Are you just existing? 
Living for Fridays and dreading Mondays? 

Maybe you have a dream in your heart, but just don’t know how to birth it. Have a sneaking suspicion that there is indeed more to life?

If any of this sounds familiar to you, then join me (and people just like you) in one of the world’s hottest cities, Nashville, for the very first #ChangingYOURNarrative retreat!

Rachel Baribeau will share all that went into the making of the movement, #ChangingtheNarrative. You will candidly hear her struggles, joys AND victories, as she and a team of carefully curated guest speakers guide you through your journey to leaving a legacy and breathing rarified air. 

It won’t be all work and no play – we’re going to have tons of fun! We choose fun destinations and indulge in amazing food, go on a fun tour and reserve time to enjoy each other’s company or relax on our own.

You will leave having fully stepped into what makes you unique and dialed into your messaging so you can reach the people who need you most. How amazing is that going to feel?

The retreat is open to adults, all genders. We are purposely keeping it small to encourage growth, intimacy and life-long bonds! 

Come alone or bring a friend, spouse or partner to share this amazing experience with!
Special price break for adding second attendee. (See application!)

The Setting

Nashville is one of America’s “IT” cities with a wide variety or entertainment, friendly-environment, and popular destination for people from all over the world. You’ll experience a private, one-of-kind Nashville tour on Saturday morning and  attend a private dinner at one of Nashville’s hottest restaurants.


We’ll be staying at the iconic Hutton Hotel which is set in Nashville’s lively West End neighborhood and steps from the heart of Music Row. Changing the Narrative Retreat will cover your meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, course materials, group transportation and a few keepsake surprises that will blow your mind!

Attendees are responsible for travel and hotel lodging. We have secured a discounted rate of $269.00 per night. We can happily pair you with a same-sex attendee to share room for weekend, if you so choose. 

Special Guest Artist

Laura Reed

We are pleased to be hosting a private acoustic concert with the incomparable Laura Reed. Her music and songwriting is the very essence of what we teach at #ChangingtheNarrative!  She is using her platform to change the world. 

“I will look at how “music saved my life” and re-directed from a narrative that could’ve been my downfall as a teenager – instead into a very purpose-driven path. I had to keep focused, always, on WHY I do what I do, and HOW I am using my gift as a singer and a song writer/musician. I refuse to make excuses – like being a single mother or being a woman as any type of handicap-  they only  sharpened me even more to stay laser focused on how I can impact the world in a positive way.”

Laura will be speaking on how she brought music and this message to prisons, to an orphanage in Jamaica, to schools in Nashville,  as well as juke joints and night clubs along the way.


“I was really young when I left South Africa,” says Laura Reed, “but I had this vision that if I ever came back, I’d be singing for a huge crowd.” 

Two decades later, Reed’s dream became a reality when she returned to the Sandton neighborhood of Johannesburg, where she grew up, and took the stage in front of 30,000 cheering music fans at the Joy of Jazz Festival. Reed was the special guest of harmonica icon Lee Oskar that night, and her star turn at the festival was an unforgettable highlight in a career that’s been chock full of them. Don’t let the fairytale moment fool you, though. Reed climbed her way to success from the ground up, building a devoted audience and earning high-profile fans through grit, determination, and relentless touring. She weathered tumultuous storms and embraced bold risks without ever sacrificing her artistic independence, betting on herself and her talent even when the odds seemed stacked against her. Now, on the eve of releasing her debut collection for Blue Rose Music, it’s clear that Laura Reed’s gamble is paying off. 

Distinguished Presenter

John Register

We’re pleased to announce John Register as one our distinguished presenters! He will be speaking on Embracing Life’s New Normal.

After a freak hurdling accident which ended his career as an Olympic hopeful (an amputation), he returned reinvented himself and won the Paralympic silver medal in the long jump in Sydney, Australia, setting the American record in the process.

Since that time, John’s life has been nothing short of amazing. He has advised two United States Secretaries of State on Disability Foreign Policy. He founded the United States Olympic Committee Paralympic Military Sports Program, which helps wounded, ill, and injured service members use sport as a tool for their rehabilitation and he founded his company Inspired Communications International, LLC, an inspirational speaking company that has a goal of facilitating the brilliance in the room.


Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) John Register is a modern-day renaissance man and one of the most authentic interactive keynote speakers of our time. From four-time track and field all-American to Gulf War Army veteran to amputee to Paralympic silver medalist, John has never allowed adversity to hold him back. He continues to hurdle adversity and turn obstacles into opportunities and show others how to do the same.

During a training session in Hays, Kansas, Register, the 8th fastest 400m hurdler at the time, landed awkwardly dislocating his left knee. His artery behind the kneecap was blocked. A 11-hour vein graph surgery was conducted but was inadequate. 5 subsequent operations were not able fully save the limb. Register made the decision to amputate his leg, and his dreams.

With his dreams of Olympic glory dashed, John’s wife Alice told him they would come through this together, it was just their new normal. Armed with this new determination, John decided to take a new step every day. It began with swimming. His steps to the pool each day resulted in making the Paralympic swim team. He then turned his attention back to running. He and his prosthetist crafted a running leg which took John to the Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia, where he won the silver medal in the long jump. With his previous goal now accomplished, John turned his sights on creating opportunities for people with disabilities by utilizing the lens of sport.

