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Belief Retreat: 10 reasons to attend the next edition

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In November, Belief Wedding Planners has gone from the online to the offline. With Belief Retreat, our international community gathered together 12 wedding planners from all over the world for three days, in Riviera Maya, to learn from each other and share knowledge. But it turned out to be much more than that: it was a truly experience of love!

If you lost it, don’t worry: we’ll have more next year! To give you a little glance of what happened there, we talked to the participants and they explained why they loved it so much! See the reasons why you shouldn’t miss it next year:

  1. Learning from the others

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The wedding planner Cecilia Reyes believes that she had the chance to learn for the best of the best! “It was not only amazing people but also so humble and with an amazing heart! In some way, it was a very emotional experience. I can’t wait for the next retreat!”, she says.

As for Ilse Diamant, the host of Belief Retreat – Mexico, the networking opportunities were amazing and also sharing with others made her grow. “The most important lesson I’ve learned is to never take anything for granted – we can always learn something from others. Hosting the first Retreat ever was a true honor. The retreat idea is perfect, 3 days of inspiration, peace and learning from colleagues”, she mentioned.

 

2. Sharing experiences at Belief Retreat

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For the wedding planner Guadalupe Alvarez it was really incredible to be with 12 different planners that had no ego. “It was about getting to know each other and wanting the best for all. It was life changing to know there are a lot of people who are creative, motivated, talented and want to share with you, and that they know that there is space for everybody, we are all different, we do not need to compete, we need to share”, she explains.

Rui Mota Pinto believes that all the opportunities to share experiences, to learn and to exchange knowledge with other is always an add-on for the career. “It always helps us to grow and to be better. If this is valid for any professional meeting, is even bigger in the Retreat case because the experience allowed us to go even further on the way we connected, the way we changed the knowledge and experience and the way we learn with each other. Spending 3 days together with other professionals, in a mix of work and fun, gave us the opportunity to learn a lot, and to exchange so many knowledge and experiences. All this learning and growth, professional and personal is, of course, a huge asset for our careers. Because it allows us to understand other ways of work, to know other ways of thinking weddings, and the wedding industry”, he mentions.

3. Planning and improving your own business

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At the end of the year, it is always good to take some time to think about your business – and the Belief Retreat gave this opportunity to the wedding planners. “Just the fact that I took some days off to think about my business, establish my 2018 goals, thought about what I’ve done wrong and start thinking of what I will do better is speechless”, claims Cecilia Pineda Rosas.

For Sandra Santoro, it was also this experience was a good opportunity to keep her stay focused on what really matters and on achieving tangible results.

4. Giving back to the community and making a difference in people’s lives

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At the end of Belief’s Retreat, there was also the Two + Plus project, which consists of promoting an entire wedding for couples in need all over the world. This time, they had the help of all the participants of Belief Retreat.

For the wedding planners who participated, it was a life change experience. At the wedding, the chosen couple, Ana and José, also received a donation of a wheelchair for their daughter, Jessica. “With this experience, we’ve learned that we can make a difference not only because we help them to get married but also because they the life of Jessica changed for real!”, says Cecilia Reyes.

Cecilia Pineda Rosas points out that she felt privileged to be a part of it as Mexican. “It made me feel that I should do something for my community, step by step but always be giving something back”, she states.

Ilse Diamant also mentions that Belief Retreat offered a great opportunity to share other things they have in common with her altruistic wedding company. “Getting all the vendors involved and having an army of love to help make the dream come true. It has exceeded my expectations in every way and I’m a different person after the wedding that changed the life of Ana, Jose, Jessica, Johana, Erick and Alex forever”, she tells.

For Rui Mota Pinto, this was for sure a “life changer” and an “eye-opening” for the importance of giving back. “It showed how we can make things happen, and to change other peoples lives, with a small gesture and when we stand together and we believe that is possible.Never the expression ‘together we are stronger’ made more sense than now. Never the ‘give back’ notion was more real to me that after being part of the Two + Us project”, he says.

5. Making new friends

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Who said it is impossible to make friends in a business meeting? Well, in some of them it might really be difficult, but at Belief Retreat, it definitely wasn’t. “I had the chance to meet great people and amazing colleagues from other countries and thanks to the exclusive number of participants had the opportunity to know them well and create meaningful connections. This does not normally happen when you attend business events with hundreds of attendees”, explains the wedding planner Sandra Santoro.

