for Interior Designers

October 14-17, 2024 in SONOMA, CALIFORNIA

The Industry's Leading Business Retreat for
Interior Designers

The Industry's Leading Business Retreat

Our Fall 2024 Workshop enrollment will open soon! Get on the waitlist below to be notified of ticket release and exclusive discounts.

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for Interior Designers

Learn how to grow a
thriving design business and

You know how to help your clients live beautifully through intentional design. It’s your passion, and you’re really good at it. But how do you translate that into a profitable business and strategic brand? That’s where we come in.

We've reimagined what it means to grow a successful interior design business. This is your opportunity to learn from influential industry experts, grow your business with a smart strategy, and gain a support system of like-minded designers who will become lifelong friends (because you shouldn't have to do it all alone). 

Since our event's inception six years ago, we've hosted hundreds of attendees and our workshop is now regarded as an essential experience for those seeking to thrive in the ever-evolving world of design.

You'll learn how to grow a
thriving design business and

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Set at MacArthur Place in Sonoma, California

AN IDYLLIC AUTUMNAL RETREAT

Enjoy a laid-back learning experience that feels like a well-deserved getaway. Our Fall 2024 event is set at the charming MacArthur Place, an award-winning Sonoma hotel, spa & culinary destination set on a magnificent estate in the heart of wine country. This design-forward hotel boasts natural luxury in the heart of Sonoma.

The MacArthur Place culinary team will be providing delicious meals for us during the workshop, all of which is included in your ticket. See our speaker panel, sessions, and the schedule below!

EXPLORE MACARTHUR PLACE

BUILD A SMART BUSINESS WITH AN iNTENTIONAL STRATEGY

You'll walk away with a clear, actionable plan to refine your systems & processes for a streamlined workflow.

Learn to confidently raise your rates and create a pricing structure that will work for you business model.

Identify and attract your ideal design clients who trust your creative expertise and refer like-minded clientele to you.

from MARCELLA, SP24 ALUMNI

"Invest in yourself."

"My brain hurts from all the knowledge that our keynote speakers are downloading on us, it's mind blowing how much I didn't know about the backside of the business. So this is for the person who is wavering if a workshop is really worth the investment. I promise you, what you learn about yourself and your business in these four days is worth 5x what you will actually pay to be here. I will be incorporating a retreat like this into my must save for (like taxes) every year from here on out. Start with this one. Join the waitlist, it will be worth it."

Speaker Lineup

This is your opportunity to learn from influential experts in the design industry and creatives you admire – up close, in-person, real success (and challenges) shared. Our speakers will candidly share their wisdom and provide you with the knowledge you need to grow your business with a smart strategy. Community over competition is at the heart of our mission, so you'll get exclusive access to all of our speakers during sessions, meals and Q&As. We're pulling back the curtain and baring it all so YOU can shape your own version of success, too.

here's what you'll learn in

The Sessions

01

Systems & Processes: Setting Up a Strategic Workflow

02

Pricing: Choosing a Fee Structure That'll Work for Your Business Model

03

Client Growth: Gaining New Clients & Larger Scale Projects

04

Developing a Smart Brand Strategy That Will Propel Your Business

05

Growth in Profitability: Diversifying Your Revenue Streams

06

The Business of Design: Building a Foundation for Success

07

Scaling Your Business with a Studio & Team Members

Design Presentation Breakout Session: How To Wow Your Clients 

08

Breakout Session: Deep Dive Into System & Process Mapping

09

Vendor Relationships, Sourcing & Working with Your Builders

10

Social Strategy: How To Grow An Engaged Community

11

Interior Photography: Attracting Clients & Press with Your Portfolio

12

from cortney mcclure

"Leaving California in tears. It's been one of the best weeks of my life. Truly."

