Restore, Recharge, Reimagine: Summer 21 Surrey & Hampshire

Restore, Recharge, Reimagine: Summer 21 Surrey & Hampshire

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 has been a year of Zoom and gloom and the silent pandemic is stress, burnout and loss of connection. Put simply, this retreat is to help you hit the refresh button and to start again with a renewed energy that nurtures, connects and inspires possibility. We will provide an opportunity to:

  • Take time to reflect and breathe
  • Reconnect with yourself and your team
  • Create a different story and share these stories around a campfire with renewed vision
  • Be nurtured by good food, great company in incredible natural surroundings

Each participant will have their own space in their personal luxury bell tent, have dinner with their colleagues under the shimmering stars (or in a Giant Tipi when the weather is less forgiving), eat local food prepared onsite by our local chefs and experience workshops that are not only fun, but that enhance productivity, improve wellbeing and boost creativity.

Welcome to The Life Adventure in Godstone, Surrey and at The Grange, in Hampshire. It’s time to restore, reimagine and tell a new story.


ITINERARY

 


Day 1

3pm: Arrival at the camp

Check in and camp orientation and relax into the natural environment

4.30pm: Gather round the firepit or in the Giant Tipi for a 2hr Storytelling workshop

6.30pm: Relax with drinks around the fire

7.15pm: Dinner


Day 2

7.30am: 1hr Sunrise Yoga

8.30am: Showers/get ready for the day

9am: Breakfast in the Giant Tipi or outdoors on long tables

10.15am:1.5hr Vision Building session outdoors or in Giant Tipi

11.45am: Relax/break

12.30pm: 1hr Lunch at the camp

1.45pm: 45 mins Journaling session

2.30pm: 1hr 15 mins Conscious Connected Breath session outdoors or in Giant Tipi

4pm: Leave camp for 2 hrs Forest Bathing experience in the nearby woods

6pm: Back to camp to relax

7pm: Relax and drinks around the firepit

8pm Dinner in the Giant Tipi or outdoors on long tables


Day 3

7.30am-10am: Breakfast in Giant Tipi or outdoors on long tables and checkout


WORKSHOPS

STORYTELLING 2HRS

Why storytelling?  Put Simply:

“Storytellers rule the world” Plato

This session will be held either in the camp’s Giant Tipi, or if the weather is fine, in the woods.

In this two hour session, author Preethi Nair will share her remarkable story and give participants the tools of a storyteller to make their stories engaging, compelling and inspiring.

You and your team will:

  • Understanding how to influence, inspire and motivate through story
  • Learn the tools of a storyteller
  • Share stories and create connectivity

VISION-BUILDING WORKSHOP 1.5HRS

This session will be held either in the camp’s Giant Tipi, or outdoors if the weather is fine.

In this 90 minute 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

JOURNALING WORKSHOP 40 MINS

This session will likely be held either in the camp’s Giant Tipi.

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 1HR 15 MINS

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 2HRS

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.

WHERE YOU’LL PUT YOUR HEAD DOWN

We provide truly luxurious glamping accommodation – even though you’ll be in the great outdoors there is definitely no slumming it here. Each tent will be lavishly furnished with proper beds (each bell tent contains a double and two single beds) and all of the home comforts you can imagine.

Your bed has a proper mattresses, lighting, bedside tables, a sofa and all manner of soft furnishings. And to keep you warm and cosy? Your very own wood-burning stove. Also includes:

  • Beds with soft linen Comfy sofa
  • Woodburning stove with a bag of wood (if you need more you can order more onsite at an additional cost) Full-length mirror
  • Clothing rail and hangers Rugs & mats
  • Hanging candelabra
  • Bedside tables and reading lamps Vintage storage trunk
  • Boot rack
  • Power supply to charge your phone
WHAT YOU’LL EAT

 

BREAKFAST SUGGESTIONS

MINI PASTRIES
Selection of Mini Pastries and Mini Croissants with Butter & Jam

FILLED CROISSANTS
Rosemary Roasted Portobello Mushroom & Baby Spinach (vg)
Tomato & Montgomery Cheddar (v)

SUMMER POTS
Homemade Seasonal Fruit Puree, Toasted Granola, Coconut Yoghurts

FRUIT POTS
Cut Fruit Salad & Pomegranate (vg)
Kentish Strawberries with Minted Honey Syrup (vg)
Mango & Blueberries (vg)

HOT BREAKFAST
Full English, plus vegan option, Bacon/Sausage/Egg sandwich, porridge with all the toppings

DINNER – THEMED OPTIONS

NO MEAT MONDAY
With more people aiming for healthier options, we’ll serve up vegetarian versions of favourites such as burgers, pies, wraps and risottos.

