The Mindful Leadership Retreat

By Selena Delesie and Andrea Chiou

You desire to expand your impact as a leader or coach in your software organization. You have had a deep desire to do so for a long time, but find that with your increasing influence and responsibilities, something is always getting in your way. You feel frustrated by the seemingly wasteful organizational demands on your time. You know that things can be better with your influence!

Some software leaders find their effectiveness is compromised by the type of environment they work in, experience barriers to their personal and professional growth, or at times feel scared, misunderstood, unsupported, or unsure.

Do any of these resonate with you?

Would you like to set a new vision for yourself and become the leader you want to be? 

Who This Retreat is For

The Mindful Leadership Retreat is for you if you

  • Feel ready to be more impactful as a software leader, so you feel that your time is meaningful and is benefiting the lives of the people you work with every day
  • Would like to consider how your career is progressing and the changes you can take to improve it
  • Want to have more influence upwards and across your organization for meaningful change that results in increased success and happiness for staff
  • Want to be more centered, present, authentic, and engaged as a leader
  • Are ready to feel more joyful, present, and fulfilled — at work, home, and everywhere between
  • Are excited to meet like-minded people, who are like you — ready to step into the path of more confident, engaging, and inspiring leadership.

Your Retreat Experience

The Mindfulness Leadership Retreat: April 22 – 24, 2016 in Fairfax, Virginia

During this immersive retreat, your two guides, Selena and Andrea, will create a space for you to explore your bigger self, allowing you to drop the stories you tell yourself about what is not possible. With compassionate support and deep listening, we will help you learn how to apply the principles and practices of mindfulness and effective leadership. You will be able to bring clarity to your work and vision to your life.

Register By April 1, 2016 for a Special Bonus

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The Mindful Leadership Retreat will be hosted at Andrea’s beautiful 5 acre residence just outside of Fairfax City, VA. You will be able to remove yourself from the everyday pressures of your work so you can focus on self-reflection, cultivating mindfulness, and future goals.

The event fee includes lunch and dinner on all three days. To deepen the retreat experience, a limited number of people may choose to stay on-site in shared accommodations for an additional fee.

Mindfulness Leadership Retreat Location

What You Will Leave With

By the end of the weekend you are likely to:

  • Feel ready to jump into being a trailblazer at work and in your life
  • See that more is possible in how you create impact and influence
  • Have new insights about who you are and who you are meant to be
  • Be clearer on the strengths you can leverage to be the leader you want to be
  • Feel more connection between your past, present, and future
  • Have had a ton of fun growing and exploring this next step of your leadership journey
  • Feel ready to bring the excitement from the weekend into your work, so you can bust past what used to stop you from achieving your goals
  • Have formed incredible connections with people who are just like you
  • Be ready to inspire the people around you to step into their greatness too!

An Interview with Your Hosts

Your Retreat Guides

Andrea Chiou

Andrea Chiou

Agile Coach, Connections At Work

Andrea brings to the retreat years of experience and training with the Virginia Satir tools, Clean Language and Systemic Modelling, Temenos as well as Jim and Michelle McCarthy’s Core Protocols. She has spent the last 25 years in various roles in IT and is currently an agile coach.  She loves to use these wonderfully simple and almost magical tools to help people communicate and connect well, so they can be effective and joyful at work and at home. Andrea blogs at and owns her own company called: Connections At Work, LLC. You can reach her at

Selena Delesie

Selena Delesie

Leadership Coach, Delesie Solutions Inc

Selena is a Leadership Coach with 14 years of IT experience in various roles. She inspires people to get lit up from within, radiate positive energy and empower everyone around them to step into their greatness. Selena is a sought after trainer, coach, and international keynote speaker, who bridges her IT experience with training in several heart-centered energy modalities to support people through lasting personal transformation. Her clients rave about her ability to help leaders break free from traditional business practices to engage the strengths and passions of their team and produce a highly creative, productive and vibrant workforce. Contact Selena to light up your leadership, your business and your life, at

Selena and Andrea met at Jerry Weinberg’s ‘Amplify your Effectiveness’ conference in 2010 which they have collectively attended 10 times! Their Mindful Leadership Retreat will provide you with nuggets from their unique blend of talents and resources and provide the space and environment you need to think clearly and accelerate your growth.

