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The Haven Conference West Olive Recap

I’m beyond excited today to share the recap of The Haven Conference for entrepreneurs recap of our very first West Olive, Michigan conference! If you’re reading this and are new to conference allow me to tell you a little about it. The Haven Conference is a one day event geared towards entrepreneurs that we focus on the things that really drive your business and success forward.

I often tell people that if you are looking for a “marketing 101” or “introduction to business bookkeeping” conference, this is not the event for you. We focus the day on visualizing the life you want, what a 6+ figure mindset looks like, telling your story and making money doing it, abundance and money mindset, health and wellness as an entrepreneur and most importantly tribe.

The outside of Camp Blodgett in West Olive, Michigan during The Haven Conference

The outside of Camp Blodgett in West Olive, Michigan during The Haven ConferenceBlue balloon arch for The Haven Conference in West Olive, Michigan

Chairs and stage set up for The Haven Conference in West Olive, Michigan

The stage for The Haven Conference in West Olive, Michigan

One of the key pieces of The Haven Conference is finding a community or tribe of entrepreneurs that are going to push you and hold you accountable for making your dreams happen. What I found so interesting is that many of the entrepreneurs that walked into The Haven Conference thought they already had a community and didn’t need to build a new tribe. But towards the end so many came up to me and said they didn’t realize how bad they needed a new tribe and they found it at the conference.

My favorite thing I heard from one of the attendees was this..

“I have spent over $10,000 on conference, workshops, retreats, live events, etc. over the years and nothing has matched this one. This was the event that I didn’t even realize how badly I needed!”

The day started with registration where each attendee was handed a custom Under The Tin Roof tote bag with a few goodies. Inside were some mushroom coffee samples from our friends at Four Sigmatic, an Action Tracker notepad from Kiloh & Co. so attendees can keep up on their goals/progress, a homemade lavender lip balm from Shades of Lavender Farm, and last but not least a custom Haven Conference logo shirt from The Mitten Print Shop.

Once attendees check-in and grabbed their swag bags and name badges they headed upstairs for a little networking breakfast. One part every attendee loved about our venue, Camp Blodgett in West Olive, Michigan, was the gorgeous views of Lake Michigan all day!

A breakfast buffet and balloon arch for The Haven Conference in West Olive, MichiganFlowers on a cocktail table at The Haven Conference in West Olive, Michigan

Tables set at The Haven Conference in West Olive, MichiganAttendee swag bags at The Haven Conference in West Olive, Michigan

Once we started the general sessions it felt like the day flew by even though it was a 9 hour day. I started off the day with some opening remarks and dug right into visualizing a life you are unapologetic for and some tips of how to achieve it. I had Kerry of Reset Brain and Body step in and lead a visualization meditation so the attendees could see what endless possibilities their life could bring.

Attendees smiling and clapping at The Haven Conference in West Olive, Michigan

Brooke DePauw on stage speaking at The Haven Conference in West Olive, MichiganBrooke DePauw on stage speaking at The Haven Conference in West Olive, Michigan

Kerry Biskelonis on stage speaking at The Haven Conference in West Olive, Michigan

Attendees writing a vision for their live during The Haven ConferenceAttendees writing a vision for their live during The Haven Conference

Brooke DePauw on stage speaking at The Haven Conference in West Olive, Michigan

Attendees chatting with each other about their vision for their lives

 

Attendees sharing a vision for their live during The Haven ConferenceAttendees sharing a vision for their live during The Haven Conference

After our first session we took a quick break before Amanda spoke. Amanda of Kiloh & Co. and Amanda Adamcheck spoke all about mindset and how you need to shift your mindset to achieve the life that you want to live. She also walked the attendees through a few written exercises to help them identify limiting beliefs and things that are holding them back from achieving their goals.

Amanda Adamcheck on stage speaking at The Haven Conference in West Olive, Michigan

Amanda Adamcheck on stage speaking at The Haven Conference in West Olive, MichiganAmanda Adamcheck on stage speaking at The Haven Conference in West Olive, Michigan

Attendees sharing their dreams at the conference

Amanda Adamcheck on stage speaking at The Haven Conference in West Olive, Michigan

Attendees chatting during a break during The Haven Conference

Then right after Amanda we dove into Kalin of Sweetwater Floral talking all about how to tell your story and make money doing it. If you don’t follow Kalin and her daily instagram stories, do yourself a favor and do it now! This girl is funny, real and doesn’t hold back any of the raw stuff. She talked about how she navigated talking through some of the hard stuff like multiple miscarriages to talking about the joyful stuff like being pregnant with a healthy baby. She also talked about how she makes the majority of her money on Instagram by being herself. Attendees had lots of questions for her, which lead perfectly into lunch time discussions.

Kalin Sheick on stage speaking at The Haven Conference in West Olive, Michigan

Kalin Sheick on stage speaking at The Haven Conference in West Olive, MichiganKalin Sheick on stage speaking at The Haven Conference in West Olive, Michigan

Since West Olive isn’t close to any restaurants for attendees to head out and grab their own lunch we had lunch catered in by The Farmhouse Deli and let me tell you they killed it! I giggled as I read the surveys after the conference and amongst many other things the delicious food was a big mention in almost every survey. Once, attendees finished their lunch many of us headed out to the deck overlooking Lake Michigan to soak up the sun while some headed to the beach to get their headshot. It was such a beautiful day and I wished we could have had the whole conference outside.

