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Welcome to Founders Retreat 2024!

We’re thrilled to announce that Impact Hub Thimphu will be hosting our first ever Founders Retreat in Bhutan, taking place
from 12th December – 18th 2024.

This exclusive event is for social entrepreneurs, impact investors, ecosystem builders, and enthusiasts of Bhutan.

Aspiring Founders can apply for participation here.

About Bhutan

Bhutan, nestled between China and India, is renowned for its natural beauty, rich culture, and unique approach to governance. The country’s commitment to Gross National Happiness prioritizes citizens’ well-being over mere economic growth, emphasizing sustainability and cultural preservation. With breathtaking landscapes, vibrant festivals, and a strong Buddhist heritage, Bhutan offers a blend of tradition and modernity. Recent efforts focus on environmental conservation, promoting entrepreneurship, and balancing tradition with technological advancement, making Bhutan an enchanting destination for travelers seeking an authentic experience.

Nestled in Bhutan, where Buddhism permeates daily life and happiness outweighs GDP, this sanctuary offers a refuge from stress. Here, we prioritize values-driven business practices and foster a sustainable community ethos centered around collective well-being.

About Founders Retreat?

Escape the hustle and bustle of our materialistic world and embark on a journey of self-discovery.

At Founders Retreat, our primary goal is to unite the global entrepreneurial community, fostering mutual sharing and learning from each other’s wisdom and experiences. Simultaneously, our program emphasizes living a spiritually enriched life, incorporating mindfulness practices to attain inner peace. Through our curriculum, participants delve into Bhutanese culture, traditions, and the concept of Gross National Happiness, while also exploring the principles of being Bodhisattvas in Business.

Where Shall We Visit?

Embark on a serene retreat through Paro, Thimphu, and Punakha, where you’ll discover Bhutan’s iconic landmarks, vibrant culture, and breathtaking landscapes.

Paro

From 12-14

Thimphu

From 12-14

Punakha

From 12-17

Who Is This Retreat For?

This exclusive event is tailored for social entrepreneurs, impact investors, ecosystem builders, and enthusiasts of Bhutan who seek to connect, collaborate, and be inspired by the unique blend of culture and innovation in this enchanting Himalayan kingdom.

1. Those seeking to invest in social businesses and learn about opportunities in the Bhutanese ecosystem.
4. Entrepreneurs aiming to build connections, seek mentorship, explore fundraising opportunities, and expand their businesses to the region or find potential partners and clients.
2. Individuals with innovative ventures focused on creating positive social or environmental impact, looking to connect with potential investors and expand their networks.
5. Accomplished entrepreneurs who wish to give back by mentoring other founders during the retreat or in the cities visited.
3. Entities such as accelerators, incubators, and mentorship programs interested in understanding and engaging with the Bhutanese entrepreneurship ecosystem.
6. Founders who desire a life-changing journey, immersing themselves in the culture of Bhutan while connecting with like-minded peers and exploring exotic locales around the world.

Why attend Founders Retreat?

Retreat itinerary

The Founder Retreat unfolds over six enriching days, each meticulously crafted to guide participants on a profound journey of self-discovery, growth, and collaboration. From the moment of arrival, attendees are immersed in a supportive environment designed to ignite passion and purpose. The retreat begins with introspective sessions and goal-setting exercises, setting the stage for a transformative experience. Throughout the days that follow, participants engage in interactive workshops, keynote speeches, and small group discussions, delving into topics ranging from passion discovery to effective communication and collaborative innovation. Networking opportunities abound, fostering meaningful connections and deepening relationships with fellow entrepreneurs. As the retreat draws to a close, attendees reflect on their journey, embracing the opportunity to make a positive impact through community service activities and farewell celebrations. With hearts full and minds inspired, participants depart the retreat empowered to shape their futures with clarity, purpose, and a renewed sense of connection to themselves and the world around them.

At the heart of the retreat’s focus is the pursuit of clarity and the ignition of purpose. Through a carefully curated series of activities, participants embark on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment. Engaging in tailored sessions designed to unearth personal insights and aspirations, attendees delve into goal-setting exercises aimed at aligning their actions with their newfound clarity. The retreat kicks off with an inspiring keynote address on personal empowerment, setting the tone for a transformative experience where individuals can unlock their true potential and chart a path towards fulfillment and purpose.

 Morning: Arrival and Welcome

– Registration and Check-in

– Welcome Breakfast

 Afternoon: Finding Clarity

– Ice-breaking and Introduction Session

– Workshop: “Understanding Your Current State”

– Group Activities on Self-Reflection

 Evening: Setting the Tone

– Welcome Dinner

– Opening Ceremony with a Keynote Speaker.

At the core of the retreat’s agenda lies the objective of defining and pursuing goals that resonate with one’s purpose. Through a series of carefully crafted activities, participants are guided on a journey of introspection and intentional action. Engaging in a goal-setting workshop, attendees have the opportunity to clarify their aspirations and map out actionable steps towards their desired outcomes. One-on-one mentorship sessions provide personalized guidance and support, helping individuals refine their goals and navigate potential challenges. Additionally, dedicated personal reflection time allows participants to deepen their understanding of their purpose and refine their approach to goal pursuit. Together, these activities empower participants to align their ambitions with their sense of purpose and embark on a path of meaningful achievement.

