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**POSTPONED** The Inner MBA Retreat – Mindful Leadership

August 19, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - August 23, 2020 @ 12:00 pm AEST

Unfortunately we have had to postpone this due to Covid uncertainty, a new date will be set for spring, send expression of interest to Charlotte so you will be the first to know to book.

The Inner MBA Retreat

Mindful Leadership – getting the soft edge

Exceptional, insightful, fascinating and useful. – Executive NSW

So often we are driven by goals or the next step, which easily means we miss life.  Life is in the present and being present does not mean we need to stop doing. There is a way of living in the present while still doing, being a human-being in the doing.  Not only is this good for you and your staff, it is great for business and flourishing.

This is what both Jane and Charlotte are passionate about sharing.  Practical tips, insights, experience and information shared in a group of powerful wise women.  This is what this retreat is about.

Are there times when you….
  •     know you are not fit for human consumption?
  •     feel frustration build up and you feel you are going to explode?
  •     don’t know what to do next? or where you are heading?
  •     would just like a good conversations with someone who has been exactly where you are?
  •     wish you had more powerful leadership skills?  
  •     wish you had more skills for calming down and getting a new perspective?
  •     wish you could expertly take that difficult conversation?

Then this is for you, join us at the Inner MBA Retreat.

Here is the location: Hideaway at Gold Coast Country Lodge

Who are we?

Jane and Charlotte met at a Mindfulness retreat in Bali run by Charlotte.  It was love at first sight …..  Since then there have been many adventures, one being offering mindfulness to all staff at the nest including mindful leadership to leaders.  Another running a Mindful Leadership for Women retreat in Bali and here comes yet another where we hope you will join us!


Jane Cay Founder and CEO Birdsnest

Jane describes herself as the accidental leader of 140 humans in a business that is 30 times bigger than it was 12 years ago. That has certainly thrown up some leadership challenges that left her questioning if she was the right person to guide her team. Discovering the practice of mindfulness has given Jane a whole new set of tools to connect with her inner calm and compassionate leader (most of the time!) and rolling it out to the team has impacted the business at every level.

Birdsnest was named the 4th Best Place to work in Australia according to the 2017 BRW Great Places to Work Study (for companies with over 100 employees). Birdsnest’s success has been built on service and innovation, fields in which they have been highly recognised and awarded in the industry. Jane served as a board member on Jobs for NSW and prior to this she was a founding board member of the National Online Retailers Association.


Charlotte Thaarup Director The Mindfulness Clinic

Charlotte is one of the pioneers of Mindfulness within Australia, having trained hundreds of psychologists in Mindfulness, many businesses, as well as individuals from all walks of life. Her ‘Mindfulness@Work’ program, and her ‘Mindful Leadership program’ are some of the first corporate mindfulness programs within Australia. Both programs are evaluated and researched on an ongoing basis and the effects of the Mindful Leadership program has been researched in partnership with Macquarie University. For the past ten years she has been facilitating Mindfulness as retreats, workshops and coaching in Australia and internationally and is a key note speaker on Mindfulness, Mindful Leadership, Difficult Relationships, Diversity, Women in Leadership and Imposter Syndrome. She is also a casual academic offering Mindful Leadership within Executive-MBAs.


The Inner MBA Retreat

Small numbers, this is a small retreat offering you max attention. It is a journey of self, relationship, and leadership discovery, tools and insights.

SELF – can’t manage a business or others if you can’t manage yourself
  • Knowing how to find the calm in the midst of chaos
  • How to access a pause instead of reacting under pressure
  • Identifying and dealing with triggers become explosions or ongoing conflicts
  • Find the way to knowing what thoughts to trust
  • Identify your personal motivation, your inner Saboteurs and your blind-spots and how to manage yourself around this
  • Diving into deep self recognition and self compassion and enabling vulnerability
RELATIONSHIPS – the foundation of life and any business

To give you an anchor point for what drives you in relationships we use The Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI) which is based in Relationship Awareness Theory and is a globally recognised tool for improving relationships and managing conflict. It is used in businesses for leadership training, team building, conflict management and more.

  • How to empower and strengthen others
  • How to listen with empathy and communicate with compassion – even when you don’t feel like it!
  • Cleaning up the assumptions you bring to communications that stops you from having Kind and Clear conversations
  • A step-by-step process to prepare for challenging communications
  • Examining your own history with conflict and how that has led to whatever fears or concerns you might have about confronting people with challenging feedback
  • Increased compassion for self and others
  • Embracing and working with cognitive differences
  • Keys to developing and expressing greater empathy
  • How to encourage inclusivity in a business culture
  • Getting curious about other people’s perspectives and how they see the world

The Leadership approach used is the most researched and proven: The Leadership Challenge – ‘Five Practices’ by Posner and Kouzes. We cover each of the five practices so you are ready to integrate them into your life and leadership role. Adherence to the practices has shown to make a vast difference to performance and organisational results.

New dates to be confirmed, please send expression of interest to Charlotte so you will be the first to know to book.


Packages staying at Terranora on the Gold Coast

Package includes:

  • All sessions
  • Training resources
  • Daily yoga
  • Morning meditation
  • All scrumptious food
  • Accommodation
  • One private session
  • Pick up and drop off from airport or station

Lux Single AUD $2900
Lux Twin or Double AUD $2300

Packages with own accommodation


  • All sessions
  • Training resources
  • Daily yoga
  • Morning meditation
  • All scrumptious food
  • One private session

Without accommodation price: AUD $ 1900

Deposit: AUD $350

Due to the global situation with Covid 19 your deposit will be held in a separate account. If it becomes necessary to cancel the retreat you will receive a full refund of your deposit.

Full amount due by August 1


This is for you if

You have proven that you know your job on a practical, technical or intellectual level. Now it is time to hone in on the inner strengths, the interpersonal and the core leadership attitudes and skills. This peak performance and life quality program is designed for: Leaders & Managers in operational roles – Business owners – HR & Learning and Development professionals – Financial Sector professionals – Sales & Marketing professionals – Coaches – Anyone seeking to better manage their workload and personal life.



Mindful Leadership Participant Testimonials

“The depth of knowledge and understanding was very evident to me. The way Charlotte was able to simplify the relevant research, studies and science behind the program was fantastic.” – Senior Exec, Kuala Lumpur

“This week has been a life changing experience.” – Executive, NSW

“Charlotte is leading in her field and it shows. The Mindful Leadership retreat is essential for leaders in any capacity who work to be present with themselves and their teams. I have been inspired to return (to Charlotte’s retreat) and utilize the many tools of mindfulness to be the best leader I can be.” – CEO, Melbourne

“I had no idea I would come away with so much insight and so many tools for both mindfulness for self and for leadership.”  – Director, Melbourne



August 19, 2020 @ 2:00 pm AEST
August 23, 2020 @ 12:00 pm AEST
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Hideaway at Gold Coast Country Lodge
7 Rosemount Court
Terranora, NSW 2486 Australia
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