International Speakers Retreat
SICILY, ITALY - MAY 31st - June 4th, 2018
with Fredrik Haren, James Taylor and Alison Burns

The 1st International Speakers Retreat, which takes place on the gorgeous Italian island of Sicily, is your opportunity to learn how to launch, grow and monetize your message as a speaker. Whether you’ve been speaking professionally for years, or you are just starting in your speaking career, you'll be able to immerse yourself in the craft, art and business of professional speaking. 

Over four days and night you'll learn directly from three of the world's most experienced experts on keynote speaking, speaker marketing and vocal and stage skills;
 Fredrik Haren, James Taylor and Alison Burns.

From discovering and crafting your signature speech to improving your voice and getting booked as a highly-paid speaker, Fredrik, James and Alison will give you the strategies, tactics and techniques to take your speaking to the next level. The retreat is designed to gather speakers from around the globe with a common goal - to help you launch, share and monetize your message as a speaker.

At the retreat global keynote speaker Fredrik Haren will teach you how to find your inner theme as a speaker, effective ways to craft your best keynote presentation and how to develop your unique speaking style. 

Meanwhile award-winning marketer and international speaker James Taylor will train you on marketing your speaking, booking offline and online stages and developing multiple back-end revenue streams.

Finally actor, singer and vocal coach Alison Burns will run workshops to help you develop your voice, physicality and stage skills.

This is the 16th retreat we have organized but the first for those who are looking to travel the world and share their message as a highly-paid keynote speaker. Don’t miss this chance to spend a few days on the romantic and historic Italian island of Sicily, home to some of the world's best foods, wines and landscapes. What could be better than a holiday where you really learn something and have a great time with like-minded speakers?

The 1st International Speakers Retreat will take place on the island of Ortigia which is the historical heart of Siracusa in southeast Sicily, on May 31st - June 4th, 2018. The area is about an hour from the international airport of Catania which is easily accessible from the US and the rest of Europe as well as other Italian cities including Rome, Florence and Milan.

During the day you'll learn directly with Fredrik, James and Alison and every evening you can sit back with an Italian wine and enjoy local handmade delicacies and take part in intimate, once-in-a-lifetime mastermind sessions. So get ready to taking your speaking career to the next level while making friends and having fun!

What Is The International Speakers Retreat About?
The International Speakers Retreats are all about growing and monetizing your speaker business.  This retreat is about helping you achieve REAL RESULTS and having fun in the process.
Speech Development
Uncover your signature speech and then craft it into a powerful keynote presentation.
Speaker Positioning
Discover what meeting planners are looking for and how to position yourself to stand out.
Spend three days getting inspiration and ideas from the coaches and other keynote speakers from around the world. 
Stage Skills
You'll learn how to own the stage and the skills used by the great speakers.
How To Get Booked As A Speaker
With a combined 3,000 stages booked in over 60 countries you'll learn how to get booked. 
Speech Coaching
Fredrik, James and Alison will give you live feedback on your speech structure, story, voice, physicality and presentation skills.

All Workshops
Over 20 hours of speaker workshops with Fredrik Haren, James Taylor and Alison Burns
Amazing Food
Join speakers from around the world for wonderful Italian meals each day and night.
Evening Mastermind Sessions
Develop your confidence and take part in once in a lifetime mastermind sessions with top speakers.
Build relationships with other speakers and explore future collaborations and referral opportunities.
Welcome Goodie Bag   
Receive a welcome goodie bag when you arrive at the retreat.         
Finale Speeches
Join Fredrik, James and Alison on stage to give your speech to a live audience (optional)

