Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose

the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is

a form of planning.

– Gloria Steinem


  JOE carefully crafts destination retreats… 


“The key to good planning and event design is to start with understanding our

client’s vision. Build a high quality experience by identifying the right resources;

who represent quality, reliability, and exceptional service standards.”

– Joy Kigin, Event Planner, Journey Of Eight


Our team has experience with many destinations around the world.

We have provided our destination event services to individuals, executive teams, educational associations, small businesses and membership based organizations.

JOE specializes in destination retreat and special event planning and designing since 2010.

Retreats are small gatherings with purpose. Special events are private celebrations. We are passionate about our work and deliver high quality services.

The JOE team works closely with clients crafting custom high quality, inspirational and experiential journey’s.



A few examples…


Paris, France  

Paris is considered one of the world’s most enchanting cities. The City of Light has cemented its reputation as a first-class hostess.

JOE  is based in the US with a broad network of resources in Paris. We bridge the relationships across geographies, language, currency and cultural business differences. We have the ability and experience to guide the selection process, travel planning and event coordination to achieve results that are consistent with the desires of our clients.


Napa Wine Country 

JOE has partnered with an exclusive and wonderful full service Inn based in Napa, California. Coordination of a professional  gathering includes experiences in the culinary arts and wines of the regions. Packaged and made possible for retreats of between 6-12 people.

 This destination experience can include a gastronomic tasting at one of the only Michelin four star restaurants in the valley. A 12-18 course meal prepared with or without wine pairings is an event not to be missed. Guests travel from around the world for this incredible experience.


Low Country Charleston, South Carolina

Beauty, History and Southern Charm. JOE has organized some exceptional retreats and private celebrations. Our venue and hospitality partners provide access to resources with dramatic beauty cultural history and spectacular natural resources. Charleston offers first class regional and international cuisine, historic architecture, numerous arts and cultural resources.


Asheville, North Carolina

Emerging cultural scene has earned Asheville the nickname “Paris of the South”. Not withstanding its local french population…this location makes for a wonderful writers retreat.

The history in Asheville has been explored by many a famous literary figure; most notable is F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, Carl Sandburg.

Asheville was the epicenter of the tuberculosis epidemic 1895-1954. By the dawn of the 19th century, tuberculosis—or consumption—had killed one in seven of all people that had ever lived.  Clinics and sanatoriums for TB patients were the number one business in Asheville, second only to stone masons. Our writing retreats explore the darker past, while enjoying the delightful present.


Read more from HuffPost Travel about the Paris of the South!






Contact JOE for assistance with inspired retreats to


fill the mind, reward efforts, and please the senses.





















Retreat Planning


Discover your story and then with all your heart give yourself to it.

Journey of Eight