Construct a different view of how you deal
with stress and communicate.
Increase your effectiveness to deal with
complex and changing situations.
The construction industry is full of deadlines, information overload, and complex communications, all of which we need to manage in positive ways. However, if we are responding to these situations with a mind full of worries about the past or concerns about the future, our energy can be depleted, often leaving us exhausted.
Increasing amount of scientific research on mindfulness
More effective Communication
Feel more alive and have more energy
Mindfulness is an ability to see more clearly what is happening in the present moment, and, with an attitude of accepting the way it is, to respond both skilfully and appropriately.
With this quality of attention, we can better understand our own concerns and anxieties and feel more alive to the many situations which life presents.
Why a Three day retreat at the Innovation Center, Seaton Hall?
Seaton hall is situated in the heart of where the industrial revolution started - Yorkshire. It provides a stunning backdrop of nature, history and contemplative communities to explore why we react to life the we way do.
Seaton hall is the residential assessment centre for the Institute of Specialist Surveyors and Engineers (ISSE) and the Awarding Body of the Built Enviroment (ABBE) - which is the leading awarding body of the built environment and has a deservedly high respect among property professionals.
Three days gives enough time out of the workplace to reflect on the way we do our jobs, to speak with other members of the industry and most importantly to learn mindfulness experiential.
This is a unique retreat offering life changing skills
for your work and personal life,
with an expert that has applied
and tested mindfulness realistically in daily life.
Who is Amaranatho and what experience does he have for this retreat?
As a Mindfulness facilitator, Amaranatho brings his accumulated skills to the retreat, having been a Buddhist Monk for 15 years. He has also been in leadership roles for most of his life, as a young adult in the computer industry, as well as a world explorer. He has developed and run residential retreats for large groups of people, as well as facilitating corporate workshops. He creates a safe space for authentic communication and is a natural trouble shooter. He is interested in the interpersonal aspect of mindfulness and how we can use our daily interaction with people to develop emotional resilience, kindness and peace. His approach is based on cutting edge science, ancient wisdom and the creative use of multimedia. You can find out more about me here
My personal experience with the construction industry
Shortly after leaving the monastery I converted a basement to a flat for my London base. This conversion went horrible wrong, it left us with raw sewage in the basement, mould and a battle with Thames water, and an insurance bill that will probably come to over 200,000.
When the insurance adviser first came on site we were told that because we had been persistent, calm and fair, we had probably saved ourselves three years work.
Not only did my mindfulness/trauma training come in useful it allowed me to deal with complexity and uncertainty, liaising with the all different people involved.
Read rest of story here
I was moved into temporary accommodation for eight months, the house was condemned as toxic and everything, and I mean everything needed to be cleaned or disposed of.
My mindfulness practice helped me in finding the right contractors and project manager. I did this by investing a considerable amount of money in the initial in investigation, as well as making sure they where eco-friendly. I had suffered from black mould poising and did a huge amount of research on finding the best way to heal myself and why I got I'll in the first place. I found that this is sometimes called sick building syndrome.
After a year of working on this project nearly full time, I now have a lot of experience working with contractors, insurance claims, toxic buildings as well the necessary changes in lifestyle to recover from all of this.
Organizations have I worked with
What have I done?
Integral Development – Staff development session
Integral Development is one of Australia’s most unique and experienced Leadership and Management consultancies, providing a comprehensive range of best practice leadership and organizational development services.
Feedback from Participants
Fabulous, insightful and provocative. I found the messages delivered in safe and humorous manner. I enjoyed the interaction and seeing the different reactions. It allowed me to observe myself and others, as the as the master of our own destiny.
….he is a very skilled and has a great capacity to dealing with group discomfort & unease!
I enjoyed the session and found it to be beneficial. It was good to see other people’s reaction to the stress / tension and I found that insightful. I even chatted with my wife about the session and tested the notions of disappointment in others being there responsibility or that of the person perceiving the disappointment.
Landgate Innovation Mindfulness based Change
Landgate has its origins in one of the oldest government departments in Western Australia. It is recognised as a leader in the management and use of location information and technology.
Approximately 120 people attended the sessions. This statistic is in itself a good indicator that the topic was relevant to our staff.
Verbal feedback received shows that a number of people were moved by your workshops and excited about the prospect of addressing change in an optimistic way.
Staff gained an understanding of the nature of change through your workshops which was really important for them and the business at the time. Your workshops showed staff a different way to look at change in their lives and how they could harness mindfulness both and outside of work for positive effect.
So thank you for bringing a special brand of mindfulness to Landgate. It seems to have had a very good effect on our people.
Mindfulness for well-being and mental health
Richmond Fellowship of Western Australia
Introduction to Mindfulness
Leaders and key influencer in bringing Recovery into mainstream mental health practices.
Of the 18 attendees at the Mindfulness workshop, 94% found the information in the workshop interesting, with 71% strongly agreeing with this statement.
88% reported that their knowledge of the topic of mindfulness has been significantly increased.
94% reported that the knowledge they gained from the workshop would be useful in their personal and professional life.
