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The Visibility Retreat
16-18 September 2020 | East Sussex, UK

The Visibility Retreat is an empowering 3 day business retreat for big-hearted entrepreneurs, who want to become more visible in their businesses.

When you run a business, it can be a challenge to find time to press pause, reset and reflect. Sometimes it just feels like you’re on a treadmill and not taking time to really think about your business and your dreams.

Whether you’re a coach, florist, personal trainer, brand designer (or anything else in between!) you need to be visible in your business. People need to know, like and trust you before they do business with you. And they can’t do that if you’re in hiding!

This confidence-building retreat is exactly what you need to help you be more visible in your business.

I’m a huge believer in the immense power of retreats. Taking yourself out of your normal environment for a few days to recharge your batteries….in inspiring surroundings with other like-minded business owners….has such a positive impact on you and your business.

Creating this space to reset and breathe allows you to see your business, and what you want from it, from a totally different perspective.

At this retreat, you will find a nourishing & intimate space where you can connect with other supportive business owners.

The Visiblity Retreat is for business owners who would love some time out to reset & focus on what you really want from your business and how you’re going to achieve it.

With powerful masterclasses, a confidence-building personal branding photo shoot, gentle yoga sessions, grounding meditations, invigorating walks on the cliffs; this is a transformational experience where business and personal development come together.

To top it all off, you’ll walk away with some stunning personal branding photos that will elevate your brand and your business.

By the end of the 3 days you’ll leave feeling inspired, re-energised and with a new clarity. You deserve this time and space away.

vicki-knights-photography-7“What an absolutely corking few days. I feel like I’ve made some great friends and attended one of the best training retreats ever. What an inspirational and lovely lady you are. I would happily book onto your retreat every year!

Feeling uplifted, rested and positive about my business again…which is exciting. Onwards and upwards!
Kirsty Pratt

Want to know more about the Visibility Retreat?

The Workshop Location

You’re in for a treat!

I think it’s so important to have a special location for a retreat, and Florence House is certainly that. You’ll feel your shoulders drop the moment you walk through the door.

We’ll all be staying in the beautiful Florence House on the Sussex coast for the duration of the workshop.  The house stands in 6 acres of beautiful grounds and is less than 5 minute walk from the beach and the Sussex downs. Perfect for mindful walks on the cliffs and energising walks by the sea.

The price of the workshop includes all accommodation in your own bedroom (which is unusual for retreats as it’s normally on a shared room basis).  Bathrooms are shared between 2-3 people.

Florence House is located in Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 4JS. Under 1.5 hours from London via train. It’s only 50 miles from the M25 and less than an hour from Gatwick Airport via train.

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Vicki-Knights-Photography-26“The retreat has been amazing. 

Great location, great house, great food and wine. Not only have I learnt so much but I’ve also made some wonderful new friends.  I can’t wait to get going on improving my business.”
Sarah Bertram

Your retreat host

uk branding photographerHi, I’m Vicki Knights. I’m one of the UK’s leading branding & family photographers and have run my photography business for over a decade.

Prior to setting up my business, I had a successful 10 year career working in the advertising/marketing/sales industry.

I’m a lifelong learner and always have my head in a business or self-help book. I’m one of Marie Forleo’s 2013 B-School Alumni and am currently training in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) & positive psychology coaching.

I’ve been mentoring professional photographers for 8 years, have taught photography workshops to parents for 9 years and have been running sell-out retreats in this venue since 2016.

I also co-host the  award winning podcast for people photographers, Shoot Edit Chat Repeat, which features in the top 100 UK business podcasts. You can listen to my interview here if you want to learn more about me.

My work has been featured in many publications including Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, The Guardian, The Telegraph & Practical Photography.

I’m not saying all of this to blow my own trumpet (well maybe a tiny bit!), but to reassure you that you’re in safe hands with me as your host.

I live in Surrey with my husband and 2 boys (aged 11 and 9), our dog & cat. (Oh and 2 hamsters and fish, but they’re lower maintenance!) When I haven’t got a camera in my hand or my laptop in front of me, you’ll usually find me walking with my family in the woods, reading, doing yoga or giggling with friends over a bottle of wine.

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“Vicki is fantastic! Everything she does, she does with warmth, engagement and professionalism. The quality of her photography speaks for itself, and she makes the process fun, easy and genuine.

I can’t recommend highly enough!”

