A Mindful Path to Mastering Self and Leading Others™

Annual Leadership Retreat

October 6 - 9, 2019

A Mindful Leadership Retreat 

People are changing. The world of work is changing.

And with it, we're being asked to transcend old leadership patterns

and behaviors so we can better inspire, perform and connect.

As leaders, we're being asked to do inner work for outer impact.

Are you ready?

Join Lucenscia and Pause i/O at the secluded Garrison Institute, nestled on the beautiful 95-acre Glenclyffe property overlooking the Hudson River for a mindful leadership journey:

October 6-9, 2019

Retreat Focus & Benefits:

  • Leading Self, Leading Others, Leading Organizations.

  • Learn about mindfulness & build capacity for mental focus, clarity and attention

  • Enhance awareness of self, body and others to fine tune leadership presence and impact

  • Enable healthy stress response for more effective decision-making

  • Grow a positive mindset and resilience in the face of challenges and setbacks

  • Understand the neurobiology of mindful & emotionally intelligent leadership

  • Cultivate empathy, compassion (self and others) and psychological safety to build collaboration, innovation & high performance

  • Create Belonging & Unity in the workplace

  • Develop mindfulness and mindfulness meditation practices to enhance well-being and leadership capacity

  • Shadow self, vulnerability, blind spots and courage

  • Explore unconscious bias and learn how to mitigate its impact in the workplace

  • Skillful navigation of conflict and difficult conversations

  • Silent reflection & introspection to align leadership values, higher purpose and daily work

  • Receive practical tools, practices and strategies to integrate leadership presence, power and impact

For more information, see the Unique Experience, Value & Benefits section below.


Empathy and compassion toward self and others helps fuel connection and our personal power.

It informs how we show up as leaders and how we do what we do.

How do you express your leadership power?

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"If you are a leader in an organization, you have an ethical duty to evolve yourself so that you can evolve your organization. If you don’t, then you’re holding it back."

- John Mackey

Co-Founder, Whole Foods Markets

(Interview with Oprah Winfrey, June 2014)

"The general rule seems to be that the level of consciousness of an organization cannot exceed the level of consciousness of its leader."

- Frederic Laloux,

Reinventing Organizations (February 2014) 

"I’m pleased to share Lucenscia’s Leadership Retreat, an immersive four-day experience led by Michelle Maldonado, who is also an exceptional faculty member for my Coaching Certification."

- Daniel Goleman

New York Times Best Selling Author

Author of Emotional Intelligence and Altered Traits

(February 2019)

Inner Work. Outer Impact.


Registration Process

Registration is a two step process with tuition paid to Lucenscia and room and board paid to Garrison Institute.


Step 1: Retreat registration and tuition payment.

  • Retreat tuition: $2,800.00.*

       Through September 23, 2019

       (Also includes all assessments, reports,

       3 coaching sessions, access to online portal   

       and leadership study findings.)

​​*Step 2: Room registration and payment must be made directly with Garrison Institute. Private rooms are $555 for the multi-day retreat. (This second registration step also confirms meal count for Garrison.)

Space is limited. We encourage you to make your room reservations with Garrison Institute as soon as you register for the retreat. (There are no on-site retreat, room or meal registrations.)

The Leadership Journey:

Unique Experience, Value & Benefits

  • In-Person Retreat: Held at the Garrison Institute beginning the afternoon of 6 Oct 2019, ending at 2pm on Wednesday, 9 Oct 2019)

  • Rooms: Three nights' accommodations - single occupancy room at retreat.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided at retreat: Delicious vegan and vegetarian meals made fresh from Garrison's organic garden.

  • Shuttle: Complimentary shuttle service between Garrison Metro North stop and the Institute.

  • Mindful Movement:

       - Qigong classes and instruction.

       - Walking meditation on nature trails & labyrinth.

  • Mindfulness Meditation: Trauma-sensitive, daily meditation practice (mental focus training).

  • Emotional Intelligence: Pre- and post- Emotional Intelligence 360 assessments with one-on-one briefings and action plan.

  • Coaching Sessions: Three, post-retreat 45-minute EI-mindful leadership development coaching sessions.

  • Webinar: One-hour, post-retreat webinar.

  • Mindful Leadership Study: Optional participation in research study on the impact of mindfulness as a method to develop EI and the combination of both on leadership presence, performance and impact.

  • Mindful Signature ProfileTM (Study participants only): Pre- and post-measurements and personalized mindfulness.   

