Unsettled’s Lifestyle Incubator one of the first ever “virtual retreats”, and we’re sure that you’ll have some questions around this online course. Have a read below, download our brochure, and if something isn’t clear, you’re always free to shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get right back to you!
What is Unsettled's Lifestyle Incubator program about?
Unsettled’s Lifestyle Incubator program – our first ever “virtual retreat” run entirely online – will give you the time, space, tools, and community to navigate through your next transition with intention and clarity… without leaving home.
Through original content, live working sessions, peer-to-peer conversations, and daily content, Unsettled’s Lifestyle Incubator will help you identify the core tensions between the lifestyle you want and the career trajectory that aligns your values, interests, and skills.
Whether you’re working full time, taking a sabbatical, or going through an intentional career transition, this experience is designed to help you break out of your routine and think more deeply about your life and career trajectory.
What is a "Virtual Retreat"?
A “Virtual Retreat” is a lot like 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 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.
How much of a time commitment is required?
The Lifestyle Incubator is an investment in your future, so you should carve out the time to take it seriously. For these programs, you can expect to dedicate ~8 hours per week. Not all of this is live – there will be on average 2 live sessions per week (~2 hours each), and the rest will be more asynchronous or offline. The program is meant to be spread out throughout the weeks with some light weekend and evening commitments.
Is this possible if I have a full-time job?
Yes! Around 70% of our participants hold demanding full-time jobs while they are managing the program. Some of them also have families, kids, volunteering engagements, or are working on a few programs at the same time. If you feel too busy or overwhelmed, then perhaps the Lifestyle Incubator is what you’re looking for to put you on the path to more balance and fulfillment with work.
What type of content and structure should I expect?
The Lifestyle Incubator is an interactive and workshop-based approach to self-inquiry and lifestyle and career design. This means that the content is based on exercises, worksheets, and facilitated discussions that instigate questions, reflections, and planning towards the lifestyle and career you want for yourself next.
You can expect moments of self-reflection, talks led by the Unsettled team, and interactive sessions where you will share, contribute, and partner up with other participants in the retreat.
We’ve designed this program to be flexible but thorough in its delivery. There are plenty of extras we’ll be throwing in, and as always with Unsettled, it will be a co-created and iterative experience, meaning we design for you – the participant – to get the most out of the program, and will adapt based on what we discover along the way.
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 if participant time zones require it.
Optional Weekly “Office Hour” Check-Ins, ~1 hour each, will take place approximately
- On Tuesdays, with two timing variations dependent upon participant’s locations.
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.
What happens to the community afterwards? Do people stay in touch?
Absolutely. After such a powerful shared experience, people tend to stay connected for well after the actual program ends. We leave the communications platforms up, and invite participants to join our 2,000+ community of Unsettled alumni from 80+ countries and all of our in-person and virtual retreats.
We have an alumni-only Facebook group, LinkedIn group, newsletter, informal meetups in the real world, and even alumni-geared adventures and experiences like sailing and summits. Unsettled is a global community, and a network of incredible professionals living unconventional lives that can benefit you whichever path you choose after the program.
What technology/communications do I need to join a Virtual Retreat?
Your technology needs are fairly simple and straight forward:
- Access to a computer and reliable internet (at the times above)
- The ability to run Zoom, a popular video conferencing app that’s easy to download on nearly every device and in most countries.
- Slack, a simple group communications platform that’s easy to understand and use, whether it’s your first time or you use it 100 times/day.
- Ideally, a working microphone and camera on your device as occasional Live Sessions will be interactive.
Is this the right fit for me?
Unsettled’s Lifestyle Incubator is for early-to-mid career 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?
Unsettled’s Lifestyle Incubator is for all professionals who are looking to redefine their career trajectory, and find better alignment between their lifestyle, values, and career.
We’ve hosted a remarkably diverse community of participants from dozens of 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.
Do I need to have certain professional background to join?
No. We are all on different paths and this virtual retreat is agnostic towards your interests, skills, or career. Each participant brings their own journeys and discovers their own answers. We bring the big questions and insightful conversations.
Do I need to do anything to prepare between now and the first session?
You do not need to prepare anything in particular before the first session. We will send out orientation and pre-retreat information before we begin.
What happens if I miss a Live Session?
While we highly advise you to make all of the live sessions, they will be recorded. The more you ‘show up’ in the work ahead, the more you will get out of it.
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 of our Alumni whose employers have paid for Unsettled experiences in the past, but the case needs to be made by you. 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 this experience for an accounting professional to determine whether or not it meets your country’s tax laws as a write off.
What's the payment process like?
Once you’re invited to join Unsettled’s Lifestyle Incubator, your spot is held as soon as you make your payment via our secure online credit card processing system, which you will receive a link to. Payments are fully refundable less a $100 processing fee up to 30 days before the experience. Up to 10 days before an experience, payments are 50% refundable. No refunds are given less than 10 days before an experience.
Does Unsettled help in finding jobs?
We are not an employer nor employee placement firm, therefore Unsettled is not able to help with a job search or application process before, during, or after the program. Our experiences are meant to give you the tools and guidance to grow both personally and professionally, and connect you with a community of people from all over the world. How you use those tools and community along your journey is ultimately up to you…