Several participants requested that they would like Amaranatho to present again in future.
Professional Stress for Mental health workers
I am confident in continuing with the exercise myself. The information on stress was very engaging and was new information for me. It is a short and thorough look at the biology of stress and trauma and it’s effect on humans. An enjoyable session followed by a hands on practice of a stress release exercise to take away. I enjoyed it all.
Jenny Lynch Manager
Training and Education Services at Richmond Fellowship WA
Mindfulness for well being with Staff from Juniper
One of Western Australian largest aged care organizations.
…feedback was fantastic. The staff really connected with you and the content you guided them through…..we really appreciate the time, effort, professionalism and fun you brought to the session on both days
Training Consultant – Operational
This is what some of the staff said
The best session ever. What a wonderful speaker
Not enough time! Can we have a whole day with him? Two day workshop??
He made all of the stuff I already knew – seem new again. Awesome
This session will also be beneficial in the work place
I ran a week long mindfulness employee engagement program for Armadale Hospital Perth where I lived in the hospital. I worked with senior management teams to cleaners on stress, vicarious trauma/ compassion fatigue, leadership, community building, guided mindfulness session and 1 to 1 sessions. I worked with over five hundred people during that week.
Feedback from participant
“I loved how you guided the session and paced the group
from an external framework
towards curiosity and self inquiry – loved the videos.”
“Opportunity to bring humanity and mindfulness to the hospital in a deeper sense gives me total satisfaction.”
interconnection of biology, psychology and practise.
discussion with colleagues – thought provoking
very down earth presenter
read full report here
Adult Mindful Retreats
The retreats that I have run over the last fifteen years offer a opportunity:-
To nourish the Body and mind
Rest in community
Transform limiting beliefs
I run weekend, five, seven and nine day residential retreats in nature and at retreat centers around the world. They have been themed from story telling, creativity, rest and a view from the heart. They focus on using mindfulness in a interpersonal way, to explore our habits and recognize freedom. Most of the retreat day are structured around silence and contemplative exercises.
What Participants say about the retreats
How powerful it is when so many people come together in a heart centred way
Amaranatho is a breath of fresh air. He … is honest and fun.
Skilful group leadership, to create insight and sense of community.
Fabulous retreat loved the group process and how I interact with others I learned to be more engaging with others
no matter what criticism or flak you take for what you do: Never give up.
Your work saves lives, relationships and hearts
That trusting myself and listening to my body and greatest gifts, hard to feel alone ad confused when you know the lanugage.
You have lead me to a place that is peaceful and safe …. for the first time in a very long time….. the journey you have helped me begin is transformational ….. I will always be grateful ….
That wisdom, community, nature, open-heartedness far surpass intelligence, riches and status
experience of non-self, power of community, vulnerable, compassion and trust, love
This is it – or as spike milligan “is that it?”
Warning: it’s not for the faint heart! Bring your honesty, be open and truthful you’ll get more than you could ever imagine.
All my workshop have anonymous feedback
"We were recently privileged to host Amaranatho as part of a one-week mindful experience program aimed at supporting and improving the mental well-being of our staff.
Feedback from participants have been overwhelmingly positive and staff have commented on the benefits of the one-on-one sessions and group workshops.
We strongly believe workplace health has a direct relationship with our work/life balance and organisational productivity and we would like to thank Amaranatho for facilitating the week-long mindfulness program."
read report of program here
Chris Bone, Executive Director, Armadale Health Service
Who Should Attend the Retreat:
• Team Leaders
• HR Professionals
Costs: From £690
• Includes all meals
• Luxury accommodation ensuite
• Group online meeting before and after retreat
• Tuition fees
Location: The Innovation Centre, Seaton Hall, Yorkshire
Further information and timetable
The retreat has amble time for rest, conversation and will include walks in nature. The retreat will be a mixture of interactive exercises as well as periods of silence. Some exercise will require the sharing of thoughts and feelings in pairs and in the group.
Look at the timetable
Arrive after 5.00
Supper 7.00 - 8.00pm
Introductory session 8.15pm
Morning Session: What do you want to build?
Lunch break and rest 12.30 - 2.15pm
Afternoon Session: The foundation of Mindfulness
Tea Break and rest 5pm
Evening Meal 7pm
Evening session 8pm
Morning Session: What are you talking about?
Lunch break and rest 12.30 - 2.15pm
Afternoon Session: Constructing the mind
Tea Break and rest 5pm
Evening Meal 7pm
Evening session 8pm
Closing session: The official opening
Lunch break and depart 12.30pm
Tea and coffee will be available all day long and breaks will be fitted in with the natural flow of the group. Three vegetarian healthy meals will provided for the retreat and food intolerance/ dietary needs can be catered for. The retreat will also include aspects of nutrition and looking after the body/mind.
Bespoke retreats are run on mindfulness based communication, innovation, facilitating change, leadership and mastery level mindfulness. We can also develop specific retreats for your organization. You can contact Amaranatho via email here or contact the Innovation Center on 0800 915 6363