Mindfulness Adventure Retreat: Alps to Ocean
Format: 10-day intensive retreat set in breathtaking New Zealand scenery
Designed for: Professionals and managers who want to lead and/or train with calmness and clarity
Continuing Professional Development (CPD): 90 Hours
Includes: 3 days silent, traditional teacher-led mindfulness training, 4 days cycling, 2 days sightseeing
Pre-Requisite: This retreat stands alone, however experience with mindfulness and or leadership roles is an advantage. You can also attend this retreat as part of the International Trainer of Applied Mindfulness Certification, Level 3 Program.
2017 Dates: NEW ZEALAND 26 Nov – 5 Dec
Fee: $5,995 / Early bird $5,595 (register up to two months before course starts) / Super early bird $5,295 (register up to three months before course starts)
Or sign up to our 6 month payment plan: $1,149 per month (Total $6,894.25).
Experience Mindfulness in Action
Nurture your moment-to-moment clarity, courage and conviction, sufficient to cultivate adventurous, visionary, wise leadership.
Mindfulness cultivates your ability to adapt gracefully to all life’s adventures and challenges. By developing deep and honest self-awareness and greater internal and external clarity, you build skills to accurately decipher what you think and feel, and how to find positive ways forward in your own life, and leadership practice.
This retreat is for those wanting to learn, deepen and extend mindfulness, combining traditional mindfulness training, daily mindfulness practice and teaching, and cycling. Suitable for both experienced and inexperienced cyclists, with options to walk or ride the bus and for enthusiastic cyclists to take extended rides.
Leadership is the transference of hope, the intent to influence and the invitation to greatness in ourselves and in others. Leaders of all occupations train in mindfulness meditation for an assortment of reasons, mostly to stay calmer and more focused in their leadership, without losing the “edge” that makes them successful.
Leadership requires a bigger vision and requires us to recognise that others are depending on us, expectant, projecting and hanging out their hopes and fears. The pursuit of mindful leadership helps you clarify what is important to you, and achieve a deeper understanding of the world around you. Mindfulness helps you clear away trivial and needless worries about unimportant things, nurture passion for your work and compassion for others, and develop the ability to empower the people in your organisation.
Deep self-knowledge enables you to be honest. Mindfulness cultivates your ability to access your innate wisdom and leadership qualities at will, by providing access to deep and honest self-awareness and insight. People trust – and follow – those who are real, consistent, and whose behaviour, values and beliefs are aligned.
We trust people we do not constantly have to second guess.
What is an Adventure and Contribution Retreat?
This 10-day adventure contribution retreat is a chance to develop, deepen and extend your experience and understanding of mindfulness outside of Australia. Offering additional advanced exercises, International Trainer of Applied Mindfulness Certification participants build on the skills and conceptual understandings developed in the Master Practitioner and Practitioner levels. The teaching is informed by global research and practice in neuroscience, mindfulness, positive psychology, clinical practice, functional medicine, leadership theory and wilderness adventure therapy.
During this retreat you will support your learning and integration of mindfulness in action. Enjoy combining your mindfulness, relationship and leadership skills as you engage in some adventure, team work, and silent meditation..
Enrich, integrate and become fluid with traditional mindfulness concepts, and applied mindfulness skills, and with the opportunity to teach, manage challenges, communicate in complex situations, lead people and build community.
Who is this for?
Designed for health professionals, managers and leaders who want to cultivate emotional intelligence and bring mindful awareness and joy to the core tendencies, natural sensibilities and strengths of those we come into contact with. It is suitable for both complete beginners, and practiced meditators, who will explore new ways of highlighting our gifts and bring acceptance rather than blame to our internal struggles. There are no pre-requisites for this retreat, other than a willingness to challenge and extend yourself, personally and as a leader.
You can attend this retreat as a stand-alone retreat, or as a component of the International Trainer of Applied Mindfulness Certification, with extension exercises to develop mindful leadership, and teaching skills.
During this course you will
Engage in traditional mindfulness training, guided cycle touring, and mindful leadership development.
Be rejuvenated and refreshed in the stunning New Zealand landscape, spanning the glacial-fed surreal turquoise waters of the lakes and canals of unique the Southern Alps, the majestic snow capped peaks of Aorki/Mt Cook, down the Waitaki Valley to the Pacific Ocean, Oamaru Harbour and the historic ‘Edinburgh of the south’, Dunedin.
Research in neuroimaging shows that mindfulness training is associated with changes in gray matter concentration in brain regions involved in learning and memory processes, emotion regulation, self-referential processing, and perspective taking.
How does it work?
You will engage in 2 full days of silent retreat with teacher-led meditations, 5 days cycling along the fairly flat glacial lakes and canals, sight-seeing, mindfulness exercises and relaxation time. You have the opportunity to integrate formal meditations practices with informal daily mindfulness activities, alone and in relations to others, as well as be immersed in situations where you get the opportunity to develop your teaching practice.
The cycling has easy gradients suited to all levels of riders, with options to walk, ride the bus, or for enthusiastic cyclists to take extended rides.
- Dates: Saturday 13th – Tuesday 22nd November 2016
- Pick up: 1-2pm Christchurch CBD/airport
- Drop off: 3-4pm Christchurch CBD/airport
- Every day includes: meditation, class, &; reflection
- Days in traditional, teacher led silent meditation: 3
- Days developing teaching skills and sightseeing: 3
- Days developing mindfulness, leadership, walking,cycling: 5
- Fitness: easy cycling with advanced options
- Support: Full vehicle support
- Included: Training, Twin share Accommodation, food, standard bike hire
- Excluded: Airfares, bike hire, snacks, 4 dinners, optional extras like hot tubs, sightseeing fees, espresso, alcohol, e-bikes
- Single accommodation supplement: $1000-$1500
The Adventure in brief:
Retreat Focus: is developing solid mindfulness skills, and developing mindful leadership skills
Every day: includes meditation, class and reflection time
Each day: teaching is developed through silent meditation, cycling adventure, walking and sightseeing
Overview of Program
|Day||10 Day Adventure Retreat|
|1||Driving from Christchurch to the picturesque Lake Tekapo|
|2||Silent teacher led meditation incl walking meditations by Lake Tekapo|
|3||Silent teacher led meditation incl walking meditations by Lake Tekapo|
|4||Silent teacher led meditation incl walking meditations by Lake Tekapo|
|5||Teacher led meditation, cycling Lake Tekapo, canals and to Lake Pukaki|
|6||Cycling Lake Pukaki to base of Mt Cook, leadership development, stay at Mt Cook|
|7||Walking round base of Mt Cook/ or relax, see glaciers, with leadership development|
|8||Meditation in morning, drive to beautiful harbour town Oamaru – free afternoon|
|9||Meditation, leadership Development, coast walks, penguins|
|10||Early morning Cycle, walk, sit by beach, meditate, peaceful drive to Christchurch|
Pick up from Christchurch CBD or airport
9 nights twin share accommodation
All breakfasts and lunches, 5 dinners, fruit, water
Cycle repair support, drink bottles
Instruction, workbook, daily cycling maps
Airfares to Christchurch
4 Restaurant Dinners, snacks
cycle $150 and ebike $350 hire
Single accommodation supplement ($1000-$1500)
Drinks: alcohol, espresso, soft drinks, juice etc
Standard fee $5,995
Early bird $5,595 – register up to two months before course starts
Super early bird $5,295 – register up to three months before course starts
Or sign up to our 6 month payment plan: $1,149 per month (Total $6,894.25).
You can also attend this retreat as part of the Full International Trainer Certification Program: $9,995. For more details click here.