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Retreat for Tech Professionals

Mindfulness As Survival Equipment For Tech Professionals

With Kurt Hoelting & David Perls

July 27 - August 3, 2019

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If Alaska is on your bucket list, and you want to learn how to accomplish more while doing less, join Executive Coach David Perls and wilderness guide Kurt Hoelting for an intensive, week-long mindfulness training in the heart of Alaska's beautiful Tongass National Forest.

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Tailored specifically to the needs of tech professionals, this training is sponsored by Inside Passages, and based out of Keene Channel Lodge in Southeast Alaska. Sea kayaking and camping, along with daily mindfulness training and yoga, will bring us back in touch with a core of inner belonging that is often absent from the work place, and from the realities of daily living in a fast-paced world, where we are constantly pressured, always-on, information overloaded and continuously distracted. 

We believe that leadership begins from the inside-out and that immersive experiences in nature can help us reconnect with our best selves. This experience in the Alaskan wilderness will help you re-establish that connection and, at the same time, commit to a daily mindfulness practice that serves to keep you focused on what matters most in your life. Mindfulness has emerged in the tech sector as a powerful source of emotional intelligence that can enhance both personal balance and interpersonal effectiveness, while also contributing to our business bottom lines. Programs that David teaches inside companies, including The Potential Project  and Google's highly successful Search Inside Yourself have demonstrated that we can train our attention to become more calm, focused, creative, resilient and happy in ways that benefit every aspect of our lives.


Kurt is an Alaskan wilderness guide, Zen student and commercial fisherman, who has brought mindfulness training into his work as a wilderness guide for 25 years. In the winter he teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to veterans at Seattle's VA Hospital. He is the author of The Circumference of Home, which was a Finalist for the Washington State Book Award in 2011. He lives on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound.

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David spent 20 years as a marketing professional, and has worked for eBay and Facebook during the course of his career. Today he coaches and teaches at fast paced "always-on" workplaces, providing individuals and teams with the concentration and energy for greater performance, collaboration and innovation. His clients include Facebook, Uber, Airbnb, Dropbox, Adobe, Intuit, Cisco, Stanford University, and the SF Giants.

Retreat cost: $4750. Includes lodging and all meals for five days and six nights at Keene Channel Lodge, kayak guide services, kayaks and all related gear, tents and community camping gear for the campout (sleeping bags, pads and rain gear not included) and transportation by charter vessel to and from the lodge from Petersburg (14 miles each way).

Cost does not include airfare to Petersburg from the Lower '48, or any meal or lodging costs in Petersburg before or after the trip. (See details about retreat information & schedule, and travel planning here.