Field / Phaya Taung

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  • Regular price $3,150.00

An intensive three-day training programme, hosted in a remote lodge in Myanmar, close to the Phaya Taung Monastery. The focus: 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 have full run of the lodge, kitchen and compound. 

We've run multiple projects in Myanmar and enjoy tracking down places off the beaten track.  


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.

We also offer two scholarships for local attendees. 


24th - 27th October 2018 / 3 nights

We suggest arriving in Yangon on 23rd October.


A rustic lodge, Myanmar, a short flight and boat ride from Yangon.


The retreat price includes:

  • Three days of informing and inspiring talks, and walks

  • Lodge accommodation, in 8 shared rooms assigned on day of arrival

  • Breakfast + dinner + banquet

  • Local transport from the nearest town

Excludes: travel to the venue, visa, lunch, alcohol.


In keeping with the sprit of popup studios, we have full access to the kitchen, and treat the space as our home. 

This means we’ll take in turns to cook breakfast and dinner; the local market nearby offers a variety of locally-grown produce. A banquet will be held in a special, separate venue, on the second night. Lunch is not provided and is a good motivation to head out of our grounds.

High quality caffeine is provided.

Let us know if you have any dietary requirements. 


We’ll operate popup studio style accommodation. 

Attendees sharing 8 rooms. If you prefer to sleep under the stars, it will be warm enough to sleep out on the deck.


Sessions will be in English. 

For those that wish to extend their trip, we can recommend great multi-day hikes. 

The weather will be warm, about 31 °C / 88℉. The villa has laundry services.

For newcomers to Myanmar, we’ll provide ample instructions on how to get there.

Two Burmese speaking guides will also be available for local excursions.

Reach out if you have any questions.



Our venue is a short flight from Yangon, Myanmar. 

There are multiple flights per day. Alternatively, the eight-hour train ride from Yangon provides just the scenery and experience to get you into the right headspace. 


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.


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).

Photos: from our Paddy to Plate project in Myanmar.