Frequently Asked Questions & Testimonials
Unsure if The Visible Woman Retreats or Self-Development Days are right for you? Below are some answers to the questions I’ve been asked in the past.
Please feel free to contact me directly if you have a question that isn’t listed here and I’ll respond as quickly as I can.
What will I take away from the Course?
A shift in how you think about yourself, increased self-confidence, increased self-awareness, more understanding of your skills and qualities, enriched tools to deal with life and a clarity about your next step.
What if I don’t want to share as much as other women?
You choose how much or how little you share in the group. I offer a protective space where I will support and challenge you, so by opening up to me we will make greater strides in drawing out your passion to enable you to follow your dreams.
What support will I receive?
The support of myself with all the professional and life experience that I bring, along with support of the other women on the course.
What about confidentiality?
You can be assured of full confidentiality. This will be part of our agreement which I will explain at the beginning of the day.
Do you supply food on your courses?
The inclusion of each of my courses will be clear and explained at the time of booking. As a general rule of thumb, my morning courses offer tea, coffee, water and a selection of biscuits.
In my Self-Development Days I offer a mid-morning and afternoon break with tea and coffee, along with a break for lunch when you are free to bring a packed lunch or eat in the many nearby cafes.
My Weekend Retreats are all fully inclusive of all breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as mid-morning and afternoon tea & coffee breaks.
Obviously if you have any dietary requests, please just provide those on booking and I will liaise with the venue to cater to your needs.
Do you supply accommodation and meals on the Visible Woman Retreats?
Yes. As mentioned above, my weekend retreats are fully inclusive of all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) along with refreshments and all accommodation for the entire weekend.
Full details will always be clear on each specific workshop information page of my website.
What about breaks?
On my day long courses and weekend courses, there will be breaks in the morning and afternoon with a break for lunch.
What time does the course start and finish?
This can vary and will be outlined clearly in your booking confirmation. However normally my morning workshop registration is between 9.00-9.15am and we start promptly at 9.30am finishing at 12.30pm. My day courses are normally from 9.30 a.m. until 5.00 p.m, and my weekend retreats normally start at 4pm on a Friday afternoon and finish around 4pm on the Sunday.
What should I bring with me?
Just yourself! And a readiness for new learnings. Although I supply a journal and Visible Woman pen on my retreats, you may want to bring your own journal on my Day Workshops as this is an important resource to refer back to time and time again. Your business cards for any networking you might want to do with the new friends you’ve made.
What to wear?
What you like and I’d like you to be comfortable - layers are always a good idea. You may choose to dress up for the evening meals on the residential - it’s up to you.
“Finding that I could be both invisible and visible, that I had a choice and both were fine if chosen, was an amazing revelation and created huge possibilities that I can now begin to explore”Jo Aylwin
I feel so much more positive and empowered about my future!! I have learnt to believe in myself and I can achieve anything I want to.Jayne Kirk
Everyone has a place in the world, we just need to find it. Being at the Day Retreat makes you look at your positives and negatives and move nearer that place.Mandy
Very positive, vibrant, uplifting and fun – poring out the inner-fun-woman and inner-smile.Silke
It was a brilliant workshop, skillfully facilitated by Irene Brankin. I came to realise through the day that each member of the group held an aspect of my own journey. Witnessing others struggling and succeeding on this journey of life was self-affirming, reassuring and really heartening for I realised we are all in it together.