If you’re a CEO or executive in your organisation, who wants to radically improve your own and your company’s capability, rendering the competition nonexistent and earn the love and loyalty of your customers and team, then join me for the Southern Soak, in stunning Queenstown in 2019.

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You round the corner on a lazy drive from Queenstown and all of a sudden it hits you.  A breathtaking valley opens up so unexpectedly that it nearly knocks the air out of your chest and all time seems to stop for an instant.  

Your brain’s playing catch up with the incredible scene before you: majestic mountains, a shimmering lake, it’s wild and it’s free and it’s BIG and there’s a little part of you that gasps at quite how remote you’re going.  

There’s a power and a deep intense beauty in this place that unabashedly carves out your interior and then hits you with the big questions.

It’s radical realignment and ruthless sloughing of the unimportant and in the shock of it somewhere you feel wonder, strength, peace like you haven’t had in months and it’s ELECTRIC.

As you grapple with reality you’re reminded of monks on a pilgrimage to high mountains or a retreat to deep forest and you can feel the anchoring silence beginning in your bones.  

There’s no distractions here, nowhere to stuff things in cracks unnoticed, frankly there probably won’t even be cell coverage given the size of the wilderness.  This is the *perfect* place to get to what’s really going on, and you can hear your spirit calling.

Welcome home.

Once a year we welcome a small group of travellers to a very special part of the world for a deep dive into personal and professional growth.  The Mount Aspiring National Park is the PERFECT place to spend 5 incredible days in the company of a select handful of CEOs and Executives who are bent on building an inspired, purpose-driven and wildly fulfilling future for their companies.


The Benefits


So what can YOU expect if you spend 5 incredible days (and 6 star-studded nights) masterminding your business AND enjoying yourself on a wilderness adventure in the mountains?

  • Well, what if you got all the help you needed to begin to truly simplify your operations and be free of the enterprise baggage and complexity that gets in the way of real progress?

  • And what if you could work at the speed of a disruptive startup without losing your enterprise-scale advantage?

  • And how good would it feel to know you’re making real, sustainable cost savings in your business operations that won’t kill customer experience?

  • Wouldn’t it be great if someone could join the dots between mindfulness practice and practical steps to harness those benefits in the real world so that you not only performed better in the office, but also had time for those things that are really important outside of work?

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Whether you’ve been thrust into a new role demanding BIG CHANGE, or you’ve done it before, we’ve got you covered.

You’ll be receiving our ultimate toolkit and virtual backpack for building responsive organisations with 3 killer bundles for OWNING a transformation program:

  • Creating a strategy for the customer-led organisation

  • Talking and WALKING brass tacks implementing radical, transformational change

  • And critically you’ll learn how to keep your sanity in the maelstrom

We’ll help you to gain new insight into value and waste in organisations (and the real levers for productivity), teach you our ninja secrets for blitzing the competition and we’ll make sure you’re set up with a template for hypothesis-driven development in your organisation - freeing the team, and enabling you to move faster than you ever expected.

And that’s not even the best bit.

By the time you leave your confidence is going to be SKY HIGH for NAILING transformational change and you’ll have an energy that’s MAGNETIC - you’ll discover compelling executive gravitas and the skills you need to influence and lead a revolution in your company, no matter the odds.

Would THAT be worth coming to Queenstown for?


We sure think so!

Plus: You’ll get to pick our brains even BEFORE you set foot on a plane!

Yep, to make sure you’re organised, primed and ready to get every drop of the good sauce out of this amazing experience, we’ll get together on a group call BEFORE the event to coach you on specific background information to bring along in order to MAX OUT the value of this unique opportunity - and that’s priceless!

This is YOUR opportunity to work totally interactively with us ONE-ON-ONE addressing your EXACT areas of concern and helping you identify blind spots, solve challenges and 10X your transformational power in organisations… and so much more.

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  • By the end of this retreat, you will have at your fingertips the tools to refine your processes and systems with seemingly limitless possibility for improvement.

  • We’ll show you how to identify waste in your organisation and do the work that has meaningful impact for customers - so no matter the challenge you can zero in on what’s really important and ruthlessly prioritise for maximum impact.

  • You’ll discover how to let go of long-held structures that no longer serve you in today’s fast paced environment.  

  • You’ll learn to lead at speed, develop your personal resilience and uplift your threshold for dealing with uncertainty and ambiguity - turning it into competitive advantage that allows your company to move faster than you ever imagined.

