Susan GleissnerJourney Forward: Career Exploration & Discovery

September 5-8, 2024 Go back
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Explore your career possibilities and discover your path to what’s next with Susan Gleissner, owner of Unearth Coaching & Consulting. This 4-day retreat will create space for you to release what is no longer working for you, to reconnect with yourself, and move towards the next stage of your career. 

Participants will engage in career transition workshops, one-on-one coaching, and reflective activities in a natural setting along Lake Superior. The experience is thoughtfully curated to balance peer support and encouragement with personal reflection and growth.

The retreat begins before you arrive at Wild Rice Retreat with one-on-one coaching to establish your goals and intentions for our time together, pre-retreat resources, and connections with other participants.

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Class description

Reconnect with yourself in one of the most tranquil and restorative places in the Midwest while you explore your career possibilities and discover your path to what’s next.

This small group retreat is designed to create connections while also honoring the need for mutual respect, confidentiality, and support. To do so, the retreat starts before the group comes together with a one-on-one coaching session, the CliftonStrengths assessment, virtual “Meet Your Circle” session, and a walking meditation to prepare you for our time in person together.

During the retreat, career exploration workshops are designed to provide you with:

  • A vision for where you’re headed next in your career
  • Understanding of your values and strengths
  • New paths to explore on your career journey
  • Awareness of your risk tolerance
  • An action plan or intentions to guide you
  • Connections and encouragement for your journey forward

Between career exploration workshops, you will have time to reflect, immerse yourself in nature, and rest. Activities like yoga, meditation, sauna, forest bathing and more are also included to support your discovery process.

Each night (weather permitting), the small group will gather around a campfire to reflect on the day, capture insights and celebrate each other’s progress.

The retreat doesn’t end when you leave Wild Rice Retreat. You will have access to a one-on-one coaching session and ongoing resources to support you in your journey forward.



I believe that life is better with adventure. Adventure isn’t a destination or an experience, it’s a mindset that centers exploring new possibilities, expanding your boundaries, and overcoming obstacles.

And that’s what led me to the big question that changed everything for me…

What if our career is our life’s greatest adventure?

That set me on the path to my own career transition. After 13 years in a career as an engineering leader, I reimagined myself as a leadership coach and organization development consultant. This allows me to tap into my love of coaching and developing others through periods of growth and transition.

As part of my career journey, I’ve earned coaching credentials from both Gallup and the International Coaching Federation as well as over 400 hours of one-on-one coaching experience with leaders across industries. These credentials, coupled with my own career transition, consulting and leadership experiences, inform my approach to coaching which centers confidentiality, mutual respect, and discovery.

I love creating space for small group conversations about big topics. And, above all, nature is where I go to find clarity and peace. The Journey Forward retreat is designed around all these beliefs.

Supply List

An open mind, comfy clothes, sturdy shoes (for outdoor activities). A recommended packing list will be provided to participants in advance.

Optional: swimsuit (sauna) and yoga outfit.