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Pilot Workshop: Planning Your Sabbatical

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Have you been thinking about hitting pause on your work life? Are you about to leave on a sabbatical and worried about your return? Are you worried about being able to explain your time away if you take a break in your career?  If so, this course is for you. I will help you craft a roadmap for your sabbatical so you can avoid common pitfalls and use your sabbatical to boost your career moving forwards.

You could just wing it. But, why leave it up to chance?  Why not join this course to craft a plan that will help you chart your sabbatical roadmap.

Benefits of the course
  • You will learn about the different options and types of sabbaticals, to determine which course might be right for you.

  • You will learn strategies for funding your sabbatical and carving out the time to take it.

  • You will be able to articulate the value of your sabbatical to others (including prospective employers)

  • You will have a roadmap for returning to your career, so you can hit the ground running and avoid some of the common challenges 

  • You will have strategies to get back to daily work without losing the psychological benefits of your time away


Details about the course: What you’ll get
  • Live 1-hour group coaching calls on 5 key topic areas

  • Recordings of the coaching calls

  • Email support

  • 30-minute 1:1 coaching session with Wendy Castleman

  • Structured materials for crafting a roadmap 


Curriculum and Class Meetings

This course includes five group coaching videoconference sessions and one personal 1:1 coaching session, as follows:

  • From Dreaming to Planning: Exploring what is possible and removing roadblocks - January 15, 2019 - 5:00-6:00pm Pacific Time

  • Determining goals and logistics, financing and timing -January 17, 2019 - 5:00-6:00pm Pacific Time

  • Documenting and Explaining Your Time Away  - January 22, 2019 - 5:00-6:00pm Pacific Time

  • Reconnecting and Getting Back To Work - January 24, 2019 - 5:00-6:00pm Pacific Time

  • Transitioning Back to Daily Work Life - January 29, 2019 5:00-6:00pm Pacific Time

  • 1:1 30-minute Coaching Session to address your unique needs (will schedule at a mutually available time)


If you cannot make the group meetings in-person, you can watch the recordings at your convenience.


Tuition $97 (discounted for the pilot class only! I ultimately plan to offer the full course for $497, but for this pilot I'm only going to charge $97. That is less than I charge for 30-minutes of 1:1 coaching, and you'll be getting that as a part of this course!)



Guarantee - If you attend all of the classes, do all of the homework and do not find yourself with a workable roadmap that you are confident in helping you take a successful sabbatical, I will help you craft some experiments to test your roadmap and improve it. If you conduct those experiments and make changes and still believe that it will not work for you, I will give you your money back.

Class-Limit - This pilot class will be limited so I can provide you with personal help and can learn what I need to know for the final course. There will only be 15 positions available for the pilot class.

A little background

I have taken a few sabbaticals in my life and have found them to be a tremendous boost to my life and career. Lately, I've been hearing of more and more people taking sabbaticals and wanting to take them.  With the changing nature of work and the "always on" state of technology, it seemed like there was something really interesting going on.  I conducted 35 interviews with people who have been on sabbaticals, are currently on them, or are about to embark on one.  

I am a certified coach, a design-thinking leader, a researcher and have been fascinated by sabbaticals for years.  Upon hearing about the challenges with returning from sabbaticals, I decided I'd try my hand at doing something about it.  I have been able to identify a structure for creating a roadmap for successfully taking and returning from a sabbatical, and I want to guide you through it.

A word about the pilot:  This course is a pilot.  As a pilot participant, you’ll have much more hands-on support than I am planning to offer in my final course. You also are paying far less than I anticipate charging for the final course. In return, I would like your candid feedback on the experience so I can improve the course and the experience for future attendees.  I will be soliciting that feedback live, in follow-up surveys and in the classes themselves.

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