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Meet Our Retreat team

Who's coming with us?

At Unraveled we work with A LOT of Artists. 
For this retreat we spent a lot of time deciding THE BEST team to facilitate this weekend that focuses on the WHOLE HUMAN rather that just the PHOTOGRAPHER,  and feel we have done just that.  
Kade Bailey | Instructor + Trauma Therapist
Mari Trancoso | Instructor + Creative Entrepreneur 
Sherida Rae | Instructor + Creative Entrepreneur 
Laura Gentry | Unraveled Team +
Videographer + Emergency Nurse 
Melissa Lane | Unraveled Team +
Sarah Driscoll |Unraveled Team +
Rebecca Lane | Yoga Nidra Specialist + Creative Entrepreneur Coach


September 13th-16th 2023


Canmore, Alberta, Canada
Fly into Calgary Internations (YYC)


*a variety of payment options available

What's included?

Education and individual instructor consultation, styled shoots, park passes, ground transportation, accommodations, hot springs excursion + home cooked meals and beverages. 

A once in a lifetime experience you will never forget.

Once you arrive at the Calgary Internations Airport (YYC), we’ve got you covered. Unlike big photography conferences where you constantly have to open up your wallet, the retreat is focused on you, your well-being, your growth as an artist and not about lining our pockets. We are not bringing you into our place of business, but instead, inviting you into our home. Make yourself comfortable. This is a safe space.


Located one-hour West of Calgary and only 5 minutes from the Banff National Park, Canmore lies nestled along the banks of the Bow River in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Canmore is an up and coming town in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. It’s known for craggy summits like the Three Sisters and Ha Ling Peak. In nearby Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park, the Grassi Lakes Trail weaves past a waterfall to 2 turquoise blue lakes. The park also features cross-country ski and mountain-bike trails. East, Grotto Canyon’s steep limestone walls flank a narrow creek bed leading to a cave. Experience all of the glory of Banff, without the tourists. 
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What happens when you bring a group of creatives together, under one roof, for a weekend in the mountains? Magic, of course…but also, real life. This weekend will be full of raw emotions and unpacking some things you’ve tried to keep buried down deep. The retreat is focused on the whole-photographer, because we are more than our work. We are living, breathing, complex beings with scars on our hearts and stars in our eyes…and this weekend is about nurturing and growing every part of you. 
T H E  P H O T O G R A P H E R
Our instructors will pour into you – the knowledge they have spent years perfecting. You will have opportunities to watch them create their magic, but also create your own magic right alongside them. Shoots will include an Empowerment shoot with Kade Bailey, Motherhood Shoot with Sherida Rae, Lovers shoot with Mari Trancoso and a Grassi Lakes Family Portfolio Building Session organized by the Unraveled Team. There will also be a presentation by Mari and the opportunity to watch both Mari and Kade edit live.
T H E  H U M A N
We will wake in the mornings to fresh brewed coffee and begin each day with Yoga Nidra with Rebecca.  Over the course of the weekend, Kade Bailey will guide us through the process of digging deep to reconnect with our inner child and understand the root of our artistry.  We will connect with like minded people and draw inspiration and strength from one another.  We will form friendships, not only with other artists, but more importantly with ourselves. 

And speaking of roots, what more basic core is there than the human+nature relationship? As creative entrepreneurs we spend far too much time in front of computer screens.  Our faces are lit more by the glow of our cell phones than the sun. And if we have learned anything from 2020 it is that NATURE is the best medicine.  Throughout the weekend we will make it a priority re-connect not only with ourselves, but with nature and what better place to do this than in one of her most beautiful and untainted corners of Earth.  On our way to shoots, we will embark on some of the most epic HIKES to breathe fresh mountain air into our lungs and refresh our minds.  And better yet, we will bathe in the mountain HOT SPRINGS to recharge our bodies while our eyes take in the beauty and bow our minds trying to process the views of the mountains of Banff.

Are you ready to feel human again? 


Book your flight. We will take care of the rest.

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This is why we have created a retreat where we will refuel, refocus and repurpose ourselves as creatives. From the  moment you step into our beautiful home for the weekend, we want it to become your safe harbor. Here, you are able to be as weird as you wish and as free as you've ever been. Join us.

What airport do I fly into?

Attendees will fly into Calgary International Airport (YYC)  which is about an hour from Canmore/Banff.

What if I have food allergies or specific food needs?

Don't worry, we will take dietary needs into consideration when planning our meals. Please let us know in advance.

What if I'm new to meditations and yoga?

Do NOT stress, you will be able to practice at your own level of comfort. Yoga Nidra is a meditative Yoga that anyone once can do! These sessions are not mandatory but we know you will enjoy them.

What are the sleeping arrangements?

The house we have secured is incredible!  It sleeps 22 people, however we want to provide a more intimate experience so we are capping this retreat at 12 attendees. You will be assigned a twin bed or a shared queen bed.  If you would like your own room, please reach out to the UNRAVELED TEAM to discuss the additional cost of your own space. If you would like to make a specific request on who you will be bed-sharing with, email us at connect@theunraveledacademy.com.

How will I get to and from the airport?

We will arrange transportation for all attendees to get to and from the airport and that is included in the price! This will require you to book your flights according to pick up time and drop off times, so please be sure to check those BEFORE booking. You may also choose to rent a car or uber if that is more convenient.  If for some reason you miss the transportation time due to a flight delay, you will be responsible for your own transport. 

How will I get to and from the airport?

Entry into Canada: Canadian law requires that all persons entering Canada carry proof of citizenship and identity. A valid passport, passport card, or NEXUS card satisfies these requirements for citizens of countries outside of Canada. 

What does my investment include?

Education and individual instructor consultation, styled shoots, park passes, ground transportation, accommodations, hot springs excursion + home cooked meals and beverages. 

It is extremely costly to organize and execute these events.  Every time we organize an event, we aim to cover our costs, not profit from the experience.  It is our goal to uplift and connect with artists within the industry and provide experiences that will last a lifetime. 

Is my ticket refundable? 

We get that life happens, so although tickets are non-refundable, they are transferable.  This is the responsibility of the ticket holder.  We often have a wait list for events and will do everything we can to help in the event that you are unable to attend for an unforeseeable reason, but ultimately the artist is responsible for the cost of the ticket if a replacement is not found. 
*Credits from past events cannot be used for this event