Retreats

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winding path inc. works with our amazing accommodations and hospitality partners, both luxury and budget conscious, to create overnight retreats that combine learning, relaxation, and fun. Our retreats permit you to step out of your day-to-day life for a time, allowing you to reflect, replenish, reconnect, and see your work and life from a new perspective. Incorporating adventure, relaxation, and inspiration, our retreats are topped off with healthy, delicious meals and unique social activities.

If it’s time for a new perspective away from the distractions of daily life or work, we offer the following retreat experiences:

 

Living Your Potential

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When you’re living your life to your full potential, you are able to bring your best self to everything you do, increasing your personal and professional effectiveness. Living your potential means experiencing more joy and meaning in life, even in the face of existing obligations and inevitable challenges. When we aren’t following our passions and living to our full potential, we know it; we feel it. And we compensate for it by attempting to fill the void with unsatisfying or unhealthy distractions, or we just accept it as part of ‘real life’.

The Living Your Potential Retreat is a powerful learning experience during which you will gain insights to break through barriers and make the mind-set changes necessary to reach your personal and professional potential and achieve greater meaning and happiness in your life.

This confidential transformational learning retreat is designed to help you move past self-limiting thoughts and patterns of behaviour that inhibit your potential to become the person you have always wanted to be in your work, your relationships, and your life.

During the retreat, you will:

  • gain insight into your personal priorities;
  • achieve heightened awareness of the self-imposed barriers to living those priorities; and
  • set goals and create a plan to reach your personal and professional potential.

Our Process
Your learning is supported by group and individual exercises and challenges, including both high and low elements of an outdoor ropes course, reflective observation, and active application of learning to your personal and professional life.  Always in control of determining the level of challenge that best meets your goals, you will safely step beyond your comfort zone, under the supervision of experienced facilitators, to gain insight into areas for personal growth and set goals for moving past limits, gaining balance, and creating the work and life you want.

This powerful retreat will permit you to step out of your day-to-day life for a time, allowing you to reflect, replenish, reconnect, and see your work and life from a new perspective. Personal reflection opportunities and relaxation activities such as in-room massage are incorporated into the retreat to support the calm stillness often necessary for lasting growth and change. We will balance those calming and reflective times with fun, unique social activities and chef-prepared healthy meals.

When you stay at one of our partner inns, you will experience both solitude and community with other participants, rest and activity, laughter and silence, attention to body and mind in pampered comfort. Leave your outside commitments aside for a short time, to focus on your personal and professional growth and leave on the path to renewing your feeling of hope and excitement about your future.

 

Maximizing Your Energy

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Time is finite, energy is not. Working longer hours is not a formula for long-term success, but increasing what you achieve in a regular work day is. In this retreat, we will introduce research and strategies to help you build a solid foundation to maximize your energy, increase your focus, avoid burn out, improve productivity, and to achieve your goals in work and in life.

This retreat is designed to help you target the behaviours that support your ability to be your most effective self, in work, and in life. When you know what gives you energy, and put plans in motion to incorporate those behaviours, you will reach your full potential.

During the retreat, you will:

  • gain insight into what gives you energy, and what depletes it;
  • achieve heightened awareness of your personal formula for maximum personal energy; and
  • set goals and create a plan to maximize your energy and reach your personal and professional potential.

Your learning will be supported by facilitated group and individual activities, with a focus on fun, reflection, action and pampering.  Pampering and personal reflection opportunities will be balanced by fun and unique social activities and healthy, chef-prepared meals. At one of our beautiful partner inns, you will experience both solitude and community with other participants, rest and activity, laughter and silence, with attention to body and mind.

 

Identifying Your Personal Happiness Formula

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In this retreat, we will use the science of happiness to help you examine and plan for a more joyful life. The past decade has seen an explosion of research into happiness – what makes us happy, why does it matter and what does happiness actually mean? In an analysis of 225 academic studies researching the effect of happiness on success, social scientists found that happy people are, indeed, more successful in many areas.