Lunch buffet by The Farmhouse Deli in Douglas, Michigan for The Haven ConferenceLunch buffet by The Farmhouse Deli in Douglas, Michigan for The Haven Conference

Blue balloon arch with The Haven Conference logo

Attendees smiling under a balloon arch at a Michigan entrepreneur conference

Attendee, Leah, getting her headshot on the beachAttendee, Emily, getting her headshot on the beachAttendees smiling and laughing on the beach during The Haven Conference in West Olive, Michigan

Attendee, Jules, getting her headshot on the beach in West Olive, MichiganAttendee, Amy, getting her headshot on the beach during the conference in West Olive, Michigan

Attendee, Chelsea, getting her headshot on the beach

Before we started the afternoon sessions we did a little dancing to get our energy up with DJ Matt at 27 Entertainment. If I can give any piece of advice to anyone hosting a conference is bring on a hype man to pump of the crowd and one that gets the vibe too. Everyone loved #DJMatt and his energy and he actively took part in the day taking notes and asking questions just like the rest of the attendees.

Attendees smiling and dancing at The Haven Conference

Attendees smiling and dancing at The Haven Conference

Attendees smiling and laughing at The Haven Conference

After lunch, headshots and basking in the sun we jumped into the money mindset and finance talk with Britt of Brittney and The Benjamins. Britt is actually my CPA so I was so excited to bring her in from Indianapolis to talk about why you should be unapologetic about making more money and how to have a strong money mindset. Many of our attendees had more technical questions about taxes, bookkeeping, LLCs, etc. during the Q&A, which was nice having a CPA present to answer them all.

Brittney Suttle on stage speaking at The Haven Conference in West Olive, Michigan

Attendees sharing during Brittney Suttle's talk at the conference

Brittney Suttle on stage speaking at The Haven Conference in West Olive, MichiganBrittney Suttle on stage speaking at The Haven Conference in West Olive, Michigan

After a quick break we started our final session of the day with Kerry of Reset Brain and Body talking to us all about health, wellness and the mental game we call entrepreneurship. What I love about Kerry is she totally does things her own way. She decided to have all the attendees move from neat rows to a big circle around the whole room, while she sat cross legged on the stage with them. It created such an intimate and safe environment, while talking about some really hard stuff.

Kerry Biskelonis on stage speaking at The Haven Conference in West Olive, Michigan

Kerry Biskelonis on stage speaking at The Haven Conference in West Olive, Michigan

Kerry was able to help attendees identify when they were getting in their own head and were sabotaging themselves. She talked about what actually happens when you stop taking care of your mental and physical health and how that drastically affects your success. If you don’t know the majority of the successful million/billionaires in this world make health and wellness a non negotiable. The exercise, meditate, eat healthy and clean, drink the water every freaking day. They talk to a therapist regularly and take care of their “mental hygiene” as Kerry called it. She ended her chat by taking all the attendees outside on the deck and taking them through a short exercise to get their endorphins up.

Attendees doing an exercise outside at Camp Blodgett in West Olive, Michigan during The Haven ConferenceAttendees doing an exercise outside at Camp Blodgett in West Olive, Michigan during The Haven Conference

Attendees doing an exercise outside at Camp Blodgett in West Olive, Michigan during The Haven Conference

After Kerry’s much needed chat we moved into cocktail hour were we had a gorgeous charcuterie board, beer and wine for attendees to sip and snack on while visiting before saying farewell. Before we knew it the day was over and we were packing up and heading home.

Cocktail hour during The Haven Conference in West Olive, MichiganCocktail hour during The Haven Conference in West Olive, Michigan

Wine chilled for attendees at the conferenceBeer chilling for the attendees at the conference

The whole group at The Haven Conference

Attendees smiling outside during The Haven Conference in West Olive, Michigan

There were so many amazing takeaways from the day, which I will share soon, but I think the biggest was how important tribe is. I am so grateful for our new found #HavenTribe and I am beyond excited to grow that tribe at The Haven Conference in Detroit on November 5, 2019!

If you want to join us in Detroit you can snag your ticket here! Tickets are going fast so don’t wait too long friend. If you enjoyed this recap about The Haven Conference West Olive then you will love my 10 Tips of Attending a Conference and Getting Your Moneys Worth!

 

A huge thank you to our amazing sponsors:

Hetler Photography

Under The Tin Roof

Four Sigmatic

Kiloh & Co.

Shades of Lavender Farm

The Mitten Print Shop

DJ Matt at 27 Entertainment

Sara Does SEO

Rentalex Events

 

If you would like to be a sponsor for our Detroit Conference on November 5, 2019 please fill out this form or email Brooke at hello@stellalunaevents.com.

 

Planner & Host: Stellaluna Events | Coordination: Christina Burton Events | Photography: Hetler Photography | Entertainment: DJ Matt at 27 Entertainment |Venue: Camp Blodgett | Rentals: Rentalex Events | Catering: The Farmhouse Deli | Speakers: Kerry of Reset Brain and Body, Amanda of Kiloh & Co. and Amanda Adamcheck, Kalin of Sweetwater Floral & Britt of Brittney and The Benjamins

Brooke DePauw

Brooke is the owner of Stellaluna Events and a top Michigan wedding planner. She is a lover of celebrations by the water, with extensive experience with Lake Michigan and other lakeside weddings. Brooke believes in tossing away the trends and creating fulfilling experiences for her clients and their guests.

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