News from the May 2019 retreat!

From May 5-7, 2019 the Surdek team was once again at the cozy Auberge West Brome in the Eastern townships for the latest “Awaken your personal leadership” public retreat in French.

“Each time we do one of these retreats, we get more and more comfortable with the content and we find new ways to support the participants and push them further in their journey of reflection and self-discovery. I am amazed every time at the impact this event has on the participants!” says Steffan Surdek, the lead coach at the event.

Our colleague Lauranne Vera was participating in her first retreat with us and decided to be a participant this time to experience the event for herself. She produced a short series of videos where she spoke about her personal journey during the event. You can read more about her journey by following this link.

Josée, one of the participants had this to say about her experience: “When you go at an event like this, there is always some apprehension on what we can say or what others will think about us. Steffan creates a really safe space for this kind of event”

She also told us: “The human experience we experience here is what changed me the most. I did not realize how much my leadership is part of all aspects of my life not just my professional life!”

The group sessions are rich and meaningful and the coaching team encourages us to express ourselves without restraint and express our leadership.” said Abdoul, another participant at the event. “I learned to discover myself more deeply, express my point of view without restraint and assert my arguments with confidence.”

We will publish some new testimonials from Josée, Abdoul and others in the coming weeks!

We would like to thank all participants for how they powerfully showed up at the event! It was a truly unforgettable experience for all of us!

We have more retreats planned for later this year! If you would like to try out this experience for yourself, you can join us one of the following dates this fall:

If you would like to organize a private retreat for your organization or if you have any questions relating to our retreats, feel free to contact us at

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