We work with successful people who may have lost a sense of purpose and direction, have run out of steam, gone off the boil and those who want to get back to their best. Our clients know the power of investing in their own personal growth and development, they are emotionally intelligent and self-aware. We help nurture that awareness into action, leading to a more fulfilled life. Bringing focus, renewed energy and impact


Are you playing your best music?

Our retreats give you the tools to fulfill your potential, perform at the top of your game and be the best version of yourself.

Reached a turning point in your life?

Success is often followed by losing your sense of purpose and direction and running out of steam.  You’ve been successful and are hanging on to past achievements, afraid to try something new.  Or maybe you’ve sold your business, had a major relationship breakup or had a challenging health diagnosis.

What if you could see the potential of your life and find your Ikigai?

What if we can create an environment for reflection and realisation that allows you to find your new path and gain a fresh perspective on your story?

What if we can help you change and create your next chapter?

Peter and Hilary give you a blank piece of paper and the time, space and attention to help you write your next chapter.

Working with Peter & Hilary

Retreats give you a blank sheet of paper and the time, space and attention to uncover – create – change and plan your next chapter

With over 30 years of mentoring, coaching and supporting entrepreneurs and business professionals, Hilary Rowland and Peter Hyson – creators of the LifeStoryCanvas – bring care, wisdom and insight as you answer one of life‘s greatest questions…what’s next?

Having worked with senior executives across numerous large organisations including the BBC, PWC, John Lewis, NHS London, Legal and General, they are passionate about helping individuals find a sense of purpose and play their best music.

So how do Next Chapter Retreats work?

We rarely get the time or space to consider some of the important life-questions includinG, ‘What is the second most important day in my life?’

Next Chapter Retreats are the unique way to explore, and thrive in the next chapter of your life.

Bespoke, Internal Team Retreats

How much money have you spent on team building and strategy away days in the past? We bet if you look back over the years it’s been significant? What tangible ROI has been delivered from this spend? Staff engagement, productivity, happiness and contentment, did it increase?

In our humble opinion team and strategy away days are notoriously very hard work, crammed morning to dusk with Powerpoint presentations, trying to move everyone in the right direction, discussions and action plans (which are rarely actioned!).

Business leaders and senior managers are working longer hours than ever, they have taken to working in unproductive ways which have diminished their energy and contribution.

What’s worse is that it’s happened slowly and unnoticeably to the point where burnout and languishing are ‘normal’ ways of being. There is no criticism we’ve all been surviving and trying to get through but it’s taken it’s toll. 

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small groups

Peter, Hilary and their trusted team work at depth in small groups, helping you craft and develop your stories in a safe, trusted and supportive environment, so you uncover the past and present to define your purpose and potential.

space to reflect

Create an environment for reflection and realisation that allows you to find your new path and gain a fresh perspective on your story.

write the next chapter

Help you change and create your next chapter. If you’re at a turning point in your life, we help you rediscover the next steps and give you the space, time and attention to carefully reflect on your past, then to create and achieve your future.

find time & space

Take time out of the day job and the busy schedule to be given the genuine freedom to define your next chapter.

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The Journey

On our retreats we use the Japanese concept of Ikigai to help you find your personal purpose, looking at stories about what you love, what you’re good at, what drives you and what you most care about, and how you can make all of this add up to a plan for your next chapter, where you’re living your best, thriving and renewed.  And our ongoing support will help you  get there successfully. 

Why do Next Chapter Retreats work?

What if everyone woke up to the power of their story?

What if everyone woke up to their potential?

This opportunity is for you to craft your next chapter.

By taking quality time over two residential retreats in a comfortable rural location, Next Chapter Retreats uses The LifeStoryCanvas as the unique way for you to craft and then live the next chapter of your life.

We create an environment where you will be inspired, supported and excited.

Testimonial Interview

We talk to Belinda Prescott-Collins, Managing Director of Bee Herd, a successful and growing Marketing Consultancy, about her personal experience of attending our flagship retreat. Belinda talks about the benefits she gained and why our retreats are so valuable to senior business executives.

Watch the interview here
It’s an oasis to reflect, to plan, to heal. Time stands still. I wish I never had to leave.
7 feet apart
When you’re intending to evolve yourself and look forward to what the next chapter can hold, you need to do this in a non-chaotic safe space and these are what the retreats have always been.
Leni's Model Management

I found the retreats provided time and space to focus on myself and the use of classic storytelling helped to identify my strengths, show me at my best and be able to consider my next steps.

Pixie Energy

The retreats as a business leader provide me with the opportunity to step away from the day-to-day operational side of the business. Having the opportunity to go and do that in relaxed surroundings with a specific program that is tailored to what I want to achieve, also working with a number of different peers provides a fantastic opportunity, and this is why I think the retreat is such a wonderful thing to be able to do.

Gary Knight
CEO Social Media App Business

Having been on the Next Chapter Retreat the three key things that I have taken from it all are reframe the narrative, embrace the mess, and get things done. The things that I have most enjoyed from the retreat are having some time to step away from everyday life and having time to reflect and consider.

Sian Davies
Executive Coach

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