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Wellness & Resilience Training

Wellness & Team-Building Offsites & Retreats

What is Manthan?

Manthan is a reference to the ‘Churning of the Ocean’ story found in India’s great tradition of mythology. 

We ‘churn’ the ocean of the mind through meditation, mindfulness, breathing and other techniques to find clarity, purpose and strength - the backbone of a happy and fulfilling life.


Smash the Paradigm

Through churning, we shift  from:

  • constant distraction to consistent Focus

  • running around to finding Stillness

  • quantity to Quality

  • production & presenteeism to Purpose & Presence

【Karuizawa】Offsites &Retreats


Corporate Wellness

Offsite Meetings

Employee / Leadership Training

Resort Workation

Overnight Retreats




Only one hour by bullet train from Tokyo, Karuizawa is a pristine wilderness getaway and one of the most famous resort areas in Japan.  It is also a very international-oriented town and a hub for cross-cultural exchange.  In recent years, this summer getaway town has transformed itself into one of the preeminent locations for resort workations and offsite meetings.


The town has been focusing on MICE (Meeting, Incentive Travel, Conventions (International), & Exhibitions/Events) in efforts to engage with and attract industry and the investment has paid off. 

Our MANTHAN Wellness team has a long history with Karuizawa and we have made Karuizawa 'Resort Wellness & Training Programs' a model for the corporate wellness offsite activities we offer. 

Come join us 1000 meters above the sea for an unforgettable wellness experience in Karuizawa!

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There is nothing like breathing in crisp, clean air or taking a light stroll through the majestic forests of Karuizawa to clear the mind and refresh between meetings.  Better yet, start the day with some rejuvenating yoga and add in some outdoor team-building activities to build camaraderie and get the creative juices flowing.  Just a few hours with our wellness team in the great outdoors will help your team bond and give them a new-found drive, focus and excitement they can take back to the workplace! 

We offer a host of both indoor and outdoor activities to handle whatever weather comes our way.  And each of our programs is customized to your specific needs.

Introduction to Mindfulness


Mindfulness training has become a staple in the business world as a key activity to support employee wellness.


This fun, introductory session is designed to educate participants on what mindfulness is and how it works. Our goal is to inspire beginners and more advanced practitioners alike to cultivate regular practice and apply mindfulness to daily life.

The session is a combination of lecture, individual mindfulness practice and pair work.  Participants will get a taste of our cornerstone offering, the MANTHAN Corporate Wellness Training Program, designed by founder and long-time meditation and mindfulness coach, Maneesh Kalra.

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Karuizawa offsite meeting Manthan wellness

Mindfulness Practice

​Duration:1hr ~ per topic

These sessions are all about experiencing the benefits of mindfulness through practice.  Topics covered include resilience, empathy, unconscious bias and other areas that are key to encouraging healthy interpersonal relationships。


We use a combination of lecture, discussion, and games along with  techniques for better posture, concentration, breathing and mindful living to help participants go inside themselves and, ultimately, better see themselves. Through this process, participants are better able to understand unconscious habits and biases; a key step in changing how one relates to the world.

Sample Topics
・Breathing techniques / Introductory to Breathing
・Awareness of Unconscious Bias
・Mindful Listening and Empathy Training for better Interpersonal Communication and Relationships
・Enhancing Concentration through Better Posture
・Journaling as a tool to better understanding oneself

*The above are examples. Actual topics used will be determined through consultation with client

Ayurvedic Approach to Healthy Eating

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Ayurveda is a 5000 year old practice of traditional Indian medicine founded on the 'tridosha' theory.  The three 'dosha' represent physical/mental constitutions. Ayurveda recommends food and other lifestyle choices as well as curative therapies that match one's individual constitution and their current environment.

In this session, we look at simple assessment techniques, use them to understand our personal 'dosha' and learn how we can choose diet and other lifestyle choices that promote our individual health and wellbeing, improve immunity and help us ward of disease.

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Mindful Eating


Many of us, on a daily basis, get unconsciously pulled into 'emotional eating'. We eat because of stress, or to reward ourselves or for comfort rather than to satisfy hunger or get necessary nutrition. Emotional eating can have a negative impact on our physical and mental health as well as on our relationships.  Understanding our patterns and shifting towards "Mindful Eating' can be a life-saver.

'Mindful Eating' is also an invaluable tool in keeping us physically healthy by making us conscious not just about our food choices but also how we eat, digest and assimilate these food.


In this session participants will gain knowledge about emotional and mindful eating through a lecture-discussion, and they will also engage in a physical, mindful eating experience.

