Case Study - Retreat Venue Development

Conscious Earth Healing Retreats

 

An emerging retreat centre in the Algarve region of Portugal, the main themes are evolving human consciousness, alternative medicine,  nature oriented therapy and digital detox.

 

 

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Case Study - Retreat Venue Development

Conscious Earth Healing Retreats

 

An emerging retreat centre in the Algarve region of Portugal, the main themes are evolving human consciousness and alternative medicine,  nature oriented therapy and digital detox.

 

 

Read Study

Intro

How We’re Helping Make This A Successful Retreat Venue.

Owners Jason and Kay Kimpton have operated Conscious earth as a digital detox themed, natural holiday venue for many years. Over time their own journey and personal interests had steered them towards hosting retreats and workshops themed around evolving human consciousness, alternative therapies and nature as medicine.

Intro

How We’re Helping Make This A Successful Retreat Venue.

Owners Jason and Kay Kimpton have operated Conscious earth as a digital detox themed, natural holiday venue for many years. Over time their own journey and personal interests had steered them towards hosting retreats and workshops themed around evolving human consciousness, alternative therapies and nature as medicine.

Details

Developing The Conscious Earth Healing Retreats Venue

Challenge

Having taken their first steps into the retreat world, they realised they would benefit from some experienced guidance and a new boost of energy to move more rapidly into the work they wanted to be doing, contributing positively to the world around them and leaving only soft footprints upon the earth.

Being in new territory and needing the full suite of services to fast track their venue, they invited asked us to advise and recommend the quickest way to get to their goal. They had the basics in place but knew they needed to take some more steps before they were ready to grow. The time frame for this development is short at 1 year, and with a relatively tight budget. This project is ongoing.

Solution

The first step was to clarify as a group a clear trajectory for the development of the venue, detailing exactly the kind of work and events to host, in line with the existing ethos. Once decided this informed the overhaul of the website which needed redesign for mobile devices and the content reworked to reflect the new direction.

Social media profiles were revised to continue the ‘branding’ across platforms. Integration with Gsuite premium email hosting and business apps, plus Paypal gateway streamlined the booking processes. A site renovation and additions plan has been devised to enhance the facilities and allow for more event participants. This program will be undertaken in Autumn 2018.

Where Is It At Now?

 

As of 7th September 2018 engagement and conversions have increased exponentially and new collaborations are being developed, mostly gearing towards a busy year in 2019.

August 2018

The team had just spent many weeks working out the development plan and all were feeling very positive and uplifted by the clear view of the task before us. In what would be the first week of concentrated work on the venue by the whole team, the 2018 Algarve wildfires started and we ended up in the thick of it.

 

Our First Task Was To Survive The Wildfires Of 2018

Over many days we watched the wildfires approach our valley.  We made as many preparations as could be done to try to protect the land and property. The situation however, did not look good! We were prepared for immediate evacuation and how to limit the damages in case of fire.

At 2:30 am on a Monday morning we watched the flames lick over the crest of the last hills before the venue and start their descent into our valley. We were evacuating, though we didn’t want to.

The entire team had spent the last 4 days prior to evacuation, in their own way, building a bubble around the main property, used for events and is home base. We visualised the fire stopping at key boundaries, but also allowing for the fire to have it’s way with some 30 other hectares of the property that is little used.

When we returned to the property we found it in tact, with a tiny amount of fire and damage in one far corner, where the fire passed us by on it’s way up through the valley and over the hills. It was so ‘untouched’ that it appeared the windows weren’t even dirty. Many locals have been by to see ‘the miracle’ as you can see with your own eyes how the fire just stopped, completely right on the boundary line. despite evidence of showers of embers, nothing on this land caught fire.

 

And Then?

Buoyed by this outcome we are now doubly committed to making the venue a success, encouraged by the knowledge that we now know what must be done to ensure the venue can survive the next wildfires. Our emphasis is presently to conduct a program of clearing and felling that creates a zone of fire break that these scrub fires can not traverse.

Then we will set about building our new structures and perfecting the venue and our services. 2019 looks like it’ll be a great year here at Conscious Earth Retreats.

Testimonial

“We love having these guys around, they thrive on a challenge and love a bit of hard graft. Their support during the wildfires went way beyond the call of duty, thank you both so much!.”

Testimonial

“We love having these guys around, they thrive on a challenge and love a bit of hard graft. Their support during the wildfires went way beyond the call of duty, thank you both so much!.”

Jason Kimpton, Conscious Earth Retreats Co-owner

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