“Designing ​​Your ​​Life ​​for ​​Women”

“DYL for Women” is an intensive, hands-on workshop experience where you will learn and apply the Life Design© method to your own life.  We will focus on balance and energy, use ideation techniques to help get you unstuck, build Odyssey Plans for three potential futures, and define ways to prototype the compelling parts of these futures. Best of all, you will do this in a community of women who have come together with a common purpose and who will support you on this life design journey.


Sept 30-Oct 1, 2017 in Pacific Grove, CA

Nov 11-12, 2017 in San Diego, CA

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Retreat ​​Price: ​​The ​​price ​​for ​​the ​​retreat ​​is ​​$950.00. ​​ ​​
Early Bird Discounts: A limited number of tickets at the early bird price of $799 are available.

This one and a half day retreat includes:

  • Workshop sessions from 8:00am-6:30pm on Saturday and 8:00am-1:30pm on Sunday
  • Breakfast and lunch both days with a wine and cheese reception on Saturday
  • A Designing Your Life book and a workbook for your exercises and reflections
  • A one-hour post retreat call with the instructors and fellow participants for follow-up and coaching.


How do I get there?
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.

Mission Bay, San Diego: On the coast, the Marina Village conference center is just a 15 minute drive from the San Diego Airport.

Does the retreat include lodging?
No. You are responsible for securing your own lodging.
Please see the Eventbrite registration pages for information about hotel options near each venue. Your can also check travel sites, AirBnB and VRBO to find other options.

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 (kathy.h.davies@gmail.com) about your situation, and we will see if we can transfer your registration to another workshop if one is available.


Who are the Instructors?

Kathy Davies : DYL Workshop Leader

Kathy Davies is the co-creator of “Designing Your Life for Women” and the Managing Director of the Life Design Lab at Stanford University. At Stanford, she teaches “Designing Your Life”, manages a talented team of Fellows, and teaches Product Design in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Kathy is passionate about the impact that design thinking can have in empowering social change. She believes that human centered design and the design thinking mindsets can fundamentally shift the way that everyday people engage with their world.

Kathy has 15 years of experience developing electromechanical and software products, and holds 5 patents. 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.

Susan Burnett: DYL 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: Instructor and Owner Holistic Connections

Andrea 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

Have Questions? Contact the Organizers of Designing Your Life for Women below: