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Leadership

Open Leadership Retreat: Surrey Tuesday 13th September 2022

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 years 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.

Other locations may be available according to demand.


RESTORE, RECHARGE, REIMAGINE COST AND INCLUSIONS
  • Stay on site from 9.15 am to 5 pm on Tuesday 13th September 2022
  • 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.

The Caring Female Leader

With The Life Adventure
A 28-day programme for women in positions of leadership
Background

A great leader is one who cares. A caring leader creates a culture of openness and inclusivity where difference is valued. They look after the physical and mental well-being of their staff, encouraging self-care and digital disconnection. However, before connecting with others, a leader must first look inwards, be self-aware, care for themselves, listen to themselves and have those difficult conversations with themselves. In essence, caring leadership starts with self-leadership.

In this 28 day programme we’ll look at 3 hugely powerful tools for self-connection. these are:

  • Journaling
  • Conscious Connected Breath
  • Nature Connection =  Self-Connection

Understanding and integrating each of these methods into your life has the potential for profound and lasting positive impact. We make learning to breathe, TO connect more deeply with who and what we are (nature) and becoming the author of your own story, simple to learn, amazing to experience and when integrated into your life, offers you the opportunity to radically change how you live and work.


Time commitment
  • 1 day intensive at Nower Wood private nature reserve, near Leatherhead, Surrey (other locations may be possible).
  • Weekly group check in by zoom x 3 90 mins sessions
  • Final group check in 90 mins on 28th day

Group size

This programme is run as an intimate, small group for 6 people – either as one team or across an agency/ organisation.


Connection To Self = The Authentic Leader: what we’ll be covering
  1. JOURNALING IS THE SUPERPOWER

The most amazing yet simplest of tools to connect you to yourself is journaling. If you establish a practice of journaling for at least 28 DAYS, it will change your life. Journaling connects you to your authentic self in a way that nothing else does. It allows you to cultivate humility and empathy for yourself first and then allows you the space to do that for others.

In this programme, you’ll learn the art of journaling – not just for wellbeing, but for innovative thinking. There are so many benefits to journaling. Here are some of the standouts:

  • Cultivates authenticity – acting as a mirror to ourselves.
  • It’s the quickest way to move from left brain logical thinking to right brain creative thinking where intuition, clarity and insight reside.
  • According to the National Science Foundation’s study in 2005, an average person has about 12,000 – 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.
  • The practice of journaling gets all the unwanted thoughts out and onto the page and creates room for fresh thinking. Think of your creativity as a well and on the top of this well are dead leaves (old patterns of thinking). The practice of showing up and writing everyday gets rid of the detritus and allows you to access this well.
  • Various scientific studies show that journaling improves wellbeing, provides clarity and boosts happiness.

      2. CONSCIOUS CONNECTED BREATH IS A DETOX FOR EVERY LEVEL OF OUR BEING

Humans have been aware of the healing power of their breath for millennia. Through the centuries we’ve developed a vast array of breathing practices, all designed to bring about physical and emotional wellbeing and connect with our deeper selves.

But in today’s society, we often neglect our bodies’ built-in capabilities. Imagine owning the most high specification TV in existence, keeping it plugged in on standby and then living with it for years and years without ever actually turning it on. The fact is, most of us live in ‘standby mode’ most of the time. Breath – the most powerful mechanism is literally right beneath our noses waiting to be explored, yet we rarely give it more than a passing thought.

Conscious Connected Breathing is a powerful and safe way to infuse the body with oxygen and energy, recharging our own (often depleted) systems to work to their healing capacity. It facilitates openings to higher levels of consciousness, allowing us to tap into our deeper resources and live our lives joyfully and in abundance.

The quality of our breath provides a perfect mirror to the state of our inner world. When we are nervous or agitated our breath becomes short, erratic and at times non-existent. When our breath flows smoothly and calmly so does our experience of life. The benefits of regular breathwork are huge, here are just a few:

  • Boost your immune system
  • Feel completely energised
  • Experience deeply nourishing peace and relaxation
  • Be the healthiest you’ve ever been
  • Become aware of emotions halting your personal growth
  • Let go of emotional baggage permanently and easily
  • Move beyond whatever is standing between you and your growth and happiness

    3. NATURE CONNECTION = SELF-CONNECTION

Learning how to gently reconnect back to nature contains a subtle power – one that reminds us what and who we truly are, taking us back to the interconnectedness which surrounds and empowers us.

