The Land of Gross National Happiness
Bhutan is the only country that values Gross National Happiness over Gross Domestic Product. Each year the King and the government contemplate how they can improve the happiness and wellbeing of their people, and how to protect their pristine natural landscapes.
During our first visit to Bhutan, I can remember our group feeling exhilarated as we flew over Mount Everest to land on an airport strip surrounded by lush green forests. The second you walk off the plane and breathe in the fresh mountain air you know you are ready to transform in every area of your life.
What makes Bhutan magical - beyond the natural beauty - is the generosity you see in the eyes of the locals combined with the powerful spiritual energy that is cultivated by the monks and monasteries located throughout this tiny nation.
On your Abroad Quest you will stay in beautiful luxury accommodations and be guided by locals on how to experience the best Bhutan has to offer. This Quest includes mind-blowing cultural immersion including visits to mystical monasteries, rafting through the Himalayas, opportunities to learn from leaders of the Bhutanese government, and so much more. In addition to the cultural immersion, you will also form powerful friendships and professional collaborations with an extraordinary group of executives and changemakers. By the end of our recent Quest, our participants begin referring to each other as family, and our WhatsApp group is on fire daily.
World-Class Executive Education
On your Quest you will receive the finest executive education from top professors and executive coaches. Our lead expert for this Quest is Professor Rob Wolcott, a Clinical Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, one of the top business schools in the world. Joining Rob is Dr. Daniel Cordaro, former Director of Wellbeing at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, and Justin Milano, CEO of Abroad and International Executive Coach to top entrepreneurs and CEO's (See below for more information on faculty and curriculum).
What’s different about our ExecEd is our focus on developing the whole human. By the end of this quest, it is our promise that you will learn skills to connect deeply to yourself, find a new source of fulfillment within, and use that fuel to enhance your leadership and professional impact in the world. Our ExecEd is a combination of practical business training and self-discovery.
For more information, see our video, curriculum overview, photos and frequently asked questions.
Cheers to your transformation...
The Abroad Team
7 nights stay in luxury hotels: Le Meridien Bangkok, Zhiwa Ling Ascent & Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary
Round-trip flight from Bangkok to Bhutan
ExecEd for self awareness, leadership, purpose and mindset development
Mind-blowing cultural immersion and selfless service experiences
Pilgrimages to ancient monasteries
Rejuvenation and spa treatments
Session with a senior executive coach to empower your personal mission
$250 daily Bhutan visa fee
All meals and non-alcoholic drinks
Community dinners with Bhutanese environmental, Buddhism, and government officials sharing their knowledge and passion for Bhutan
Powerful professional networking and collaboration opportunities
Comprehensive travel insurance policy
Tips for eight Bhutanese guides and drivers
90-minute online group forum post the Quest
Dedicated local concierge
Put simply, once you arrive in Bangkok, we take care of the rest.
Dates & Pricing
October 2 - 9, 2019
Option 1 ($10,000/£7,500): Based on double occupancy and includes luxury rooms throughout
*$15,000 USD single occupancy
Option 2 ($12,500/£9,500): Based on double occupancy and includes luxury villa upgrade at the stunning Uma Paro + 2 additional coaching sessions (pre-post quest)
*$18,000 USD single occupancy
Scholarships are available for non-profit and emerging leaders. Contact us to apply.
Full Payment Required to Reserve Limited Spots
75% refund if cancelled 60+ days prior to arrival; 50% refund if cancelled 30+ days prior to arrival. Within 30 days we will do our best.
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Curriculum Highlights & Faculty
Cultural Immersion: Authentic Bhutan
Dorji Wangchuk is our leading expert in exploring the spirit and ancient wisdom that Bhutan holds. From 2009 to 2013 he served as the Director Communication and Spokesperson for His Majesty the King and the Royal Family of Bhutan. He is a visiting professor with the Royal University of Bhutan and briefly served as dean at the Royal Thimphu College.
