Here and Now Retreat - August 2020
A Three Day Life-Changing Journey For Urban Professionals
Escape from the hustle and bustle of city life to recentre, reconnect, and recharge….
Experience Deep Levels Of Calm
During the retreat, you will spend a significant amount of time deep in meditation, releasing long-term stress from within your physiology. You leave feeling a profound sense of calm pulsating through your entire body with a renewed enthusiasm to take on everything you are committed to.
Cultivate New Layers Of Clarity
During the retreat, you explore how meditation and mindfulness are profound tools for entering new stages of self-development and heightening levels of consciousness. You gain a newfound depth of self-awareness that carries into every area of your life – professionally, personally, socially, and family.
Become A Confident Meditation Practitioner
During the retreat, you learn an effortless self-led meditation technique that is easy, enjoyable, and effective. You leave feeling highly competent and confident to practise on your own and continue to unravel new heights of calm and clarity.
Your Expert Hosts
Walter pioneered the development and teaching of a wide range of methods designed to maximise the professional and personal potential of individuals, teams and organisations. Walter is an international consultant who regularly consults to the top senior management teams of Australian public and private sector organisations in the areas of corporate development, leading organisational change (specialising in organisational cultural change), leadership development, teambuilding, communication skills and strategic business planning. Walter began meditation in 1970 and has continued ever since. Mindfulness meditation training has always been part of Walter’s leadership and personal development programmes.
For over 15 years Robert has worked with senior teams and management all over the world assisting them create the leadership and corporate cultures that support them to achieve their vision and goals. He was a foundation member of Mckinsey’s Mindsets and Capabilities initiative and has extensive experience in C Suite and Senior Team Facilitation and Coaching. He has a variety of qualifications in a various leadership and stress management courses, as well as years of experience running corporate personal development companies. Outside of work, his love of The Himalayas led him to create “Conscious Trekking”, a travel company taking like-minded people to discover ‘spirit of place’ in the mountains.
Kevin is the Co-Founder and Chief Meditation Officer at Centred Meditation. He reluctantly came to meditation out of desperation to rid himself of the detrimental effects of stress. Years down the track of cumulative benefits, Kevin now dedicates his life to making this untapped resource more accessible to urban professionals through his world-first corporate meditation studio as well as his highly sought-after meditation and mindfulness programs with many of Australia’s leading businesses. He regularly features in the media – print, radio, and TV – and is also a proud lululemon Ambassador.
Nikki is the Co-Founder and Marketing Guru at Centred Meditation. It was while studying to be a Psychologist at University when she experienced first hand the visceral effects of stress on her mind and body: constant anxiety, muscle spasms, digestive issues and the list goes on. She stumbled upon meditation online, and was overwhelmed by it’s immediate effects on all aspects of her life. She has since directed a non-profit organisation, trained as an Ayurvedic Practitioner, and travelled around the world organising, undertaking, and facilitating personal development and leadership programmes.
Each cabin has two single beds and an en suite, and there are private or shared rooms available. Heating blankets and electric heaters ensure the cabins are kept warm and cosy.
Delicious vegetarian dishes are freshly prepared for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Tea and coffee is available at all times throughout the day.
A spacious meditation hall hosts all of our sessions, with heated floors to keep you especially comfortable!
Urban professionals seeking to experience greater levels of calm, clarity, and confidence. Some prior experience with meditation is encouraged, but not required.
Our retreat is located in spectacular natural surrounds just over an hour from Sydney at 150 MacArthur Drive, Wilton.
The nearest train station is 15 mins away at Picton and we are happy to arrange transport to collect you from there.
Contact us for information on car pooling!
Starts Thursday 27th August at 7:00pm
Ends Sunday 30th August at 4:00pm
Shared Room: $999
Private Room: $1299
(Cost includes all meals, accommodation, and sessions)
The retreat was one of the most transformational things I have done. I was sure meditation wasn’t for me, but after only three days, it is something that I have since brought into my life, a practice that I use day in day out and makes an enormous impact on my life.
