Queer Leadership Retreat 2022 🏳️‍🌈

Norfolk, UK

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216 reviews
Jul 4 - 6, 2022
Group size: 1 - 70
Queer Leadership Retreat 2022 🏳️‍🌈
Norfolk, UK

  • Email address verified
216 reviews

Jul 4 - 6, 2022
Group size: 1 - 70

About this trip

The 2022 Queer Leadership Retreat:

A three-day retreat during Pride season designed to give LGBTQ+ change-makers a chance to reflect, reconnect and reset. We're offering an exciting schedule of wellbeing workshops, self-empowerment sessions and panel discussions, all delivered by our We Create Space Collective.

Why join?

Well-being and mental health have to become a priority on the journey of any Queer Leader if we want to make long-lasting impact and change within our organisations and communities.  

Our bespoke programme will offer wellbeing sessions, workshops for reflection and facilitated important conversations. This Retreat is designed to not only help you embed vital self-care practices but also reconnect with yourself and others. 

Join this Retreat if you'd like to...

Become more informed and intuitive with the decisions you make as a change-maker.

Cultivate more confidence with knowing, connecting with and sharing your own story.

• Discover new self-care tools for managing your own mental health and wellbeing.

Hear new perspectives and feel empowered to lead, help and support others.

• Refresh and recalibrate your core values.

Understand better your actions, thoughts and beliefs as an ally of the entire LGBTQ+ community.

• Discuss, learn and get curious in a safe space.

Useful information:

DATE : Mon 4th - Wed 6th July

LOCATION : West Lexham, Norfolk, UK


COST : £400-£1000


West Lexham, a stunning venue nestled within the beautiful Norfolk countryside, UK.

By train: Nearest station is Downham Market, with direct trains from London Kings Cross (1hr25)

By car: 2.5 hour drive from London. 


See full programme at the bottom of this page.


All sessions delivered by our We Create Space Collective.


Comfortable clothing for a bit of movement.

A jacket in case we decide to take a walk outside. 


Trainers / outdoor shoes.

Journal / notepad / pen.

Yoga mats will be made available if needed.


To find out more about logistics for the event, please refer to our Logistics booklet.


There is signal and wifi in the main areas of the venue, however, please try to disconnect (create space!) as much as possible. 


All food and refreshments are included. Please inform us of any dietary requirements or restrictions ahead of time and we will try our best to accommodate you. Also if you have any allergies, please let us know in advance.


We'd advise not bringing any valuables that you don't want to leave unattended in the main function room.


Please let us know if you have any specific access requirements. Send us an email if you'd like to ask a question. Email: hello@wecreatespace.co

Do we offer subsidies?

We understand that not everyone is in a position to afford this event with everything going on right now. We're offering a number of free spaces to Queer Leaders and Activists who work for a charity / LGBTQ+ non-profit. Please apply via: hello@wecreatespace.co


Please read our Access Statement for more information on accessibility. We are doing our best to make the retreat as accessible as possible. If you have any questions about accessibility or suggestions you would like to make, please feel free to email us at hello@wecreatespace.co

Will your organisation fund you?

If you are part of a larger organisation, business or LGBTQ+ network you may be able to secure internal funding to attend these events. We’ve created a separate business case pack for you to use. 


Our Sponsors.

Special thanks goes to Pride at JTI who are kindly sponsoring these events. Their contribution will allow for more Queer Leaders from the charity and non-profit sector to attend.

What’s included

  • Workshops
    We've designed an exciting programme; a mix of wellbeing workshops, self-empowerment sessions and inspiring panel discussions. While also allowing time to rest and network.
  • Food
    We will provide all catering, with loads of freshly sourced produce. We will consciously prepare the food to be light, healthy and balanced but still nutritious and tasty.
  • Drink
    Teas, coffees and juices will be provided throughout the retreat as well as other refreshments at the end of the day. We'll also serve organic wine and beer with dinner.
  • Yoga and Movement
    All classes
  • Accommodation
    2 nights retreat accommodation. The venue offers a selection of comfortable single and shared occupancy accommodations, ranging from beautiful barns and cottages to glamping-style cabins and tents.
  • Transport
    Group transport to and from the venue (to local train stations).

What’s not included

  • Travel
    Flights, trains and individual transfers to and from the venue.
  • Medical Insurance
    Suitable and relevant medical and travel insurance to be provided by guests if necessary.

Available Packages

Community (Retreat only)

This self-funding community option only includes access for one person to the Queer Leadership Retreat from Monday 4th - Wednesday 6th July 2022.

It includes Shared Accommodation.

Corporate (Retreat only)

This corporate sponsorship option only includes access for one person to the Queer Leadership Retreat from Monday 4th - Wednesday 6th July 2022.

It includes Private En-Suite Accommodation.

