18 May 2021
It has been a tough year for all, filled with ‘Zoom and gloom’ and general exhaustion. Google searches for “signs of burnout” rose by 150 per cent in 2020, and the boundaries between work and life have never been more blurred.
Step in The Life Adventure, the brainchild of entrepreneurs Justine Clement and Preethi Nair, that promises to ‘restore, recharge, and reimagine’ all in just 36 hours. Groups of up to 20 colleagues, some of whom have never met due to Covid-19, can come together in person and connect or reconnect. Surrounded by outstanding beauty, staying in luxurious bell tents and being served locally sourced food, the 36-hour retreat offers experiences such as storytelling, journaling, vision building, Shinrin-yoku (forest bathing) and Conscious Connected Breathwork.
“We had the idea as clients were asking for ways to re-energise their tired teams who are all Zoomed out,” says Preethi Nair who works with executive leadership teams to help them build stories and communities. “There is a real need for connection and we wanted to create a space where teams could come together and not just connect with each other, but with themselves and also nature. It allows them to start thinking of the big picture again.”
Justine Clement adds, “It might not sound like a typical corporate retreat but our programme is grounded in science. Studies have shown that journaling can improve mental health and just two hours in nature can boost happiness and wellbeing. So imagine what 36 hours can do. Practicing conscious connected breath releases stress, boosts immunity and improves sleep. We just want to equip people with tools that they can then go on and use every day in their lives.”
A typical journaling session focuses on discovering the fastest ways to access right brain thinking for innovation and creativity, while breathwork has the benefit of boosting your immune system, helping you sleep better and releasing emotional tension and stress. The benefits of forest bathing are also well documented: research has shown that a leisurely forest walk has yielded a 12.4 percent decrease in the stress hormone cortisol, compared with an urban walk.
If you are curious to learn more about the benefits of nature on productivity, take a read of Justine’s blog post here.
• Surrey, Godstone Valley
• Hampshire, Home Covert at The Grange
See here for full details on the retreats.