Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia

The Journey starts with you

27TH DECEMBER 2018 – 6TH JANUARY 2019

For Inner Island Raja Ampat, we created a bespoke 10-day holistic approach. The daily workshop was integrated with yoga practice, Inner Guidance sessions and peer-coaching. At Inner Island, we put a lot of emphases to prepare a holistic and systemic approach where all elements of the day complement each other and are aligned with the workshop theme of the day.

The concept comes with experienced and dedicated facilitators but does not involve charismatic teachers or coaches giving lectures from the stage. The co-creative peer-to-peer approach and the holistic setup creates a very unique learning environment. It is the collective power of the group that will make the difference. Every participant is dedicating their valuable time and making an effort to reach this remote destination as their priority. This joint effort, the stunning nature, and the shared motivation will set the power field where transformative magic can and will happen.

During this retreat, we had participants from 10 different nationalities hailing from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, UK, Switzerland, France, Chile, Romania and the U.S.


Facilitators:

Henrik Johansson, Process designer and facilitator 

Henrik’s role as facilitator revolves around developing an optimal framework and conditions for the participants to reach their full potential by providing a route, methods and establish a culture of creativity and flow so development can take place.

Iituli Aalto, Facilitator 

Is passionate about how facilitation brings the intelligence in people and groups alive. At Inner Island, she is guiding the subtle journey accessing the participants Inner Wisdom.

Risto Kuulasmaa, Co-facilitator

Executive in media and events. He doesn’t do New Year resolutions, instead, he is interested in long term personal development. At Inner Island, he is the coach-in-demand supporting participants’ personal or business-related dreams coming true.

Amir Jaan, Yoga teacher 

Amir’s nearly two-decades-long dedication to his yogic practice has taken him from London to a touring teacher across the world. At Inner Island, Amir will each morning guide a yoga session connected to the daily workshop theme.

Location

Raja Ampat Doberai eco-resort is located off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea, in Indonesia’s West Papua province.

Raja Ampat archipelago comprises over 1,500 small islands, bays, and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo, and the smaller island of Kofiau. Raja Ampat contains the largest marine national park in Indonesia.

If the world’s biodiversity was a dartboard, Raja Ampat would be Bull’s Eye: the much sought after and hard-hit point in the centre of the board.

Researchers have found individual reefs here with greater species richness than the whole of the Mediterranean. Everything from blue whales to pygmy seahorses and pedestrian eagles are found in Raja Ampat – plus 76 percent of all known coral species. The area is as dramatic above the surface as below, and kayaking is an exciting way to enjoy the incredibly varied and rich marine environment.

Doberai Eco Resort is the one and only resort in Raja Ampat that occupies an exclusive island privately, named Urai, only 20 minutes from Waisai, the Capital City of Raja Ampat district. Exclusivity and privacy are guaranteed.

Andaman Islands, India

Creating space for meaningful futures

December 27th 2014 – January 5th 2015

Inner Island Andaman was a 10-day long transformative event combining personal growth process and facilitated co-creative and holistic practices on a remote tropical castaway island located in the Andaman Islands. The ten-day-long retreat was held on Dec 27th 2014 – Jan 5th 2015 and gathered 20 participants from six countries.

The theme of Inner Island Andaman was Creating Space for meaningful futures. We explored the causes and conditions of space creation as well as it’s relation to letting go. 

The campers were guided and facilitated through learning experience utilizing co-creation methods, teachings sessions and collective reflection. Each participant brought and shared one personal challenge, which was solved collectively. An important part of the program was to build the physical campsite infrastructure together.

The co-creative workshops were facilitated by the Inner Island founders Henrik Johansson and Risto Kuulasmaa together with Jonas Boutani. 

Yoga sessions were designed and led by Iituli Aalto, certificated teacher in Astanga, Rocket and Flow Yoga. 

The meditation module was conducted by London-based Tibetan Buddhist monk and teacher Lama Chödrak.

Bodywork Treatments like Thai Yoga Massage, Chavutti Thirummal and Ayurvedic treatments was offered by Prabhat Menon

Lama Chödrak offered Shiatsu and Seiki Soho.

Location

The Andaman Islands form an archipelago in the Bay of Bengal between India to the west, and Myanmar, to the north and east. The archipelago consists of over 350 islands of exceptional beauty and conservation importance, governed as part of the Indian Subcontinent.

Biologists have identified about 250 species of birds, 85 of reptiles, 60 mammals and thousands of invertebrates and plants, of which more than a quarter are still found nowhere else in the World. The islands are also home to five ancient indigenous tribes. The Andaman and Nicobar archipelago is fringed by spectacular coral reefs which support many species of fish, marine mammals, coelenterates, molluscs, crustaceans, sea snakes and sea turtles.

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