“Designing ​​Your ​​Life ​​for ​​Women” ​​is ​​an ​​intensive, ​​hands-on ​​experience ​​where ​​you ​​will ​​learn ​​and ​​apply ​​the ​​Life ​​Design ​​Framework © ​​from ​​the ​​best-selling ​​book ​​Designing ​​Your ​​Life ​​- ​​How ​​to ​​Build ​​a ​​Well-Lived, ​​Joyful ​​Life. ​​ ​​We ​​will ​​use ​​design ​​thinking methods ​​and ​​tools ​​to ​​determine ​​what’s ​​working ​​for ​​you ​​now, ​​what’s ​​missing ​​and ​​how ​​you ​​could ​​move ​​forward ​​to ​​create ​​the ​​life ​​you ​​seek. ​​ Through dialogue, reflection, mindfulness, and collaboration, you will fully experience the content. Best of all, you will do this with a community of women who have come together with a shared purpose and who will support you on this life design journey.


June 17-18, 2017

July 22-23, 2017

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I highly recommend this wonderful workshop! The series of alternating presentations and interactive sessions were insightful, productive and full of very useful information. I found immense value in the interaction with the other workshop participants, as their unique perspectives helped me to see my decision-making process in a completely different light. This insight, along with the terrific activities and tools taught by our instructors Susan and Kathy, facilitated a very meaningful shift in how I look forward in my journey toward my next goal.

Suzanne NaoneGraduate student and mother of 2

This retreat was much more than I expected. It was very powerful to be surrounded by such a special group of women. Despite the variety of ages, occupation, religious, nationalities, beliefs, we were united in our commitments to embrace our present and aim our goals toward something that inside of us needed to be fulfilled. It reminded me that there is never a wrong way, a bad time, or a... nah... I don't think so...-, on our plate if we have the desire and willingness to do something. A couple of hours well spent on myself

Jazmin Perez

Designing Your Life helped me gain insight into the purpose of my life and work and how they intersect. It also helped me understand where I get my energy and what drains me, and I was able to design more energy and balance into some tough work weeks. This experience fundamentally changed me and gave me actionable tools and resources.

Lauren HipschmanOnboarding Program Manager

This workshop came at a perfect time. It was an exercise in taking stock of my life, deciding what is important, and intentionally taking steps to prototype and work towards my ideal being. What's more, it taught me that there are multiple paths for my happiness if only I'm willing to be honest with myself and put in the effort to continuously grow, learn, and strive. Thank you, Susan and Kathy, for this wonderful experience.

Heidi DiFillipoSales Manager
Kathy Davies

Kathy Davies

DYL Women Workshop Leader

Kathy is a Lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department and Managing Director of the Life Design Lab at Stanford University, where she teaches Product Design and leads a team of talented Fellows in delivering the popular course ``Designing Your Life.”

When not engaged with Stanford students, Kathy consults with Silicon Valley companies, teaching design thinking, conducting ethnographic research and developing product strategies and concepts. Her previous experience includes roles as Senior Product Manager at Arena Solutions, Senior Manager of Technical Programs at D2M, Inc and Manager of Mechanical Engineering at nLighten Technologies and Mechanical Engineer at Cardica. Kathy has 15 years of experience developing electromechanical and software products, and holds 5 patents.

Kathy is passionate about the impact that design thinking can have in empowering social change. She has traveled to Myanmar to teach design thinking to budding entrepreneurs with the DeBoer Foundation and works with local community groups to impact engagement in health and wellness initiatives. It is her contention that human centered design and the design thinking mindsets can fundamentally shift the way that everyday people engage with their world.

Susan Burnett

Susan Burnett

DYL Women Workshop Leader

Susan has dedicated the last 35 years of her career catalyzing change and unleashing the potential in individuals and organizations dedicated to growth. She has held talent executive positions at BTS, Yahoo!, Deloitte, Gap Inc. and Hewlett Packard where she has done that through business leadership development, business transformation, cultural renewal, and increasing the engagement of employees in their work and companies. She has built business strategies for growth, led large global organizations and company-wide change initiatives.
Susan’s non-profit work focuses on helping women in the poorest parts of the world reach economic independence through the Rising International Organization, where she is on the Board of Advisors. She was also on the Board of Directors for the Association for Talent Development, the largest organization in the world dedicated to supporting and building learning organizations. She also chaired their Strategic Directions Committee and was selected as the Chair of the Board for two years.

Susan is a leader in Stanford’s Designing Your Life Lab and teaches “Designing Your Life” workshops at Stanford and for women. She is an instructor on “Values Based Leadership” for Antioch University’s “Women and Leadership” 10-month certificate program which develops high potential women to lead with purpose and influence. She is a regular speaker on leadership development and talent strategies that accelerate business results, and she is the author of a commentary on Executive Education for Harvard Business Review and co-author of “Hewlett-Packard Takes the Waste Out of Leadership” for the Journal of Organizational Excellence.

