About

We are a fiercely unique marketing agency committed to supporting retreat centers around the world. Our work is based on the conviction that retreats are fundamental for all traditions (both Eastern and Western) and provide the foundation for creating a more compassionate and sane society.

Since 2001, we’ve been helping retreat centers increase their revenues and exposure through developing cost effective marketing solutions. At Retreat Institute, we keep a clear focus—designing websites, email and social media campaigns, and print material that inspire people to take the time out to tune in.

Recent retreat centers and educational based organizations that we have worked with include:  Blue Deer Center, Hakomi Institute of Calgary, Heart Math, Mind & Life Institute, Plant Spirit Medicine, Shambhala Mountain Center and Vagabond Ranch.

Super stars changing the world that we has helped promote have included: Dalai Lama (events in Colorado & Indiana), Steven Seagal, Rabbi Kula (trip to Bhutan), Eliot Cowan (author of Plant Spirit Medicine), Tulku Thondup, Alberto Villoldo, Safia Diaz, Mark Hyman, Dr. Diane Poole Heller, Liz Ryan, David Deida, Shamatha Project with the University of California, Davis, and the North American book tour for Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Our team is dedicated to helping you achieve the vision and financial goals of your Retreat Center.

Our Team

Brian Spielmann, CEO and founder of Retreat Institute, has spent the past twelve years developing online and traditional marketing strategies for organizations focused on planetary and human sustainability.  He collaborates closely with organizations to elevate their message and reach new audiences, while growing revenues and reducing cultural barriers.

He is passionate about helping retreat center define their untapped markets, working to draw in new participants—preferably in droves. A 1970s Keep America Clean commercial depicting a Native American crying on the side of a Los Angeles freeway continues to serve as an inspiration to Brian. Tapping his training in both business (MBA from University of St.Thomas) and environmental engineering (University of Maryland) and throwing in creativity for good measure, he has helped formulate many a success story.


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Erin Everett has been helping businesses express themselves and speak their purpose to the world for 18 years. She offers branding and identity services to organizations.  For almost a decade she was the publisher and editor of New Life Journal, a holistic health and sustainability publication in North Carolina with 90,000 readers. In that role, she was a major player in shaping the unique identity for which the Asheville area is now known. Erin says, “I help individuals and groups name their gifts, present them boldly and build their businesses on doing what they’re here for.”
 


Kuba Hołuj is the creative director and user experience designer at Retreat Institute. He loves translating the unique needs of each of our clients into engaging, beautiful online experiences. He’s self-taught and always on the lookout for emerging trends, techniques and technology to make our clients stay ahead of the curve and stand out from the crowd.

 
 


GiliWolf_headshotGili Wolf has comes to Retreat Institute with 14 years experience as an art director, graphic designer and illustrator.

While her background is in fine art, Gili has consistently zig-zagged between that world and commercial art, and has defined her work by blurring the line between art and graphic design. Much of her design background has developed in marketing-related design for small to mid-size businesses and non-profit organizations, ranging from working as in-house designer for STA Travel, the world’s largest student travel agency, to managing the communications department of a synagogue, to working with own her clients across many industries including health and wellness, food packaging, real estate, fashion, arts and entertainment, amongst others. She loves graffiti art, 1960’s concert posters, and the simplicity and cleverness of mid-century and European graphic design. She is particularly inspired by humor, eye-popping color and pattern, and socially-relevant ideas, and has, over the years, woven those influences into her own design style.

Gili has an B.A. in fine art from the University of CA, Santa Cruz, and and M.F.A. in fine art from Claremont Graduate University. She is a California native, and has been living in Boulder, CO for two years.


Kristie Colby, a search engine optimization (SEO) specialist, wields a formidable ability to raise the profile of your business. She brings with her over a decade of experience in account leadership, complex strategy development and implementation.  She also conducts SEO training. Kristie’s past and present clients span a variety of industries on the local and national levels, including Berkshire Hathaway, Berstein Rein, Cukjati Design & Advertising, Sunstone Circuits and Cave of the Winds. Kristie has a B.A. in Organizational Communications from Western State College.

 


Amanda Blough is a social media expert who specializes in content generation, follower engagement, social campaigns and online reputation management. She previously managed the social media department at a prominent Colorado Springs advertising agency. Energetic and eager to keep ahead of each new stampede in technology, Amanda is determined to bring maximum positive attention to her clients. “Social media is completely changing the way businesses interact with their customers,” says Amanda. “It’s an exciting time to be specializing in the social component of online marketing.”

 


Sami Carroll is the on-line paid search expert with Retreat Institute. She is dynamic marketing professional with a strong background in on-line marketing, and advertising to help determine the best paid search strategy for your needs. Her strong project management, new business development, writing, event planning, strategy and analytical skills provide valuable insight to clients and their marketing efforts.

She is a true leader with expertise in all aspects of marketing, public relations, corporate communications and advertising.


Jen Spolnik, web and graphic designer, specializes in email marketing and teaches web design courses for Boulder Valley School District in their Lifelong Learning continuing education program. She has a BA in Journalism and MA in Arts Policy and Administration from The Ohio State University. She lived in China for a year as an English teacher at Anhui University and has worked at the University of Colorado and Naropa University.