A Lisbon Journey to Transformation: Ron Morris’ Interview with Retreat Leader Osmarie Pico

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 A Lisbon Journey to Transformation: Ron Morris’ Interview with Retreat Leader Osmarie Pico

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Please note that the following excerpts from the interview have been paraphrased for clarity and brevity.

Ron Morris (Viazara): Hello, everyone. Thank you for joining our inaugural LinkedIn Live podcast. I’m Ron Morris, co-founder of Viazara, a guide to soul-enriching experiences. We’re launching a non-profit collective of retreat leaders offering amazing experiences. Without further ado, I’d like to introduce our first guest, Osmarie Pico, who resides just south of Lisbon, Portugal. Osmarie, could you please introduce yourself to our audience?

Osmarie Pico: Thank you for inviting me. It’s a privilege to be your first guest. I’m a career and personal transformation coach, helping new managers and project leaders excel while maintaining work-life balance. I also coach individuals looking to escape the nine-to-five grind and offer retreats to complement my coaching. Before coaching, I had 16 years of experience in sales and IT across various countries. Personally, I’m a calm and chill person who believes life is a journey.

Ron: Absolutely. What inspired you to start your retreat, and what can participants expect from it?

Osmarie: My inspiration came from three sources. First, my personal transformation journey. Second, to complement the coaching I provide. Third, I designed this retreat for people in their late 20s to early 40s. There’s something about the nines, zeros, and fives in our ages that feels like a checkpoint. When you reach these ages, it often feels like there’s a checklist you need to tick off. I thought, let’s forget about the checklist and tune in to what we really want, defining our ideal life on our own terms.

Ron: Great. Can you walk us through what participants will experience each day of the retreat?

Osmarie: Of course. It’s a seven-day, six-night retreat. Here’s a breakdown:

– Day 1: Arrival day with a welcome session by the beach, introductions, and a dinner with drinks over the sunset.

– Day 2: A day in Lisbon, focusing on getting out of comfort zones, discovering culture, and making real connections. Participants will share their experiences and lessons learned in the evening.

– Day 3: Surfing, which teaches patience, managing fear, frustration, focus, determination, perseverance, confidence, humility, and staying calm in stressful situations.

– Day 4: A breathtaking coastal hike to tune in to your inner self and connect with nature.

– Day 5: Exploring a heritage site to ignite passion and fuel inspiration for new goals.

– Day 6: A chill day on the beach with storytelling about the past, present, and future selves, followed by a farewell dinner.

– Day 7: A free day before departure, allowing for reflection and relaxation.

Additionally, there is a one-hour post-retreat coaching session to ensure participants stay on track with their goals and changes when they return to their daily lives.

Ron: That sounds fantastic. Can you tell us more about the location and the accommodations?

Osmarie: The retreat takes place just south of Lisbon, Portugal. The area is known for its good weather, delicious food, friendly people, rich culture, and beautiful coastline. Participants will stay in a four-star beachfront hotel, waking up to an ocean view and the fresh scent of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s the perfect setting for relaxation and transformation.

Ron: That sounds amazing. What inspired you to create this retreat?

Osmarie: I wanted to create a retreat for people at a crossroads in their lives, those who want to move forward but don’t know where to start, or who need to step back and appreciate what they have. Traveling and stepping out of our comfort zones can be the best learning experiences. Sharing stories and experiences with like-minded people can be incredibly powerful and transformative.

Ron: Absolutely. Tell us more about your coaching practice.

Osmarie: I offer career coaching for new managers and project leaders, helping them excel in their leadership roles while maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Many new managers aren’t given the proper tools and training to manage people effectively. My coaching provides them with the right mindset, skillset, support system, and techniques to succeed. I also offer personal transformation coaching for those looking to make significant changes in their lives.

Ron: That’s so important. You mentioned you have retreats coming up in June and September. Are they all in the same area?

Osmarie: Yes, all retreats are south of Lisbon. The details, including specific activities, dates, prices, and locations, are available on my website. Each retreat combines three excursions with activities in Costa da Caparica, offering a blend of adventure, wellness, and cultural immersion.

Ron: That’s wonderful. I’m sure our audience is excited to learn more. Any final thoughts for those considering your retreat?

Osmarie: Investing in yourself is one of the most powerful things you can do. If you’re ready to unlock your full potential, this retreat can be a transformative experience. It’s not just about the investment of money, but also your time, effort, and energy. Make sure you’re ready to embrace change and fully immerse yourself in the experience. It’s about finding clarity, resetting, and thriving in your life.

Ron: Beautifully said. Thank you so much, Osmarie, for sharing your insights and experiences with us. We look forward to hearing more about your retreats and the incredible journeys your participants will undertake.

Osmarie: Thank you, Ron. I enjoyed our conversation and look forward to connecting with more people through Viazara.

For more details about Osmarie’s retreats and to book your transformative experience, visit her website. And stay tuned to Viazara for more guides to soul-enriching experiences.

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