Be Part of Our Movement

Grounded by Design is a platform of events, educational information, and networking tools to help support the design community in sustainability and wellness endeavors. By 2025, the Grounded by Design platform will be the industry home and go-to community for sustainability and wellness within hospitality design. Join us and apply to take part in the inaugural Grounded by Design Retreat, a two-day experience focused on sustainable and wellness practices in designing and supplying hospitality projects.

What should you expect at the retreat?

Learn and Grow

Hear ideas and inspiration that you can put into action. Multiple panelists and speakers from hospitality companies, leading sustainable design firms and retail businesses will be part of Grounded by Design.

Build A Prototype!

A cornerstone of Grounded by Design will be a hands-on group project to develop a prototype concept that applies practices discussed at the retreat. We believe in testing, creating and having fun… not just talking!

Innovation Inspiration

We’ll showcase new products, materials and services in our innovation lab that don’t make regular appearances in hospitality work. Why? We want to allow our retreat members the freedom out of their comfort zone to explore.

Rejuvenate in Nature

Our programming will center around various outdoor group and individual activities – hiking, climbing, kayaking, wandering through gardens, sunrise yoga… the list goes on and on. We believe we’re most innovative and at our best when connected to the natural environment.

Guiltless Indulging

From earth to plate menus and local herb and tincture crafted cocktails, to fresh juices, New York State wines and even modern takes on fireside treats, this is not your typical conference or meeting. Food and drink are as much fuel to energize you as they are experience!

Build Valuable Growth-Oriented Connections

Grounded by Design is a platform where you can meet others, learn and make lasting connections with other designers, product leaders and service businesses. We believe that shared experiences set the stage for long term business partnerships.

DESIGN LEADER REGISTRATION

Preliminary Agenda

 

TUESDAY
September 15
WEDNESDAY
September 16
THURSDAY
September 17
MORNING Luxury Coach Transit from Midtown Manhattan to Mohonk Mountain House - snacks, fun and wifi (if you must!) included Wake-up fitness or yoga classes, breakfast, visual imagery experience and morning keynote on the integration of preventative health and project design Wake-up fitness or yoga classes, “Build-it” project wrap up and prepare to present results
MID-DAY Welcome and Lunch; Hospitality/Hotel Brand Leaders Design Inspiration Panel and Opening Keynote on the future of guest and habitant Wellbeing “Build it!” project group time, optional CEU Class and networking time Optional CEU Class and networking time; Lunch; Project awards and Closing Sound Bath
AFTERNOON Afternoon hike through the caves and hills; Kickoff of group “build it!” project in the Garden Be Outside! Kayaking, River Hiking or Group Circuit classes; Networking in the Garden Luxury coach transit back to Manhattan, to arrive by 6pm
EVENING Take a peek at the Innovation Lab Presentations; Sunset cocktails, Dinner and Before-bed water-coloring and journaling A Nature Inspired Evening: Creative (And healthful!) cocktail making classes, NY Wines Demo, Music, Dinner and a true retreat Bonfire

Preliminary Agenda

TUESDAY
September 16

MORNING

Luxury Coach Transit from Midtown Manhattan to Mohonk Mountain House – snacks, fun and wifi (if you must!) included

MID-DAY

Welcome and Lunch; Hospitality/Hotel Brand Leaders Design Inspiration Panel and Opening Keynote on the future of guest and habitant Wellbeing

AFTERNOON

Luxury Coach Transit from Midtown Manhattan to Mohonk Mountain House – snacks, fun and wifi (if you must!) included

EVENING

Take a peek at the Innovation Lab Presentations; Sunset cocktails, Dinner and Before-bed water-coloring and journaling

WEDNESDAY
September 17

MORNING

Wake-up fitness or yoga classes, breakfast, visual imagery experience and morning keynote on the integration of preventative health and project design

MID-DAY

“Build it!” project group time, optional CEU Class and networking time

AFTERNOON

Be Outside! Kayaking, River Hiking or Group Circuit classes; Networking in the Garden

EVENING

A Nature Inspired Evening: Creative (And healthful!) cocktail making classes, NY Wines Demo, Music, Dinner and a true retreat Bonfire

THURSDAY
September 18

MORNING

Wake-up fitness or yoga classes, “Build-it” project wrap up and prepare to present results

MID-DAY

Optional CEU Class and networking time; Lunch; Project awards and Closing Sound Bath

AFTERNOON

Luxury coach transit back to Manhattan, to arrive by 6pm

Our Inaugural Event – A historic and Iconic Destination Resort

Grounded by Design will take place at the iconic Mohonk Mountain House. Carefully chosen because of its connection to nature, our destination enables us to host a business meeting with the soul of a wellbeing retreat. Throw out memories of conferences and meetings where you listen to presentations all day in dark meeting rooms. Instead, we’ll integrate multiple outdoor activities each day, such as a hands on “build-it” group project, creative networking times and an innovation lab to experience new products and services.

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