Learn Entrepreneurship in Balinese Paradise [PHOTOS] 

September 3, 2015

11:00 am

You wake up in your Balinese villa, and have a dip in the pool before the equatorial sun climbs too high. Breakfast is ready for you afterward – organic, of course – and the day is filled with intensive, mind-expanding workshops. During meditation class, you try to stop being so excited about your new business idea – or tomorrow’s ziplining adventure – but it’s pretty hard, to be honest.

9-to-Thrive is an entrepreneurship course taught in Bali every month. For six days, people who want to quit their job (or already have) can come and learn how to be profitable doing something they’re passionate about. The course includes the specifics of freelancing vs. consulting, building a virtual office, and creating a business model, plus the soul-searching work of figuring out what motivates you and what your strengths are. Students also create a life pivot plan, which includes their goals for quitting their job, what they need to learn about entrepreneurship, who can help them, and what their motivations are.

9-to-Thrive life plan

But the $2,200 fee isn’t just for education. TurnPoint, the company behind 9-to-Thrive, believes that the flexibility and freedom of entrepreneurship should make us happier, too. “There are alternatives to a 40-year slog through commuter traffic, a cubicle existence, and making decisions based on what is ‘sensible’ rather than what inspires,” says TurnPoint, which also teaches classes in Bali on marketing, freelancing, and programming.

So the eight attendees in each 9-to-Thrive class enjoy all the comforts of a beautiful Balinese villa – albeit in shared rooms – complete with pool and two organic meals a day. Meditation and yoga classes pepper the schedule, and the group goes on “secret excursions” around Bali, like a trip to the Bali Treetop Adventure Park.

9-to-Thrive activity

Home to yoga lovers and raw food enthusiasts, while relatively free of drunk surfer dudes, udud is an ideal location in Bali to discover a more balanced lifestyle.


The fee includes a 100-hour membership to Hubud, a coworking space just steps away from the villa. A beautiful bamboo structure, Hubud features fast Internet (by local standards) and is home to many of Bali’s digital nomads and traveling entrepreneurs:

Hubud - tables

9-to-Thrive is taught by Lydia Lee, a business coach and founder of Screw the Cubicle. Everyone who participates gets an hour of private coaching with her, plus a one-year membership to the group’s private forum.

If you’re interested in attending, the next courses will be held on:

  • September 6-12, 2015
  • October 11-17, 2015
  • November 15-21, 2015
  • December 13-19, 2015
  • December 27, 2015-January 2, 2016

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact kira@tech.co.

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