  • Immersed in New Zealand’s stunning wilderness landscape you’ll have the chance to understand and test your own limits physically, emotionally, intellectually.  The result? Awareness, deep self knowledge and the confidence that comes with knowing when you’re playing in your box and when you’re ready to step outside it.

  • We’ll teach you the secrets of remaining present and grounded so you can be WITH people no matter the chaos around.  

  • After working with our communication specialists, you’ll show up authentically, navigate the organisation and not lose the integrity of your message.  Coupled with laser-like focus on customer value, you’ll be unstoppable.

This retreat is DEFINITELY for you if:

  • You’re a hidden Man or Woman of Steel just waiting to bust out the badge

  • You’re daydreaming of a way to cut through the complexity, get to the meaningful work and build something bigger than yourself

  • You have big, audacious goals for yourself, your team, your company, the planet

  • The things you learned in that MBA just don’t seem to cut it anymore and you’re looking for a fresh perspective

  • You care deeply about your team and deep down you *know* there’s a way to get the job done without compromising your own values

  • You wanna knock it outta the park with some kick-ass business hacks that’ll have them mouth-open-sit-down-stunned-can’t-get-enough of what you’re capable of

  • You’re curious just how far you could go, given the right environment and the right support (including the difficult questions)

  • You’re both excited and nervous about this trip!


Who will NOT benefit from this retreat?

  • Anyone who’s strongly invested in maintaining the status quo, being a victim of circumstance or being right instead of fulfilled and happy

  • Anyone who’s not prepared to do their own inner work and overcome their own beliefs

  • Anyone who’s unwilling to make an investment in themselves because they don’t think they’re worth it

  • Anyone who thinks we have a magic wand and will “fix” them, rather than getting the support they need to change

  • Anyone who isn’t willing to take a leap of faith


The Venue

A destination site for thrill seekers and snow bunnies, Queenstown features in many film productions due to the stunning mountain backdrop.  The township boasts gateway to some of New Zealand's most beautiful wilderness areas and you’ll be staying right in the heart of it all - Glenorchy.

Nestled at the head of the Lake, Kinloch Lodge rests 70 km from Queenstown, a stunning drive along the lake with views of the Humboldt mountain range, through ancient native beech forests and lush alpine valleys.  Kinloch is as accessible as it is out-of-the-way. The lodge provides a fitting wilderness outpost for reflection and growth.

We’ll be spending 6 fabulous nights under the stars, pampered by our amazing hosts Toni and John Glover and their all-star team who want nothing more than for you to settle in and soak on up all of the amazingness at the top of the lake.


The Food

Just to be clear, after a day hike in the mountains there is nothing I like better than settling into the comfort of an armchair at Kinloch and tucking into the sumptuous menu - it’s perfect for both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Whether your game is wild venison or foraged greens you’ll find the food fresh, fulfilling and a delight for the taste buds.

The breads are baked fresh daily on site and much of the food is sourced locally or from the garden. You’ll have the chance to experience great kiwi hospitality and unadulterated cuisine that really shows off the flavours of good produce raised right! If you don’t eat this or that - no worries - have a chat with us and Toni and John are happy to accommodate food preferences.

P.S. the Kinloch Carrot Cake really is world-famous (check out TripAdvisor if you don’t believe me)

If that’s not tempting enough - I’ve planned a special evening with nutritionist Amanda Hanna who will be preparing us a meal fit for kings and queens where we’ll be learning about the food that fuels high performance and exceptional health. (yes detailed recipes will be provided for you to take home!)


The Adventures

A trip to these mountains wouldn’t be complete without some amazing outdoor adventures and luscious indulgence… and there will be PLENTY of opportunity.

For the locals, mustering stock, fire fighting and many day-to-day activities in this rural environment rely on having helicopters as part of regular operations.


We’ll ensure you get the chance to experience this stunning landscape from the air and all the adrenaline that goes with dropping into the wilderness for some backcountry work on the way out (and it won’t be purely physical!).

Speaking of not having the words - you’ll have a chance to cement your nonverbal skills with our equine leadership session.  

We’ll truck you out to Paradise for an afternoon of reflection and deep self work with our non-human coaches who have a certain knack for rooting out incongruence and making sure you stay present and grounded to communicate your message clearly.  (don’t worry, you don’t need horse experience, most of our participants have never laid hands on a horse before they undertake our program).

