Topic: Innovate how you facilitate, train, and lead virtually.

Design your own workshops and sessions utilizing design thinking and best practices for learning and facilitation.

Join us for a unique and collaborative leadership development mini-retreat series led by Darin Eich, author of Root Down and Branch Out: Best Practices for Leadership Development Programs and Innovation Step-by-Step. This will be a human-centered virtual event with the feel of a retreat, not a passive webinar.

You’ll get the chance to hear stories, reflect, connect with others, and get re-engaged to your purpose as a facilitator, trainer, teacher, or leader in our new virtual era. You’ll get the chance to share your experiences and current challenge to get insight from others.

This will be a series of two 2-hour sessions where you can expect to connect in pairs and small groups as well as hear stories in the larger group. You’ll get to focus on challenges important to you and receive and share insight with others.

You’ll learn virtual facilitation and leadership in our new era through being a part of it. You also will be guided through designing your own virtual session you can facilitate in your work. You’ll also access new tools and techniques to help your with your own groups.

Please fill out our short form if you are interested in this program and watch our videos to learn more.

Included in this program:

  • Practical leadership strategies and facilitation techniques to apply in your virtual meetings, programs or shorter workshops

  • Learn-by-reflecting together as we work in zoom breakout rooms and use powerful tools like collaborative whiteboards

  • Innovative experimentation of promising new activities to create and design something important to you 

  • Storytelling and connecting with other awesome professionals in the organization culture space

  • Access to new ideas, tools and resources to innovate how you lead and facilitate

  • And most importantly, an opportunity to reflect and reconnect with your purpose in this virtual mini-retreat concept


Online Workshops Included in this Blended Program

To keep learning, you will also receive ongoing access to self-paced virtual facilitation workshops to help you design and lead innovative virtual experiences for your colleagues and clients. These include:

Facilitation Tools & Techniques

The Innovative Facilitator

Remote Facilitation


Storytelling Training for Leaders

About your host, Darin:

Darin Eich, Ph.D. is the founder of and He is the author of Innovation Step-by-Step and Root Down and Branch Out: Best Practices for Leadership Development Programs. He specializes in designing and leading innovative leadership programs that engage people in learning and doing design thinking. He has designed programs used by over 1 million people for organizations like Oxford, NASA, Medtronic, Pfizer, PartnerRe, & USA TODAY. He’s learned and practiced most of his leadership development craft at institutions like William & Mary, Maryland, Dartmouth, and UW-Madison.


Are you interested in a program like this? I’ll try to find times that work for our 2 hour retreats for those that sign up. I’d like to limit the size of this to a small group so you can get to know each participant. Please let us know on our form if you are interested in this program and why. Also, contact us if you need an educator or non-profit discount to take advantage of this opportunity.

Retreat Participant Reflections

Last year, we held a virtual workshop centered around leadership and facilitation. One focus of the workshop was to help leaders understand how to design more engaging and interactive workshops, meetings, events, and breakout sessions of their own. At the end of the event, we asked participants to reflect and share what they learned and thought about the process. Here’s what they had to say:

  • Watching Darin and learning from Darin just emphasized again that all of life is an experiment. You might do it and it might fail, and that’s okay. And the other takeaway is the importance of practice. My mantra is to never be in “performance mode” but admitting that I’m always just practicing and learning.
  • One thing that I’m taking away is to just start and do it, experiment. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I need to do for the presentation, and I think it’s about just getting started and putting things together is a good way to move forward.
  • For me, this workshop reinforced the concept of letting go of perfection. The impact of being messy – and positive outcomes that come from play and chaos! 
  • My takeaway was to continue to challenge the status quo. You can take almost any meeting and workshop and apply the things we learned to make it more fun, more engaging, and probably better results as well.
  • In my breakouts, a lot of my discussions were about being creative and not blocking the creative experience with so many thoughts that exist. So, breaking down those barriers and trying a new way.
  • One of the things that stuck with me is the rhythm of how we pace things. It’s almost like music, the way you mix short activities with longer ones and breaks. And even the way you group and regroup people. It feels like there is a pulse to it. You have to let go of control to allow this to work, which is hard when you are leading something and want it to work well. I really like how you showed us what your plan was and then showed us what the actual experience was like. You can’t blow off the planning, but you need to be flexible and nimble with how people are working.

Contact us if you would like to bring a virtual mini-retreat like this to your group.