The Art of Leadership – Breakthrough Development Series: “Actor’s Secrets to develop executive presence and lead with confidence”

  • Menla Retreat & Spa Menla Retreat & Spa
  • 375 Panterkill Road PO Box 70 Phoenicia, NY 12464 United States
  • Jun 21 - 23, 2019 (3 days)
  • Deluxe Queen - $1,490.00

About This Event

What story do you tell when you walk into the boardroom, staff meeting, or networking event? How do others perceive you? Good actors create compelling characters by making the right choices to communicate their truth and what they want. Learn how to use the actor’s toolkit (being present, being connected, and being authentic) to command the room, engage your audience, and increase your competitive advantage.

Acting training isn’t just for actors. It can benefit anyone who must speak in public, have self-esteem and poise, and feel comfortable in their own body. Learning how to stand in front of a group, no matter how large it is, and speak with confidence is a vital skill in the business world.

In business, everyone has a role to play. From presentation to management, impact and influence vary hugely depending on an individual’s behavior. The demands for an actor are similar to those required of a leader, who must communicate with purpose and passion. Acting and leadership both require confidence, creativity, empathy, imagination, authority, intelligence, and emotional openness. Actors were once called “players”. This not only refers to the performance, but to their ability to keep the moment alive and in play. It can be useful to think of ourselves as “players” as we seek new ways to connect and communicate.

Actor-training involves developing one’s body and voice and linking them to a rich emotional life and a lively intellect in order to bring an electrical presence to the stage and awaken your listeners’ active attention. You will want to move your audience, convince them, and make them hear what you have to say. Presence depends on freeing physical tensions that inhibit the breathing musculature that is necessary for a connected voice. The work begins with learning a basic actor’s warm-up for the voice and body.

Our weekend residential retreat take place in Menla on June 21-23, 2019. Menla lies on 325 acres of private nature reserve at the head of a breathtaking glacial valley in one of the most beautiful parts of the Catskills Mountains of New York. Seated atop the world’s most ancient meteor impact crater, this hidden valley is a pristine eco-system, an oasis of remarkable spiritual energy residing on land long held sacred to local Native Americans for its extraordinary energy. For centuries before us, and still today, Menla’s stunning land offers a perfect place for sacred ceremonies, spiritual growth, deep healing, contemplation, and prayer – a sacred site where seekers young and old come to bridge the worlds of humanity, nature, and the divine.

This 3 day residential retreat invites Executives & Business Leaders to explore acting and mindfulness techniques to build confidence within and boost their executive presence at work.

Skills development:

· Building credibility, executive presence and charisma: Learn how to effectively influence and impact people live in a room as a human being, as an actor or as a leader

· Projecting self-confidence (vocally and physically): Develop the interpersonal qualities of a leader who can easily connect and influence at all levels

· Maintaining presence of mind in difficult/unpredictable situations: Manage pressure, maintain poise and composure under fire and in times of heightened stress – remain flexible and adaptable in response to uncertainty.

· Developing emotional intelligence, body language repertoire, empathy, projection, authenticity, listening, responding and improvising in the moment

· Exploring emotions, empathy, confidence, Communicating more effectively in front of an audience (client presentation, townhall, public speaking)


Friday, June 21st

3 – 8pm Check-in and Welcome

6 – 7pm Dinner

7 – 8:45pm Opening Program & Introductions

8:45 – 9:30pm Yoga Nidra

9:30pm Bonfire & Starry night

Saturday, June 22nd

7 – 8am Tibetan Five Rites Yoga & Introduction to meditation:

8 – 9am Breakfast

9am – 12pm Morning Program: Introduction to simple, and profoundly effective acting techniques, which reveal the power of imagination, intuition and authentic self-expression

12 – 1pm Lunch

1 – 2pm Ecology walk & Medicinal Plant Tour with Lisa Taranto , Menla’s Head Horticulturalist

2 – 5pm Afternoon Program: Deeper exploration into each individual’s unique inner creative world, whilst exploring the many external masks we wear

5 – 6pm: Free Time for Relaxation, Spa & Bodywork Treatments (optional)

6 – 10pm Evening Program: “Inipi” ceremony (Native American Sweat Lodge)  followed by Communal Dinner

 Sunday, June 23rd

7 – 8am Nejang Longevity Yoga & meditation

7 – 11am Check-Out of Rooms

8 – 9am Breakfast

9am – 12pm Morning Program: Sharing of our personal discoveries and integration of another powerful acting technique, taking the art of acting to a whole other level of self-awareness and challenging play.

12 – 1pm Lunch

1 – 2:30pm Mountain hike with walking meditation

2:30 – 5:30pm Afternoon Program: Acting games followed by exploration of one of the most profoundly transformative acting challenges ever, to ultimately awaken complete trust in one’s new self.

5:30 – 5:45pm Closing & Departure

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