Category Archives: Retreats

WORKSHOPS & TRAINING, WINTER 2015-2016

Heart space workshop
Mysore: 3rd December, 2-4.30pm @ Khushi’s
Auroville: 9th December & 13th January & 16th March, 9.15am-12.30pm @ Verite

Are you at a cross roads in your life? Do you want to figure out the path you’re meant to walk on, and walk it?

In this dynamic and interactive workshop you will get more insight into how to align your life to your dreams.

You will connect to the answers within and learn how to work with your inner critic.

“The positive feeling of the workshop and the skills I learnt have already helped me so much in a very urgent and difficult conversation. Fulfillment in a way that was not easy, but it felt so right! Thank you!”

Nora Klein, Student, Environmental Engineering, Germany


Fresh Perspectives
Auroville: 23rd December & 3rd February & 26th March, 9.15am-12.30pm @ Verite

Are you at a cross roads in your life? Are you going through a transition? Do you want to get unstuck?

In this half day workshop, we’ll explore how you can create clarity, make conscious choices and move forward. Join me to get fresh perspectives on your life.

Flow through Life
Auroville: 6th January & 17th February & 30th March, 9.15am-12.30pm @ Verite

Are you holding on to your emotions? Do you keep experiencing the same patterns and want to create more flow?

Learn how to process your emotions so you can access your intuition more fully.

Join me for this workshop to explore how to turn emotions into energy in motion. You’ll feel relieved and full of energy to move forward.

Coaching fundamentals
Auroville: 9th January & 27th February, 9.15am-4.30pm @ Verite

This interactive and dynamic training day will provide you with basic coaching skills. Coaching is the art of listening profoundly and asking powerful questions with the aim of facilitating sustainable and real change.

Coaching conversation skills are a great tool for anyone interested in optimising their relationships, and in particular:

  • Managers to build an inclusive, non-hierarchical leadership style
  • Therapists to enhance long term impact on clients
  • Designers and other freelancers to build trust in client relationships
  • Teachers to create mutual respect and openness with students

You will learn how to listen in a focused and intuitive way, how to ask questions that quickly build resonance and trust, and how to facilitate transformation.


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Each workshop addresses different aspects of the coaching practice:

  • Developing better relationships through enhanced listening and intuition skills
  • Connecting with your life values, fulfilment energy and your inner leader
  • Making conscious and lasting choices by exploring different perspectives
  • Being present to emotions, allowing them to be in motion

I also host coaching training days for corporate and private groups in Europe and India. See Retreats page for weekend and week long retreats in Auroville (January to March) and Greece (June).

Get in touch at julie@maitreecoaching.com if you’d like to join or discuss hosting these workshops and trainings elsewhere in Europe or India for corporate and private groups.

Summer Retreats in Greece!

Joyful Living 1: Make ordinary days extraordinary | Crete, 28 May – 4 June
Joyful Living 2: Be the change you want to see | Evia, 26 June – 3 July

I’m excited to announce the Maitree Coaching Summer Retreats in Crete and Evia. Come and celebrate the Mediterranean summer in magical and relaxing Greece.

We had an amazing time at Joyful Living 1 in Auroville, South India, end of March. A great opportunity for busy city people to take a break in nature, eat wholesome food and focus on what really matters to them in life. 

A month later we’re still messaging each other about the changes to our lives – from turning vegan to getting up at 5am to making time for regular journalling in our mornings…big changes!


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“The retreat group feels like a family tribe…after many retreats across the world, I said to myself no more retreats but Julie is different, she is unique, she is real, you can trust her. With her powerful tools you will discover yourself and believe in yourself more than ever!” 
Ariana, Entrepreneur, Spain


 

Now summer in Europe is coming close and bookings are speeding up for both Joyful Living 1 in Crete and Joyful Living 2 in Evia.

So if you’re thinking of joining and/or have questions, get in touch soon!

Love, and hope to see you in Greece 🙂

Julie


“The Joyful Living retreat was one of the best experiences of my life. I’m incredibly glad I signed up for it. I am a stronger, happier, more positive person now that i learned so much about myself and life. Thank you Julie!”

Mouna M’Rad, Conference Interpreter, Paris

“I LOVED the Joyful Living retreat! Your coaching was perfect for me. I feel reborn and experience a radical shift of perspective. I am going through my days with mindfulness and the results are astonishing. My friends are amazed.”

Katarina Fischer, Author, Hamburg


 

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Joyful Living 1: Make ordinary days extraordinary

Welcome dinner on 28 May
Workshops 29 May – 4 June

Do you want to:

– Live with joy and ease?
– Improve your work life balance?

