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Cynefin Centre Retreat: Whistler, BC, Canada : August 18-22 2019

CYNEFIN CENTRE RETREAT: Decision making & perception

August, 18-22 2019 – Whistler, BC, Canada

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

Join us 18-22 August 2019 in beautiful Whistler, BC, Canada (near Vancouver) where we will immerse ourselves in a deep exploration on Cynefin and Decision making & perception.  Cynefin Centre Retreats are residential and tickets are inclusive of accommodations, meals, and session activities. 

This is what a participant had to say about last year’s retreat:

“The Whistler Retreat is/was a game changer for me. It brings people together who have potential to make a real impact. You’re immersed in the retreat for 4 days. You’re with attendees for long enough to not just meet one or two attendees, but to do some serious mingling. Over the course of the week the diversity of professions and areas of interest are so widespread, you can’t but learn something new and become curious about an area you’ve not thought of before…

I found it really interesting. It’s a ‘joining of dots’ for want of a better description. People discussing concepts raised by faculty, and giving their own spin on it, giving good metaphors or examples in practice. It’s powerful stuff… “– Marion Kiely, 2018


Moheb Costandi is a molecular and developmental neurobiologist turned full-time freelance writer specialising in neuroscience and psychology. His news stories and feature articles have been published in BBC Focus, The Guardian, Nature, New Scientist, Science, Scientific American, The Scientist, and Technology Review, among others. He is also the author of Neuroplasticity (MIT Press, 2016) and of the Neurophilosophy blog, which has been cited in numerous research papers and textbooks and translated into more than a dozen languages. It has been featured regularly on the New York Times science page, anthologised four times in the Open Lab books of the best online science writing and was named as one of the most influential neuroscience and psychology blogs by the British Psychological Society in 2009.

Gary Klein received a PhD in experimental psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1969. He spent the first part of his career in academia and then moved on to working for the government as a research psychologist for the U.S. Air Force. In 1978 he entered a new phase when he founded his own R&D company, Klein Associates. Dr Klein has developed several models of cognitive processes, investigating how people actually make decisions in natural settings, sensemaking, handling wicked problems and insight. He was instrumental in founding the field of Naturalistic Decision Making. He is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. In 2008 he received the Jack A. Kraft Innovator Award from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. He has written several books, including Sources of Power: How People Make Decisions (1998) and Seeing what others don’t: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights (2013).

Bonnitta Roy teaches insight practices for individuals who are developing meta-cognitive skills, and hosts collective insight retreats for groups interested in breaking away from limiting patterns of thought. She teaches a masters course in consciousness studies and transpersonal psychology at the Graduate Institute. Her teaching highlights the embodied, affective and perceptual aspects of the core self, and the non-egoic potentials from which subtle sensing, intuition and insight emerge. Through her company, APP-AI, Bonnitta is developing applications that can visualize changing patterns as teams work through complex problems. Her research shows how simple but powerful protocols that underlie these patterns can be used to represent various dispositional states of human systems. Bonnitta is the author of the popular Medium publication Our Future at Work. She is an associate editor of Integral Review where you can also find her articles on process approaches to consciousness, perception, and metaphysics.


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

Other 2019 retreats are:

  • 19-21 March 2019 – Aran Islands, Galway, Ireland Narrative in organisations
  • 24-28 Nov 2019 – Snowdonia, Wales  Foresight

** PLACES ARE LIMITED ** – Please note that retreat venues have limited accommodations and retreats will be limited by venue capacity.  Book soon to take advantage of early booking discounts.

Please note that start and end times on the first and last day will be confirmed closer to the event.  We expect to confirm for people to arrive on Day 1 in the afternoon in time for a group dinner and evening social and depart the last day around noon immediately following a morning wrap-up session.

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 timing of 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 6 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 via this form. Food items outside of a retreat’s meal plan including alcoholic beverages are subject to additional charges payable by attendee either directly to the venue provider or Cognitive Edge.


August 18, 2019 – August 22, 2019


(All day event)


From: USD 4950


1 Brew Creek Road