Patterns is a three-day retreat for 50 engineering, product, and design leaders who want to connect with and be inspired by peers and experts. Share challenges, develop relationships, and learn from the people whose work you admire in a shared safe space. Attendees will go home with the know-how to affect change and lead their teams towards achieving what used to feel impossible.
What is Patterns?
Patterns is a retreat at the gorgeous Bishop's Lodge in Santa Fe focused on leadership-level topics related to design systems. We're getting out of our day-to-day rhythms and journeying to a one-of-a-kind venue for an immersive three-day experience.
is patterns for you?
Patterns is for engineering, product, and design leaders—not frontline managers or makers. Attendees will be selected from a pool of applicants to create a community of peers from multiple industries and organizations. With only 50 spots, everyone at Patterns will be part of the conversation, and everyone's voice will be heard.
How to attend Patterns
Now accepting applications
This retreat is by application, nomination or direct invitation only and is intentionally limited to 50 attendees. This event is carefully and exclusively curated for engineering, product, and design leaders—not frontline makers or managers. Once your application is approved, you’ll receive an invite to register.
The all-inclusive registration rate is $4,000 USD and includes:
Five-star accommodations for 3 nights (arrive June 6, depart June 9)
Group transfers from the airport to hotel on main arrival and departure dates
2.5 days of moderated discussions and workshops
Unforgettable activities from a bucket-list selection
On- and off-site gourmet meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Evening events for three nights
Intimate access to EPD thought leaders
...and a few other fun surprises along the way
Who You'll Hear from
Who will be there
What to expect
Patterns is designed to be a retreat, not a conference. Our intention is to create a safe space that's conducive to honest discussion and learning from our peers.
Patterns attendees are all experts in their field. You can expect to learn from and be inspired by EPD leaders with many years of leadership expertise.
Get to know other engineering, product, and design leaders. Create connections and community that will thrive well beyond your time at Patterns.
Experiences to renew and refocus
See Santa Fe like you never have before. This immersive retreat includes activities ranging from relaxing to thrilling for you to enjoy with your fellow leaders.
Moderated workshops and discussions
Share challenges and co-create solutions with peers in workshops and discussions guided by thought leaders and seasoned experts.
It's not just about component libraries and design tooling. Those are the building blocks, but design systems succeed when they embed new ways of working in an organization, and pay off when they demonstrate clear returns on investment.
Global Director of Design Systems, IBM iX
You’ll be one of the first groups to experience Santa Fe’s newest five-star luxury resort and the jewel of the Auberge Resorts Collection. Bishop's Lodge is situated on 317 secluded acres bordering Santa Fe National Forest and just minutes from downtown Santa Fe.
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Day 1 Arrivals + Defining the problem
Arrival experience and time to socialize or decompress
Welcome dinner and interactive kickoff session
Nightcap under the stars (optional)
Day 2 Identifying solutions
Wellness activity (optional)
Breakfast, coffee, conversation
“Choose your own adventure” unique offsite experience with lunch
Return to Bishop’s Lodge and time to socialize or decompress
Reception and dinner
Nightcap under the stars (optional)
Day 3 Combining understanding and solutions into action
Morning wellness activity (optional)
Breakfast experience and workshop
Lunch and activity
Free time to socialize or decompress
Offsite Santa Fe dinner experience
Afterglow, takeaways, and nightcap
Day 4 Departures
Breakfast and departures
Frequently asked questions
Patterns is intentionally designed as a retreat, not a conference, and provides an extended period of concentrated discussion, dialogue, and strategic thinking. Unlike a conference, attendees can expect to be fully engaged and involved in every aspect of the retreat.
Patterns attendees will come away with a fresh perspective, new relationships, and actionable insights to make their design system efforts support other strategic imperatives, including:
Create a high-performing team culture
Attract, onboard, and retain top talent
Ensure teams are shipping consistent, accessible, on-brand products and features across complex product ecosystems
Improve collaboration across design, engineering, and product orgs working in different locations and timezones
Innovate faster than competitors
Support company’s growth targets and metrics
Patterns takes place on June 6-9, 2022 at Bishop’s Lodge in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The dress code is whatever makes you feel the most comfortable. June temperatures in Santa Fe average 83° during the day and 50° at night, so pack accordingly.
Yes. Once your application has been accepted, we will be in touch to confirm any accessibility needs or dietary restrictions.
Items for purchase on property and in your guest room
Food and beverage outside of the group agenda and meals offered within the Patterns experience
Spa services (though we have negotiated a discounted rate with Bishop’s Lodge)
We will have some longer periods of free time to use at your discretion. If, however, you aren’t able to attend all the scheduled sessions and activities, we encourage you to leave that spot for someone who is invested in attending the full retreat.
Patterns is committed to creating a safe environment with attendees’ health as a priority. Patterns will require that all attendees arrive and present one of the following: proof of vaccination (CDC definition of fully vaccinated) OR proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of main arrival day. Approved tests include molecular, PCR, and home testing kits.
Patterns will follow the latest guidelines and mandates for health safety measures from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New Mexico and Santa Fe County. Patterns will follow applicable federal, state, and local laws, adapting event plans accordingly and sharing updates with you if a change in protocols is advised. We are also working closely with the Santa Fe community and Bishop’s Lodge and Auberge Resorts Collections and if they adjust their plans, we will communicate that as well. You can review current health and service practices of the resort here.
Cancellations made 30 days or more in advance of the event start date (Monday, June 6, 2022), will receive a 100% refund. Cancellations made within 30 - 14 days will incur a 25% non-refundable fee (based on registration ticket amount). Cancellations made within 14 - 3 days prior to the event will incur a non-refundable 75% fee (based on registration ticket amount). Cancellations made within 72 hours will not be refunded. Cancellations must be requested in writing by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets are non-transferable without an approved application for the new attendee. Application must be completed and approved in order to honor a transfer to another attendee. Transfers can be requested in writing by contacting email@example.com. Cancellation policy will apply if application is not approved.
If you'd like to bring 1-2 additional peers from your company, we are allowing this on a case-by-case basis and providing a discounted group rate. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Reach out to email@example.com for any other questions or concerns. We’d love to hear from you!