Stretch / Yoga Lesson

Add this fun, interactive yoga and stretch session between meetings to help re-energize and re-focus participants. We customize these classes based on the needs of the group providing everything from slow, relaxation stretching to strong, higher-energy flow yoga.

We also offer a variety of yoga and stretching for specific needs.  Topics include but are not limited to:

・Chair yoga you can do at your desk

・Yoga for lower back pain, stiff shoulders and neck

・Yoga for golfers

・Yoga and breathing for better, deeper sleep

・Yoga for improving energy

・Yoga for boosting immunity

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Mindful Walking (Walking Meditation)

Duration:1hr~half day

Mindful walking is a great way to hone the basic tools of mindfulness while getting some sunshine and fresh air.  Experience all the natural beauty Karuizawa has to offer through new eyes with our mindful mountain, waterfall, or lake excursions. And we can add outdoor yoga, sitting meditation, earthing/grounding, or other seasonal activities to the program.


Courses are customized to interest of participants and schedule.



・Forest Meditation

・Earthing / Grounding

・Tea Time

・Outdoor Yoga

・Other Seasonal Activities

Outdoor Yoga

When the weather is right, nothing beats some outdoor yoga. Feel Mother Nature in all her glory in each and every deep breath and enjoy some individual or pair yoga under the trees.

*Pair yoga can be a great team-building tool combining skills such as mindful listening, empathy, and active support.

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Other Outdoor Activities

Duration: 1hr~half day

We offer a variety of other outdoor activities based on participant interest and the season.

Sample Activities:

・Forest excursions


​・Ice Skating

・Farm experience

・Guided bird and animal viewing

・Ecology & the Environment sessions

・Volunteer activities

We offer a variety of half-day, full-day and overnight programs customized to your needs.

Our team will work with you to create programs that match your budget and overall objectives.

*we handle requests for vegan/vegetarian and any dietary restrictions 

Sample Plans

Team Building 1-Day Plan


7:52 Depart Tokyo→ 8:58 Arrive Karuizawa

Local transportation to offsite location

9:45‐10:00  Introduction / Orientation

10:00-12:00    Outdoor Activity

  • Team-building Hiking

  • Forest Group Meditation

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00‐14:00 Introduction to Mindfulness (i.e. key activity Mindful Listening)

15:30‐16:00  Break

16:00‐17:00 Wrap-up / Discussion & Sharing / Takeaways

18:04 Depart Karuizawa ‐ 19:09 Arrive Tokyo  


Mindfulness / Yoga 1-Day Plan

7:52 Depart Tokyo→ 8:58 Arrive Karuizawa

Local transportation to offsite location

9:45‐10:00  Introduction / Orientation

10:00-11:00  Introduction to Mindfulness

11:00-12:30  Introduction to Ayurveda & Mindful Eating

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30‐15:00 Outdoor Activity

  • Outdoor Yoga (Pair Yoga)& Forest / Lake Meditation

  • Tea time

15:00‐16:00  Mindfulness Practice

16:00‐17:00 Wrap-up / Discussion & Sharing / Takeaways

18:04 Depart Karuizawa ‐ 19:09 Arrive Tokyo 


 *Inquire within for Half-Day or other plans.


Planning, Execution & Program Oversight by MANTHAN Wellness

MANTHAN Wellness provides Wellness Strategy Consultation and Corporate Wellness Trainings globally. We offer wellness assessments to help companies see where their employees are now and what gaps or needs exist.  We also help companies cultivate a culture of wellness by instituting mid and long term wellness training programs. Further, we offer Wellness Offsites and Retreats throughout Japan and we provider speakers and yoga/meditation guides for Corporate Events.


​1-Day Plans starting at¥17,500/Person*

Join now to take advantage of our limited-time discount offer. As companies are getting more comfortable with live, in-person events and offsites, we would like to help you make your event or offsite and Wellness one.

To inquire on our half-day, 1-day and multi-day plans, contact us below.

※price does not include transportation to Karuizawa, accommodation or conference room costs, meals, etc.

※price based on group size


Are locations for activities and meetings fixed or can we use facilities of our choice?

If your company or team is already planning an offsite or retreat, we can generally accommodate providing the sessions at your location.  Otherwise, based on your needs and interests and the season, we can recommend locations for outdoor activities and indoor meetings.


What happens to outdoor events if it rains?

For all outdoor activities we have in place back-up indoor activities to achieve the goals of the activity.  So, whether it is team-building, mindfulness living, or breathing for better immunity, rest-assured we have you (and the season) covered.


Is there a limit on participant number?

All programs are based on bookings for groups.  Depending on size of group, program interest, budget and season, we can provide suitable options.  


Do you provide sessions in English?

Yes, we offer all of our sessions and programs in English or Japanese.

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