Cecilia Pineda Rosas agrees with that: “Since day one, it looked like that we all met a long time ago and we realized that we are more than colleagues, we are a family. Just the idea to be surrounded by wedding planners from all over the world and talk about their experience was worth it”.

Ilse Diamant, the host of Belief Retreat, feels exactly the same way. “We had so much fun, and it was really wonderful to connect with strangers that after 3 days became my friends and now we are united with the bond of the retreat and they all feel like family”, she tells.

6. Meeting different cultures and finding yourself

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Meeting new cultures was also one of the main goals for Belief Retreat. “Meeting planners from different countries with different needs, different clients, and different ideas make you think if whether you need to stay where you are or you need to change. Learning about their best traits will help my career. But more important learning that we are all different but equal was amazing”, explains Guadalupe Alvarez.

Rui Mota Pinto points out that one of the major benefits of Belief Retreat is to learn more, to see and know different perspectives and ways of work. Also, he claims that the connections created in the event were a big asset for the career. “It allows us to deliver to our customers other options, other destinations, other concepts with the help of colleagues all over the world”, he mentions.

For Rui, this experience was also a good opportunity to enhance his own characteristics. “I’ve learned to keep my identity as a professional and person. Not to simply follow and copy others but to make even stronger my concept of identity and my own way of making and think weddings”, he states.

7. Feeling grateful

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Gratitude was the major feeling of the participants. “I’m grateful for what I have, grateful first of all to be alive, grateful to be healthy, grateful to have my family, grateful to be part of Belief, grateful that they are people like Giovana and Fabio that want to help others no matter what, grateful to be part of the first TWO + US PROJECT and grateful because I’ve learned the value and the power of love, this was definitely the most important lesson that I’ve learned those 3 days”, Cecilia Pineda Rosas declares.

Sandra Santoro believes that this experience was particularly touching because she learned that work can be rewarding also when it is not paid. “And it definitely was because everything we did during the retreat was done with joy and enthusiasm.I did not know much about the project and what was going to happen and really did not know what to expect. I was surprised to discover how much I felt involved once living the experience in person”, she pointed out.

Rui also says that this project was also good to remind them that there are so many people in need and that we can help them with small gestures. “This project reminded me that I can really make a difference, and that are so many amazing people that also want to give back and help the others that together we can really change lives for the better. So this is really something I will never forget. Something that I will keep in my heart forever and that made this week in Mexico one of the most amazing times in my life”, he suggests.

8. Learning that knowledge is ageless

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One interesting thing about Belief Retreat is that we had planners from different ages – but everyone seemed to enjoy this. “We had a difference of many years between the elders and the young ones and we all could talk about the same things that we need in our business”, says Guadalupe Alvarez.

Cecy Pineda Rosas, the youngest one of the group, was also happy about it. “As I had the privilege to talk in front 12 master wedding planners that for me was truly satisfying cause I’ve learned more from them that maybe what they learned about social media for Wedding Pros. The most important lesson that I’ve learned is that there are so many years to keep learning but definitely, I’m on the right way doing what I love the most. Having this unique experience is a before and an after on my career”, she reminds.

Getting to know different point of views is also a benefit, according to Rui Mota Pinto. “To be able to learn so many different perspectives with colleagues with a lot of experience but also with the ‘new ones’ is something amazing and that really enriches us as professionals and make us grow and be more competent, more valuable and more capable”, he mentions.

9. Getting international exposure

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According to Rui Mota Pinto, one of the best benefits of Belief’s Retreat was the media exposure – since Belief has some media partners as Sposi Magazine, Mariée, Fiancée Bodas and Zankyou Weddings. “The media and press give to all the participants a big value and a big help for the growth of the international exposure”, he concludes.

10. Learning the real meaning of love

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The wedding planner Rui Mota Pinto sums up this experience of Belief Retreat using the words of Cecy Pineda: “When I think about what Two + Us is, the best way to describe it is using the words of another amazing colleague -Cecy Pineda – ‘Real Meaning of Love!’”.

Are you ready for the next Belief’s Retreat? It will be next year, in Italy! Stay tuned and get your spots!

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