YPO & EO European Adventures

Florence and Tuscany Villas for YPO and EO Forums

We’re now planning a European Adventure for a YPO Forum that will take us to Florence and Tuscany in a retreat focused on Art & Soul Discovery.

Our YPO and EO forums focus on travel discovery combined with a learning adventure. Florence, Birth of the Renaissance provides an ideal destination to explore a new city while discovering more about the power of creativity.

Michael Gelb’s book “How to think like Leonardo Vinci” serves as the backdrop for the Forum to discover a new city while learning more about themselves and each other.

7 Characteristics of Leonardo will be explored in this city of the senses:

  1. Curiosita (Curiosity)
  2. Dimonstratzone (Independent Thinking)
  3. Sfumato (Embrace Uncertainty)
  4. Arte/Scienza (Art and Science and Whole Brain Thinking
  5. Sensazione (Refine your senses)
  6. Corporalita (Mind, Body Care)
  7. Connessione (Interconnectedness)

The itinerary for Florence includes touring the city’s iconic Duomo and the Uffizi Gallery while exploring the sights and sounds of creativity. Experiential learning activities will focus on discovering a new city using daVinci principles. Group activities include:

-Fun, Food and a Ferrari Test Drive

-A Coffee tasting workshop

-A Wine and Culinary Adventure tapping into the Taste of Tuscany.

A private Villa serves as the location for the Forum, providing both privacy and unique accommodation. An onsite concierge frees up the Forum event planner to be fully present during the retreat experience.

Pre-work for the forum includes the Neethling Brain Instrument (NBI) assessment for each leader. Forbes Magazine has identified (NBI) as a key assessment tool for modern leadership. Results of NBI are shared during the Forum.

An important element of YPO and EO Forum Event Planning is the right balance between learning and crafting a travel adventure that will forever bond executives through shared experience.

For information and support in planning your YPO or EO Forum Retreat, visit http://ForumDestinations.com

Content is King at YPO and EO Forum Retreats

Deciding on the content that will be most valued by your Forum is key to planning an outstanding Retreat

Retreat Content and Learning:

As we work with YPO and EO Forum Members who are charged with planning Forum Retreats, we begin by exploring their BECAUSE. Why is the Forum hosting the retreat? There’s often a goal of spending quality time together to build the relationships within the forum. However, there should also be a deeper content or learning goal. It makes sense that Forum Executives want a value proposition and return on investment. Why am I spending 3-5 days away from my family and business in addition to the expense of the retreat? What is my BECAUSE?

To develop a content value proposition for your retreat, begin by examining the pain points and questions of your members. What are Forum members struggling with? What key decisions or problems could benefit from the group’s collective organism or expertise from an outside facilitator or executive coach. You will often find forum member struggles fall in the big buckets of Career, Family, Money or Health. There’s also area of skill development that can help with all of those buckets such as Creative Problem Solving, Relationship Building, Increased Self Awareness, Presentations and Influence.

Regardless of your content selection, be sure you can articulate clear learning objectives with immediate take home value.

Popular YPO and EO Forum Topics

While some content areas lend themselves to specific locations such as our Go Wild! Go Great Leadership Safaris hosted in Costa Rica and Find your Inner Viking in Iceland. Many topics are portable and can be hosted to at a number of our YPO and EO Forum destinations around the world. This gives retreat organizers the ability to select and customize both the destination and the learning content. https://forumdestinations.com

  • Go Wild! Go Great Leadership Safari
  • Play-Create-Succeed:
  • “Sankalpa” Achieving Personal Determination and Focus
  • Fail Fest: “Oops–what can we learn from that?”
  • YPO Hackathon: The Art of Speed Innovation
  • Whole Brain Relationships
  • Developing Your Personal Brand of Leadership
  • Creative Problem Solving and Storytelling Camp for YPO Families
  • MI6 Adventure–Release your inner Bond, Bourne and Bauer!
  • Find your Inner Viking–A YPO Adventure in Iceland
  • For the Health of It! A retreat in Whole Body Wellness

Personal Ah Ha’s from your YPO or EO Retreat

In addition to learning a new skill, forum members should have the opportunity to learn more about themselves. At https://forumdestinations.com we use a variety of assessment tools including Clifton’s Strength Finder https://www.gallupstrengthscenter.com/ and the Neethling Brain Instrument. These assessments are completed by members before the YPO/EO Retreat with results shared at the Forum. Additionally, an hour of executive coaching is offered to Forum Members following the retreat.

Customization & Facilitation

Finally, as you look at your learning content, look for a seasoned facilitator with not only experience in YPO and EO Forum Retreats but the ability to customize your retreat choreography. Each YPO and EO Forum is unique and the experience should be a customized choreography of place, space and content.

At https://forumdestinations.com our facilitators are vetted for not only content expertise but their ability to create an overall learning experience.

Forum Destinations specializes in planning and executing retreats for Executive Forums including YPO (The Young President’s Organization) and EO (Entrepreneur’s Organization). The Firm with offices in both North and South America works with Forum Moderators and Event Chairs in designing both the content and facilitation as well as selection of destinations for the retreat. Retreats are designed to accommodate learning preferences, travel and budget restrictions.