You will also receive instant access to James Taylor's 
International Speakers Online Course with video lessons covering some of the advanced concepts and strategies you’ll be learning at the Retreat. Over the next six months a new training module will be released on how to launch, growth and monetize your speaking. 
When a speaker finds his or her inner theme everything falls into place. In this 30 minute speaker one-on-one coaching call keynote speaker Fredrik Haren he will help you find the inner theme for your powerful keynote presentation.
The Million Dollar Speaker Series! (Learn EXACTLY how Speaker Hall of Fame inductees and top keynote speakers built their speaking careers). With this bonus you'll get immediate access to the International Speakers Summit video and audio recordings where James Taylor interviews over 40 world-class speakers as they reveal their secrets to building a multi-million dollar speaker business.
If you are serious about becoming a successful speaker then you have to understand how event professionals, meeting planners and decision-makers select their speakers. When you register for the International Speakers Retreat you will also receive a VIP Pass for the upcoming Event Professionals Summit where James Taylor and Erin Gargan interview over 40 of the world's top event professionals. 
As a professional speaker your greatest asset is your voice. With this bonus you'll receive immediate access to this powerful online course from vocal coach Alison Burns where you'll discover how to improve the quality of your voice, learn warmup exercises and ways to look after your voice as a professional speaker.
In these 40+ HD Video Lessons, creativity expert James Taylor will break down how to generate new ideas for your keynotes and speeches.
Access to James Taylor's Masterclass from Asia Professional Speakers Singapore event on how to monetize your expertise online.
There are tens of thousands of professional speakers in the world, but only a few have taken the step to being a global keynote speaker. In his latest book Fredrik Haren shows you how to become a truly global keynote speaker.

Private Facebook Group to request video reviews from your fellow speakers! Never do a presentation without feedback again!

The Location - Sicily, Italy

Ortigia, a small island off the city of Siracusa, in the South-East region of Sicily, is a year round Italian destination boasting a unique location and timeless beauty encircled by the sea. Called the 'White Pearl of Syracuse', Ortigia is ideal as a base to explore the cultural richness of the region or as a stand-alone short break to immerse in the wonderful ambience, gastronomy and archaeological treasures that are found around every corner.

The charm of Ortigia is also its mix of styles: remnants of Ancient Greek ruins are interspersed near dazzling Baroque piazzas that are fed by a labyrinth of Medieval lanes containing physical evidence of early Moorish, Roman, Byzantine, and Judaic civilizations. The entire small island of Ortigia island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Retreat Hub - Residence Hotel 'Alla Giudecca'

The main hotel and gathering spot for our retreat will be the Residence Hotel "Alla Giudecca", which is centrally located in Ortigia, next to the sea, and a few minutes stroll to all the local sites and piazzas.

​​​​​​​The hotel is an ancient building completely restored that has on its premises traces of an underground Jewish ritual bath dating back to the 13th century. 

Keynote Speaker and Trainer
Fredrik Haren is a global keynote speaker with more than 20 years experience as a keynote speaker.

He has been invited to speak in more than 65 countries on 6 continents and speaks in more than 20 countries every year.

Fredrik is a pure keynote speaker, which means he doesn’t do workshops, full-day trainings or consulting – he just delivers keynotes. And he has delivered more than 2000 keynotes around the world.

His client list includes keynoting at global management conferences for KMPG, BMW, Ericsson and 100’s of other companies in virtually all industries.

He has shared the stage with Sir Richard Branson, Seth Godin, Sheryl Sandberg and many many more of the top speakers in the world. Fredrik regularly speaks for big groups of 2000, 3000, 5000 and even 10,000 people (as well as many smaller audiences). In 2017 he was one of the keynote speakers at The Global Leadership Summit, which is the largest leadership summit in the world with over 10,000 attendees live and 400,000 (!) attendees watching via video-link in 128 countries around the world.

As a mentor and coach to professional speakers Fredrik has, in the last year alone, coached and mentored more than 100 speakers in over 10 countries on both how to help them find their “inner theme”, as well as on how to develop a better speech and how to have a better delivery. 

