A warm welcome awaits you on any event led by the Duo team but the retreats really are something special. The location is chosen carefully to allow you to get away from it all. With the fresh coffee on you’ll be met by Laura and Sarah who run the retreats and you’ll be made to feel at home right away. They create an environment where you’ll feel comfortable to share your experiences with like-minded women. This really is a chance to step away from the pressures of everyday life and immerse yourself in two days all about you.
There are a whole host of different reasons why you would take the plunge to come on the retreat. You may be stuck in a rut and can’t see a way out of it or have such a busy life but still feel you have so much to do. Alternatively, you may want to build closer relationships with the people around you but just didn’t know how to go about it. The retreat is a perfect way to help you restore balance in your life, regain confidence and belief in yourself to make changes and move forward positively.
Here is a unique chance to not only share with other women but also learn from them. Often by truly listening to the challenges of others creates lightbulb moments to help you deal with things of your own. We give you the opportunity to take time out to reflect and improve the way you interact with people in any situation. Whether you want to improve your impact on work or personal relationships. Why wouldn’t you want to know how to bring the best version of you each and every time?
Why a women’s retreat?
There are common threads of challenge and responsibility that women find themselves navigating throughout their lives. Wearing different hats and spinning many plates all at the same time. At various stages in your life you can get too comfortable and remain unchallenged. This can lead you to stagnate and lose your sense of purpose in the world. By taking on new challenges you can learn new ways of thinking, feeling and being. Stretching yourself outside of your comfort zone.
Women also experience similar relationship challenges in the context of work and home life. To enable you to understand and communicate best in those relationships you need to learn about the rules you live your life by and how they affect those around you. And it’s not just about the rules you live by, but those of your nearest and dearest too. This can significantly impact your relationships and the way that you behave.
We explore the impact of Imposter Syndrome and self doubt which if left to fester can lead to insecurity, anxiety and lack of self confidence. This can have a serious impact on your professional performance, personal relationships and your own self image. If anyone has ever told you something that made you doubt yourself you’ll understand how limiting this can be. We can help you make sure the negative stories you tell yourself don’t limit your growth.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
You are continuously growing across the different stages of your lives. When you were small, did anyone ever ask you the question, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” As Michelle Obama objects in her book Becoming, this suggests that “growing up is finite. As if at some point you become something and that’s the end”. All through your lives you are developing and growing as people and in your relationships, both work-wise and personally. You are always becoming and don’t come to a point where that growth ever needs to stop.
You will always face challenges in life and the retreat will guide you towards creating your own unique action plan. This will enable you to move more confidently, effectively and happily forwards in both your personal and professional lives. Don’t just take our word for it, 100% of previous retreat attendees would recommend the experience to others. So think carefully about giving yourselves the time and investment you deserve to be the best version of you.
By Suzanne Williams, Head of Recruitment Strategy, DUO