Murmuration En El Olivar

Murmuration En El Olivar

A Leadership & Personal Development Program For Women

Trujillo, Spain

May 20-24, 2024

Offered by Murmuration Collective in collaboration with En Casa de Gracia

We believe every person is a leader in her/their life.
And… We know all leaders need the opportunity to pause to gain clarity.

We offer what is needed right now more than ever,
the chance for women and non-binary people to take a deep inhale for clarity,
so they can then have a strong exhale to own their impact in all facets of their work and life.

Our Murmuration allows you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a curriculum backed by research and steeped in both wisdom and inspiration.

Go deep in understanding what truly motivates you and defines your purpose.
Get into action to boldly bring that purpose to life.
And, feel energized by the remarkable women around you.

Murmuration Collective’s May 2024 Women’s Leadership & Personal Development Program in Spain brings together a small cohort of inspiring women.  This unique experience will be begin at the one-of-a kind, stunning private residence hosted by En Casa de Gracia outside of Tujillo, Spain. Our experiential retreat will feature a 5-day core curriculum that incorporates highly effective tools and methods, delivered by expert facilitators.  

After attending the experiential retreat, you will be fortified with the knowledge, resources and creative power to clearly define your ideal professional and personal next steps.  And, you will have a plan in place to execute, as well as a cohort of like-minded and empowering women supporting you as you get into action.   

Key takeaways from our Murmuration 6-month experience include:

  • Structured experiential curriculum facilitated daily in an interactive workshop involving group, peer, and 1:1 coaching
  • Activities that help women to gain clarity around their current realities – what’s working and what’s not in all areas of their lives
  • Time and space to hear their own voice again and reconnect with their inner knowing to gain focus on their leadership, goals and vision for their highest contribution within their organizations and in their communities as they decide how to maximize their positive impact in the next chapters of their lives
  • Rediscovering how to recognize possibility and opportunity, and make choices that are most resonant for them
  • Group support, curiosity, resources, and accountability as they move to make aspirations real
  • Initial anchors to get into action after they return from of the immersive retreat 
  • Wellness activities to get out of their heads and more into their bodies to absorb inspiration from the region’s culture and natural beauty (Trujillo, Spain named the most beautiful town in Spain by National Geographic)
  • Then, 6 months of structured group coaching and connection to the cohort to maintain momentum and ensure maximum impact and integration

Here's what some past participants have shared about the curriculum and overall program:

  • “My experience at Murmuration renewed my passion for the work I do and helped me see how to 10x my impact when I got back. The facilitators understand the complexities of today’s work environment and provided me with tangible, yet inspiring tools to bring back to my team and my community. I left feeling refreshed and ready to tackle my next big thing.”
  • “The right program at the right time led by the right women. Best investment I could have made for myself.”
  • “I made life-long professional and personal connections at my Murmuration Retreat. The caliber of female leaders in the room was top-notch.”
  • “It’s a chance to put your life on hold, escape to a beautiful place and explore what’s truly in your heart. You’ll be able to return with renewed enthusiasm, having really listened to what’s important, knowing you’re supported by an inspiring group of women.”
  • “Inspiring, empowering and life changing.”

What to expect when attending Murmuration En El Olivar:

Day 1: Monday

Arrive Madrid, Spain and meet your awaiting car transfer. You will then head straight to Trujillo. Upon arrival you will be met by your hostess, Gracia LaFuente of En Casa de Gracia, and your Murmuration Team of facilitators, Lucy Reynolds, Katy Craig and Kelley Pecis. Once there you will be able to relax, unwind, and begin to soak up all the beauty of Gracia’s family home, Viña del Cura, your home for the next four nights. Toward the end of our first day we will move into our Murmuration experience, culminating in a lovely cohort dinner inspired by the region and where we begin to murmurate as a collective.

Day 2: Tuesday

We begin each morning with a wellness offering, a sumptuous, healthy breakfast followed by intention setting. We will then dive into the first full day of our Murmuration curriculum that will first awaken you to your Inner Wisdom which will inform and inspire you as to what you want to evolve or create next in your life, while your cohort provides the Murmuration energy needed to uplift and ignite what is to come. The spaciousness of the experiential curriculum will allow you to further reflect as you slow your pace of life so you can truly pause to gain clarity for what you want both professionally and personally, and how you want to show up for your organization, your family, and your greater community.

Day 3: Wednesday

After our wellness offering and a healthy breakfast, our curriculum allows you to dive further into your exploration around what you are yearning for as we tap into Nature Wisdom to inspire you as you create what you want in all facets of your life moving forward.  On this day we get to immerse ourselves in the beauty that all of Casa de Gracia’s natural 50 hectares has to offer… gentle hills of olive, chestnut, and cork trees which are dotted with broom, cistus, madroños, thyme and cantuesos, the elegant wild lavender. In the afternoon, we will venture out to explore the history of Trujillo guided by Gracia herself.

