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Solution Focus Cooperation for Young Professionals


This year’s BB4C retreat will take place from the evening of Tuesday 12th to Sunday 17th September 2023 in the beautiful Centre Land aan Zee in the Netherlands. This retreat will help you, as a  young professional, gain effective skills in Solution Focused practices. Through interactive workshops led by experienced coaches, and with meaningful activities, this retreat will teach you new ways to deal with complexity, collaborate in a multistake holder environment, deal with challenges and changes and bring about a positive difference in your environment. You will be coached by experienced senior coaches and you will have spent valuable time working on your own project. After 5 days in the brand new Land aan Zee retreat centre surrounded by nature and nourished with plant-based food, you will return home feeling refreshed and revitalised.



Solution Focus

In short: Solution Focus (SF) is a very concise way to build positive change in tough and often complex situations. It is a way of looking at situations with an open mind, emphasizing helpful next steps. It is the decision to think and act constructively, which means focusing on “what already works”. You can keep coming back to what does not work, or you can move on to what you want instead. You can point to what’s not working or focus on what works despite the difficulties. You can confront others about what they are not doing or appreciate what they do already.

Some advantages that SF will bring you in your career as well as in your private life :

  • smoother cooperation
  • more joyful and lighter interactions
  • better use of resources
  • quicker results
  • positive energy
  • being more at ease


Is this for you?

  • Do you believe that collaborating with others is the key to bringing about change, and do you find the process of creating change motivating and inspiring?
  • Do you prefer making progress without encountering obstacles or being frustrated by prolonged discussions that focus on issues that are not urgent or important?
  • Would you like to learn how to involve others in the changes you want to see or develop greater resilience in the face of challenges?
  • Are you sometimes uncertain about how to communicate effectively with people who work in different fields, or have a different opinion than yourself?
  • Do you wish to improve your communication skills?
  • Are you interested in learning how to analyze successful strategies, learn from them, and use the power of small steps to make progress?

Then this retreat is for you!

Register now to join a group of 25 young professionals (under 35) like yourself at the BB4C 2023 training week at the heart of Europe! 


We want BB4C to be available for people from various financial backgrounds. To ensure that, we are including a maximum of six participants (one per organisation) from for-profit companies and government departments. They will benefit from this retreat at a very attractive price while enabling us to offer a lower price for non-profit, small companies, NGO organisations and individuals:

For-profit companies and governmental organisations invest €1800 inc VAT. This price enables us to increase the diversity of participants while still offering great value. This includes accommodation for five nights and three vegetarian meals daily, all workshops, and creative activities such as yoga, walking, meditation and more.

NGOs and young entrepreneurs invest €600, including VAT. Again, this includes everything shown above, and the price is only possible if we have six participants from for-profit companies or government agencies.

If you are an employee, we encourage you to speak to your employer about financing your time with us, as we are convinced that it will benefit both you and them.


From 12/9/2023 (after lunch) tot 17/9/2023 (after breakfast)

1800€ (VAT incl) (for profit) en 600€ (VAT incl) non-profit


Incl. meals, linen, sauna

Who are we?

We are a group of 4 Solution Focused coaches and trainers, contributors of SFIO (Solution Focus in Organisations) with many years of experience in a wide variety of organisations:  John Brooker, Lily Deforce, Petra Müller Demary and Liselotte Baeijaert. BB4C is our pro-bono initiative for 2023, which means we offer our time and services at no charge. This retreat is a pure passion project and we  are looking forward to sharing the tools and knowledge we have learned and perfected over time through our work with companies and people.

For the retreat in 2023, we are accompanied by 5 young changemakers! Together, we are donating our time, skills and enthusiasm to help you discover that achieving cooperation is not rocket science and that you can indeed make change easier. Our team of young people who help organising the event, ensure we meet your needs.