Category

Leadership

Open Leadership Retreat: Surrey 21st Sept 21

With The Life Adventure
WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA?

“Once they overcome their preconceived ideas about tree hugging and, more worryingly, the view that work should not be enjoyable, we have consistently achieved great results. Working in this type of environment seems to give people a much more balanced sense of perspective on what is important.” Sony Mobile’s Head of Human Resources

It’s been a year of Zoom and gloom and the silent pandemic is stress, burnout and loss of connection. Put simply, this one day retreat for leaders is:

A chance for you to improve your health, wellbeing and resilience by creating space for rest, reconnection and inspiration

We’ll provide you with an opportunity to:

  • Re-energise – taking time to reflect and reconnect with yourself
  • Learn wellbeing tools to help you be a more resilient leader
  • Start thinking big picture again
  • Connect with other leaders
  • Be nurtured by good food prepared by our onsite chef in beautiful natural surroundings
  • Experience unique workshops that enhance productivity, improve wellbeing and boost creativity

WHAT YOU’LL EXPERIENCE

 

 

  • 1 hr creativity session – Re-imagining A New Path For The Future
  • 2 hr 30 mins Forest Bathing experience
  • 30 mins Journaling For Resilience session
  • 1hr 15 mins Conscious Connected Breath session
  • Connection to self, to nature to each other
CREATIVITY SESSION: RE-IMAGINING A NEW PATH FOR THE FUTURE

In this session you will create an inspiring personal vision and a compelling group vision. You’ll learn:

  • To plot out the narrative of your personal and professional success
  • The possible pitfalls on the road ahead
  • To be inspired to take the next actions required in achieving your vision
  • Experience the process of journaling as a tool for wellbeing
  • Discover the fastest ways to access right brain thinking for innovation/creativity
  • Establish a practice that will change your life!

JOURNALING SESSION

According to the National Science Foundation, an average person has about 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day. Of those, 80% are negative and 95% are repetitive thoughts. That leaves a very small window for fresh thinking and creativity.

In this session you will:

  • Experience the process of journaling as a tool for wellbeing
  • Discover the fastest ways to access right brain thinking for innovation/creativity
  • Establish a practice that will change your life!

CONSCIOUS CONNECTED BREATH SESSION

In our experience, all team gatherings should include this – a Conscious Connected Breath session, designed to detox and destress your system. This session will reconnect your mind and body and ultimately connect you back to yourself.  It will either be held in the camp’s Giant Tipi, outdoors, or possibly even in the woods.

Breathwork is a safe and ancient practice, known for its immune system boosting abilities and self-healing powers, allowing you to come out of your busy mind and drop more deeply into your body. There are literally hundreds of breath practices to try and your stay at Kymani will allow you to experience one of these, known as Conscious Connected Breath. In this session you’ll discover a technique that will:

  • Help you deal successfully with stress
  • Help you sleep better
  • Energise and uplift you
  • Show you how to engage with your diaphragm – the breathing apparatus you were born with, but forgot about!
  • Boost your immune system
  • Help you release emotional tension and stress

Please note this session is not suitable for those with glaucoma, pregnant (1st trimester only) epilepsy, detached retina, prior strokes or seizures, prior diagnosis by a health professional of bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, psychotic or borderline psychotic states.


FOREST BATHING/SHINRIN-YOKU EXPERIENCE

Shinrin-yoku means bathing in the forest environment for wellbeing. Humans have spent 99.9% of their development in nature and 0.01% in urban environments. This is a gentle introduction to begin a new relationship with it, including sensory and meditative exercises. In this session we’ll show you how to tune into your micro and macro awareness of nature and notice how it communicates with us.  You’ll experience ways to:

  • Reduce your stress levels – research has found that leisurely forest walks yield a 12.4 percent decrease in the stress hormone, cortisol, compared with urban walks. Participants report better moods and lower anxiety.
  • Improve your mood – academics at Derby University have conducted a meta study of existing research which concludes that connecting to nature can be linked to happiness and mental wellbeing. Spending time in nature releases hormones that relate to the pursuit of joy, connecting to calm and avoiding threats.
  • Free up your creativity – University of Utah research shows participants saw a 50% improvement in creative problem solving after time immersed in nature with all access to modern technology removed.
  • Boost your immune system – trees and plants emit ‘phytoncides’ which we breathe in when we spend time in the forest. These have been proven to enhance the activity of Natural Killer cells that help our bodies fight disease.

ABOUT PREETHI NAIR

Preethi is all about creativity, taking risks and inspiring through story.

She left her job as a management consultant to publish her first novel Gypsy Masala after it had been rejected. Establishing an ‘international PR agency’ in her bedroom and appointing feisty director ‘Pru’ (an alter ego) to hype her book – (whilst putting on a suit and pretending to go to work – don’t ask!) Preethi got the novel into charts and signed a three-book deal with HarperCollins. Her alter ego ‘Pru’ was short-listed as Publicist of the Year!

Preethi went on to set up Kiss the Frog, a company that fosters storytelling in organisations and is a professor at various business schools, promoting creativity as a key skill for leadership.

