If you're like many working women in Japan, life is feeling especially tough for you right now.

The global economy is fragile, you've probably had to adapt to a new way of working, and it's difficult to keep up with all your work and personal responsibilities.

So here's something to lift your spirits. 

Enjoy your very own online retreat whenever you want from the comfort of your home.

This is an opportunity to learn new professional and fun skills, be inspired by different perspectives, connect with amazing women, and enjoy a breath of fresh air.

Enjoy a great mix of fun and professional topics from our 8 expert speakers:

  • confident communication
  • simple and delicious cooking for busy women
  • easy hula dancing
    for fun
  • managing your emotions
  • bringing out your creativity
  • your coronavirus coping toolbox
  • energy exercises to boost your immunity
  • women's leadership skills

Each session is 45 minutes. You can enjoy them online whenever you like and as often as you like (great English listening practice too!).

What the participants say...

"I discovered a new possibility - that online cooking is quite easy to understand! In the art session, I drew pictures for the first time in ages. I was reminded of the fun of expressing something outside work. Then, in Noriko's leadership session, I felt relief because I found out that what I had been concerned about and contemplating was not wrong."

- Yumi

"I joined the retreat to invest in myself - for selfcare. I wanted to hear the stories of experienced women and new techniques. I had been feeling the need of a boost to step out of my comfort zone for quite a while. I hadn’t practiced my English for a long time so I enjoyed the two days very much."

- FN

"Thanks to the retreat, I got lots of energy from the various sessions.

I could connect with my retreat friends. Especially in the current difficult situation, connecting with friends who have the same motivation empowers me and reduces my negative feelings or thinking."

- Aki

"Through this retreat, I learned how to face our stress and control anger. It's not an instant change, but I feel myself changing how to deal with that day by day, and I really appreciate this learning!

Women who have difficulty taking leadership in a company or group would receive tons of benefit from this retreat :)"

- Miho

"I was keen to join because it would be an excellent opportunity to hear the stories of women who have overcome various challenges and are leaders who are thriving in their fields of expertise."

- Etsuyo

Sessions

Click here for speaker profiles and session overviews

Session 1 - Top 3 Tips for Confident Communication with Helen Iwata
Session 2 - Easy Dinner Cooking LIVE with Kumiko Sugihara
Session 3 - Let's Experience Hula with Miho kauanoeanuhea Shinohara
Session 4 - Managing Your State - emotional design skills to uplift your daily life with Haruko Kawashima
Session 5 - Fun Activity! Free-Flowing Emotions Expressed with Joan Marie
Session 6 - Your Coping Toolbox - developing your own ways to deal with stress and uncertainty with Asako Ogasawara
Session 7- Energy for Immunity with Miyako Hazama
Session 8 - Women's Leadership with Noriko Suzumura

Online Retreat Library

When you sign up for your online retreat, we'll email you with details and a link to the beautiful and easy-to-use Online Retreat Library, where you’ll find links to all the videos, audios, and other resources for you.

All sessions are in English.

Who is Helen?

I'm Helen Iwata - a happy and successful business owner, coach, author, speaker, mum, wife, friend

I'm from the UK and have lived and worked in Japan for almost 30 years. I've supported thousands of Japanese women to question their current circumstances, see new possibilities for themselves, and learn and master the skills they need to live successful and happy lives.

During my 10-year career with McKinsey & Company in Japan, I took the first of numerous intensive programs to become a certified trainer and coach. And after founding my own business - Sasuga Communications K. K. - I've trained and coached clients in multiple multinationals as well as business professionals studying at the Tokyo University Executive Management Program and Waseda Business School.

I'm the author of the book Eigo no Shigoto-jutsu (英語の仕事術), published by Shogakukan, a Nikkei Woman Smart and Nikkei Doors columnist, and host of the Sasuga! Podcast.

I've been a guest speaker at numerous events, including TEDx Roppongi in 2016, Nikkei's Woman Expo, Google's Womenwill, and FEW (For Empowering Women) Tokyo.

What’s the investment?

Your investment is for 8 x 45-minute sessions from expert speakers on:

  • confident communication
  • simple and delicious cooking for busy women
  • easy hula dancing for fun
  • managing your emotions
  • bringing out your creativity
  • your coronavirus coping toolbox
  • energy exercises to boost your immunity
  • women's leadership skills

You can enjoy them online whenever you like and as often as you like (great English listening practice, too!).

Click the red button to make your secure online payment of 19,800 yen, including tax.

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Frequently Asked Questions

This online retreat is for women only - ideal for working women who want to refresh  and learn fun and practical new skills and perspectives with inspiring women.

The sessions are in in easy-to-understand English.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Team Sasuga! We're here to help!

Are you ready to learn new professional and fun skills, be inspired by different perspectives, connect with amazing women, and enjoy a breath of fresh air?

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