• Slow Down | Create More

    18th - 25th March 2018

    near Lisbon

    We invite you to our first Slo-Working Week

    Are your passion projects not getting the time they deserve?

    Are your to-do lists getting in the way of actually getting shit done?

    Need headspace to work out what to do next?

    Or just simply space and time to create?

     

    If your answer is yes to any of these, you're not alone. We need this too. Our dream is to create a permanent Slo-Working place, but we're not rushing it. So in the meantime, come join us in Portugal for a Slo-Working week (or maybe more?).

     

    Next March, blast away those winter cobwebs and welcome spring; relaxed, refreshed and energised. Slow down to create more. With space to work on a project and support from a group of people as awesome as you. Outside of focused “get shit done” sessions, we'll be offering healthy, fun activities to help you be the best you that you can be! Be it surfing, yoga, walking, dancing, painting, eating together - because that's really where the magic happens.

     

    But it’s not a rigid, timetabled retreat. You create your own pace and can do as few or as many of the activities on offer. We all work best when we follow our own rhythm. That’s why everything during the week is optional.

    Price

    £435

    Excluding flights

    What's included?

    • 7 nights accommodation - a bed to catch up on your beauty sleep

    • Tasty breakfast, lunch and dinner - veggie, vegan and meat options

    • Drinks with dinner

    • Tea, coffee & fruit

    • Airport transfer and transport to group activities during the week

    • Local knowledge

    • Space to work

    • WiFi

    • Beaches and walks right on your doorstep

    • Daily yoga classes and meditation

    • A supportive group of inspirational buddies doing great things - to co-create, laugh and slow down with

    • Workshops - Lead by the group and to be confirmed nearer the time. Expect sessions on storytelling, empathy, drawing, marketing, design, confidence, martial arts...

    • Great vibes

    Optional extras (not included in price):

    • Surfing

    • Stand Up Paddleboarding

    • Mountain biking

  • Founding members of the Happy Startup School

    A community of entrepreneurs putting happiness before profit

    We've helped host the workation Ashram in Goa and the annual community gathering Summercamp in Brighton.

  • Your Hosts

    Meet Henrietta and Rik

    Our Slo-Working Story

    Hello, I'm Henrietta, call me Hen.

    This is my partner Rik (says hi).

    I'm Swedish, raised in England with Swiss/Turkish step-family. My life has been a yo-yo between different cultures, particularly between my dad in Stockholm and my mum in Brighton. Lots of travelling, chatting with strangers and staying with grandparents in the Scandinavian out-back for weeks on end, entertaining myself building dens and foraging blueberries. I love being creative, being in nature, being together. Then, I became an adult... and society told me to stop playing, work hard and keep busy!

     

    I started working life as a designer for creative studios, start-ups and social enterprises as well as marketing jobs for big corporate companies.

     

    One day, I find myself 2 years in at a 9-5 desk-job as a mental health patient advisor and deeply unhappy. So, I went part-time and juggled this with a design job as that was what my degree was in, right? Still unhappy. I got told to "follow my heart" and "do what you love". I decided that, because I love massage, to take on a Swedish Massage qualification...obviously.

     

    I was tired and unhappy, working with seriously mentally ill patients half the week, trying to be fun and creative designing cool stuff the other half of the week and studying anatomy for the massage therapist course on the weekends. I became very unwell and not very good at anything I was doing. It took a toll on my relationships, my mental and physical health. Being busier didn't fix anything, it was all too much.

    I needed to slow down.
    So I quit.

     

    Slowing down was the best decision I ever made. It gave me time to focus on the important stuff, and remember the simple things that made me truly happy - like foraging for blueberries! By slowing down we see more clearly and create things of more value - in relationships, work and life in general.

     

    Then I met Rik and we set up a purposeful business together. Choosing the nomadic life of remote working, we've travelled between co-working spaces across Asia. Living at home stays and yoga retreats; getting inspired by different people's lifestyles, especially those who have chosen the slow road -and are much happier. We got such a buzz from the co-working and co-living and the people that we met that I thought - hey, this is it, this is what I want to offer to the world. I want to create spaces that get the best out of people, plus I love hosting. We shared our journey with The Happy Startup School tribe, a network of purpose-driven entrepreneurs. It was at one of their events in India that the idea for a Slo-Working place in Portugal was born (the Goa vibe definitely had something to do with it).

     

    The way we live, work and play are changing. We need creative spaces to help us get out of the "busy" rut where we're drowning in unnecessary to-do lists. A place we can focus on the good stuff, being true to ourselves, and create more value with like-minded inspiring people. We don't need another room full of individuals sat on their laptops, just like any other office. We need that den in the woods and people to play with.

     

    So, take your project on holiday with us.

    We welcome you to slow down to create more.

     

    Join our journey and help us build the first Slo-Working place :)

     

    See you in Portugal

    Hen & Rik

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