Eldest Daughter Retreat

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Over four days, the Eldest Daughter Retreat (EDR) provides a life-affirming opportunity to meet with other ‘eldest daughters’ 
(women who are the firstborn in their family, with at least one younger sibling of either gender) from many walks of life; with ample time provided for you to reflect on your role as the first-born daughter and the image you cast. We will create a space for you to reconnect with what drives you, allowing yourself to become more conscious of your eldest daughter patterns, and to ultimately regain a greater freedom of choice.
You may not have thought about it before, but eldest daughters are very similar; an analysis of this can provide important personal insights and learning. In general, eldest daughters are the responsible women, the dutiful, thoughtful, hands-on and caring ones who often still wonder if they’ve done enough. Sound familiar?
The Eldest Daughter Retreat was like the best family reunion ever! It was amazing to discover the core qualities of my Eldest Daughter archetype reflected in so many other women.
Marilyn Hamilton, PhD, CPA-CGA, Founder of Integral City Meshworks
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Inspired by the ground-breaking insights and learnings of Lisette Schuitemaker and Wies Enthoven's work, The Eldest Daughter Effect, this retreat is being convened by author Lisette Schuitemaker and Managing Director of Weleda Jayn Sterland, along with  Gill Emslie of Findhorn Consultancy Service providing expert facilitation.
This retreat is exclusively for eldest daughters: women who are the firstborn in their family, with at least one younger sibling of either gender. Women who had no elder siblings(s) to pave the way. Women who in their youth broke new ground - and who continue to do so.

This event is specifically targeted at firstborn women who are:
  • Professional women seeking to gain greater authenticity as they build their leadership capacities.
  • Leaders in their own lives who feel a personal commitment to creating a more sustainable world.
  • Business leaders, managers, directors, community leaders and influencers.
  • Young adult women at the beginning of their careers or still working towards qualifications in their chosen field.
  • Grandmothers, mothers and daughters. We especially welcome different generations of eldest daughters.
During the retreat, we will draw upon the research of the authors, integrating the experiences of your fellow participants to help develop deep insights into the patterns that are shared within the group. You will see how these have worked out in your personal and professional life and learn how to sidestep the consequences of your birth order, recognising and harnessing the strengths this unique position brings, of authority, depth, perspective, and zest.
£845, includes four nights’ accommodation (Saturday - Tuesday),
all meals (vegetarian, local, organic where possible), complimentary copy of The Eldest Daughter Effect, and use of Weleda products on the retreat. Bursaries available for young professionals in need of financial support.
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To ensure a high-quality programme experience for all participants, this programme is by application only.
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