Retreat Base

The go-to place for finding meditation retreats across the U.S.

Background

I connected with the founder of Retreat Base via email and after doing some pro-bono work for his site, we ended up meeting in San Francisco to chat about the vision of Retreat Base. Meditation has been a huge part of my life so I wanted to connect with a likeminded person and create something meaningful in this space.

Project type
Pro-bono freelance
Role:
UI desinger
Company:
retreatbase.com
Process
I worked alongside the founder as we designed a few screen variations over the course of a three week design sprint. I was responsible for the landing page and retreat center pages.
01 Research
02 Design
03 Iterate

In order to narrow our scope and deliver a relevant product, the founder and I discussed ways to make booking a retreat easier and more accessible as the main objective of this design sprint.

Research

Our research began with investigating the current experience of meditation-retreat goers. It was crucial for us to identify who would really benefit from a service like the Retreat Base, to help inform our design decisions.

Design

Our design mainly focused on a web first site and not a mobile first just based off of the user demographic . We needed to communicate trust, professionalism, and ease-of-use for users wanting to book a retreat.

This is the retreat center page which would populate with details about each meditation center. It then had a button to direct you directly to the retreat site. I decided to add a banner toward the bottom of this page in order to draw attention to upcoming retreats specific to that center.
This is the landing page that would be seen by a retreat center host. It asks for basic information and gives the user a better understanding of what Retreat Base does.
ITerate
Vs.
By alternating the image to the left side, we provide a more robust structure to the retreat page. Users are able to see the necessary information about the retreat and are able to book directly with Retreat Base.
LEARNINGS

Spending time doing a ton of research is incredibly valuable. Due to the short amount of time I spent on this, we didn't do enough user testing to see if there were gaps in our designs. If I were to do this again, I'd design alongside a meditation teacher and a student looking to book an upcoming retreat to better understand both perspectives. Even though Retreatbase.com is still a young company, I wholeheartedly believe in the vision and the mission of its founder, and I really hope to see the platform be used by the masses in the years to come.

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