SPRING FOUNDERS & LEADERS ESCAPE
MAY 21-MAY 23, 2019
JUSTIN TRAILS RESORT, SPARTA WISCONSIN
CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE THINGS THAT MATTER MOST.
LASER-FOCUSED COACHING & STRATEGY SESSIONS.
Reflection & White Space.
Other Founders & Leaders who Get It.
Restorative Time in Nature.
WHY THIS? AND WHY JUST FOR MEN?
Since starting my business in 2013, I’ve created many experiences for women - women’s leadership development events, women’s coaching circles, women’s retreats, and women’s professional and personal development days. Bringing together a group of incredible women is nothing short of magic.
And, the truth is that over half of my clients are men. They are remarkable men who lead high-growth start-ups that have scaled from 3 to 63 people in the course of a few years. They are exceptional leaders who are leading companies that are stepping into new markets, new cities, and new product offerings. They are men who are doing big things in service of creating a positive dent in the universe.
And I believe that these men need sacred spaces, safe containers, and deep conversations just as much as women do. Places where they can show up not only as powerful and effective leaders - but also as vulnerable humans to connect with other men to work through the biggest challenges they face, the things that keep them up at night, and the fears and doubts that inevitably go along with leading companies, leading teams, and doing big things in the world.
I believe that the answers to many of the big questions facing our society right now come not only through empowering women, but also through inviting men into a space of full humanity, transparency, vulnerability, and candid conversations where together we can explore what it means to lead from a place of strength and vulnerability; effectiveness and humility; honoring results and honoring the innate potential of everyone working together to create these results.
It is for these reasons that I’ve created the Spring Escape for men. If you feel called to lead in this way; if you feel called to have deep conversations with other exceptional men who are doing remarkable things in the world; if you crave deep work alongside white space and time to zoom up, I invite you to read on, and apply below.
See you in the woods.
WHAT IS THE SPRING FOUNDERS & LEADERS RETREAT FOR MEN?
The Spring Founders & Leaders Retreat for Men is an all-inclusive, two-and-a-half day retreat that will be held at the Justin Trails Resort, just outside of Sparta, WI, on the eco-resort’s 200-acres of woodland, meadows, and hills.
During the retreat we’ll focus on three primary themes:
ZOOMING UP from the day-to-day details of running a company to the big picture. We’ll do this through strategic questions and conversations that will fundamentally shape the future of your life, your leadership, and your company.
TUNING IN to who you are as a person, leader, partner, father, and friend; to what matters most and how to cultivate those things as part of your daily rhythms; and to the beauty of nature and its grounding power.
COLLABORATION, CONNECTION & MASTERMIND-STYLE DISCUSSIONS with a carefully-curated group of other founders & leaders who get it, and who are navigating similar challenges, issues, and opportunities and believe in doing the work to get to incredible outcomes.
Each day, we will hold fiercely facilitated deep-dive strategy sessions. Conversations will happen within a framework of support and understanding around the bigness of what you’re carrying and leading. This game-changing, deep work will be super-charged by doing it collectively as a community (specifically: a badass community of other super smart, thoughtful, and high-impact leaders, founders, and CEOS) and will be paired with time for individual reflection and white space.
Early mornings will be reserved for optional physical activity and time in nature, while evenings may be spent around a bonfire, in deep conversation with other participants, or reflection on the day’s work.
The whole retreat will be designed—with your input (via a pre-retreat reflection form)—to be an intentional and thoughtful experience that’s aligned with all the different parts of your life. It will be inspiring, exciting, and profound (I know because I’ve seen it happen before).
WHO IS THE SPRING FOUNDERS & LEADERS RETREAT FOR MEN FOR?
In typical founder & leader fashion, your life is full - full with the massive dent you’re working to make in the universe; full with team member conversations and 1:1s; full looking at where you’re company is going and how to get there; full being a husband and father and friend and human in this world.
There are demands, meetings, to-do lists, and long hours. The responsibility of keeping your company alive and thriving—for a week, a month, a year, ten years— is something you carry with you, not only at work - but at home, on the weekends, and sometimes at 2 am when the next big idea strikes.
But it’s worth it. You believe in the future and you are committed to making it happen.
Yet, it can be lonely at the top.
You’re doing things no other company has done before, and an ever-growing and expanding team is looking to you - as their leader, their visionary, and the one who is charting the course.