When we feel connected to people and places, we feel a sense of belonging and wholeness. We feel ourselves truly alive. Yet over thousands of years, human beings have gradually become mere onlookers. Bystanders, not just to the glory and wonder of the natural world, but also to ourselves, our lives and our understanding of our place in the world.

There seems to be a gentle, yet unmistakable awakening happening. An increased desire to get out into nature. And whether we realise it’s a pull to find our way back to what it is we have lost in ourselves or not, doesn’t matter. Most important is the shift.

Our belief is that in order to thrive, we need to reconnect with who and what we are – all of which is, and can be found in nature. Our specific focus here is the forest. We’ll introduce you to sensory and meditative invitations that will help you find your way back to an easier way of living. One where you intrinsically know and understand your place in the world and how your connection with nature will bring you back to wholeness, happiness and a thriving, well- balanced life. The range of scientifically-backed benefits of regular shrin-yoku practice include:

  • Balancing blood pressure
  • Lowering stress levels
  • Improving cardiovascular and metabolic health
  • Lowering blood-sugar levels
  • Improving concentration and memory
  • Increasing anti-cancer protein production
  • Improving pain thresholds
  • Improving energy levels
  • Boosting the immune system with an increase in the count of the body’s natural killer (NK) cells

Facilitators

PREETHI NAIR

“The storyteller who makes up the skills gap” The Financial Times

Preethi is a writer and innovator who works with leadership teams globally to communicate vision, lead culture change and build communities within their organisations. She is a visiting professor at various business schools (Cranfield School of Management, London Business School and Headspring) teaching modules on creativity, storytelling and personal leadership.

With twenty years of experience, projects range from facilitating the board of an Investment bank to communicate their strategy in a story format, working with Deutsche bank’s leadership team with their D&I strategy by building communities through storytelling and most recently, working with TikTok’s senior leadership team to become better communicators.

Preethi is author of 4 books, she has written, produced and performed a one woman show in London’s West End and is currently writing a television series for the BBC.

JUSTINE CLEMENT

Justine is a city-based CEO, founder of a B Corp travel and experiences agency, turned Shinrin-yoku guide and Conscious Connected Breath coach. She believes that in order to thrive, we need to reconnect with what and who we really are.

She was the CEO of a ground-breaking £2m backed experiential travel start-up unmissable, working with global brands such as Unilever and PepsiCo. She also launched wellbeing agency The Life Adventure, which works with the UK government to set and improve their wellbeing agenda. She’s also Non-Exec Director for a community solar farm project and crowd-funded a community project called the Selsey Sea Bathing Society to encourage women of all ages back into the sea. She’s co-author of a lockdown-inspired book called I AM EVERY WOMAN and a forthcoming guide to nature connection, called Wonder Woods – Finding Wisdom In The Forest.


COST: £950pp/£5700 total for 6

Including 1 day intensive 10am-4pm at Nower Wood Private Nature Reserve, Leatherhead, Surrey, with coffee,teas, herbal teas, healthy nibbles, healthy lunch and afternoon snacks before departure, plus 4 x 90 mins video calls/check ins.


To book email justinec@thelifeadventure.co or call her on 07714 333418 to discuss in more detail.

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 13th September 2022
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.

MORE »

What’s included

1 day intensive 10am-4pm at Nower Wood Private Nature Reserve, Leatherhead, Surrey, with coffee,teas, herbal teas, healthy nibbles, healthy lunch and afternoon snacks before departure, plus 4 x 90 mins video calls/check ins.

Price £5,700.00

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.

MORE »

What’s included

Stay on site from 9.15 am to 5 pm on Tuesday 13th September 2022
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.

MORE »

What’s included

1 day intensive 10am-4pm at Nower Wood Private Nature Reserve, Leatherhead, Surrey, with coffee,teas, herbal teas, healthy nibbles, healthy lunch and afternoon snacks before departure, plus 4 x 90 mins video calls/check ins.

Price £5,700.00