As we ease back to travel, we are going back to where we got started: Bali. Arguably ground zero for digital nomads, this mystical Indonesian island seems to give to those who are in search and helps them discover what they may not know they are missing. Bali has it all: Quiet beaches to the north, surf to the south, and healthy food, fresh drinks, and yoga around just about every corner. We've intentionally designed this experience as a balance between being productive, and taking advantage of the exceptional quality of life in Ubud. You'll live in a beautiful communal-style villa with private rooms and ensuite bathrooms within walking distance of central Ubud, with an abundance of yoga classes, guided meditation, and spiritual teachers nearby for whatever journey you're on. You'll have access to a full-time coworking space to stay on track, and come the weekend, we will explore new beaches, go diving, or search for the hidden side of this mysterious island...
October 8 - 22 2022
March 4 - April 1 2023
June 3 - July 1 2023
August 5 - September 2 2023
Unsettled is a community for those who refuse to settle in their pursuit of growth, meaning, and adventure. We bring together creatives, entrepreneurs, artists, freelancers, and the intellectually curious who seek to replace routine with adventure. You will share this retreat with like-minded peers who hold a wealth of experience far deeper than just their careers and join our growing community of Unsettled alumni spread out over 80 countries around the world.
Read what Unsettled alumni are saying about their experience.
This experience is about you. It’s about taking an intentional break from your routine, finding new perspective, building new relationships, growing new ideas, and exploring with intention among an incredible backdrop of people and place. We provide housing, workspace, and an unforgettable experience filled with regular dinner parties, peer-to-peer workshops, happy hours, and excursions.
You’ll have 24/7 coworking space access, at a beautiful space with skype booths, a balcony overlooking the jungle, two pools, and excellent fruit bowls.
Explore the nearby Gili Islands or dive Nusa Dua, learn to surf, hike a volcano at sunrise, wander the rice paddies, and tour the island with a mini scooter gang.
Lunch & learns. Peer-to-peer workshops. Family-style dinners. Themed conversations & discussions. Curated events & local mixers.
Sign up for daily yoga, run through the rice paddies in the morning mist, and splurge on $10 massages and incredibly healthy local food.
Take local batik painting classes, explore Bali’s endless temples, meditation centers, full moon ceremonies and mystic healers.
There’s always an adventure to be had. Here’s what one of your days could look like:
7:30am: Wake up and grab a coffee. It’s still quiet around the villa. You're challenging yourself this month to wake up and meditate or journal instead of checking your phone first thing.
8:30am: You grab breakfast at a nearby coffee shop and hit a local yoga class.
9:30am – 1:30pm: You check your calendar, and you realize that you have some time on your hands. You visit that market everyone’s been talking about, then you grab an early lunch while working remotely from a cafe for a couple of hours.
1:30pm – 6pm: You open your laptop and go “heads down” for a couple of hours to #getshitdone. Your Unsettled experience leader is hosting a workshop on a Japanese philosophy around finding your purpose at 5pm.
7pm - 9pm: Two participants just made a delicious meal that combines a vairety of flavors from different cuisines. They lead a group conversation at dinner about balancing love and work life. You admit to loving the food at least as much as anyone in your life at the moment.
9pm – 11pm: You have a few more work tasks you want to finish off today, so you find a quiet group of 5 or 6 people working at the villa and you finish out your work for the day.
11pm: You and a few participants decide to finish the evening with a beer or two hanging around the pool. After a nightcap, you go to bed tired, well-nourished, and ready to do it all over tomorrow.
Private accommodations in Balinese villas, with daily breakfast.
A full-time workspace to be productive, get creative, and reimagine what’s possible in a week, a month, a year, or a lifetime.
A curated community of diverse, like-minded peers from around the world who hold a wealth of experience far deeper than their careers.
A fully dedicated team of experience leaders and local experts who challenge your perspective and support your exploration, growth, and adventures.
A curated calendar of events with community sessions, dinner parties, happy hours, local experiences and classes, peer-to-peer and facilitated workshops, excursions, and more.
+ all the little extras: Local SIM card & airport pickups upon arrival, location guides and logistics, and plenty of surprises.
Being Unsettled for the last 30 days has felt liberating. It’s about opening up to a whole range of new possibilities, saying yes to new experiences, and not setting expectations that limit your growth.
Rima Bazzi | Entrepreneur & Coach
An Unsettled trip is like venturing into the unknown. You have no idea how the experience or people you’ll meet will be… but that unknown proved to be a very rewarding experience. You’ll leave Unsettled richer. Richer in the memories you create and the connections you make. Worth every minute.
Lesibane Mohale | Creative Director at Ogilvy & Mather
Unsettled, the kind of experience you can't really explain to someone unless they have done it themselves. Step out of your comfort zone, and just do it! " Damn, I really shouldn't have done that Unsettled month, " said no-one ever!
