Moving Mountains With The Mind

“It’s never felt more timely to launch such an intensive programme. The issues of identity, meaning and purpose - who and how you are in the world - have been thrown into the spotlight post pandemic, and then again post COP26.” (Mind Environment Founder and Programme Director, Dr Tom Cotton).

A brand new personal development programme, aimed at providing deep clarity around identity and purpose, launches next spring.  The ’Whole Environment Individual Programme’ is a fresh offering from Mind Environment, a consultancy that structures and guides immersive programmes in extraordinary places.

The intensive 4-day retreat is ideal for those at a transition point or looking to reassess life’s meaning and purpose. Participants come away with a deeper insight into their identity, wider place in the world and what drives their interactions with others. They'll gain clarity on personal and professional challenges, along with solutions on how to overcome obstacles and unlock opportunities.

Ultimately, the programme offers a practical plan for better living in the world, so you can maximise your contribution to it.  The timing couldn’t be more relevant.

Whether it’s climate change, loss of biodiversity, the rise of automation, or geopolitical tensions, the scale and pace of change in the world right now affects us all,” says Mind Environment Founder and Programme Director, Dr Tom Cotton - an experienced psychotherapist, executive coach and leadership consultant.

Our individual and collective responsibility has never mattered more, and that responsibility rests on knowing our own minds. We provide a focussed space to gain insight into how our minds function, along with a deeper understanding of core issues, such as identity, meaning and purpose in life,” he added.

Drawing on collective specialisms, the Mind Environment team uses innovative, creative techniques to help clients gain deep psychological insights in a short space of time.

The work can be challenging, but is also a profound adventure that brings about tangible and long-lasting change. Our ‘Whole Environment’ thinking drives our model of group-based learning, which helps clients work with both the visible ‘above surface environment’, such as stated identity, and work and life goals, and the invisible ‘below surface environment’, including emotions, unseen contracts, deeply-held assumptions and limiting beliefs,” Dr Cotton added.

Aimed at anyone seeking personal and professional development, the new programme would also appeal to practitioners such as executive and life coaches, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, counsellors, and business mentors seeking a CPD opportunity.

The first Whole Environment Individual Programme will run from 1-5 May 2022. Taking place in the 17th Century French mountain village of Bardou, surrounded by wilderness, the programme fuses group discussion, creative techniques and outdoor activities into a powerful process for positive change. The groups are kept deliberately small, with a maximum of 10 participants.

Mind Environment also organises leadership retreats in France and Scotland, development programmes for teams, and bespoke consultancy for organisations.

Early bird booking rates on the Whole Environment Individual Programme costs from £1,800 (self funded, booked by 22 January 2022). Organisation-funded spaces are also available.*  For more information visit or to register your interest email Dr Tom Cotton -


* A place on the Whole Environment Individual Programme costs £3,500.  However, in recognition of an extraordinary 18 months, their May 2022 programme is discounted to the following sliding scale:
- Place funded by participants’ organisation: £2,500 (early bird rate: £2,250, book by 22 January 2022)
- Self-funding place: £2,100 (early bird rate: £1,800, book by 22 January 2022)

Price includes programme participation and activities (including a canyoning excursion & private music performance), 4 nights accommodation on full board and follow up meetings.

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Monday, November 22, 2021