Sense / Kathmandu - 2019

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  • Regular price $3,250.00

An intensive three-night training programme on Sensemaking For Impact, held in the hills overlooking Kathmandu, Nepal. This is for anyone that wants to inform and inspire design, product, brand and strategy, and change how the organisation thinks and does. 

All too often the sensemaking process is the most stressful part of the field study, leaving the team exhausted and generating mediocre results. We'll share Studio D's systematic approach to set the team up for success, generate inspired insights, and ensure consistently high quality deliverables. 

The event is lead by Studio D Founder, Jan Chipchase. Mornings are focused sessions, afternoons include immersive activities. The setting provides an opportunity to reflect on your own career and realign to what’s next.

We've booked an beautiful, sprawling estate that includes the main lodge, two cottages and an expansive terrace with stunning views of Kathmandu Valley. Situated at 1,800m it is surrounded by rolling hills with villages and temples in walking distance.

Given that October/November is trekking season, our team will take off on the 1st November for the 11-day Langtam Trek (moderate difficulty, to 5,000m), which you are welcome to join—we'll split the costs based on the number of people going.


Sessions are highly interactive and draw on Studio D's and the attendees experience of sensemaking for impact with corporate, start-up, non-profit and government clients.

Attendees will learn the art and science behind the Studio D sensemaking process to deliver lasting results, including:

  • The sensemaking mindset
  • Understanding what makes an optimal sensemaking space
  • Identifying missing team skills and domain knowledge
  • Effective cross-cultural team dynamics
  • Identifying and mitigating cultural and cognitive biases
  • Finding the right balance between data, sensemaking and application 
  • Handling sensitive data and legal issues
  • The fundamentals of storytelling and when to apply them
  • Minimising inappropriate use of findings
  • Effective use of frameworks
  • Transitioning from a data wall to a report wall—the basis for reporting
  • Team and client psychology
  • Working with clients in field, during the handover and following through
  • Working with quantitative and data science teams
  • Why, when and how to engage the media


Limited to fourteen attendees.

Studio D Retreats attract people from diverse backgrounds and life stages. Past attendees have included designers, researchers, film makers, strategists, founders, VCs, and NGOs, from independents to those working for some of the world's most interesting organisations. All have an international mindset and many are looking to broaden their network of likeminds, skillset and world view.

We also offer a scholarship for two attendees from Nepal, India or China. Suitable candidates can apply here.


29th October - 1st November 2019 / 3 nights

You can arrive in Kathmandu on the 29th October—it takes less than an hour from the airport to the lodge and we can arrange airport pickup. The event formally starts at 5pm on the 29th, and attendees are welcome to arrive from midday if they wish to explore the area.

Return transport to Kathmandu or Kathmandu Airport is available on the morning of the 1st November.


An unique hillside lodge, close to KathmanduNepal.

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:

  • Four days of informing and inspiring training

  • Lodge accommodation in shared bedrooms, plus run of the estate

  • Breakfast + lunch + dinner + banquet on the second night

  • Local transport to/from Kathmandu or Kathmandu Airport

Excludes: travel to Kathmandu, visa, alcohol, insurance, optional trek.


In keeping with the spirit of popup studios, we have access to the kitchen, and treat the space as our home. We cook breakfast ourselves.

Lunches and evening meals are cooked in-house with ingredients grown locally. A banquet on the second night is held in nearby venue. 

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 seven gender-split rooms. Given that we have full run of the estate, if you prefer a bit more privacy, take your bedding in a quiet corner and make it your own.

Rooms are assigned on the day of arrival.


Weather and visibility-wise, this part of Nepal is perfect in November—expect crisp mornings and warm 20 degrees celsius / 68 fahrenheit during the day. 

If you're planning a trek post-retreat should bring all-weather gear.

Our hosts will provide home-cooked meals. In keeping with the spirit of popup studios, we can help out in the kitchen. There will be a good supply of quality caffeine. 

Sessions will be in English. A Nepali speaking guide is available for local excursions.


Fly to Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). We’ll take care of the transport from the airport or from Kathmandu.

Many nationalities can obtain a Visa on Arrival (VoA) at the airport. Alternatively, obtain a visa through your local Nepali consulate. You are responsible for your visa application. 


Please see our cancellation and refund policy.