Coaches often work with their corporate clients by offering a one or two day retreat. A few years ago, a coach friend asked me to work with her on her business. I agreed and the 2 of us together designed a retreat for her. She and I both were familiar with the strengths and limitations of coaching and we designed a retreat that would be cost effective, would help her get a jump start for the year, and would help her have regular follow up after the retreat. It was such a success that I have been offering these retreats for coaches ever since.
Here's a brief overview: Pre-work Pre-Retreat Coaching Call
Day 1 11am Grounding conversation and clarification of goals 12:30 Lunch Looking at the current reality and taking a deep look to understand current leadership more. This section usually includes a DISC assessment and a 360 tool that clients get completed before they come. We debrief those. 4:30 Day 1 completion
Participant stays in a local bed and breakfast and has dinner on their own. There is homework and this is often a fertile time.
Day 2 9:30 Start This day is dreaming forward and creating a plan for the future and the steps to get there. Participants leave with clear next steps and a big picture vision for their year. 1:00 Lunch and completion The retreat is followed by 4 follow up coaching sessions included in the retreat price.
Here's what people say about the retreats: “Working with Melanie is one of the smartest business decisions I have ever made. I was feeling that my business was at a tipping point and I wasn't sure which way it would tip: Do I round out my offer to meet a broader set of client needs? Do I grow by engaging more people like me? Am I focusing on the right things with the right market? Melanie partnered with me to look at my business from a 10,000 foot view - a perspective much larger than I could see by myself. We spent two days together in retreat - a rare gift. During that time we put everything on the table and Melanie helped me see how some fine tuning would make all the difference. I felt seen, heard, nurtured and held with fierce love. I left re-energized, inspired and clear about my immediate direction forward. Melanie has a unique ability to hold the larger strategic vision, while providing pragmatic suggestions for leveraging strengths, focusing on what business owners love to do, and creating a life and a lifestyle that will support them in doing so. My intention is to retreat with Melanie regularly as I go forward from here. Entrepreneurs who partner with Melanie to take their successful business to the next level are making a very wise investment! I give her my highest recommendation.” July 6, 2012 S. S, Toronto
“Melanie created with me a customized visioning retreat so that I could work on the vision for my business. The pre-work got me focused and organized and the two day in person retreat provided me with the space and supports to creatively explore all dimensions of my business. This really allowed me to immerse myself in the relationship that I have with my own business. The follow up monthly coaching has supported my momentum. Melanie is a fantastic strategist and I really value her business savvy paired with her caring humanity. I highly recommend this process to any other business owner or leader with an audacious vision.” July 21, 2011 J.F., London