2017 is in full swing, and spring is the perfect time to think about what you want from the year ahead. Whether it’s learning a new skill, developing yourself personally or professionally, tapping into your creativity, hiring a coach, or taking a break to rest and recharge, making time to nurture yourself and your dreams every once in a while is vital for your health and wellbeing.
Here’s our pick of the best upcoming festivals, events and talks to help you on the path to doing what you love.
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Where: Worldwide access and all time-zones
When: April 1 – 2, 2017
Organiser: Freedom Summit
Jumpstart your journey to freedom with the first online virtual gathering for location independent entrepreneurs. The Freedom Summit is a weekend-long event where inspiring change makers, trailblazers, and leaders teach new and emerging formulas on how to travel, work, and live a fulfilling life from anywhere in the world. If you want to learn from the best of the best and pick up practical tips, tools and strategies to help you live a life you love, this one is for you.
For more information visit: https://www.freedomsummit.online
Alternative Careers Festival
Where: Off Quay, London, UK
When: April 13, 2017, from 1pm
Cost: Early bird tickets now on sale and include exclusive perks
Organiser: Escape the city
This is no ordinary job fair… it’s an event for anyone who is: curious about where the world of work is headed; committed to doing work that matters; looking for a new role; feels ready for change and needs inspiration; or knows what they want to do but needs help with the process. If this sounds like you, come along and connect with innovative brands of all sizes, learn from industry experts, get real advice from people who have been there and done it, and who knows, you may even get hired! This is your chance to escape the pigeonhole and embrace your next opportunity because life is too short to do work that doesn’t matter.
For more information visit: http://www.escapethecity.org/alternative-career-festival/
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Visionary Women Conference
Where: The Narrative Loft, Santa Barbara, USA
When: April 29, 2017 from 10am-5pm
Cost: $297.00 and includes light breakfast and Mediterranean lunch
Organiser: Zhena Muzyka
Make a playdate with your destiny and learn from some of the world’s most successful online and offline entrepreneurs, female CEOs, and global coaches in this joy-filled, information-infused gathering. It’s guaranteed fun with inspiring 20-minute talks, mingling sessions, breakout workshops, and laser coaching sessions. You will:
* Learn the laws of reinvention and how to make big moves that win
* Find out how to use “setback management” to recover and rock, quickly
* Meet the makers of your favourite products and programs
* Discover fresh ways to build your career and feed your soul
* Be wowed by dynamic motivational speakers
* Discover what’s preventing you from finding pure joy
* Learn the power of personal branding
* Unveil your life’s purpose and uncover ways to fulfill it
* Tap into your intuition and make the best business and life moves possible while increasing revenues for yourself and your company.
* Sip wine at the after-gathering wine crawl, get to know your fellow she-roes and leave inspired and enlivened.
For more information visit: http://www.zhena.tv/visionary/
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Camp Grounded: Summer Camp for Adults
Where: Mendocino, California, USA
When: May 19 – 22, 2017
Cost: $695 – $1,390
Organiser: Digital Detox
Want to unplug, get away, and feel free again? Then trade in your computer, iphone, email, digital camera, and watch and ditch the schedules, work-jargon, networking events and conferences for four days of pure, unadulterated off-the-grid fun. Summer camp is all about trying new things, giving yourself the opportunity to pick up an old hobby, and creating new memories with a community of people who value individuality, self-expression, and friendship over status updates, job titles, bitcoins and “busyness” models. The programme of events is extensive and varied so you choose exactly what you do, or don’t, want to do. From LEGO building, comic book drawing and creative writing to screen printing, stilt walking and singing there’s something for everyone. You’ll leave knowing that anything is possible when you give yourself chance to let go.
For more information visit: http://campgrounded.org
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Mind Body Spirit Festival
Where: International Convention Centre, Sydney, Australia
When: May 25 – 28, 2017
Organiser: Exhibition and Events Australia Pty Ltd
Held biannually, the Sydney Mind Body Spirit Festival brings you the very best in health, wellness and spiritual guidance. You can learn from over 200 exhibitors, attend inspirational seminars, book yourself a psychic reading, try some body pampering, watch inspirational stage performances, join a free meditation session and enjoy some delicious healthy foods at the Soul Kitchen. Gift yourself some ‘me-time’ this May and come along.
