Be part of us in Ecuador for every week exploring cash and that means!


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Howdy, buddies! This summer season, I am touring to Ecuador to take part in my fifth chautauqua on monetary independence. You need to think about becoming a member of me. These Ecuador chautauquas — that are unrelated to the European chautauquas — are all the time a enjoyable, instructional, and bonding expertise.

Clarification: In some unspecified time in the future, chautauqua founders Cheryl Reed and JL Collins parted methods. Now JL runs the European chautauquas — that are on hiatus — with Katie and Alan Donegan. Cheryl continues to run the unrelated Ecuador gatherings. Each occasions are glorious.

As all the time, I plan to discuss the intersection of cash and that means.

A much younger J.D. expostulating on money and meaning

How will you discover function in your life — with or without cash? How a lot cash is sufficient? What must you do after you’ve got achieved monetary independence? These are the types of questions I’ve explored at previous chautauqua occasions. And whereas I have not but ready my presentation for this 12 months, I count on these are the identical questions I will be exploring in July.

Different audio system this 12 months embody:

  • Tanja Hester from Our Subsequent Life. Tanja is an outspoken voice within the personal-finance neighborhood, working exhausting to problem assumptions and to advertise monetary freedom for all. She’s the writer of the wonderful Work Non-obligatory and the award-winning Pockets Activism. (Tanja can also be a fellow office-supply nerd. Significantly, our chat historical past is full of geeky discussions of favourite pens and notebooks.)
  • Piggy and Kitty (a.ok.a. Jess and Lauren) from Bitches Get Riches. Lengthy-time readers know that BGR is one in all my favourite cash blogs. I love how Jess and Lauren mix biting humor with deep dives into personal-finance matters. Not a simple process. And the Bitches are simply as humorous in individual as they’re on the internet. (I flip to Piggy and Kitty after I need assistance with fashionable popular culture. “What does S-tier imply?” “How do I make a Taylor Swift animated GIF?”)
  • Jessica and Corey from The Fioneers. Whereas I’ve met Jessica and Corey, I’ve by no means actually had an opportunity to get to know them. I am keen to alter that in Ecuador. I discover their writing thought of and considerate. I am notably keen on their idea of Sluggish FI, the notion that you need to use “the incremental monetary freedom [you] achieve alongside the journey to monetary independence to reside happier and more healthy lives, do higher work, and construct robust relationships”. This meshes nicely with my very own imaginative and prescient of the phases of monetary freedom. (Final Halloween, Jessica and Corey printed an interview with me: Cash does not magically repair our issues.)

And, after all, we’ll get pleasure from a presentation from our host, Cheryl Reed. Cheryl based these cash chautauquas with JL Collins in 2013 and she or he’s hosted ten of them previously. She likes to debate happiness and pleasure and how one can develop it in your life.

Should you’re taken with attending this chautauqua, you could find extra data on the official web site. Be aware that there are two gatherings in Ecuador this 12 months. If it does not work to affix me, maybe you’ll be able to attend the second occasion.

JL and Val engaged in crazy rich person talk

Every chautauqua is totally different, after all, however the 4 earlier retreats I’ve attended all had similarities:

  • Attendees collect at a resort for every week of dialog and camaraderie. These are smallish amenities that permit us to spend time along with few different company. We eat and drink collectively. We stroll collectively. We play video games collectively. We discuss cash collectively. We now have enjoyable!
  • Every day, one (or extra) of the presenters provides a discuss a topic expensive to her coronary heart. (I discuss cash and that means, as an illustration.) These are l-o-n-g displays however they’re enjoyable, interactive, and informative.
  • Every attendee meets one-on-one with a presenter. What you do with that point is as much as you. I’ve had folks carry detailed spreadsheets and questions on retirement. I’ve had folks chat with me about journey. I’ve had folks ask for relationship recommendation (no joke!). Typically talking, it is an opportunity so that you can decide an individual’s mind about some form of matter associated to their space of experience.
  • There are numerous (non-compulsory) off-site journeys to go to the native space. In Portugal, we visited a vineyard. In Ecuador, we have visited thriving markets, chocolate factories, and butterfly preserves.

From what I’ve seen, nonetheless, the actual worth is within the friendships fashioned throughout these weeks. A lot of our time is spent sitting collectively discussing life, the universe, and every part.

Late night chat in Portugal

I am nonetheless involved with of us from every of the chautauquas I’ve attended previously. A few of these of us have grow to be shut buddies with whom I’ve frequent contact. (Our 2016 crew — the Werewolf Hunters — even rented a home in Utah for an in-person reunion. We go to one another every time we’re in one another’s cities and have a semi-active group chat.)

I can not promise that you’re going to kind life-long buddies throughout this week, however from what I’ve seen, the chances are good. And no surprise. You are gathering with a bunch of like-minded folks to speak about some deep, private topics. Bonding is sure to happen.

Listed here are a couple of favourite pictures from previous chautauquas…

A birthday dinner in Quito

Buying souvenirs from the locals

Kim with a friend at the butterfly preserve

Mary with local schoolkids in Ecuador

Kristy tasting port in Porto, Portugal

Shamanic cleansing ceremony

These chautauquas aren’t for everybody, and I do know that. However they’re good occasions for a sure class of individuals. Should you suppose that you are a type of folks, hop on over to the web site to check out the small print. Possibly I will see you in Ecuador this summer season!

Yet another fast observe: I just lately joined my pal Grant Sabatier on the Earn & Make investments podcast for a dialogue about cash burnout. These conversations with Grant and Doc G are all the time entertaining and enlightening.



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