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Awaken your brilliance in New York with Cathy Derksen

Join this unforgettable 3 night experience in the Big Apple














Embark on a 3-night retreat in New York with Cathy Derksen, an 11-time Amazon #1 best-selling author and renowned coach dedicated to helping women discover their brilliance. With a unique blend of intuition and world-class training, Cathy has transformed the lives of countless women, guiding them from chapter concept to published bestselling author.

Join this empowering retreat to celebrate the launch of Cathy's new book, learn the art of elevating your profile to a global stage, and discover the inspiring journey of becoming a published author alongside like-minded women. Take a courageous leap, find your inner grit, and bring life to your life in the vibrant setting of New York City.

Key retreat highlights

  • Stay in the heart of Times Square with 3-nights of accommodation at the Crowne Plaza. Your private King room, positioned on Broadway between 48th and 49th Streets, provides a tranquil retreat with daily breakfast included.

  • Attend 2 x exclusive Profile-Building Workshops with Cathy Derksen, renowned for her unique blend of intuition and world-class training, helping women transform their lives.

  • Explore Greenwich Village's rich history of arts activism with a private afternoon tour.

  • Experience the opulence of the Gilded Age with a private 3-hour tour of the Upper East Side. Tracing the footsteps of New York's elite families, from the iconic Plaza Hotel to exclusive private clubs and historic mansions.

whats included

Included in your retreat

Embark on a transformative adventure with Cathy Derksen in the Big Apple including

  • 3 nights accommodation in the heart of Midtown Experience the epitome of New York City at the Crowne Plaza Times Square. Positioned on Broadway between 48th and 49th Streets, this prime location immerses you in the vibrancy of Times Square, surrounded by iconic landmarks, Fortune 500 companies, and unparalleled shopping. Your private King room with daily breakfast included, provides a tranquil retreat as you unwind and absorb all that New York City has to offer.

  • An enchanting welcome dinner, setting the tone for an unforgettable New York experience.

  • Enjoy 2 x 'Building your Profile' workshops with Cathy Derksen as you experience her unique combination of intuition and world-class training, that has helped hundreds of women increase their profile and transform their lives.

  • Experience a private arts activism and social justice tour of Greenwich Village, tracing its rich history of arts activism. Visit iconic landmarks like Stonewall Inn, Cherry Lane Theatre, and Washington Square Park, concluding with a stroll through the artistic enclave of Washington Mews—a captivating journey through the heart of this vibrant neighborhood.

  • Enjoy a private afternoon tour of the Upper East Side. Embark on a 3-hour tour through the Gilded Age's cultural gems in the Upper East Side. From the iconic Plaza Hotel to exclusive private clubs and historic mansions, trace the footsteps of New York's elite families, concluding at the Frick Mansion and Ukrainian Institute of America—a journey through opulence and architectural splendor.

  • Ample opportunity to explore, shop or enjoy this vibrant city

  • Access to all hotel facilities and amenities including

    • Coffee shop on ground floor

    • On-site restaurant with incomparable views of Broadway's bright lights

    • Full service business center and complimentary WIFI

    • Valet parking (additional fees apply)


Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to New York

Arrive and check-in at the hotel from 3:00 pm, and immerse yourself in the iconic energy of New York City. Nestle into the heart of the bustling metropolis as you settle into your stylish room in the center of it all.

At 6:00 pm, join Cathy and your fellow trailblazers for an enchanting welcome dinner, setting the tone for an unforgettable New York experience. 

This gathering not only marks the commencement of the retreat, but also provides the perfect backdrop to forge connections with fellow participants. 

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Times Square

Meals Included

  • Welcome dinner (excl drinks)

Day 2: Networking & a tour of Greenwich Village

Begin your day with a continental style breakfast at the hotel. 

Before joining Cathy for an engaging workshop, where she will guide you through the transformative process of self-discovery and empowerment. Explore your unique voice, discover the essence of your narrative, and lay the foundation for the impactful stories that will shape the journey ahead.