  • Summary of Research Findings (All participants): Executive summary white paper of anonymized, aggregated research findings.

  • Online Resource Portal & Cohort Community: Access to online portal resources (practical toolkit, strategies, meditations, articles, white papers, videos and more).

  • Fire pit gatherings & cooking demonstration

Hello, Meet Your Lead Teachers & Retreat Team

Michelle Maldonado

Michelle Maldonado

Founder & CEO, Lucenscia

Lead Teacher & Coach

Quentin Finney

Founder, Pause i/O

Lead Teacher & Coach

Roberto Maldonado Jr.

Founder, The Tao Institute for Martial Arts

MIndful Movement Lead

Dr. Christopher Reina


Founder, Leading Without Ego

Research Lead & Coach

Dr. Velma Cobb

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VL Cobb Leadership Group

Meditation Lead & Coach

Day One Agenda

Check in: 3:00pm-4:30pm

Retreat Welcome & Orientation:

4:30pm - 6:00pm


Dinner (Garrison Dining Hall): 6:00pm-7:00pm

Evening Program: 7:15pm-8:30pm

Relaxation @ Fire Pit: 8:30pm-9:00pm

Agenda subject to change

We extend deep gratitude and thanks to our sponsors for their
generous support & contributions:
    Mindful Magazine                                                               U.C. San Diego Center for Mindfulness
    Daniel Goleman, Key Step Media                                     Bill George, True North Leadership
    Institute for Organizational Mindfulness                           The Global Centre for Conscious Leadership                   
    Matthew Tenney, Author & Mindfulness Speaker             Dr. Kelly Werner, Creator of Tell Me Card Game  

"Drop by drop, it becomes a river..."  

                                   - Dari proverb

Participation Guidance


Preparation and Well-being

This multi-day, interactive leadership retreat is the beginning of a journey of inner work for outer impact. As part of this experience, we will take a close look at where our EI and mindfulness skill levels are, the quality of our leadership presence, power, and capacity for positive impact as well as engage in moments of introspection, self-reflection, application, and group activities, exercises and discussions.


Prior to the retreat, be sure to rest, eat well and give yourself enough time to complete the (brief) pre-retreat assignments so you can make the most of your time at the retreat. Also, when integrating secular mindfulness practices with leadership development training, sometimes strong emotions can arise. If you are currently experiencing trauma and/or are under the care of a therapist, we encourage you to discuss the retreat program with your therapist prior to participation.


Group Discounts and Partial Scholarships

​We strive to make each retreat experience diverse and inclusive across a spectrum of leadership communities. We also offer 10% discount per registration for teams of 5 or more as well as a limited number of partial scholarships to participants in need. If you, or someone you know, is in need of financial assistance, please complete and submit this scholarship request form. If you would like to receive a group discount, please email Michelle@Lucenscia.com.


Cancellations, Refunds and Registration Transfers

Except in the event of program cancellation, retreat registrations are non-refundable. However, although  registration closes on September 9, 2019, you may transfer your registration to another person at any time prior to September 30, 2019, by sending an email to Michelle@Lucenscia.com.


Trip cancellation insurance is always recommended whenever making travel plans. You may view travel insurance options through providers such as Travel Guard, Romright, Insure My Trip or other provider to choose an option that is best for you.

We reserve the right to cancel the program if minimum registrations are not received. If the program is cancelled, your retreat tuition registration will be refunded in full. (Garrison Institute room reservations must be handled separately by participants with the Garrison Institute.)

A Little About The Leadership Study

* Measure

Measure your state of mindfulness as it varies across the day and week. We will help you understand what augments and diminishes your capacity to be mindful and self-aware so you may be aware of the unique factors that affect your attention.


* Assess

Assess emotional intelligence skills via 360 assessments to combine with mindfulness data to form an integrated development approach for both skill sets.


* Analyze

Analyze your attention and self-regulatory resources, pre- and post- program, so you may understand how your states of mindfulness and self-awareness change over time.


* Coach

Coach you on your unique “mindfulness signature” and EI competencies based on pre- and post- retreat program data. As part of the coaching sessions, we will propose practices and techniques to help cultivate your capacity for mindful and emotionally intelligent leadership.

Directions to Garrison Institute

The Garrison Institute is located 50 miles north of New York City and is a convenient trip to make by car, train, bus or plane. For an overview of the most common methods of traveling to the Garrison Institute, please click here.

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VL Cobb

Leadership Group


The Tao Institute

for Martial Arts