OUR TEAM

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Beth KirbY & Matt LudWikowski

Beth & Matt are the husband and wife team behind L | M Retreats. They met in February of 2015 and immediately connected over a shared passion for farm-to-table food, travel, and design. Married a mere 5 months later and now, having just celebrated their one year anniversary, they welcomed a baby girl, Eualalie Willa, in August of 2016. When they met Matt was the owner & founder of a farm-to-cup specialty coffee company with locations in Chattanooga, TN & Atlanta, GA. With their daughter on the way and a desire to travel hosting & teaching at these retreats as a family, he moved on from his company, and they've joined forces to craft travel experiences & retreats. 

Beth is a professional photographer, stylist, and recipe developer as well as the creator of the award-winning food, travel, and lifestyle blog Local Milk. Her photographs & recipes have been featured in numerous publications including Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, and Better Homes & Gardens. In 2014 she won Saveur magazine's editors & readers choice for best photography on a food blog, and her photography & styling clients include Krug Champagne, Organic Valley, Anthropologie, West Elm, KitchenAid, Stonyfield, and many more. She founded L | M Retreats in 2013 in order to bring all the food, hospitality, and storytelling on the blog to life as well as to teach what she learned about making your dreams a reality & taking photographs to tell the story.

Matt is an entrepreneur, coffee educator, and writer. He spent the past five years traveling the world developing a farm-to-cup coffee importer & roaster while building relationships with coffee farmers in Central and South America. He designed and opened two coffee shops and won the 2012 Southeast Regional Brewers Cup Championship, and he’s been published and featured in Imbibe Magazine, Southern Living, Sprudge, Barista Magazine, Fresh Cup Magazine, and Roast Magazine among others. He’s now bringing his wealth of business experience as well as an eye for food & design to L | M Retreats —not to mention brewing the best coffee around each morning!

Our Partners, Guides, & co-hosts

We partner with creatives & locals from all over the globe as guest teachers, local guides, and co-hosts. In the past we've worked with Sanda Vuckovic,  Rebecca Gallop, Skye McAlpineHaruka Sakaguchi, Natasha Siedel, Marte Marie Forsberg, Lean Timms, Luisa Brimble, Rebekka Seale, Carolina FerrerOlaiya Land, Susan SpungenLens & Larder by Imen McDonnell & Cliodhna PrendergastAce Camps hosted by Angela Ritchie, Emma Rice, Signe Bay, Aaron Teece, and Tiffany Mitchell.

 

We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.
— Anais Nin