There is something to be learned from the experiences of every human being. Additionally, there is a lot to be learned from an off-the-grid experience beginning with a group of strangers who in three short days became a group of close friends. But before I jump into my personal experience, I would be doing everyone a disservice if I didn't offer a little bit of backstory.
While finishing up some chores at River City Coffee & Goods, an uplifting energy fills the shop and I find myself in my first-ever encounter with Lynn Miller Pease. We exchange a few pleasantries and we end up talking about Pneumatic. Her genuine interest and creative optimism (that we would both come to share) was intoxicating. Within 5 productive minutes, I had a new friend. Lynn seems to have a similar effect on everyone she encounters.
A few days pass and I run into her again at the same spot. This time, within a minute or so of our conversation she says, "You've got to come to the Leadership Evansville retreat." It didn't take long to start discovering that this retreat she was talking about has been a rite-of-passage for many leaders going back many generations.
Having registered and successfully convinced my wife that going to a remote retreat for three days with a bunch of people I have never met was a good idea, I arrived at the Barn Abbey with packed bags, and a slight feeling of nervousness. "Who do I need to impress? Will I fit in? What will we be expected to do?"
None of those preconceived feelings were relevant at all. A few hours into the retreat and I know that everything is going to be alright. What transpired over those three days of learning and self-reflection will be up to you to discover. But I will tell you that my experience with LE has put a lot of life's challenges (albeit personal or organizational) in perspective and offers its patrons the landscape needed to alter the way they perceive others while building on personal strengths as a method of growth.
To learn more about Leadership Evansville, check out their website here.
Christian Miller, Executive Director