Hello Sweet Life Design Your Life Workshop

The Design a Life You Love Retreat is perfect for you! Perhaps you are —

  • Struggling with a major decision
  • Starting a business
  • Creating a newly single life
  • Experiencing an empty nest
  • Making a mid-career change
  • Deciding whether to leave or re-enter the workforce
  • Designing a fabulous life after career/employment
  • Wondering what new adventures you haven’t even thought of that might be possible for you!

Change is necessary for growth and renewal. Come catapult yourself into the future you are daydreaming about, you Daydream Believer!

Participants will share a common goal:  To design a new phase of life, a new endeavor or career for more joy and fulfillment.  

Here’s What You’ll Take Away from this Retreat:

  • A soul-level understanding of what is essential to your happiness
  • Clarity about where you are right now
  • New strategies for managing balance and energy
  • New ways to frame problems you’ve been struggling with for some time that will make them more easily solvable
  • Tools and insights for optimal decision-making
  • Three different, exciting, possible and doable life plans for your immediate future
  • An action plan to maneuver your way to your desired future
  • A host of life-designing collaborators you can call on going forward

Immerse Yourself in Possibility and Plot Your Next Life Adventure

In an intimate group of exclusively women, each participant will design her own unique journey toward a thoughtfully crafted, joyful, meaningful and thoroughly well-lived life.

The retreat sessions will include instructional presentations, creativity exercises, journaling and interactions with other participants – all designed to aid you in imagining and designing new and real possibilities for your future. If you value stretching your mind with exciting possibilities, trying on new ideas, and jumping into an immersive experience, this retreat is for you.

This retreat was life-changing. I surprised myself with the wild, exciting ideas that I came up with! Through the process, I was able to distill those wild ideas into a realistic plan for my life that feels right. A little scary. But doable. And I took the first steps into that new life while still at the retreat. I couldn’t be more thrilled! — Jan S., Sarasota, FL

This interactive and immersive 4 day/3 night retreat will be led by Linda Barnby, an experienced life coach, group facilitator, professional teacher, creativity junkie and lawyer, who has successfully and creatively re-designed her life several times – sometimes by choice and sometimes due to adversity.

Design a Life You’ll Love in a Luxurious, Lakefront Sanctuary

I was a little dubious about attending a small group retreat and being thrown together with women I did not know. I figured it could either be amazing or something less than amazing. It was AMAZING! The respect and caring I felt from all the women, and especially Linda, made us bond as friends in ways that just would never happen in our regular day-to-day lives. It takes getting away and into an “immersive” environment guided by a gifted mentor for the magic to happen. — Meg R., Colorado Springs, CO

What’s Included:

  • Small group instruction and interaction led by an experienced life coach, Linda Barnby
  • Two (2) Individual, Personalized Coaching Calls  (one before and one after the retreat)
  • Design a Life You Love© Workbook for completing exercises and recording your reflections and plans
  • Membership in exclusive Facebook community
  • Three nights accommodations Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights in a serene, lakefront sanctuary on the banks of a lovely lake in Winter Park, Florida (with an optional additional overnight stay Monday night)
  • Single Occupancy – Single occupancy room with a King bed (limited availability) [Double Occupancy Option and Retreat Only Option with lodging on your own also available – See below]
  • Wine and Cheese Welcome Reception Friday evening
  • Dinner Saturday night
  • Other Meals provided: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, snacks, and beverages including wine
  • Decadent desserts each night
  • Morning movement/yoga by the lake
  • Fun evening activities
  • Champagne Toast Sunday evening to celebrate!
  • Complimentary high speed wireless internet
  • Outdoor fire pit and garden patio
  • Many other luxurious amenities
  • The guidance and mentorship you need to design the next exciting chapter of your life in total comfort and luxury!

Double Occupancy Option

If you and a friend would both like to attend the retreat and share a king bed in a private room, a double occupancy rate is available. Inquire via email prior to booking.

Retreat Only Option

Once lodging capacity at the sanctuary is reached, a limited number of attendees may stay off premises and a Retreat Only Fee will be assessed exclusive of lodging costs. I will be happy to make some suggestions for nearby off-premises lodging.