Morning: Healthy Start

– Breakfast

– Morning Workout or Mindfulness Session

Late Morning and Afternoon: Goal-Setting Workshop

– Workshop: “Crafting Goals Aligned with Purpose”

– Individual Goal-Setting Time

– Lunch with Mentorship Roundtables

Evening: Personal Reflection Time

– Free Time or Guided Reflection Walk

– Sunset Meditation

At the heart of the retreat’s mission lies the aspiration to foster collective innovation and to navigate future trends collaboratively. Through a series of engaging activities, participants embark on a journey of exploration and creativity. A design thinking workshop ignites innovative thinking, equipping attendees with the tools and mindset to tackle complex challenges with ingenuity. Collaborative projects centered on envisioning future scenarios provide a platform for collective ideation and problem-solving, allowing participants to co-create bold visions of tomorrow. Furthermore, a creative vision board session encourages individuals to visualize their aspirations and aspirations collectively, fostering inspiration and alignment within the group. Together, these activities cultivate a culture of innovation and collaboration, empowering participants to shape the future collectively through their shared insights and creativity.
Morning: Breakfast and Inspiration

– Breakfast Session: “Collaborative Innovation and Future Trends”

– Design Thinking Workshop

 Late Morning and Afternoon: Building Together

– Group Projects on Shared Visions

– Guest Speaker: “Navigating Challenges in Collaborative Ventures”

– Lunch with Team Building Activities

Evening: Vision Board Party

– Dinner and Vision Board Creation

– Sharing and Celebration

Central to the retreat’s mission is the exploration of passions and the delineation of one’s distinct journey. Through a dynamic array of activities, participants embark on a voyage of self-discovery and personal revelation. Attendees are treated to compelling keynotes highlighting individual entrepreneurial narratives, providing inspiration and insight into the diverse paths of success. Interactive sessions are tailored to facilitate the discovery of passions, encouraging participants to delve deep into their interests and aspirations. Small group discussions offer a collaborative space for sharing experiences, gaining perspective, and collectively charting a course towards personal fulfillment and entrepreneurial achievement.

Morning: Breakfast and Energizing Activities

– Morning Meditation or Yoga

– Keynote Speaker: “Embarking on Your Unique Journey”

Late Morning and Afternoon: Unveiling Passions

– Interactive Workshops on Passion Discovery

– Guest Speaker: “Transforming Passion into Purpose”

– Group Discussions and Sharing

Evening: Networking and Relaxation

– Networking Dinner

– Casual Fireside Chat with Successful Entrepreneurs.

The essence of the retreat revolves around fortifying connections and refining communication skills. Through a series of interactive activities, participants are encouraged to foster stronger bonds and elevate their ability to effectively communicate. Engaging in team-building exercises, attendees collaborate to cultivate trust and cohesion within the group dynamic. A panel discussion delves into the significance of meaningful relationships in business, offering insights and strategies for building authentic connections. Additionally, a communication strategy workshop equips participants with practical tools and techniques to articulate their ideas with clarity and impact. Together, these activities empower individuals to forge deeper connections and communicate more effectively, both professionally and personally.

Morning: Breakfast and Group Bonding

– Breakfast Session: “Connecting Through Shared Experiences”

– Team-building Activities

Late Morning and Afternoon: Deepening Connections

– Networking Lunch

– Panel Discussion: “Building Meaningful Relationships in Business”

– Workshop: “Effective Communication Strategies”

 Evening: Social Mixer

– Evening Reception with Music and Dance

– Informal Networking

At the core of the retreat’s culmination is the reflection on the collective journey and the endeavor to leave a positive imprint. Through purposeful activities, participants engage in introspection and action toward meaningful impact. Community service initiatives provide an opportunity for attendees to give back and contribute to local communities, embodying the retreat’s ethos of making a difference. A farewell celebration serves as a moment of reflection and gratitude, honoring the shared experiences and growth achieved during the retreat. Networking events, emphasizing the bonds forged through shared experiences, facilitate continued collaboration and support beyond the retreat. Together, these activities embody the retreat’s commitment to reflection, connection, and collective impact, inspiring participants to carry forward their newfound insights and relationships into their ongoing endeavors.

Morning: Closing Activities

– Closing Ceremony and Reflections

– Group Appreciation Session

Afternoon: Community Impact

– Community Service Activity

– Lunch with Local Community Members

Evening: Farewell Dinner

– Farewell Dinner with Closing Remarks

– Networking and Farewell Celebrations

Packages

Discover the perfect retreat package that suits your needs and aspirations. At Founder Retreat, we offer a range of immersive experiences designed to elevate your journey in Bhutan. Each package includes a unique blend of activities, accommodations, and amenities to ensure an unforgettable retreat experience.

Essential Package

$3000

Where you’ll stay:
Share a room with a fellow-Founder at boutique hotels..

What you’ll do each day:
– Relax with guided meditation.
– Explore cool landmarks and historical places.
– Connect with other entrepreneurs and leaders.

What you get:
– Yummy Bhutanese meals every day.
– Rides to all activities.
– Enjoy wellness spots and hangout areas.

Premium Package

$3500

Where you’ll stay:
Enjoy a private room at boutique hotels

What you’ll do each day:
– Learn cool stuff from top experts about business ethics and sustainable entrepreneurship.
– Explore markets, meet cool artisans, and have private tours.
– Hang out with smart people in networking events and panel discussions.

What you get:
– Yummy meals from famous chefs with Bhutanese and international dishes.
– VIP rides, including airport transfers and private tours.
– Enjoy spa, yoga, and cool cultural shows.

Customized Package

For a customized package, please feel free to reach out to us to explore your specific needs and preferences in more detail. We look forward to discussing how we can create the perfect experience for you.

The tour price does not include flights as well as personal expenses. Upon sign-up, we’ll share recommended flight schedules. You can then book your flights to join the group for an ultimate geek experience.

Kindly review our cancellation policy before booking. As we pay upfront for hotels, travel agents, venues, and vendors from collected trip fees, refunds are not possible. It is strongly advised to secure trip insurance, such as RoamRight or other providers, for trip protection. We have no affiliation with RoamRight or other providers, so carefully review their policies before purchasing.

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