1500m-3000m | Franz Josef Glacier | New Zealand
Length: 5 Days
When: 21-25 April 2018
Investment: $7,995 NZD
Self Mastery and Self Development Retreat
First Light Guiding in partnership with Wanderlust Adventures presents a unique Spiritual Mountaineering Retreat held in the Southern Alps of New Zealand
5 Days Heli Fly in/ Fly out included
“Spirit of the Mountains” – Mountain Adventure Retreats to Find Yourself
This is an exciting opportunity for you to reacquaint yourself with who you truly are. This self-discovery retreat is an opportunity to immerse yourself into one of the greatest natural landscapes in the world. Learn self-development strategies to strengthen the mind, body and spirit. This course is designed to allow you to connect to who you are, begin a journey of self-discovery, face fears, be courageous, step into determination, grow under pressure, and learn how to communicate in language that serves your highest self.
Learn Self-Mastery Techniques
You will have an opportunity to enhance the mind and acquaint yourself with the best version of who you have the potential to be through powerful lessons extracted directly from ‘The Mastery Of Self’ Program”.
This mountain adventure is a 5-day package that is much more than a basic mountaineering course. This Adventure-based Personal Development Retreat is about acquainting yourself with the highest version of you. We remove you from your familiar environment and position you in a stripped back place with a framework that supports an experience of self-mastery.
Self Improvement Program and Spiritual Retreat
Stef Sifandos and Gavin Lang will facilitate this entire trip. This unique adventure holiday is defined not only by the vast expertise of the mountains that Gavin brings, but also Stef’s ‘Mastery Of Self’ programme that accompanies this epic adventure – you won’t find this type of adventure anywhere else.
Centennial Hut on the Franz Josef Glacier will be our mountain base for the trip. If conditions allow we may venture over to Pioneer Hut in the Fox Glacier either for a day trip or the day before we fly out, in order to cover some more spectacular terrain.
Spiritual Awakening and Self Discovery
Whilst challenging yourself physically and being immersed in the majestic nature of the mountains you will begin to discover, learn deeply about, master and explore the following:
- Powerful manifestation techniques
- Mental Resilience Conditioning and techniques
- Fear, courage and confidence
- The power of meditation
- The power of the creative self
- Mindset – growth vs. rigid
Communication and relationships
- Immersion into Flow state
- Self-Mastery techniques
- Personal development skills
- Personal growth
- Self-development strategies
- And so much more…
Examples of the Mountaineering Skills topics we will cover include, and are not limited to, the following:
- Walking on snow and ice with or without crampons
- General Movement and Pacing
- Walking with an axe
- Step cutting with an axe
- Climbing with an axe
- Technical ice climbing with two axes
- Self arrest with an ice axe (what to do if you slip or trip)
- Route finding
- Knots, Hitches and Bends
- Roping up for glacier travel
- Travelling through crevassed terrain
- How to recognize and cross a snow bridge
- How to hold your companion in a crevasse fall
- Self rescue – ascending and descending a rope
- Companion Rescue
- Maximizing hauling efficiency with minimal equipment
- Pulley systems and mechanical advantage
- Improvised Emergency Shelters
- Snow Caves and Snow Mounds
- Risk analysis
- Judgment skills
- Critical thinking
- Trip planning
- Time management
- Mountain and hut etiquette
- Anchor building:
- Snow anchors,
- Ice anchors,
- Rock anchors
Topics will be selected depending on the group, location, conditions, teachable moments and the weather.
Our environment heavily influences our behaviour, and this, in turn dictates how we perceive life, what values we adhere to, how we view the world, and what emotions we experience on the spectrum of human feelings. Immersion is a technique that removes us from the everyday, familiar and habitual environments we are accustomed to that often force us to experience the mundane and take that experience as truth.
Learning under immersion enhances and improves our ability to assimilate new information. It assists us in ensuring what we learn about life, ourselves and the world around us remains with us for greater lengths of time. This is because the profound realisations experienced in nature, whilst away from what we are familiar with, allow us to absorb deeply this new information. The mountains of New Zealand are an excellent immersive learning environment for this purpose
Science demonstrates that we learn deeper and faster when we integrate our body into the learning experience. This is known as embodied cognition and whilst we will be learning the complex truth about the self, we are combining this with a new environment, new physical and high-level body awareness practices.
Spaces are strictly limited to 7 participants with 2-3 guides/ leaders depending on final numbers.
Private or corporate courses are available on request.
Personal Development Teachers
Gavin & Stef met in 2011 on a mountaineering expedition in NZ led by Gavin. There was an instant connection and synergy around the areas of personal philosophy, ideology, values and awareness of life. This venture was borne out of that friendship and has been in the making since that time – the power of this idea required time to adapt, become, grow and come to fruition. After diverse life experiences, maturity and deepened understanding of the inner workings of the mind and life, both Stef & Gavin are now more than ready to begin to pool their expertise and inspired minds to offer one of the world’s best spiritual retreats. Their life purpose is to serve at a higher level with this unique program.
We look forward to being of service, thank you.
$7995 NZD – limited spaces remaining
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