I went to the Here & Now Retreat expecting to learn to meditate better. What I received was that – and so much more. I learned to recognise and be comfortable with thoughts, emotions and sensations that arise during my meditation practice. I connected a lot of dots regarding who I am at my core and why I respond to certain things in a certain way. I learned how to be more open and vulnerable. I met, bonded with, learned from and was inspired by like-minded people. In short, I found my tribe.
I’ve been meditating for about 15 years and had never been to a meditation retreat before. It was a really amazing experience! Nikki and Kevin set it up beautifully, it was a wonderfully open group of people who came and I left feeling remarkably uncluttered and clear and which was a real gift.
I came to the retreat thinking I was going to get a better understanding about meditation, and I absolutely did. Every myth I had about meditation has been completely bust and I now feel so comfortable meditating on my own. However, the additional sessions have actually been life-changing! We examined our thought patterns and behaviour patterns in really practical ways and I have come out feeling a better person. The value of the retreat has far exceeded my expectations and I can’t wait to come back on another retreat!
There was a perfect balance of meditation, and other sessions to enable holistic growth and transformation. The addition of having access to the facilitators, including through one on one coaching to address any specific questions, queries or concerns was highly beneficial and very impactful.
The accommodation was sufficient, the meals were delicious and healthy and it was organised in such a way that everything was handled and the weekend flowed without a hitch.
I attended the Here and Now Retreat on the 19-22 Sept 2019. I was introduced to this retreat by a friend who has attended previous retreats. I am a Senior Project Manager at a Top 5 ICT Company where things can get a little stressful.
Nikki, Kev and Robert were key in making me feel welcomed and safe throughout the retreat. At first I was not too sure what I needed or wanted to change, but by the end I walked away with a clear goal and understanding on how I can improve myself. I have been implementing these changes and feel so much more relaxed and present when dealing with situations that in the past may have created a lot of stress in my life.
I cannot thank the team enough at Centred Meditation for making me feel like a part of their family, encouraging me throughout and getting me to step out of my comfort zone in a safe way.
Since attending I have had the opportunity to stand up in front of 50+ staff to present a talk, which I would never have done in the past.
I didn’t think three days would be enough, but it was! I can’t believe how much I learned about myself in such a short time. Before the retreat, I had been banging my head against the wall trying to change the external which I now know was a futile endeavour. The reality is that the world is going to stay the same, I just needed to find a way to effectively deal with it. The retreat completely changed the way I react internally to the external. Looking back, the moment I hit the booking button was a life-changing turning point for me.
Before coming to the retreat I was someone who had tried meditation but just didn’t really enjoy it. I wanted to come to the retreat to learn how to meditate properly so I could use it to connect with my higher self, my innate creativity and that it was a powerful tool that a lot of highly successful people use and swear by it. I knew that it was important to do, in order to develop your spiritual practice, but I had absolutely no idea that meditation and personal development were connected. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the weekend wasn’t just about learning how to meditate properly but it was about learning how to develop personally, to wake up, grow up and show up as the best version of yourself that you can be. Including a structured path and tools to help you get there. What an incredible bonus!!!
Nikki and Kevin are very warm kind and down to earth. Robert and Walter had such fascinating backgrounds and experience in the positive psychology movement and had been meditating and coaching executives for decades. I was a little in awe of them! Between the four of them I had so much knowledge and experience to tap into as they were very open and generous with their knowledge and advice. Having never experienced any type of coaching or mentoring before I found this incredibly fulfilling.
The weekend gave me an opportunity to answer some questions about myself that I had been thinking about for years. It also gave me many fascinating insights into human behaviour and stages of development which changed everything for me. It helped me put things into perspective in a new way and I really wasn’t expecting any of that. I felt changed for the better by the end of the weekend and you will too. I really enjoy meditating now and find it easy to do.
I would highly recommend this experience to anyone who wants to learn how to meditate properly but also wants to learn how to be a better human and to make sense of their experience on planet earth. I felt very nurtured and connected to everyone in the group. I can see why so many of the participants I met had been to many previous Centred Meditation retreats and I will now be one of those people too. Thank you all for such a positive life changing experience and I will see you again on the next one!