For support in planning your YPO or EO Retreat, write concierge@forumdestinations.com or visit forumdestinations.com

US Phone: 239-666-8054

Favorite Destinations for YPO and EO Forum Retreats


Costa Rica offers exciting Adventures for YPO and EO Forums

We’re often asked what are our favorite destinations for hosting YPO and EO Forums. The answer depends on several factors including time and budget available for the retreat, bucket list destinations identified by forum members and the forum program itself (certain destinations lend themselves to specific programmatic focus) Forum Destinations hosts YPO and EO retreats around the world https://www.forumdestinations.com/regions.html

Some of our Favorite Retreat settings offer exciting destinations that compliment our three key ingredients for executive forum retreats: privacy, powerful learning and once in a lifetime experiences. While our Executive and Team retreats are hosted around the world, many of our more popular locations are hosted in North and Latin America. Our most popular destinations include Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada and the United States.

PS: Don’t forget your Forum Educational Program and itinerary! Your learning program is key and will be the frame for your entire retreat experience. Facilitators with experience and understanding of YPO and EO Forums is critical as well as content expertise that offers immediate take home value to forum members.

So where do you start?

  • Begin with the goals of your YPO or EO Retreat
  • Define possible retreat locations, budget and travel restrictions
  • Contact the staff at Forumdestinations.com to create an event plan with a few options for your forum to consider. Plans will include destinations, facilitators and experiential learning activities.
  • Allow an event planner to handle all logistics. As the Retreat Planner, your active participation in the retreat should be part of the plan.
  • Select the right facilitator experienced in YPO and EO Forums.

Help! I need support in planning our YPO or EO Retreat

We recommend you get started as soon as possible. Since we often look for unique retreat properties and private villas, early reservation is key not only for busy forum members but for planning of the program timeline and logistics.

Contact ForumDestinations at http://forumdestinations.com and receive your retreat plan with multiple retreat options within 48 hours of a quick connect with our team.

Email concierge@forumdestinations.com

Retreat from Smart Phones and Distractions = Tranquility

Whether you’re planning a corporate team retreat or embarking on a solo journey toward mindfulness, setting aside time to connect and reflect are distinctive benefits of a retreat from life’s constant distractions. Imagine a state of Tranquility when and where you are free from agitation of mind and spirit; free from disturbance or turmoil.

One key ingredient of our retreats plans for today’s bustling CEO’s and Entrepreneur’s YPO Forums (Young President’s Organization) and EO (Entrepreneur’s Organization) Forums, is to create an ideal space for tranquility, creativity and connection to thrive.

A Retreat from our Devices

A good norm and simple best practice for retreats is a technology free environment. Sometimes Executives are startled by the data on increasing smart phone use, denying they even come close to what’s reported in the daily averages.

Here’s the Math: We’ve gone from unlocking our phones 56 x a day in 2016 to 73 x in 2018, with generational divides that point to younger people checking phones as much as 150 x a Day https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/01/smartphones-revolutionize-our-lives-but-at-what-cost/

Time away from family and work can be hard and since there’s always a possible emergency, so be sure your retreat allows for phone access and quick check ins during breaks. Hard to believe that checking phones while eating out has become an increasing social norm but the next time you’re eating out, look around you. Protect both retreat and individual tranquility with a clear technology ground rule.

Provide a Retreat Environment for Meaningful Interaction

In every retreat we have hosted for YPO Forums and EO Forums, increased connection and trust of the forum is a key objective. Yes, smart phones can have a negative impact on the social behavior and interaction of the group.

For Impact of Smart Phones on Social Behavior here is one of many articles on the topic: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0747563218304643

What makes for the ideal retreat environment?

An Environment that Supports Being Present


Being present is often difficult for participants who are thinking of a never ending to do list or looking in the rear view mirror of their day. Retreats can support presence through facilitation of active listening and participation. Your goal is for your group to be here and now.

2) A Clear and Significant Purpose of your Retreat

The first question of Retreat Planners should be What does success look like? At our YPO and EO Forums we ask Forum Moderators and Event Chairs to give us 3 magic genie wishes. Here’s 4 retreat objectives to get you started.

Fortune Magazine points to 4 Reasons to host a Retreat: http://fortune.com/2018/08/10/company-staff-retreat-research/

3) Purposeful Facilitation

A well designed forum retreat should have a clear agenda and facilitation that gets you to the Why of Your Retreat. While this sometimes falls on the shoulders of moderators, consideration of an outside, expert facilitator in YPO and EO dynamics is recommended. https://forumdestinations.com

4) Unplanned Time for Connection:

Finally, don’t forget that ah ha moments and connections often occur outside of your retreat program, during the informal, unplanned time. Be sure your agenda includes blank spaces for the magic to happen.

ForumDestinations.com is an event planning and facilitation firm, specializing in retreats and events for YPO Forums and EO Forums. Contact Concierge@ForumDestinations.com for help in planning and facilitating your next YPO, EO or Team retreat.