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2017 Auckland Meditation Retreat

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St Francis Retreat Centre

50 Hillsborough Road, Mt Roskill

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We continue our annual Retreat - building a community of fellow professionals who find value in meditation. This is not a formal training course, but a gathering of like-minded people who want to share their experience, expertise and energy.

The 2017 Check-in starts on a Friday evening and continues over Saturday and Sunday. It takes place in the beautifully restful St Francis Retreat Centre, 50 Hillsborough Rd, Mt Roskill, Auckland. The Centre allows us to each have a single room for the retreat. It is an opportunity to enter a focused and peaceful learning environment, away from the external pressures of our busy lives.

Who is this programme for?

The retreat is designed to be relevant to a wide range of people: HR/OD people and culture practitioners, executive and life coaches, psychologists and other helping professionals.

You will gain: 


  • The opportunity to begin or deepen your mindfulness practice

  • An occasion to understand the growth of mindfulness in the workplace
  • The chance to explore the application of mindfulness in your life and work

  • A deeper personal understanding of what makes mindfulness and meditation effective.

Retreat leaders

Jane Davis has worked in the Organisational Psychology field for the last 25 years. She is a consultant with Capability Group Limited and specialises in positive psychology-based change programmes. Mindfulness is a core component of the programmes offered and Jane has worked with many organisations to introduce mindfulness-based practices to leaders in a highly practical and relevant way.

Stewart Forsyth has particular expertise in improving individual and organisational performance. He is a highly experienced executive coach, OD systems developer and mindfulness practitioner. He has deep interests in both mindfulness outcome research as well as in the fitness-mindfulness interface.

Cynthia Johnson spends much of her time leading a Resilience programme developed from the research of Derek Roger and team at the University of York. It has a strong mindfulness component. Along with Jane, she has also been lucky enough to attend training with Jon Kabet-zen and Saki Santorelli.

Course overview

We are excited to bring a range of perspectives on mindful meditation and its different applications, and of course time for meditation practice (see below for more details)

Friday evening – 31 March 2017

  • Welcome, the structure of the retreat, a shared meal, shared experiences, shared mindfulness

Day One – Saturday 1 April 2017

  • Tai Chi
  • Compassion and mindfulness
  • Meditation
  • World Cafe - update on research and Apps
  • Stretching and meditation
  • Meditation on change
  • The Satir Model of transformational change
  • Night walking mindfulness

Day Two – Sunday 2 April 2017

  • Tai Chi
  • Leadership and meditation
  • Walking meditation
  • Spirituality and meditation
  • Tea
  • Deepening and sustaining your meditation

Course details

Hosted by the Industrial Organisational Psychology Special Interest Group (IO SIG) but anyone is welcome to attend the programme.

Dates: Friday 31 March 2017– from 5.30 pm, until Sunday 2 April 2016 at 4.00 pm

Early bird = $438.32 (including GST and Eventbrite margin) available until mid February

Full = $500 (incl. GST and Eventbrite margin)

Discounted (limited number for students) = $400 (incl. GST and Eventbrite margin)

Venue: St Francis Retreat Centre, 50 Hillsborough Rd, Mt Roskill, Auckland http://www.stfrancisretreatcentre.org.nz

Refund policy: 100% refunds up to 1 March, 80% refund up to and including 17 March. No refund after this date. If the event is not run you will receive a refund.

We anticipate a high demand for this rich and warm retreat. So please be in early!


The details:

2017 Meditation Retreat

Friday evening – 31 March 2017

5.30 pm

Welcome, the structure of the retreat [1. Community building not a training course, 2. Confidentiality, 3. What to do if you get lost or overwhelmed, 4. The invitation to silence]

Housekeeping – fire, H&S

Contraindications

It’s (not!) just us in the Centre!

Applications of mindfulness from our last Retreat; abundance and a shared meal

6.00 pm

Dinner

7.00 pm

Mindfulness exercise and silence

8.30 pm

Options:

Night walking mindfulness – explore the grounds of the Pah Homestead and it’s beautiful trees in star and moon light

Body Scan

Finish for the day

Day One – Saturday 1 April 2017

7.00 am

Tai Chi – fundamentals and some extensions. Tai Chi doesn’t have to be complicated. Easy tai chi takes you through a small set of movements that are easy to learn and remember. Feel the special connection of moving with others in meditative exercise at dawn in the beautiful grounds of Pah Homestead.

8.00 am

Silent breakfast

8.30 am

End silence – discussion in groups

Compassion - Self compassion is about giving yourself the same caring support you'd give to a good friend who was suffering in some way. In this session we will explore what this looks like, why we might not automatically do it, and how we could practice it everyday.

10.00 am

Break

10.30 am

Meditation


11.30 am

World Café – short, sharp overviews of research / Apps / …

12.30 pm

Lunch

1.30 pm

The stretching, meditation, rest cycle

3.00 pm


Break

3.30 pm

Meditation on change

Although change is constant and inevitable, we often resist it by creating storylines and striving to maintain a sense of stability and permanence - in our actions, thoughts and speech. This session demonstrates how combining appreciation and change meditation in daily practice provides a way to anchor ourselves in what we appreciate in the present, whilst noticing and preparing ourselves for changes in all forms.

5.00 pm

Rest

6.00 pm

Dinner

7.00 pm

Bronwyn will briefly describe the Satir Model of Transformational Systemic Change and the iceberg metaphor then lead us on an appreciative journey through our inner world, noticing our inner light and gifts, finishing with one of Virginia’s mediations on self.

8.00 pm

Night walking mindfulness option / Body Scan

9.00 pm

Finish and silence


Day Two – Sunday 2 April 2017

Times

Session topic

Leaders

7.00 am

Tai Chi

8.00 am

Silent breakfast then end silence

9.00 am

Leadership and meditation - there is little in the mindfulness literature that directly focuses on leadership. There is an implicit expectation that a mindful person should be a better leader. Is this an assumption that we might make? This facilitated discussion addresses what mindful leadership looks like, if it exists, and whether one can train mindful leadership.

10.00 am

Break

10.30 am

Walking meditation to the Wallace Arts Centre (it opens at 10.00 am on Sunday)

And / or Labyrinth

11.30 am

Spirituality and meditation - Spirituality means a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves and often involves finding meaning in life. Spirituality is about connecting with things beyond the trivial and mundane. In this session Iain McCormick will use a simple but powerful mindfulness exercise to help individuals to listen and get in touch with themselves and nature so finding ideas and even answers to deeper personal challenges.

12.30 pm

Lunch

1.30 pm

Tea - Tea drinking is considered as a slice of perfection in an imperfect world. Come and have all your senses awaken. Have a seat, and allow your soul to catch up with you.

3.00 pm

Break

3.30 pm

Deepening and sustaining our mindfulness

Other possible meditation groups to sit with

The 2018 Retreat

Concluding remarks

4.00 pm

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