"I’ve learned so much about who I am as a designer, my potential as a business owner and really, just validation that even though the day to day doesn’t always look perfect, that I can define my own success and what that looks like for me and my family. I met some of the absolute best people while at the Haven Workshop and I know that these will be lasting friendships, not just as a group of designers, but genuine friends!"

hear from our alumni about

The Experience

1 pm Event Check-In at MacArthur Place
Welcome, Mingle, Sips & Snacks
Speaker Introductions
Systems & Operations: Setting Your Business Up for Success 
Client Growth: Identify and Attract Your Ideal Design Clients
Welcome Dinner at Layla Restaurant









Next Day →

DAY ONE

1 pm Check-In at MacArthur Place

Welcome, Mingle, Sips & Snacks

Speaker Introductions

Systems & Operations: Setting Your Business Up for Success

Client Growth: Identify and Attract Your Ideal Design Clients

Break Before Dinner

Welcome Dinner at Layla Restaurant









This is a sample schedule and is subject to change, but this is a rough timeline and flow you can expect for the event! Please reach out to our team with any questions about the schedule at workshop@thehavenlist.com.

Check-In & Breakfast
Growth in Profitability: Diversifying Your Revenue Streams 
Instagram Strategy: How To Grow An Engaged Community
Developing a Smart Brand Strategy That Will Propel Your Business
Lunch
Breakout Session · Design Presentation: How To Wow Your Clients
Pricing: Choosing a Fee Structure That'll Work for Your Business Model
Interior Photo Shoots & Getting Published In Print & Online

*No formal dinner hosted on evening two. Explore Sonoma with new friends!

Next Day →

DAY two

Check-In & Breakfast

Growth in Profitability: Diversifying Your Revenue Streams 

The Business of Design: Building a Foundation for Success

Developing a Smart Brand Strategy That Will Propel Your Business

Lunch

Breakout Session · Design Presentation: How To Wow Your Clients

Pricing: Choosing a Fee Structure That'll Work for Your Business Model

Interior Photo Shoots & Getting Published In Print & Online



*No formal dinner hosted on evening two. Explore Sonoma with new friends!


Check-In & Breakfast
Instagram Strategy: How To Grow An Engaged Community
Scaling Your Business with a Studio, Team Members, and Retail
Lunch
Vendor Relationships, Sourcing & Working with Your Builders 
Breakout Session: Small groups open Q&A with our speakers where you'll get to ask them anything!
Wrap-up celebration and final Q&A with our Speaker Panel
Break Before Dinner
Farewell Dinner on the West Lawn

DAY THREE

Check-In & Breakfast

Instagram Strategy: How To Grow An Engaged Community

Scaling Your Business with a Studio, Team Members, and Retail

Lunch

Vendor Relationships, Sourcing & Working with Your Builders 

Breakout Session: Small groups open Q&A with our speakers where you'll get to ask them anything!

Wrap-up celebration and final Q&A with our Speaker Panel

Break Before Dinner

Farewell Dinner on the West Lawn

Next Day →

Au Revoir Breakfast
Peer-to-Peer Group Time & Goal Setting
Headshots with Our Workshop Photographer
Noon – Workshop Concludes · Final Goodbyes!

← Back to Day One

DAY four – half day

Farewell Breakfast at Layla

Peer-to-Peer Group Time & Goal Setting

Headshots with our Workshop Photographer

Noon: Workshop Concludes · Final Goodbyes!

Take some time after the workshop events conclude to explore local wineries, restaurants and shops. We'll be including a list of our favorite spots and noteworthy gems highly recommended by our team and local friends. 

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The Schedule

Have an actionable plan to refine your systems & processes for a streamlined workflow.

Be able to confidently create a pricing structure that will work for you business model.

Have a clear and precise marketing strategy that communicates your distinct brand story.

Identify and attract your ideal design clients who trust your creative expertise and refer clientele to you.

Have a trusted network of like-minded designers to connect with for support.

Feel confident in your growth strategies and business goals.

“If you're thinking about attending, just do it. It's going to take your business to the next level.”

