Below you can take a closer look at what we offer.


Our Flagship Programme

Split into an initial 3 days and then about 10 weeks later, a further 2 days, our flagship programme takes you beyond the crossroads from confusion to clarity. Starting with the stories we tell about ourselves and our past, we look at them to spot the trends and themes that will create our Next Chapter, that shows us at our best and most fulfilled. After some Preparation work, part 1 looks at what happens if we retell our stories from a different perspective and what that shows about our values and priorities when we’re at our best.

These help create your LifeStoryCanvas, with the strands for your NextChapter. After some weeks for further thinking and planning, part 2 helps you write that Next Chapter and an action plan to help you live it.

Upcoming Retreat Dates

June 2021 – Cowley Manor – Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

July 2021 – Lygon Arms – Broadway, Worcestershire

September 2021 – Lygon Arms – Broadway, Worcestershire


This is for you if:

    • You want to make changes in your life. You’re financially secure but you’re still anxious. You’re bored, disillusioned, working long hours, stressed, burnt out, exhausted, not sleeping, feeling unfulfilled, and wondering if there’s more and another way, and how you can work out what that is without disrupting your whole life.
    • You have recently experienced change in your life such as redundancy, bereavement, a medical diagnosis, a relationship breakdown or a business exit which has left you wondering what really matters to you and what to do next.

This is a programme which can be delivered via webinar or to enable you to explore your purpose and direction using the concept of Ikigai, the Japanese secret to a long and happy life, finding significance and meaning.

What you stand to gain:

* Clarity about your purpose, direction and what really matters to you
* peace of mind
* excitement
* re-engagement with your career, business and family
* a sense of fulfillment
* happiness and satisfaction.


In Stories we Exist

Located in the breath-taking-beautiful West coast of Ireland in Co Kerry, these 2 days provide so much more than simply 2 days away from the busy-ness and pressure.

After a reception and welcome meal, the first full day starts with a morning on Innisfallen Island where a local storyteller brings to life local folklore stories before free time to think, walk, and explore the forest and beach and Abbey Island.

We return to the Retreat Hotel after lunch, where Irish authors Christine Breen and Niall Williams share their insights into local Irish story-writing over drinks and supper.

The next day is devoted to examining the stories we tell about our own lives and the impact they have on us and those around us. What does this tell us about a crossroads we’re currently facing and how to find the way forward?

At Next Chapter Retreats, we give you a blank sheet of paper and the time, space and attention to write your next chapter.


This is for you if:

  • You have come to the end of a successful career or job role and need to decide what the next phase of your life should look like.
  • As a result of the pandemic and subsequent lockdown which have ushered in many changes, some welcome such as a change of lifestyle, or unwelcome, such as changes to a career or job conditions you are finding your current situation unpalatable.
  • You haven’t had much opportunity for reflection or planning for what’s next.


The aims of this programme are to:

  • Support you at a career transition point in your life
  • Provide the opportunity to explore different options for the next stage of your life
  • Connect you with a sense of your own purpose and direction and enable you write your next chapter
  • Help you to make some concrete plans which will enable you to live an enjoyable, fulfilling life in line with the financial planning which you have undertaken.


This is to help you if you are considering options such as:

  • Voluntary work for a charity or in the community
  • Looking for a non-executive director (NED) position
  • Changing career, eg buying a franchise, moving into consultancy
  • Starting a new business.


This programme will offer the opportunity to consider which options you would like to pursue.


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Registered Office: Castle House, Castle Street, Guildford GU1 3UW

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