Join a small group of successful business owners to work from anywhere on your business in the French Alps in 2020

The Carpe Diem Retreat French Alps 2020 is the “Living It!” step of the 5 Step Work From Anywhere Mastermind and Mentoring Program.

A week of daily workshops and support as you WFA on your business from a stunning destination!

It’s not all work though, you will also get to experience some of the many activities that this amazing destination has to offer.

“integrate work and life as one”

Even better it’s a legit business trip so it is tax deductible!

(please check with the accountant on your personal and business circumstances on this though)

This is really possible

“I didn’t think this was possible”

Justine Cox

Carpe Diem Retreat French Alps 2019

Your Carpe Diem Retreat Mentor

Andy Willis –  “Carpe Diem”

Andy has been in business for 20 years, building a very successful conference and event management/travel business, running $1million+ events around the world.

He transitioned this business to be able to operate working from anywhere some 7 years ago, through the implementation of cloud technology and tools.

It was life-changing, both in the way he operated his business and the way he lived his life. Adopting an “integrating work and life as one” approach opened the door to run his business and fulfill his love of cycling, in The French Alps every year.

Andy decided to help other successful small businesses, by sharing the knowledge that changed his life, guiding them through the process of transitioning their business to operate working from anywhere, empowering them to spend more time living life outside of their business.

WFA.Life is the end result.

Chat with Andy about the Work From Anywhere program and Carpe Diem Retreats.

The Destination

Our WFA base is Le Vert, a small village at the base of the mountain made famous by the Tour De France, Alpe d’Huez.

We live, work, dine and immerse ourselves in the French Alps small village way of life from here.

So much more than a 1 week program

Pre Retreat – you will be guided and supported through the process of getting your business WFA ready prior to the Retreat.

Daily Carpe Diem Conversations – held at our French Alps home base as well as up in the mountains during a hike. This is your opportunity to collaborate, share and support your fellow program members.

Onsite support – daily support as you WFA on your own business.

Daily activities – hiking, market visits, picnics in the mountains, an e-bike ride along the spectacular mountain roads, visit the local markets and generally immerse yourself in the small French Village culture.

Post Retreat – The retreat may be over but your WFA life has just begun. It doesn’t stop here. Go home feeling empowered, inspired and confident to spend more time living life outside your business.

Home Base

We stay in what’s known as a Gîte. (the dictionary defines it as: a small furnished vacation house in France, typically in a rural district).

Les Petites Sources is an old house from 1750 restored in 1992 by our hosts Pauline and Éric.

The rooms vary in size and outlook, each with its own charm. Simply decorated in provincial style, each one has a private bathroom.

There is a lovely dining room and living room built in unique mountain style for all to share. You are free to roam the garden or take an afternoon nap in one of the comfy chairs.

It’s a lovely family environment, yet you still get your own space and independence.

We have exclusive use of this property as Carpe Diem Retreat home base.

Pre Retreat – The WFA Mastermind & Mentoring Program

* Applicable to “Full WFA Mastermind & Mentoring Program” only, not included in “Retreat Only” package.

Carpe Diem Retreat Living It Program – AUGUST 2020

The whole idea is to “integrate work and life as one” and that’s exactly what we do.

Day 1 – Arrival

  • Group pickup in Grenoble. Transfer to Les Petites Sources.
  • Welcome to the French Alps – introductions, retreat briefing, get to know the neighbourhood.
  • Pre-dinner drinks and dinner in the garden.

Day 2 – Let The Working From Anywhere Begin

  • Communications window – based on the AEST time zone, 6-8am is the best time of day to schedule live meetings/calls with the people back home.
  • Breakfast at Les Petites Sources
  • WFA Workshop
  • Support as you WFA on your own business.
  • Lunch in the garden.
  • Get out into the alps on a short but stunning hike.
  • Pre dinner drinks and dinner at Les Petites Sources

Day 3 – Freedom To Work ON Your Business

  • Communications window – based on the AEST time zone, 6-8am is the best time of day to schedule live meetings/calls with the people back home.
  • Breakfast at Les Petites Sources
  • WFA Workshop
  • Support as you WFA on your own business.
  • A free afternoon. Maybe pull up a chair in the garden, take some space to think freely about your business, your life. It’s not every day you get to work “on” your business in such stunning surrounds.
  • Pre dinner drinks and dinner at Les Petites Sources
Balcon-Tunnel-bike-ride-carpe-diem-retreat

Day 4 – Mixing It Up. Less Work. More Adventure.

  • Communications window – based on the AEST time zone, 6-8am is the best time of day to schedule live meetings/calls with the people back home.
  • Breakfast at Les Petites Sources
  • Release your inner cyclist as you effortlessly ride the breath-taking scenery on a group e-bike tour.
  • Lunch in Bourg d’Oisans (at own expense).
  • Support as you WFA on your own business or free time.
  • Pre dinner drinks and dinner at Les Petites Sources

Day 5 – Aiming High

  • Communications window – based on the AEST time zone, 6-8am is the best time of day to schedule live meetings/calls with the people back home.
  • Breakfast at Les Petites Sources
  • A guided hike takes us to spectacular lakes high in the alps. The perfect place for a picnic lunch and a Carpe Diem Conversation.
  • Support as you WFA on your own business in the afternoon.
  • A night with the locals – drinks at Cafe de Paris with dinner at your leisure (own expense).

Day 6 – Explore. Culture & History.

