Learn to connect deeply and stay in touch with anyone – while being location independent. Join us for the #DeepTalkAnywhere Retreat in the heart of the French Alps.
As a location independent entrepreneur or freelancer, you may feel like there is something missing in your life. Something that has to do with the feeling of belonging and connection with others.
Sure – not being bound to one location grants you immense freedom. You don’t have to go to places you don’t want to be in. You don’t need to label your days as “weekdays” or “weekends”. You can plan your work, vacation and social life as you please.
That is a great amount of independence you have there. But what about your thirst for the internal freedom? The one that allows you to:
- be authentic and open in interactions with others?
- engage in conversations that you are passionate about?
- socialize in ways that you find compelling and valuable?
We are all becoming tired of short-lived, random interactions. They leave us with nothing but a feeling of emptiness or hangover after yet another “happy hour” at a bar with a bunch of strangers. Small talk about food and cryptocurrency, or cliché cultural jokes don’t make for a great social life either.
We conducted a survey which indicates that what location independent people miss the most from their lifestyle are meaningful conversations and fulfilling relationships.
Many believe that it is difficult to create and maintain friendships when on the go. It is hard to open yourself up in front of a stranger, to connect with peers over Skype or to stay in touch with somebody you briefly met on the road.
Similarly, it can be difficult to drive a car, speak a foreign language or bake a cake. All these aren’t easy for those who haven’t learned how to do it. Yet, we commonly believe that things like driving a car or learning Spanish are just a matter of practice.
Why wouldn’t it be just the same with creating meaningful human connections?
Everyone around you is hungry for connection
A great part of freelancers and location independent entrepreneurs admit that they struggle with relationships in their life. For one thing, the issue is about connecting with their loved ones back at home. Another problem is failing to create meaningful new connections while travelling the world or… working from home.
Here is what the respondents of our Digital Nomad Relationship Survey had to say:
“I often feel lonely. I meet new people, but I rarely have a true connection with them. It’s usually a pleasant encounter, but not deep enough.”
“I miss having people I can share moments or talk about my day with.”
“It’s easy to make casual friends, but the transient nature of the lifestyle makes it hard to solidify true friendships.”
“I never see my family in person. Skype and other communication methods are a not as an effective substitute as I would have hoped when it comes to keeping in touch with my close family.”
It may not be immediately apparent how many people around you struggle with this. When you scroll down your Facebook or Instagram feed, you are likely to see a lot of happy faces.
Those guys often seem to be living perfect lives, full of vibrant friendships all around the world.
But does it come as a surprise if we say that social media don’t tell the whole truth?
The friendships that you think you see in your Facebook feed are often non-existent. The truth is, most of those people are thirsty for the same thing as you – deep and meaningful connection with other humans.
They might never express it. But deep down, they want it badly.
The shift in how location independent people approach their relationships is in the works. And there is no turning back from it. That’s because this important change is rooted in the rise of awareness.
We are becoming aware that random pizza nights and rushed, distracted Skype calls are not the only ways to go about our social needs.
What is more, we are also realizing that cultivating deep and meaningful relationships is way more important than just “having someone to talk to.” According to a Harvard study, lack of good quality relationships can increase mortality risk to the same degree as smoking 15 cigarettes per day.
In other words – neglecting your social life might mean up to 50% higher chance of premature death.
Those who recognize that “going deeper” is of great value and importance, begin to invest in their relationships. They educate themselves, they experiment and they work on opening themselves up a little more every day. They have realized that connecting with other humans is not magic: it is a science.
It is a skill that anyone can learn. Just like riding a bike or learning Spanish.
Imagine that you can keep your location independent lifestyle, while also…
- … connecting with different kinds of people wherever you are.
- … making your long-distance relationships (e.g. with family and friends) fully valuable and potent.
- … building a strong network of like-minded individuals all around the globe.
- … feeling confident to take initiative and start conversations that are genuinely interesting for you.
- … being able to communicate your thoughts and feelings in an appealing way.
- … being alone only if and when you want to.
- … create and maintain professional relationships with grace and ease (say no to awkward “networking”!)
If the above statements sound like an unattainable promised land – chances are, it is because of your misguided beliefs. Nothing weird about that. The education and cultural dogma we are fed throughout our lives teach us the following:
You either are “good at socializing”/likeable/easy-going or… you are not.
You either are an extrovert or an introvert.
