There are times in our business where we stop for a second, look around us,
and realise we’re deep in the woods.

 

We’ve been working so hard, heads down getting everything done, that at some point we meandered off the path and now we don’t know where we are.

We get so deep into our business that we stop being able to see it from a bird’s eye view; we lose our objectivity and can’t tell the difference between the trees.

When that happens, you have a few options:

You can try to get back to the path yourself; but who knows how long that will take, or if you’ll even find the right path.

Or, you can join up with others who are lost, and work out a way back together. You can draw up maps, plot your pathways and together, get out of the woods.

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As creatives we tend to hole up in our office/studio/bedroom, cut off from the world except for a daily scroll on Instagram and a few distracted minutes on Twitter. We forget that creativity cannot thrive in a vacuum, that the best ideas require different perspectives, new surroundings and genuine connections.

And no matter how supportive our loved ones are, it’s rare we get be in a room where everyone just gets it.

Aside from the alone-ness of creative working, there is also our tendency to work in the here and now. As we work away it’s rare that we take the time to put our heads over the parapet and take a look at where we’re actually going. When so much needs to be done we give in to the temptation to constantly be working on the day to day tasks and short term aims.

But if you’re in the engine room, who’s steering the ship?

This one day workshop gives you a space to do both of these things. It gets you out of your studio and into a room with like-minded creatives to spark ideas and chat about all the things you can’t talk about with anyone else.

But most of all, it gives you the opportunity to work on your business, rather than in it. To find clarity in your work and decide a meaningful direction for you – then actually make steps towards it.

To get you out of the woods.

What will we do?

  • We’ll get comfy in an inspiring space, kick off our shoes and drink copious amounts of tea (or coffee, whatever’s your poison).
  • We’ll work through my tried and tested clarity exercises, making lots of scribbles on big pieces of paper and taking time to deeply consider and plan for our business.
  • We’ll come together as a group to discuss everyone’s findings, to bounce around ideas and challenge our thinking in a productive and supportive way.
  • We’ll connect with the people around us, get behind their goals and put our thinking caps on to help them get there – because it takes a village, after all.
  • We’ll eat good food, laugh, and have quiet words about shared experiences and opportunities.
  • We’ll get you clarity about your business, we’ll help you to find a direction that is meaningful to you, and as a group we’ll walk out of the woods together.

 

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What will you learn?

I find that in person experiences like this are a great way to shorten your learning curve – you get immediate feedback, you can ask all your questions as they come up, and you get to devote a whole distraction-free day to growing your business.

The workshop won’t be a lecture style presentation with you taking lots of notes; we won’t be in a classroom. You’ll be actively doing the work, and what you take away all depends on what you put in. We’ll cover:

  • The importance of having a purpose for you and your business
  • How to find your purpose, and continually revisit and develop it as your business evolves
  • Why knowing your target audience is the root to success – and why they might not be who you think they are
  • Actionable ways to provide value to your audience, and get value back
  • Finding out what is unique and intriguing about your work to someone who isn’t you
  • How to discover your brand stories, and how to communicate them in a effective, yet soulful, way

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Is this for me? 

I totally get that investing in your business when you are the business triggers a whole lot of feelings (there’s a blog post all about it here). There’s worry about the financial investment, there’s the guilt of doing something for yourself, there’s the fear of the unknown. But if you’re feeling like you’re in the woods and you can’t see a way out, it might be a good investment to get a map and compass – right?

This workshop is for you if you identify with any of these feelings:

  • My business is running away from me and I feel out of control
  • I don’t feel I really know what I do, or at least I can’t explain it in words
  • I just can’t get my business to grow, it feels like all my marketing is going into a void
  • My business feels like it’s plateauing, and everything that used to work in my marketing isn’t anymore
  • I don’t feel as ‘on it’ or ‘together’ as I would like when it comes to my business.
  • I don’t know where I’m going or what I’m doing

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Ready To Get Out Of The Woods?

I’ve worked hard to find venues for this workshop that aren’t your usual ‘sit round a table and get on with it’ style space. It was important to me that the venues were inspiring, but most of all a safe, cosy and relaxed space that would put you at ease – and feel like a bit of a treat too.

They are all independent and run by passionate creative women, and I know we’ll feel right at home.

Find your safe house below…

Oak Tree Barn

Burrington, nr Bristol

Set in the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, around 30 minutes from Bristol City Centre, is Oak Tree Barn. Full of beautiful design touches and styled corners (not to mention the smell of Vanessa’s homemade cakes!) the barn is a homely, relaxing place to feel at ease with each other and come back home to our businesses.

Saturday 7th April

9.30am to 5pm

 

Earlybird Offer (first 5 bookings):

£99 (or two monthly payments of £52)
SOLD OUT!

Full Price:

£110 (or two monthly payments of £60)

Breakfast pastries, tea and coffee on tap, lunch and all materials are included.

Because the workshop stirs up a lot of deep thinking, you’ll also get 2 weeks of email support from me after the workshop to answer any questions or just empty your brain

 

 

Music Mill

Hathersage, Sheffield

It’s not every day that you get to hang out in a beautifully converted gramophone factory – but now you can! Nestled in the Peak District National Park, but still walking distance from the station (and an hour from Manchester), the Music Mill is truly a space to flush out all those ideas and be inspired.

Tuesday 8th May

9.30am to 5pm

Earlybird Offer (first 5 bookings):

£99 (or two monthly payments of £52)

Full Price:

£110 (or two monthly payments of £60)

Breakfast pastries, tea and coffee on tap, lunch and all materials are included.

Because the workshop stirs up a lot of deep thinking, you’ll also get 2 weeks of email support from me after the workshop to answer any questions or just empty your brain

 

 

More venues coming later in 2018 – sign up here to find out first.

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Got a question?

If you have any questions or worries about booking a workshop spot, please send me an email 🙂