This virtual retreat, geared for leaders and entrepreneurs, will look beyond the new normal to explore how we will return as leaders.
About this Event
What happens when we go back? We have begun to embrace the new normal. But when things start to reopen, will we tip toe out or bust down the door?
Retreat Invitation and Intent
In this multi-day virtual retreat, you will be invited to take time and space to step away, focus on yourself and what you need in order to be ready to shift into a post-COVID-19 future with confidence.
The retreat, designed for leaders, entrepreneurs, and those they serve, will provoke insights and kickstart the process of designing the future beyond COVID-19. Over the course of three (3) days together, we will:
- Dedicate time and space to step away from and outside of our COVID-19 experience to holistically observe and generate fresh learning
- Guide you through leading practices for visionsetting to take and evolve as you lead others
- Create the ingredients for designing a robust post-COVID blueprint
We believe the path forward is successfully charted when we can healthfully leverage the learning of our past. Do more for yourself and the world than washing your hands. Go beyond what you think is achievable, and do it with a global community before the opportunity passes.
The essence of leadership is reflecting on why we are here, where we are trying to go, and how this is guiding our day-to-day actions. -- Peter Senge
Day 1, June 2, 2020
We will look back at how we handled ourselves and served others before COVID-19: Where did we focus our time and energy? What was most important to us? What worked and didn’t work for us? How might we take our learning and bring it forward?
Keep Calm and Wash Your Hands. Keep Calm and Stay Home. Keep Calm. Keep.
Day 2, June 3, 2020
We will turn our attention to how we managed ourselves and others during the pandemic: What did we notice at first and as time went on? What impacted us? What story might we be telling ourselves about the future? What is true now? How might we navigate the polarities?
COVID-19 will reshape our world. We don’t know yet when the crisis will end. But we can be sure that by the time it does, our world will look very different. -- Josep Borrell
Day 3, June 4, 2020
We will envision the path forward: What do we anticipate will change? What will others need from us? What will we need from ourselves? What aspirations will guide us in way-making a future informed by the COVID-19 experience?
Everything is always in flow, moving and changing. -- Panta Rei
Throughout the retreat*, you may opt to participate in pre-session mini workshops tailored to nurture your well-being and build your resilience. Using individual reflection, journaling and peer-to-peer conversations, we will challenge you to take a hard look inside and ask powerful questions that illuminate the answers that are already within you. We will encourage you to flex your kinesthetic awareness with yoga and movement to tap into the wisdom of mind-body connection.
*This virtual retreat is designed to build over the three (3) day period. Although we recommend joining the full three (3) days to maximize your experience, you have the option to attend for just one (1) or two (2) of the days of your choice. You must register for at least one (1) day in order to participate in pre- or post-sessions.
Day 1: Tuesday June 2, 2020
- Retreat Time: 9 AM to 12 PM Eastern
- Pre-Session workshop on yoga and meditation at 8 AM Eastern.
Day 2: Wednesday June 3, 2020
- Retreat Time: 1 PM to 4 PM Eastern
- Pre-Session workshop on self-care and resilience at 12 PM Eastern.
Day 3: Thursday, June 4, 2020
- Retreat Time: 11 AM to 2 PM Eastern
- Pre-Session workshop on movement and body intelligence at 10 AM Eastern.
Session times vary to accommodate a global audience. Breaks will occur each day approximately every sixty (60) to ninety (90) minutes.
- Computer access and stable internet connection
- Zoom access (if using this video conferencing solution for the first time, you may download the software at https://zoom.us/download)
- Slack for ongoing conversation and sharing in virtual-community forum style (if not already using this platform, please download through the app store or visit https://slack.com/downloads/windows)
- Comfortable, distraction free space where you can speak openly with little to no background noise
- Recommended: webcam and headphones or headset
Pricing and Fees (excludes processing fees)
- Single Day Pass $300 (your choice!)
- Full Access Pass $750* / $800
*EARLY BIRD RATE AVAILABLE UNTIL NOON EST ON MAY 12, 2020
Cancellation and Refunds
Please do your best to commit to registration. We are unable to offer refunds.
