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 McAlpine, Haruka Sakaguchi, Natasha Siedel, Marte Marie Forsberg, Lean Timms, Luisa Brimble, Rebekka Seale, Carolina Ferrer, Olaiya Land, Susan Spungen, Lens & Larder by Imen McDonnell & Cliodhna Prendergast, and Ace Camps hosted by Angela Ritchie.
On many of our retreats we're accompanied by our friend & Sydney based chef, Aaron Teece. He runs a bespoke event studio & underground restaurant called Studio Neon, and his philosophy is simple: bring like-minded people together in an inspired yet relaxed setting to share food & wine and create a memorable experience. Aaron spent his childhood in the Northern Rivers near Byron Bay and spent the formative years of his career in Brisbane, but then London called, and he traveled to Europe to expand his knowledge and build his career. He worked as a sous chef at Harvey Nichols' 5th Floor Restaurant before becoming a private chef for clients such as Margaret Thatcher, Kate Moss, and Kiera Knightly. His extensive travels & experience in both Michelin star kitchens as well as private homes makes him particularly adept at creating local fare wherever we may travel together. He's an expert as sussing out local markets and creating both down-to-earth, traditional dishes and elevated creations for our guests.