The Visibility Retreat
21-23 September 2022 | East Sussex, UK
The Visibility Retreat is an empowering 3 day business retreat for big-hearted entrepreneurs, who want to develop their own personal brand (and fall back in love with their businesses in the process!)
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, 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. Visible in a way that feels right for you and is aligned with your personality and values. You don’t need to be going live on Facebook or pointing & dancing on Instagram reels to build a powerful personal brand. 😉
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 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 powerful workshops, a confidence-building personal branding photo shoot, life-affirming yoga movement & breath classes, invigorating walks on the cliffs; this is a transformative 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.
“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)
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.
Your retreat host
Hi, I’m Vicki Knights. I’m one of the UK’s leading branding & family photographers and set up my business back in 2008 (yep right at the start of the recession!)
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 personal development book. I’ve trained in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), I’m a certified confidence coach and I’m currently training as a Positive Psychology coach practitioner.
I’ve been mentoring professional photographers for 8 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, our 2 dogs & 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 (or two!)
During the retreat, there will be 3 workshops led by myself and marketing expert & coach Jo Williams of Chapter and Verse (here Jo is on our last retreat!).
These short but powerful workshops will help you to understand and free yourself from what might be holding you back in your business, to reignite your passion and fill you with confidence.
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 mini branding session for every guest at the retreat including 3-8 high resolution images (dependent on which package you go for. The price for this would usually be over £350 and it’s included in the retreat price.
I 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
“The Visibility Retreat was blissful!
And I love the photos. They are the best photos that have ever been taken of me. You captured my personality perfectly. Thank you!”
Chiara Stone, founder – Hoobynoo (2021 attendee)
Below are some of the images I’ve taken around Florence House at my retreat the last couple of years so you can get a feel for the venue. 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 lovely Louise Rogers who will be our in-house yoga and meditation teacher for the retreat. We’re in for an absolute treat!
We’ll be doing a yummy Yoga Nidra (sleeping yoga!) session 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 on both mornings.
Don’t worry if you’ve never done yoga before. There’s no handstands or awkward poses here! The classes 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. There are so many studies sighting the difference yoga can make to your life.
It feels right to include yoga & movement in the retreat – you’ll leave feeling great in your body and your mind, therefore giving you more confidence in your business.
“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.
While the rest of the group are having their photo shoots with Vicki, you can spend time creating your vision board guided by Jo & Louise.
This is the perfect time to start thinking about all of your big goals and dreams for the future!
Or you may want to spend that time getting stuck into that exciting project, putting 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 around 2pm, and the first afternoon and evening is designed to allow you to take a breath and reset.
We’ll kick with a dynamic workshop with Vicki all about visibility. You’ll look at the beliefs that may be holding you back in your business and you’ll learn some powerful tools to overcome these fears and fill you with confidence.
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 run by Louise in the magical yurt. This 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 movement and breath class with Louise followed by a nourishing breakfast.
Then we’ll go on a guided walk on the cliffs, to blow away the cobwebs and revitalise us for the day ahead.
Vicki will then run a personal branding 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 confidence building shoot with Vicki. The rest of the afternoon you will be able to work on your vision board for what you want in your life & business or simply have some time to yourself.
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 (and a firepit if it’s a dry evening!)
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 Louise 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!
Jo & Vicki will then run our last mini workshop of the retreat, this time on marketing and practical tips on how you can be more visible in your business in a way that aligns with your values and feels authentically you.
Then we’ll enjoy our final meal together before saying our goodbyes, and leaving feeling reset, recharged and re-invigorated!
“The Visibility Retreat was a wonderful experience and really made me reset how I approach my business.
The photo shoot was a joy and Vicki makes you feel so comfortable.
I had a great time with some lovely people and I suspect I may well be returning!”
Danielle Thompson, founder of Sustainablee (2021 attendee)
How much will it cost?
There are two pricing options and both include the following:
- 2 nights accommodation in your own bedroom at Florence House (most rooms have use of their own bathroom and there are 2 en-suites if you wish to upgrade)
- A mini personal branding shoot with Vicki Knights
- A 1.5 hour online connection call/group journalling session the week before the retreat
- Three powerful mini masterclasses to help you overcome your fears of being more visible, gain clarity of your own personal brand and increase your visibility in a way that feels right for you
- 2 morning yoga movement & breath classes and 1 evening Yoga Nidra class with Louise
- All supplies to create your own vision board at the retreat
- 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!
Below are the two pricing options available:
– All of the above included
– A 45 minute branding shoot at the retreat including 2-3 outfit changes and your choice of 8 images (from a gallery of over 30 images)
– Price: £875 (SOLD OUT)
– All of the above included
– A 15 minute headshot session including your choice of 3 images (from a gallery of over 10 images)
– Price: £755 (SOLD OUT)
There are two private en-suite rooms available for an additional charge of £40 – first come first served! (SOLD OUT)
Sorry, the retreat is now sold out, thank you! Please enter your details below to join my mailing list and make sure you don’t miss out on my 2023 Visibility Retreat. You’ll also get my 8 tips to help you prepare for your next branding shoot.
“The Visibility retreat was perfect.
A very welcome break with a group of wonderful women with time to focus on my approach to my business.
I was a little daunted about having my photos taken by Vicki as I’m not a fan of pictures of myself – but she made the whole experience so relaxing and fun. I ended up having a great time and loved the results.
Thank you Vicki!”
Elizabeth Watts – 2021 attendee
If you would like to join us at the Visibility Retreat (and who can say no to 3 days of time away from your busy life!), please fill in this form and I’ll then let you know as soon as bookings are open.
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 make sure you’re on the waitlist by filling in the form above.
Scroll down to see my frequently asked questions. And do email me at firstname.lastname@example.org 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. I’m currently restricting numbers and there will be a maximum of 12 people attending (including myself, our in-house yoga teacher and marketing expert, Jo Williams).
Yes absolutely. I’ve run my business for well over a decade 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 mindset work 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!
This year I have 2 different pricing options so you can choose if you want a quick headshot session or a 45 minute branding session. There is availability for 5 longer sessions and 4 headshot sessions.
Yes you will be able to purchase additional images if you wish. They are priced at £25 per image and there are discounted packages if you purchase more than 4 additional images.
If the retreat can’t go ahead, I am unable to run it or you can’t make it, then your deposit will be moved to my retreat the following year or to a headshot or branding session with me.
That’s fine! Just drop me an email at email@example.com and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.