– Chloe MacKintosh

Workshop Experience Set at Beautiful MacArthur Place in Sonoma
Meals, Drinks and Snacks During Workshop Hours 
12 Insightful and Informative Sessions with Our Expert Speakers
Open Q&A with Our Speakers
Breakout Sessions
Thoughtful Gifts and Surprises Sprinkled Throughout
Professional Headshots with Our Workshop Photographer
A Community Atmosphere and the Chance To Build Your Network
Organized Community Social Group to Connect Pre-Event, During & Post 
*Accommodations, airfare and transportation not included.

HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL GET WHEN YOU JOIN:

Your Ticket Includes

Workshop Experience at Beautiful MacArthur Place in Sonoma

Meals, Drinks and Snacks During Workshop Hours

12 Insightful and Informative Sessions with Our Expert Speakers

Open Q&A with Our Speakers

Breakout Sessions

Thoughtful Gifts and Surprises Sprinkled Throughout

Professional Headshots with Our Workshop Photographer

A Community Atmosphere and the Chance To Build Your Network

Organized Community Social Group to Connect Pre-Event, During & Post 

*Accommodations, airfare and transportation not included.

Rainsford Company

Andrea Doxey

Working with HAVEN to elevate our start-up home decor business through collaborative social posts was a great investment for our brand. As we assessed the countless social partnership opportunities, we knew that HAVEN was the right choice for us given the consistent brand message and likeminded audience. Working with Melissa was easy, flexible and an overall pleasure. We look forward engaging with HAVEN again in the near future.

Working with Melissa was easy, flexible and an overall pleasure 

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Lark & Linen

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Working with Melissa was easy, flexible and an overall pleasure 

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Enroll today.

Pay over time.

We're now offering the option to pay over time with Affirm! Choose the best plan that works for you: 6 months (interest-free), 12 months, or 36 months. Select Affirm at checkout and click the 'Learn more' link below the Affirm button to see your estimated payment amounts. There's no need to delay achieving your business goals.

Payment options through Affirm are subject to an eligibility check, may not be available everywhere, and are provided by these lending partners: affirm.com/lenders.

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"Wow! Where do I even begin? It was the most amazing and inspirational three days I’ve had thus far in my career path!"

– KAYLA DEGNAN

 "I wish I could bottle up every ounce of the magical feelings I had while spending the week at the Haven Workshop. I met some of the most incredible creatives out there and they sparked yet another fire in my soul!"

schedule
a call

WITH OUR ALUMNI

Want to learn more about the experience from someone who has attended a past workshop? We'll help facilitate a call for you with one of our alumni. This is a big investment for your business and we want you to be sure it's the absolute right fit for you. Our alumni can share about their experience, what sessions they benefited most from, what they've implemented since attending and any other q's you may have.

Email workshop@thehavenlist.com to schedule your call.

Frequently Asked Questions 

I'm just starting out. Is this workshop right for me?

The first year of business for most designers can be the most challenging. But think about it this way—if you start with your entrepreneurial toolbox only halfway full, it’ll likely take you longer to achieve your goals and in the long run it’ll take longer to build a profitable business. Investing in ourselves is one of the hardest things to do, but one of the wisest decisions we can make as business owners. Not only will our workshop equip you with the tools you need, but you’ll get a behind the biz look at how our incredible experts have blazed the trail. The answer? Now is the perfect time. Additionally, our workshop also provides you with the opportunity to network with other attendees who will becomes friends. These relationships are priceless and will help your business grow, far beyond our time together.

I'm already well-established. How will the workshop benefit me?

Even our speakers are excited to learn from one another at the workshop! They each approach their business models slightly differently and have various strengths they will be touching on. While we will be covering a lot of basics on getting a design business up and running, and further growing your entrepreneurial game, this experience is so much more than that. It’s an opportunity to learn different processes, next level ideas and creative ways to approach your business goals. Not to mention, the opportunity to learn from and network with the other attendees. We’ve listed our speaker topics above in our rough sample timeline as well and we’d be happy to answer any additional questions (email us at workshop@thehavenlist.com) or by using our chat box on this page.

