Leading Design Countryside Retreat: September 2023

Join us in the tranquility of the English countryside for a retreat, specially crafted for design leaders

The Rectory Hotel

What can you expect?

This three night retreat is your opportunity to take time out from your busy schedule to focus on your own self-development and to connect with a small group of people in similar senior leadership positions.

Design leadership can be hard, especially if you haven’t done it before. The best way to meet this challenge is through the support of your peers, so we’ve created this opportunity for you to meet like-minded design leaders, swap stories, and build relationships we know will last the rest of your careers.

Against the backdrop of the spectacular Cotswolds we’ll hike in the local hills and eat amazing food from the hotel’s brilliant chef (and maybe nip to the hotel owned pub across the road). Application for this event is now open — please apply by completing the form — and we will be in touch with further details.

You'll need to be at the venue from midday on the 26 September, and you'll be leaving at 11am on 29 September - so please make sure you clear your calendars.

Who is it for?

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 have forged your own path in your career and are looking for the space and a facilitated environment in which to gain perspective on the way you work.
  • You have been looking for opportunities to be part of a group of peers for mentoring and support; to share experiences and learn from one another’s stories.
  • You need to pause, reflect and reconnect with your own sense of purpose as a leader, in order to be able to lead others.

By the end of this retreat

You’ll return to your work refreshed, inspired with increased energy and resilience, buoyed by your deeper connection to this community of design leaders. Hopefully having formed connections that will be long-lasting throughout your career.

You will have

  • Renewed your individual definition of success
  • Connected with your values, purpose and sense of joy in your work
  • Gained deeper insight into your individual practices as a leader
  • Investigated what’s holding you back by challenging your beliefs and assumptions
  • Shared your stories and techniques and hear from others in your position
  • Transformed the way you work so that you can pursue your ambitions
  • Established strategies for re-prioritising your work and making changes that last

Ticket information

This is a small event with very limited places, which are by application only. We’ll be in touch to let you know once your place is confirmed.

Places are £3445 + VAT which includes all workshop sessions, excursions, accommodation and delicious 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.

The venue

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 to break out into groups or take some time for yourself.

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.

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