Tag 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.

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.

THE LAVENDER RETREAT

28-29th June, Bonnieux, Provence, France (1hr drive from Marseille airport)

Join me for a life coaching weekend to explore your full potential in the fresh early summer in the Luberon. Sample the air filled with herbs, lavender and the gentle sun.

The lavender retreat

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 retreat, we’ll draw upon the beauty of the natural environment. The Luberon is a very pretty part of the Provence with rolling hills and little historic villages perched on top. In June the sun is still gentle and the lavender should be in full purple bloom! It’s a place close to my heart for its natural beauty and because my parents live there.

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“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


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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 first 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!


lavender retreat back terrace

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.

I recommend staying in Mas des deux puits and Le Clos d’Estellan. There are many lovely places around Bonnieux – check out Tripadvisor or ask Julie for more info.