Join us in the spectacular Cotswold countryside for our retreat crafted for women design leaders
This three night/four day retreat is your opportunity to take time away from your busy schedule to focus on your own self-development and to connect with a small group of similar women in senior leadership positions.
Design leadership can be hard, whether you are in your first leadership role or have been doing it for a while, there are always challenges along the way. Often the best way to tackle this is through the support of your peers, so we’ve created an opportunity for you to meet like-minded design leaders, swap stories, and build relationships we hope will last the rest of your careers. (We know this happens at our retreats - this is our second year and many folk from last year have regular catch-ups and calls - it's lovely!)
Against the backdrop of the beautiful Cotswolds you'll delve deeply into your career so far, as well as planning for the future. With the expert facilitation of design-leader-turned coach, Julia Whitney you will have the chance to explore and examine all the aspects of your relationship with leadership.
To balance these focussed sessions we have planned some lovely activities to relax and recharge.
You'll spend time walking in the surrounding countryside, and connect mind and body with optional morning yoga classes. The food at the hotel is superb - fresh, seasonal and cooked with love. The wonderful chefs will also be holding a bread making class and there's a cocktail class in store at the rather well-stocked bar! (These are optional of course, you are welcome to use the time to relax and reflect!)
Application is now open — please apply by completing the form above— we will be in touch by the 25 February 2022 with further details.
You'll need to be at the venue from midday on the 26 April, and you'll be leaving at 11am on 29 April - so please mark those details in your calendars.
This retreat is for senior design leaders who identify as female to come together.
As a design leader, you're responsible for a team, the direction they take, how they carry out their work, how they innovate, and how they make progress in their individual careers. That’s a lot of responsibility to hold and sometimes when looking after others we neglect ourselves.
You’ll return to your work refreshed, inspired with increased energy and resilience, buoyed by your deeper connection to this community of design leaders. Having formed connections that will be long-lasting throughout your career.
We’re so excited to host our retreat at the beautiful Rectory hotel — it’s just small enough to make it feel like home, but there is plenty of space for breakout sessions.
We’ll relax in this lovely low key country house hotel with its beautiful English garden. Its Georgian proportions and stylish interiors make it an elegant home from home. There will be roaring fires to help us unwind as we we discuss the days learnings.
This is a small event with very limited tickets, which are by application only. We’ll be in touch to let you know once your place is confirmed.
Tickets are £2445 + VAT and includes all workshop sessions, excursions, accommodation and food at The Rectory.
You will be responsible for your own travel to and from the venue, and for any travel insurance needed for your stay.
We will communicate COVID-19 safety measures closer to the event. These are likely to include a requirement for proof of a negative lateral flow test on arrival at the venue.
There are moments that impact you in a way that is almost untangible to describe. This retreat created many tiny interactions that built a deep sense of clarity and self-assurance within. I walked away recognizing a much needed internal shift, feeling as if this was an unequivocal life defining experience.Christine Pizzo
This retreat was exactly what I needed. A beautiful networking and personal growth retreat, where I could be vulnerable and honest about my design leadership challenges and feel supported, understood and heard.Erin Jeavons-Fellows