What is a Virtual Retreat?

By: The Unsettled Team

In today’s global environment, perhaps you’ve found yourself looking for online variations of traditional programs – retreats, classes, courses, and more.

For the past few months, even before Coronavirus halted global travel, Unsettled has been piloting a unique Virtual Retreat format unlike anything else that exists.

Yet still, we get a lot of questions around “What is a virtual retreat?”

Unsettled’s virtual retreat, which we call our Lifestyle Incubator Program, is not a typical online course. It is a highly collaborative and interactive 30-day journey designed to help you find clarity around what’s next for you in your life or career.

We bring over 25 professionals from all over the world for a month-long virtual experiences where challenge participants to re-evaluate their status quo, and re-think their future. Unsettled’s expert facilitators will guide you through essential tools and frameworks for navigating uncertainty, the processes to dig deeper into your biggest questions, and the personal frameworks for planning and setting clear intentions for the choices you make that define who you are and what you do.

You will learn alongside a curated group of professional peers from around the world who will both support you and hold you accountable to your personal and professional growth goals.

By the end of this virtual retreat, you will have an awareness of what it is you want, you’ll have designed a vision for what that looks like, and you’ll have an actionable plan to begin to take steps every day to get you closer to alignment between your career and your life.

In light of world events, perhaps to you have more time and energy on your hands to dive deeper into these lifestyle design questions. We are here for you. Here are the answers to some of our FAQs below and check out the rest here

What is a Virtual Retreat?

A “Virtual Retreat” is  similar to an online course, however, it’s much more collaborative, interactive, and it’s a shared experience. Like our regular Unsettled retreats, we create an environment where people can connect and find as much meaning and growth from the connections they make as the content and structure we provide. All content will be delivered digitally, through a mix of live video conferences, recorded sessions, offline exercises and tools, and a community chat and content sharing platform that will be active throughout the experience.

Is this Virtual Retreat about my lifestyle, or career?

We don’t see the difference. If 30% of your entire life is spent working (that’s 90,000 hours for the average person), then we see the two as intrinsically linked. You don’t have a work self and a non-work self. You have your entire self, and that’s how you want to show up each day. Our approach to designing a lifestyle and career -whether your looking to gradually or radically change one or the other – is to identify the tensions, challenges, and opportunities within both.

What time will the Live Sessions be?

The final decision will be made once the program is full, and these Live Sessions will even be recorded for those who cannot make each one. With that said…

Live Sessions, which last ~1.5 hours each, will take place approximately: 

  • On Sundays around 3 PM GMT / 11 AM ET*
  • On Thursdays around 4 PM GMT* / 12 PM ET, with a second option scheduled if participants varying time zones require it.

Optional Weekly Check-Ins, ~1 hour each, will take place approximately

  • One day a week around 9 AM GMT  with a second option around 1 AM GMT / 8 PM ET**

Please note these are approximate times. Actual call times and days may vary based on participant’s time zones. All Live Sessions are recorded for access afterwards.

Is this the right fit for me?

Unsettled’s Lifestyle Incubator is for professionals who are looking to redefine their career trajectory, and find better alignment between their lifestyle, values, and career.

We don’t care where you’ve worked, where you went to school, or what professional field you’re in. What we do care about is that you are looking to be intentional about your next steps in life, and are looking for a diverse and supportive community to navigate the uncertainty ahead.

Unsettled’s Lifestyle Incubator is for those who are seeking to:

  • Design your next move. For those who want to be intentional about making a career and lifestyle change.
  • Create an independent lifestyle that has alignment between your career and your life.
  • Get a clearer picture of what’s next, and learn to reframe your story and trajectory based on what’s meaningful to you.

If you’re chugging along in your career, at a crossroads, and feel the need to stop, assess, and design your next step to make sure it’s intentional, then Unsettled’s Lifestyle Incubator is for you. 

Who else will be joining?

A diverse community of professionals from over a dozen countries, who span industries, professions, and personal journeys that brought them here, ready to be intentional about how to continue building their lifestyles and careers.

Hope to see on your screen for our next virtual retreat, May 1-31, 2020!

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