About the Retreat
“What lies before us, what lies behind us, is nothing compared to what lies within us “
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
What creates an extraordinary quality of life? If money and time were not an issue, what do you imagine yourself doing? Where do you see yourself in the future?
Welcome to Envision, a world-class retreat like no other. With expert-led and science based techniques, we strip away the layers of noise with everyday life and let you connect with yourself again. Grounded in psychologically based principles, this is the space for you to have breakthroughs in every aspect of your life, to hone in on who you are as a person, your WHY, and get the most out of life. The location as much as the curation of attendees that are carefully selected to make sure that YOU are seen and heard and that the experience of healing is not just in the knowledge but the process itself. Time and time again, Envision has provided an impactful change for busy professionals and high achievers so they can be the best they can be.
An intimate gathering of just 12 guests, the retreat is designed to give you an experience that no other retreat can. The process is based on principles of Cognitive and Behavioural Approaches such as CBT, Schema Therapy, Cognitive Analytical Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy by a qualified professional to ensure that participants not only enjoy the experience but take away meaningful shifts in their mindsets that they can apply after they leave. Participants gain insight and awareness through 1:1 and group sessions. Group therapy is an opportunity for you to work on blindspots and triggers whilst in the safety of a supportive environment and a healing container.
Interpersonal Process groups that are popularized by Dr Irvin Yalom refer to the principle of universality and when done correctly, group dynamics becomes part of part of the process of one’s own growth and learning. This allows for real time feedback about interpersonal factors that create a unique perspective for an individual.
Another point of difference is the inclusion of medical input from our resident GP who will be offering bespoke health assessment with particular focus on bioenergetics, longevity medicine, and preventative health.
Invest in your health, you wont be disappointed.
A slice of Italy
Why go to Italy when you can be transported to a Tuscan village just an hour from Sydney’s CBD.
Guestlands is a property like no other, like an Italian fairytale, it’s a uniquely designed Italian village just tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
From the cobblestoned street strung with fairy lights to the Lake Como styled gardens with cascading water features and a grandiose pool, you’ll be forgiven for thinking you are not living your own Italian adventure.
Spoiling you with a sensory feast that combines the rich feeling of a European escape with the time and space to connect with yourself, this retreat will transform the way you live your life in only 3 days. ENVISION aims to close the gap between a life well lived to a living a life of fulfillment and joy.
The garden has an overall Tuscan feel with hidden rooms such as a traditional Parterre to be discovered. There is a column walk and paths which lead to bridges that cross over a cascading creek that connects numerous ponds and eventually runs into the dam. You will wake to the sound of waterfalls.
Another feature of the property is the Chess Garden with oversized pieces and playing field. There is also a wishing well and a rustic timber shack with porch suspended over the dam and resident and ducks birdlife.
Immersing the calmness of nature, with the romance of Italy. This is an experience not to be missed.
About Dr Aileen Alegado
I’m the director and primary clinician at Mindset Consulting Psychology, where I specialize working as a Schema, CBT and ACT therapist. I am a trained Neuropsychologist and have a strong interest in Interpersonal Neurobiology, Relational Neuroscience and Modern Attachment for adults. My experience as a clinical psychologist for over 15 years spans across Australia & New Zealand in the public health and private sectors. The diversity of work and projects I've been involved in included both clinical work in private practice but also to corporate markets ie. working in Employee Assistance Programmes, Executive coaching, facilitation of wellness seminars in the workplace.
Launching the ENVISION retreats is one of my proudest achievements in my career to date. Not only do I get to do the things I love, which is helping people and seeing transformative change, I also love the experience of travel, getting outside in nature and the creativity it brings working outside of the confines of an office. It was designed to condense what would take 10-12 weeks of work in the therapy into days, all the while feeling like you are on a luxury holiday. The retreat provides you with the skills needed to tackle stressors of everyday life, as well as identifying blind spots that could be holding you back. In my work, I have great people doing amazing things but somehow struggle in areas or relationships, balance and burn out. People who seem to have ‘it all together’ but there is an internal conflict that keeps looping back in the background.
“How much longer are you prepared to be ok with this?” is a question I often ask. The truth is – I was driven to become a psychologist because I used to be one of those high achievers that constantly struggled to find the balance between doing well in my career and being happy and healthy in my personal life.
I’m passionate about helping people reach their potential and believe in everybody’s capacity for positive change. Most clients I work with started due to a triggering crisis but ended up working with me past their circumstances, and have improved because they saw the value in understanding oneself. People have more potential for growth and change beyond what we imagine.