Day 4: Thursday

Today our Murmuration curriculum allows for you and your cohort to lean into your Collective Wisdom. Through this experience you will gain even more clarity about what it is you deeply want to create next and how to bring it into fruition.  This Collective Wisdom will propel you forward as you discover you are not alone in your creative endeavors having the support of amazing women to make your dreams a reality.  We will end the day with a meaningful closing dinner that is sure to deepen your appreciation for the women with you on this journey.

Day 5: Friday

This morning, after our final wellness offering, we will share one last coffee and delicious breakfast. During this time you and your cohort will organize for the next six, monthly zoom coaching calls and design what else you as a cohort need to further support the beautiful energy you created over the past five days. We will then not say goodbye, but rather see you soon. No matter where you go next (whether that be to explore all the region has to offer or head home) you will be energized, feeling well held by this Collective to go out and further create the positive impact you want in life!  

La Viña del Cura – Trujillo, Spain

En Casa de Gracia is an extension of its founder’s personal project. Prompted by the need to share and expand her journey, Gracia opens her home and welcomes you to embark on an adventure that will take you to a place where you will be re-energized and further inspired to make the impact you want on the world. Surrounded by a beautiful land, carefully accompanied by the expert Murmuration leadership coaches and facilitators, and supported by a group of similarly motivated participants, you will be inspired and stimulated to transform and grow.
En Casa de Gracia is hosted at Viña del Cura, home of the owner and her family, who arrived here twenty years ago. It is situated in a ‘lagar,’ an olive grove, in the surroundings of Trujillo, Spain, extending over 50 hectares (120+ acres) of gentle hills amongst chestnut and cork trees, which are dotted with broom, cistus, strawberry trees, thyme and ‘cantuesos’, the region’s elegant wild lavender. Its perimeter houses a large olive grove from whose fruits we extract our own oil every year following the age-old technique of cold pressing, as well as a small vineyard cultivated with our Tempranillo and Cabernet grape varietals.  Seasonal beehives provide a tasty native eco-friendly honey, and the organic garden supplies the kitchen with vegetables, cherries and quince, with which we produce preserves, jams and pies. There is no better tandem for the local jamón ibérico, so characteristic of the area’s Extremaduran meadows, than Casa de Gracia’s free-range hens’ eggs and harvest potatoes. Pistachios, recently adapted to this land thanks to the efforts of Ronald, Casa’s green-thumbed caretaker, have joined the native crops of almonds and pine nuts. During the long days of the pandemic, a years’ longed challenge reemerged and could not be postponed any longer. Today we are proud to share our pandemic project with you: Viña del Cura’s electrical power comes now entirely from a different kind of farm, the solar farm that generates our self-sufficient house energy.
Gracia was eight years old when her father, an architect and urban planner, loaded his family into a classic Renault 12 and headed for Extremadura, to work on the restoration project for the historic town of Trujillo. Upon their arrival, the town was celebrating El Chíviri, the grand finale of the local festivities for Easter. Gracia was determined to immerse herself fully in the celebrations. Today she reminisces about that young girl dressed in pastora attire as she gazes at the picture of herself near the fountain in the main square, around which she and the local mozas had just been dancing. While living with her family in England, Gracia and her husband (an American from Vermont) would take many road trips down to Trujillo in search for a place where their children, family and friends would gather to enjoy Spanish customs and traditions during the vacations. “The finca found us on our first day of searching,” she says, “and it didn’t take long for Jake to also fall in love with the place,” as he was drawn to its vast horizons of silver olive groves, lush meadows, and ancient cork trees. They had found it. Together, and without thinking twice, they pooled their savings and made an offer to the owner of this old, abandoned olive mill, where grapes had been trodden and olives pressed for centuries. The original vineyard was transformed into an olive grove when the phylloxera virus wiped out most of the area’s grape vines in the 19th century. Today only part of that vineyard has been recovered, echoing the name of the property. The original construction had a vaulted space made of granite blocks for storing wine and oil, and it’s deep cracks left no doubt about its urgent need for restoration. Luckily, Gracia’s father took on the task and the unstable vault was dismantled, each of its ashlars numbered one by one, and laid down under the chestnut’s shade in the garden until it was rebuilt again, converted into the space that today houses their family gatherings. Thus, the dream of Gracia and Jake became a project and the project a reality and today, after twenty years, Viña del Cura houses a fully functioning organic olive grove, a small vineyard, an organic vegetable garden and a free-range chicken corral and a solar farm all forming part of our locally grown near zero-carbon footprint lifestyle. That dream now includes this global family’s numerous guests. Many birthdays, anniversaries, and reunions later, their way of living and sharing has been embraced by many who have stayed here ever since. Gracia would now like to continue to widen the circle and share the beauty of this very special place and the wonderful energy that emanates from her home and from this land.
In addition to nearby Conquistador’s Trujillo, the Roman, Arab, Renaissance and contemporary Cáceres (Museo Helga de Alvear), the Roman Mérida and the UNESCO’S Guadalupe Monastery are some of the excellent options that the area offers to enjoy cultural and culinary getaways from Viña del Cura (all less than an hour away by car). For nature lovers, the Monfragüe National Park , one of the world’s great jewels for bird watching, offers the chance to enjoy eagles, hawks and vultures in their wild habitat. The Barruecos Park and the Museo Vostell de Malpartida de Cáceres are a surprising combination of nature, tradition and avant-garde art. For our foodies and wine lovers, the well-established three Michelin star, Atrio in nearby Cáceres and Bodegas Habla have been a wonderful surprise in many national and foreign tasting forums, both deserving a visit. The Iberian Peninsula offers an incomparable wealth of history, culture, food and nature to enjoy at the end or at the beginning of your journey. Even if you cannot extend your trip too long, we encourage you to spend at least a couple of days discovering Madrid or Lisbon, both well known for their culture, nightlife and diverse food offerings.
You will arrive at Viña del Cura taking the A-5 from Madrid. We are halfway between Madrid and Portugal’s Lisbon. The nearest airport is Madrid-Barajas, 2 hours and a half away. Lisbon airport is 3 hours and a half away, and Seville airport 3 hours from us.
Accommodation on the finca is diverse and is described below according to category and options. Depending on the use of the rooms (single or double) the house has capacity for 10/16 people. It includes three buildings: La Casa Grande, La Casa Pequeña, and an independent house/studio, La Casita Ibicenca, on the same property. For larger groups, there is the possibility of extra accommodation at the local hotel downtown, only ten minutes away. La Viña del Cura will become a sanctuary where all participants will gather to immerse themselves in seminars and courses, to relax with yoga or wellness sessions and to eat and unwind with a glass of wine and tapas enjoying one of the most spectacular sunsets that you have ever witnessed. During the warm months of the year (end of May to September) the pool is open. The house has a separate gym and a sauna. See Pricing & Registration for room rates and descriptions. 
Gracia divides her time between London, Spain, Africa and Vermont. She is an accredited Advanced Executive Coach by the Møller Institute, Cambridge, and an Embodied Systemic Coach. She was trained in History and History of Art, having completed her master’s in Museum Studies in Madrid and her doctoral courses in Art and Education at Columbia University, New York. While working at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Gracia founded the Teacher Information Center and designed its first training programme. As part of the MoMA team, she collaborated in innovative educational research in partnership with Harvard University among others. She has coached hundreds of educators and cultural administrators and collaborated with some of the most outstanding cultural institutions in Europe and America, such as Victoria Albert in London, the Guggenheim, the Reina Sofía, the Thyssen-Bornemisza or Patrimonio Nacional in Spain as well as with other Latin American institutions such as the Museum of Decorative Art in Buenos Aires among others.

