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RISE: A Retreat for Women Leading Change

is an inaugural retreat for a Chicago-based feminine leadership community + event series hosted by Gina Marotta + Amy Galvin happening on Sat. Jan. 13, 2024 from 10 am-4 pm CST at Expansive River North, 420 W. Huron, Chicago, IL 60654.

event details

What is RISE? 

RISE is a series of retreats in Chicago - occuring at the start of each season - to empower and inspire women with next level, cutting edge women's empowerment content and by connecting with other like-minded awakened women doing business in Chicago. You can attend one or multiple events in the series.

When and where is the RISE retreat taking place?
The first retreat of 2024 will take place on Saturday, January 13, 2024 from 10 AM - 4 PM CST at Expansive River North Workspaces, 420 W. Huron, Chicago, IL. Additional dates will be set for the start of spring, summer, and fall.

Can I attend the retreat over Zoom?

No, the event is in person only. If you live out of town, you are invited to travel to us. If you need assistance with Chicago accomodations, feel free to reach out to the event hosts.

Can men attend? 

This event is a woman-focused event that intends an inclusive definition of women. We are welcoming and respectful of women, including trans women and those who are nonbinary, gender non-conforming, and anyone who identifies as a woman in a way that is significant to them. We love our brothers of the rose, however, tickets are reserved for people who identify as women. Men who are interested in this content are encouraged to reach out individually to the event hosts. 

Can I bring my children?

The retreat is designed for women and mothers and not suitable for children. Please contact event host if childcare is preventing you from attending the event.

buying tickets

How much are the tickets?
Tickets range from $333 - $777. Your event hosts created a three-tiered ticket system to allow each attendee to pay a price that is commesurate with your resources and passions.

Are tickets refundable?

Tickets are non-refundable. If you purchase a ticket and later discover you cannot attend, you can transfer your ticket to another person by emailing

Do I need to create a paypal account to pay for tickets?

Nope! If you do not have a paypal account, simply select the credit card option to bypass the Paypal account login/creation.  

What does my ticket include?
A ticket for the RISE retreat includes: 

- preparation materials sent to you in December of helpful resources, exercises, and rituals to begin to complete 2023 and set your intentions for 2024

- attendance at the January 13th retreat 

- post event support through an additional Zoom gathering on Tuesday, February 13, from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CST (which will be recorded if you cannot attend live)

I have a promo code, how do I use it?

Go to the registration page and select the ticket option you wish to purchase then click the “checkout” button. Once you get to the check out page, on the right-hand side of the page, you’ll see a box that says “enter coupon code.” This is where you will enter the promo code. Complete the registration steps from there. 

Can tickets be purchased at the door on the day of?

No. Tickets will close December 11 or sooner if the event sells out.

Can I buy a block of tickets for my team?

Absolutely! As long as tickets are still available you can purchase what you need. We also have sponsorship packages that may be a fit for you.

How can I donate to or sponsor the RISE retreat?
You can invest in women by purchasing our "Feminine Leadership Enthusiast" ticket or by collaborating with us as one of our sponsors. Visit our sponsorship page to learn more about various sponsorship levels and opportunities. If you simply want to make a donation to invest in our work, contact Donations of all sizes are welcome and very much appreciated. 


What if I can’t afford a ticket, but I would really like to attend?

If finances feel tight right now, but you really want to come to the event please email event host to learn about scholarship opportunities. 

attending the LIVE retreat

Where is the retreat happening?

The live gathering will take place inside Expansive Workspaces at 420 W. Huron inside the offices of Luxury Living Chicago, office number L1.

Is parking available?
Yes, street parking is available payable through the Park Chicago app. You can also reserve Spot Hero locations nearby like the lot at 320 W. Erie St. for approximately $20 for the day. 

Is this location accessible for individuals with disabilities?
Yes, the venue is accessible for individuals with disabilities. If you require special accommodations, please indicate what support you need during ticket registration, or reach out the event hosts for further assistance.

Will there be food or beverages?

Water, coffee, and tea service will be available througout the day. In addition, a light nourishing lunch will be provided to support meat-eating, vegan, and gluten-free diets. 

What should I wear?
Wear what brings you joy, feels comfortable, or makes you feel the most like you. All levels of dress are welcome - dressy formal, casual fabulous, business attire, or super extra.
What should I bring?
Bring your preparation materials that will be sent in December, a journal and pen for writing, and if you feel called: bring a crystal or any other token you want to charge with positive energy at the event.

What will happen after the event?

We encourage you to schedule meet up dates with women you feel especially connected with, add the February 13 Zoom gathering to your calendar, and if you're inspired, mark your calendar to attend our Spring retreat happening in March. 

attending The post-retreat zoom gathering

When will I receive a zoom link for the February Zoom gathering?
The February 13 Zoom gathering is recommended but not required. The zoom link will be sent out a few days following the retreat

Will I be able to watch the recording if I can’t attend live?

Yes. A replay of the February Zoom gathering will be emailed after the event. 

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