7 days that will change everything

20-27 February 2017, Goa, India

 

We're excited about you potentially joining us for what we hope will be a memorable week. Ashram will be a week long retreat like no other. Expect game-changing ideas, endless inspiration and incredible new friendships.

This coming February an invited group of 25 purpose-driven entrepreneurs & changemakers from around the world will gather to unwind, share stories and take some time out to enjoy one of the world's most magical countries.

Since our first 2 incredible events businesses have been started, books have been published and a unique supportive community has been formed.

Now we're back to do it all again in North Goa. Are you ready?

 

What's it like?

People tell us the magic of Ashram is hard to put into words, but some of our alumni tried as best they can.

"7 days in India made me a better business leader"
Jo Scott

“Look for opportunity in obscure places”
Anna Jagric

"I made connections & friendships that are going to last” Richard Eason

“Business can be purposeful and still make money” 
Dipna Daryanani

 
 

"I could not imagine a more empathetic, intuitive, fun, soul fulfilling retreat if I tried. I had walked in not knowing what to expect, and was blown away. I've learnt lessons for life, made friends for life and have discovered massive things about myself that I did not know."

Nisha Bora, Founder Elrhino, India


Schedule

 

Ashram will take place from February 20-27 in North Goa, India.

There'll be an optional early morning activity on most days (e.g. yoga) from about 7am with breakfast from 8-9am. We'll then make time for some group sessions before lunch, with activities planned for the afternoon. We'll experience some of the best restaurants Goa has to offer in the evenings. We'll have a free day mid-week.

Join our optional Mumbai leg from 18-20 February and get the insider's guide to this incredible city.

 

Typical group sessions

  • Icebreakers  – get to know your fellow Ashramers
  • Lean coffee - 8 minute discussions
  • Peer mentoring - get practical help on your project
  • Share your story - or hear others
  • Show and tell – contribute a session 
  • Questions & Ideas - quickfire feedback

Things to do (all optional)

  • Morning yoga sessions
  • Paddleboarding or surfing
  • Vegan / raw cooking class
  • Ultimate Frisbee (Apurva plays for the Indian Team!)
  • Birdwatching at Charao
  • Dancing at Apora night market

Places we'll visit

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Rosie & Peter's permaculture farm

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Backwaters via boat

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Yoga and meditation studio

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Mapusa market

Amazing, healthy local restaurants


Who's coming?

It's still early days for our 2018 event but here's who came in 2017.

We had people join us from Australia, Brazil, Israel, the US, UK, Germany and all over India.

Once again your hosts will be Laurence, Carlos and Apurva and expect another inspiring group of changemakers from around the world.

 

Laurence McCahill
The Happy Startup School, UK

Ted Irvine
Vox Media, USA

Fabio Muniz
Product Designer, Brazil

Rik Turner
Haps/crew, UK

Gail Bainbridge
Bainbridge Lewis, UK

Anita Darecka
Project Lead, UK

Josh Laincz
Design Director, USA

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Robyn Dooley
Innovators Hub, UK

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Carlos Saba
The Happy Startup School, UK

Laukik Tated
Budding changemaker, India

Kate Hobbs
Katchup, UK

Henny Lettie
Wellness/crew, UK

Dipti Desai
Photojournalist, India

Nisha Bora
Elrhino, India

Michael Koegel
Design Strategist, Germany

Apurva Kothari
No Nasties Clothing, India

Matthias Hoffmann
Grubengold, Germany

Gali Kalif
Social Entrepreneur, Israel

Gijs Herpers
Just Farming, Bangladesh

Lulu Minns
Advocate My Success, UK

Alison Shillington
Marketing Leader, Australia

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Where is it?

 

Beach Street Resort India
Mandrem Beach
North Goa
Mandrem Goa 403527, India


Cost

Early bird price until end of Nov
Pay in full £1500
Payment plan 4 monthly payments of £450

Standard price from 1 Dec
£2000*

Local social entrepreneurs (4 spaces)
£1000

Fee includes:
7 nights beachside accommodation
Hotel with pool
Airport transfers
Breakfast at hotel
Lunch and dinner at some of North Goa's finest eateries
Soft drinks with meals
Group travel throughout the week
Yoga on the beach
Entry to daily activity and all group sessions

Couples sharing get a 10% discount each

Not included:
Flights
Alcoholic drinks
Soft drinks outside meal times
Ad hoc individual or small group travel (rickshaw or taxi rides, etc)
Spa treatments


Before you go

Make sure you’ve arranged your visa, jabs and travel insurance. Most countries allow you to arrange your visa online via the e-visa website.

India is hot all year-round please pack appropriately. November to March are the most pleasant months, although still expect daily temperatures of around 30 degrees.

Be sure to pack:
Swimwear
Light tops and trousers (incl long sleeves option)
Sun hat
Sandals
Ear plugs
Sun cream
Mosquito repellant
Electrolyte sachets (just in case!)
Anti-bacterial hand wipes or spray
Plug adaptor (for any electrical items)
Small torch

More info on packing for India


On arrival

If flying to Mumbai and joining us for that leg aim to arrive at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport no later than 12pm on Sunday 18th February. If flying straight to Goa aim to arrive at Goa International Airport no later than 1pm on Tuesday 20th February.

The event finishes on the morning of Tuesday 27th February so you can take any flight leaving Goa after 2pm that day (the transfer will leave the hotel at 10am).

If you're flying in to Goa bear in mind there can be a queue when going through customs and waiting for baggage to arrive. 

Travel time from Goa airport to the hotel is approximately 90 mins.

We encourage you to get our bus transfer leaving Goa airport at 1pm on Tue 20th. The driver will be waiting outside Gate 1 with an Ashram sign. If not please share your flights details and we can arrange for a private taxi for a small surcharge.

Hotel check-in is from 2pm although if you arrive in the hotel earlier our team will be there so just message us on whatsapp.

For those arriving in the early morning we'll do our best to allow you an early check-in. but as this depends on your rooms being vacant the day before we can't promise anything. There are sun loungers and comfortable seating areas dotted around the hotel though so either way you'll be able to relax on arrival.

 

What they had to say

Ashram was a dream. Finally I found a group of likeminded people who were nothing but supportive and extremely fun to be around.”
“I feel like I’ve had the journey of a lifetime and can’t wait to get cracking with everything I have in mind! This week has helped me so much.”
“I have come home with a sense of nurtured happiness. I feel excited and lucky to be part of this community, meet such incredible people doing incredible things. Life feels so much brighter being part of it all and being able to share this happiness with others is a wonderful thing to be doing.”
A lifechanging experience
“I loved the mix of head, heart and body stimulus – yoga, mindfulness, health, spirituality, as well as innovation and business. So happy to find people who understand how these things work together.”
An eye-opening experience on how your career can bring you happiness!”
The best event I’ve ever attended. So much heart and intention. No fixed schedules, freedom to do as you wish.”