Research shows that over 90% of effectively planned time off from work cultivates a more energetic and positive approach to work. Our Murmuration Experiences are designed to be intentional about developing a new, innovative and authentic approach to life, leadership and purpose. Our 6-month total experience will help you add value to all facets of your work and life by allowing you to take a deep inhale to gain clarity so you can have a strong exhale to own your impact.
Past participants have shared that they’ve experienced clarity of purpose and a renewed focus and passion for the work they’re doing. Because the company invested in their development, it greatly increased their commitment.
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About Us

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Lucy Bethell Reynolds

Murmuration Founder

Co-Curricular Design + Co-Lead Facilitator + Professional Certified Coach  (PCC) + Business Development

It was a few years ago, in Kenya, that I first got the notion of Murmuration off the ground.  After years of working individually with clients seeking to create a meaningful next chapter in their lives, I had the idea that such a journey might be more powerful and fun done in a cohort of like-minded women.  We called it “Balance in the Wild,” and it proved the potential.  Since then, I’ve been refining it and waiting for COVID to release it’s grip enough for us to participate in a deep, in-real-life experience.

In pursuit of what they truly want to do next in their lives, the biggest obstacle that women face are the many “shoulds” imposed by society and family-of-origin expectations.   Often, these “shoulds” are unconsciously carried as driving forces.  Yet, when voiced by others within a group setting, these “shoulds” are exposed as limitations and rendered less powerful.  That’s when Murmuration starts to happen. 

