G.R.O.W. | Grow With Gillian Reid Optimal Wellness
Gillian Reid Optimal Wellness offers Leadership and Resilience retreats and sessions. Expect guided exercises to experience elevated states of calmness, inspiration and vision to make changes in all aspects of your life.
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“The ability to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. Rather than letting failure overcome you and drain your resolve, you find a way to rise strong.”

A leader is anyone in a position to influence another person. Indeed, every one of us is a leader
Maria Gonzales, MBA. Award winning and best-selling author of Mindful Leadership, 30-year business veteran as a corporate executive and entrepreneur.

Mindful Leadership Workshops

A 4-part workshop series for professionals who want to learn the basics of mindfulness to develop more control over their thoughts and emotions so they can reduce stress. When stress is reduced, we see clearly under pressure, make better decisions, have  greater concentration and productivity, and experience higher levels of creativity, innovation and inspiration. Our leaders develop a sense of personal awareness that not only helps their work but across all facets of their lives.

Mindful Leadership Retreats

G.R.O.W. offers urban and rural, mini and full length retreats for professionals as an entry point of moving through stress to a clear vision of themselves as a leader in their career and life moving forward. Our retreats guide you through the pathway of change by teaching you how to develop your awareness, recognize your stress symptoms, and teaching you how to separate yourself from stress. You will learn practical strategies that work specifically for you and how they can apply to your professional life. Our retreats start growing your momentum of feeling more positive, creative, inspired.

Mindful Leadership Sessions

Weekly personal sessions with Gillian for professionals who wish to develop more control over their thoughts and emotions so they become aware of their personal stress symptoms, become more stress-resilient and reduce the overall impact of stress on their personal and professional lives. These one-on-one sessions help leaders tune into their individual pressure points and develop clarity in how to manage them more effectively while cultivating increased concentration, focus and productivity. We develop attunement and compassion which strengthens client trust and relationships resulting in greater value and outcome for clients. Leaders experience higher levels of creativity, innovation and inspiration.

“More than education, more than experience, more than training, a person’s level of resilience will determine who succeeds and who fails. That’s true in the cancer ward, it’s true in the Olympics, and it’s true in the boardroom.”
 Harvard Business Review

Mindful Resilience Sessions

Beginning in mindfulness practice, we start to build awareness for the purpose of allowing past traumas, negative emotions and painful experiences to surface. We use therapeutic techniques including cognitive behavioural therapy, emotion-focused therapy and narrative therapy to help you move past these areas of pain. Mindfulness is used throughout to help manage the intensity, make meaning, and help you rise resilient. Not only will you move past your personal stories that hold you back, you will develop new ways of feeling and thinking that result in a happier and productive life.

Mindful Resilience Retreats

A personal retreat custom designed specific to your needs for mind-body healing, self-compassion, personal development and mindful leadership. In these deep retreats, we create space for topics that are hard and even painful. We use therapeutic modalities in combination with mindfulness to walk beside you as you journey into the dark places that have been holding you back. We work with you to deeply and compassionately care for these areas so that you can begin to release them. Although this work can be draining, this retreat will help you nourish you body and mind so that you can begin to heal.  

Some offerings may be covered by your benefits.


Education on the mind-body connection, the physiological impact of stress, what Mindfulness is and how it helps based in neuroscience.

Guided Exercises to begin the creation of awareness of thoughts, emotions and narratives.

Reflective Practice to build on the awareness you created and the personal impact of this awareness.

Translation and expansion of concepts into personal and professional life.


A deeper sense of calm and relaxation than you have felt in a long time.

A feeling of freedom from what has been holding you back.

Excitement about how your work and your life can be different.

Empowerment in the realization of the control you have over your thoughts.

Inspiration and vision to make changes in all aspects of your life.

Connection to yourself and others that you haven’t known before.

Aspects of your deepest self that you didn’t know existed.

Through the cultivation of mindfulness - a way of being in relation to others and experience - you engage in an ongoing experience of inward and outward learning. Though the learning, you can’t help but grow.
– Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD., Creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Book a FREE call to talk to Gillian about the mindful offering right for you.