Women as Leaders

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Tue 05Mar
Thu 07Mar

How you show up matters

Facilitator: Bec Davison & Steffi Bednarek

The word ‘leader’ represents the delicate ecological interplay between self, others and the world. We are not separate from the world and the world is not separate from us. Learning how we are in relationship with ourselves, others and the world can allow new forms of responsive and regenerative leadership to emerge.

Early Bird pricing finishes at 5pm on Tuesday 5th December.


Event time: Tue 5th Mar 2024 at 2:30pm - Thu 7th Mar 2024 at 4:00pm

At a Glance

  • Immerse yourself in a learning journey that disrupts the habitual, listens to voices that are seldom heard and nourishes underrepresented and exiled qualities.
  • Explore the internalised conscious and unconscious assumptions of our roles as leaders in a time of deep change.
  • Engage with systems theory, complexity thinking, emergent processes, trauma informed practice and soul and place based perspectives.
  •  A beautiful setting for this work with nourishing food.

Participants Will Gain

  • Immersive Exploration: thought-provoking discussions and activities that challenge societal perceptions of leadership and encourage you to embrace your unique qualities.
  • Empowering Community: Connect with women who share experiences and aspirations, creating a powerful network of support and inspiration.
  • Personalised Guidance: As part of the course you will be offered follow up days to help you navigate any barriers that may hinder your journey.
“One of the criticisms I’ve faced over the years is that I’m not aggressive enough or assertive enough, or maybe somehow, because I’m empathetic, it means I’m weak. I totally rebel against that. I refuse to believe that you cannot be both compassionate and strong.” Jacinda Ardern
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The Course

The very word leader can exclude women – even those in leadership positions.

The dominant narrative of the heroic leader is so intrinsically woven into the cultural fabric that it is hard for us to have consciousness about the ways it tells us who to be, how to be and what to be. This is how the status quo is often replicated by the insidious patterns that sneak into many change initiatives.

Bec and Steffi believe in disrupting the conscious and unconscious messages that have been internalised by many.

The course will use a 3-phase integrative approach, to experience self in world, self from world and how to experiment our way forward with different perspectives. The aim of the course is to disrupt the conscious and unconscious messages that have been internalised by many.


Your Stay

Hawkwood is a stunning Grade II listed 19th Century country house, surrounded by 42 acres of sustainably managed woodland, farmland, and gardens. Set in the heart of the Cotswolds – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – it is a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. With a diverse selection of nearly 150 courses, there’s plenty to choose from, including courses in transformative leadership, future thinking, inner life, music and the arts. Our programme of courses is led by experienced tutors and leaders in their fields.

What Is Included

Both residential and non-residential rates are available. Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.

Additional Activities

Mindful walking through our woodland trails
Meditate in our Woodland Sanctuary
Go on a hike and explore the Cotswolds AONB
Discover surrounding charming market towns

Price Options

£837 Early Bird Non-Residential
£897 Early Bird Residential Shared
£939 Early Bird Residential Single
£985 Non-Residential
£1055 Residential Shared
£1105 Residential Single


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Early Bird Non-Residential Deposit
£ 250.00
19 available
Early Bird Residential Shared Deposit
£ 250.00
19 available
Early Bird Residential Single Deposit
£ 250.00
19 available

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Practical Information

Arrivals from 2:30pm. The course will begin at 4pm.

As elements of this course will be taught outside, please bring suitable clothing.

Bec Davison

Bec started her career working with people experiencing homelessness, and later with those who faced the additional challenges of severe and enduring mental health issues, after her degree in social philosophy. This journey deepened her commitment to serving socially excluded populations. To expand her knowledge and skills, she pursued a Masters in Social Work, where she delved into the study of systemic discrimination and complex systems.
While she appreciated the insights gained from obtaining an MBA, she felt a calling towards systems thinking and complexity, as a means of understanding how to navigate relationships with oneself, others, and world. Bec has taken her learning into working with those who experience systemic discrimination including women and those from the global majority. Bec believes that without growing consciousness of self, others and world, we are at risk of compounding the very systems that harm.

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Steffi Bednarek

Steffi is a Climate Psychology Consultant with 20 years of experience in depth psychology, complexity thinking and trauma informed practice. She has worked for local and national governments, the corporate sector, the Council of Europe and large NGOs. She has managed national and international projects, headed up large mental health services and worked on socio political change for women’s projects. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, the BBC and numerous publications. Her book “Being Human in a time when the familiar is dying” will be published next year.

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