The Cultural Retreat Jogja takes expatriates on a journey through Indonesian culture inside and outside of the seminar room. On cultural trips through Jogja you have the chance to witness authentic everyday life and get in touch with local people. In entertaining half-day training sessions you explore the cultural background of people´s values and ways of thinking. You learn how to deal with cultural differences in everyday expat life and apply tools to overcome culturally based conflicts. In coaching sessions you will have the chance to share your personal relocation experiences and find out how you can best use your time in Indonesia for your personal development.
The Cultural Retreat takes places in the Javanese style hotel D´Omah in the village of Tembi, Jogja (like the city of Yogyakarta is often called). Surrounded by green rice fields, this convenient place is ideal to experience real Indonesian life with all senses and relax far away from the busy life of Indonesian metropolises.
Come to Jogja and experience real Indonesian life off the beaten track!
Are you wondering how to work or make friends with Indonesians? And how to communicate effectively with them? In our training sessions I address these and many other topics. Learn with me about:
- Building up and maintaining trustful relationships
- Communicating effectively across cultures
- The need for saving face among Indonesian people
- Leadership and work ethics
- Spirituality and religion in everyday life
- Women in Indonesian society
- Raising children in Indonesian culture
- The Indonesian perception of time
Use this unique chance and experience Indonesian culture up close!
Our service & conditions
For 4 days you will be our guest. In the package is included:
- 4 half-day training and coaching sessions with a professional Intercultural Trainer & Coach
- 3 nights in the beautiful Javanese hotel D´Omah in the middle of Tembi village incl. breakfast, lunch & dinner
- Transfer from/to the airport
- Hiking tour to a farmer´s family in the hills close to Jogja
- Bicycle tour and market visit in the villages of southern Jogja
- Spirituality & religion tour
- Stroll through the vivid night life of Jogja
- Several culinary trips
Please bring comfortable clothes and sport shoes or hiking sandals.
“Exploring a different culture is not merely about getting to know others, it is also getting to know yourself better.” Silke Irmscher
Why I do this
I know that many expatriates face quite a few challenges when living and working in Indonesia. Working expats deal with completely different expectations of leadership as well as approaches of how to do a job. Often, they are caught up in a heavy workload and chase through everyday life in order to meet up with the high expectations form the headquarter.
For expat spouses the relocation means a cut into their social and professional life. Friends are left behind at home and their own career is paused or even given up to follow the partner. After arriving in Indonesia, many expat spouses have to deal with a totally different environment and culture, not to forget that a new social network has to be built up from scratch. Since the working spouse is busy in the office (or stuck in the traffic jam to or from it), many feel that they are often left alone with all these challenges. As a consequence, quite a few suffer of unhappiness and frustration.
I believe that understanding the Indonesian culture from inside can help every expat to deal with the cultural challenges everyday. Exploring a different culture is not merely about getting to know others, it is also getting to know yourself better. This is a very fascinating and mind-opening process that can become the base for more happiness, satisfaction and mental as well as physical strength.
The bustling life in a big city like Jakarta makes it hard to experience Indonesian culture apart from expat communities and tourist tracks. Therefore, my Cultural Retreat in Jogja is meant to be a retreat in various ways: It is a vacation from everyday life in a big city, an expedition into authentic Indonesian culture as well as a journey that offers the chance to reflect on one´s individual time in Indonesia.
Cultural workshops, expedition and relaxation – the ideal mixture for expats to explore the Indonesian culture in a convenient environment.
The Cultural Retreat Jogja is made for you if,
- You love to explore a different culture
- You want to understand the Indonesians you deal with every day
- You want to see authentic Indonesian life off the beaten track
- You like to get in touch with local people
- You are ready for mind-opening experiences
- You want to experience, learn and grow
- You love to spoil your senses
- You like to wander in nature
- You need a break from the busy city life in Jakarta or Surabaya
- You seek relaxation in a beautiful and convenient environment
- You like to get in touch with like minded fellow expats
- You want to find out how to gain more happiness and satisfaction in your expat life
This program is not for you if,
- You feel that you know Indonesian culture well enough
- Getting close to locals is not your thing
- You are not into even little adventures
- You don´t like hiking, wandering and strolling around
- You see no reason to leave your comfort zone
- You are not interested to make new friends
- You feel fully happy and satisfied in your expat life
Plunge into authentic Indonesian life. Be inspired by the fascination of a different culture and use this unique chance to learn about people, cultures, yourself – about life!
Register today and secure your place!
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Further information & special conditions:
The Cultural Retreat Jogja is organized “on call” for groups of 4 people and more. *** The price per person will be calculated according to group size, length, room occupancy and program. Approximate value around 700 US$ for 3 nights/4days per pax, ALL INCLUSIVE! *** Minimum of 4, maximum of 10 participants *** Payment: 50% down payment at confirmation, 50% before training start *** Since intercultural trainings are a part of many relocation programs, you may ask for reimbursement (training costs) at your company. *** Do you want to extend your stay and do some more sightseeing in Jogja? Contact me, I will be happy to give you advice! ***