Executive Team
Retreats

We know that skills alone won’t sustain the leader over time. However, a change in mindset will. Whether your company is responding to competitors or managing new opportunities, your team has the power to transform your growth. You cannot expect different or better results with the same strategies. Isn’t it time you did something radically different?

Air & Water

Our executive team retreat participants come because they want to transform the way they think, which in turn will transform the way they do business.

Who it’s for
This retreat is perfectly designed for organizations that:
  • Are growing fast and depend on their team’s capacity to execute on critical deliverables
  • Need to manage and lead significant organizational change (current/upcoming)
  • Have a C-Suite team that recognizes the importance of spending quality time together
  • Work virtually or globally and need a once-a-year physical get-together to ensure team effectiveness
  • Need to have critical conversations about how to expand individual and organization capacity and engagement
What you’ll do
Through an innovative and thought-provoking process, your team will:
  • Develop profound and lasting bonds by exploring individual and group strengths that align complimentary talents
  • Discover their deeper purpose/mission in addition to executing on deliverables
  • Learn how take ownership of their personal and professional success which allows the team to flourish as a whole
  • Move from a highly functioning unit to a transformational force that directly affects employee engagement and retention
What you’ll get
Notable takeaways most individuals and teams experience include:
  • Deeper and more meaningful relationships. This allows for improved communication and a better process for challenging negative assumptions. This retreat invites vulnerability and openness within the team creating real relationships and profound shifts.
  • Greater awareness of individual complementary strengths and weaknesses as well as a plan for maximizing or minimizing them for organization success. If you don’t know the power of your team, you can’t fully access it. This retreat brings it out and provides strategies for alignment that build team success.
  • Increased engagement and retention by creating a powerful team vibration that fosters creativity and joy.
  • Tactical strategies for implementing change. Most retreats leave you with a good feeling, but no actionable roadmaps. We provide a step-by-step action plan.

“We were stuck and needed a fresh start. We needed to not only think differently, but to BE differently.”

All you have to do is make the decisions to come. We do the rest.
We start with a compressive pre-retreat process. Then plan and execute a carefully organized retreat. But we don’t leave you there. We also guide you through a tactical post-retreat process so you experience actual results, not just a fun getaway from the office.
Arrival Day

The team arrives in San Jose, Costa Rica and spends the day and evening getting centered and connected. Some light pre-work exercises allow team members to sync and get ready for the next few days. The following morning (bright and early) our shuttle picks you up and takes you to the Air & Water property on the Caribbean/Atlantic side of Costa Rica. Please note that accommodations in San Jose are not included in the package price, however, the shuttle service is.

  • Arrival in San Jose
  • Pre-Work Exercises
Day 1

The team is picked up in San Jose early morning and driven to the Air & Water retreat location on the Caribbean coast. It’s a 4-5-hour drive depending on traffic) and well worth it. Upon arrival, they are greeted by the Air & Water team and settling into their accommodations. This day combines a series of mental and physical exercises to allow the team to go deep within. Each participant uncovers how they contribute to the overall vibe of the team and organization as a whole. The day close with a group dinner and integrative evening activity.

  • Drive to Air & Water
  • Lunch
  • Team session
  • Short break / relax and reflect
  • Dinner
  • Evening Session
Day 2

The second day, we explore actions, beliefs, emotions, and behaviors that help or prevent individual and team/organizational success. The group identifies current/future business challenges and maps out a plan for tackling obstacles and creating opportunities—small and large scale. The day closes with a team building activity to unleash joy and tap into the excitement generated during the retreat.

  • Early Morning session
  • Breakfast
  • Meeting with Facilitators
  • Short break
  • Lunch
  • Team session
  • Short break / relax and reflect
  • Dinner
  • Evening Session
Day 3

We start early with a morning session to ignite sparks. We then use the mind to cool things down. Participants learn how to act vs. react, how to think bigger, and discover the concepts of leadership/followership. The day culminates in a team dinner that allows each person to share his/her key takeaways and declared action steps.

  • Early Morning session
  • Breakfast
  • Meeting with Facilitators
  • Short break
  • Lunch
  • Team session
  • Short break / relax and reflect
  • Dinner
  • Evening Session
Day 4

We encourage the team to stay for one day
without “work” to play and have fun. We’ve found this to be tremendously important in the process and in order for the materials and experience to settle in. While the activities for this day are not included in the program, we will arrange anything from surf/SUP lessons, waterfall hikes, fishing tours, or chocolate making tours.

  • Breakfast
  • Free Time
  • Lunch
  • Free Time
  • Dinner
  • Free Time
Day 5

The last day we map out the action plan. Each person takes personal ownership of his/her actions and the team co-creates a team/organization action plan. The individual and team plans are then used during the follow up coaching sessions to guarantee results.

  • Early Morning session
  • Breakfast
  • Meeting with Facilitators
  • Short break
  • Lunch
  • Team session
  • Short break / relax and reflect
  • Dinner
  • Evening Session
Departure Day

We highly encourage team members to head back to San Jose the day before their flight. As in most large cities, traffic can vary greatly and it’s better to be safe than sorry. Departure day accommodations in San Jose are not included in this program, however the team shuttle is.

  • Return to San Jose

Maja and Alice come from two vastly different perspectives and merge their experiences, styles, and energies to create an unforgettable experience.

Maja doesn’t believe in limiting herself or her clients. On the contrary, her mission is to activate leaders who change the world – one small action step at a time. Born in Göteborg, Sweden, Maja moved to the United States in her 20s to earn a masters degree in Instructional Design/ International Business.

Today, a master-level executive coach, Maja holds numerous certifications in the field of leadership and human behavior and is the author of the book, Taking the Pain Out of Managing One Day at a Time. True to the philosophy of living an expanded life, Maja is a former World Champion amateur ballroom dancer and author of the instructional books Competing Like a Pro and The Ballroom Dance Coach.

Embracing her “no limitations” take on life, at 43, Maja signed up for a surf camp in Jacó, Costa Rica. She had a “head over heels” experience with surfing and Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) racing and decided to make Costa Rica her permanent home.

Maja lives in the small beach cove of Punta Uva on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica where she is fulfilling her life’s dream by constructing the intimate Air & Water retreat center for groups and individuals who want to expand their lives and reinvigorate their businesses.

Alice brings a unique blend of head and heart to everything she does. Her years of disciplined practice as a musician, scuba diving instructor and business owner have sharpened her mental acumen, which she uses to help her clients achieve extra ordinary results. Using a non-traditional mindset and thinking process, she targets clients and businesses with challenging problems and helps them uncover and activate their hidden talents and opportunities.

Alice is trained in a variety of cognitive therapies including Neuro Linguistic Programming and Hypnotherapy. She is also a certified coach and Behavioral/Motivators Analyst. She is passionate about the correlation between neuroscience and spirituality and is currently studying with several key practitioners to learn how to combine the two perspectives in order to help maximize her clients’ success.

Originally from Antibes, France, Alice now resides in Jacó, Costa Rica where she runs the popular bakery/cafe, Panaderia Artesanal. She’s an avid surfer, free diver, and nature-lover.