I used to be super excited and nervous to go to Bali. I was going to spend 5 days on a masterthoughts retreat with 8 entrepreneurs and a couple of skilled coaches to run it. What was I going to carry to the table? I don’t precisely have a business. What would I get out of it?
Our villa was about forty km north of Ubud. As my driver took me on our 2-hour journey from the airport to the villa, Bali seemed like a typical developing country in Asia: soiled and chaotic with motorbikes everywhere. As we continued onwards, nonetheless, it became more lush…I began to note all the beautiful details that this country has mastered so elegantly. I took notice of the numerous shops with hundreds of incredible sculptures on the aspect of the highway, and of course, the endless house temples. Each house in Bali has a temple. Such an incredible concept.
I really can’t clarify what occurred when approaching the villa without sounding like a cliché…but it really was serenity. Plush green trees and plants, big rocks that led the pathway by way of a stream of water…I immediately felt light and energized. Orchid Villa was going to be my residence for the following 5 days. Between the incredible view of the jungle and mountains, to the nice and cozy welcome from one of many homeowners, Rick, and his crew, I knew I used to be exactly where I needed to be.
I was told that Bali has quite a lot of “female energy.” And I get it. You can see it in the entire element…from the intricate clothes of both women and men when they go to temple, to the ornate choices they make for his or her Gods each day, to even the native flowers and vegetation….so much care and nurture goes into the delicacy that makes Bali what it is.
So what in the world takes place at a mastermind retreat? That’s a great question. Let me break it down for you:
Disconnection from the surface world: While you’re in the jungle you possibly can’t depend on good wifi connection. And thank goodness. Let’s deliver it back to nature. Let’s bring it back to being silent in your individual company. No Facebook, no Instagram, no Snapchat….just you, different in-the-flesh humans and hundreds of jungle creatures.
Nothing but pure goodness into the body: Each meal we had was do-it-yourself with the freshest ingredients that were all organic. All water was alkaline. Have you ever ever had aloe vera juice with ginger, lime and mint? Oh my heaven in my mouth. Or coconut yogurt with spirulina and granola and fruit? Every of those delicious and wholesome meals was prepared with love by the Orchid Villa team.
Yoga with a smile: Earlier than breakfast we started the day with an hour yoga session with the cutest little man alive, who always reminded us to smile. These periods have been a bit bit down the street, where we had to take stairs up into what seemed like our little private temple. We have been outside, however with a roof over our heads to shelter us from the morning rain. An absolute beautiful scenery.
Collaboration: Each of us had 30 minutes within the “hot seat” to describe our business or business concept, the place we have been at, where we wished to be, struggles we had been dealing with and to ask questions. Our fellow peers had been our soundboard and offered up many ideas and feedback. These kinds of conversations carried on throughout the retreat leaders, whether or not it was over dinner or relaxing in the swimming pool.