The Leadership Journey

The business landscape has buckled under Covid's earthquake, and high-ability talent have been battered by burnout and tough questions about what matters most in work and in life. It's no surprise that everyday we read more about top-talent churn and the "Great Resignation." Before your team suffers the costly loss of critical leaders, Sabatigo invites you to explore what our re-imagined sabbaticals can do to regenerate your brightest stars and re-connect them to your organization's values.

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We are a curated mini sabbatical that makes leaders and their management teams better.


Just imagine how your leadership team will react to being approved and funded to join a high-impact, 2-week experience abroad. Where their goals each day will focus on learning a more empathic, innovative and sustainable  leadership style. As they follow the greatest executive coaches in the world, on a brick-and-mortar learning journey through the business and cultural ecosystems of two of the world's greatest cities. 





Sabatigo begins in one European capital and ends two weeks later in another. Along the way, your team will explore the terrain of empathic, innovative and sustainable leadership together with other business stars from around the world. As the Sabatigo community comes alive, one cobblestone street and rogue innovation incubator at a time.

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Sabatigo leaders grow by using our cities to explore GRIT and perspective. Dr. Paul G. Stoltz, whose books on resilience and leadership have defined this field, is our lead Disruptor for GRIT. He won't rest until your team has dug deep into its storehouses of GRIT and made a reckoning of how adversity can be a critically important business tool.



Sabatigo leaders bloom by using our cities to experience a powerful and sustainable practice of wellness and mindfulness. Led by Ruchika Sikri (former Director of Well-Being Learning at Google and a founder of their corporate mindfulness program), Sabatigo's mindfulness practice will use iconic gardens and historic settings to reconnect your team to their passions and your values.


Sabatigo leaders connect to innovation by using our cities to explore how wonder and awe have always been engines of entrepreneurship. Led by Jeff Schwartz (Deloitte Principal) and Dr. Natalie Nixon (CEO of Figure 8 Thinking), Sabatigo Entrepreneurship will take your team into the innovation hubs of the world.

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Paris: Buttery croissants, endless walks through the most charming parks in the world. And the place that birthed the word "entrepreneur." Whether you've been 10 times or only in films and novels, no place on Earth does more on the daily to give balance and beauty back to deep travelers than Paris. History, culture, art, design and cutting-edge innovation are just the start of the magic here. Sabatigo's home quartier--the Bastille--is still a tangle of cobblestone streets, neighborhood cafes and boutique hotels. 

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Berlin is a city of astonishing diversity and non-stop ideation. All over the Mitte and Kreuzberg neighborhoods that Sabatigo calls home, start-ups, VC leaders and graffiti artists work together building new businesses at the same cafe tables. Meanwhile the hard and ever-present history of this city calls even the incurious to account. Monuments and memorials dot the cityscape everywhere, offering telling reminders of World War Two and the Cold War.


Each day our community wakes up in a great European city to another day of Sabatigo's curated quest-experiences.  Our travelers will have their bespoke itinerary at the ready. Today might feature Yoga in the park. Or a 5k run on an elevated garden through the center of Paris. While others saddle up to an amazing session on machine learning and future of work issues led by rogue VC titans, fresh from a 2 billion Euros exit. 

Most afternoons and evenings will be free, to allow Sabatigoers to recharge as they prefer and to attend to any work obligations they've had to bring from home.


Our travelers will all be nominated for Sabatigo by three current or former employer s or team mates

All travelers accepted into a Journey will have at least 3 years of professional experience beyond college

Sabatigo's Board of Advisors will makes all acceptance offers to travelers

Each Sabatigo Journey will consists of 25 travelers only

Sabatigo nominees who cannot be accepted for their first-choice voyage will be offered a later journey

Sabatigo will work aggressively to address the network gap with every journey we develop

Sabatigo will build our community to assure that we have inter-generational representation

Sabatigo will build each community to insure that we don't have travelers from companies that are direct competitors

Sabatigo will be a safe community of travelers, committed to an active alliance against bias and bigotry

Sabatigo's community will uphold the highest Covid traveler-safety protocol at all times


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Sabatigo Accommodations

Sabatigo builds creature comforts into our amenities. Our hotels are boutique, eclectic and safely tucked away from the crush of tourists. Housing is single occupancy, ensuite and with breakfast available. Lunches and dinner are included once in each city, always in bistros where farm-to-table guidelines are the rule. Other meals are independent. Travel between cities is done by rail, first class. 

If Sabatigoers prefer to travel with their family, great! Just be sure your HR team speaks to us about enrollment in the Sabatigo Partner and Family Package. So our team can get your talent sorted in appropriate Air BnB housing, plus develop bespoke itineraries for their family who will be joining.