The Retreat

The Retreat

 

 

Oxford Process has a wonderful remote retreat. This special place is situated in the deep Cotswolds countryside, off the beaten track and away from the distractions of towns and cities, but still close enough to Heathrow airport and to London to be able to reach it reasonably easily. 

Our experience is that offering an informal, comfortable working environment promotes the best chance of engaging in a productive dialogue. Participants’ wellbeing is a high priority and attention is paid to looking after those who take part. The beautiful barn is in delightful countryside and homemade food and country walks are very much part of the experience. This allows for more difficult conversations that would be less likely to happen in a more official environment. 

What happens at Cats Abbey is akin to what happens in a kitchen: ideas are cooked, ingredients are added, flavours are tasted and new recipes are experimented with. Aptly, discussions are held around a large kitchen table. The result is that Cats Abbey ends up playing a crucial role in the Oxford Process by providing the venue for highly successful and discreet encounters between erstwhile adversaries from the region. This can be essential preparation for the more official negotiations.