I love seeing my clients develop great insights and help them translate that into reality. Making big changes are definitely challenging but with the right guidance you will know which direction you’re heading in and breaking down the steps for you on how to get there. Don’t miss out on the shifts you could be having by taking the leap of doing something once in a lifetime. Taking action can be a long drawn out process, what if there was a way to make the process faster?
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Comprehensive Health Assessment
Here at Envision we also focus on Omega 03I when looking at your wellness holistically. We are very excited to be one of the only wellness retreats to adopt such a scientific model and as such work in collaboration with an expert in the field of functional medicine.
The Omega-3 Index is based off two things. It looks for risk factors for heart disease, just like cholesterol. These risk factors are conditions or habits that make a person more likely to develop a disease. With our Omega 30I test assessments with a functional GP we can help modify to slow or halt the progression of diseases, and sometimes even reverse them completely.
We will be assessing these 3 main factors:
The medical practitioner is TBC
Nadav Kahn is an award-winning singer/songwriter, meditation & mantra teacher. He has released 12 records to date and has worked on many musical collaborations with artists from Maroon 5, Empire of the Sun, Gomez, as well as co-writing tracks for Steve Aoki, Aminé and Lior. Since 2005, Nadav has spent much time in India studying the spiritual and scientific properties of Vedic chants and mantra. He is inspired by the transformative power of music and the ancient science of sonic vibration, meditation and yoga as paths to self-discovery. 2020’s Covid lockdown saw Nadav produce a series of extended mantra meditation pieces to support mental health, and this year has launched the highly acclaimed meditation course ‘Mantra as Medicine: 10 Mantras To Transform Your Life’, available on Insight Timer. Nadav regularly teaches at retreats, events, conferences, online courses and group and private sessions using sound and meditation as a modality for mental health, team building and wellbeing. Through the science of sound, Nadav brings individuals and groups together to experience their greatest potential, peace of mind and connectedness.
INTRODUCING CHEF NJ LIM
NJ Lim is a familiar name in the catering industry, well known for her reputation as a skilled and passionate bespoke chef specialising in catering for high-end events.
She has experience catering for a range of major international events, along with countless large scale corporate events.
NJ’s extensive experience and dedication to her work has allowed her to build a growing reputation as a highly talented, versatile, and professional chef specialising in VIP catering.
NJ has been selected as the bespoke chef for luxury super yachts chartered by high profile celebrities, officials, and corporate clientele. This has given NJ extensive exposure and experience in catering for a wide range of high profile clients, allowing her to constantly innovate and upgrade her creations.
"My greatest inspiration is creating food experiences that bring the world to the plate and become a story to remember. It is now almost twenty years when I first moved to Australia, a melting pot of diversity and cultures, that I developed a true passion for culinary arts. Closely involved in the best of Sydney’s elite private catering industry, I never stopped being amazed and motivated to share my vision of flavours and what’s behind them." - NJ
Full Programme Includes
Morning yoga class
Sound healing and mediation session with expert guest
Pre and post assessment session with Dr Aileen (psychological profiling)
Pre and post assessment session with lifestyle medicine GP (health assessment)
Facilitated group sessions
Seminar with Dr Aileen about schemas and vulnerabilities
Seminar on attachment styles and interpersonal relationships
Seminar by GP on longevity and preventative medicine
Omega 3 Index testing (blood test)
A complimentary use of the mini bar in each room
Continental style breakfast. Lunches and dinners prepared by private chef
Day Attendance for Saturday 6th of May - 10am - 6pm
Pre and post session with Dr Aileen
Facilitated group session
Seminar with GP on longevity and preventative medicine
Omega 3 Index testing (blood testing)
1 Day Programme Includes
FRIDAY 5th May
9:30am-Arrival day at The Guestlands. Welcome drinks and introduction with Dr Aileen
10:30am-Sound healing with Nadav
11:30am-Lunch and free time/ exploring the grounds
2:00pm-First group seminar. Emerging inside out
3:30pm-Meditation session with Nadav
a) 4 available 30 minute 1:1 session slots
c) Relaxation time
SATURDAY 6th May
10:00am-Day attendees arrival
10:30am-Seminar on Longevity with a lifestyle medicine GP
12:00pm-Group lunch activity
2:00pm-Workshop/meditation session with Dr Aileen on attachment styles and interpersonal relationships
3:30pm-Tea Break/relax time
6:00pm-Day attendees farewell
SUNDAY 7th May
11:00am-Faciliated group session