"I want to express my gratitude for the extraordinary value, time and effort that Fredrik took to mentor me.
To watch my talks, write notes and share his creative suggestions in the most authentic, helpful and professional way. Fredrik is also an inspiration of the ethics of the speaking profession and how delivering value always trumps marketing." 
Avi Liran
"I had been struggling to find my inner theme for some time. Oh sure, I have my business The Digital Conversationalist, but my inner theme is deeper than that. It’s that core ability I have, and I always believe core abilities are often the hardest thing to see in ourselves. Fredrik generously offered me his time and insights, and now, I understand my inner theme and that knowing reflects deeply in all that I do and say. It also gives me greater confidence in the message I am seeking to share. It was amazing having that time with Fredrik , watching him weave his magic."
Andrea Edwards
"I was so passionate towards being a public speaker and specifically a keynote Speaker. But I did not know how to do it. The 45 minute mentoring session I had with Fredrik opened a new dimension to my life. The questions Fredrik asked, made me think. The tasks that he gave me to improve my passion were simple, but powerful. The words of encouragement by Fredrik made me to immediately jump into action. Not just that each day, I look at the notes taken during the call, to ensure I am on the right track. Thank you so much Fredrik for motivating, inspiring me and making me take an action towards what i love."
Narendran Narasimhan
"What I have been trying to do for the last 3 years, Fredrik managed in 35 minutes. In an extremely powerful coaching session he helped me discover my message to the world. I left the session feeling electric, and super excited about the possibilities! Absolutely unbelievable - and life changing."
Theo Davis
"Ever since I first saw Fredrik speak 6 years ago, I've greatly admired him as a speaker. The feedback he gave after watching my speech were all stunningly helpful. In the two weeks following one mentoring session, I had my first standing ovation!
Rob Lilwall
Keynote Speaker and Trainer
James Taylor M.B.A. F.R.S.A. is a speaker, trainer, entrepreneur and internationally recognized thought-leader in creativity, marketing and artificial intelligence. For over 20 years, he has been teaching speakers, entrepreneurs, educators, writers and musicians how to maximize, monetize and market their creativity. As the founder of C.SCHOOL™ and host of The Creative Life Podcast and TV Show, he’s taught thousands of individuals in over 120 countries through his online courses, books, videos and keynote speeches.

His corporate clients have included Apple, Yamaha, Sony, Bertelsmann and Johnson & Johnson. As an in-demand creativity expert, he has been featured in countless media outlets and was the subject of a 30 minute BBC documentary about his life and work.

Recognized as a leading authority on creativity, innovation and marketing, James is the recipient of The Modern ONTRApreneur Award, the S.D. Southern Award and also holds a Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.). He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (F.R.S.A.) whose Fellows have included Benjamin Franklin, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Bob Dylan, Adam Smith, Nelson Mandela and Professor Stephen Hawking.
SInger, Actor and Vocal Coach
Alison Burns is an award-winning singer and vocal coach who has performed and run singing workshops in the USA, Europe and Asia.

A lifelong love of music started at home, with an early education in the Great American Songbook from a father who played guitar and a mother who would carry the guitar case into his gigs! As a young girl in Dundee, an industrial city on the east coast of Scotland, the dreams were of singing and acting in Hollywood and the soundtrack was Peggy Lee, Lena Horne, and Bessie Smith among many others. 

Her debut album, Kissing Bug was received with universal acclaim and became the first album by a Scottish jazz singer to reach the Jazz Top 10. So far she has packed her bag to perform in far-flung destinations such as Tokyo, New York, Nashville, Cannes, Italy and Shanghai.

The International Association for Jazz Education has awarded her for Outstanding Service to Jazz Education and in 2013 she received the Brand Personality Award by the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation, previous recipients of this award include Aretha Franklin and Steve Jobs.



How to find and craft your story into a powerful speech that can engage an audience.
How to build a campaign that will get you booked on stages around the world.
Tried and tested techniques to develop your stage skills.
Discover ways to more easily structure and develop your keynote presentations. 
Powerful exercises to strengthen, and build, and get the most from your voice.
Ways to unlock back-end revenue streams from online courses, consulting and coaching programs.
Provisional Schedule

Thursday, May 31st 2018
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Students Arrive
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Opening Session
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Workshop I
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Dinner
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm Evening Mastermind

Friday, June 1st 2018
8:00 am - 9:30 am Breakfast
9:30 am – 10:45 am Workshop II
11:00 am -12:30 pm Workshop  III
1:00 pm -  4:00 pm Lunch and Free Time
4:00 pm –  5:30 pm Workshop IV
​5:45 pm -  6:45 pm Workshop V 
8:00 pm -  9:30 pm Dinner
10:00 pm - 11:30 pm Evening Mastermind

Saturday, June 2nd 2018
8:00 am - 9:30 am Breakfast
9:30 am – 10:45 am Workshop VI
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Workshop  VII
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Lunch and Free Time
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Workshop VIII
​5:45 pm - 6:45 pm Workshop IX 
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm Dinner
10:00 pm - 11:30 pm Evening Mastermind

