By Leo Babauta
I’m excited to announce my first retreat: the Zen Habits Mindfulness Retreat in San Francisco!
The urban retreat will be held over a weekend, on April 21-23, 2017. It’s aimed at teaching you key mindfulness skills that can help you transform your life.
There are limited spots (at 3 different levels), so I would get your spot soon if you’d like to attend.
What This Retreat is About
It’s a 2.5-day retreat that focuses on:
- Mindfulness practices
- Using mindfulness to deal with our struggles and old patterns
- Finding joy and gratitude in life
- Seeing the underlying goodness in ourselves & overcome dissatisfaction with ourselves
- Dealing with uncertainty, developing trust in the process
- Finding what happens when you have no escape
Through these practices, we’ll help you develop tools that can lead to the changes you’ve been hoping for.
We will learn different types of meditations and practice exercises that help us work with our struggles.
We will also explore San Francisco a bit:
- Mindful tea tasting
- Mindful chocolate tasting
- Delicious vegan food will be provided
- We’ll go on an easy hike
- We’ll form connections with each other to support our life changes
I’m so excited to have you join me in one of my favorite cities in the world, working on things that have changed my life completely and that I hope will change yours as well.
Change Your Life
A lot of us feel stuck in our lives, not able to break out of our old patterns …
We have difficulty:
- changing our habits
- being more mindful
- finding our passions
- overcoming our fears and doubts
- finding happiness with ourselves
- connecting to others
- dealing with anxiety and frustrations
- being patient
- and more
This retreat is about breaking through those patterns, understanding why they have such power over us, and finding a mindful path into new territory.
If you go through this retreat with the ability to break through those old patterns and change your life … would it be worth it to you?
The Power of a Retreat
Why go on this retreat, which isn’t even in a remote tropical location? Because in our busy lives, we don’t often have time to step back and look at the big picture.
In this retreat, we’ll be taking time for ourselves. For our happiness and for developing a more mindful life. For understanding how our minds work and how we can start to effect change.
This is something we don’t take time to do, because we’re so busy … by signing up for this retreat, you’re saying that it’s important to take time out for yourself, to work on these issues and to find a better path. You’re saying that you’re important enough to find the time to work on this.
I invite you to make the time, and work with me.
Three Options for the Retreat
The basic retreat described above includes accommodations (sharing an AirBnb apartment with other participants) or but doesn’t include your flight toSan Francisco.
It does include vegan meals, activities described above, and the talks and group exercises with Leo.
Main option: The basic retreat comes at a price of
$3,395 reduced to $2,395 until April 1, 2017:
I’ll be renting a couple AirBnb apartments with about separate beds available (each in their own room), so you can stay in an apartment with other retreat participants … you’ll get a bed in your own bedroom (unless you choose to share a Queen bed with a friend or your spouse/partner).
The Premium Package
In addition, I’ve created a few bonuses if you’d like to purchase the “premium” package …
This package includes:
- An extra lunch with Leo on Friday April 21 before the retreat starts
- A 1-on-1 coaching session with Leo during the retreat
- A follow-up coaching call with Leo about 3-4 weeks after the retreat
There are 5 premium spots available, at a price of
$4,395 reduced to $3,395 until April 1, 2017.
I am really excited about this retreat and I hope you’ll join me!
Questions & Answers
You might have some questions … here are a few answers:
Q: Who is this retreat for?
A: It’s for someone who is willing to take a weekend to change their life. Someone who has been struggling and is open to practicing mindfulness and changing mental patterns. Someone who is ready to let go of old patterns and embrace new ones. Someone who is willing to put in the work for better habits and a transformed life.
Q: Are airfare or accommodations included?
A: Airfare is not included, you’ll need to book tickets on your own. Accommodations for the two nights are only included if you choose either the “With a Bed” or “Premium” options, where you’ll be staying in an AirBnb apartment with other participants. If you choose the “Basic” option, you’ll need to find your own hotel or AirBnb apartment in San Francisco, and this is not included in the price.
Q: What if I don’t like vegan food?
A: I’d suggest bringing an open and flexible mind to the retreat, and the food we’ll be eating is pretty delicious, and it’s included in the cost … however, you are free to go off and explore on your own, and buy your own food. In that case, you’ll be missing out on group meals, unfortunately.
Q: Can I book two retreat spots with a shared bed with my partner or friend?
A: Sure! In this case, book one spot at the “With a Bed” or “Premium” level (to get a bed) and then a second spot at the Basic level. Then email us to let us know you want to share a Queen-sized bed with your partner or friend.
Q: What is your refund policy?
A: No refunds after March 1, 2017. If you buy a spot, you’re preventing others from buying them, as spots are limited. So if you don’t ask for a refund by March 1, you’ll lose your fee if you can’t make it. If you ask for a refund before March 1, we’ll refund 80% of your fee.
Q: I can’t pay right now, can I pay later?
A: No, the spots will only be reserved by those who pay. If you want to wait until you can pay, it will mean there might not be any spots left.
Q: I just bought a spot, now what?
A: There is a PDF download that came with your purchase, please download and read that for more info. We’ll also be sending you a few emails over the next month, please read these and reply with your info!
Q: What do I need for this retreat?
A: A notebook and pen for notes, layered clothing for San Francisco’s fluctuating weather, and an open and flexible mind. A willingness to change and practice. An open heart. Toiletries.