Andrea Ciafardini

Andrea Ciafardini

instructor & Owner of Holistic Connections

Andrea Ciafardini provides time, space and understanding to allow ourselves to unwind and revel a deeper awareness of who we are. She enjoys working one-on-one and facilitating large groups of individuals in this process. As the owner of Holistic Connections, Inc., a healing center in Cincinnati, Ohio, Andrea designs and teaches inspiring healing workshops on forgiveness, emotional health and all aspects of Kundalini Yoga.

Andrea developed her business in 2007 and has worked with thousands of clients. She has been trained by some of the most highly regarded teachers on conscious living including, Gurucharan Singh Khalsa Ph.D, of the Kundalini Yoga tradition and Leslie Hershberger M.A., of the Enneagram of the Narrative Tradition. Andrea’s areas of study include: the Yoga of Authentic Relationships, Mind and Meditation, Stress and Vitality, Somatic Experiencing, the Enneagram, and the Emotional Polarity Technique.
For More Information: www.AndreaCiafardini.com


Retreat ​​Price: ​​The ​​price ​​for ​​the ​​retreat ​​is ​​$950.00. ​​ ​​
Early Bird Discounts: Receive the discounted price of $799 if you register by May 15.

Included ​​in ​​the ​​retreat ​​package: ​​ ​

  • A pre-work assignment to prepare you for the workshop
  • Workshop ​on Saturday ​​from ​​8:30am – 6:00pm PST at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, CA.​​including ​​breakfast, ​​lunch ​​and ​​a ​​wine ​​and ​​cheese ​​reception ​
  • Workshop ​​continues ​​Sunday, ​​8:30am -1:30pm, ​​including ​​breakfast ​​and ​​lunch. See Agenda here.​
  • One ​​hour ​​​​call ​​scheduled about four weeks after the retreat for the purpose of follow-up on your action plans
  • An optional 2 hour and 30 minute Kundalini yoga, breath work and meditation session with Andrea Ciafardini, one of our truly gifted instructors who is the owner of Holistic Connections and teaches Kundalini Yoga, at an additional cost of $45.00 which you will pay on site. Beginners are welcome! This event will occur on Sunday from 3:00-5:30pm.


Where is Pacific Grove?
Located 2 hours south of San Francisco near Monterey, Pacific Grove is a beautiful small town on the California coast.  It is accessible by flying into the Bay Area (SFO, San Jose International or Oakland International) and renting a car to drive down, or via Monterey Regional Airport.

Does the retreat include lodging?
No. You are responsible for securing your own lodging.
We can recommend the following wonderful inns and hotels in Pacific Grove, Monterey and Carmel, all of which are no more than a 15 minute drive away. Your can also check travel sites, AirBnB and VRBO to find other options.

Here are some of our favorites, ranging from high to low end in cost and accommodations.

  • La Playa, 4 Stars, a high end boutique hotel voted best hotel on the Monterey Peninsula is located close to downtown Carmel on Camino Real & 8th Ave, in Carmel-By-The-Sea. Phone: (831) 624-6476
  • Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa, 4 Stars, is a medium-high end hotel option, close to the waterfront at 400 Cannery Row, Monterey. Phone: (831) 920-6710 
  • Martine Inn, 4 Stars, is also a wonderful bed and breakfast across from the ocean on 55 Ocean View Blvd, Pacific Grove. Phone: (800) 852-5588
  • Gosby House, 3.5 Stars is a great Bed and Breakfast across from the ocean on 643 Lighthouse Ave. Pacific Grove. Phone: (831) 375-1287 
  • The Tradewinds, 3 Stars, is a lovely hotel in downtown Carmel on Mission Street at Third Avenue, Carmel-By-The-Sea. Phone: (831) 624-2776
  • The Asilomar Hotel, 2 Stars, is a very convenient hotel option on 800 Asilomar Ave, Pacific Grove, as you will be able to walk to the workshop. However, participants have told us the rooms are rustic and quite like camping. Phone (888) 635-5310

Does the retreat include meals?
Yes, we include breakfast and lunch both days with a wine and cheese reception on the first evening.
You are responsible for your own dinners. We are happy to help you with recommendations and making arrangements for people who want to eat dinner together.

What’s the refund policy?
We do not refund your money if you cancel, so please make sure you are able to make the date you have selected. If something unforseen happens, please talk with Kathy about your situation, and we will see if we can transfer your registration to another workshop if one is available.

How much is the optional session and when do I pay?
The Kundalini yoga, breath work and meditation session is $45 for two and a half hours. You will pay Andrea on site.