Evidence showed that happy people:

  • make more money
  • are more creative at work
  • are better leaders and negotiators
  • are more likely to have long lasting, fulfilling relationships
  • have more social supports
  • are more philanthropic, generous and kind to others
  • are better at coping with stress
  • are healthier, have stronger immune systems, and live longer

 

The study also showed that “happy workers enjoy multiple advantages over their less happy peers. Individuals high in subjective well-being are more likely to secure job interviews, to be evaluated more positively by supervisors once they obtain a job, to show superior performance and productivity and to handle managerial jobs better. They are also less likely to show counter-productive workplace behaviour and job burnout.”

During this retreat, we will explore the science of happiness, and what the evidence tells us about how to increase it in our lives. We will break down the most common traits and practices of happy people and facilitate opportunities to experiment with ways to increase those traits and practices in yourself and in your life.

 

Our Process

Your learning will be supported by facilitated group and individual activities, with a focus on fun, reflection, action and planning.  Personal reflection opportunities will be balanced by fun and unique social activities and healthy, delicious meals. At one of our beautiful partner inns, you will experience both solitude and community with other participants, rest and activity, laughter and silence, with attention to body and mind.

 

Customized Retreats for your Group or Team

Our retreats are designed to bring out the best in your people as individuals, so they can contribute most effectively to the team. We use the latest scientific research on personal effectiveness to create a retreat that supports your team to identify and implement strategies designed to increase engagement, creativity and productivity.

What the research says:

  • 70% of workers are disengaged as a result of being exhausted, emotionally depleted, unfocused, and lacking purpose.
  • Engaged workers equals lower absenteeism, accidents and staff turnover.
  • The quality of products, customer satisfaction, productivity and profits are more than 20% higher when workers are engaged.
  • Happy people are more creative at work.
  • Happy workers are better leaders and negotiators.
  • Increased feelings of personal well-being lead to increased ability to cope with work stress.

 

Our Process

We use experiential processes designed to be transformational.

Research tells us the human brain is poorly designed for linear instruction and functions best in rich, complex, and multi-sensory environments that allow us to identify patterns and make meaning of experiences. When we learn through experience, inquiry, critical thinking and interaction with other learners, the insight is more likely to be transformational. For learners to change their beliefs, attitudes, and reactions, they must engage in critical reflection on their experiences, which in turn leads to a perspective transformation. The opportunity for this kind of reflection occurs infrequently in our busy lives.

Our experiential methodology creates such environments through challenge, social interaction, reflection, and active participation – all necessary components of an effective change process. Participants are given tasks and challenges requiring them to find new ways of doing things, to think differently about how to achieve success. This breakthrough thinking is the key to a change in self-concept and, ultimately, transformation.

 

What Do Our Customized Retreats Look Like?

Customized challenges and experiences may take place at a conference room table, at an outdoors ropes course, on a sailboat, or in the great room of your own private inn. We will create an experience that fits best with your group’s goals, and facilitate a process that enables participants to learn from the experience through insight into themselves, each other and their organization, and to take action to make positive, effective and lasting change.

We take the time to learn about your goals and create a retreat that delivers on them in a way that changes your group’s perception of what you thought you were capable of. You may choose to have us customize one of our proven retreat experiences for your group or we can create an experience that is uniquely you. Our existing retreats are focused on:

 

Customized Celebrations and Adventures for Friends, Family, Reunions and Groups

In addition to our custom personal and professional development workshops and retreats, we create customized celebrations and adventures for groups, including friends, family, reunions, and others seeking meaningful and unique experiences, growth, and re-connection.

Whether you are a group of girlfriends, a family coming together for a reunion, or another small group looking to get away from it all and create some great memories together, we take the time to find out what your dream retreat looks like. Luxury and indulgence, fun and laughs, adventure and growth, rest and relaxation, our custom retreats may include gourmet meals, pampering spa treatments, movie nights in your pjs, psychic readings, climbing at a ropes course, learning to sail, or a murder mystery where you feel like you have stepped back in time at an historical inn.

Amoung our partner inns and accommodations is the perfect retreat location to suit your tastes and your budget.

Our goal is to have you leave with meaningful memories, deeper connections within your group, and an appreciation of the positive impact new experiences, social connection and fun have on your general outlook on life.