Annette Muller | Founder at Flexyforce
The boundaries between work, life, and travel are becoming blurred, fundamentally changing how we live today. Unsettled brings together groups of travelers and professionals from around the world for uniquely co-created experiences. Each one-week, two-week, or one month retreat is designed to break your routine and inspire a renewed sense of growth, meaning and adventure through transformational travel and peer-to-peer learning.
Whether you're working full time, or going through an intentional career transition, our retreats are designed to help you break out of your routine and explore a new destination with an incredible group of peers.
Each destination and experience is different, however most one-month and two-week experiences include comfortable and centrally located accommodations, a coworking space, full-time staff dedicated to lead your experience, a productivity-driven environment, regular dinner parties and themed conversations, peer-to-peer workshops, curated events, epic adventures, spontaneous activities and hopefully one of the best experiences of your life. Our one-week experiences are more adventure driven, whether urban or nature focused -- and you can explore what each trip holds by visiting that particular retreat page.
You can learn more on Our Experience page.
Yes! In fact, most of the time while away is up to you. The Unsettled experience is your experience, don't forget! We create just enough structure so that you can plug into the different activities, workshops, and connect with people as you wish.
Nothing is required, and everything is voluntary; however, we do look for people who contribute, and highly recommend that you do. Typically, the more you put into your experience, the more you get out. Our role is to provide a platform so you are informed and can participate as you like.
Most days are unstructured work days, exploration days or adventure days (whatever your current activity!) You can work from our central coworking space, a coffee shop, the beach or a park, depending on the destination if you need to. Or, you can go explore with other participants to places we recommend or discover your own new secret spots. We tend to have a fixed family-style group dinner once a week where everyone can check in and catch up with each other, as well as numerous other dinners, events, activities and surprises throughout each week that everyone is welcome to join. You never know the kind of inspiration that can come through connecting with a community, so be sure to try and take advantage of it while you're able.
Most people on an Unsettled retreat are professionals with multidimensional personalities and vast interests. This isn't a post-college party trip. Our average age of participants is mid 30's to mid 40's, but we've hosted folks of all ages. Living Unsettled is truly ageless.
We've hosted CEOs and entrepreneurs, artists and experience designers, and people who are active, even experts, in everything from transcendental meditation to CrossFit, from Bikram yoga to kiteboarding, and from diving to flying. On any given day however, most of us are content hanging out with each other, exploring new places and trying new things.
Since thinking big about our work and careers is one of the organizing principles of Unsettled, many participants are high achievers who organize major conferences, run businesses, or are recognized experts in their field. We have a lot of designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and startup enthusiasts on our trips.
All of this being said, it's not required to be working on something or have a "professional CV" in order live Unsettled with us. Many joining us are retired, taking a sabbatical, or deciding what comes next in life and looking for some inspiration.
At Unsettled, we truly focus on building retreats full of dynamic people who have much more to offer to the group than just work experience. These experiences are social by definition, and so one of our main qualifications is to look for people who share some simple principles:
As we ease back into travel, we will review trips on a constant basis. We will do a final review at 60, 45, and 30 days before (or closer as necessary) any trip's start date to determine that it is still feasible and safe to run the trip. If we postpone your trip, we will place 100% of your trip payments into trip credit used for future travel. For any trips that we postpone in 2021, you will have 1 year from the trip start date (so sometime in 2022) to use your credit on a new trip.
Deposits are fully refundable up to 45 days before the start date of your trip (previously 60 days). Your spot is held as soon as you make your payment. Final payments are due no later than 45 days before your retreat's start date. You can transfer your credit to another trip (within 6 months) one time, up until 30 days before your trip start date. 30 days before your trip's start date there are no refunds or transfers. However, if Unsettled postpones the trip, your full payment amount will be credited and available for you to use up to 1 year from your trip start date.
As we've all learned during the past year, everything is subject to change. Please understand that these policies may change at any time due to the very fluid and unpredictable situation.
We also want you to know that we are committed to staying true to our values. We have learned from past challenges and are able to adjust as the environment changes. We pride ourselves on being a flux-minded company that deals well with uncertainty. We are excited to be traveling again and we are confident that now's the time for us to begin to get back into it, slowly but surely.
As of March 2022, Bali reopened for foreign tourists. The current restrictions for entry depend on many factors and change regularly, so any Unsettled participant should conduct his or her own research to determine the latest requirements before joining the program. Here’s a brief list of entry requirements as of March 2022, but note that these are subject to change.
In order to enter Bali, visitors currently need:
- Return or onwards Ticket
- Valid passport
- Proof of full vaccination
- Proof of travel insurance with a minimum coverage of USD$100,000 for Coronavirus-related emergencies.
- Negative PCR test result in English taken 48 hours prior to departure
It's best to arrive on the start date of your retreat, or a day or two before. Our accommodations are not open early, but there are plenty of hotels that you can stay at before the retreat begins. In Bali, you'll fly into DPS airport, and booking your flights and making all visa arrangements to arrive on time is for you to sort out on your side. Let us know if you have questions and we can help!
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Unsettled’s Updated Travel Policies & Precautions