April 19-23, 2020 | Red Feather Lakes | Colorado
What past retreat attendees are saying:
About the Retreat
The donothing Leadership Retreat offers leaders and entrepreneurs with the most rewarding challenge they may ever take — a leadership-focused mindfulness and meditation retreat.
Join us and discover why meditation is such an impactful and practical practice to integrate into our lives, especially as leaders. After slowing down, unplugging and looking within, you’ll grasp why presence and awareness is the greatest gift we can offer.
Every detail at the donothing Leadership Retreat is created to inspire. Nestled high within in the Colorado Rockies, the retreat is held at the Shambhala Mountain Center. There, you will be guided through valuable mindfulness techniques along with a supportive community of like-minded leaders.
Whether you’re searching for an opportunity to deepen your meditation practice, get back on track, or you consider yourself a novice, the donothing Leadership Retreat was designed with any mindfulness level in mind.
We invite you to join us and enjoy:
- Unplugging—yes, this is a highlight!
- Learning and refining mindfulness skills
- Connecting with other like-minded leaders
- Discovering how to bring mindfulness into your leadership and your life
- Exploring nature and soaking in the inspiring energy of the surroundings
- A guided hike led by SMC Executive Director, Michael Gayner
- Delicious and healthy cuisine prepared on-site for all meals
- Modern, private accommodations including bathrooms
Past attendees have expressed experiencing many benefits from the retreat. However, here are five key areas that they’ve shared as being especially impactful.
- Increase Productivity
The donothing Leadership Retreat will open your mind and allow ideas to flow. Although you won’t be writing them down, the best ones will rise to the top. By the end of the retreat, expect to have some real breakthroughs.
- Increase Efficiency
By cultivating a deeper mindfulness practice, return to your daily life with a refined ability to train your attention and offer complete presence to any task.
- Let Go of Fear
Many of your business and life decisions — or non-decisions — may be based in a deep-rooted fear. Maybe it’s a fear of failing or of being outside your comfort zone.The retreat will guide you in developing a meditation practice that allows for more authentic, vulnerable leadership.
- Rejuvenate Your Mind and Body
Do you feel busy all the time — even when you’re on a so-called “vacation”? At the retreat, let your mind and body receive the real rest it deserves.
- Gain New Perspective
Gift your mind with the ability to bring yourself back to now. At the retreat, you’ll find a new perspective on what really matters — the present moment.
What to Expect
You will arrive at SMC mid-afternoon, settle in and rest and/or explore. We will have dinner together followed by a fireside chat. This is always a highlight for the group as it’s a time to connect and learn about each other.
After breakfast, we’ll enjoy an overview of SMC’s beautiful, energetic land by Executive Director, Michael Gayner. Then, we will head out on a hike where Michael will guide us to the very spots he discussed during his talk.
After the hike, you will have time to connect, relax, have a massage, or explore. In the afternoon, we will join our facilitator, Janet, and begin the meditation portion of the retreat with mindfulness instruction.
The day starts with instruction and meditation. After lunch, we will begin settling into silence. Our afternoon includes instruction, mindful walking and stretching practices, meditation and wisdom talks.
The day begins with instruction and meditation. After a period of various mindfulness practices, there’s time for relaxation. The afternoon consists of teachings break-out groups for questions, meditation and wisdom talks.
On our last day, we will slowly come out of silence and share our insights about the leadership retreat experience with each other. The session concludes with a powerful ritual that is most rememberable for the participants.
Next, we will enjoy a final lunch. Together, we’ll reminisce about the last few days and treasure this special time — right now — in the present.
The donothing Leadership Retreat will be held at the Shambhala Mountain Center (SMC) in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. Nestled high in the Rockies about 2 hours north of Denver, SMC is a six-hundred-acre mountain valley retreat surrounded by native forests, gentle meadows and rocky peaks.
Tamed by decades of use as a contemplative refuge, SMC provides a safe and supportive space for exploring paths of deepened awareness, personal wellbeing and professional transformation as a leader.
For more than 40 years, people from all walks of life have gathered here to unplug and enjoy SMC’s over 100 year-round offerings featuring indigenous wisdom traditions, body awareness practices, mindful living or other paths of personal transformation.
All accomodations are modern, comfortable and private. The retreat includes three daily meals prepared by an on-site chef. Vegetarian and plant-based options are available by request.
Janet Solyntjes, MA | Lead Teacher
Janet Solyntjes, M.A. is a senior teacher (Shastri) in the Shambhala-Buddhist tradition and has offered mindfulness courses at Naropa University, Omega Institute, Hollyhock, Shambhala Mountain Center, and in corporate and non-profit workplaces.
A practitioner of mind-body disciplines since 1977, she is a Certified MBSR Teacher and faculty member of The Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts. Janet leads MBSR courses in Colorado and offers mindfulness seminars and retreats in the U.S. and internationally.
She is the co-founder of Boulder-based The Center for Courageous Living and is a teaching faculty member of the Engaged Mindfulness Institute.
Rob Dube | donothing Founder
Rob Dube is president and co-founder of imageOne, which was included in Forbes’ 2017 ranking of “Small Giants: America’s Best Small Companies.” Throughout Rob’s 28 years’ business experience, he has developed an unwavering passion for delivering extraordinary experiences that positively impact the lives of his team members, customer goals, and the fabric of the community: a unique approach to business that has driven the company to industry success and recognition as a top workplace.
Rob is also the author of the book donothing: the most rewarding leadership challenge you will ever take, and founder of the donothing Leadership Silent Retreat. As an author and speaker, Rob challenges business leaders to donothing, sharing lessons learned from more than 14 years of a daily meditation practice and silent meditation retreats. As a writer, he also contributes to Forbes, Thrive Global, and EO Octane.