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I need space to think big thoughts

FLOWN gives you the physical and mental spaces to step away and think. Sit with your thoughts. Hatch plans. Recover. Contemplate what is, and what’s coming next.

The brain science behind contemplation

What is thinking anyway? Neuroscientists describe it like this: thought is comparing what you know with what you’re experiencing. When you’re thinking, your brain is sifting, sorting and categorising the things you’ve encountered your whole life. Which is why busy people, on an eternal collision course with stimuli, are prone to stress, burnout, and exhaustion. Giving your brain time to sift and sort uninterrupted can be transformative for your work and your wellbeing.
Take a break
Time alone helps your creative thinking – reaching a state of ‘constructive internal reflection’ will help you come up with ways to take on challenges and feel calmer.
Get outside
Research into ‘attention restoration theory’ shows that natural environments replenish your bank of attention and refuel your critical thinking engine.
Contemplate and play
Concentration interspersed with periods of play encourages the series of brain states that outputs new ideas. Multitasking and shallow work just breeds burnout.
"Trust your body and psyche more and more and that's how you'll gain your power. It's a process of un-brainwashing yourself."
Dr Helen Weng, neuroscientist

Deep working thinkers

Elizabeth Gilbert's book Eat, Pray, Love is a memoir of self-discovery across continents. Gilbert says that contemplation and travel go hand in hand. "If you are prepared [on your travels] to face (and forgive) some very difficult realities about yourself," she says, "then truth will not be withheld from you."
A surprising proportion of Charles Darwin's workday was reserved just for thinking. Darwin's day included early morning walks to clear his head, a few intense hours in his study, followed by lengthy afternoon walks to mull over challenging ideas. He'd finish up for the day in the early afternoon.
Co-founder of investor platform Robinhood, Vlad Tenev, says contemplation has become core to his way of working. “I’ve become much more deliberate about how I spend my time,” he told “This involves scheduling time in advance to prepare for important meetings and also just to think.”

Making use of FLOWN for contemplation

Book your own contemplative escape
Find the perfect space to escape to for a few days, to heal, to ponder, to reflect. FLOWN has curated a collection of inspiring places perfect for contemplation.
Book a FLOWN Away space
Do deep work with other FLOWN members
Join a daily Flock session – our virtual accountability groups – to keep you committed to your goals and distraction-free.
Read more about FLOWN Flocks
Learn how to contemplate more deeply
Become a contemplation expert with the FLOWN Academy, our bite-sized lessons on creativity and thinking.
Create space for new thoughts to enter
Take a randomly assigned FLOWN Quests while on a walk, and revel in the contemplative space to which you get taken.
Read more about FLOWN Quests
Read about delightful things
Ditch the doom and gloom of news, and indulge in happy and fascinating topics to enrich your contemplation time with the FLOWN Almanac.

Get your thinking done with FLOWN.

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FLOWN HERE is a suite of tools to help you with focus, accountability, and creativity.


Join one of our facilitated deep work sessions, and get more done - in the company of our community - than you can imagine. Learn more


Take one of hundreds of challenges during your work break, to shift your perspectives and allow fresh ideas to flood in. Learn more


Delve into our wealth of instructional and inspirational content, including the FLOWN Academy and FLOWN Almanac.
FLOWN AWAY is a curated collection of local and remote homes and hotels that you and your team can use when you need to get away to work.


  • Verified wifi and sufficient power sockets
  • Ideal workspace including monitor and lumbar-supported chair
  • Inspirational aspect and proximity to nature
  • Equipment to support team off-sites
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Epping Forest, Essex
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