Field / Retreat


We occasionally run three-day retreats for practitioners, usually up in the mountains.

Field / Sichuan

26th/27th/28th September 2017 / 3 nights

An exploratory three-day retreat, deep in Sichuan, China, to discuss and learn the how-to and why-to of running international field research. For anyone that wants to inform and inspire design, product, brand and strategy.


The retreat takes place in a comfortable alpine lodge, situated in the beautiful foothills of the Qionglai Mountain Range, two hours from Chengdu. It is surrounded by miles of forests, temples and hiking, including the stunning Qingchen Mountain. Our hosts, are excellent chefs, and provide hearty home cooked meals, including fresh eggs from their free range chickens.

Limited to 12 people.


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Field / Yoshino

16th - 19th October 2017 / 3 nights

This retreat takes place in Yoshino old town in Nara Prefecture, Japan, two hours by train from Kyoto and deep in timber country. The town is surrounded by lush forests and has over twenty working timber mills. 

Two venues are booked for the sole use of attendees: Our main accommodation is a traditional ryokan, that sits by the Yoshino river. Working sessions will be run out of a nearby atelier. 

There is also the old town of Yoshino, nearby communities and of course miles of countryside, temples, hiking and more.