Rebekah Giffney, Occupational Psychologist

Thought-Provoking Workshops

headshotsEach day of the retreat, I will run a mini workshop with powerful exercises to help you take stock of your business, to reignite your passion and dreams, and to set achievable goals for the months ahead. Goals that will make you & your business more visible to your dream clients.

There will be time spent in smaller groups to work on the exercises together. It can be lonely working for yourself, so enjoy this time having light-bulb moments with other like-minded entrepreneurs.

Mini personal branding shoot

Would you love to get some gorgeous photos of yourself that attract your dream clients? You keep meaning to book a shoot but life keeps getting in the way? (and frankly you keep putting it off as you hate having your photo taken!)

Imagine having your brand photos taken in a stunning location when you’re feeling nice and refreshed. Not having to worry about what location your going to choose or whether you can fit a shoot into your hectic schedule.

I’m including a 30 minute mini branding session for every guest at the retreat, including 6 high resolution images (the price for this would usually be over £350 and it’s included in the retreat price). I will send you a detailed questionnaire beforehand, so I’ll capture exactly what you’re looking for in your half hour session. Whether it’s on the beach, inside the house or in the surrounding gardens; we’ll select the right location for your brand & you.

Find out more about my personal branding & headshot sessions here, and also enter your email address to get my free guide on preparing for your shoot.

Here are some behind the scenes photos of me shooting at Florence House.

surrey headshot photographer“Vicki is a delight to work with. She turns this potentially stressful experience into an easy and joyful one.

There is no fretting when opening the photos for the first time either as she’s a real master of her craft. Vicki makes everybody look their best. I am a fan and can’t recommend Vicki highly enough.”
Natalia Barbour

And here are some of the headshots I’ve taken around Florence House so you can get a feel for the area. We can also shoot inside the house or on the beach if that’s more on brand for you…we can decide the perfect spots for you beforehand.

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I’d love you to watch my short video below, to get a feel for how I work and what my clients say about the experience.

Watch the video

Yoga & Meditation

uk business retreatThis is the lovely Emily who will be our in-house yoga and meditation teacher for the retreat. We’re in for a treat!

We’ll be doing a yummy yoga nidra & meditation session with Emily on the first evening after dinner. That will set us up for a restful sleep before a gentle and rejuvenating yoga class, which we’ll have with Emily on both mornings. The room overlooks the gardens and it’s a magical way to start the day.

Don’t worry if you’ve never done yoga before. The classes will be accessible to all, and you never know, it may turn into a lifelong passion of yours!

I only started doing yoga regularly about a year ago, and it’s made such a difference to the way I feel and how I run my business. There are so many studies listing the difference yoga can make to your life.  It feels right to include yoga in the retreat, as I know it will benefit you too and you’ll leave feeling great in your body and your mind.

Emily is also going to be taking us on a guided open water dip in the sea on the last day for those of us brave enough, (just think about the health benefits!) and she is also offering deep tissue massages as well. Dreamy!

Vicki-Knights-Photography-29“Without doubt the best investment ever. Thrilled to have spent the past 3 days with this wonderful lady who went over and above to make this retreat an absolute delight. 

Such a wonderful 3 days. Everything – the venue, the food, the company of a lovely group. 

Vicki’s business & marketing knowledge is wonderful, and her openness and willingness to share and help. 

Worth every penny and more!”
Christine Burns

The delicious food

I love my food, so it was important for me to choose a retreat venue that serves tasty, nourishing food, and Florence House certainly delivers on that.

We will enjoy 3 homemade vegetarian meals a day together, cooked by their talented chef. And it’s all cleared up for us too, what a treat!

On the second night, there will be delicious organic wines with dinner, all included in the price.

Time to just be

As a business owner, it’s hard to find any time to yourself. So I’ve made sure there is time in the schedule for you to just be. Whether you want to spend that time getting stuck into that exciting project, put your feet up and read that business book that’s been on your bedside table for months or maybe you just want to walk by the sea and think.

It’s your time to spend as you wish.

vicki-knights-photography-39“Thank you so much Vicki for a truly inspirational and motivating three days. 

You have been incredibly generous and open-hearted. Loved meeting everyone, fabulous venue & food. A beautiful experience!”
Sarah Clarke 

Invigorating cliff walk

On day 2 I’ll be guiding you on an (optional) walk up the cliffs which are right next to Florence House.

There are many studies citing the benefits of walking in nature, and the ladies on my past retreats have said that the cliff walk was one of the highlights of the few days. We have deep business conversations, get our blood flowing and usually have a right giggle too (especially if it’s windy as you can see in these photos!)

