Sabbatical Consultation

Done mindfully, sabbaticals can help reduce burn-out and improve well being. Whether as an individual or a business, Forty Fields can help you define the scope and purpose of a sabbatical.

For Individuals

Single Session: This one-time, 90-minute consultation is designed to help you develop your sabbatical story and plan for your time off. We’ll talk through your hopes and fears, and get through as many of your questions as we can fit into the time allotted. I will provide you with a written summary of the insights we gathered and your next steps. Fee: $200.

Short Term Engagement: For those with more complicated needs, I offer three one-hour sessions to help guide you through the process of negotiating, planning, and communicating your sabbatical intentions. I will provide you with written summaries of each session, including suggested steps. Fee: $450.

For Businesses

For businesses, I offer a number of models for engaging with your human resources team to help you articulate and build your sabbatical policy. I am also available for longer term engagements to help coach your employees on a one-on-one basis. Rates are commensurate with the length of the engagement.


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My Sabbatical Story: My own experience with a sabbatical began in 2016, when I decided to take a year off to reclaim my time and my energy. Here is how it began and how it concluded.   The inspiration for my travel blog, which later became the name of my ethics consulting practice, comes from this poem by Mary Oliver:

The Poet with His Face in His Hands

You want to cry aloud for your
mistakes. But to tell the truth the world
doesn’t need anymore of that sound.

So if you’re going to do it and can’t
stop yourself, if your pretty mouth can’t
hold it in, at least go by yourself across

the forty fields and the forty dark inclines
of rocks and water to the place where
the falls are flinging out their white sheets

like crazy, and there is a cave behind all that
jubilation and water fun and you can
stand there, under it, and roar all you

want and nothing will be disturbed; you can
drip with despair all afternoon and still,
on a green branch, its wings just lightly touched

by the passing foil of the water, the thrush,
puffing out its spotted breast, will sing
of the perfect, stone-hard beauty of everything.

-Mary Oliver

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