As the company continues to grow and evolve, so does your role as a leader. Your role is not the same role as it was a year ago, a month ago, or even a week ago. It continues to expand and evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of the company.
You’re willing to ask yourself tough questions to come up with honest answers that will help you see yourself in a new light—to confidently transition to the next level and work toward the next opportunity.
You also want to prioritize your own wellbeing so that you can fully show up, not just as a founder, but as a spouse, family member, and friend—all while doing the other things in life that matter, like taking care of yourself, getting to the gym, finishing your house renovation, and, perhaps most importantly, being the best husband, partner, and father that you can be.
This retreat will allow you to address high importance questions that can otherwise get lost amidst the reality of the day-to-day. You’ll reflect on your most important work and how that translates into the greatest value you can provide on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. You’ll look deeply at what the company needs from you as its leader. And then, you’ll create a concrete plan with action steps and built-in accountability that will steer you forward.
You’ll also collaborate and connect with other men who get it - who’ve done the crazy shit you’ve done (you guys know what I’m talking about) in service of making the thing you believe in work. Your community will expand. Your significant other will be thankful that you have other people to talk to about the complex and vulnerable things that come up for you as a founder & leader…especially those things that you really want to tell her about when brilliance strikes at 2 am….
Being in nature will ground you as you reset and exhale. You will go into your next quarter—and beyond—clearer and calmer, and with an even higher capacity to lead and do impactful work. You’ll also re-commit to routines that honor your health and wellbeing as a whole person.
SCHEDULE AND FLOW
Tuesday, May 21
· Arrival and check-in
· Introductions, intentions, and design
· Evening activities
Wednesday, May 22
· Time for physical activity and nature (optional)
· Reflection and white space
· Morning deep-dive strategy session
· Afternoon deep-dive strategy session
· Reflection and white space
· Evening activities
Thursday, May 23
· Time for physical activity and nature (optional)
· Wrap-up deep-dive strategy session: making a plan to make it real
· Closing circle
Note: Further details for our time together will be informed by the answers you share in your pre-retreat reflection form. You will receive additional information about the schedule closer to the date.
TRAVEL & ARRIVAL
Please plan to make your own travel arrangements to and from Justin Trails Resort and plan to arrive on Tuesday May 21st between 3 and 4:30 pm, and to depart by 1pm on Thursday, May 23rd.
Note: if anyone would like to combine this retreat with a family camping adventure following the retreat, the Justin Trails campsites are available in the days following the retreat.
Named one of the top ten Eco-Luxury Inns by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, Justin Trails Resort is nestled in a quiet, peaceful coulee in the heart of the Wisconsin Driftless Region.
Lodging ranges from farmhouse suites, to shared Scandinavian log cabins, to more rustic camping cabins. Most include whirlpool tubs and fireplaces, as well as other amenities. Feel free to check out detailed descriptions of the lodging options via the Justin Trails website here.
An elegant post and beam barn will serve as our meeting place. We’ll also have full access to the 200-acre property—including walking trails, lots of wildflowers, bonfire pits, two professional disc golf courses, and gorgeous views.
Meals are prepared on-site by Donna, our host from Justin Trails, with fresh and natural ingredients. Gluten-free, dairy-free, keto, paleo, and vegan diets can be easily accommodated. You'll have an opportunity to share any dietary restrictions or preferences in your pre-retreat reflection form.
The investment ranges from $2,400 - $2,700 per person (depending on your lodging preference), or $6,000 for a team of three.
All-in-all, you’ll get:
· Two nights of accommodation
· Dinner Tuesday, all meals Wednesday, breakfast and lunch on Thursday, and snacks and beverages throughout
· Mastermind-style deep-dive strategy sessions
· Time for individual reflection and white space
· Time for physical activity and nature
· Follow up resources and materials
· A concrete plan with action steps and built-in accountability
· A virtual, one-on-one follow-up/accountability session after the retreat
This retreat will include a small, carefully curated group of leaders and founders and is invitation/application-only.
Fill out the application/pre-session reflection form here.
Pay the $500 deposit via the link below.
After reviewing your application/pre-session reflection form, I will follow up with you about the retreat, and to confirm your lodging choice.
Upon confirmation of attendance and lodging, you will submit final payment.
In the weeks leading up to the retreat, you will receive additional information about the schedule, logistics, what to bring/what to pack, and the possibility of car pooling with others who will be attending.