And just as you can feel your breathing getting tight in your chest at the thought of all that excitement… You’ll be getting *schooled* by our breathing coach Emma Ferris who’ll help you unlock the tension you never knew you had that’s blocking you from communicating effectively and dragging on your resilience like someone left the handbrake on and didn’t tell you.


Benefits for you:

  • You'll learn practical tools for organisational and self-reflection

  • You'll have increased confidence, an improved capacity for navigating uncertainty and greater personal resilience

  • You'll develop greater executive presence, through deep personal insight into your own communication style and preferences and how you "show up" to others

  • You’ll walk away with a template for transformational change in your organisation that’ll blow the competition outta the water.

  • You'll have access to the alumni network and mentoring program: a community of like-minded professionals with a vast collective intelligence

Benefits for your employer:

  • People who can keep-step with an ever increasing pace of change

  • Individuals who are better under pressure

  • Leaders with greater executive presence, bolstered influence and collaboration skills

  • Colleagues who develop deeper insight, are more effective communicators and savvy problem solvers

About Queenstown

Ok, so as a kiwi I’m biased, but you have to admit, New Zealand is *stunningly* beautiful.  A country of incredibly diverse habitats - from alpine to desert to rainforest - Aotearoa, the “land of the long white cloud” is a cacophony of microclimates, showcasing four seasons in one day.

They say the only constant in life is change, and that life thrives at the edges - well that’s this little collection of volcanic islands in a nutshell.

And we have THE pick of the bunch for you.  If you had to name one iconic New Zealand township, Queenstown and the surrounding lakes region would be it - this is Lord of the Rings country where every vista looks like a postcard.  

We’ll be spending 5 outstanding days enjoying the simple life in a cosy heritage-listed homestead on the shores of Lake Wakatipu.

You’ll be doing your best work surrounded by picturesque scenery at every turn, with a group of passionate, high performing individuals you’re now lucky enough to call friend.

Imagine sitting back after the day of adventure with a local Pinot Noir or craft beer, grounded and smiling, watching the mountains change pink and orange... reflecting on how good it feels to be lined up, and bringing your whole self to your work.  Satisfaction in the bones is hard to beat.


The Ins and Outs 

What’s included:

  • Four deep-dive capability sessions with Danelle + lots of juicy retreat conversations all week

  • Pre-trip Preparation Class

  • One private 45 minute clarity session with Danelle to ensure you’re set up for success

  • Boutique accommodations single occupancy 6 nights at Kinloch Lodge

  • Four delicious dinners and six beautiful breakfasts at Kinloch Lodge

  • Cooking class adventure with nutritionist Amanda Hanna who’ll share the secrets of food for resilience and better brain power

  • Breathing masterclass with Emma Ferris, who’ll unlock the tension you didn’t even know you were carrying, that’s blocking your effectiveness in the office and presence at home

  • 1 hour equine leadership session, where you’ll get up close and personal with one of our non-human coaches in a safe environment to test your congruence, alignment and depth of understanding in how your actions show up for others

  • A heli-orienteering experience to test your new skills in the wilds and unpack the practicalities decision making in a challenging landscape

  • There will be one airport pick up on arrival day (Sunday) and one airport drop off on departure day (Saturday) included (if you arrive at an odd time we can arrange pickup at an extra charge).

  • Personal attention - we have only 10 places available to ensure you get the one-on-one time you need with our coaches and other guests

And the bonuses:

  • BONUS: An individual communication style assessment, including debrief and tailored personal development plan to help you identify, and then shift your frame

  • BONUS: Forever access to our set of online stretching classes including video and audio tracks that you can take anytime, anywhere

  • BONUS: When you join the tribe alumni network you’ll connect with like-minded leaders out there changing the world

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What you’ll take home:

  • Life-changing memories and bodily intelligence of your wilderness adventures - knowing what it feels like to have a “whole body YES” - DONE.

  • Your template for implementing hypothesis-driven development that frees the team and sets a breakneck pace for the competition DONE.

  • Our ultimate toolkit and virtual backpack for building responsive organisations: from strategy, to implementation and how to keep it together in the big move. DONE.

  • Your most pressing questions, challenges and blind spots identified, answered and DONE.

  • Your sky-high confidence and energy that’s incredibly magnetic to your team and the people you need to make change happen - Compelling executive gravitas DONE.

What's not included:

  • Your round-trip airfare from home

  • Any travel visas or immigration requirements if you’re travelling internationally to reach us

  • Activities on your morning-off (such as ziplining, canyoning, massage, horse riding, jet boating and more!)

