Medellín, Colombia·May 6 - June 3 2023
There are two different narratives that are told about Medellín. There's the loud one. The dark, flashy one that romanticizes a period of evil, designed to sell movie tickets and streaming services. And, then there's the truth: The story of Medellín today is one of innovation, resourcefulness, and inspired action. See for yourself! On nearly every winding street, graffiti art exhibits Medellín's profound vibrancy and creativity. Music pours from every open window and storefront. Start-up incubators, now found in nearly every neighborhood, nurture the next great ideas in tech. And a massive public transit system gets you out of your bubble, helping you discover the city's unexplored treasures. If you're looking for inspiration, look no further than The City of Eternal Spring: a stunning urban and cultural oasis, surrounded by one of the most diverse and ecologically rich countries on earth. For one month, you will live, explore, and work from this incredible city of transformation and experience the real magic of Colombian culture.
May 6 - June 3 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.
Full-time access to a local coworking space, with a café downstairs and a cocktail bar upstairs. Why would you ever leave? Or, explore the city by working from a new coffee shop every day (trust us, it's possible).
Go paragliding, explore Colombia’s stunning coastlines, or spend the weekend with us horseback riding through the Andes and wandering through a traditional mountain town.
Lunch & learns. Peer-to-peer workshops. Family-style dinners. Themed conversations & discussions. Curated events & local mixers.
Yoga. Two local football teams. The perfect climate. Tasting endless fruits you’ve never heard of. Dancing all night long. Medellín will challenge your routine and help you find the perfect balance.
Late-night salsa sessions, Spanish lessons, Communa 13 graffiti tours, coffee tasting, and exploring a rich history of transformation and innovation.
7:00am: Wake up and go on a short walk where you discover fresh Colombian coffee and jugos (juices) around every block.
8:30am: You’re exploring a local farmers market this morning with 4-5 other participants. There are more fruits in Colombia than in any other country, and you’re trying all of them!
10:00am – 1:00pm: You join a dozen other Unsettlers in the working space to be productive with good company around.
1:00pm – 3:00pm: Unsettled is hosting a Lunch and Learn workshop that has you thinking about your work-life balance over empanadas!
3:00pm – 5:00pm: You join a few folks to finish the workday at their favorite cafe that's filled with hundreds of native tropical plants.
6pm - 9pm: There’s a cooking class this evening set at a social enterprise that trains at risk youth to become chefs. You are cooking hand-and-hand with young Colombians as they share their life stories with you.
9pm – 11pm: Just beside the cooking class is a latin bar. The group invites along our new Colombian friends for a couple of drinks and some salsa.
11pm: You and a few participants decide to finish the evening with a beer on your balcony chatting about the day, work, and life back home before you call it a night.
Private accommodations in central, upscale apartments. Your home away from home.
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, weekend excursions, adventures and more.
+ all the little extras: Local SIM card & airport pickups upon arrival, location guides and logistics, and plenty of surprises.
With more flower, fruit, or bird species than any other country on earth, Colombia is a country rich in vibrant color. And Medellín is its beating heart.
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
I met 29 incredible people from all walks of life, and found a little part of me in all of them. These people were intelligent, witty, bloody smart, beautiful, adventurous, hilarious, and full of joy.
Shitika Anand | Freelance Journalist & Digital Content Creator
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 60 days before the start date of your trip. Your spot is held as soon as you make your payment. Final payments are due no later than 60 days before your retreat's start date. You can transfer your credit to another trip (within 6 months) one time, up until 45 days before your trip start date. 45 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.
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