It also includes the sponsorship of one free place for a Queer Leader who works for a charity or non-profit. If you wish your company logo will be included in certain marketing materials.



Available options

£25 Donation
£50 Donation
£100 Donation
£200 Donation


WCS Beyond-Pride Retreat
The Programme (not final)

Monday 4th July

Morning: travel to Downham Market

12:30pm - Group bus pick-up from Downham Market Station

1pm - Welcome / Lunch

2pm - Opening Session

with Maylis Djikalou and Michael Stephens

3pm - Room check-in and orientation

5pm  - Workshop - Queer Resilience: Grit with Grace  

with Dr Paul Taylor-Pitt and Tolu Osinubi

7pm - Relax - Community Connection

8pm - Dinner

Tuesday 5th July

7am - Early Riser Meditation 

with  Nick Kientsch

8am - Morning Movement Practice 

with Kanndiss Riley

9am - Breakfast

11am - Workshop - Navigating Queer Identity, Leadership, and Imposter Syndrome 

with Manuel Schlothauer and Yassine Senghor

1pm - Lunch

3pm - Workshop and Panel - Leading For (and through) Connection  

with Zachary Ames

5pm - Breathwork 

with Char Bailey


Mindful Eating Workshop. 

with Dr Sunni Patel

7pm - Dinner

9pm - Music and Meditation 

Wednesday 6th July

7.30am - Morning Movement Practice 

with Kanndiss Riley


7.30am - Meditation 

with Nick Kientsch 

8.30am - Breakfast

09.30am - Check-out of rooms

10.30am - Closing Session - What's Next?

with various WCS team members

12.00pm - Depart from the venue to Downham Market station

Your Organizer

216 reviews
We’re a global collective of Queer Leaders connecting communities with tools, knowledge and support networks for change and growth.


Incredibly welcoming atmosphere, guided with experience. Connections built with intent and longevity. Had an entirely positive impact on my life. Incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to attend.
By Yujx S for Who am i? | 15+16 Apr 2023 | TQ+ on Apr 26, 2023
It felt really special to be in group exploring what Queer Leadership is, given I have only ever been in spaces which centred straight white men as leaders. The speakers were all excellent and each brought a unique perspective with lots of learning in each of the shares. Speakers were also so generous with how personally they shared their own stories and answered your questions. I feel very grateful to have been part of the weekend as it really has had a profound affect on the way I view myself as a queer leader. I'm also learning more now about how I can be anti-racist and a better ally to my queer siblings of colour. Thank you to Maylis and Michael for creating and holding such a powerful space, I feel my queer inspiration battery is full (!) and I am committed to keep learning and what Queer Leadership means.
By Louise B for Who am i? | 25+26 March 2023 | LBTQ on Apr 17, 2023
It was a lovely group of folks. I don't know if I learned much about myself, but I did learn a lot about how others are thinking about these themes and conversations. I enjoyed myself.
By 🏳‍🌈Leandra S for Who am i? | 25+26 March 2023 | LBTQ on Apr 04, 2023
I had a truly transformative experience. It provide a warm and safe place to consider and explore that I had and hadn’t considered previously. The facilitators were both gracious and generous.
By Calvin S for Who am i? | 18+19 Feb 2023 | GBTQ on Mar 03, 2023
It was an amazing online event with great leaders from WCS (Michael, Maylis) and lot of interesting participants. Insightful retreat with a lot of learnings and also fun. Highly recommended for GBTQ men who want to find out who they are!
By Dirk F for Who am i? | 18+19 Feb 2023 | GBTQ on Mar 01, 2023
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I highly recommend We Create Space! I participated in a 2-day 'Who Am I?' Virtual Queer Leadership Retreat with other Queer leaders and it was truly transformational–I left forever changed. The intentional and purposeful programming by Michael and Maylis was so meaningful and well structured. The biggest draw for me was the community care and networking opportunity of being able to see and hear from other queer folx. This is what has been the hardest for me to find in my own personal journey.
By Luke L on 28 Jul, 2021
The workshop I attended literally created space in both my body and mind for exploration, curiosity and openness. It was wonderfully facilitated, inspired immensely by the speakers' talks and other queer participants sharings. It shifted the way I saw different aspects of my life and opened the room for more discovery. Definitely recommended to all queer people who want to learn more and increase their inner potential!
By Bers G on 09 Jul, 2021
I took part in a weekend Who Am I? retreat and highly recommend it. The group size is intimate so never feels too daunting and you're able to build connections well. Maylis was a fantastic organiser - felt there was great communication from pre-booking right through to afterwards. Michael is a fantastic host, he leads the retreat with from a place of kindness, vulnerability and openness I find really commendable. Whether you're new to self exploration or a seasoned pro - I think this is worth doing.
By Jamie M on 01 Sep, 2020
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