LEARNING & EXPERIENCE DESIGN

Facilitating and guiding retreats & events

Retreats and internal team events are an opportunity for you to reflect on your work, connect with your colleagues, share knowledge, gain new insights, and come up with ways to move forward. Our support contributes to making these events a meaningful and insightful time together, ranging from short learning sessions to regular strategy meetings or day-long offsite retreats.

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Who is it for?

Teams, departments and organisations who are planning an internal event (strategy meeting, retreat, learning week, etc.) and seek support with preparation and facilitation

What’s included?

  • Clarification of needs and intention setting
  • Support with conceptualisation and design 
  • Facilitation or moderation

Duration

  • Depending on the length and complexity of your event or program, preparation usually starts 1-3 months in advance. 
  • Our support also includes a joint debrief 1-2 weeks after the event or program ends, to support learning and your capacity building. 

Expected Outcome

Bringing our expertise and energy to your team event can enable you to:

  • Approach your topics and questions with a tailored and guided approach
  • Strengthen trust and psychological safety 
  • Deepen relationships and create empathy 
  • Make deliberate time and space to reflect on and change your usual working rhythm 
  • Develop and share new ideas 
  • Agree on next steps and potential changes for implementation 

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Let's have a quick call to get to know each other and identify options how to facilitate your plans and ideas!

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Our Approach

The time you spend with your own team is extremely valuable. 

We therefore ask questions first, listen deeply, and seek to understand your unique context and needs, in order to then jointly set an intention. Following the principle of “form follows function”, we can then bring in our expertise to give shape to your event and bring your purpose to life. 

We do this by:

  • Starting with conversations to clarify your “why” behind the event and your intention. If helpful and desired, we can also apply assessments from our regenerative approach to measurement and evaluation (learn more -> jump).
  • Setting up or fine-tuning existing session plans and agendas, including the overall design, as well as shaping specific components and exercises. 
  • Holding regular sessions with you to finalise the preparation. 
  • Facilitating or moderating the event, or covering other roles needed to create the best possible experience for you. 
  • Closing with a debrief conversation to reflect on lessons learnt and to support your internal capacity building.
The session with the Unity Effect team was a fantastic and engaging experience. Professionalism mixed with authenticity and naturalness of the facilitator, spiced up with a sense of humour, connectivity and fun activities during the session is what you can count on!

Malgorzata Dereniowska

Malgorzata Dereniowska

Gdansk University

Our first digital NachhaltigkeitsCamp Bonn was an experiment for us. Unity Effect was a strong partner during our learning journey. Their mindful approach to groups, the many fresh ideas to work and interact with the participants, and the support during the event, contributed to a successful NachhaltigkeitsCamp. And granted us many happy faces.

Annika Manz & Jana Jagalski 2024

Annika Manz & Jana Jagalski

Project leads, Engagement Global

The Kofi Annan Foundation enjoyed collaborating with Unity Effect for its Kofi Annan Changemakers initiative and greatly benefited from Emily’s facilitation skills and caring attitude. She brought innovative formats while preserving the core spirit of the initiative and was friendly and collaborative throughout the planning and delivery of the programme. On request of the organizing team, Unity Effect also conducted an impact evaluation of the programme, providing valuable information and suggestions that will further support the initiative’s growth and positive impact on its young changemakers.

Linda Peterhans 2022

Linda Peterhans

Kofi Annan Foundation

Pricing

Based on our core principles to empower collaboration and solidarity we aim at a pricing that feels fair and appropriate for both parties. 

Day Rates
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EUR +19% VAT

Day rates apply due to the customised nature of this service.

The exact day rate is determined together with the customer, based on what feels fair and appropriate for both parties. 

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Let's have a quick call to get to know each other and identify options how to facilitate your plans and ideas!

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