We live in challenging times that make innovation an essential tool and bring Creators to the fore!
Our annual Think Tank will return to Oscar's on the Yarra, Warburton. Open to a limited number of participants, we'll be examining the theme Innovation and Creativity in Disability Employment Services. We'll be exploring how Creators are listening to their communities and delivering authentic person-centred services that are truly innovative and not simply pay lip service to authentic person-centred service and the various conventions and acts. The new employment paradigm is simply one of authentic innovation and we'll be looking at some great examples of Creators and how they've pursued different paths to innovative service delivery in their communities.
Our last Retreat in 2019 pre-covid times was an outstanding success, this year's event builds on those successes to generate new directions and innovative solutions. 2020 / 21 was a bust, but in 2022 we're looking forward to a relaxed open vibe supported by working in the open by the Yarra River fostering inclusive innovative rich discussion.
What do you need to know right now?
Date: Tuesday 25th October - 27th October inclusive (we meet on Monday night, 24th October for an informal dinner, before getting busy on Tuesday morning).
Venue: Oscars on the Yarra, Warburton, VIC.
Accommodation: Maximum room capacity of 22 rooms on-site, plus we have eight overflow rooms nearby with a group shuttle arranged. Any extra bookings will go on a waitlist.
Meals: At your cost and included in your accommodation pricing (we've arranged a great meal package and the food is very, very good). We cover the cost of a BBQ lunch on the last day, as thank you for your contribution to the discussions.
What to bring: a comfortable outdoor chair if you wish, an open mind, a hat and a willingness to share and discuss ideas.
Once you've registered for the Retreat, you will need to separately book and pay for your room and meals package. This link will be supplied once we have received notification of your registration. All rooms are allocated on a first-come basis, with rooms set aside for people with disabilities on site.
Activities: It's not all work and no play. Last Retreat we headed off to The Yarra Valley Dairy, Four Pillars Distillery and the Yarra Valley Chocolatier and then dinner at the Innocent Bystander Cellars. This year we'll have a surprise venue for our meal, both as a treat but also reflective of the challenging conditions for dining venues in the Valley (yes, most are only opening on limited days and hours). To make things simpler, we've included the cost of the dinner in the Retreat registration (drinks are on you of course).
Feel free to email Peter if you have any questions. Preference will be given to returning guests.