  • Other non-included items would include souvenir shopping, personal phone calls, laundry...

  • Personal, medical or trip cancellation insurance


Arrive into Queenstown on November 4th, before 1pm if possible so we can pick you up and get you settled in to the Lodge that evening.  We recommend you depart with our airport drop-off on Saturday, November 9th after breakfast. We’ll have one airport pick-up on Sunday November 4th and if you are not arriving in time to be on that transport we can help you arrange your own taxi or rental  car (at your cost). Same situation going home.

Who’s Teaching?

Danelle Jones is an enterprise transformation executive coach and founder of tribe Leadership Retreats. She’s passionate about leadership development, nerds out on communication theory and trust models and good luck prying her away from wild mountains and the great outdoors.

Her hands-on experience leading multi-million dollar organisational transformation programs and eclectic approach is prized by clients for finding pathways into truthful insight and self development that gets right to the core without sacrificing a playful, creative approach. She loves nothing more than getting down and dirty in the trenches with clients and all the richness of complexity that goes along with big endeavours.

Little known facts about Danelle: She holds a degree in architecture, is a volunteer rural firefighter and has been buddies with “Chief” (her retreat co-teacher and head of Equine Operations at tribe) for over 20 years.

read more about her here


Frequently Asked Questions

+ What are the dates again?

We have 5 days of teaching lined up for you starting Monday 4 November thru Friday 8 November 2019.

+ How do I get there?

Our venue is a 45-60 minute drive from Queenstown Airport to Kinloch. There will be one airport pick up on arrival day (Sunday 3 November) and one airport drop off on departure day (Saturday 9 November) included (if you arrive at an odd time we can arrange pickup at an extra charge).

+ What should I pack?

Dress code is casual business, bring with you comfortable clothes for a casual setting with peers from diverse organisational backgrounds. You'll also need clothing for gentle stretching in the morning and outdoor hiking-type activities. Please do ensure you bring warm clothes as temperatures can drop unexpectedly in an alpine climate, or alternatively swimmers for the hot tub also work (but it's a cold streak down the hill back to the room). Please pack at least one pair of closed-toe walking shoes.

+ Do I need a travel visa?

Please check visa requirements for your stay through New Zealand Immigration here. If you have any questions we would be happy to assist.

+ What's the Climate like?

During November, in spring, you can expect temperatures to range between 8-22C (46-72F) as the area eases into long summer evenings. An alpine climate, weather can be changeable and it is always best to be prepared for the sometimes sudden drops in temperature. Snow is rare on the ground in the township even in winter when the ski fields are at their peak. You can read more about Queenstown's climate and seasons here.

+ How fit do I need to be?

We cater for all bodies and all levels of mobility. We fundamentally believe these techniques should be available to all and we are happy to work with you to ensure everyone has a chance to participate in a meaningful way. If you have any questions please reach out.

We build our programs assuming that you are able to work through a one hour beginner's yoga class, could walk comfortably for a 2-3 hour gentle trail hike, or perhaps an hour swimming in the lake is more your style. We also cater for ultrarunners and handstand yogis, wheelchair access and differing learning habits.

+ How do I convince the boss?

If you're seeking funding, or the time off work to participate, our employer support kit helps you to structure a conversation with your boss and peers about what you're up to and what the benefits will be.

Download our employer support kit here.

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Hey and don’t forget we have some bodacious bonuses for you too:

  • BONUS: An individual communication style assessment, including debrief and tailored personal development plan to help you identify, and then shift your frame

  • BONUS: Forever access to our set of online stretching classes including video and audio tracks that you can take anytime, anywhere

  • BONUS: When you join the tribe alumni network you’ll connect with like-minded leaders out there changing the world


Our Cancellation Policy

Any cancellation will result in a total loss of the $800 NZD deposit.  Any cancellation made between: August 1st, 2019 - September 1st, 2019 will result in a loss of 50% of the trip price.  Any cancellation made between September 2nd, 2019 and Arrival Day (Sunday, November 3rd, 2019) will result in a total loss of funds.  We reserve the right to cancel the trip if it is not meeting the trip minimum (if we do so your deposit is refunded in full). We reserve the right to determine if you are not a good fit for this trip (if we do so your deposit will be refunded in full).  Trip cancellation insurance is always recommended whenever making travel plans.


Our Guarantee

We love what we do and we believe your experience will be a powerful one.  If you attend the full course and are dissatisfied with the retreat, we will refund your payment in full.


So… are YOU heeding the call to come to Queenstown?

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