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. The insight that one can get from group processes add depth and richness to one's identity and improve interpersonal relationships.
Another point of difference is the inclusion of medical input from lifestyle medicine GP who will be offering bespoke health assessment with particular focus on wellbeing and healthspan medicine.
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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Dr Khristin Highet
Dr Khristin Highet is a clinical psychologist and the founder of Mind Evolution Enterprises. She has been practicing for over 15 years and has worked with children, adolescents, adults and couples, across a range of presenting issues.
Khristin specialises in transformational self-development in the areas of leadership, work and personal performance, and relationship coaching. She works with people who wish to improve in self empowerment, goal/results achievement, mindset, influence and interpersonal effectiveness. She assists those that feel stuck, held back, or experience life patterns that may impact reaching one's full potential.
Khristin has a strong background in attachment and relational styles, somatic and emotional awareness, as well as optimising human performance.
During the session with Khristin, techniques will be introduced to help attendees better manage the internal barriers that can get in the way of being able to more deeply connect with others, as well as their lives. In addition, approaches to how one can more effectively face their fears in relationships or in challenging life circumstances, will be explored.
Dr Jill Gamberg (FRACGP)
Dr Jill Gamberg is a General Practitioner (FRACGP) who graduated with honours from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor in Medicine and Surgery as well as Bachelor degrees in Biology and Exercise Science/Athletic Therapy. Dr Jill has also completed the International Board Certification in Lifestyle Medicine and has completed her Fellowship in Lifestyle Medicine (FASLM). She is currently completing her Master of Applied Science in Coaching Psychology at the University of Sydney and is a lecturer in the Masters of Lifestyle Medicine program at James Cook University School of Medicine. In recent years, Dr Jill has participated in speaking engagements and mental health summits as well as an advocate for evidence-based practices in this area of medicine.
Dr Jill was a former competitive rhythmic gymnast and has worked as an Athletic Therapist for the Canadian Olympic Judo team. She is an avid traveller who has been to over 52 countries. She lives in Sydney with her husband and two children.
meditation, mantra + soundhealing
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.