Being a successful start-up in the ever-evolving wellness and plant-based nutrition space means that we get a lot of enquiries from entrepreneurs just starting out. These are questions we’re only too happy to answer (keep them coming!), but if you’re serious about kicking an idea into high gear, let us tell you about FOUND – a 14-day immersive business training retreat for wellness entrepreneurs.
What is FOUND?
Last year we travelled to Bali for the inaugural FOUND training retreat. Over 14 days, we made up part of an expert panel offering holistic training to empower entrepreneurs in the early stages of an idea to build the foundations of a successful business.
Taking you through every step of building a dream into a salable enterprise, FOUND offers:
- 36 Business workshops
- 24 wellness classes
- 12 mentoring sessions
- 8 wellness professionals
- 1 dream business
As well as the creation of your online presence, FOUND guides its community through brand identity and the fundamentals of creating a visual style and personality for your brand. An expert photographer also offers tutorials on creating great images, and fellow founders will coach on best business practice via workshops and one-to-one mentoring.
All this comes part and parcel with that most crucial ingredient for success: balance. As well as comprehensive business training, FOUND prioritises wellbeing and fosters unadulterated fun within its community, be that through daily meditation, healing, movement classes, or the provision of delicious, healthy food enjoyed with likeminded new friends.
Who it’s for
FOUND is for anyone seeking to integrate wellness into their business goals with the help of multi-skilled mentors who can support their journey. The versatile profile of its team attracts a wide audience unrestricted by age or gender.
Those who might find it particularly useful are:
- Start-up entrepreneurs looking for the tools to harness their potential and/or uplevel revenue and impact.
- Aspiring digital nomads looking for the freedom of a freelance career that can pay bills while doing what they love.
- Wellness gurus looking to expand their services and presence in this exciting space.
Last year FOUND welcomed Shandell Patterson to its Bali training, who joined from Western Australia. With a background in childcare, her plan is to launch a space offering yoga classes encouraging families and children to explore meditation and mindfulness. Check out her progress here.
Why we do it
Form believes in human potential and we hate to see it go to waste. Together we can create the conditions for a happier world, and the lessons we’ve learned in our journey so far can help creatives find their purpose.
As a former PR Director in the luxury industry turned meditation teacher and entrepreneur in the wellness space, at FOUND, I (Natalia) share practices to connect with your inner voice through thought-provoking meditation sessions, plus strategies to amplify your presence through PR and partnerships. I look at everything from building the pillars of a fulfiling existence to pitching with passion and building a communications strategy.
My form co-founder Damian is an experienced entrepreneur who has always run, started and raised funds for businesses driven by social purpose. He has been named a “nutrition maverick” and “protein pioneer” by Men’s Health magazine, bringing a social conscience to a self (or selfie)-obsessed industry. In his sessions, he looks at business strategies that have helped him along the way, such as the Blue Ocean Strategy’s “don’t fit in, stand out” mantra, while coaching through building a one-page business plan, building a team and raising funds.
Where & When
This year, FOUND has extended its offering to two separate 14-day training retreats. The first will take place in Lisbon, Portugal – a fast-growing hub for digital nomads that boasts a great balance between living and working. From a stylish city apartment that doubles both as a great yoga and meditation space and a co-working hub, a typical day will start with a sunrise meditation and movement class to get the creative juices flowing ahead of three daily workshops to bring your dream from concept to reality.
Later in the year, we’ll return to Uluwatu, Bali. Based in surfer’s paradise Bingin Beach and with ample opportunity to experience this island’s immense wellness offering, we’ll be teaching from an eco-inspired luxury lodge nestled in the cliffside. A typical day will start with a sunrise meditation in the on-site shala before a day of workshops. This season, we’re also excited for the presence of a professional chef who will create bespoke plant-powered buffet brunches and team dinners.
Each training still has space available. To join us in Lisbon from April 27th to May 11th or Bali from September 7th to 21st, learn more and book at letsbefound.com.