“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.


June 23-24, 2018 in Pacific Grove, CA

Oct 13-14, 2018 in New York City, NY



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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, lunch and a wine and cheese reception on Saturday, breakfast Sunday.
  • 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?
For retreats in 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.

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

For retreats in New York City: The Decoration and Design Building (979 Third Avenue, 14th Floor, NY, NY, 10022) where the workshop is held is about an hour drive from both Newark and JFK airports.

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 and a wine and cheese reception on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday.
We end before lunch on Sunday and your 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 Saturday night.

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

I am the Managing Director of the Life Design Lab at Stanford University, where I teach Product Design, Mechanical Engineering, and “Designing Your Life”. I have 15 years of experience developing electromechanical and software products, and proudly hold five patents. I consult with Silicon Valley companies, teach design thinking, conduct ethnographic research, and develop product strategies and concepts. My experience includes roles as Sr. Product Manager at Arena Solutions, Sr. Manager of Technical Programs at D2M, Inc, Manager of Mechanical Engineering at nLighten Technologies and Mechanical Engineer at Cardica. I am the co- creator of “Designing Your Life for Women” and a passionate advocate for design thinking as a methodology to empower social change.

I have dedicated the last 35 years of my career to catalyzing individual and business transformation and growth. I have held executive positions at Hewlett Packard, Gap Inc., Deloitte, Yahoo! and BTS, where I have led large scale business changes, cultural renewal, employee engagement, leadership development, and global marketing services in the computer systems industry. I am an adjunct professor at Antioch University, teaching Women and Leadership, and I’ve taught Designing Your Life at Stanford, in companies and women’s retreats. I am a regular speaker, consultant, and author on leadership development. My Odyssey Plan for the next five years is all about empowering women to change the world!

Andrea Ciafardini: Instructor and Owner Holistic Connections

As the founder of Holistic Connections, Inc., I have designed and taught healing workshops on forgiveness, emotional health, and all aspects of Kundalini Yoga. Through my training with some of the most highly skilled teachers on conscious living, including Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, PhD, of the Kundalini Yoga tradition and Leslie Hershberger, M.A., of the Enneagram of the Narrative Tradition, I’ve learned how to enable true healing to occur. My practice areas include: the Yoga of Authentic Relationships, Mind and Meditation, Stress and Vitality, Somatic Experiencing, the Enneagram, and the Emotional Polarity Technique. I enjoy my role in the Designing Your Life for Women workshop where we create a space for participants to unwind, and reveal a deeper awareness of themselves.

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