The Visibility Retreat
22-24 September 2021 | 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, photographer, 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.
Photos below are from the Sept 2020 retreat…we were so lucky to get lovely hot weather!
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 Visibility 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 short but powerful masterclasses, a confidence-building personal branding photo shoot, life-affirming yoga movement & breath classes with the amazing Emily, 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.
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). To stick to the new Covid guidelines, I am limiting numbers at the retreat so everyone will have use of their own bathroom (not en-suite).
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.
“The Visibility Retreat was fabulous…filled with empowering workshops, yummy vegetarian food (and wine!) relaxing yoga with the inspirational & hilarious Emily, cliff walks and time getting to know other small business owners.
After a stressful few months of home-schooling and staring at my own four walls, it was AMAZING to escape for a few days by the sea to work ON my business instead of IN my business.
Our host, Vicki, is one of the warmest, kindest and engaging ladies I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and she held mini brand shoots so we could all be more visible in our businesses.
If you do get the opportunity to go on Vicki’s business retreat, I can highly recommend it as being a perfect tonic for the soul (and for your business!)”
Karen Young (2020 attendee)
Your retreat host
Hi, 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’ve recently trained in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) & success 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 (ok 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 13 and 10), our 2 dogs, puppy & cat. (Oh and a few 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, binging a Netflix series, spinning, practising my downward dog or giggling with friends over a bottle of wine.
During the retreat, I’ll run 2 mini masterclasses (around 45-60 mins including break outs) with powerful exercises to help you take stock of your business, to reignite your passion and dreams and help you get more visible in your business.
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.
“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
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.
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.
Yoga & Meditation
This is the wonderfully joyful Emily Graves who will be our in-house yoga and meditation teacher for the retreat. We’re in for a absolute treat!
We’ll be doing a yummy yoga nidra (sleeping yoga!) session with Emily on the first evening after dinner, in the magical yurt then we can just fall into our beds, bliss!
Then we’ll have yoga movement & breath sessions with Emily on both mornings.
Don’t worry if you’ve never done yoga before. There’s no handstands or awkward poses here! Emily’s yoga movement classes are simply wonderful. They are the perfect combination of movement, stretching, breathwork and will put a big smile on your face and make you feel amazing.
I only started doing yoga & breathwork regularly a couple of years ago, and it’s made such a difference to the way I feel and how I run my business. There are so many studies sighting the difference yoga can make to your life. It feels right to include yoga & movement, 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 (and possibly the first evening if it’s warm!) for those of us brave enough, (totally optional but just think about the health benefits!) and she is also offering deep tissue massages as well. Dreamy!
“I have attended two retreats run by Vicki. Both have been well organised with great attention to detail and lots of extras which have been carefully thought out.
Vicki’s Visibility Retreat was the perfect balance between masterclasses, downtime and wonderful activities to promote wellness and mindfulness.
The masterclasses challenged me and will have a lasting impact on how I continue to run my business. The movement classes were filled with joy & laughter – a wonderful part of the retreat.
Florence House is the perfect location for a retreat, close to the beach (great for a dip in the sea) wonderful cliff top walks and the food was amazing.
The branding photo shoot was so much fun. Vicki captured my personality and left me with a wonderful library of authentic images that I can use to market my business.
Would I go again? Yes without a doubt! The retreat left me inspired, relaxed and boosted my confidence. Thank you Vicki.”
Kathryn Goddard (2018 and 2020 retreat attendee)
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 first night we’ll be enjoying some tasty jun-kombucha with dinner, and on the second night, there will be delicious handpicked 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.
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 giggle too….especially when I get them to try and spell out words like this (it’s ‘renew’ in case you weren’t sure!)
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 run a mini masterclass, setting powerful exercises to help you to take stock of where you are in your business.
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 yoga nidra session with a our wonderful teacher Emily, in the magical yurt. This will set you up perfectly for a restful sleep ready for day 2!
Below are some iphone snaps of the first evening of our 2020 retreat…so lucky to get that beautiful sunset!
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 movement and breath class with Emily followed by a nourishing breakfast.
Then we’ll go on an guided walk on the cliffs, to blow away the cobwebs and revitalise us for the day ahead.
Vicki will then run a mini masterclass with breakouts to help you reignite your spark, and get you feeling excited about your own personal brand again. You’ll find this exercise is really useful to do before your branding shoot.