The Retreat Plan

Day 1 – Reset
Everyone will be arriving at Florence House at 3pm, and the first afternoon and evening is designed to allow you to take a breath and reset.

Vicki will be running a short workshop and setting powerful exercises to help you to take stock of where you are in your business, and to remind yourself of why you do what you do. You’ll find this exercise is really useful to do before your branding shoot.

We’ll take a stroll down to the beach to blow away the cobwebs, recharge and with any luck, get to watch a beautiful sunset.

You’ll get to get to know to your fellow retreatees over a delicious vegetarian dinner. There’s something very special when a group of female business owners all get together.

After dinner we will have a meditation/yoga nidra session with a wonderful teacher, which will set you up perfectly for a restful sleep ready for day 2!

 

Day 2 – Relight
The second day of the retreat is all about relighting that fire within (but sadly without Take That to hand!) When you’re on the day to day treadmill of life, it’s easy to lose sight of why you’re doing this and that’s when you start lacking inspiration.

We will start the day with a reinvigorating yoga class (optional but recommended!) followed by a nourishing breakfast.

Vicki will then run a workshop to help you reignite your spark, and get you feeling excited about your business again. Energising break outs will help you gain momentum with your ideas.

Before lunch we’ll go on an (optional) guided walk on the cliffs, to think or talk through everything that came up for you in the morning’s workshop.

Then we’ll be enjoying another healthy delicious lunch together.

After lunch Vicki will be doing the branding shoots, so you’ll be enjoying (yes enjoying!) a 30 minute confidence building shoot with Vicki, and the rest of the afternoon is yours to spend as you wish.

Then in the evening we’ll be enjoying delicious wines (only if you want to of course!), sharing stories and chatting and laughing over a mouth-watering dinner.


Day 3 – Renew
The last day is all about renewing our focus for the months ahead. We’ll start the day with another yoga session to awaken our bodies and minds.

Then they’ll be a goal-setting workshop with Vicki to help ensure that you have a plan to reach those exciting dreams that you set yesterday. Goals that will help you to increase your visibility and become irresistible to your dream clients.

You’ll have a bit of time to yourself before lunch; finish that book, take a walk or get started on your plan. Then we’ll enjoy our final meal together before saying our goodbyes, and leaving feeling reset, recharged and fired up!

What an amazing experience! Vicki is so warm and open about all aspects of her business. 

I am leaving inspired and motivated to take my business to the next level.

 The group of ladies are so lovely, the venue and food fab. Thoroughly recommend this retreat – a true delight!
Clare Walpole 

How much will it cost?

The price of the 3 day retreat is £650 and includes the following:

  • 2 nights accommodation in your own bedroom at Florence House (bathrooms are shared but plentiful!)
  • A 30 minute mini personal branding shoot with Vicki Knights including 6 high resolution images  (delivered to you after the workshop, value of £350)
  • A powerful mini workshop each day to help you in your business
  • 2 morning yoga classes and 1 evening meditation class
  • Guided cliff walk
  • Delicious vegetarian home-cooked meals – 2 dinners, 2 lunches, 2 breakfasts, unlimited teas/coffees and fruit
  • Handpicked wines to enjoy on the 2nd night

You just need to get yourself there, and everything else is included!

£150 deposit is due straight away to reserve your place and the balance will be due at the beginning of August 2020, 6 weeks before the retreat. 

vicki-knights-photography-15“The retreat was soooo delightful…a truly amazing experience.

Vicki really does make you feel really special and give you the encouragement that you can go forward with your business.

This truly will be your best investment ever!”
Paula Jayne Photography 

If you would like to join us at the Visibility Retreat (and who can say no to 3 days of me time!), please fill in this form and I’ll send you all of the booking info.

Places are on a first come, first served basis. My other retreats have sold out quickly, so if you’re interested in joining us, please don’t hang about!

Scroll down to see my frequently asked questions. And do email me at vicki@vickiknights.co.uk  if you have any questions I haven’t answered.

Vicki-Knights-Photography-21“Thank you so much for the most amazing retreat. I feel really inspired and thankful.

You have been so approachable and easy to talk to that I am coming away totally clear in my mind on what I need to do.”
Emily Kathleen 

Have more questions?

How many people will be attending The Visibility Retreat?

I want to keep the group small as I think that allows for the best experience, so everyone can really get to know each other. There will be a maximum of 10 people attending (plus me and my right hand woman).

