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CYNEFIN™ RETREAT: Narrative in organisations – Aran Islands, Galway, Ireland

CYNEFIN™ RETREAT: Narrative in organisations

March 18-21, 2019 – Aran Islands, Galway, Ireland

Following in the Welsh tradition, a Cynefin retreat provides a distinct opportunity to communion with nature, as well as the rich cultural tradition of creating emergent knowledge and understanding through informed discussion and debate, competitive poetry, away from vicissitudes of the press and social media. Each retreat will be stimulated by a faculty of thought-leaders in a conversation facilitated by Dave Snowden.

Join us from 18-21 March 2019 on the picturesque and unspoilt Aran Islands on the West Coast of Ireland where we will immerse ourselves in a deep exploration into Narrative in Organisations & Society. With an impressive faculty of thought-leaders in the field, participants will explore the complex influence narrative ecologies have on organisations, identities (national, ethnic, and others), and cultures. This leadership capability is of critical importance for organisations of all types today.

Join Dave Snowden, with Yiannis Gabriel, Moheb Costandi and Mary Condren for a productive inquiry into the role of Narrative in Organisations & Society, and how these insights shape our approaches and practices for managing and leading in a complex world under increasing conditions of uncertainty.


This is an exciting, exclusive opportunity for all involved to expand their thinking and practices. While there is a structure with time blocks and logistics, we will not be constraining ourselves to a fixed agenda. Physical activities (walks/hikes) will be planned around the uniqueness of each venue location.

Cynefin™ Retreats are all residential, and inclusive of lodging and meals, allowing for deep immersion with content, counterparts and environment. They are not recorded in full or published verbatim – you need to be there to be a part of it. We will also be using innovative methods to co-create insights during the week.

Download the brochure to read more about this unique Retreat schedule and faculty.

Hoping to attend more than one retreat? Or, hoping to come in a group? Drop us an email at training@cognitive-edge.com to inquire about special rates. Other 2019 retreats are:

  • 18-23 Aug 2019 – Whistler, BC, Canada  Decision making and perception
  • 24-28 Nov 2019 – Snowdonia, Wales      Synthesis – ** INVITATION ONLY **

Please note:

  • Premium member/Cynefin Centre partner discount level of 5% can be applied.
  • Cancellations / Refunds / Transfers 8 weeks or more prior to event: 50% refund.
  • No refunds for cancellations made 8 weeks or less prior to event; replacement attendees welcome anytime Switching to a different retreat or training event is possible any time but is dependent on availability, and may be subject to a change fee (change fees are dependent on the timing of the request, venue considerations, special discounts)

Delegates are responsible for arranging their own travel to the designated “gathering point” or the venue itself (this may vary with each retreat and is dependent on the remoteness of the locations). Availability of transfer services will be communicated to delegates 5 to 8 weeks before the retreat.

Full meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are provided for attendees. For 1/2 days either at the start or end of the retreat either breakfast or dinner will only be provided. If you require special dietary requirements, please inform us when you book online. Food items outside of a retreat’s meal plan including alcoholic beverages are subject to additional charges or payable by attendee directly to the venue provider.


March 18, 2019 – March 21, 2019


10:30 am – 3:30 pm


From: USD 3950


The Aran Islands Hotel
Kilronan, Inis Mor, Aran Islands