HotHouse: The Creative Edge of Change
A nature-based retreat at the Eden Project, Cornwall, to inspire leaders to find their creative edge, unlocking answers and sparking fresh responses to the great challenges of our time.
You may also be interested in joining our Women's leadership retreat in October 2020.
Facilitating the future now
HotHouse invites leaders and change-makers to gather in the extraordinary landscapes of the Eden Project to find their ‘creative edge’; the place where we meet the things that most challenge us.
It is in these challenging spaces that creative power lies, as well as the seeds for change that the world needs.
In this unprecedented period of social and technological change, ramped up by the ecological emergency, creative methods of collaboration and new patterns of leadership are needed.
The Creative Edge of Change will skillfully guide people on a journey as they explore and connect with their personal sense of authenticity, meaning, and purpose and reflect on how these insights can be brought to their lives, projects, and work.
'Quite simply the best leadership deep dive I have ever done.'
Thinking about the future
Thinking about the future can be hard. It is tempting to think about it as a destination, a place we will simply arrive at rather than one we actively create. We believe there is a better way; that the future remains ours to make. Together we will imagine what a great future looks like and the ingredients we will need to get there. This is facilitating the future now.
Participants can expect to:
- Disconnect from digital and reconnect with the present;
- Slow down, including artfully facilitated time alone in nature;
- Explore the many ways society and environment interact;
- Reflect on their authentic self and personal sense of meaning, power and purpose;
- Be inspired to build resilience as individuals and communities.
Who is it for?
This creative leadership retreat has been carefully created for people who are pioneering responses to the great challenges of our time. It is for those for whom ‘business as usual’ is simply not good enough and who want to bring others with them on the adventure.
Participants will come from a variety of backgrounds all with unique stories and insights to share. They might work for charities, be embedded in traditional businesses, or nestled in the education sector. Whatever their ‘day job’, it’s likely they will think of themselves as social or ecological entrepreneurs and be in it for the long game.
'A beautiful week of reflective learning and sharing.'
Meet the facilitators
Rich is a coach and facilitator who brings 30 years of experience designing and delivering transformational experiences for individuals and groups at all levels of an organisation. His practice has evolved from training with First Nations people and combining knowledge from eastern and Western philosophies.
Sue is a psychotherapist, supervisor, and facilitator based in Devon who brings a wealth of knowledge in systems theory, organisational change, and rank and power dynamics. Sue is committed to social and ecological change and developing new models of sustainability at all scales; from inspiring local community groups through to co-mediating in the Israel-Palestine conflict.
'We can't solve problems using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.'
How to join us
Our brand new Creative Edge of Change programme will take place in spring 2021.
The cost, £1,100+VAT for individuals, includes:
- Expert facilitation for the three days;
- Accommodation, food, and materials;
- Ongoing support and contact with facilitators;
- Discount on further HotHouse programmes.
This exclusive programme has limited places so book early to avoid disappointment. To speak to the team, call us on 01726 818579 or get in touch via our enquiry form.
How we're keeping you safe
We’ve made a few changes to the way we run our creative leadership programmes, so that we still enable you to experience the intimacy and atmosphere of your stay, while creating a COVID-secure environment. For example, we are running the programmes in smaller groups, we’re spending our indoor time together in more spacious, well-ventilated learning spaces, we’re following new one-way routes around the Eden Project site, and we’re timing your entry into the Biomes to minimise contact with other visitors. Do get in touch with us directly if you have any specific concerns or questions.
The programme runs from midday on the Tuesday and will end after lunch on the Thursday, around 2pm.
During the programme you’ll be based at the inspirational Eden Project, in Cornwall, and we can guarantee that you’ll not be stuck in a boardroom! We’ll be making full use of the site, including the Biomes – to which you’ll have exclusive out-of-hours access – the Core education centre, the gardens and the wild outer estate.
For some sessions, we may also venture into the surrounding Cornish countryside… Be prepared for muddy walks, campfires and stunning scenery.
Visit our directions page for information on reaching the Eden Project. Please contact us with any specific queries about your travel to Eden. The price of the programme doesn’t cover travel to and from Eden Project.
Participants stay at our on-site accommodation run by the YHA, and the price of accommodation is included in the cost of the programme.
Sharing meals together is an important part of the programme. We serve hearty, home-made food cooked by our incredible Eden chefs who can cater for all dietary requirements and allergies. We serve vegetarian meals to ensure we can all share in the same meal together.
This an open programme and individuals from any background, sector and role are invited to take part. Expect to share time with social entrepreneurs, change agents, and leaders from the public, private, and third sectors.
Programme and activities
Without giving too much away you can expect:
- Exclusive access to the Rainforest Biome
- Walks in the woods
- Plenty of time for discussion
- A cosy bed
- Warm, nourishing food in abundance
… to have fun and leave refreshed.