Retreats

FEED YOUR SPARK RETREATS

Extraordinary Gatherings for Changemakers

 

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Testimonials

Working with Jeff has changed my life in deep and profound ways.

Through reflecting, writing and re-directing my time and energy, and through his method of making me challenge my inner dialogue and decision making process, I now look at all my work as an opportunity to find creativity and joy and I look for ways to encourage others with whom I work to find and re find their spark.‘Realigning’ provides a next level of focus and understanding of how to live a sparky life each day. To be able to meet such beautiful and gifted people is inspiring within the context of Jeff’s methods of explorimenting and living “GLEE.” If we were all to meet at Hallelujah Farm or some other amazing location without Jeff, the experience would simply not be the same. Jeff’s life’s work is so fun and deeply meaningful that is honestly hard to describe.

Rob Meehan, Director, Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf

2016-09-28T12:37:06+00:00

Rob Meehan, Director, Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf

Through reflecting, writing and re-directing my time and energy, and through his method of making me challenge my inner dialogue and decision making process, I now look at all my work as an opportunity to find creativity and joy and I look for ways to encourage others with whom I work to find and re find their spark.‘Realigning’ provides a next level of focus and understanding of how to live a sparky life each day. To be able to meet such beautiful and gifted people is inspiring within the context of Jeff’s methods of explorimenting and living “GLEE.” If we were all to meet at Hallelujah Farm or some other amazing location without Jeff, the experience would simply not be the same. Jeff’s life’s work is so fun and deeply meaningful that is honestly hard to describe.

Jeff has been a true guide to me.

He is the mad-wizard, the court-jester, as well as the King of all Sparks. His heart is huge & his love for the world around him is awe-inspiring. I love Jeff’s unswerving commitment to his important life's work of helping others help themselves and help change the world! I was constantly amazed by the complete devotion & dedication—& self-sacrifice—he gave to our group.

Marc Harrington

2016-09-28T12:55:04+00:00

Marc Harrington

He is the mad-wizard, the court-jester, as well as the King of all Sparks. His heart is huge & his love for the world around him is awe-inspiring. I love Jeff’s unswerving commitment to his important life's work of helping others help themselves and help change the world! I was constantly amazed by the complete devotion & dedication—& self-sacrifice—he gave to our group.

Thank you for seeing me, for seeing what was special in each of us.

Thank you for the countless hours that you have put in for each and every one of us – not just at the two retreats but in all the planning, thinking, coaching, responding, visioning and for making us all feel special and worthy of having a good life! Seeing the possibility, telling and showing us that you believe in us. Thanks for the individual attention that you gave me, thanks for caring about my dietary needs, thanks for being funny and for all of your kind words. Thanks for making sure we were pampered with really incredible food and beautiful accommodations. Spark on! I want to spark it forward because of you!

Chris Meehan, Chief Community Impact Officer, Vermont Foodbank

2016-09-28T12:56:45+00:00

Chris Meehan, Chief Community Impact Officer, Vermont Foodbank

Thank you for the countless hours that you have put in for each and every one of us – not just at the two retreats but in all the planning, thinking, coaching, responding, visioning and for making us all feel special and worthy of having a good life! Seeing the possibility, telling and showing us that you believe in us. Thanks for the individual attention that you gave me, thanks for caring about my dietary needs, thanks for being funny and for all of your kind words. Thanks for making sure we were pampered with really incredible food and beautiful accommodations. Spark on! I want to spark it forward because of you!

Jeff – You nurtured, protected and encouraged each of our small sparks.

With great skill, uncanny insight and a deep well of compassion, you merged these lonely flames into a leaping conflagration of hope and love. I’m so glad to have been a witness and a support to the magic you created.

Kate Jellema, Director, Center for New Leadership and
Associate Dean for Graduate & Professional Studies
Marlboro College

2016-09-28T12:59:12+00:00

Kate Jellema, Director, Center for New Leadership and
Associate Dean for Graduate & Professional Studies
Marlboro College

With great skill, uncanny insight and a deep well of compassion, you merged these lonely flames into a leaping conflagration of hope and love. I’m so glad to have been a witness and a support to the magic you created.

Jeff helped me change my mindset, and how I approach living in ways that I will always carry with me.

Jeff changed my life by helping me realize that I only have my Good Life if I prioritize (in lots of day to day decisions) living that which matters most to me, and not the million other things that get in the way of doing so. Jeff's lessons should be obvious to all of us, but it takes a concerted effort...and months of practice...to really start living your GLI.

Phil Kolling, Leader of AmeriCorps/Vermont

2016-09-28T13:04:02+00:00

Phil Kolling, Leader of AmeriCorps/Vermont

Jeff changed my life by helping me realize that I only have my Good Life if I prioritize (in lots of day to day decisions) living that which matters most to me, and not the million other things that get in the way of doing so. Jeff's lessons should be obvious to all of us, but it takes a concerted effort...and months of practice...to really start living your GLI.

 

Our Commitment

Out of our commitment to make a positive difference in the lives of people around the world who are working to make a positive difference, we have created these extraordinary one and two-day gatherings for changemakers to have an experience of renewal and energizing work.

Through our “Feed Your Spark” retreats we bring people together around great food in settings of spectacular natural beauty for shared reflection, brainstorming and stimulating conversation.

Working for the greater good can feel overwhelming and be draining. To remain energized, people working for mission-driven organizations including foundations, universities, leadership training programs, engagement initiatives, non profits and social enterprises need the space, support and skills to feed their own spark.

Our carefully designed Feed Your Spark retreats create the opportunity for participants to enjoy:

♦ Quiet reflection in a place of great natural beauty

♦ Thought-provoking teaching/guidance from The Sparks Center founder Jeff Bercuvitz with a focus on practical tips for steps you can put into action to feed your own spark

♦ Honest meaningful conversation with an intimate group of fascinating people who are working to make a positive difference in the world

♦ Eating delicious food in a lengthy evening meal designed and prepared by gifted chefs, where each course reflects one of the keys to feeding your spark we will have discussed.

Are you ready to be re-energized?

Contact us to discuss how we could customize a Feed Your Spark retreat for your staff, your board, and your grantees.

This stand alone retreat is also an ideal way to begin and/or close the Energizing Change Leadership Training program.

We lead these retreats regularly in Vermont, Ithaca, New York and Tanzania but we can create one for you as well right where you are.