At Muskoka Woods, we believe leadership is about moving forward with thoughtful and positive impact. We also believe it is an important character trait to develop at all ages and stages of life. The Leadership Studio provides an inspiring space for our CEO (Challenge, Experience, Opportunity) leadership program in the summer and transformative team building programs for corporations, organizations, schools and churches in the fall, winter and spring.
Already gaining global recognition, The Leadership Studio is a place where the leadership journey finds new life, breath and meaning. The space has been described as having a sense of movement and embodies the very spirit of innovation. Designed by architects David V. Snell and Warren Mack, this gorgeous 4,000-square-foot building sits on Lake Rosseau's sparkling shores, surrounded by pristine Muskoka wilderness.
In an ancient Welsh tale, there is a king of mythical proportions. When his daughter, Branwen, marries an Irish king and is treated harshly, the king decides to avenge her honour. The Irish, seeing a king the size of a mountain and his vast army coming across the sea, burn all of their bridges and retreat into their city. Though the king could easily step across the waters, his army couldn't cross the rivers to reach Branwen. The king realized he would have to carry on alone to avenge his daughter. Instead, he chose to humbly lie down across the rivers and allow his men to walk across him to the other side. From this story we learn the expression, "The one who would be a leader must also be a bridge."
Our vision is that every participant who passes through the Leadership Studio will understand that it's vital to not only build bridges, but, as leaders, to also be the bridge. We use this simple definition of a leader: “A leader is someone who looks at the world and says, ‘It doesn’t have to be this way,’ and does something about it.”
Within the space, you'll find a hands-on art studio, 1,000-volume library, meeting room that doubles as a bookbindery and both indoor and outdoor amphitheater-style seating spaces. You'll also find spaces for unwinding, and a central kitchen for baking bread and sharing meals, along with almost 1,000 acres of recreational space. Many of the activities and amenities of Muskoka Woods’ summer camp are a part of the innovative programs only offered at The Leadership Studio.
Whether you are looking of an experiential add-on, a fully-facilitated retreat, or a co-created customized program, we have something for you. Contact us to discuss the many large group experiences we offer, too.
Ellen Duffield is the Director of the Leadership Studio at Muskoka Woods. She brings a Masters in Management and Leadership; experience co-founding an international leadership development initiative; 30 years of organizational, camping and church leadership experience; involvement in ongoing research projects including an international project about women in leadership; and passion for the growth of both seasoned and emerging leaders. Ellen is a skilled facilitator and teacher, and even more importantly, she is committed to ensuring your group has a fun and meaningful experience at the Studio.
John McAuley’s creativity and ingenuity propels the Muskoka Woods vision forward. He has an extensive background in the camping industry and experience in organizational leadership. He serves as a lead facilitator of The Leadership Studio at Muskoka Woods. An adult learner, John recently augmented his credentials in organizational leadership by completing his certification as an Adler Trained Coach. Together, John and his wife Lori have more than 36 years of senior leadership experience at Muskoka Woods.
Tucked away from the bustle of camp life, our all-season Lodge is designed to help guests unwind in the Muskoka wilderness. The Lodge and Studio are linked by a trail and the Studio is accessible from the rest of camp by a 210-foot-long extension bridge.
I had the privilege of connecting with three separate groups at the new Leadership Studio at Muskoka Woods. In each case, the Studio did more than simply provide us with a safe, spacious location in which to explore leadership and friendships. The facility itself is actually a place of inspiration, calling people to deeper community, service and growth.
- Carl Nash, Launch
Contact Kayleen Hoffman, by phone 705-732-4373 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing and availability information.
Please have your arrival and departure dates, and the age / size of your group, ready at the time of booking.