Tuesday 24th – Thursday 26th March 2020

There is a deficit of quality thinking, dialogue, and effective decision making in many organisations, and clients typically come to us with leadership issues around self-awareness, trust, and mindset that are getting in the way of bold thinking, fearless conversations, collaboration and strategic action.

Ultimately these are getting in the way of achieving strategic goals around growth, profitability, sustainability, and cost control.

When was the last time you took time out of the business with your team to work on the business? To think about who you are, and reflect on what it is to lead successfully together? To deepen trust, develop courage and boost creativity? To energise around bold thinking, collaboration, and fresh strategic action?

It’s time to slow down and breathe a bit. It’s time to decelerate!

(Photos: Jay Golian, and Dave Stewart at The Fresh Air Leadership Company)

If any of these apply to you, our Scottish Borders Team Decelerator will provide the space, challenge, support and inspiration you need to boost team performance and resilience, and create the conditions for strategic success.


We create experiential thinking environments in amazing Scottish spaces using unconventional coach-facilitators who will challenge the way you think in all sorts of creative and compelling ways. And we’ll build in as much fun and laughter as you like but won’t let you escape without getting really stuck into the challenges you need to resolve!

(Photos: Jay Golian, and Dave Stewart at The Fresh Air Leadership Company)

In addition to a bespoke residential team decelerator programme, the package includes 3 fee-free* follow-up coaching sessions to support the implementation of the changes you decide to make.

We’ll be based out of the recently refurbished Peebles Hydro, 25 miles south of Edinburgh. Set on a hillside overlooking the beautiful Tweed Valley in the Scottish Borders we’ll be able to head right out the door to get fresh air, inspiration, and perspective.

(Photos: Peebles Hydro Hotel)

You will already be sold on the benefits of the outdoors but if you need to persuade others, check out our “Why outdoors – 7 Great Reasons?”

We’ll include forays on foot and mountain bike around the fabulous Glentress Forest. All expertly led and creatively facilitated by a highly experienced team that will deliver on your objectives.

(Photos: RideLines MTB and Dave Stewart at The Fresh Air Leadership Company)

Indoors, we’ll enjoy fabulous workshop space with big views out across the hills. And we’ll build in time to enjoy the Hydro’s health & fitness facilities and newly opened 1881 Gin School!

(Photos: Peebles Hydro Hotel and Dave Stewart at The Fresh Air Leadership Company)

As soon as you register your interest, we will be in touch to explore your needs and develop a tailored programme to meet these.


Here is a high level view of how your team decelerator programme could flow:

Tuesday 24th March. “Discovery”

  • Gather late morning, introductory session indoors
  • Afternoon on foot outdoors
  • Early evening at the onsite 1881 Gin School experience
  • Evening Dinner

Wednesday 25th March. “Defining and Designing”

  • Morning sessions indoors and hotel grounds
  • Afternoon mountain bike tour around Glentress Forest
  • Evening Dinner

Thursday 26th March. “Deciding”

  • Morning sessions indoors and hotel grounds
  • Lunch and depart


  • 3 fee-free* team coaching sessions

(Photos: Peebles Hydro Hotel)


This is what is included. Think of these as the building blocks of the unique development experience we will design for your team.

  • Pre-event engagement with you and participants to establish your goals and needs, and a tailored team development programme over 3 days and 2 nights to deliver on these
  • A range of indoor and outdoor sessions delivered as workshops, masterclasses, and one-on-one coaching as required. The creatively facilitated outdoor sessions will include an exploration of the stunning Tweed Valley and Glentress Forest on foot and by mountain bike and will directly support achievement of programme goals
  • The services of 3 highly experienced and diverse coach-facilitator-consultants, and our mountain biking partners at RideLines
  • The services of qualified outdoor leaders, and specialist equipment as required (i.e. mountain bikes, helmets)
  • Three fee-free follow-up coaching sessions* to help you embed the changes you want to see
  • Full board and single occupancy of double en suite rooms
  • Exclusive-use conference facilities
  • Exclusive pre-dinner drinks and discovery experience at the recently opened 1881 Gin School onsite
  • Full access to the hotel’s pool, sauna, and gym
  • Full risk assessment and risk management plan
  • Professional and outdoor activity insurances


We are offering this powerful bespoke residential programme plus the follow-on fee-free coaching package for the price of £12,995 plus VAT for a team of 6, with increments of £500 plus VAT for every additional team member.


You’ll want to know a bit about the experienced team we have brought together to support you. So here we are:

Dave Stewart. Dave is MD of The Fresh Air Leadership Company and works closely with ambitious organisations to accelerate the effectiveness of senior leaders and teams. He explains, “My passion for creating inspirational team development experiences stems from early days in a rock band, a mountain rescue team, and a first career in the British Army including special forces.” A Chartered Director, Dave has led at senior levels across private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. He is a highly sought after leadership coach, facilitator, and consultant.

Hayley Gillard. Hayley is an accredited Leadership Coach and Trainer who specialises in self-confidence. Having led numerous large projects and teams in the charity sector, and now training as a psychologist, she promotes emotional resilience and compassion as essential leadership traits. Hayley works primarily with female leaders running workshops, events and via one to one coaching supporting people to overcome self-doubt and fear in order to make more sales, market more effectively and create the right support team. She prides herself on being real, authentic and totally herself – (warts and all!) – the only path to self-belief.

Chris Grimes. Chris is a trained actor, drama & voice teacher, and comedy improvisation performer. A graduate of both of the Central School of Speech & Drama in London and of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Chris works with international corporate clients as a communications skills consultant and personal impact coach. He is also the Artistic Director of the highly acclaimed comedy improvisation company “Instant Wit”, and frequently runs comedy improvisation masterclasses to explore how the underlying techniques and mindset can transform communication, unlock creativity and galvanise fresh levels of collaboration.


Get in touch now with Dave Stewart at or pick up the phone and call +44 7776 153428.


Have a look at our other high impact programmes for leaders and teams in amazing places. Click through here.


* These post-event coaching sessions of up to 2 hours each, taken within 4 months of the event, are offered fee-free plus reasonable travel expenses for UK-based businesses.