Leilani Bellamy

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Hi! I'm Leilani. I am the director of Canopy Retreats. I also co-run EA at UCLA. You can most often find me in LA or Berkeley.

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Hi Will, thank you for your question. I’ll leave my answer here and also put it on the website for future clarification.

By retreat, I mean a gathering of people with a common interest or goal, all sharing space over the course of a weekend or a week. This could be as small as 5 or as large as 50, although I believe between 15 and 30 is the sweet spot. Any more than 30 and it feels like a party, plus you most likely don’t get to know everyone there. 


Types of events I’m most excited about:  a non-exhaustive list

  • Cause-area specific retreats
  •  goal orient retreats ( as in, we’re all going to get together and work really hard for x amount of says to make headway on this problem)
  •  deep learning weeks (where people get together and read a whole textbook, or learn something hard together that they would have put off otherwise) 
  • community-building retreats with a clear goal in mind 
  • Coworking retreats
  •  bonding retreats for orgs
  •  workshop-type retreats for new EAs
  • HEA retreats targeted at getting people more involved and connected

Things that people call retreats that I’m less excited about:

  • Large summer camps (we just don’t have the capacity for this right now)
  • retreats with more than 50 people- might as well make it a mini-conference or split it into two retreats
  •  Retreats that don’t have a clear path to impact. 

I’m mostly pointing at things that make retreats worse than actually retreats I’m less excited about. However, I think as we produce more retreats I'll be able to give a more firm answer to this question.


For anyone else reading this, If the type of retreat you’re excited about isn’t on this list, please still apply for a consultation. I’d be happy to chat.


 

mid-sized refers to retreats with around 30 people. but we cater to retreats between 5 and 50.