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 learning adventure 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 incredible event in Chennai, 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. This time Goa is calling. Ready?


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 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 Mon 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.


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.

A day by day schedule will appear here soon. For those flying in to Mumbai feel free to join us from Feb 18-20 for an optional City tour.

 

Typical group sessions

  • Icebreakers  – get to know your fellow Ashramers
  • Lean coffee - 8 minute discussions
  • World Café - get 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 National Team!)
  • Birdwatching at Charao
  • Snake tour with Alvares
  • Dancing at Kohiba and Teso

Places  to visit

Coba Rama Ancient Fort

Backwaters via boat

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The Paradise School

Mapusa market

Amazing, healthy local food


Who's coming?

 

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


What's included?

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

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

Fee
£1500 all inclusive per person or £2500 for couple sharing

 

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.”