His post athletic career accolades are equally impressive as he founded the United States Olympic Committees Paralympic Military sport program which assist wounded, ill, and injured service members in their recovery to a healthy and active lifestyle and serving in a variety of capacities to include special advisor to two U.S. Secretary of State on disability foreign policy and being a U.S. Sports Diplomacy Ambassador (Envoy). The latter attracted the attention of President Barack Obama and John was asked and served in the capacity of being one of 35 co-chairs for 44th Presidents’ re-election.

As a highly sought-after keynote speaker, John believes in audience engagement and collective learning. In either his interactive keynote address, or half day training sessions, experiential learning is at core of each presentation. John’s partial client list now includes American Airlines, BP, KPMG, Southwest Airlines, Hewlett Packard Enterprises and ReMax, to name a few.

John is the President and CEO of Inspired Communications International, LLC, an experiential professional speaking company showing businesses how to hurdle adversity and create the new normal to win the medals in their life. Oh, yeah, he sings, plays piano, and is a recovering cellist.

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Distinguished Presenter

Pastor Corey Miller

We’re pleased to announce Corey Miller as one our distinguished presenters! 

Corey will focus his remarks on his upbringing, his time playing college football at the University of South Carolina, and his career as a professional football player for the New York Giants. In addition, he will share remarks on his life after football, the post-career depression he experienced and how his personal relationship with Jesus Christ saved his life and led to him founding the non-profit foundation, Giants 4 Christ  (  


Corey Miller grew up in Pageland, SC with six sisters and four brothers. In 1987, he joined the University of South Carolina Football Program on a full football scholarship and was a three-time letterman while there. He was twice named All-Conference and was voted Team Captain and selected Defensive Player of the Year. Miller would later be named to the Gamecocks All-Time Team. In 1991, Pastor Miller was drafted in the sixth round by the NY GIANTS where he played eight years. He played his final season with the Minnesota Vikings.

After retirement, he worked in television in New York City and as well as in South Carolina where he hosted a local afternoon drive sports radio show. Pastor Miller became an ordained minister in 2003 and founded the ministry Giants 4 Christ. He is married to Missy Miller and has two sons, CJ and Christian. Christian played for the Alabama Crimson Tide where he won two national championships and like his dad, was voted Defensive Player of the Year and Team Captain. In 2019 Christian was drafted by the Carolina Panthers.


Distinguished Presenter

Melanie Reese


Melanie Reese is a board-certified, psychotherapist in private practice located on Music Row in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Melanie’s education and professional background in both the mind and body gives her a unique and effective approach to therapy. 

Melanie has seen first hand how our mind and body are deeply connected and has developed her unique approach to mental health wellness with these things in mind. She uses clinically tested and evidence based interventions such as EMDR, Animal Assisted Psychotherapy (AAP) and Trauma Sensitive Yoga. With extensive training in trauma therapy, integrative cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness techniques, Melanie works with individuals to overcome personal obstacles and make lasting changes.

Melanie is excited to join with Changing the Narrative and their mission of empowering and changing the lives of others! She will be speaking on the role our personal narratives play and how they show up in our own lives and relationships. We all have filters that color the information we take in from our daily surroundings. These filters come from our past and are continually strengthened by our present. This greatly affects the message we hear by the time our hearts receive it. What does your heart look and feel like right now? Come do some heart work and discover what change can look like for you! 

She will be bringing some of the work she does in her practice to share with those in attendance! This includes some break-out sessions to explore these topics a little deeper and even some Trauma Sensitive Yoga! 

Retreat Itinerary

August 16th, 2019 | 5:00 PM CST
Please meet in Cumberland Room at Hutton Hotel for welcome reception.
Group-outing with Human Hug Project
8:00 PM – Private dinner at Hutton Hotel. Ian Michael, Founder HHP, will share during dinner.
After dinner, the evening is yours to experience the city or relax. You can also hang with the group. It is important to me for you to have free time throughout the weekend. You will see many breaks built into the itinerary.

August 17th, 2019 | 8:00 AM CST
8:00 AM – Meet in Midtown Room for prayers, setting of intentions for the day
8:00 – Breakfast is served

9:00 – Leave for private tour of Hatch Show Print

9:30 – Private Hatch Show Print
11:30 – Lunch is served in Midtown Room

11:30-1:00 PM – John Register leads lunch session
1:00-1:30 – Break
1:30-3:00 – Rachel Baribeau, Founder, #ChangingtheNarrative
3:00-3:30 – Break
3:30-5:00 – Melanie Reese, ground-breaking psychotherapist will lead us through group processing
5:00-7:00 – Break to explore city, take a nap, BE HAPPY!
7:00 – Meet in lobby, depart for private dinner at Urban Grub
7:15 – Mixer at Urban Grub, meet Laura Reed, world-renowned artist from South Africa
7:15 – until-private dinner, concert, question and answer with Laura Reed
After dinner transport back to the hotel, free for the rest of the evening

August 18th, 2019 | 8:00 AM CST
8:00 AM – Chapel in Midtown Room (optional)

8:00-  Breakfast is served

9:00 – Corey Miller 
10:00-10:15 AM – Break

10:15-12:00 – group exercise
12:00-1:00 – Box lunch is served and retreat wraps

This is a loose road-map of how the weekend will run. If we are bonding, building, growing and we need to pivot or audible, we will do that. Please let your needs be known throughout the weekend, so I can exceed them.
— With all my love, Rachel Joy Baribeau

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