Retreat Theme: 2020 Vision

This is going to be a big year for North America,
and we each have a role to play.

What’s yours?

What’s alive for me is the deep imprint of presence that I’ve touched and nurtured inside. I’ve created a conscious path to my inner frequency that is needed in my life to love myself and my family (from Berkshire Weekend Retreat, May 2019).
— -Catherine Ayotte, Founding Director, Human Emergence HR Consulting


In this retreat, you will dive deep into your vision for the coming year. What an amazing opportunity to dream into the new year, two months in advance!

Imagine entering the holiday season feeling grounded, centered and focused, because you are clear about your priorities for the year to come. This will allow you to relax and actually enjoy the time with family and friends. And, when January 1st, 2020 arrives, you’ll will be ready…

Ready for what?

Ready for anything.

But, most importantly, ready to step into the next level of your leadership. You will be mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually prepared to show up as these times need us to, each in our own unique way.

It was so inspiring to meet kindred souls who are authentic, intelligent and ambitious. The retreat gave me key insights about my goals and my spirituality...Thank you Lev for keeping the vibration high and the love real...You gave us quiet leadership that made us want to come out. It was the perfect thing. I’ve been with incredible spiritual groups, but this was a great balance of people focused on doing great things, as well as being emotionally and spiritually awake. And, I’m tough to please, because I’m old. I’ve done a lot. I’m very hard to impress, because I’m real. I don’t want to waste my time. Everyone was bringing each other up with their sincerity (from Berkshire Weekend Retreat, May 2019).
— -Fabiola Santos-Gaerlan, Founder and Executive Director, Honeydew Drop Family of Childcare Services

Retreat Schedule Outline

Friday Night:

6:00 - 9:00pm | Dinner and Welcome Circle


8:00 - 9:15am | Breakfast together

9:30 - 12:30 | Open Conversation / Sacred Circle & Partner Sharing

  • Topics include:

    • Our Collective Vision & Mission

      • Why we are building a network of social impact leaders & changeMakers in our Northeast bioregion

      • Drawing upon our rich Cultural Heritage: The Story of the PeaceMaker and the Iroquois Confederacy

    • Social Impact Leadership

      • SELF - Showing up as the leader you are; sharing experiences, working through challenges and celebrating triumphs

      • TEAM - Enlivening your sphere of influence; exploring emergent practice to unleash the positive potential in your core relationships

      • MOVEMENT - Establishing partnerships that further your commitments; moving beyond your edge to enhance collective impact

    • Circle Facilitation Principles & Practices

      • Developing your capacity to hold space for emergence with the five core elements of our process - Centering, Gratitude, Vision, Action & Inspiration

      • Identifying the benefits of CircleWork for participants and stakeholders

      • Seeing CircleWork as an essential practice for organizational leadership and a very real pathway to engage in subtle activism

12:45 - 2:00 | Lunch together

2:15 - 2:45 | The Art & Science of Napping for Energy Management, Rejuvenation & Longevity


3:00 - 5:45 | Group Medicine Walk in Nature to the Majestic Race Brook Falls

6:00 - 7:15 | Dinner together

7:30 - 9:00 | Soundbath Journey


8:00 - 9:15 | Breakfast together

9:30 - 12:30 | Open Conversation / Sacred Circle, Partner Sharing & Personal Time for Visioning & Planning

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  • Topics include:

    • So what? Now what?

      • What insights have emerged thus far, and what are you going to do about it?

      • Where is the shadow lurking - where do you tend to get stuck, and what can you do to get unstuck?

    • Tools for Action: Timelines, Milestones & Uplifting Accountability

      • What are you committed to? What do you stand for? And, what key projects are most important to focus on?

      • Committing to your action plan

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12:45 - 2:00 | Lunch together

2:15 - 2:45 | Napping 2.0

3:00 - 4:00 | Next Steps, Inspiration & Closing Circle

Thank you Lev! So much healing and peace restored this weekend - which gave way to clarity and next steps. Grateful to have that time with you all. (from Berkshire Weekend Retreat, May 2019)
— Saidah Denise Cotton, Director of Programs, Behind the Book & Performing Artist

why attend?

  • Connect deeply with other changemakers who are walking the path

  • Foster life-long friendships and strengthen your professional network of connections

  • Give yourself a meaningful experience in nature that grounds and centers you in your purpose, vision and mission.

  • Clarify your purpose, goals and plan of action for the coming year of 2020.

  • Map out the “why, what and how” for your most essential projects over the next six months, and define milestones and next steps.

I feel a calm imprint from the weekend that has followed me through a chaotic day and into my facilitation of tonight’s men circle, where I received strong positive feedback about my leadership, which I attribute to my beingness from this weekend. Thank you Lev for holding space the way you do (from Berkshire Weekend Retreat, May 2019).
— - Orion Kriegman, Executive Director, Boston Food Forest Coalition”

In the same way the weekly leadership circle grounds and focuses me, this weekend really shifted things for me. I found myself more peaceful and grounded at work than before. Thanks so much to Lev for creating every aspect of the weekend and for everyone showing up the way they did. Still resonating inside me (from Berkshire Weekend Retreat, May 2019).
— - Sarah Laub, Executive Director, West Hartford Chiropractic

EARLY BIRD Registration


If I was going to charge full-price for this retreat, it would be $500 per person with organic, vegetarian meals included.

For our spring and summer retreats, I used a pay-what-you-can model, and it worked wonderfully - people who could pay more, did, and those that needed to pay less, could.

And so, there is a required $100 early bird deposit to reserve your space (only 13 spots available), if you register by September 15th. After that date, registration is $175.

At the end of the retreat, I will invite you to make a tax-deductible donation as your pay-what-you-can contribution to the Alliance for a Viable Future. This is made possible by our new fiscal sponsorship from the Good Work Institute, which you can give all-at-once or with four monthly installments, using post-dated checks.

Please be aware that you will need to provide you own lodging within driving distance of Sheffield, MA, where the retreat is taking place (at my home/office/workshop space). There are many wonderful B&Bs, such as Racebrook Lodge, and of course use AirBNB. Also, fellow participants sometimes have places to stay, so double check with me, to coordinate with others who are coming, to reduce your costs.

Feel free to be in touch with any questions, otherwise, please register below with your $100 deposit, before September 15th to receive your $75 early bird discount.

I was on a vibrational high for the remainder of the day and still feeling it today. So wonderful to meet everyone and make such meaningful connections over such a short time...Your openness, honesty and genuine love for each other and for yourselves and your paths has touched my heart. Thank you, Lev, for inviting me to this circle. It feels like home to me — something I have not felt in a long time (from Berkshire Weekend Retreat, May 2019).
— Liz Chambers, Creative Director of Studio-E Design