– Cultivate mindfulness and gratitude?
– Enhance your health and wellbeing?
– Find peace in a hectic life style?

I created the Joyful Living program for participants to cultivate mindfulness and gratitude amidst the busy-ness of modern life.

The programme’s five themes are designed to anchor your days in the things that matter to you and bring joy into your life.

In a warm and supportive group, we will explore how to make ordinary days extraordinary.

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“You have changed my life and given me the confidence to open up and live with joy and ease. You’re an amazing coach who opens people’s hearts. Thank you!” Giacomo, Italy

For more info on the five themes, click here. For more info on the retreat, click here.

 


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Joyful Living 2: Be the change you want to see

Welcome dinner on 26 June
Workshops 27 June – 3 July

Everyone is a leader. Everyone can make a difference.

Dare to be unapologetically you and make an impact from a place of authenticity.

Learn to turn from reactive into proactive. Be a changemaker in your family, in your work, in the world.

The program’s five themes are designed to take you on a journey to remember who you have always been.

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At the end of the journey, you will own your purpose, passion and the unique footprint you leave on your environment.

For more info, click here.

 


Practical information

How to book?
Limited places available as we’ll be smaller groups of 8-10 people. Please reserve your place in advance via Julie@maitreecoaching.com.

How to arrange accommodation?
Both the retreats include accommodation. On Crete we’re being hosted in Sfakia by the wonderful Eugenia in her family home at YogaOnCrete.  

In Evia Liana and Alexis are our hosts at the Villa Averoff, a historic property set in the lush countryside of the island.
How much are the retreats?

Joyful Living I Crete: EUR600-790* (depending on type of room) including 7 nights accommodation, welcome dinner, and 6 days of workshops, breakfast and lunch.

Joyful Living II Evia: EUR685* including 7 nights accommodation in double ensuite room, welcome dinner, and 6 days of workshops, breakfast, and lunch.

* If you feel you qualify for a (Auroville!) discount, do let me know!

 

Heart Space: the magic of synchronicity

“Is it always like this or are we special?” asked one of the participants of the my latest retreat in Crete. I replied: “Both. It is always like this and it is always magical.” In the months leading up to the retreat I was observing the group coming together – some signed up months in advance, others cancelled last minute. Coincidence? Or is it a complex cosmic law that our limited understanding is (yet) unable to grasp?

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It has been two weeks since the end of the Joyful Living retreat in the remote village of Sfakia in the South of Crete. I’m still in awe of the perfect synchronicity – perhaps the best term for that complex cosmic law – that brought this group together. So are the participants who are already booking their flights for the reunion in October. One of them, a theatre producer from Zurich, writes: “I’m astonished at how open and warm we were in the group and this very quickly.” “It was a real joy to see how the group evolved into a small family in just the space of a few days!” shares Mouna, an interpreter from Paris.

The swift intimacy created after sometimes only a couple of hours is a marvel to most people attending my workshops and retreats. In my experience, connection and transformation happen when synchronicity enters the scene. Then meaningful coincidences start occurring, such as people find themselves working on a similar life purpose, or bringing an identical inspiring object to the workshop. Or I will intuitively share an experience which is deeply meaningful to one or more participants.

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To trust in synchronicity is one of the cornerstones of being a transformational facilitator and coach. My coaching school CTI calls this skill ‘dancing in the moment.’ To surrender control initially feels counterintuitive because as a faclitator you are ‘doing nothing’ but following the flow of a session. Slowly you build trust that whatever is unfolding, is exactly what participants need in that very moment. When I feel I am working hard, I now know something is wrong!

In fact the only thing to ‘do’ as a facilitator is to role model how to interact with an open heart, a sensitive spirit, a curious mind and a flexible body. Thus you give the group permission to enter into a safe space. They respond by sharing the full spectrum of their humanity. It is as if in this ‘heart space’ we can uncover the strength of our vulnerability. We recognise each other’s stories of feeling intensely alive or of sabotaging our wildest dreams. By “taking the lid off ourselves” (‘The Heart of the Buddha‘ by Chogyam Trungpa, p6) we give each other permission to relax, be present, connect with our inner self and leave our unique footprint.

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Occassionally I come across a group where the heart space is unstable. This usually indicates that one or more participants has become sceptical and closed their hearts. The crucial thing to do as a facilitator is to stay curious and avoid closing our heart in retaliation. Fear can easily make us defensive or judgemental. Yet when we stay open hearted we invite a participant to express their doubt and neutralise the impact. Mostly this is enough for the air to clear and for synchronicty to work its magic once again. I remain in awe.

Watch this space for my next piece on how flow and synchronicity are related to gut feeling.

