Company Retreat

Every 12 months or so, we gather at the Human Made company retreat. Previous locations have included the UK, Norway, Bulgaria, Spain, Slovakia, Italy and Sri Lanka. They used to take place immediately after WordCamp Europe but since 2017 the retreat is no longer scheduled alongside WCEU.


The company retreat is an opportunity for everyone to get together and get some much needed time together. Some of the things that you can expect at the retreat are:

  • Flash talks: every human gives a 3 minute flash talk. This is usually something unrelated to work and can be about anything you want, see these two posts from the 2020 Virtual Retreat for more info and inspiration: 🔒 post 1 and
  • Hack projects: we work on projects together throughout the week.
  • State of the Humans: Tom, Joe and Noel present on where the company is and where it’s going.
  • Outings: we will arrange some excursions so you can see some of the local area.

In between, you’ll have time to hang out with each other and get to know one another better.


Arrangements for the 2020 retreat are underway; for this retreat, Daisy is in charge of planning with help from Zoe. You can follow along in #retreat-planning in Slack and on the /retreat repo in GitHub if you’re interested. If you have any questions, please post a message to @daisy in the #retreat channel.


If the retreat is held before or after a conference, do I have to attend that conference?

Nope. Attendance at any conference is not obligatory. You can just attend the retreat.

Are partners/children invited to the retreat?

As this is a retreat focused on work, it is for Human Made staff only. We would love to be able to welcome all of your families, but things would get expensive and we would lose the focus on work. The only exception is breastfeeding mothers, who are able to bring their baby so they can continue breastfeeding.

What should I bring?

Clothes, swimwear, toiletries, travel documents, and any other travel necessities. Your work laptop and anything essential for setting up your workstation.

Will I have to share a room?

At some retreats, room sharing helps us to keep costs down but is not mandatory or expected. You will be asked if you are willing to share a room before we go ahead with any bookings. At the 2019 retreat in Sri Lanka, room sharing was not required.