Extended Stay Option

The training portion of the retreat will occur on Saturday and Sunday. Your retreat includes 3 overnight stays on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights departing by 10 am on Monday morning.

You have the option to extend your stay an extra night and depart by 11 am Tuesday morning for an additional fee. (Inquire after registering for the retreat.)

I’ve always stayed the course I set for myself many years ago. I’m the dependable one! Something made me decide to attend this retreat. I came with no real expectations — and surprise! A whole new world of possibilities opened up to me! It’s been a month since I attended the retreat and I’m deep into the implementation of my dreamy new life plan that I never knew was buried just waiting for me to unearth it and start living it. Loralei W., Austin, TX

Retreat Location

Relax and find inspiration from the natural surroundings and lush landscape on the banks of a beautiful, private lake!

This 3 bedroom, 2 bath sanctuary offers 3,000+ square feet of open living space and boasts 3 generous-sized living areas with expansive lake views. A large gourmet kitchen awaits gatherings at meal times. The majestic and spacious park-like backyard provides the perfect setting for peace and relaxation against the backdrop of the private lake with dock, an abundance of outdoor seating, and a fire pit.

Lakeside Tranquility
Enjoy a Tranquil, Lakefront Sanctuary for Your Retreat
  • The retreat sanctuary is located away from the tourist areas, offering you quiet and serene surroundings.
  • It is located approximately 30 minutes north of Orlando International Airport and 20 minutes south of Sanford Airport.
  • Winter Park’s famous and elegant Park Avenue, with coveted shopping and a variety of delectable restaurants, is a short 10 minute drive.
  • The beaches including, Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach and Cocoa Beach are each about an hour’s drive.
  • Disney and Universal Studios are approximately 40 minutes away.

Schedule of Activities

Friday, July 19

  • 4 pm Check in time at the sanctuary
  • 5 pm Wine and Cheese Reception
  • 6 pm Transportation will be provided to a nearby restaurant for dinner as a group (optional)

Saturday, July 20

Enzo’s on the Lake, a local treasure for dinner gatherings
  • 7 am Rejuvenating and energizing movement by the lake
  • 8 am Breakfast provided
  • 9 am Morning Workshop begins
  • 12 noon Lunch will be provided
  • 1 pm Afternoon Workshop begins
  • 5 pm Afternoon Workshop ends
  • 6 pm Transportation will be provided to a nearby restaurant for dinner as a group (optional)
  • After dinner, fun evening activities TBD

Sunday, July 21

Scrumptious, Healthy Breakfasts Prepare You for the Day
  • 7 am Rejuvenating and energizing movement by the lake
  • 8 am Breakfast provided
  • 9 am Morning Workshop begins
  • 12 noon Lunch will be provided
  • 1 pm Afternoon Workshop begins
  • 4 pm Afternoon Workshop ends
  • 6 pm Transportation will be provided to a nearby restaurant for dinner as a group (optional)
  • After dinner, fun evening activities TBD

Monday, July 22

Morning Movement
  • 7 am Rejuvenating and energizing movement by the lake
  • 8 am Breakfast provided
  • Share fond goodbyes and depart by 10 am
  • Those staying an optional extra overnight Monday night at the sanctuary may choose to drive to the beach, Disney or spend the day on Park Avenue in Winter Park

Tuesday, July 23 – Optional Additional Day

  • Breakfast on your own
  • Depart by 11 am

I’ve held my life’s dream secret and unfulfilled for so long, I fully believed it was not even possible for me. I gave up hope long ago and put my mind on other things. Coming together with other women who have done the same thing or have other challenges that seem impossible to overcome, was eye-opening. Now I have confidence that I can make my dream happen and I have a step-by-step plan to do it. — Dana P., Lake Worth, FL

Your Retreat Mentor and Guide

Hi, I’m Linda Barnby, founder of HelloSweetLife.com, a community of women wanting more joy, meaning, fulfillment and connection. I also lead two groups for women in the Greater Orlando area with social and educational activities happening several times a month.

