YMCA of the Rockies is a conference center and holds corporate events and weddings and we are staying in one of the central lodges, which is a hotel. 

Every attendee will be housed in a double room with a roommate, have your own queen sized bed and a private bathroom (unless you opt for the single room). Your meals will be provided by the YMCA in the dining room. Although not a 5-star hotel, these are simple, but comfortable accommodations. It will allow us to all stay in the same place, to gather together and to enjoy the grounds and gorgeous surroundings.   

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Who will be there?

We have an amazing creative team lined up for an unforgettable weekend!

our Keynote Speakers:


Sarah Cornish


I’m a wear your heart on your sleeve kind of gal. I actually refer to myself as an “introverted people person”. I love people, but I also love time to pipe down & get lost in my family so I can rekindle my creative energy. I am a Mama of six, so there is a lot of family to get lost in & my husband, Wes, is my handsome sidekick. At the end of the day – I just want to love on my family and make gorgeous pictures.

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Robyn Chubey


Hi, I’m Robyn, and I’ll be helping you create something incredible! I’ve identified myself as an artist since childhood, & I simply love to create. When it comes to photography education, I touch on everything from set creation, to creative & knowledgeable editing, to painting, sewing, crafting, or building whatever I need in order to realize my vision. If it’s artsy – I want my hands in it… But mostly, I want to share it with you.


LeAnna Azzolini


LeAnna is a mom, wife, and professional photographer living in Dana Point, California. She specializes in capturing motherhood, and through that love, found her greatest creative passion by exploring the art of self-portraiture. Teaching and mentoring other photographers is her big goal for the coming year. She hopes to inspire others to dust off that tripod and give their children the gift of not only seeing that they were there too, but that they truly lived.

Meet Our Instructors:


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how much does it Cost?

Retreat Registration | $525 

What’s Included:

  • Keynote Speaker(s): To be Announced

  • Group & rogue shoot-a-longs | Enjoy a group bus ride throughout the beautiful Rocky Mountains with scheduled instructor led shoot-a-longs, as well as rogue shooting to your hearts content.

  • Classes & Group Chats with our Instructor Panel & Attendees | Choose from multiple rejuvinating and inspiring photography classes with our talented line-up. Have something to share?! Grab a seat in our circle and share your knowledge with new friends!

  • Wine & Editing with Robyn Chubey | Do you like wine? Do you like editing? Do you like fun? Then this is the class for you!!

  • Skate-around-the-rink & S’mores Bonfire Extravaganza | Want to feel like a kid again?! Join us as we skate our hearts out and reminisce about the good old days & carefree fun with these two fun get-togethers.

  • Re-charge, relax, be inspired, & get motivated | relax inside the lodge or take a hike throughout the rockies. There will be plenty of downtime to relax, mingle, reboot, shoot on your own, and feel inspired.

  • & so much more!

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Housing & Meals

(**Housing Note: We are requiring everyone that attends this retreat to reside on-location with us. We know that some of you may be local, but in order to keep the intimate retreat atmosphere, we feel strongly that staying together is a must**)

Double Room Accommodations: $400pp

  • 4 nights of lodging, 3 meals per day starting with dinner Thursday

  • Double room, two queen beds, private bathroom

Total cost for retreat (registration, 4 nights of double room accommodations, 12 meals): $925

Single Room Accomodations: $640pp

  • 4 nights of lodging, 3 meals per day starting with dinner Thursday

  • Single room one queen beds, private bathroom

Total cost for retreat (registration, 4 nights of single room accommodations, 12 meals): $1165

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Each attendee is responsible for their own travel. If you are flying in, you should fly to Denver International Airport (DIA). There is a shuttle that is available to transport you from DIA to Estes Park for $85.00 round trip. You can find that information here.

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How to Register?

Registration opens on April 29, 2019

Since our retreat is an intimate gathering – registration will be limited to 40 open seats. Registration can be paid in full or can be broken down into 2-easy-deposits for Registration & Lodging. Lodging includes 4-nights (thursday-Monday) and 3-meals per day provided by the YMCA.

(*Your ticket is broken into 2-easy payments – Lodging is Due December 1, 2019 and withdrawn automatically)



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