Day 17 of travel – Day 1 of retreat

Buckland House in North Devon, where I am facilitating a client retreat this week.
Clients from Canada, Scotland and England all made it here in time for dinner on Sunday evening and a general “get to know”, then after a good night’s sleep in this palatial house, we all congregated for our first day.
The house is simply magnificent – and we have it all to ourselves as well as 280 acres of grassland and woods, a boating lake, an outdoor swimming pool and an in-house cook for 3 meals a day (diets are on stand-by).
It is truly an environment to facilitate thinking and planning – the site has been used as a home since the Norman Conquest and the current structure was largely built in 1810 after a great fire destroyed the previous manor house – so we are in Regency architecture at it’s finest.
This morning began with a general introduction of each client’s business background and then a lecture from yours truly on what the retreat is about – followed by some work on the Clean Sweep 100 and Tolerations.
But this isn’t about speeches from Chris Barrow – so the bulk of the day has been spent in separate private conversations with each couple – helping them to formulate a 3-year vision that will be shared after dinner this evening.
They have been working hard today (and will do so for the next 4 days) – so as wonderful smells begin to drift down the hall from the kitchen (where Carmen, our cook, is hard at work) – I’m letting everyone take a break before dinner.
I intend to throw my running gear on and take a jog down past the lake and into the woods.
I’ll share some more pictures tomorrow.


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.