  • Communications window – based on the AEST time zone, 6-8am is the best time of day to schedule live meetings/calls with the people back home.
  • Breakfast at Les Petites Sources
  • WFA on your own business from Cafe de Paris.
  • Lunch at your leisure in Bourg d’Oisans (own expense).
  • An afternoon at Château de Vizille the 17th-century castle and museum dedicated to the French Revolution. Discover the museum and then take a walk through the stunning gardens.
  • Pre dinner drinks and dinner at Les Petites Sources

Day 7 – Reflections

  • Communications window – based on the AEST time zone, 6-8am is the best time of day to schedule live meetings/calls with the people back home.
  • Breakfast at Les Petites Sources
  • Enjoy the morning at the Bourg d’Oisans local produce market. Take in the atmosphere over lunch (own expense).
  • Time to reflect. You’ve got to the end of the 6-month program, you’ve walked the talk. What difference has it made to your life? Where do you go from here? This is your opportunity to share stories, feedback and the impact the WFA Program and retreat have had on your life.
  • Pre dinner drinks and farewell dinner at Les Petites Sources

Day 8 – Carpe Diem

  • Breakfast at Les Petites Sources
  • Mid-morning departure transfer to Grenoble. The retreat may be over but your WFA life has just begun. It doesn’t stop here. Go home feeling empowered, inspired and confident to spend more time living life outside your business.

PLEASE NOTE : We have to stay flexible with our program as the weather in The Alps can change quickly. We adjust the program as needed to allow the group to get the best out of each day…. for work and life.

What they had to say in the French Alps in 2019

What next?

How do I apply?

There are 2 options for the Carpe Diem Retreat :

  1. Included as part of the full WFA Mastermind & Mentoring Program.
  2. As a “Retreat Only” package (limit of 4 places)

The WFA Program and the Carpe Diem Retreat is by application only, the first step is to book a discovery call to discuss the best option for you.


Whats included?

  • Arrival group transfers from Grenoble.
  • 7 nights accommodation in an exclusive use chalet, private room with ensuite.
  • Laundry facilities available (self serve).
  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 6 dinners with aperitif and wine.
  • Guided hikes, one day group e-bike tour, Chateau de Vizille visit.
  • WFA workshop sessions as per program.
  • Daily support as you WFA on your own business.
  • Departure group transfers to Grenoble.
  • A life-changing experience that will change the way you think about work and life.

What’s not included:

  • Flights.
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals outside the program.
  • Items of a personal nature, drinks outside group dinners, extra activities outside the program.

Can my partner join?

Your partner is welcome and encouraged to join the retreat.

Partner inclusions are all transfers, shared accommodation, meals and leisure activities as per program.

Who is this program for?

FAQ’s

NO, there is no need to do this, we cover this as part of the pre retreat program.

This is covered as part of the pre retreat program.

This is all covered as part of the pre retreat program.

This is all covered as part of the pre retreat program.

NO, not necessarily, we cover this as part of the pre retreat program. This is not a holiday, we need to get you thinking differently about how you work. It’s all part of the program.

This is all covered as part of the pre retreat program.

The nearest airport is Lyon St Exupery, the nearest train station is Grenoble.

Group trnasfers are from/to Grenoble train station.

Pickup/dropoff will be at set time for all participants.

YES. Group transfers are included for the day 1 and day 8 as per the program, from Grenoble train station at set times. Transfers outside these days/times are at an additional cost available on request.

NO, if you prefer to do your own thing or just relax thats fine. You will miss out on some amazing adventures though.

YES! This is your chance to integrate work and life as one for both of you. Your partner will participate in all the program leisure activities with you.

YES, it is a long way to some for a week and I definitely encourage you to extend your stay. You can either do your own thing or choose to stay on in Le Vert, there is so much to do without the extra effort of travelling.

YES, extra nights are available and encouraged, subject to availability. Please request asap as it is peak season.

YES, implementing G-Suite in your business is part of the program. G-suite is the foundation of everything WFA. You will need to commit to implementing G-Suite in your business though.

NO, you are unable to join unless you commit to G-Suite. G-suite is the platform that I have tried and tested and works best in small business. G-suite is mandatory for this program.

YES, if your application is accepted and you have paid your non refundable deposit the program is guaranteed to go ahead.

NO, the only way to secure a place is by paying the non refundable deposit.

YES, many of the French speak English, you are encouraged to try and learn some French before you arrive. The French are very patient and like people to at least make an effort.

YES. In fact it is mandatory for all participants. You would be crazy to travel anywhere in the world without travel insurance. We are not liable for personal injury, death, damage to property or other loss whether arising from accident, cancellations, delays or any other matter beyond our control. Participants should insure against all such possibilities. All participants participate at their own risk.

It’s summer but it’s also the mountains. The temperature can range from quite cool to high 30’s. It does get hot but the good news is it mostly cools down at night. It’s the best time of year to be there.

The time zone is GMT +2, 8 hours behind Eastern Australia.

Learning how to organise your work schedule around different time zones will be a key component of the program. It’s the perfect opportunity to empower your team and also take control of your schedule.

YES, you definitely need a passport. Australian passport holders are currently able to stay in Europe for a period of 90 days without a visa. You are however responsible for making your own arrangements and should check the requirements prior to departure from your home country.
It’s always best to travel with 2 photocopies of your passport photo page as well as saving the details to your phone or in the cloud.

YES, but its not the fastest. I will have a portable modem that works much better, you will have access to this during the workshops. Other options will be covered as part of the pre retreat program.

YES, the French love their wine, wine is included with dinner and you will also be treated to some of Erics home made aperitif’s.

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