Most recently, having never acted before, she wrote, acted and produced her first West End stage play, Sari: The Whole Five Yards, which is currently being adapted for television and she has just completed her fourth novel.

Preethi has spoken at many business conferences but most notably; she delivered the keynote to the Women in Wall Street Conference to 3,000 women. She has also shared a platform with Sir Bob Geldof on “Talking Less and Doing More.”


ABOUT JUSTINE CLEMENT

Justine has always loved working with, and managing, teams of people and has a great admiration for innovation. All this came along in the form of a CEO role for a ground-breaking £2m backed start-up called Unmissable that focussed on experiential travel, working with global brands such as Unilever and PepsiCo, along with some of the best marketing and advertising agencies in the world. It captured a growing thirst for new ideas in the world of travel and experiences. She subsequently went on to set up a similar, B Corp certified business, called The Happy Prize Company.

Shortly after leaving Unmissable, she entered the world of another passion of hers – wellness – setting up wellbeing agency The Life Adventure, which works in the main, with UK government departments to set and improve the wellbeing agenda for government officials. She’s studied with, and learned from, some of the world’s leading masters in yoga, meditation, kinesiology, sustainability, psychotherapy and Shinrin-yoku (Forest Bathing), as well as becoming a certified Conscious Connected Breath coach. She’s a Mental Health First Aider and a Verifier for the Mayor of London’s Healthy Workplace Awards.

She recently became a Non-Exec Director for a community solar farm project in Selsey, West Sussex, and crowd-funded a community project called the Selsey Sea Bathing Society to encourage people of all ages back into the sea.


OUR CLIENTS INCLUDE

LEGO, BBC, ITV Imagine, Channel 5, ?Whatif!, MTV, Citibank, British Chamber of Commerce, DEFRA, Dimensional Data, Terrapinn, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, UBS investment bank, ICA, Southbank Centre, Saville Group, Ernst & Young, PWC, ARLA, Oracle, Orange, Yorkshire Forward, Astra Zeneca, London Business School, Cranfield University, Henley Management School, Headspring, BEIS, Dept for Work & Pensions

We hope you will join us and be part of the adventure!


LOCATION

South Godstone, Surrey

Nearest train station is Godstone or Oxted. To drive, take junction 5 off the M25 and it’s around an 8 minute drive off the A22 heading south.  Set in the beautiful rolling AONB Surrey Hills, this has a gorgeous vista of the English countryside, this is a whopping 9 acre field to really get away from it all and take the time to enjoy the soundtrack of nature.


RESTORE, RECHARGE, REIMAGINE COST AND INCLUSIONS
  • Stay on site from 9.15 am to 5 pm on Tuesday 21st September 2021
  • A light arrival breakfast with tea, coffee and herbal teas
  • 1 hr Creativity session – Re-imagining A New Path For The Future
  • 30 mins Journaling For Resilience session
  • 1hr 15 mins Conscious Connected Breath session
  • 2 hr 30 mins Forest Bathing experience
  • Lunch cooked for you by our onsite chef

Cost:  £499 per person redeemable against booking a Bespoke Team Day.
Spaces limited to 12 people.

Presenter The Life Adventure

For individuals and organisations who want to feel and think better, both emotionally and physically, The Life Adventure is a wellbeing consultancy and online platform that offers you practical tools and techniques in the form of talks, workshops, programmes and online video. We teach you how to live your life more fully, how to be more present and how to operate at your best, both at work and play. We give you clear, practical takeaways on unique subject matter that will change the way you, and your organisation, sees the world, forever.

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What’s included

Stay on site from 9.15 am to 5 pm on Tuesday 21st September 2021
A light arrival breakfast with tea, coffee and herbal teas
1 hr Creativity session - Re-imagining A New Path For The Future
30 mins Journaling For Resilience session
1hr 15 mins Conscious Connected Breath session
2 hr 30 mins Forest Bathing experience
Lunch cooked for you by our onsite chef
1 hr Vision Building session
1hr 15 mins Conscious Connected Breath session
2 hrs Forest Bathing experience
Preethi Nair and Justine Clement on site for the majority of the time plus 2 Kymani staff and chef

Price £499.00

Presenter The Life Adventure

For individuals and organisations who want to feel and think better, both emotionally and physically, The Life Adventure is a wellbeing consultancy and online platform that offers you practical tools and techniques in the form of talks, workshops, programmes and online video. We teach you how to live your life more fully, how to be more present and how to operate at your best, both at work and play. We give you clear, practical takeaways on unique subject matter that will change the way you, and your organisation, sees the world, forever.

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What’s included

Stay on site from 9.15 am to 5 pm on Tuesday 21st September 2021
A light arrival breakfast with tea, coffee and herbal teas
1 hr Creativity session - Re-imagining A New Path For The Future
30 mins Journaling For Resilience session
1hr 15 mins Conscious Connected Breath session
2 hr 30 mins Forest Bathing experience
Lunch cooked for you by our onsite chef
1 hr Vision Building session
1hr 15 mins Conscious Connected Breath session
2 hrs Forest Bathing experience
Preethi Nair and Justine Clement on site for the majority of the time plus 2 Kymani staff and chef

Price £499.00