Unwind

What will be your summer holiday reading?

I’m looking forward to relaxing soon at this beautiful spot below in YogaOnCrete. It’s so important to properly unwind and allow yourself time to recover.

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It’s actually in relaxation that we find most alertness so we can face any situation in life skillfully and with awareness.

The fifth and last theme of the Joyful Living Crete Retreat (21st-26th June, http://www.yogaoncrete.gr/en/joyful-living-retreat) is ‘Unwind – how to close your day and prepare for sleep’.

Closing your day is as important as starting it. Some people list the things they’re grateful for. I always make sure to check out the night sky — watching the moon and stars connects me to the bigger picture of life.

At least 30 minutes before going to sleep, set your devices on airplane mode. Keep your bed for sleeping and only go there once you’re ready to sleep. Set your alarm for the 7-9 hours of sleep you need plus a little extra to account for falling asleep. The more regular your sleeping, the easier your body will unwind and rejuvenate.

My body’s natural rhythm is to sleep early and wake up with the birds when a fresh new day is about to start!

Keep it simple

The fourth theme of the Joyful Living Crete Retreat (21st-26th June) is ‘Flow through your day: how to keep things simple and follow your heart’.

Whatever comes your way, keep it simple. Flow with the day, observe what it brings, and play with it. Keep your mind cool, your heart open, and you’ll make sharp, intuitive decisions.

It helps to set your priorities so that you’ll feel content about having written that article, or gone for a run. What is the one thing that you want to do today, if nothing else?

Combine being organized and flexible. I always leave free time so that on a beautiful day I can go out in nature. Do you allow yourself to do something spontaneous, like curling up in bed if you feel like it?

This is not selfish or self-indulgent. The more you do the things you love, the more fulfilled you’ll be. Consequently, you’ll have more energy to grow and be available to the people you love.

Love Your Food!

Great fresh vegan meals are soon to be served at YogaOnCrete’s large communal dining table.

Join me for the Joyful Living Crete Retreat (21st-26th June).

The third of the five Joyful Living themes is Eat joyfully: how to eat what your body needs.

The food you take in makes a big difference to your day, but first make sure your food goes out! Rehydrating your body does wonders to kick start your digestion. I drink a liter and a half of lukewarm water and herbal tea every morning, ideally before starting my yoga routine.

Then it’s time to think about food! What are you craving? What does your body need? If you’re fighting a cold, add turmeric or echinacea to your smoothie. If you’re anticipating a demanding day, make a filling breakfast, like oatmeal. I mostly eat fruit and vegetables to complement the body’s nightly detox. Think of breakfast literally — better not to break your fast with a huge meal.

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Mindful Routine

I can’t wait to practice on this beautiful open air yoga platform, feel the soft breeze, the morning freshness and gaze at the deep blue sea.

Join me for the Joyful Living Crete Retreat (21st-26th June): http://www.yogaoncrete.gr/en/joyful-living-retreat

The second of the five Joyful Living themes is Mindful Routine – how to build a regular yoga and meditation practice.

It’s important to dedicate a part of your morning to a routine, such as yoga or meditation. If you prefer to potter around the house or go for a run, that’s fine too. Most importantly, create an oasis of calm so you can anchor yourself in your values, even if only for 10 minutes. If you have a family, carve out some time before everyone wakes up, or during your commute.

My own practice combines meditation and yoga. It normally lasts an hour, but I can shorten it to 30 minutes. Meditation stills my mind, and mindful breathing connects me to life’s flow. Yoga offers an opportunity to love my body. I add restorative or energizing poses according to my body’s needs. Even after sleeping restlessly, 10 sun salutes will refresh me.

Wake Up Mindfully

How about waking up to this??

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Waking Up Mindfully is the first of the five themes of the Joyful Living Crete Retreat (21st-26th June).

When your alarm rings, take a moment to notice the blank canvas of a new day. I always feel mornings are freshly quiet as the day is still unwritten. Don’t check your messages yet, and get present to this particular morning. Is the sky blue or gray? Are your dreams still with you? Are you feeling rested or restless?

Slowly turn your attention to the day ahead and set an intention. What matters most to you today? An example could be “I want a loving relationship,” or “I want to deliver a flawless presentation.” Repeat it a few times, write it down or pick an object like a bracelet or picture to remind you during the day. Once you’ve made your intention clear, you’ll be surprised how often it comes true, usually in an unexpected way.

Want to know more about Joyful Living? Keep following the blog, every day we’ll be going through each of the five themes.