Meet Your Guides
Erin N. Gordon
Erin Gordon is a professional facilitator and strategy consultant that specializes in visual methods to solve complex challenges and craft meaningful experiences. With more than a decade of consulting and facilitation experience both in-person and virtually with top consulting firms, for the largest systems implementations in the world, and at the most senior ranks across the whole of government, Erin is sought after by clients and partners alike to lead projects that drive enduring transformation and organizational change.
In relentless pursuit to deliver excellence through results that push the creative edge, Erin founded Wayfind in 2016 to intentionally focus on inspiring a world of purposeful, practical creativity. Since its founding, Wayfind has facilitated the co-creation of new corporate and talent strategies, led design sprints and visualized countless systems to map the current state and identify new paths forward for public and private industry. Erin increasingly coaches leaders and teams utilizing agile methods and leading practices as a certified agile coach (ICP-ACC), MBTI® practitioner and DiSC® facilitator. She also designs and delivers workshops and training for facilitating virtual collaboration and leading in virtual environments.
Erin holds a MBA and MS in Strategic Management from Indiana University and BS in Commerce and Spanish from the University of Virginia. She is a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) with the IAF and maintains a Professional Management Professional (PMP) certification with PMI. Erin grounds her design thinking and innovation expertise with certification from the University of Virginia and is a registered yoga instructor (RYT200) with Yoga Alliance.
Lauren E. Green
As an experienced visual facilitator, graphic recorder, certified coach and leadership development trainer, Lauren Green believes in the power of visualization to support productive and dynamic group process. She is recognized for her high-energy and ability to fuel connectivity and engagement. Lauren has an extensive toolkit of modalities for designing inclusive, engaging and productive sessions, both in person and in the virtual environment. With a social media followership of more than 2,000 people and having managed online communities for more than 10 years, Lauren is well-versed in the nuances of building and sustaining connection in the online space.
Lauren is the owner and executive director of Dancing with Markers, a team of visual practitioners who hold space for individuals, teams and organizations, as they work towards their vision and achieve their goals. Lauren is a partner and associate with Lizard Brain, a team of high in-demand facilitators and visual consultants. She is also an associate with several Washington, DC area visual practitioner networks, including Wayfind, Crowley & Company, and See in Colors. Lauren holds a masters degree in Organization Development and Knowledge Management from George Mason University and a bachelor’s of fine arts degree in dance from SUNY University at Buffalo. Lauren is an International Coach Federation certified coach and an MBTI® and EQi (emotional intelligence) Practitioner.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a virtual retreat?
Think of an in-person retreat experience and imagine bringing that same feeling into your own home. A virtual retreat will resemble a series of online workshops but with much more collaboration and interaction, as a shared experience. We will create an environment where participants can connect and find as much meaning and growth from the connections as they do the content provided. All content will be delivered virtually, through a mix of facilitated group conversation, as well as offline exercises. We also have a Slack channel to provide an active community forum throughout the experience.
Is this more focused on personal or professional growth?
In a world where boundaries are disappearing through technology and the lines of communication are open around the clock, we no longer see a division between growth that benefits us personally from those that benefit us professionally. Recognizing that we will spend roughly 90,000 hours (a third of our lives) on our “work,” it is impossible to see these worlds as separate. The person you are in one is no lesser a version of yourself than in the other. You are you, your whole self, and one you are consistently living into every moment of your life.
Will sessions be recorded?
Retreat time will not be recorded in order to create an open space for dialogue and respect the confidentiality of the participants. We honor your space for growth as sacred to you. If pre-session content will be recorded, you will be notified for your planning purposes.
What about the security of the platform?
We are so glad you asked! Security is a top priority. We have, as much of the world, seen and even experienced the hacking of Zoom. And we have proactively taken measures as advised to secure the space. In the unlikelihood that an event of any uncertainty or an actual breach occurs, you will have contingency guidance provided as we are prepared to pivot when necessary.