By Leo Babauta
One of the most beautiful things I’ve ever experienced was opening my heart and making powerful, intimate connections with 20+ strangers in the cloud rainforest of Ecuador last year.
It was this experience of connection and vulnerability, mindfulness and reflecting on life purpose, that inspired me to create my own live, intimate experience: the Zen Habits Mindfulness Retreat in San Francisco (April 21-23, 2017).
I learned through my cloud rainforest experience that when people come together wanting to change their lives, willing to be open and share, to open themselves to reflection and learning … magic can happen. That’s what I’d like to help create in April.
The retreat I’m creating is aimed at teaching you key mindfulness skills that can help you transform your life.
I’m limiting it to 16 spots, to keep it intimate, so I would get your spot immediately 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, putting our mindfulness practices into action in the real world, through:
- Mindful tea tasting
- Mindful chocolate tasting
- Delicious vegan food
- 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.
The Power of a Retreat
Why go on a retreat? 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.
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?
Discounted Price for the Retreat
The retreat includes:
- Accommodations (sharing an AirBnb apartment with other participants, with your own room)
- Meals (gourmet vegan food)
- Activities (workshops, tea tasting, chocolate tasting, hike)
It does not include your flight to San Francisco.
UPDATE: Retreat is sold out.
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 included, where you’ll be staying in an AirBnb apartment with other participants.
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 two spots. Then email us to let us know you want to share a Queen-sized bed with your partner or friend, and I’ll refund you the cost of an extra bed.
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.
UPDATE: Retreat is sold out.