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The donothing® Leadership Retreat presents business and community leaders, entrepreneurs, and business owners with the most rewarding challenge you may ever take on – a silent retreat. We invite you to join us to learn and practice how meditation can benefit you as a leader and as a person. As leaders, the greatest gift we can bring to our teams is our full presence and awareness.

The purpose of this unique experience is to help you cultivate a deeper mindfulness practice. Every detail is tailored to inspire: the majestic environment of Shambhala Mountain Center nestled high in the Colorado Rockies, senior meditation experts to thoughtfully guide your technique, and a supportive community of like-minded leaders to connect with.

Have you been looking for an opportunity to deepen or get back on track with your meditation practice? We designed this experience with you in mind.

We invite you to join us and enjoy:

• Four days unplugged—yes, this is a highlight!
• Learning mindfulness techniques from a senior meditation facilitator
• Connecting with other like-minded leaders
• Discovering how to bring mindfulness into your leadership and your life
Soaking in the inspiring energy of the surroundings
• Enjoying delicious cuisine prepared on-site
• Private accommodations

What previous attendees are saying:

“The practice of meditation does feel like it’s helping to increase the size of the space for me between stimulus and response. I noticed it immediately when I was back in my office on Friday. A comment/question was raised by one of my staff, and I was able to slow my response. My impulse was to react defensively, but I slowed down and responded with a clarifying question. The two-second pause probably changed the interaction from a negative to a positive for both parties. Pretty amazing.”

“Learning the ability to focus on breathing.. relax.. before reacting when faced with something I might be eager to respond to, especially negatively.”

“I’ve gained greater confidence and have new found energy to deepen my meditation practice.”

“Thank you for an amazing experience. This truly helped more than words can say.”

“It helped me appreciate certain relationships more, and I have a strong feeling that I know how to meditate. I feel better able to meet some of my biggest personal challenges in the workplace.”

“I am able to bring to benefits of meditation to my employees. I have learned to treat everyone with kindness and to handle employee challenges in a calmer productive way.”

“I was very surprised that I was able to shut down from technology for as long as I did and became ok with it. It was very challenging at first but by the end it just wasn’t a thing any longer. I was also surprised that I was ok being alone in my room or on hikes without any distractions and started observing things that I normally wouldn’t have if I were either with someone or was distracted with music, phone, etc. Finally, I was amazed at the amount of energy that I had.”

“I was surprised in a positive way by the silence. It was really hard but really important to just be with myself and freed up a lot of space in my mind not interacting with others.”

“I will be able to send my messages in a kinder way and will be more meaningful and powerful.”

Why Attend?

•The donothing leadership retreat is the most rewarding leadership challenge you’ll ever take. I’ve identified five key benefits of the retreat experience that will take you to new levels of success as a leader and in business.

•Increase productivity: The donothing leadership retreat will help open your mind and allow ideas to start flowing in. Although you won’t be writing them down, the best ones rise to the top, and, by the end of the retreat, you’re likely to have had some real breakthroughs.

•Increase efficiency: By cultivating a deeper mindfulness practice, you will return to your daily life with a new ability to train your attention and give your full, complete presence to the task at hand.

•Let go of fear: Whether you realize it or not, many of the decisions or non-decisions you make in business may be based in a deep-rooted fear. It could be a fear of failing or of being outside of your comfort zone. The donothing retreat is designed to guide your technique and help you develop a meditation practice that will allow you to become a more authentic, vulnerable leader.

•Rejuvenate your mind and body: Do you feel busy all the time — even when you’re on a “vacation”? The donothing retreat experience will allow for your mind and body to truly rest and rejuvenate. As a result, you’ll learn to be more present and to notice things on a deeper level, no matter where you are at any given moment.

•Gain new perspective: Imagine having the time to quiet your mind and bring yourself back to now. The donothing leadership retreat will give you new perspective on what really matters — the present moment. By learning how to bring mindfulness into your leadership and your life, you’ll return home with new perspective on what’s important and what isn’t.

What to Expect

Day 1: You’ll arrive and settle in, and we’ll gather to set the stage for our time together. We’ll introduce ourselves, enjoy dinner, have a short wisdom talk, and meditate.

Day 2: We’ll start the day with instruction and meditation, followed by breakfast and connecting. After lunch, we’ll settle into silence. Our afternoon will include instruction, walking and stretching practice, meditation, and wisdom talks.

Day 3: The day will begin with instruction, meditation, and breakfast. After a period of sitting, walking, and stretching practice, there will be lunch and time to relax. Our afternoon will consist of instruction, small break-out groups for questions, meditation, and wisdom talks.

Day 4: Our last day begins with instruction, meditation, and breakfast. We’ll slowly come out of silence in the morning, followed by a group share. We’ll enjoy a final lunch together before departing.

Early Registration Bonus: Register by August 1st to receive $500 off the retreat price.

Janet Solyntjes
(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.

About Shambhala Mountain Center

Nestled high in the Colorado Rockies 2 hours north of Denver, Shambhala Mountain Center 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, we provide a safe and supportive container for exploring paths of deepened awareness, personal wellbeing and societal transformation. For more than 40 years, extraordinary people have gathered here to experience Shambhala teachings and partake in over 100 year-round offerings featuring indigenous wisdom traditions, body awareness practices, contemplative arts, mindful living or other paths of personal transformation.

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About donothing Leadership Retreats

The donothing Leadership Retreat presents business and community leaders, entrepreneurs, and business owners with the most rewarding challenge you may ever take – a silent retreat. We invite you to join us to learn and practice how meditation can benefit you as a leader and a person. As leaders, the greatest gift we can bring to our teams is our full presence and awareness.

Cancellation Policy

Refund payments will be issued per the following cancellation schedule:

50% if canceled by January 20, 2020

25% if canceled by February 20, 2020

10% if canceled by March 20, 2020

No refunds or credits are issued for cancellations received after March 20, 2020.


Children Policy

Shambhala Mountain Center welcomes children of parents/guardians who are participating in our scheduled programs, or who are simply engaging in a personal retreat. However, we do not provide childcare. Parents are encouraged to also bring a caretaker for their children, so that the parents can fully participate in their program.

Click here to learn more about bringing your child to SMC.

Arrival Details

Registration takes place from 12:00–3:00 pm at Sacred Studies Hall on April 20, with lunch available from 12:30-1:30 pm. Please arrive before 3:00 pm to check in and settle into your accommodations. Your first program session will be from 3:00-5:30 pm, followed by dinner. The Guest Registration house closes at 5:30 pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. Further specifics regarding your program’s schedule will be available upon arrival. If applicable, you will receive an email from the program coordinator in the week prior to your program with any additional information you may need.