If you’ve been thinking about career transition but haven’t been able to muster up the energy to take action, and you can clear November 30-December 7, 2013, please consider joining me in enchanting San Miguel de Allende Mexico for the Step Into Your Future workshop.
When I first started holding workshops in San Miguel de Allende, a colleague of mine joked that they sounded like the “perfect boondoggle.” Imagine: paying to do a “serious” workshop in a beautiful, art and history filled town in Mexico! Three years later, I am pleased to say that many people have found that combining an opportunity to enjoy San Miguel and contemplate their life and career – works!
There is something special about stepping out of your day-to-day life and into another world. For decades, San Miguel (www.sanmigueldeallende.com ) has been a haven for visual artists, musicians and a host of other people who seek a travel experience as opposed to just being tourists. It is far from “undiscovered” and yet its UNESCO protected status and the fierce vigilance of its residents has kept it from becoming touristy and preserved its charm.
As part-time residents of San Miguel, my husband Stan and I revel in our Mexican neighbourhood complete with its crowing roosters, barking dogs and the occasional midnight mariachi band! We like to watch visitors shift gears into a bit of the Mexican way of life when suddenly the only thing on your agenda is drinking coffee in the jardin (town’s central park) or finding the perfect rooftop bar from which to watch San Miguel’s legendary sunsets.
The list of things that make San Miguel special is long. But what about the workshop part? Since the program is the same, what makes taking the Step into Your Future workshop in San Miguel different from taking it in Vancouver, Victoria or Kingston?
Here are five things that I have observed or heard from workshop participants:
- San Miguel is indeed magical: several people have had this delightful Mexican town on their “must visit” list for a long time and find that the opportunity to be there – with the added purpose of examining where their career is headed – is a powerful cocktail. Whether it is the chance to see what it would be like to live a different life, or simply the indulgence of time for contemplation, this is a good place to be.
- Sun drenched terraces in November are good! The workshop is held in a beautiful colonial house in the centre of town. The house boasts several sun drenched terraces, private rooms with en-suites and lots of nooks and crannies for quiet conversation. You can stay in this house for just over $300/week, or choose a nearby boutique hotel or apartment.
- Unique bonding: the power of what happens in groups cannot be underestimated. When you are with a group of people from different parts of the world and with diverse career backgrounds – in a neutral setting – you can’t help but form a unique bond. (And for the introverts, don’t worry: lots of space to escape to your own devices!)
- Revitalized energy: Who knows if it is the sun, the town or the workshop – whatever it is, participants report that they come away with revitalized energy to make a change in their lives. That change might be to bring new energy to what they are already doing, or to go in a completely different direction.
- A virtual board of directors: every workshop cohort has not only bonded during the workshop, but kept in touch afterwards. Quarterly follow-up calls are scheduled not only to catch up but also to act as a virtual board of directors to support and hold each other accountable for the actions they committed to. The San Miguel workshop has the added benefit of reuniting people who have not only shared stories and aspirations, but also margaritas and morning walks (also known as “Mexican butt lifts”, please ask!).
If this missive has piqued your interest in being at the Step into Your Future workshop in San Miguel de Allende, November 30-December 7, 2013, please check out http://www.oglov.com/step-into-your-future.html
Thank you and Happy Summer!