What You Could Expect On a Mastermind Retreat in Bali

I was super excited and nervous to go to Bali. I was going to spend 5 days on a mastermind retreat with 8 entrepreneurs and 2 expert coaches to run it. What was I going to bring to the table? I don’t exactly have a business. What would I get out of it?

Our villa was about 40 km north of Ubud. As my driver took me on our 2-hour journey from the airport to the villa, Bali seemed like a typical developing country in Asia: dirty and chaotic with motorbikes everywhere. As we continued onwards, however, it became more lush…I started to notice all of the beautiful details that this country has mastered so elegantly. I took note of the many shops with hundreds of incredible sculptures on the side of the road, and of course, the never-ending house temples. Every house in Bali has a temple. Such an amazing concept.

I really can’t explain what happened when approaching the villa without sounding like a cliché…but it truly was serenity. Plush green trees and plants, big rocks that led the pathway through a stream of water…I immediately felt light and energized. Orchid Villa was going to be my home for the next 5 days. Between the incredible view of the jungle and mountains, to the warm welcome from one of the owners, Rick, and his team, I knew I was exactly where I needed to be.

I was told that Bali has a lot of “feminine energy.” And I get it. You can see it in all of the detail…from the intricate clothing of both men and women when they go to temple, to the ornate offerings they make for their Gods every day, to even the native flowers and plants….so much care and nurture goes into the delicacy that makes Bali what it is.

Daily offerings to the Gods

So what in the world takes place at a mastermind retreat? That’s a great question. Let me break it down for you:

  1. Disconnection from the outside world: When you’re in the jungle you can’t rely on good wifi connection. And thank goodness. Let’s bring it back to nature. Let’s bring it back to being silent in your own company. No Facebook, no Instagram, no Snapchat….just you, other in-the-flesh humans and thousands of jungle creatures.
  2. Nothing but pure goodness into the body: Every meal we had was homemade with the freshest ingredients that were all organic. All water was alkaline. Have you ever had aloe vera juice with ginger, lime and mint? Oh my heaven in my mouth. Or coconut yogurt with spirulina and granola and fruit? Each of these delicious and healthy meals was prepared with love by the Orchid Villa team.
  3. Yoga with a smile: Before breakfast we started the day with an hour yoga session with the cutest little man alive, who always reminded us to smile. These sessions were a little bit down the street, where we had to take stairs up into what seemed like our little private temple. We were outside, but with a roof over our heads to shelter us from the morning rain. An absolute stunning scenery.
  4. Collaboration: Each of us had 30 minutes in the “hot seat” to describe our business or business idea, where we were at, where we wanted to be, struggles we were facing and to ask questions. Our fellow peers were our soundboard and offered up many ideas and feedback. These kinds of conversations carried on throughout the retreat, whether it was over dinner or relaxing in the swimming pool.
  5. Learnings from the best: Natalie Sisson organized the retreat, which is one of several that she does throughout the year all around the world. In her workshops she asked us thought-provoking questions, challenged us to take our businesses to the next level by breaking down our business plans, mentored us to set specific goals and objectives, and gave us the tools to hold ourselves accountable by getting all plans of action strategically placed in an editorial calendar. She also brought in guest coach, Osmaan Sharif, who led a workshop about Wealth Dynamics, explaining each of the profiles (we had all taken the test prior to the retreat), relating it to our professional lives and the teams we work with. He followed that with a little bit of NLP coaching to help us break through some of our limiting beliefs. In a nutshell. So much value came out of these two humans.
  6. Post-dinner dance parties: I don’t know if it was the alkaline water or the fresh jungle air, but we were all on this crazy energy high. After our healthy dinners we’d get the music going and shamelessly get down in a dance party….which ended by 10pm. Retreat-style, not Ibiza-style.
  7. In-person human connections: We were 11 people in total, all from different countries, different ages and at different stages in business and in our lives. And we all bonded. Despite our differences, we all came together for the same reason of personal growth, and that was enough for us to build strong and deep connections with one another.
  8. Balinese culture: Our last day was spent with a Balinese family doing a cooking course. We went to the chaotic market for all of our ingredients first. Then we went to the family compound, where the entire family lives. We were shown around the compound and the family temple, and got to watch the grandmother do the afternoon offerings. Then we cooked for a few hours…and then we ate. And man, that was certainly a huge reward.
  9. Great sense of tranquility: Like I’ve said, Bali has a certain magic that is calming and energizing. Combine that with beautiful accommodations owned by the loveliest family, being surrounded by incredible human beings and taking action for your personal growth….that my friends, is some powerful stuff. I’ll admit, I felt a little overwhelmed after the information overload. Most of us did. And little by little, step by step, everything has become more clear.

This has been my first of many mastermind retreats to come. What an amazing way to travel, to discover a new culture, meet awesome human beings, all while doing something challenging for your personal and professional growth.

If you’ve ever wondered if this kind of learning adventure is worth the investment, I say absolutely.

If you’d like to know more, Natalie has set her dates for next year’s retreat in Bali: http://suitcaseentrepreneur.com/bali-vipretreat-2017/

Natalie Sisson working her magic
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