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

Aaron Taylor

We’re pleased to announce Aaron Taylor as one our distinguished presenters! He will be speaking on Momentum Shift: Understanding the Success Principles of Transition and Personal Transformation.

Whether you want to reinvent yourself and are ready to make some changes, or have merely struggled to find “what’s next,” the Momentum Shift workshop will help you identify and develop the fundamental components of successfully moving from where you are, to where you want to be.

Stay tuned for more exciting details!


CBS Sports Analyst and Super Bowl Champion, Aaron Taylor is an outspoken advocate on mental health. He is also the founder of the only major non-individual honor in college football. Named after his offensive line coach at the University of Notre Dame, the Joe Moore Award recognizes the most outstanding offensive line UNIT, promoting the idea of putting the collective achievement above individual gain. Aaron learned the power of “team first” playing football for three outstanding programs: the Green Bay Packers, Notre Dame, and De La Salle High School, subject of the movie When the Game Stands Tall.

With the national spotlight on mental health, Aaron is one of the first high-profile athletes to debunk the myths and stigmas associated with mental health in his widely publicized NCAA Mind Body and Sport article, Game Face Isn’t the Only Face. In the article, and in many events around the country, Aaron reveals the hidden obstacles elite athletes (and any other high-stake individuals) face. In the powerful 30 for 30 Seau film, Aaron opens up about his teammate, Junior Seau, in an effort to help those struggling with mental health challenges.

When he played offensive line at the University of Notre Dame, earning unanimous All-American honors and winning the Lombardi Award for the best interior lineman in the country, Aaron learned the most fundamental principal of success: put the collective achievement above individual gain.

Aaron had a chance to prove that as the Green Bay Packers’ first round pick of the 1994 NFL Draft, becoming a member of the Packers’ Super Bowl XXXI Championship team. Now Aaron shares that message with organizations around the globe, inspiring teams to achieve better results.

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 – Aaron Taylor, Super Bowl Champion, 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 – Jenn Ripple, history-making female angler and founder of Dun Magazine.
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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