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Is there an age limit to being Unsettled?
Nope! We deeply believe that diversity of age, as well as background and life experience is what makes each Unsettled trip unique, and we've had everyone from recent college graduates to grandmothers join us for an incredible experience!
How structured are these retreats?
The Unsettled experience is your experience. We create just enough structure so that you can plug into the different activities, workshops, and people as you wish.
Nothing is required, and everything is voluntary; however, we do look for people who contribute. Our role is to provide a platform so that you know what's happening and can participate as you like.
Most days are unstructured work days - you can work from our central coworking space, a coffee shop, the beach or a park, depending on the destination :). We tend to have a set group meal 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.
Awesome. And who comes on these trips?
Most participants on an Unsettled retreat are young working professionals (average age range 26 - 38), with multidimensional personalities and vast interests. This isn't a post-college party trip. 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 work 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.
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:
- open to spending time with people from different cultures with different value sets
- curious about the people and the world around them
- considerate of others
Basically, as long as you're not an asshole, you'll fit right in.
I'm almost sold. So what's included, and what's not?
For the prices quoted on each trip, this usually covers your:
- accommodation (a private room)
- coworking space (full-time access)
- welcome dinner & party
- workshops & peer-to-peer sessions
- airport transfer
- weekly lunch and learns
- non alcoholic drinks (water, juices, coffee, energy drinks, etc.)
- local SIM card for mobile connectivity (where available)
- organization of workshops, goals sessions, local guest speakers, happy hours, and parties
Your payment does not include several important things:
- alcohol (may or may not be important to you ;)
- local transportation (though we do help arrange this, it is not included in the price; more info will be provided via email)
- activities and adventures outside of the house (skiing, bicycle rentals, diving, climbing, etc. can all cost a significant amount and should only be paid for by people who partake in each activity and are therefore not included in the price unless otherwise noted)
- we sometimes organize yoga or meditation instructors to come to the house and arrange a group discount, but only those participating will pay for this
- meals are not included unless otherwise noted; however, we do like to facilitate group meals and all participants split the costs when the group decides to eat dinner together
Whenever possible we are happy to help organize to get group discounts for any activities we do as a group. If something is not clear, please reference the individual retreat webpage or ask us. More details will be sent via email.
Sounds great. And the cost?
Each experience is different, but our goal is to make them accessible and affordable - basically, less than or equal to what you'd spend during a month where you currently live. This ranges from $1,600 per month for cheaper destinations, to $2,400 for more expensive destinations.
There are many costs that go into organizing these retreats. For example, internet upgrades, SIM cards, and infrastructure investments can run thousands of dollars. Sometimes a scout trip is necessary. Our accomodations are not cheap, and we don't skimp on the details. We started Unsettled because we believe in the need for it - not to make a billion dollar company. This is a lifestyle investment that we believe is worth it, and we do our best to keep it within range for people. The quotes above are subject to change slightly as we finalize details.
Can I get my employer to pay for this?
We certainly hope so, but that's ultimately between you and your employer. There have been a few participants' employers pay for a retreat in the past. We can promise a productive work environment, structure, and much more. For those of us who are self-employed, it's best to check with your accountant, but we are happy to provide a summary of the purpose and benefits of these work retreats for an accounting professional to determine whether or not it meets your country's tax laws as a write off.
How long in advance do I have to book?
These trips are relatively small. There's only about 25 or 30 people on each trip. All of them will fully book in advance. We recommend booking far in advanced by paying a 25% deposit that is refundable (see below). Most trips will be full or nearly full within 90 days.
What's the payment process?
To hold your spot we require a 25% deposit of the trip cost. For example, a $2,000 retreat requires a $500 deposit. Each retreat has its own date for deposits (we will inform you of these via email, too). The deposit is 100% refundable until the date of your final payment.
Your final payment of your remaining balance is due 60 days before the start date of the retreat.
There are no refunds of any type within 45 days of the start date of your retreat. We make decisions based on predicted cash flow for many aspects of the retreat and it's unfair to us and other participants to have to recover cost within 45 days.
Can I bring my significant other?
Of course! In fact, we might bring ours. We do ask that you keep in mind that this is a group retreat and that some of the most important aspects of the trip include socializing, collaborating, and working together. If you and yours are extremely private in nature, then a coliving and coworking retreat may not be for you. Let us know if you're interested in bringing someone.
Do you run any private retreats for startups, corporates, or corporate teams?
We have received several questions about putting together a private retreat for a startup or corporate team. We would love to talk to find out if our interests are aligned. The founders of Unsettled have run countless workshops, seminars, conferences, and retreats, and we know exactly how to combine a focused work environment with adventures that facilitate camaraderie and reenergize your team. The reason it is called recreation is because new adventures are proven to improve creation and focus. Email us at email@example.com to learn about what locations we have in mind near and far.
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