07 Feb For the Love of YOU 2017 Delights Attendees
What is it about TPG’s For the Love of YOU 2017 Luxury Lifestyle Reboot? What is that ineffable, heart-felt something people leave with on departure day? Attendees (without a hint of schmaltz) say things like “the weekend was life-changing!” and “I’ve been on a journey I don’t want to leave.”
Well for starters, it’s the location. Meadowood Napa Valley, with its oak trees and tucked-away cottages, offers a totally immersive “getting away from it all” vibe. And get away from it all one must; iPhones displaying “No Service” cause initial panic then lasting relief. And the conference rooms aren’t very conference-y. They’re more residential retreat, complete with crackling fire, than boxed in boardrooms.
And then there are the speakers … ahhh, the speakers. TPG is known for curating amazing talent for its clients, and this retreat was no exception. We kicked off the event with Ayelet Baron, a former tech executive who’s committed to making an impact on business, as we currently know it. Her book, Our Journey to Corporate Sanity, argues that purpose and profit must combine to bolster our next generation of corporate leaders. During lunch, we listened to Grammy-nominated songwriter and performer Ciaran Gribbin talk about his background in war-torn Ireland, and his belief that music has the power to bring people together. When he sang Brown Eyed Girl … well, let’s just say … few eyes were dry.
David Howitt, author of Heed Your Call and CEO of the Meriwether Group, discussed the merits of a personal hero’s journey — leaving what’s comfortable and tapping into the heart to manifest what you really want in life. Drawing upon the power of “and,” we learned we can be managers and artists, techies and yogis. Laura Munson, author of This Is Not the Story You Think It Is … A Season of Unlikely Happiness and creator of Haven Writing Retreats, closed by giving us the time and guidance needed to sort out the weekend’s common themes. She began by describing her let-down after reaching her life’s dream — becoming a New York Times Best Selling Author. The experience taught her that success is a myth. And if success is a myth, failure is a myth. Laura realized that happiness cannot come from outside circumstances; contentment comes from following one’s heart (seeing the weekend’s BIG theme yet?). She then led the group through a personally moving writing exercise, helping new and experienced writers mine their own hearts. The session ended with guests checking their calendars (iPhone service restored) in hopes of attending one of Laura’s upcoming Haven Writing Retreats in Montana.
All this … but let us not forget the meal and wine experiences that blew us away. Those special TPG touch-points that surprise and delight. The event space at Meadowood and the rustic barn at Davis Estates were artfully decorated by Dalton Fine of So Fine Event Design. We also, by the way, found time for exercise and quiet minds. Jessica Micheletti, yogi extraordinaire, lead the group through a journey comprised of fragrant oils, crystals, and live music. A fire was lighted in the fireplace while she helped the group climb into an alternate head-space (yes, live music and glowing fires during our yoga sessions … for real, ya’ll).
Finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t give a shout out to our sponsors, Channel Maven and CSI Destination and Event Management. They helped TPG continue this annual wild ride that is For the Love of YOU 2017.
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