Your ability to communicate depends on your personality – and there’s not much you can do about it.
All of that sounds as if the quality of your relationships was a matter of pure chance. If you believe it – it turns out that the way you interact with people is far beyond your control!
As you probably can tell, this is very far from accurate. The truth is that building meaningful and strong connections with others is a skill that anyone can learn. And it is an irreplaceable skill if you want to thrive as a location independent individual.
For one thing, it allows you to improve your long-distance relationships and nurture them no matter where you are.
On top of that, it empowers you to connect with virtually any stranger you meet while travelling, networking or even shopping. It provides you with so far undiscovered opportunities to explore the world and the people that live in it.
Wasn’t that the reason you wanted to become location independent in the first place?
How are we going to create these meaningful connections?
We tend to think that mastering human interactions takes years of practice, experimenting and failing. That this is something you only work out as you grow old and get to meet a sufficient amount of people on your path.
To be fair – this is how it happens for most people who are not intentional about their relationships.
But what if you chose to be intentional about this?
What if you decided to dedicate four days of your life to learning the skill of connecting with others on a profound level?
What if, during these four days, you had access to professional support and tools and was immersed in a group of like-minded people pursuing the same goal?
The #DeepTalkAnywhere Retreat provides exactly that.
We designed it to share tools that will empower you to create relationships that you always wanted. It doesn’t matter where you struggle most: keeping a connection with your folks back at home, meeting new people or diving into deep and meaningful conversations.
The techniques we work with are universal, in the sense that they give you the freedom to respond and take initiative – rather than merely react.
The programme of the four-day Retreat is packed with practical activities that show you experientially how to enhance any human interaction.
Those activities are a combination of scientifically validated tools, meditation practice and games we have tested in multiple settings and contexts.
Authentic Relating Games Session
Authentic Relating Games are extensively tested, masterfully led experiences that help us learn about the very essence of human interactions. In this session we will explore group dynamics that will provide you with fresh tools you can use in your everyday interactions, by focusing on different intentions and feelings such as bonding, fun, curiosity, testing boundaries, empathy, communication and reflection.
Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Workshop
Nonviolent Communication (NVC), developed by Marshall Rosenberg, helps us reframe how we express ourselves and how we hear others. It is a valuable tool to resolve conflicts by focusing our consciousness on what we are observing, feeling, needing, and requesting.
Active Listening Workshop
Many of us know that listening is a key asset for successful relationships, however few of us know how to listen deeply, effectively and actively. In this workshop, you will get to practise your listening skills, and you will learn techniques and exercises that you can bring to your everyday life and use to transform your communication with others.
Communication Strategies for Long Distance Relationships—Think Tank
One of the biggest challenges that comes with living a location independent lifestyle is staying in touch with people who live far away from us. In this think tank we will identify problems, analyse tested solutions, and brainstorm innovative ways to maintain fulfilling relationships and connections while living in different countries.
Self-Disclosure as a Tool for Deepening Relationships—Workshop
Basing on the study ‘The Experimental Generation of Interpersonal Closeness’, we will explore the strength behind vulnerability and learn how to be more honest and open in our relationships and interactions with others.
Meditation and Self-Coaching
A crucial step towards improving our relationships with others is to first have a healthy relationship with ourselves. We will do this through mindfulness exercises, meditation, and exploring self-coaching tools that will help you achieve your personal goals and be the best version of yourself well after you have left the retreat.
Apart from structured workshops, we will also allow time for unwinding and integrating new insights. This is why we are bringing this Retreat to an exceptional location – Lauvitel Lodge in the heart of the French Alps. Being surrounded by mountain peaks and pristine Nature all day long will surely help us feel the connection we are so eager for.
You can learn more about the location and how to get there by scrolling to the bottom of this page.
About Honeyboom – meet Sílvia and Michał
Silvia and Michal are a location independent couple who travels the world as they build their business, Honeyboom.
They have years of experience chairing and facilitating groups in team building (mostly within the context of the European Youth Parliament), as well as research and personal experimentation with productivity and public speaking.
They have a relationship coaching and life coaching business, where they help couples and entrepreneurs achieve their goals and build more fulfilling human connections.
They have also created and facilitated interactive immersive experiences, which focused deeply on exploring and experimenting with the limits and the power of human interactions (Hidden Door Festival, Lethally Harmless Productions).
