“Your playing small does not serve the world”*

Refigure presents Effortless Success

A one day experiential workshop (‘micro retreat’) for women in senior digital and creative business roles. Are you at a crossroads? Getting ready for the next step up? Now is your time to shine…

Sun 24 September 2017, James House, Brunswick Terrace, Hove

Effortless Success is a full day ‘micro retreat’ workshop for a group of up to 12 women, to give you a lasting, transformative burst of inspiration and motivation.

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The day offers tools and resources to blast through the blocks in your working and creative life; power-ups to lift you to the next level and techniques to help you regain energy and trust, in order to focus on your next move.

You’ll also have the opportunity to share your own experiences in a safe space, with women who can learn from you – and in turn be inspired by your successes.

Rifa is your mentor and facilitator for the day. She’ll share her Refigure method, combining guided visualisations, creative unblocking, mentoring and workshop techniques, alongside a support process drawn from 20 years of facilitating small groups.

If you’ve been to SheSays Brighton and thought to yourself “I’d love to work more closely with Rifa” this is a perfect opportunity to spend time sharing stories and receiving personal support and guidance.

Effortless Success by Refigure

• The day runs from 10.30am-5pm in Refigure ‘micro retreat’ format, including an optional quiet reflection space after the formal day ends.

• You’ll join a group of no more than 12 women (working in similar roles, with compatible experiences to your own) to share this journey of calm, supportive discovery.

• Teas, snacks and a delicious freshly cooked vegetarian lunch are included.

• A unique, beautiful building with a tranquil atmosphere and gorgeous sea views.

• Cost includes a one hour (1-to-1) face-to-face consultation and two further phone conversations in the months after your day, to help ensure your positive outcomes are ongoing.

• Accommodation arranged if required.

• Payment by instalment available.

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Email rifa@refigure.co.uk today to register your interest and we will arrange a phone consultation at a time to suit your schedule. This will help Rifa place you in the most compatible Effortless Success group for you.

After the phone call you will receive two of Rifa’s downloadable Refigure Guided Meditations (for confidence and to help you sleep).

Rifa and I came together at a cross roads in my career, as I jumped off the cliff to rediscover what I really wanted to be doing. Rifa helped me to quickly get to the heart of where I’ve come from, what makes me fantastic and where I want to be going. Creating a layer of comfort and support with bags of optimism and heaps of positive energy. I came away from that 1 half day session feeling empowered and on my way.” Hilary Anderson, co-founder WebSure Ltd

Rifa is very passionate and motivated to support young entrepreneurs and mentor young businesses to produce great results. She is always solutions orientated with an energetic and positive attitude and a great partner to work with.” Claire Beaumont-Allen, co-owner, Independents United.

It’ll be wonderful to have you along. Join us?

Email rifa@refigure.co.uk today to register your interest for this unique ‘micro retreat’ workshop and join up to 12 like-minded women, for your lasting, transformative burst of inspiration and motivation. Or sign up here

*quote from Marianne Williamson

CNN article on meditation in the workplace

“Rifa Thorpe-Tracey is founder of Refigure. She is a Sivananda Yogi, meditation teacher and trained with Tibetan Buddhist monks in Nepal and gurus in ashrams across India. Rifa has also worked for 15 years as a project manager in the tech industry, building large-scale websites for global clients.” CNN

Many firms now realise the value of meditation and mindfulness training. In Silicon Valley companies including Google have even employed their own full-time gurus.
It may seem counterintuitive to connect the blissed-out world of yoga and meditation with today’s frantic, technology-driven workplace. But that’s exactly where we’d all most benefit from help with our well-being.

In today’s office, intense multi-tasking, creative thinking and relationship-building are the norm — constantly in demand, over and above usual skills. And not only from managers and colleagues. We demand it of ourselves; we are becoming ever more perfectionist and goal-oriented.

The result is stress — everywhere.


Science is gaining a clearer picture of physical effects that stress can trigger. Dr. Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital studying meditation and mindfulness exercises, explains in a recent Huffington Post article how stress has a physical impact on the brain:

“Cells and neurons are constantly making new connections and disrupting old ones, based on response to stimuli, a quality that researchers call ‘experience-based neuro-plasticity’.”

In that environment, how do we create space for our brain to operate at its best?

Yoga, meditation and other complementary therapies are more commonly used away from work and they form a big part of the conversation about work/life balance. But evidence is mounting that they could be more useful, brought right into the heart of our office lives.


The David Lynch Foundation has also done striking research on the benefits of meditation on younger people, for example, to demonstrate its power as a tool for students to regain control and focus.

Of course not every company has the cash flow to hire a guru full-time but many could offer a regular lunchtime or after-work class for their staff, or run a one-off workshop for team leaders, who’d then pass on the techniques to their colleagues.

This has benefits beyond helping individuals. Our entire workplace culture can be shifted into a more healthy, productive state. Surrounded by people who’ve learnt techniques to stay calm and focused, we’re more comfortable at work and, as a knock-on, more patient and empathetic.

Simply being able to recover from stressful situations more quickly is a major bonus.

Best of all, positive changes gained by bringing meditation into work are long-term. Once people learn techniques and get comfortable practicing regularly, the benefits increase exponentially, with the potential to shift the culture across an entire workplace into a more positive, patient, generous atmosphere.

First published on CNN 29 April 2015