Have you ever thought of what it would be like to have time to live, eat, and breathe creative approaches to learning and development? Have you wanted to shut out the noise and step away from the demands of the real world just to think through your dream learning projects?


You will have a chance to engage in deep conversations, create your own games and have hands-on exercises, think about what it means to create and innovate in an atmosphere that is conducive to playing, learning and thinking

Join a  limited number of the best and the brightest in this completely unique not really a conference environment where you will be able to strategize and learn through play and game design while living inside a game house - who wants the Monopoly Room or the Stratego Room?

  • think like an innovator

  • think like a creative

  • create stories

  • prototype a learning comic

  • prototype a serious game

A chance to escape, create and Innovate in a play space!


Room and board, all meals, and entertainment is included!

Wait...each attendee gets a totally cool hundreds-of-dollars-in-value goodie bag!


Step Away 2020 is a virtual online event where we explore the creative process with live discussions and collaboration, self-study on a variety of topics around Design Thinking, Game Thinking and Visual Thinking, and time between session for creative assignments. 

You will earn a really cool Step Away Certification, too!

WHERE: Virtual Online. More details coming soon...

WHEN: September. Reception on Monday the 6th.  Then Tuesdays and Thursdays on 7 and 9, 14 and 16, 21 and 23, and a celebratory graduation on Friday, the 24th.

WHO: You and other innovative peers who like to learn while playing.


Step Away 2021 is a 3-day event in an ideal atmosphere to unplug from the daily noise and be immersed in solving learning problems and business solutions through creativity and play. We designed this unique week-long event over the past year and we are very excited to bring it to life!


Along with living in a very cool game house resort where we will learn and play all week. The more we play, the more we learn! 

WHERE: Great Escape Parkside Retreat, Groveland, FL (~45 min. West of Orlando, FL)

WHEN: September 22 - 24, 2020

WHO: You and other innovative peers who like to learn while playing.


What we have planned

There are several creative learning activities planned and our hope is you Step Away from this event with a new perspective on linking creativity with performance. Here are a few big ideas planned: 


  • understanding game design

  • think like a innovator

  • think like a design creative

  • storytelling through play

  • storyboarding and visual narratives

  • inspiration for visual design

  • prototyping a serious game

  • lots of play and a few surprises!

These ideas are designed to flow in a sequence throughout the week, and by the end of the week you will have a game ready for production! Be sure to check out the Agenda



Step Away is a loosely structured event designed to unplug from the daily noise and be immersed in an atmosphere where creativity and play intersect!

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