He is currently working on establishing the Contentment Foundation in Bhutan with Dan while pursuing a second advanced degree at the University of Macau with research focus on social media, sociolinguistics and Buddhist communication.
Wisdom: Mindfulness and Contentment
As you crystallize your missions and uncover new inspiration, Dr. Daniel Cordaro - CEO of the Contentment Foundation and former Director of Wellbeing at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence - will guide you through ancient wisdom practices to understand your true nature and connect to the deeper meaning of life. As your mind and soul experience rejuvenation on the deepest levels, you will cultivate a sense of unconditional self acceptance and mental balance you previously deemed impossible. From this place of expanded awareness, you will develop selfless service mindsets that facilitate the conditions for exponential global impact.
Mindset Development: Executive Coaching
The most successful people in the world are concerned about the notion of mission and purpose. They continually ask questions about where they are going, and where we are going as a species. While you attend Rob and Dan’s sessions, you will have the opportunity to meet 1:1 with Justin to transform any mindsets that are preventing you from leading with greater courage, compassion, and purpose. As a bonus, the work we do in these sessions will also unlock new paths to wellbeing, creativity, and innovation during a time where digital transformation and startup disruption are on the minds of senior executives.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I bring my spouse and kids?
Yes, that would be wonderful, We also welcome your spouse to attend the ExecEd sessions, as during our previous Bhutan Quest family members attended all the sessions and derived great value.
What happens after I apply?
We will review your application to ensure you are a good fit for this particular experience. If so, we then progress to a required 30-minute interview with our Founder and CEO.
What will we discuss during my 30-minute interview?
During the required 30-minute interview, our CEO will learn a bit more about your personal goals, challenges and opportunities. The call is designed to determine if this is the right experience for you, or if another coaching or educational opportunity is better suited.
Is the curriculum customized?
Our curriculum and coaching is designed to be adaptable. Each day during the Quest our faculty will meet to discuss the unique needs of our group, and if any adjustments need to be made to the sessions we offer. Expect impromptu breakout sessions and experiences to guide the unique needs of the group.
What will I be learning?
We focus on developing the whole human, so expect a combination of practical business training, mindset development, and ancient practices like mindfulness to promote greater self understanding.
How do you choose your locations?
We carefully select the destinations for Abroad Quests based on the extraordinary outdoor activities, scenery, suitable luxurious accommodations, and the opportunity to experience enlightening local cultures. Through immersion experiences, our group learns about what exactly makes people happy in some of the most content cultures in the world.
What is the size of the cohort?
We limit cohort sizes to 15-20 participants to ensure everyone experiences focused personal and professional transformation. This also makes it easier to form meaningful relationships with other participants. By the end of the Quest, it is our hope that you form friendships and professional collaborations that last a lifetime.
Who will be on the trip with me?
The group will include senior leaders and influencers from top organizations throughout the world. Expect high-net worth individuals, C-Suite execs, partners at major financial institutions, emerging leaders, and their families.
Are my flights included?
You will need to arrange your own flights to Bangkok (BKK). We take care of everything except your flights. You will need to arrange your own flights to Bangkok (BKK), and we have held round-trip flights from Bangkok to Bhutan for you since seats are extremely limited.
Do I have to stay at the chosen hotels?
Yes, we require all participants to stay in the same hotel since many meaningful relationships are formed during the peaceful hours before bed on property.
Who will be my Executive Coach?
We pair you with the appropriate executive coach based on the needs identified in your application or those that arise during the Quest.
What does the dedicated local concierge do?
Our concierge is responsible for making sure you don't have to think about anything other than your personal and professional growth. Your Abroad Quest is a high-touch seamless travel experience made possible by our local concierge and all the wonderful locals we work with.
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Our Social Impact: For every Abroad cohort, we sponsor an underprivileged elementary school to receive wellbeing training with the Contentment Foundation. The wellbeing of our society begins with the wellbeing of future generations. To learn more about this initiative, click here.