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opening doors to ideas, education and diversity

If you want creativity, cut one zero from the budget.
If you want sustainability, cut two zeros!
— Jaime Lerner

EduRetreat is an initiative based in Singapore to learn, share and assimilate diverse philosophies and practices through curated, small group travel.  

Today it is a call to action.


EduRetreat offers intellectual, philosophical, cultural, linguistic, and aesthetic exchanges among scholars who are iconic and legendary.  As a traveling (un) conference EduRetreat participants exchange intimate dialogue with one another and the people, projects, and places visited.  As a group, participants learn through each individual’s own curiosity and mutual respect.

Since 2008 groups have made trips to Singapore, different regions in India, and most recently Brazil.  The purpose is to cross-fertilize cultures and philosophies while retaining each culture’s distinct strengths.  The process expands participants’ worldview. EduRetreat Varanasi, India is planned for February 1 - 15. Future venues will be EduRetreat Amazon, September 1st 2020 and EduRetreat Nile, September 1st 2021.

More and more I feel that the capacity for trust, wonder and continued curiosity depends on the experiences of early childhood.

The trip to India reawakened all that for me - color, sound, taste, delight, wonder and trust.

- Dr. Mary Catherine Bateson, Cultural Anthropologist, Reflective Guide EduRetreat 2013



‘Everything EduRetreat has at its core, made of course even more transforming because of the quality of the participants and the encounters you always, is an experience to change perceptions and challenge long held beliefs.’
— Jo White, Head of Centre, London

Our Philosophy

We build relationships by inspiring participants to:

  • Move beyond the known

  • Make the world their classroom

  • Stretch their capacities as influential thought leaders and change makers

We make what we learn visible by:

  • Channeling energy

  • Sharing and assimilating other philosophies

  • Provoking mindful exchanges

  • Reflecting, rejuvenating, and rejoicing

  • Removing barriers to the new and the different

  • Supporting one’s own internal and external dialogues


Your Experience

  • Is reflective

  • Supports worthy projects

  • Spreads break-through ideas

  • Makes learning visible in published words and images

  • Sparks our own or our followers action

  • Seeds good ideas so they generate research and alliances    

To travel with EduRetreat is to ride a magic carpet to places you did not know you deeply needed to visit.
— George Forman, Emeritus Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

EduRetreat Varanasi 2019

Be taken by wanderlust and driven by passion for both external and internal creative living - unravel the metaphors of mind for a wiser and happier YOU!

Revel in immersive travel experiences to seek,  wonder and navigate uncharted territories via the heart - beyond the logical mind.

Reframe metaphorical constructs to engage with strength, beauty and the contradictions in the overlapping crossroads of past and the present.

Rejoice in immersive exploration, diverse dialogues, deep listening and collective reflections.

Explore why a culture of reason, intellectual curiosity, humility, compassion and fellowship can offer the insights to human civilisation of 21st century.

Learn what happens when ideals and theory meet the realities of societal, national and global contexts.

See anew the hardships, rewards and the nature of these places - way  beyond the gaze of a tourist.

BE present in intimate conversations with local citizens, activists, artisans and scholars to enrich mind, heart, body and soul.

Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together.

— Mark Twain

Find out more!

for EduRetreat 2019 in Varanasi!

To reserve your spot, request more information and/or payment details to plan and confirm your travels, please click below or email  Vashima Goyal - 

EduRetreat will provide you payment options for these as well as other details to plan the maximum out of your spectacular Travel&Learn Retreat.


 All information provided will only be used to help cater a personalised package to each individuals needs.