Berkshire Corporate Retreats | Located in the Berkshires Hills
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WHAT IS THE IDEAL GROUP SIZE?
Group sizes can range from 6 to 50+ people. The most common size for a group is between 12—25 people.
WHERE DO YOU RUN YOUR RETREATS?
We run our programs in the Berkshires! We work with several local hotels, B&B’s and lodges to provide you with the experience you want within the budget that you’re looking for.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED EXACTLY?
Our offices are in Great Barrington, MA, one of the Best Small Towns in America, according to The Smithsonian Magazine. We love it here. We re-located from the New York City area about seven years ago and haven’t looked back! Here’s a link to driving directions.
HOW LONG DOES A RETREAT LAST?
Whenever possible, we suggest that the program lasts at least 3-days/2-nights so that your group has a real opportunity to immerse themselves in the experience and has ample time to connect, bond and reflect. However, we will work with whatever time you have available and makes sense.
DO YOU HAVE A SAMPLE ITINERARY?
As a matter of fact we have a few:
SEE OUR SAMPLE ITINERARIES
WHAT IS THE PRE-PROGRAM CONSULTATION LIKE?
It generally lasts about an hour and is designed to give us a better idea of your goals and objectives for the retreat. They can be conducted in person or via phone or video conference. We will discuss program length, themes, activities, and more. Our team will then create a suggested itinerary with specific activities and or workshops for you to review. Together we will finalize the itinerary, costs and lock down a date.
WHAT IS EXTENDED PRE-PROGRAM CONSULTING?
For an additional cost, we are happy to work with you on an extended pre-program consulting process that can include assessments such as a 360-Degree Feedback Process, interviews with the employees or the Executive Team, and more. The more information we have, the better we are able to develop a transformational program for your group!
WHAT’S THE TIMELINE FROM PRE-PROGRAM CONSULT TO RETREAT?
This can vary depending on the length of the retreat, activity types and even seasonal considerations. For example, a simple two-day team building retreat in November can be run within weeks of the Pre-Program Consultation; an extended, 4-day retreat that includes customized workshops and activities in the peak summer months could take a couple of months to plan and prepare for. Generally speaking, however, we understand that you’ve come to us with an opportunity or challenge that needs to be addressed promptly, so we’ll work with you to make sure your Team Retreat happens as soon as possible!
WHAT KINDS OF ACTIVITIES CAN I CHOOSE FROM?
Here is just a sampling of the types of activities you can choose from:
WHAT IS THE COST OF A TYPICAL RETREAT?
There are many factors that go into the investment for a retreat that it’s almost impossible to give a cost or even a range. Things to consider include: Length of Retreat; Size of Your Group; Type of Accommodations; Activities; Workshops; and Meal Options. Each program price is calculated based on all the above and more. Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions about cost.
WHAT IF WE JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN WITH NO CLASSROOM TRAINING?
Some teams want to be formally led in all activities and some want to be let loose to do it themselves. We can integrate as much “training” into all activities as desired. All of our activities and components can be customized to reflect whatever level of guidance and learning desired.
WHEN IS PAYMENT DUE?
Once we have finalized the itinerary and chosen the dates, we will ask for a non-refundable deposit in the amount of 50% of the retreat cost. This will allow us to secure program leaders, activities and accommodations. The second half payment is due one week prior to the retreat date.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE RETREAT?
We offer a post-retreat follow-up plan which will help reinforce learnings and bring actions plans back to the workplace. The usual retreat includes one post-program session. Additional post-program options are available for your group as well, including:
Professional Development Coaching
Leadership Development Programs
Monthly Advisory Services
WHAT HAPPENS IN BAD WEATHER?
Some activities will be cancelled in bad weather. Your meeting planner will provide you with a suggested packing list so you’ll be prepared no matter what.
For any other questions, or comments, please contact us.
In 2005 Sabrina and Mike Jaffe co-founded the Mike Jaffe Company (which was renamed to SAVIA Leadership in 2019), a global leadership development firm that unlocks the potential of individuals and teams through conscious communication, experiential learning and transformational conversations. Through a carefully selected team of coaches, facilitators and change agents, they deliver high-impact training and development programs and executive coaching to some of the country’s fastest growing companies.
Now with Berkshire Corporate Retreats, they want to share their passion for helping people, teams, and organizations transform their work through facilitated adventure experiences here in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. By taking their proven programming and delivering it in an out-of-the office retreat environment, magic happens! Your team will bond, learn, recharge and engage with a new-found energy and enthusiasm.
Mike Jaffe, President & Founder MBA, CC, CLPC
Mike Jaffe is a nationally-recognized speaker, seminar leader, executive coach, best-selling author, and founder of SAVIA Leadership, a global leadership development firm that unlocks the potential of individuals and teams through conscious communication, experiential learning and transformational conversations. He is committed to championing programs that bring perspective, tools and support to the workplace, enabling increased professional success and accountability together with a better quality of life.