TENT TUESDAY
Each individual bell tent is assigned their own kettle BBQ and given cast iron skillet with ingredients. The chef will then give a lesson on a one-pan-wonder meal for the group. It’s a great way to interact, work as a team and compare at the end for judging perhaps…

WEDNESDAY WONDERS
The chef will supply a feast of all things fun and filling such as stone baked pizzas, pasta dishes, Mediterranean Salads, Beef Bourguignon, Potato Mash, Green Beans Vegan Shepherds Pie, Maple Roasted Parsnips (vg) and Thai Red Chicken Curry.


WHAT ABOUT COVID?

Kymani, who run and manage the glamping site for us, have this as their number one priority – keeping all guests and staff safe. We and they will be paying constant and close attention to changes to government advice and reacting accordingly. Rest assured that every step will be taken to ensure everyone is protected.

How will things be socially distanced?

Each site will be laid out so that each bell tent will be far enough away to allow everyone to have plenty of space. The central unit is a vast tipi in which all furniture will be laid out with enough distance to keep you all socially distanced.

How will you keep everyone safe onsite?

Kymani will conduct a deep clean of all sleeping and communal infrastructure in-between each booking so that you will arrive safe in the knowledge that it is a fully cleansed site. They will also have plenty of cleaning materials on site for you to continue wiping everything down in a safe way in areas where you will be mixing with others from your group.  Caterers and the onsite guest management team will all be fully COVID-compliant and wearing PPE gear at all times when in contact with you. We will ask you to submit the contact details of your entire party to the NHS Track and Test system prior to your departure.


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!


LOCATIONS

South Godstone, Surrey

Nearest train station is Godstone and this is the nearest site to London. To drive, take junction 5 off the M25 and it’s around an 8 minute drive off the A22 heading south.

We call this site our “room with a view”. Set in the beautiful rolling AONB Surrey Hills, this has a gorgeous vista of the English countryside. You’ll have a whopping 9 acre field to call your own so that you can really get away from it all and take the time to enjoy the soundtrack of nature.

The Grange, Hampshire

This is a stunning self-enclosed site surrounded by beautiful woodlands and trees on the stunning Grange Estate, home of The Grange Festival. Not only does the estate feature the Greek revival mansion, but also a beautiful lake and rivers running through the grounds. This is the perfect site to get away from it within the grounds of an iconic destination


RESTORE, RECHARGE, REIMAGINE COST AND INCLUSIONS
  • Sole use of the site for 36 hrs
  • Bedding, linens and all the home comforts you need in 10 bell tents
  • Hot showers and proper toilets
  • Central Giant Tipi with banquet table, library, lounge and games area
  • Breakfasts and dinners each day cooked up for you by our onsite chef made with locally-sourced ingredients
  • Lunch on Day 2
  • 1.5 hrs Storytelling workshop
  • 1 hr Sunset Yoga session
  • 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

Cost: £15,900 total (£795 per person based on 2 people per 6 metre bell tent or £1590 per person based on 1 person per 6 metre bell tent.  Site has 10 bell tents in total and takes 20 people maximum).

A drinks package is available for an additional £60 per person including wines, prosecco and local ale.

Please note, longer durations of a week or even a month are also possible for larger teams. Please contact Justine Clement at justinec@thelifeadventure.co.uk or call on +44 7714333418 to book or discuss.

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

Sole use of the site for 36 hrs
Bedding, linens and all the home comforts you need in 10 bell tents
Hot showers and proper toilets
Central Giant Tipi with banquet table, library, lounge and games area
Breakfasts and dinners each day cooked up for you by our onsite chef made with locally-sourced ingredients
Lunch on Day 2
1.5 hrs Storytelling workshop
1 hr Sunset Yoga session
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 £15,900.00

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

Sole use of the site for 36 hrs
Bedding, linens and all the home comforts you need in 10 bell tents
Hot showers and proper toilets
Central Giant Tipi with banquet table, library, lounge and games area
Breakfasts and dinners each day cooked up for you by our onsite chef made with locally-sourced ingredients
Lunch on Day 2
1.5 hrs Storytelling workshop
1 hr Sunset Yoga session
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 £15,900.00