Women in Academia Resolutions Retreat, online September 2020

There is never enough time to get around to stuff you really want to do! I used to be an academic myself and understand this feeling! 

The aim of this Resolutions Retreat is to support women in academia to reflect on work and work/life values and consider how to set realistic goals at a time when the space to focus is stretched or maybe feels non-existent.  

Numbers are strictly limited in order to enable plenty of interaction, with lots of reflection and discussion time – and space for coffee breaks! 

The Resolutions Retreat: 

– gives you a space to reflect on your values 

– takes a values-led approach to deciding priorities and setting realistic goals

– provides a framework for supporting you to stick to your resolutions and achieve your goals

Give yourself an afternoon to focus on YOU.  

Share the space with other women who understand the particularities (and peculiarities?!) of the academic world. 

This is for you if:

– You would appreciate a gentle, supportive environment that recognises the complexity of academic women’s working lives

– You want some time and space to recharge and to think about your direction, motivated by what is important to you

– You want to reflect on your values and realign your work with them 

– You want to connect with other women in similar situations

This is not for you if:

– You’ve got it all sorted! 

– You have identified your values and use them to guide your direction and the goals you set yourself 

– You have strategies that work and support you to achieve your goals

– You are happy with your progress on work that is important to you 

Register on the Eventbrite page

Please note that ticket sales end on 28th August 2020, 11.30pm. 

Check out the video below to hear Julie talking about the retreat (see if you can spot the cat!). If you have any queries about the event, or are wondering if it is right for you, please get in touch with Julie. You can email her via her website contact form or find her on LinkedIn or Twitter. 

Hear from Julie talking about the Resolutions Retreat – and see if you can spot the cat!

Feedback on the Women in Academia Resolutions Retreat:

 The space:

“Time for reflection and re-evaluation”

“A quiet, respectful space”

“There was openness and mutual respect”

The takeaways:

“It has consolidated ideas and next steps”

“Really enabled a clear thought direction”

“Enabled me to re-set goals and resolutions”

“It has helped me focus in terms of my direction, but also why I find certain things/issues important”

“It gave a framework for thinking/reflecting”

“It has made me see the mismatch between values and goals and made me think about how to create space for the values”

“It has really made me understand/see why I am struggling to ‘fit’ in both with the institution where I work and academia. I’ve realised this is because of the dissonance between my values and goals”

The shared experience:

“One of the best things was hearing other women discuss their experiences and goals”

“It helped me realise I am not alone in these difficulties”

The facilitator:

“It was run in a thoughtful and peaceful way”

“Julie is a skilled and enabling facilitator”

 The only suggestion for improvement was that people wanted more…..! 


“Julie fostered a very safe atmosphere of positivity during the ‘Resolutions Retreat’ I attended, and she really helped me to think about my goals, aspirations, and why this is my career. The conversations were lively but incredibly respectful – not always something I’m used to at work. It was really important to get together with like-minded women, of different ages, experience, and backgrounds, and really heartening to know we often share similar stories. I was especially interested in the match or mismatch with an ‘institutional message’, and how to navigate that in terms of my own ethics. The most important thing though, was that Julie helped us all explore different perspectives, and learn new things about ourselves.”

And do take a look at this blog for some thoughts behind putting on the first resolutions retreat in January 2020.