An intensive three-day training programme, hosted in Dar el Berkeh, Lebanon, 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 event is lead by Studio D Founder, Jan Chipchase. Mornings are focused sessions, afternoons more open. The setting provides an opportunity to reflect on your own career and realign to what’s next.
We've booked an 18th Century house in a quiet village, an hour from Beirut. Surrounded by thousand-year-old olive trees and overlooking foothills of pine and cedar. Lebanon is a good starting point to engage with the Middle East, with relaxed comforts, accessible nature and plenty of opportunity for adventure.
Limited to fourteen attendees.
Field / Retreats attract people from diverse backgrounds, from different life stages. Most attendees don’t have a background in research. Many are looking to broaden their skillset and world view.
Couples are discouraged in order to keep a balanced dynamic, but partners are welcome to join for the post-retreat experience.
We also offer a scholarship for two local attendees.
10th - 13th October 2018 / 3 nights
We suggest arriving in Beirut on the 9th October and staying the night in the city. Transport leaves from Beirut on the morning of 10th. The journey to the lodge takes an hour. Return transport is available on the morning of the 13th, or you can stick around and make a vacation of it.
An 18th Century lodge, in Dar el Berkeh, Lebanon
For those of you that want to extend their trip, our venue is a great jumping-off point for exploring the region.
The retreat price includes:
Three days of informing and inspiring talks, and walks
Lodge accommodation in four shared bedrooms, plus run of the house
Breakfast + dinner + banquet
Local transport to/from Beirut
Excludes: travel to Beirut, visa, lunch, alcohol.
In keeping with the spirit of popup studios, we have full access to the kitchen, and treat the space as our home. We cook breakfast ourselves.
Evening meals are cooked in-house with locally grown ingredients. A banquet on the second night is held in nearby venue. Lunch is not provided and is a good motivation to venture out of our grounds.
High quality caffeine is provided.
Let us know if you have any dietary requirements.
Sleeping arrangements are popup studio style.
Our fourteen attendees will share five, gender-split rooms. Given that we have full run of the lodge, if you prefer a bit more privacy, take your bedding in a quiet corner of the lodge and make it your own.
Rooms are assigned on the day of arrival.
There are two shared bathrooms between all attendees.
Weather-wise, the Mediterranean in autumn: sunny days and cool nights. Light jackets, plus wet-weather gear for hikes.
Our hosts, Nabil and Nana, will provide home-cooked meals. In keeping with the spirit of popup studios, we will help out in the kitchen. There will be a good supply of quality caffeine.
Sessions will be in English. Two Arabic speaking guides will also be available for local excursions.
Fly to Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport airport (BEY). We’ll take care of the transport from Beirut.
Many nationalities can obtain a Visa on Arrival (VoA) at the airport. Alternatively, obtain a visa through your local Lebanese consulate. You are responsible for your visa application.
Tickets are non-refundable. If you have a booking and can’t make it, we’ll be happy to help you find someone to buy your ticket.
BUSINESS OR PLEASURE?
Some of you may wish to claim the work portion of the retreat. For that reason we can issue a separate working receipt that covers the equivalent of an intensive two-day Field Research Masterclass ("Field Research 2-day Masterclass" for $1,999).