The Uprising Europe

The Uprising Europe

Honestly, the best marketing conference I've ever been to.

Mathew Sweezy, Salesforce

There is nothing like this. Mark did something deep here that I have never seen before. It went to a different place.

Melissa Wilson, CEO Networlding

Imagine having uninterrupted, deep conversations about the future of business with some of the best minds in marketing. One of the most fulfilling events of my career.

Keith Reynold Jennings, Jackson Healthcare

Inspirational, educational and affirming for those of us who want to help marketing serve the world, not annoy it.

Evelyn Starr, branding consultant

The Uprising was life changing for me and I don’t use terms like that lightly. I observed true leadership in action.

Brian Wood, Whirlpool Corp.

Now accepting registration for The Uprising Europe September 26-29, 2023!

Hurry. Just 11 Tickets Remaining!

It’s time to re-imagine marketing. Together.

Kilkea Castle The Uprising Europe

Traditional classes and conferences aren’t preparing marketing leaders for the unprecedented changes in the business world. While most events provide tips and tricks to iterate on “what is,” The Uprising — September 26-29, 2023 at Kilkea Castle near Dublin, Ireland — is an intimate, private marketing retreat focused on the concepts and skills needed for leaders to conquer what is next.

The Uprising is the first step toward building an ongoing community of marketing leaders prepared to excel in a world of rapid change. I’m bringing together 30 extraordinary people (like you) in a collaborative learning environment to create breakthrough insights on subjects including (tentative list):

  • Balancing tech + automation with new consumer realities
  • Purpose-based marketing strategy
  • Loyalty through “belonging” and community
  • Reaching unreachable customers
  • Practical realities of AI on content, strategy, reputation
  • Web3, The Metaverse, and new marketing channels
  • Impact of the pandemic on our future
  • Rational new views of content, social media, influence, and engagement

The format of the event is not traditional lectures and panel discussions. All participants will have the ability to contribute their own expertise to vital discussions, led by our facilitators. This is a co-created meeting of diverse thought leaders preparing for change, not a college classroom.

It’s hard to explain this event without experiencing it! So here is a little video I put together to explain the three reasons why this is distinct!

Here is my promise. You will leave this event one step ahead of the competition because you’ll receive insights and ideas you’ll find nowhere else.

Every marketing rebellion starts with an Uprising. Become part of our movement.

The Uprising Team

Every participant plays a role in The Uprising, but in-depth conversations will be led by Mark Schaefer, Ethan Pierse, and Claudia Sciarretta.

  • Mark Schaefer is the founder of The Uprising. He is an acclaimed consultant, author, futurist, and educator. He has worked with dozens of companies like Dell, Microsoft, Allstate, and Johnson & Johnson on marketing strategy.

  • Ethan Pierse is co-founder of NFT Factory in Paris and is a director of The Web3 Economy CryptoAssets Institute. Ethan will be leading discussions on relevant business use cases for NFTs and Web3.

  • Claudia Sciarretta is the Global Insights Director for Pepsico. Claudia is an Uprising alum and an inspiring and innovative leader in the field of consumer trends, research, and insights.

The Venue

For marketing’s most epic event, we needed an epic gathering place. And we’ve found it in Kilkea Castle!

Prepare to feel like royalty when you enter the grounds of one of the oldest inhabited castles in Ireland. With a history dating back to 1180, Kilkea Castle, is a member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts L.V.X Collection. Our Uprising location epitomizes timeless sophistication and style.

This is a location suitable for our energizing retreat with 180 acres of private woodlands, gardens, a renowned golf course, and a full-service spa. Our guests will reside in the carriage house rooms, newly-refurbished and lining the picturesque castle courtyard.

Our retreat is about learning and growing but we also have fun! This fairytale location will enable us to have many exciting activities together! Falconry any one?

The Community

The Uprising is an event of co-created ideas, meaningful small group discussions, relaxed contemplation, intimate networking, and one-on-one interactions with top marketing thought leaders.

Many have described The Uprising as “transformational” due to the generosity, personal support, and inspiration they receive throughout this immersive experience.

We will focus on:

  • 1Forward-thinking, actionable new ideas based on real-world business needs.
  • 2Personal interaction with me and other thought leaders.
  • 3Opportunity for on-going learning on the future of marketing.
  • 4A chance to get away, relax, and re-energize with new ideas.

The community will grow over time as other Uprising Retreats are completed.

Is The Uprising right for you?

Some people have told me they feel nervous about registering for The Uprising. They may be wondering if they have enough experience, or if they will have anything to add to discussions led by accomplished marketing thought leaders.

Everyone who comes to this retreat is valued, supported, and absolutely immersed in the community. Diversity of thought, heritage, experience, and age is essential and celebrated.

If you have a passion to learn, grow, and help us figure out what’s next in the world of marketing, you’re ready for The Uprising. Everyone belongs, and is accepted here.

COVID Protocol

We will follow an appropriate COVID safety protocol as conditions and local regulations require.


The cost of The Uprising is €3,850 which includes the programming, all meals, snacks, refreshments, wi-fi, lodging, and entertainment. In other words, once you arrive at the castle, everything is covered.

“Best event I’ve attended. I easily received ten times the value from what I paid to attend The Uprising.” — Megan Conley, CEO of Social Tribe

Participants should prepare for this schedule:

Tuesday, Sept 26: Please arrive at Kilkea Castle and settle in before our 6 p.m. welcome dinner. Check-in as early as 3 p.m. to enjoy the grounds and meet me and the other retreat leaders before The Uprising begins.

Wednesday, Sept 27: Hearty breakfast followed by a day of discussion, discovery, and insight. We’ll have exclusive activities and entertainment to break up the day and refresh our hearts and minds. Gourmet food is included in our event, of course!

Thursday, Sept 28: Plan for a full day of discussion followed by a “graduation celebration” and evening fun — including a private concert! Spouses and significant others are welcome at the graduation event.

Friday, Sept 29: Breakfast is included before your departure for home. For those planning to stay an extra day or two, the staff can help with insider tips for an enjoyable stay.

Are you in?

You can become part of The Uprising by applying now for one of just 30 openings. Before you go to the next step, I hope you can agree on four things:

  1. This is not an event where you can float in and out. You are a co-creator of our community. Your presence is integral to the event. I hope you will be fully present for the entire retreat, which means arrival by 6 p.m. on September 26 and departure no earlier than the morning of Friday, September 29.
  2. Although you will have plenty of personal time, please prepare for this immersive retreat by putting aside external business calls and distractions to the best of your ability.
  3. We want to set a tone of respect, positivity, professionalism, and encouragement. All are welcome with an open mind and an open heart.
  4. The Uprising is designed to create lasting bonds that lead to a lifetime of business relationships. To accomplish this, spouses and guests will not be included in any daytime activities or meals until the graduation celebration on Thursday, September 28.

RETURN POLICY: Tickets are fully refundable up until 60 days before the event. One-half of the price will be refunded up until 30 days before the event. Ticket holders may transfer or sell their spot to another person as an option.


If you would like to make convenient monthly payments instead of a lump sum registration, please contact Mark Schaefer directly via email at [email protected]

There are currently 10 registrations available for The Uprising – Europe 2023.

Uprising Europe 26th - 29th September 2023

Uprising Europe 26th - 29th September 2023


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