The Veterinary Change Catalyst Programme Autumn 2018

£1,500.00 inc VAT

Feeling like you need a change?

Special early-bird rate until 1/8/2018

Are you frustrated, frazzled or looking for a better way forward?

You’re not alone, so the Vet Change Catalyst has been created to help vet professionals invest time in developing their next move.

Starting with an inspirational retreat 9th-11th October 2018 and followed by three months of personal coaching support, the Vet Change Catalyst will help transform your future. With great company, food and facilitators, we will equip you with  a full set of tools during the retreat and support you with one to one coaching for the next three months.

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Starting Tuesday 9th October with a 2 day retreat and running to Christmas 2018

The Veterinary Change Catalyst programme is a three month programme, starting with a two day retreat that gives you the time and space to get away from everyday concerns, re-energise and focus on what really matters. Following the retreat, you’ll receive three months of confidential, one to one coaching to help implement the changes you want in your life.

May be you’re thinking about making some big changes in your life or improving your current work-life balance? This could be just for you.

Based in a classic Derbyshire gritstone manor house called Roaches Hall, near Leek in Staffordshire, the Veterinary Change Catalyst Retreat is carefully tailored for the whole veterinary team. It offers a rare and valuable opportunity to develop your capacity and resilience and to reflect deeply on the direction and next steps of your professional journey. Working with the team from Natural Change, a highly experienced provider of personal development courses, we’ve designed this course specifically for the veterinary profession.

How does the Veterinary Change Catalyst Retreat work?

Over two days in a beautiful setting, working mainly outside, you will be expertly guided through a series of activities and practices that draw on the transformative potential of nature to help you reflect, refresh yourself and reconnect with nature. This introduction to the Natural Change approach will introduce you to some simple, yet highly effective, nature-based techniques to look after your wellbeing and reflect on your path. The retreat runs over two days – from late afternoon to late afternoon. It is residential and fully catered with fabulous vegetarian food. A maximum of 12 participants work with two facilitators ensuring an exceptional quality of experience. The whole process is gently and expertly facilitated and supported.

Once you return home, we’ll help you to introduce the changes you need into your life by supporting you with three months of personal coaching. This confidential coaching is provided by telephone, Skype or if geography allows it, face to face and includes unlimited email support.

What does it include and how much does it cost?

The Veterinary Change Catalyst programme includes the 2 day retreat and three months of confidential, one-to-one coaching. The retreat includes full board, delicious home cooked vegetarian food, professional facilitators and all materials.

Early bird rate before 1/8/2018 : £1,200 + VAT.   That’s 20% discount!

From 1/8/2018: £1,500 + VAT.

Does it count as CPD?

Personal development courses, such as the Veterinary Change Catalyst, do count as part of your annual RCVS commitment to CPD. With up to 8 hours of personal development activity each day and three coaching sessions when you’re back home, that’s up to 19 hours of CPD!



We gather at 4.00pm on arrival day, Tuesday 9th October for a welcome and introductions. There will be an overview of the programme before having dinner together, followed by informal conversations to get to know one another and settle in. The ensures we are all ready to engage fully tomorrow; it is an integral part of the retreat.


After breakfast, we lead you through a series of outdoor activities that help us to slow down, unwind and connect with the others in the group and the place. After lunch you will be guided to explore more deeply what it is you are hoping to get from the retreat. Following a break we gather to prepare, practically and mentally, for the “solo” which forms the heart of the Natural Change process. We head out alone for up to four hours. As darkness falls, we return for supper and sleep.


After breakfast, you work alone to decide what you might like to share with the group about your solo experience. We then lead the group through an extraordinary, gentle, beautiful and often profoundly powerful process of collective reflection and review. After lunch you will be guided to reflect on how you might apply your newfound insights, not only finding the courage to step into what is next, but also maintaining your focus and well-being on your journey.

We then take our leave of each other before departing at 4.30 pm on Thursday 11th October.


Before you leave, we’ll arrange to speak confidentially to each participant to work out a plan for supporting you back in your daily life. This will usually entail three personal coaching sessions, spaced 2-4 weeks apart. Conducted by telephone or Skype, these one-to-one coaching sessions will enable you to embed your new found skills and practices or to help you take an idea forward.

Practicalities for the retreat


The Venue is a classic Derbyshire gritstone manor house called Roaches Hall.

Address: Roaches Hall, Upper Hulme, Near Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 8UB

Closest Train Station : Stoke on Trent 14 miles (for West Coast Mainline – London Euston c 1 hour 35 minutes, Manchester c 50 minutes). Derby 31 miles (for East Coast Mainline, London to North East)

Closest Airport : Manchester Airport 29 miles, East Midlands Airport 50 miles, Birmingham Airport 73 miles

Nearby Town : Leek 5 miles, Buxton 9 miles


The retreat starts at 4.30pm on the first day. Please arrive by 4.00pm so that we can start on time. The retreat finishes at 4.30pm on the final day.


Accommodation, catering, group equipment, facilitation and liability insurance are included. You will need to bring your own personal outdoor clothes and equipment: see the personal equipment list.


Once you have booked and your place on the retreat is confirmed, further information is sent to you about the location, travel and other preparations. This will include some administrative forms which we require submitting before attendance on the course.


This retreat is centred on an area no more than a couple of miles across. Most of the activi-ties involve some gentle walking along grassy paths, unmade up tracks or through woodland or rough pasture. They also often involve sitting outside on the ground. We are committed to making Natural Change an experience accessible to a wide range of abilities. Our pace is set to that which can be comfortably managed by all group members and we design the retreat to meet the needs of everyone in the group.

As a guideline – you will need to be able to carry a day pack containing your personal equip-ment (waterproofs, spare jacket/jumper, lunch, flask, etc.) for periods of up to one hour, and be able to sit on the ground. If you this is difficult for you, you are welcome to bring a fold-ing stool or chair. However, for participants who would find this difficult for any reason, we are happy to adapt routes and activities. If this is the case, please contact us as soon as pos-sible before booking to discuss your needs.


Each participant is responsible for their own travel/holiday and medical insurance. Even though this is a UK based activity, it’s is recommended that you have comprehensive travel/holiday insurance in place.

Natural Change has over 20 years experience delivering outdoor-based programmes world-wide. Risk assessments are completed for every location where we work. These are reviewed each time an activity is delivered. Natural Change facilitators complete a specialist two-year programme of training. They each hold an outdoor first aid certificate and undertake regular CPD training. They also receive on-going supervision support whenever they are leading a programme. All outdoor elements are led by facilitators with National Governing Body qualifications in outdoor leadership for the activities undertaken.

Natural Change facilitators hold professional, public and product liability insurance covering all the outdoor activities involved in Natural Change.

Emerge Veterinary, part of the Veterinary Business Consultancy Ltd, holds appropriate professional and public liability insurance covering all veterinary, coaching and personal development activities.


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