Strong leadership, ultimately, isn’t about emails answered or meetings attended—but it does require serious brain, body, and soul skills. To tap into the growing interest in mindful professional success, many retreats have begun offering courses in yoga, meditation, and thoughtful group discussion to help participants succeed in the workplace. Here are five of our favorites:
Bloom Women’s Creative Leadership Retreat
Author-entrepreneur Lynne Franks hosts a six-day getaway at her home in Deyá, Majorca, integrating spirituality with stress-reduction techniques for the workplace. In a series of one-on-one sessions, Franks counsels on relationships, emotional health, and physical well-being as well as careers. November 14–19; starts at about $2,250. For more information, go to Bloom Retreats.
Eller CEO Summit at Miraval
The University of Arizona’s Eller Executive Education program has teamed with Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa in Tucson for four days dedicated to innovative and mindful leadership. Participants share real-world experiences and insights on adaptability, governance policies, and business practices; attendees can take advantage of the luxury spa services during their stay, too. March 6–9, 2014; early registration (before December 31) costs $6,500. Check the Miraval site for more info.
Wisdom Wheel Retreat for Women
Wisdom Councils offers five days in Sedona, Arizona, where modern strategies and nature-based skills are combined with guidance from the Wisdom Wheel (an ancient road map used to cultivate wellness) on personal effectiveness and professional growth. Activities include moderate hiking, meditation, and conversation. December 3–8 (limited to 8 participants); $2,500.
SHE Leadership & Lifestyle Retreat
At the Absolute Sanctuary in Koh Samui, Thailand, Sara Avant Stover, author of The Way of the Happy Woman, works with women who want to lead more effectively as well as inspire others. Participants in the six-day event learn how to handle their inner critic while tapping their intuitive powers through customized yoga, nutrition, and meditation. December 1–7; starts at $3,000. Find more info at the SHE Retreat site.
Cultivating Leadership Presence through Mindfulness
An intensive four-day program led by Janice Marturano, founder of the Institute for Mindful Leadership. At the Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York, train your mind to cope with the demands of the modern business environment through a series of exercises promoting thought and introspection in relation to professional goals. October 23–27; $2,495.