Who goes to the Designing Your Life for Women (DYLW) retreat?
You will find women of all ages, backgrounds and career experiences participating in this retreat. Their common goal is to design a life and career with more joy, purpose and fulfillment. And they are usually at some kind of crossroad in their life, like starting their first job, or making a mid-career change, or deciding whether to leave or re-enter the workforce, or designing their retirement. The diverse group of women really brings different perspectives which makes the collaboration and community work so well.
Why do women choose the DYLW retreat?
Many women who come to our retreat have read Designing Your Life – How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life and want to do the exercises and new designs for their life in collaboration with others. It’s especially effective to be in a room with women you don’t know, as they have no history or preconceptions about you, and they have no stake in your decisions, unlike family and friends. So they can hear you and propose possibilities for you in a new and refreshing way. We work very hard to build collaboration and community in the first 30 minutes!
Do you have to read the book to get the most out of the retreat?
Women have told us its helpful to read the book in advance, and others have said they like doing the workshop first and then read the book. It’s a personal learning preference, not a requirement to read the book in advance of attending the retreat.
What is the difference between the one day intensive workshop and the one and a half day retreat?
Check out our Workshop & Retreats page to learn more about both programs.
Does the retreat include meals and lodging?
We include breakfast and lunch and a wine and cheese reception on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. We end before lunch on Sunday and 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 Saturday night.
You are responsible for securing your own lodging. Please see the Eventbrite registration pages for information about hotel options near each venue. You can also check travel sites, AirBnB and VRBO to find other options.
Do you provide any special discounts?
Yes, we provide a 10% discount for alumnae friends and family, for a total price of $720 (Your favorite alum will give you the promotion code.). We also provide a 50% discount to students and veterans, as well as a few scholarships. Please contact us to learn more.
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 unforeseen happens, please contact us about your situation, and we will see if we can transfer your registration to another workshop if one is available.