YOUR PERSONAL RETREAT PAGE
Congratulations! Your retreat booking is officially confirmed! It's happening, woo hooo!
On this page you'll find all you need to know about travel, food, arrivals & departures... and more.
Plus there's one thing that needs your attention and action: an onboarding form with some practical questions to help me prepare for and customise your retreat. If you could fill it out a week before you get here at the latest, that would be much appreciated. Here's the link:
PREPARATION & INTEGRATION
As the retreat approaches it may be that things start to bubble to the surface knowing that attention is soon to be given to them! That's perfectly natural, just something to be aware of as a possibility.
Equally, it can be valuable to set aside some personal reflective/integration time in the following days/week. Some clients have expressed that they wish they’d booked in some time for themselves to continue to process whatever came up, rather than diving straight back into a busy life. So I'm offering that as something for you to consider as you plan your calendar post-retreat.
COMING BY CAR
Please aim to arrive from 9:45am for a 10am start.
The only sure way to get here by car (without ending up on a random spot on the M5) is to put ‘Showborough House Garden Sculpture Exhibition' into Google Maps and it will take you right to the gate.
I will leave the gate open, please just drive down the gravel drive and park in front of the house and ring/text to let me know you’re here. (If I forget to open the gate, ignore the ‘closed’ sign on it, and just open it/close it and then proceed down the drive).
If you text me a few mins before you get here, I'll meet you at the gate!
COMING BY TRAIN
If you’re coming by train the nearest rail stations are Pershore and Ashchurch for Tewkesbury.
I’m more than happy to pick you up from the station, or if you’d rather you can book a taxi. Either way it’s about a 15-minute drive. If you're up for Todd's VIP welcome wagon, then you can let me know the station and arrival time on the onboarding form which I will be sending you. There's only one platform (!) so finding you will be easy!
Although it's only a 15-minute drive, experience has shown that trains don't always arrive on time. Consider a 9:30ish arrival where possible - rather than a 9:45 arrival - to allow for delays. That might mean we make it back to the house early, but that just gives you more time to arrive, have a cuppa and get settled in.
LOOK OUT FOR THE WHITE RABBIT NEAR THE GATE
HOUSE NAME BY THE GATE
HEAD DOWN THE DRIVE & PARK BY THE HOUSE
• 10am: Arriving, settling & checking in, tuning into each other, setting intentions & any desired outcomes for the day,
• 10:30am: 2hr exploratory session (breaks as and when needed)
• 12:30pm: 1hr Lunch (provided, or feel free to bring your own)
• 1:30pm: 2hrs continued exploration
• 3:30pm: Harvesting learnings and takeaways, winding down, checking out, closing the day.
• 4pm: Session finishes. Goodbyes.
(Timings for lunch may run slightly earlier or later depending on how the day is flowing)
Halfway through your session day, we’ll be having lunch together (if that works for you - everything is customizable!).
I normally provide a picnic spread of some kind eg salad, chips and dips, coleslaw, a soup option, some meats (chicken legs, pastrami etc). See picture below, from a previous fireside Discovery Day picnic.
If you'd like to enjoy the spread on offer, you'll be able to specify any preferences or allergies eg vegan/vegetarian, gluten-free etc on the onboarding form, as well as anything in particular you might like to add.
You're welcome to bring your own food instead/as well, and again that option can be specified on the onboarding form.
In terms of departure time, the day 'officially' finishes at 4pm, but if you'd like we can have some time afterwards to relax with a cup of tea and let it all land before you catch your return train or drive home.
We may have spoken a bit about what you’d like to get out of your retreat - and we'll be contracting around that on the morning of your day-session - but if there’s anything you want to share ahead of arriving in terms of what kind of day you want to have/what you hope to leave with/anything else, you'll have a chance to share that on the onboarding form.
You can also share more by email or voice message as the day approaches, as increased focus and awareness may surface as the retreat draws nearer.
LOOKING FORWARD TO IT : )
Anything else you need or want to express - feel free to email me!
I'm really looking forward to our time together.