Personal Strategy Retreats

Imagine yourself at a magical chateau in the heart of France's Burgundy region, or a private island off the coast of Venice full of enthusiasm, inspiration, and returning with a working plan for the year (life) ahead.

If you are passionate about the path that you are already on, you're ready to expand the horizon and envision the next chapter.

If you are not inspired by your current path, you can build a plan to change directions, tweak your plot, and create a new personal narrative or vision.

Julie developed these retreats from a personal need. "I would go away to relaxing vacations, inspiring destinations, or yoga/meditation retreats, but as soon as they ended I was back to my high-octane life, where nothing had really changed, counting the days till my next getaway." These retreats are designed to stay with you far beyond the retreat experience.

May 23-27, 2018: Isola Santa Cristina | Venice, Italy               October 10-14, 2018: Chateau de Mailly | Bourgogne, France

A 4-night personal strategy retreat that includes a private or shared room/bath, chef-prepared meals, workshops, one-on-one sessions, contemplative practices like therapeutic massage or rowing to a neighboring monastery island, solo exploration and the tools to map your future success. Eat, drink, be inspired and create a plan for your next chapter. Plan to leave recharged, focused and invigorated.  

Consider it a powerful vacation with benefits.

  • Wednesday, evening arrival (welcome reception 7-9pm)
  • Thursday,  full day *
  • Friday,  full day*
  • Saturday,  full day*
  • Sunday, afternoon departure,  post-brunch           

* Morning workshops with afternoon solo exploration

Who it is for:

People  who are the creative visionaries of their own life, with an inherent desire to seek, explore, create and go big in life. This is a wonderful opportunity to come solo, or to experience with a friend, sibling, godchild/godparent or whomever you'd like to explore your journey with.


Prices vary based on retreat location and type of room, whether private or shared. See each retreat's page for more details (click on the MORE DETAILS link below).


Does this sound like something you are ready to experience for yourself? If so, take a few minutes to fill out the retreat application. This will give us a benchmark of where things are at for you right now, and where you'd like them to be, and you can tell us which retreat you are interested in attending. You may be surprised to find the application process is a powerful step towards realizing your bigger vision.  Once you've completed it, Julie will contact you to discuss the possibilities.

Upcoming Retreats:

Autumn Retreat: October 10-14, 2018

Chateau de Mailly | Bourgogne, France


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Private Custom Retreats

Offered year-round


Village Private Retreats

Based at the fairytale Chateau de Mailly deep in the Burgundy countryside, Ms Julie Hosler’s Personal Strategy Retreats are rapidly becoming the stuff of legend in both business and creative circles... Expect to leave recharged, refocused and reinvigorated, and consider this the most enjoyable investment in your future you’ll ever make.
— MR PORTER, The Healthiest Holidays on the Planet, January 2017
The retreat’s key message is this: if you’re the author of your story, how do you want the next chapter of it to go? We’re all different, but we all want the next chapter of our lives to read supremely well. On this delightful retreat of the mind, you start to believe that it just might.
— The Telegraph, Holidays That Will Improve Your Life, March 2017
Using a tool kit that includes (as well as TED talks) Neuro-Linguistic Programming, psychology, narrative strategy and stories about famous figures she admires (Sophie Calle, Diana Vreeland, Paulo Coelho, Bruce Lee) Hosler gets us to view our life as a story and ourselves as the author of it (as opposed to our parents, friends, spouses, colleagues or societal pressures). The retreat’s key focus is – If you are the author of your story, how do you want the next chapter of it to go?
— Caroline Sylger Jones for Queen of Retreats

The purpose of these retreats is to:

• Hit the reset button

• Re-engage with your inspired self in a creative and laid-back way

• Give your vision a tune-up

• Stimulate your imagination from a magical location

• Step outside of your day-to-day routine in order to re-imagine your life, career, business

• Dissolve the strength of your challenges, problems and limitations

• Create a path forward with clear, actionable steps

Please come to the retreat with:

• A vision, a yearning for something more interesting to you, or specific goal

• An openness to new perspectives, possibilities, and inspirations

• The willingness to absorb the wisdom of the magical locations

• A courageous mindset to face obstacles and challenges 

• A kind energy and willingness to be your best self

• A commitment to yourself and your life as your most important project

You’ll leave with:

• A reawakening of your enthusiastic and inspired self

• A path forward plus an action plan to get there

• A new connection with a magical location

• A clear picture of what will push you forward, and what will hold you back

• A toolset to overcome obstacles

• A support system

• Post-retreat virtual support to keep you in the zone

About Us




Julie Hosler a Narrative Strategist who uses the transformative power of story to help creative visionaries achieve bigger things. She works with individuals and organizations to accomplish something more meaningful through the power of story– by seeking out alternative narratives to the commonplace and making them actionable. The result is something more authentic and powerful. Many people consider her their own personal strategist, head of communications, existential detective, chief counselor, creative partner, collaborator, coach  and trusted advisor all rolled into one. "I’ve created these retreats to extract you from your day-to-day and kick-start your next chapter in a powerful way."


Karen Henry is more than an Occupational Therapist for physically challenged children to achieve their own independence. She cares for all people in a way that is intuitive and nurturing.  She often knows what you need before you do. After having experienced the life-expanding magic of The Strategic Space strategy work firsthand, she now extends her assistance to our retreat participants so that their experience is optimal. She's a great resource for support and attentive care, which is why we consider her our retreat doula.

OllieTimberlake first started catering in London over 25 years ago to private and business clients. She now creates her culinary treasures from Bourgogne, France and sources her produce from both local farmers, artisanal producers, and some of France’s best wine makers. She creates a distinct infusion of flavors that are influenced by her love and knowledge of classical French cuisine combined with her English and Jamaican heritage, described as fresh, yet rustic, comforting, yet vibrant–always beautiful and nourishing.

(Chef for the Chateau de Mailly retreat)

Deanna Smith

Deanna Smith is not only a great chef, she is also an example of the magical effect of following your bliss. After a career change from corporate world, Deanna set her focus on the mastery of her true passion– food and wine. She earned  her qualifications at Leith's School of Food & Wine, and now instructs at Billingsgate Seafood Cookery School in London, while running her own catering company, Platter & Slate. She has been described as a seafood wizard– her paella dishes are not to be missed. But if seafood isn’t your thing, you’re in luck, she’s also a master at modern takes on French, middle eastern and Italian classics.

(Chef for the Isola Santa Cristina retreat)


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