Retreat V: Into the Depths

"Over the last couple weeks we have tried to mindfully and deliberately craft a retreat experience that will help us come together as a team and explore the depths of our practice. We hope you find the next two days to be challenging, regenerative, and enjoyable. Thank you for trusting us to craft this experience for you. We’re excited for all that we will contribute to each other and our practice."

Yours in readiness,

Sharan & Sam


You can see our complete itinerary here. The highlights:

  • Please be at Columbus Circle at 7:30 AM on Thursday to meet the bus.
  • We're going to dinner at 7:30 PM on Thursday.
  • Lunch on Thursday, breakfast on Friday, and lunch on Friday will all happen at the retreat venue.
  • We will be having a team activity from 3:00-5:00 PM on Friday.
  • We will return to NYC by 6:30 PM on Friday.


You can see the complete agenda with facilitators and outcomes here. A brief summary is below: 

  • Session 1: Transformation Reflection & Deep Conversations
  • Session 2: Level Setting
  • Session 3: Transformation Journey Reinvention, Part 1
  • Session 4: Transformation Journey Reinvention, Part 2
  • Session 4B (if time allows): Training Clients
  • Session 5: Group Feedback Session
  • Dinner
  • Session 6: Vision/Outlook for 2017 & Applying the Salary System
  • Session 7: Are We Eating Our Own Dog Food?
  • Session 8: Personal Flips
  • Activity

Dinner, Thursday 7:30 PM

The Local Restaurant and Bar in Rhinebeck, NY

"Dier [the chef] keeps up with trends, but his cooking isn’t “trendy” per se. “I realized I’m never going to be Thomas Keller, so I’ll embrace things that people enjoy eating and then turn that on its head and make it with luxe ingredients,” he says. The Eclectic-New American menu offers a few snacks and what he calls “seasonal dishes,” eight small plates, and a quartet of main dishes along with a few daily specials. Local beers are a feature, along with a few “signature elixirs,” but we tried some wines by the glass from the all-American wine list." - Lynn Hazelwood

"‘Local' describes it” at this Rhinebeck jewel where chef-owner Wes Dier performs a “quiet ballet in the open kitchen” emphasizing regional ingredients on an inventive New American small-and large-plate menu complemented by an all-domestic wine list and creative cocktails; the intimate two-story wooden house “packs 'em in on weekends” with a fun atmosphere that makes you want to hang out and come back again.” - Zagat


Team Activity, Friday 3:00-5:00 PM (if not raining)

Storm King Art Center

"Widely celebrated as one of the world’s leading sculpture parks, Storm King Art Center has welcomed visitors from across the globe for more than fifty years. It is located only one hour north of New York City, in the lower Hudson Valley, where its 500-acre landscape of fields, hills, and woodlands provides the setting for a collection of more than 100 carefully sited sculptures created by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time."

"Storm King Art Center’s dramatic landscape includes farmed fields, allées, natural woodlands, lawns, native grasses, wetlands, and water. As Storm King has grown, its landscape has been gradually altered to accommodate and enhance the collection, frame vistas, and encourage movement through the site.

Dominated by native plant species, Storm King’s hallmark open fields boast 100 acres of native grass meadows and hay fields whose sweeping forms contrast with areas of mown turf. These zones of tall vegetation encourage an abundance of wildlife and provide a rich mosaic of colors and textures in a broadly sculptural landscape."

Team Activity, Friday 3:00-5:00 PM (if raining)

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

"Historically known as Hyde Park, Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site is one of the region's oldest Hudson River estates. For nearly two centuries, this place has been home to socially prominent New Yorkers. A superb example of its type, Hyde Park represents the domestic ideal of the elite class in the late nineteenth-century America. It provides a glimpse of estate life, the social stratification of the period, and the world of the American millionaire during the era historians refer to as the Gilded Age.

The National Park Service preserves over 200 acres of the original property, including historic buildings, original furnishings, manicured landscapes, natural woodlands, formal gardens and associated documents. The centerpiece of the estate is the mansion, a masterpiece of American Beaux-Arts design by the distinguished architectural firm McKim, Mead & White."