Joyful Living Retreat Crete, June 2015

JOYFUL LIVING RETREAT 

How to make ordinary days extraordinary

YogaOnCrete, Crete, Greece 21st – 26th June 2015

Do you want to:

  • Live with joy and ease?
  • Improve your work life balance?
  • Cultivate mindfulness and gratitude?
  • Enhance your health and wellbeing?
  • Find peace in a hectic life style?

Join life coach Julie for a 5 day joyful living experience at Crete, the inspiring and heart opening Mediterranean island paradise.

Julie used to have a busy corporate job in London. Once she learned to live her days mindfully, she noticed how she became much more relaxed. The days weren’t less stressful, but she wasn’t as stressed anymore. Instead, she was feeling grateful for her life.

She created the Joyful Living retreat to help participants to cultivate mindfulness and gratitude. The retreat’s five themes are designed to anchor your days in the things that matter to you and bring joy into your life. In a warm and supportive group of maximum eight participants, we will explore how to make ordinary days extraordinary.

Julie combines her management consulting background with a thorough understanding of personal growth and coaching. She has a keen interest in nutrition and eastern spirituality, which has led her to spend most of the last three years in India practicing yoga and meditation.

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This powerful retreat will give you:

  • Written positive outcomes about what Joyful Living means to you
  • An individualised roadmap on how to get there
  • Commitment to prioritise according to your values
  • A renewed sense of energy to optimise your life
  • A chance to soak up the magical Mediterranean

Each day at the retreat includes a yoga and meditation session to open your heart and body, and two interactive workshops on the Joyful Living theme of the day. You will also have plenty of time for relaxing by the beach, exploring the scenic village and countryside.

Julie facilitates the workshops using life coaching techniques to create insights and find your own answers, as well as get you committed and accountable to put them into practice and transform your life.

Monday | Waking up: how to start your day with awareness

Tuesday | Mindful routine: how to build a yoga and meditation practice

Wednesday | Eat joyfully: how to eat what your body needs

Thursday | Flow through your day: how to keep things simple and follow your heart

Friday | Unwind: how to close your day and prepare for sleep

Read more about the Joyful Living themes here.

To book, get in touch with Julie via julie@maitreecoaching.com or click here.

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Retreat highlights

  • Daily yoga, meditation and Joyful Living workshops
  • Professional and experienced life coach and yoga practitioner
  • Free 1:1 life coaching session
  • Warm and supportive group of maximum 8 guests
  • 5 nights accommodation in traditional guesthouse located near beach
  • 5 vegan breakfasts and lunches and 1 vegan dinner included Linen and towels provided

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Retreat programme

The week begins with a delicious vegan welcome dinner on Sunday evening at 8pm.

From Monday to Friday we will start the day with a lovely relaxed yoga and meditation practice (7.30am to 8.30am). Then it’s time for a refreshing detox smoothie before we start the interactive morning workshop (9.30-11.30am).

Each day we will take a closer look at the benefits of one of the five Joyful Living themes:

Monday | Waking up: how to start your day with awareness

Tuesday | Mindful routine: how to build a yoga and meditation practice

Wednesday | Eat joyfully: how to eat what your body needs

Thursday | Flow through your day: how to keep things simple and follow your heart

Friday | Unwind: how to close your day and prepare for sleep

Together, these themes give you a recipe for how to make ordinary days extraordinary and open your heart to joy and ease. The retreat programme is designed to put these themes in practice straight away so you will experience the benefits of Joyful Living first hand.

After lunch and siesta, the afternoon workshop (4.30-6.30pm) is dedicated to giving expression to your own commitments and creating an individualised roadmap for each theme.

We will take the sessions out to nature as much as possible so we can enjoy our connection with the sea, the trees and the hills.

In the afternoons, there’s the opportunity to do a free 1:1 life coaching session with Julie. Or you can relax, enjoy the beach and sunshine, get a massage, explore the village, take a walk in the countryside.

The number of guests is limited to 8 to create a warm and friendly atmosphere and to ensure that everyone gets a personalised experience. Beginners and experienced yogis are both welcome!

Five vegan breakfasts and lunches are offered at the house, while in the evenings guests can dine out in the village restaurants (not included in the course cost; approx. €15 for a full meal including drinks). Sunday night’s vegan dinner is included in the price.

Individual excursions (e.g., hikes, boat trips) can also be arranged during the week at an extra cost.

On Friday, departure can be arranged after the closing ceremony (3-4pm).

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More about life coaching

Coaching enables you to create real and positive change by dramatically increasing your levels of self-awareness. A life coach facilitates your journey of finding answers to your questions. The answers already lie within you and point you to how to realise your full potential.

