We live and lead in an increasingly volatile, complex, and ambiguous world. We are constantly on, pressured, distracted and are finding it hard to focus on what we want and what is the right thing.

Paradoxically, as leaders today we must not merely act more quickly but pause deeper, and that is why we offer 1 day and 2 day/1 night mindfulness retreats – to enable leaders to gain the practices, mindsets and thinking to be the best they can be moment by moment.


In a piece of heaven in the hills in South Lantau, Hong Kong, we offer executive women a chance to take time to connect with what matters most to them, to explore how our thoughts are not facts, but just mental events; how emotions can be empowering and enabling if we go into them; how kindness and self compassion is the antidote to impossibly high standards and the self-judging that impairs our well being and happiness, as well as our excellence at work and at home. Mindfulness practices are the basis of this mindfulness retreat accompanied by nature and wonderful vegetarian food.


If you are so busy you don’t have time to reflect, then the Mindful Instant Pause is for you. Stepping back to reflect and deliberate, and then lead forward with greater clarity, focus, and impact. Rather than merely doing more, we must learn to pause and do things differently in order to grow and achieve ultimate success in all aspects of our lives. All of these practices lead to purposeful change, and contribution: an essential part of a leader’s everyday life. Pause precedes real transformation in our lives as leaders and people. We partner with LifebyDanielle to run Instant Pause retreats to help you become the most effective version of yourself.

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Testimonials from the past Instant Pause retreats:

“Instant Pauses are not a luxury, they're essential. They are especially valuable for people in a helping profession like myself, but nearly everyone living a full and busy life will benefit from the experience” - Henry, Executive Coach, 2017

“Highly recommend this--or any sessions that Mary Ann does actually--if you want to teach yourself how to get out of your own way and start climbing that next mountain. Pause, reflect, envision and then just go for it! Awesome---simply awesome” - Mary, Business Development Director, 2017

*“Taking time out to deeply reflect and most powerfully share your challenges and achievements and then building on this growth for the future is incredibly powerful” * - Sian, HR Director, 2017

“It was so valuable to spend a day thinking about myself and my life - reflecting on how I got to where I am and where I want to go next. To come away with two words which encapsulate both journeys really helped me to share with my partner so that he can relate and participate in the change with me” - Ingrid, in-between careers, 2017

“Never realise that by end of the session I will be able to bring back the better version of myself and it inspire me in search of the best version of me. And the journey starts NOW!” - Yeni, L&D professional, 2017