Is there a payment plan option available?

Yes, absolutely! We will have a payment plan option available for our Fall 2024 event OR the option to pay with Affirm over 6, 12 or 36 months. These are more accessible options for those who wish to pay over time. For the payment plan, you will be charged the first installment when you signup (less any discount), followed by remaining monthly payments. If you have any questions about our payment plan option, please reach out to our team at workshop@thehavenlist.com. 

Are accommodations included in the ticket price?

We have a room block at a heavily discounted rate at the MacArthur Place, which is where our event is held. Planning to stay with us at the hotel? Booking info and our discounted rate will be sent to you after you enroll. Available rooms are on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you have questions about making a reservation, reach out to our team at workshop@thehavenlist.com. Accommodations are not included in the ticket price.

Do you offer a discount to groups of 2 or more from the same firm (or alum)?

Yes, absolutely! If you're joining as a group of two or more from the same firm, we're happy to offer a discount. If you've attended a previous Haven Workshop and will be a returning attendee, we also offer a discount! Please reach out to us on the chat box on this page OR workshop@thehavenlist.com and we can provide you with a custom discount code.

Is the workshop open to international attendees?

You bet! We've had the pleasure of hosting attendees from all over the globe. The topics and strategy we cover can be applied to design firms near and far. Have questions about certain sessions and how they might apply to you and your business? Reach out to us for a quick chat at workshop@thehavenlist.com or click on the chat box right here on this site.

Can I purchase a ticket for someone as a gift?

Yes! We've had a few attendees who have been gifted a workshop ticket in the past. Simply register them with their name and email and we'll send them the next steps. If you'd like it be a surprise, please email us at workshop@thehavenlist.com before purchasing their ticket.

How many people attend the workshop?

To keep the workshop experience intimate and allow for deeper connections and time with our speakers, you'll be learning alongside a welcoming network of around 35 attendees.

Will there be opportunities to connect with the speakers beyond sessions? 

Yes, this is what makes our event so special! Not only do we curate a group of speakers who will candidly bare it all, but they'll be with us for their sessions, breakouts and group meals—from check-in through the farewell dinner. You'll also have the opportunity to chat with our speakers in small groups an open Q&A on day three where you can ask anything! We can't wait for you to meet this brilliant group of industry experts. Their good nature is equal to their impeccable talent and they are just as passionate about community over competition as we are. 

Will there be a way to connect with fellow attendees before and after the event?

The beauty of our workshop is that the experience extends far beyond our time together. Alumni attend design markets, meet up for events, do zoom calls together and more. We also facilitate the creation of a private Instagram group for each event group so that you can stay connected and support one another in your business journeys. You'll be able to encourage and provide solutions for each other's challenges and celebrate in one another's successes. We'll give you access to the IG group in the weeks leading up to the event. Additionally, we'll provide you with a shared 'Keep in Touch' contact list.

How are the workshop sessions formatted?

Each speaker session is between 60-80 minutes long (depending on the topic) and are presented to the entire attendee group. This allows for a true community atmosphere and group bonding where attendees can learn from one another as well. Sessions are tailored to be impactful for those who are well-established as well as those in the early stages of business. We typically have a balanced breakdown of industry experience with 30% of attendees at 1-2 years, 40% at 3-4 years, 30% at 5-10 years or more. The common thread? Everyone is looking to grow their business with a smart strategy and new perspective. 

On day two, we'll break into groups for the design presentation breakout session and on day three, you'll get the opportunity to chat with our speakers in small groups for a small groups open Q&A where you can ask anything!

I'd like to explore the area. Will you share any local recommendations?

Yes! In the weeks leading up to the event, we'll be sharing the full schedule, which comes with a list of favorite local spots and recommendations curated by us and local friends! 

Contact Us

Have additional questions? You can reach out to us on the chat icon on this page or fill out the contact form below!

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