I’ve practiced law and owned my own law firm in the Orlando area for decades. While practicing law, I founded the National Association of Entrepreneurs and, as Chapter Director, led 5 chapters simultaneously for 2 years. Prior to law school, I taught gifted education in public school. (I am adamant that everyone is gifted – whether they are aware of their gifts or not!)

I’m a certified SoulCollage® Facilitator and a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) Certified Practitioner.

Design a Life You Love
Linda Barnby, looking her most creative fashion-wise!

I’ve re-designed my own life numerous times due to tragedy, adversity, as well as by choice. My “super powers” include insight, organization, communication, effervescent optimism and a sense of humor.

I’m the mother of two successful, well-adjusted daughters. I am proud of my long-term marriage to my sweet husband Michael.

My mission, in every iteration of my work, has always been to guide others to make the most of their talents, resources and their lives. I celebrate the opportunity to lead women toward well-crafted, joyful, meaningful lives, through my Design a Life You Love© Program.

I’ve invested thousands of dollars and dedicated hundreds of hours in training with some of the most successful life, career and entrepreneur coaches in the industry over the past decade. Leading women to step into their own best selves is my greatest joy.

Cancellation Policy

This will be an exclusive, intimate retreat for women only. Only a small number of spots are available. Register early to secure your spot! Fees are fully refundable through May 17, 2019 less $100 cancellation fee. 50% of retreat fee will be refunded for cancellations received by June 17, 2019. After June 17, fees are non-refundable; however, registrants may apply 50% of the retreat fee to another retreat within one year of cancellation date.

What’s Not Included

Decadent desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth every night!
  • Round trip airfare/transportation between your home and the airport and/or the Lakefront Sanctuary 
  • Transportation between Orlando airport, Sanford airport,or other airport, and the Lakefront .  (If you need help in finding transportation, we are more than happy to assist)
  • Meals, snacks or beverages not detailed above
  • Funds for extracurricular activities and shopping
  • Personal, medical or travel cancellation insurance

Contact Retreat Leader

Email Linda Barnby here with any questions.

I’ll be happy to talk with you by phone as well! Please email me with your phone number and some convenient times for me to call you.

I’ve been struggling with the decision whether to leave a loveless, toxic marriage for over a decade. I simply could not envision myself as single and I was afraid of what the future would hold. Now I know I can choose to stay or go on my own time frame and terms. I have confidence in myself and my future because I created a plan for a new, happier life for myself whatever I decide to do. Going through “the process” with Linda’s guidance and the support of the other women at the retreat made all the difference. — Gloria D., Syracuse, NY

Hit the Reset Button to Create Something New and Exciting

This retreat is your opportunity to unplug from your daily routine and to truly hit the “reset” button. Life is a spinning wheel that will keep spinning unless you stop, reassess, and navigate with thoughtful purpose. Do you have dreams and goals but feel too overwhelmed to move forward? Have defeating thoughts been holding you hostage? Simply feeling stuck and need a clear path?

This retreat is a safe, sacred place for you to stop, listen to your heart, and reset your trajectory. I’m here to guide you along the way with a proven process and framework. Design the life you desire and get started on it right away!

Aargh, Matey! Dinner and Live Music at a recent retreat in St. Augustine, Florida. Deep friendships are formed at Design a Life You Love Retreats!

Refresh and Renew

There’s an old adage: “You cannot pour from an empty vessel.” In other words, you cannot give of yourself to others until you first fill yourself up mentally, spiritually and physically. That philosophy is at the heart of this retreat. As women, we give so selflessly to our family, our friends, our work and our communities. In the midst of our generosity and dedication to others, it’s easy to lose our own sense of Self.

We often plow through life with our heads down – never stopping to evaluate or assess whether we are happy doing what we are doing or if we are even going in the right direction!

Our well quickly runs dry unless we take time out to nourish and replenish ourselves.

This retreat is your opportunity to disconnect from the demands and routines of your life and to creatively rediscover the REAL YOU, your dreams and desires. You’ll return to your life refreshed and renewed with a new life plan – no longer on hold – that will delight and fulfill you – and inspire others.

This retreat did more to make a change in my life than two years of therapy could do! — Sarah K., Jacksonville, FL