Mike has appeared as a featured expert on CNN, Fox News, New England Cable News and has been published and quoted in the Wall Street Journal, MSN, CNBC, US News & World Report, Crain’s NY Business, Entrepreneur Magazine Radio and other national and regional media outlets.
Mike’s programs have impacted business results for industry leaders such as BuzzFeed, Freewheel (a Comcast Company), Birchbox, Starbucks, PepsiCo, FanDuel, Dashlane, Disney Interactive, GE Capital, Glaxo Smith-Kline, Pernod Ricard, and other companies ranging from the Fortune 500 to small businesses.
Prior to founding his company, Mike’s career experience includes business consulting, strategic planning, new product development, client retention and loyalty for major global players such as American Express, Marsh and McLennan and JP Morgan Chase. He received his MBA in Management and Marketing from New York University and his BBA in Management and Finance from SUNY Albany.
Sabrina Jaffe, Co-Founder MBA
Sabrina is an entrepreneur dedicated to supporting people’s shifts in consciousness, communication and community, as they navigate the intricacies of leading, growing, or starting a business or creative endeavor. She is an artist, spiritual seeker, avid traveler and humble student of the people and cultures of our world.
She and her husband are co-founders of SAVIA Leadership, a global leadership development firm that unlocks the potential of individuals and teams through conscious communication, experiential learning and transformational conversations.
During a 9-year career with Coach Inc., Sabrina held several positions including Director of International Sales, responsible for developing Coach’s wholesale business worldwide. She also began her own consulting business, Sabrina Jaffe LLC, which provided independent retailers and start-ups with expertise in sales, marketing, merchandising and product development.
Sabrina earned an MBA in Management from Fordham University and a BBA in Marketing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Currently she facilitates circles for women that provide a structure for each woman to tune into her inner values and self-expression, and bring her gifts forward into the community and the world. She is proud to sit on the board of an international non-profit dedicated to empowering women and girls worldwide.
She is grateful to live in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts with her husband and two children.
Jaime Higgins, Director of Events, BCR
Jaime joined SAVIA Leadership in 2015 and is currently the Director of Client Services and Berkshire Corporate Retreats; focusing on Client and Business Management. Her ability to manage a multitude of tasks in a fast-paced environment with complex moving parts is where she thrives.
Jaime partners with executive coaches, facilitators, and change agents, to deliver high-impact training and development programs to some of the country’s fastest-growing and Fortune 500 companies in the world. Jaime is an HBDI® Certified Practitioner helping teams transform the way they interact, communicate, and perform through powerfully facilitated Whole Brain® Thinking.
As an active member of youth and advisory boards, she is civically engaged in her community. As an advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion awareness, she Co-founded a local volunteer organization, Berkshire Unity Through Community aimed toward the pursuit of fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all while striving to identify and eliminate barriers that prevent full participation. Jaime prides herself on continual personal and professional growth, raising her family, and empowering herself with the daily mantra “I am deliberate and afraid of nothing”- Audre Lorde
Lyndsey Porter, Project Coordinator
Lyndsey Porter joined the SAVIA Leadership Team in November 2020 as the Administrative Assistant and has quickly climbed the ladder as Project Coordinator and Associate for our Berkshire Corporate Retreats division.
A Berkshire native, Lyndsey started building her customer service skills at a young age by working at her family-owned and operated restaurants and convenience store. She went on to earn her B.S. in Sports, Entertainment & Event Management from Johnson & Wales University. Starting as an Administrative Assistant after college, she moved quickly to Sales & Catering Coordinator and onto Social Sales Manager.
Her background in hospitality has allowed her to gain a wide range of skills and experience, including administrative support, sales, and event planning/coordination, to name a few. Her duties and responsibilities were diverse and required her to be constantly learning. As a result, she thrives in a fast-paced environment while adapting to the ever-changing needs of the business.A gift of the Covid Storm, she found her way back to her administrative roots.
Being the heartbeat of the office while bringing positive energy is where she feels most at home. Lyndsey enjoys spending time with family, entertaining friends, baking, and being a dog lover in her free time. Creating sunshine with the cards you are dealt is her outlook on life.
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SAVIA Leadership is a global leadership development firm that transforms the human side of leadership through conscious communication, experiential learning, and transformational conversations.
“Mike Jaffe’s approach to leadership development and coaching has changed our entire leadership mindset in only a few months! As our company faces seismic market changes and the need to reorganize to grow our position, our leaders are faced with the challenges of “playing bigger” and doing more with their teams. Mike has helped us to permeate the hearts and minds of our people with this proactive attitude. He recently facilitated several workshops and delivered his keynote at our leadership conference where he provided tangible takeaways and tools that are already having a meaningful impact on our executive team and broader leadership group. With an authentic style and manner, he has connected with us to teach simple but important ways to build trust and foster communications amongst team members. The result is greater collaboration and higher performing teams. We are lucky to have Mike as our partner and consider him a key secret to our success!”
– J.Baer, President, STRATA (A Comcast Company)
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