Sunday, June 3rd 2018
8:00 am - 9:30 am Breakfast
9:30 am – 10:45 am Workshop X
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Workshop XI
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Lunch and Free Time
3:00 pm – 4:45 pm Workshop XII
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm Wrap-Up
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Dinner
9:30 pm - 11:00 pm Optional Performance

Monday, June 4th 2018
8:00 am - 9:30 am Breakfast

Why Not Bring Your Partner
If you would like to have your loved one join you at the retreat we recommend this package. You both dine together with the group for all meals, and attend all evening masterminds together. During the days, while one of you is participating in workshops, your partner can enjoy the fun things to do in the Ortigia and Siracusa area.  Our on-site local guides can help plan and recommend day trips and special excursions for partners during the day - and even for the two of you if you extend your trip before or after the retreat.

So here's how to register your partner. Firstly register yourself. Then come back to this page and click on the non-participating partner package button and make this an adventure both of you can enjoy.
Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When does the retreat take place?

A. The retreat classes run from the afternoon of Thursday 31st May to the morning of Monday 4th June 2018.

Q. Where does the retreat take place?

A. The retreat classes will take place at the Residence Hotel 'Alla Giudecca'. Upon registration you will receive a Fact Sheet with location information. Six weeks before the retreat you will receive the final retreat schedule.

Q. What is the cost?

A. The cost per participant is US$3000 and US$500 for non-participating partners.

Q. Can my partner attend even though they won't participate in the classes.

A. Absolutely, non-participating partners are very welcome and the price per non-participating partner is $500. Partners may also sit in on a workshop session or two as long as there is adequate space in the room.

Q. What is your cancellation policy?

A. You can receive a full refund minus any credit card fees within the first 30 days of booking. Please consider getting travel insurance to cover unexpected occurrences.

Q. What about accommodation?

A. Registration includes your accommodation at the Residence Hotel 'Alla Giudecca' or a nearby residence hotel. The Residence Hotel "Alla Giudecca", which will be our main retreat gathering place, is located in the historic center of Ortigia island, in the heart of the old Jewish Quarter, next to the sea (with access to a swimming platform), and the major Piazza Duomo a few minutes away.  The Hotel, simple yet tastefully restored, is an ancient building that respects the history and architectural origins of this beautiful mediterranean location. Underneath the hotel hides the jewel of the oldest Jewish ritual bath in Europe.  The courtyards have an Arabic atmosphere, that improve the spaces of the facility and in the main building there is a conference room, reading room, and piano room available for your use.  A continental breakfast will be served at the hotel each morning for all workshop participants and their partners.  

Q. What about meals?
A. Your registration includes four Continental Breakfasts, three Lunches, and four Dinners during the retreat.

Q. Who can I contact if I have other questions related to the retreat?

A. Please email

Q. Can you accommodate those with dietary issues?

A. We are happy to cater for people with diet issues. Vegetarian, vegans and basic diet requirements are included in the price - just let us know at

Q. Are the retreat venues suitable for those with mobility issues?

A. We are not able to accommodate anyone with severe mobility problems. Please get in touch with to discuss your particular needs.

Q. How do I get there?

A. You can travel to Sicily by air from all over the U.S. and Europe.  Catania (CTA) is the closest international airport.  If you are considering some travel before the workshop, you might take one of the low-cost European airlines from another major city such as Rome, Naples, or London.  Check out or for flight times and costs.  Or if you want to explore Sicily, another option is to arrive at the Palermo Airport (PMO), which is about 3 hours from Ortigia, and take a leisurely sight-seeing route to the retreat with a return from either Catania or back to Palermo.  Upon registration you will receive a Fact Sheet with the various travel options to the hotel once you arrive in Sicily which includes private and shared shuttles as well as public transportation to/from Catania.  

The Premier Learning Retreat Experiences
This will be our fifth retreat in beautiful Italy. James Taylor and Alison Burns also produces executive, music and creativity retreats for award-winning authors, performers and celebrities. Our Italy team is focused on giving you the very best experience in which to develop your speaking.

Other retreats take place in London, New York, Italy, Scotland, France and Asia. We are honored to work with Fredrik Haren for this retreat in Italy. We hope you decide to join us to take your speaking business to the next level.