Explore the vibrant Greenwich Village in the afternoon, delving into its history of arts activism and social justice during a private 3-hour tour. Immerse yourself in the stories of trailblazers who have shaped this iconic neighborhood.

At 5:30pm it's time to elevate your professional network and open doors to exciting opportunities, as we attend the C-suite Network Executive Mixer. Hosted at Papillon Bistro & Bar, it's the perfect ambiance for fostering meaningful relationships.

Post the event, grab some dinner at your leisure and discuss the day's accomplishments with some of your newfound connections.

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Times Square

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Included Activities

  • Workshop

  • Private 3 hour Greenwich Village walking tour 'Arts activism and social justice'

  • 2 hour C-suite Executive Mixer

Day 3: Experience the Upper East Side

Start your day with a quick breakfast at the hotel, setting the tone for another day of exploration and connection.

Join Cathy for an invigorating workshop, continuing the journey of self-discovery and empowerment.

Afterwards, enjoy lunch at your leisure, exploring the culinary delights of the city on your own or with newfound friends.

In the afternoon, embark on a private Upper East Side Cultural Tour, delving into the culture and architecture of the gilded age. Marvel at the historical richness and architectural splendor that define this iconic neighborhood during this enlightening 3-hour tour.

As evening descends, we'll gather in Times Square to witness the collective accomplishment of the group. Behold the book, a collaborative creation of everyone present, illuminated in light - a powerful symbol of the impact your shared stories hold. Feel the energy of the city and the significance of your narratives resonating in the heart of New York. 

As the day winds down, savor a farewell dinner at your leisure, reflecting on the transformative experiences and connections forged throughout this empowering retreat.

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Times Square

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Included Activities

  • Workshop

  • Private 3 hour Upper East Side walking tour on 'Culture and Architecture of the Gilded Age'

  • Time Square billboard experience

Day 4: Breakfast & farewell

As your final morning unfolds, indulge in a leisurely sleep in before grabbing a quick continental style breakfast at the hotel. 

Take this opportunity to bid farewell not only to the vibrant city that never sleeps but also to the newfound friends who shared in the magic of your whirlwind New York adventure. 

As you embark on your journey home, may your travels be safe, and the memories of this unforgettable experience linger forever. 

Until we meet again!

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Customer Reviews

See what readers thought of Cathy's previous book

A beacon of hope and transformation


"The book 'Midlife Awakening: 20 Women Share Inspiring Stories of Midlife Transformation' is a compelling anthology that serves as a beacon of hope for those navigating the often turbulent waters of midlife. This book is a testament to the resilience and strength of women, and a powerful reminder that it's never too late to reinvent oneself and pursue one's passions. The book is a collection of 20 unique stories, each one a personal journey of transformation and self-discovery. The authors share their experiences with raw honesty, making it easy for readers to connect with their struggles and triumphs. The narratives are diverse, yet they all converge on a common theme - the power of change and the potential for growth that lies within each of us. What makes this book truly stand out is its ability to inspire and motivate. It encourages readers to embrace change, to face their fears, and to step out of their comfort zones. It's a call to action to live life on your own terms, to find your purpose, and to make your dreams a reality."

Uta Kapp | Germany | October 2023

Frequently asked questions

Do I have to pay the full amount upfront?

It's up to you. To secure your place on this retreat you can select to pay the full amount upfront, or pay a 25% deposit. If you select the deposit, the remaining amount is due 60 days before the experience begins. Chat to us about our flexible payment plans at no extra charge.

Are airfares included?

Given the complexity of booking airfares for women attending from destinations across the country, unfortunately airfares are not included in the price. If you need assistance in booking airfares, please contact Woman Explore and they can put you in touch with their partners.

Will I have to share my room?

No. On this experience, we provide exclusively single rooms. Each participant will stay in a private charming room with an ensuite. Conveniently located in the heart of Midtown and on the doorstep of Times Square.

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Book your spot today!

Secure your place by paying the full amount or a 25% deposit at the time of booking. If deposit is selected, the full amount will be due by 25th January 2024.


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