For more information visit: http://www.mbsfestival.com.au
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World Domination Summit
Where: Portland, Oregon, USA
When: July 11 – 17, 2017
Organiser: Chris Guillebeau
If you’d love to know how to live a remarkable life in a conventional world, you won’t want to miss this. Since 2011, World Domination Summit has brought together more than 10,000 people from more than 40 countries. As adventurers from all walks of life, their mission is to create a remarkable community that helps each person pursue a big dream. There will be discussions and activities on topics like how to live a good life, travel hack your way around the globe, and write your first book, making it an experience like no other. Jam-packed with eye-opening events and unforgettable keynote speakers, you’ll learn from unconventional thinkers, acquire powerful new skills, and go away with a whole new community of friends and supporters.
For more information visit: https://worlddominationsummit.com
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The Way of Nature Programme
Where: Lake District, UK
When: June 27 – July 2, 2017
Cost: £645 including guiding and food
Organiser: Andres Roberts
This is your chance to step back from life and reconnect with yourself and the world around you in a very special way. The Way of Nature Programme takes you on a fantastic journey into inner and outer wildness through ancient wisdom practices and a 36-hour solo in the wild. You’ll hike, swim, camp, make fire, rest, recharge, eat good food and be inspired by the wonders of nature. The programme has been created to help you relax, be present, and cultivate energy and after the event there will be extra support through one-to-one and group calls to help you integrate your new-found knowledge, tools and techniques into your everyday life.
For more information visit: http://wayofnature.co.uk/retreats/
Image credit: Jake White (base), Chetana Thornton (flyer), by Elad Itzkin
Yoga Connects Festival
Where: Glastonbury, UK
When: July 7 – 9, 2017
Cost: Gold tickets £240, Silver tickets £180, Kids under 12 Free, Teens aged 13-19 £100, a camping charge of £15 per person per night is an additional cost
Organiser: Yoga Connects Festival
Taking place at the heart centre of the world, this two-day festival is all about honouring the sacred connections that yoga gives us not only to our bodies and minds but also to music, nature, children, meditation, Shamanism, ceremony and each other. There are daily yoga classes from some of the world’s most sought after teachers and whether you’re a seasoned yogi or don’t know your Asana from your Savasana, it’s a great opportunity to lose your inhibitions, have fun and replenish your energy levels. There’ll also be chance to enjoy some conscious shopping and delicious vegetarian and vegan cuisine and get your groove on to music by musicians and DJs from around the globe.
For more information visit: https://yogaconnects.co.uk/
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Base Camp Festival
Where: Peak District, UK
When: September 7 – 10, 2017
Cost: Early Bird £112.50
Organiser: Explorers Connect
Base Camp is the world’s first adventure festival for adults and it has been named as one of the “best non-music festivals” by the UK festival awards. It’s a one of a kind event which offers a fantastic opportunity to meet like-minded people, embrace the great outdoors and be part of an adventure community. By day you can experience cool adventure activities like hiking, biking, kayaking, climbing, and bushcraft and by the light of the stars you can mingle with explorers, listen to tales of adventures and party in the woods to live music and entertainment. Tickets always sell out several weeks in advance so don’t wait to get yours!
For more information visit: http://www.basecampfestival.co.uk
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The Digital Nomad Conference (DNX)
Where: Lisbon, Portugal
When: September 9 – 10, 2017
Cost: Varies from €197-€997 depending on package
Organiser: Marcus Meurer & Felicia Hargarten
This is the ultimate event for online working digital entrepreneurs from all over the world. Join 500 motivated, like-minds for a four-day programme packed full of workshops, advice, inspiring talks from keynote speakers, and epic parties. You’ll do lots of networking and leave with increased business know-how and actionable takeaways. If you want to learn more about “location independent working”, connect with others and take your business to the next level, then this is the place for you!
For more information visit: http://www.dnxglobal.com