DAYS & RETREATS INFO PAGE
All you need to know about travel, food, arrivals & departures... and more.
I'll be sending you a separate Practitioner Empowerment Retreat onboarding form to help arrange and customise your stay (including travel & food preferences), so there's nothing below you need to get back to me on. It's just a place to see what's ahead and get your bearings, and maybe even some excitement!
You can also see more about the Retreats/Days here, including potential ways of working on the day, pictures of location & accommodation, and more!
ARRIVING THE EVENING BEFORE
For those who've booked an overnight the evening before our session
If possible arrival from 6pm is ideal for me (and preferably pre 7pm)
When you get here I’ll warmly welcome you, show you around, and get you settled in. Then when you're comfortable and ready for your evening, I’ll retire to my part of the house and you’ll have the evening to yourself, including your own lounge, and use of the grounds.
In terms of food for that evening, the fridge in your lounge will be stocked with picnic-style yumminess (see food section below), which you can tuck into. I'll be sending a separate onboarding form where you can make some food choices for your stay, and you are welcome to bring your own food as well/instead.
If you feel like going on an adventure to eat out and you have come by car, there’s a lovely riverside pub a few minutes drive away:
We also have a small but surprisingly well-stocked village shop which you can drive to if you come by car, or which we can stop off at on the way back from the station:
YOUR FRIDGE STOCKED WITH YUMMYNESS
Whatever day you're arriving, if you’re driving then the only sure way to get here (and not end up on a random spot on the M5) is to put ‘Showborough Lodge’ into Google Maps and it will take you next door. (Google Maps seems to have temporarily moved Showborough House to the wrong place unfortunately).
See the pictures below for some reassuring visual cues to guide you into Showborough House, which you should come to before Showborough Lodge. Showborough Lodge is the converted stables of Showborough House, they are literally right next to each other, but with different gates.
I will leave the Showborough House 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!
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. If traveling on the day of your session, consider a 9:30ish arrival where possible - above 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
For day-sessions, please arrive for a 10am start
If you've stayed overnight, in the morning you'll have your own lounge where you can have breakfast at your leisure, explore the grounds, and generally enjoy your own retreat time before meeting in the coaching room at 10am. (I'll show you where the coaching room is when you arrive, and the door is also labelled).
• 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)
Food is provided, but you're welcome to bring your own as well/instead. That choice and the choices below are on the onboarding form, but I'm including some details below just to give you the lay of the land and get your taste buds contemplating options!
For those staying overnight on Thursday:
On the form you can choose from one of these options (or let me know of something else you’d rather):
Salmon, cream cheese and bagels
Granola and yoghurt
Cereal (of your choice) and milk (of your choice)
Croissants and (whatever you like on croissants?)
For all sessions, whether you're arriving Thursday or Friday:
On the Friday 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.
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.