Some of us are lucky enough to find support and mentoring early in our transition to leadership. Selena has been an extremely supportive and insightful confidant throughout my career. She has tremendous knowledge about team dynamics and provides very unique approaches for group learning and growth. Perhaps her greatest talent is her ability to truly listen and observe. I have never felt that I was being offered a canned approach to a situation. Rather, in our discussions Selena would take great care in exploring with me the complexity and uniqueness of a scenario. We would work through options together, and discover safe and exciting opportunities to bring back to my team.
I will always recommend Selena as a coach and mentor to anyone who is lucky enough to be leading a talented team and aspires to do great things.
Martin Hynie

Independent Researcher & Consultant, vds4 Consulting Inc

I just wanted to say thank you for an inspiring presentation on how managers can nurture teams to thrive! It made me very happy and excited to come back to work with a greater appreciation of my role and the importance of creating a healthy and thriving environment.  Thank you again for an empowering conversation!

Yevygeniya Kopeleva

Engineering Support Specialist, AppFolio Inc

Andrea is well studied and trained. She models behaviors well with a high skill level. It is clear she has deep experience. I got key learnings from the session that will help with my job

Participant in a Clean Language Workshop

Selena was motivating, fresh and very educational. She took me on a journey of a beautiful combination of tips and personal experience, showcasing how team development can be approached from a very different angle. Understanding the crucial need for love and connection, Selena presents valuable lessons which will leave you equipped to grow success and engagement with your team and others.

Ellie Isacs

Transformation Coach, Motivational Speaker and Best-Selling Author, Vi Design

Contrary to popular belief, an Agile coach isn’t there to help you to adopt practices. You engage a coach to help you think differently — to adopt a different mind-set, a different approach to work. A great coach ‘gets’ and ‘lives’ Agile, and relates effectively to others so they can get and live Agile too. Having already collaborated with Selena in two change-averse environments, I know she has what it takes to help others shift their mind-set.

Gil Broza

Agile Development Mentor, Coach & Author, 3PVantage Inc

What Is Included

3 full days to deep dive into inspiring and practical exercises, meaningful discussion, and compassionate guidance while you learn how to apply principles and practices of mindfulness and effective leadership. Some meals are provided (see FAQ). Limited accommodations are available onsite for an additional fee.

One month after the retreat Andrea and Selena will hold a private group video session with all retreat attendees. We will revisit what you gained from the retreat and explore how you have grown as a leader since. You will have opportunity to gain support for a challenge that you are experiencing while integrating your learnings towards being the influential leader you are becoming.

Golden Opportunity

$ USD999
  • 3 full days at a transformational retreat, where you leave with clarity, confidence, and excitement to expand your impact as a leader
  • Most meals (see FAQ)
  • Leadership Integration online class with fellow attendees one month after the retreat
  • Bonus 1:1 coaching with one of the retreat hosts if registered by April 1, 2016
  • Travel and accommodations are your cost, offsite.
Go for Gold!

Exquisite Platinum

$ USD1199
  • 3 full days at a transformational retreat, where you leave with clarity, confidence, and excitement to expand your impact as a leader
  • Most meals (see FAQ)
  • Accommodations onsite, in a single or shared room (based on availability)
  • More time with Andrea and Selena than those who stay offsite!
  • Leadership Integration online class with fellow attendees one month after the retreat
  • Bonus 1:1 coaching with one of the retreat hosts if registered by April 1, 2016
  • Travel is your cost.
I Deserve the Best - Platinum!

Questions & Answers

I decided to stay at a hotel. Which one do you recommend?

There are numerous hotels in the nearby areas of Fairfax and Fairlakes. You might like to try this one as it is an easy drive to the venue:

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There is ample parking at the retreat site. We will be happy to help event goers connect with each other for purposes of ride-sharing from the hotel.

What are hours of the event each day?

We will start with our program at 9 a.m. each day. We will finish by 5 p.m. and continue with dinner on both Friday and Saturday.  On Sunday, we will wrap up by 4 p.m.

Are meals included?

There will be snacks, a light lunch, and dinner provided on-site on the first two days. On the last day, only lunch will be provided. For those staying on-site, breakfast is also available. If you have special food needs and preferences, please be sure to let us know in advance.

How can I contact the organizers?

You may contact the organizers with any questions about the event.

Andrea:  andrea(at)
Selena:  selena(at)

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

It may be. Please contact the organizers with the request and they will let you know.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?


What is the refund policy?

We will refund tickets up to two weeks prior to the event, minus Eventbrite fees which are $40 and $46 respectively for each type of ticket.

Retreat Dates

Friday, April 22, 2016 at 9:00 AM  Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

Retreat Location

5781 Robeys Meadow Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030