Sun, Sand, and School: Bali Retreat Helps People Deal with Life Changes
A session from last year’s retreat. (Courtesy: Change School)
A change of place can inspire a whole new outlook. That’s the idea behind the Change School, founded by Grace Clapham and Solonia Teodros. The two entrepreneurs developed a Bali-based retreat for people in life or career transitions.
The school opened last year and will hold its second 21-day Change Ventures program, based on the school’s “theory of change,” for 14 participants in October.
The program aims to realign people with their passions. Although students can expect to learn “hard skills,” such as a primer in reverse income statements and goal setting, the exotic locale means there’s also plenty of time for meditation, beach trips, and yoga.
"We see the Change School as the intersection of travel, education, and personal development," Teodros, 31, told Yahoo Travel.
Bali makes for one relaxing place to ponder a life change. (Photo: Thinkstock)
The founders know something about life-changing experiences. The two, who grew up together in Singapore, reconnected some years ago. They discovered that they both had faced challenges: Teodros decided to leave the corporate world to become an entrepreneur. For Clapham, also 31, the death of her father spurred her to rethink her life.
"We went through our own transitions, (and) there was no space for it," Clapham told Yahoo Travel. It was either: "Go to a yoga retreat, or do a Master’s."
The startup experts came up with another option, and the holistic Change School was born.
The program has three stages over a three-week period: First, according to the founders, there’s an introspective “deep-think” phase, which can be an “emotional roller coaster.”
(Courtesy: Change School)