The life coaching method is built on the cornerstone that we are all naturally creative, resourceful and whole and that we all possess the capacity for knowing what is best for ourselves.

In a coaching session, the coach creates for the client a safe place of authentic being, powerful listening and encouragement, to uncover the best in oneself and others. This way, the coach and client together create insights and commitment to action so that the client’s life is optimised.

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About Julie

Julie combines her extensive coaching, yoga and business consulting experience to help clients find a balance between thought and action, between being mindful and practical. She specialises in relationship and career coaching.

After quitting her strategy consulting career with Deloitte London, she retrained as a Certified Professional Co-active Coach with the acclaimed Coaching Training Institute, London. Living in India and Europe, she coaches a wide variety of clients internationally.

Her own experience has given her a keen understanding of what it takes to switch careers successfully. Transitioning from academia to corporate life to starting her own coaching practice taught her the importance of loving what you do and being authentic.

Julie loves her work which gives her the freedom to combine personal, professional and spiritual growth. A common theme in client feedback is that Julie´s coaching style is natural, bright and impactful. It is a natural extension of what she enjoys doing – creating a safe space, tracking down the real issue and challenging the client to move forward.

In addition to 1:1 sessions, Julie facilitates retreats, workshops and coaching training. She also does freelance business strategy projects. She loves her yoga and meditation practice, is learning to master tarot card reading, and can often be found in the kitchen making vegan desserts.

She blogs about spiritual and coaching topics on iliketothinkabout.wordpress.com.

Together with her partner Shivraj Bhullar, she runs Maitree House – a space for yoga, wellness and coaching retreats. Find out more on http://www.maitreecoaching.com.

“Julie taught me to acknowledge my values in my decision making which has made such a difference to my life. She is a joy to work with and I would recommend her to anyone.”

“Julie helped me a lot to accept myself the way I am right now. She has such a good energy and a very gentle and good soul. Her wisdom has a special grace that has an immediate effect when she speaks.”

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Prices

Prices (all inclusive) per person per week:

Early Bird Discount (€50 off displayed price) applies for bookings 3 months in advance (before the 21st of March).

€650 (£520) shared en suite accommodation (3 in a room) or single non-ensuite accommodation (with use of common bathroom).

€700 (£560) shared en suite twin or double room.

€730 (£580) single en suite accommodation (please note that single room availability is limited).

Water retreat

Amsterdam North, the Netherlands (location tbc, 30 min cycle ride from Amsterdam Central station)

Join me for a life coaching weekend. Jump on the ferry away from busy Amsterdam town and take in the quiet harbour perspective. See the sun or rain drops play with the water.

Register by 5th July to qualify for the early bird fee!


“Totally exceeded expectations! I learnt to really listen to myself and others, finding new answers in an amazingly open group. Great gentle, firm facilitation by Julie.”

Manreet Deol, Owner and Creative Director, Manifest Design, Pondicherry, India

“Inspiring, attitude changing. An opportunity to take a good look at yourself, listen to your heart, and have fun with amazing people!”

Meryem Lukka, Social Worker, The Hague, Netherlands

 


Do you want to feel:

  • Refreshed and energised to live your life fully?
  • Clear minded when your life is at a cross roads?
  • Empowered to set your own conventions?
  • Eager to take on what’s next for you?
  • Confident in your ability to listen to yourself and others at a deeper level?

Inspired by the popular weekend retreats in Pondicherry, South India, I’m very excited to host this last in a series of four yoga and life coaching retreats in Europe this summer (2014).

During the two days of workshops you’ll not only get to know yourself better and what’s next for you, you’ll also learn basic coaching skills. In a joyful and open learning environment, you’ll experience the impact you can have with enhanced listening and questioning skills, such as an immediate connection with your fellow participants.

Get in touch with me to reserve your place!


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On Friday night we’ll have a sunset dream hunt dinner to connect with each other and our dreams for the future. On Saturday the focus will be on building your listening and intuitive capacity so you develop a greater sense of focus and awareness of yourself and others. We’ll do this through group exercises and 1:1 break outs so you have an immediate opportunity to experience and practice the new skills.

Then on Sunday we’ll work mostly on finding your edge and what’s next for you to really step into your full potential and live your life purpose. We’ll connect with that life affirming fulfilment energy and create true commitment.

We’ll be working in a small group of 4-8 people, all diverse and international. We’ll start around 9am and finish by 5.30pm at the latest, with a long lunch break in between so we can enjoy the local scenery.


Price: £175/€210 plus 25% off 1:1 session with Julie, or £150/€180 for concessions.

Get in touch with me if you think you qualify for concessionary rate. Prices include lunch and tea, and exclude accommodation and other meals.