I would love to have you join us at one of our many Murmuration retreats if you are searching for what’s next in your life’s journey. I can promise you it will be transformational in many ways. We will also have a great deal of fun while in beautiful places around the world. -Lucy

Katy Craig

Murmuration Principal

Co-Curricular Design + Co-Lead Facilitator + Professional Certified Coach  (PCC)

I come to Murmuration through improvisational theater where individual actors trust each other and connect strongly enough to get on the same wavelength, anticipate each others’ thoughts and actions, and create an entertaining show live on stage, without a script, in front of a paying audience. This is the courageous creative energy that I recognized when Lucy spoke to me about Murmuration. I know from my improv, coaching, and facilitation that as we raise our own vibrations through increased self-awareness and intentional action aligned with our values, we also raise our collective frequency as a community. The power of this vibrancy amplifies our impact in a way that’s substantive, dynamic, and delightfully surprising. I can’t wait to discover what it is we’ll create together. -Katy

Kelley Polson Pecis

Murmuration Principal

Business Development

I believe that every woman deserves to be invigorated by her path and proud of her impact. And, I believe that finding a way forward that is both uniquely true and beautiful to you can oftentimes be elusive. (Enter your ‘shoulds’ and self doubt here). Figuring out what’s next can be significantly clearer (and wayyy more fun) when you engage with powerful tools and are buoyed by the love and support of other women.

When Lucy asked me to join her in launching Murmuration my response was “oh heck yea!” Lucy and I have worked together for several years – both in non-profit endeavors and as a coach-client dyad. The content she has crafted is phenomenal and the way she engages with clients is both uplifting and effective.

I hope you will join us on this journey — wherever you might currently find yourself… You will find exceptional content, inspiring people and a new sense of clarity, purpose and fun. -Kelley

Emma Gaty

Murmuration Social Media + Event Manager

After experiencing the magic of a Murmuration Retreat as a participant in 2022, I knew I had to get involved. Nothing gives me more joy than bearing witness to others stepping into their power, connecting deeply with themselves, and the journey of self-validation that comes from the positive vibration of a cohort radically sharing their truth.

I came to Murmuration with a career in Photography, starting my business at the age of 18, which led to my fascination with people, how the human mind works, and finding true connection with those I have had the privilege of photographing. 

Core values: Service, Authenticity, Equality

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Lucy Bethell Reynolds, Murmuration Founder, Professional Certified Coach (PCC), Coach + Facilitator

Lucy is an experienced CTI, PCC, Career & Leadership coach/facilitator who has worked across cultures and countries for many years, developing a unique ability to quickly understand complex dynamics facing women both in the workplace and in their personal lives. Her style has been described as astute, fun, and energetic. Clients say she has a unique ability to truly listen and reframe so as to help them synthesize insights into action-oriented behaviors that they carry into all facets of their lives. When not bringing Murmuration to you, Lucy brings coaching and training to leaders globally through her Olerai Leadership, LLC.

Corporate Experience: Nike, Adidas, Leo Burnett, Wieden+Kennedy
Coaching assignments: CHIEF, Snap, Noom, Bumble, Nike, Swift, Satis&Fy, ibotta, AKQA, FQ
Core values: Authenticity. Inclusivity. Laughter.

Katy Craig, Murmuration Co-Design Creator & Collaborator, Professionally Certified Coach (PCC) + Facilitator

A CTI, Disruption Advisors, and ICF-certified professional coach, Katy is experienced in adaptive leadership, emotional intelligence, and creativity. Clients have described her style as high-energy, thoughtful, and exhibiting a wide range, from serious to fun and back again. A practical optimist who bridges vision and execution, and a super geek who fortifies intellect with play, Katy is passionate about helping clients broaden their perspectives, clarify their thinking, design and iterate solutions, and ultimately become who they want to be in work and in life. When she’s not partnering with the women of Murmuration, Katy is coaching and facilitating through her own business, Pavo Leadership, or working on her next piece of creative writing.

Corporate Experience: Adobe, Boettcher Foundation, Red Robin, Warner Music Group
Coaching assignments: Accenture, BBQ Guys, The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Extra Space, Medtronic, Weave
Core values: Contribution. Honesty. Resourcefulness.

Kelley Polson Pecis, Murmuration Partner, Talent Management Consulting Leader, Coach + Facilitator

The focus of Kelley’s career has been helping others to move themselves and their families forward. She’s focused this effort on executive search and recruiting, working with technology company founders, investors, and candidates in the US and Europe. In recent years she has also worked with her colleagues in a coaching capacity, helping them to clarify values, determine goals, solve problems, and provide support along the way.

Corporate Experience: Parker Remick, Herd Freed Hartz, Oracle, Accenture
Consulting assignments (exec search): Google Ventures, Niantic, Square, Eventbrite, Zalando (Europe)
Core values: Service, Family, Community, Love.