Creative Re(Treat)

For the designers feeling burnt out, you're not alone. An all-expenses paid retreat to walk you through how to get over this hurdle in your career.


We’re looking for 24 designers who are struggling with finding their passion again, creating work they love, or mental fatigue. Please apply if you feel like you would benefit from this retreat! We give preference to minority and marginalized designers in this time of political upheaval.

Please understand: we must lift unheard voices.

What is burnout?

Burnout isn’t something that you either have or you don’t. Rather, think of it like a thermometer.

In order to gauge where you are on this scale, ask yourself some simple reflective questions: What are you feeling? How intense is it? How well are you able to manage those feelings? There are many feelings associated with the ways in which activists like yourself might experience burnout:

Anxiety, Guilt, Isolation, Irritability, Anger, Sadness, Pessimism, Numbness, Disappointment, Fatigue, Insomnia, Lack of motivation, Physical pain, and Sickness name a few

You may feel one, all, or none of these. You may gravitate towards one or two in one time of your life, and experience it differently during other times of your life.

But know that what you’re feeling is normal and that other activists experience similar emotions.

We have limited time, energy, and resources. Do what you can with what you have, maintaining the social support, hobbies, and self-care that replenish you and move you forward.

Treat yourself.