They have had their work published—within the field of relationships, human connection, and self-development—for platforms such as Better Humans, Medium.com, and P.S. I Love You. Click here to check out more of their published work.
Testimonials from previous events organised by Honeyboom:
“What is surprising is that this is effective. You really feel like you are quite in touch with somebody.” – Chris
“I was surprised to hear my feelings come out from me in words.” – Haru
“It’s been a week since the exercise and I can see a change in how I relate to people, because I saw what level of connection is possible if you want to give it a bit of attention and be intentional about it. Right now I see the possibility of connecting with anyone, anywhere if I only want to.” – Marta
Testimonial from a Lauvitel Lodge guest:
“In June 2016, I discovered Lauvitel Lodge during a Reiki retreat. This was an amazing experience: Tai chi, chi gong, meditation, hiking, initiation to Reiki, amazing food, super comfortable room, great views, peaceful garden and most of all: extraordinary people running the place. I have travelled all over the world but this is one of my top 5 best places on earth. I’ve come back a different person. Thanks Caroline for having given me more faith In myself. I’ll never ever forget that first stay (of many to come) at Lauvitel Lodge.” – Céline Maginel
#DeepTalkAnywhere Retreat Programme
Welcome to DeepTalkAnywhere
Active Listening Workshop
Authentic Relating Games Session
Nonviolent Communication Workshop
Think Tank: Communication Strategies for Long Distance Relationships
Workshop: Self-Disclosure as a Tool for Deepening Relationships
Tai Chi Class with Caroline Purkhardt
*Intentional Dinners and Evening Sessions will have a different theme every day, which will be shared at the retreat.
** As it is an outdoors activity, the Nature Walk will happen depending on the weather conditions.
Number of participants: up to 12 people
Dates: 14th – 18th September 2018
€899 €799 (early bird price until 6th August)
- Lodging in Lauvitel Lodge (4 nights)
- Full board (3 vegan meals a day plus tea, coffee and fresh drinks)
- Guided activities included in the program
- Access to the members-only Honeyboom online community
Price does not include:
- Travel costs
- Any extra activities throughout your stay
Lodging in 2-person rooms with shared bathroom. Single rooms are also available for an additional fee. Please contact us for availability.
If you have any dietary requirements, please let us know about them upon booking the retreat.
Please tell us in advance if you have any health issues that might influence your participation in the retreat activities.
What to bring
- Comfortable clothing for meditation, yoga and Tai-Chi
- Warm clothes as well as summer clothes
- Comfortable outdoor clothing suitable for hiking
- Waterproof jacket
- Hiking boots
- Water bottle
- Sunglasses and sun cream
- Yoga mat (if you prefer your own)
We will provide yoga mats, meditation pillows and blankets if needed. To check what else is available at the Lodge, please feel free to contact us directly.
About Lauvitel Lodge
Lauvitel Lodge is a mountain getaway in the heart of the French Alps – the Oisans valley, famous for its Nature’s naked beauty. The pristine and dramatic mountain landscape around the Lodge provides an ideal environment for self- exploration, unwinding and re-connecting with those parts of ourselves that we might have long forgotten.
For many years now, we have been running and hosting numerous well-being, self-development and corporate retreats and workshops. Our ultimate goal is to continuously create space that can be a “home away from home” for all our guests and retreat participants.
Lauvitel Lodge is located in a small hamlet of La Danchère, about a one-hour drive from Grenoble. Situated at the end of the road, it marks the gateway to the Ecrins National Park – and much, much more.
The beautiful natural surroundings of the Lodge comprise of magnificent mountain peaks, crystal clear lakes, running rivers and pristine forests, with fresh clean air and a real sense of stillness, that is a rare gem. This exceptional landscape makes it a perfect place for reconnecting with yourself – or simply taking a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
The closest airports to La Danchère are Grenoble, Lyon, Chambery, Geneva and Turin. If you need any assistance in planning your travel to the Lodge, you can get full details of our location here or contact us directly.
- Stretch Deck for meditation, yoga and Tai-Chi,
- Yoga mats and meditation pillows,
- Comfortable and spacious common room with a fireplace and book collection,
- Plunge pool with ice-cold water from the mountains,
- Independent kitchen,
- Restaurant offering drinks and snacks all day,
- Garage to securely keep your sports equipment,
- Three front of the house gardens (including a garden restaurant),
- Back garden ideal for meditation, yoga and self-time,
- Free Wi-Fi,
- Free parking.