I need a minimum of 8 people for the retreat to go ahead.

I've been in business for a long time. Is the retreat still suitable for me?

Yes absolutely. I’ve run my business for over a decade now, and I hugely benefit from taking time out to step back and take a look at my business.

As a busy working mum, I know how tricky it can be to plan those big juicy goals and dreams, so business retreats are the perfect place to do this.

I haven't actually started my business yet. Will the retreat be suitable for me?

Yes I think if you have an idea of what your business will be, but need some time and space to formulate your plans, then this retreat will be a great place to help you do that.

You’ll also have other experienced business owners that you can bounce ideas off and leave the 3 days raring to go on your new business.

Can I see more photos and details of the retreats you have run?

Yes of course! I’ve been running retreats at this venue since 2016. My previous retreats were for family photographers, so 2020 is the first year that I’m changing it up and running it for entrepreneurs.

Here is a link to my last Delight Retreat in 2018.

Here is the link to my blog post with lots of photos from my first ever retreat in April 2016 and more details of what we went up to.

And here is the link to the blog post from my November 2016 retreat and the blog post from my 2017 retreat. 

And here are some of the blog posts written by some of the attendees after the retreat so you can hear about it in their words.

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Inga Keyes Photography
Sweet Pea Photography
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Vicky Holmes Photography 

I'm a photographer too. Can I attend? And are you doing to be running the Delight Retreat again?

Yes, you can definitely attend if you’re a photographer. It’s a perfect way for you to press the reset button and set some juicy goals for the future.

Please be aware that this is different from my Delight Retreat, this isn’t a photography workshop. We won’t be doing any family shoots during the retreat and I won’t be doing training which is specific to photography businesses (ie. pricing, shooting)

I have run the Delight Retreat for 4 years, and wanted to change it up this year and make it for female entrepreneurs, with more space and time during the retreat to think and reflect.

I plan to run another retreat in 2021, but am unsure yet whether it will be for photographers or entrepreneurs. I am running a 1 day Delight workshop for family photographers in London on 12th June 2020, here are all of the details.

I aim to create an online course for family photographers in the next few years. Please join my photographers mailing list to get free tips to help you in your business, and details of future workshops, retreats and online courses.

Can I claim this as a business expense?

Absolutely! 🙂

What if I change my mind after I've paid the deposit?

As with all online transactions, there is a 14 day ‘cooling off’ period, so if you change your mind within this time then your deposit will be refunded in full.

After this time the deposit is non-refundable, but you are welcome to find someone to fill your place.

I've never done yoga or meditation before, is that a problem?

Not at all. All of these classes are optional, but I highly recommend that you do join them.

They will be gentle and accessible to all, and you never know, you may love it and find a new-found passion!

I love the sound of the retreat, but really don't need/want the photo shoot

Drop me an email at vicki@vickiknights.co.uk and we’ll see if we can work something out.

I have another question you haven't answered...

That’s fine! Just drop me an email at vicki@vickiknights.co.uk and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

vicki-knights-photography-30“What an amazing time! Vicki’s larger than life personality, in-depth knowledge and warmth made this the BEST investment and business course I’ve been to. I walk out today, not just with more knowledge and excitement to put into practise what I’ve learned, but with lots of new-found friends. Thank you Vicki, I’m definitely DELIGHTED with my time spent here!”
Yolanda Goncalves Photography

vicki-knights-photography-18“The retreat absolutely exceeded by expectations and cover much more than I imagined. My mojo is back! Vicki, you are very open and giving with your knowledge.

You are truly inspiring and a friend for life. I look forward to putting everything into action now!
Nic Thomas

Vicki-Knights-Photography-11“It was such a great retreat. I needed an action plan to set my business up again and I’m definitely leaving with that. 

Your input and support will drive my business to succeed!”
Annie Renwick

Vicki-Knights-Photography-22“Above and beyond my expectations. Your style and delivery has been so positive and encouraging. 

I really enjoyed every aspect of the retreat and meeting you was the highlight! You are an amazing photographer and fantastic role model.”
Mona Naem Photography

Vicki-Knights-Photography-04“Brilliant!! An amazing few days with lots of positive ideas to kick my business into shape. I’m leaving the retreat feeling re-energised with a clear focus on what I want and need to get done to improve my business. 

So often I’ve walked away from a course feeling a bit let down. You have over-delivered on the promises you made. Thank you.”
Alex Bray