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. You can also book in for a relaxing Jing massage with Emily during this time.
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 movement session with Emily to awaken our bodies and minds and put a big smile on your face.
Followed by a bracing dip in the sea for those brave enough!
You’ll have a bit of time to yourself before lunch; finish that book, take a walk on the cliffs or start planning how you’re going to use your gorgeous new branding photos! Then we’ll enjoy our final meal together before saying our goodbyes, and leaving feeling reset, recharged and fired up!
“Vicki created a wonderful space on her retreat for us to re-connect with ourselves and our businesses, and to create new connections with each other. She helped us to step out of the day to day, explore the impact we wanted to creat and consider what’s needed to get there.
The programme was well thought out and allowed plenty of time for rest, relaxation and fun as well as thinking, talking and planning.
From yoga to cliff top walks and sea swims via lovely meals, long conversations and of course the workshops…I came away with a renewed energy and excitement for what’s coming in my business.”
Jo Williams (2020 retreat attendee)
How much will it cost?
The early bird price of the 3 day retreat is £675 (increasing to £725 after 01/5/21) and includes the following:
- 2 nights accommodation in your own bedroom at Florence House with use of your own bathroom
- A 30 minute mini personal branding shoot with Vicki Knights including 6 high resolution images (delivered to you after the workshop, value of £350)
- Two powerful mini masterclasses to help you in your business
- 2 morning yoga movement & breath classes and 1 evening Yoga Nidra class with Emily
- Guided cliff walk
- Delicious vegetarian home-cooked meals – 2 dinners, 2 lunches, 2 breakfasts, unlimited teas/coffees
- Handpicked wines to enjoy on the second night and handcrafted Jun-Kumbucha on the first 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 2021, 6 weeks before the retreat.
* If the retreat is unable to go ahead due to Covid restrictions at the time or if you are unable to attend due to illness, the £150 deposit will be credited to a future retreat date in 2022 or be put towards branding or headshot session with Vicki.
“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 time to yourself!), 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 email@example.com if you have any questions I haven’t answered.
Have more questions?
I am keeping the group small as I think that allows for the best experience, so everyone can really get to know each other. Due to the pandemic, I’m currently restricting numbers and there will be a maximum of 10 people attending (including myself and Emily our in-house yoga teacher). This may increase slightly if restrictions have been completely lifted by Sept 2021.
Yes absolutely. I’ve run my business for over 12 years 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.
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. Plus you’ll walk away with some gorgeous branding photos to help start your business with a bang!
Yes of course! I’ve been running retreats at this venue since 2016. My previous retreats were for family photographers, 2020 was the first year that I changed it to the Visibility Retreat for entrepreneurs.
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 are some of the blog posts written by some of the attendees after the retreat so you can hear about it in their words.
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 taken the content from my Delight Retreat and turned it into an online group training programme for family photographers. You can see details here, and get your name on the waitlist.
I ran my Delight Retreat for 4 years, and wanted to change it up in 2020 and start running a different retreat for female entrepreneurs, with more space and time during the retreat to think and reflect.
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.
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.
Not at all. All of these classes are optional, but I highly recommend that you do join them. They are yoga movement classes, so lots of fun and no handstands or splits in sight!
They will be fun, gentle and accessible to all, and you never know, you may love it and find a new-found passion!
Drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll see if we can work something out.
You will have around 20 images in your gallery to choose from and yes, you will be able to purchase additional images if you wish to.
This retreat will be a lovely opportunity to have some me-time away from our homes after the many months of lockdown. 🙂
There will be a maximum of 10 of us on the retreat including myself, Vicki, and Emily our yoga teacher. Florence House is a large airy space, so we will be able to keep a safe distance from each other.
The yoga will take place in a very big room where we will will be over 2 metres from each other. The dining room is large and we can sit over 2 tables and keep a sociable but safe distance from each other. At our 2020 retreat the weather was lovely so we were able to have breakfast and lunch outside in the gardens.
The masterclasses can take place outside (weather permitting) or in the large room used for the yoga.
Many of our activities such as the photo shoot, walks etc will all take place outside.
Everyone will have their own bedrooms and access to their own bathroom.
That’s fine! Just drop me an email at email@example.com and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.