September 21, 2023

Howdy, buddies! This summer time, I am touring to Ecuador to take part in my fifth chautauqua on monetary independence. You should consider joining me. These Ecuador chautauquas — that are unrelated to the European chautauquas — are all the time a enjoyable, academic, and bonding expertise.

Clarification: Sooner or later, chautauqua founders Cheryl Reed and JL Collins parted methods. Now JL runs the European chautauquas — that are on hiatus — with Katie and Alan Donegan. Cheryl continues to run the unrelated Ecuador gatherings. Each occasions are wonderful.

As all the time, I plan to talk about the intersection of cash and which means.

A much younger J.D. expostulating on money and meaning

How are you going to discover objective in your life — with or without cash? How a lot cash is sufficient? What must you do after you have achieved monetary independence? These are the types of questions I’ve explored at previous chautauqua occasions. And whereas I have not but ready my presentation for this yr, I anticipate these are the identical questions I will be exploring in July.

Different audio system this yr embrace:

  • Tanja Hester from Our Next Life. Tanja is an outspoken voice within the personal-finance neighborhood, working onerous to problem assumptions and to advertise monetary freedom for all. She’s the creator of the superb Work Optionally available and the award-winning Pockets Activism. (Tanja can also be a fellow office-supply nerd. Severely, our chat historical past is stuffed with geeky discussions of favourite pens and notebooks.)
  • Piggy and Kitty (a.ok.a. Jess and Lauren) from Bitches Get Riches. Lengthy-time readers know that BGR is certainly one of my favourite cash blogs. I love how Jess and Lauren mix biting humor with deep dives into personal-finance matters. Not a straightforward job. And the Bitches are simply as humorous in particular person as they’re on the internet. (I flip to Piggy and Kitty after I need assistance with trendy popular culture. “What does S-tier imply?” “How do I make a Taylor Swift animated GIF?”)
  • Jessica and Corey from The Fioneers. Whereas I’ve met Jessica and Corey, I’ve by no means actually had an opportunity to get to know them. I am keen to vary that in Ecuador. I discover their writing thought-about and considerate. I am notably keen on their idea of Slow FI, the notion that you should utilize “the incremental monetary freedom [you] achieve alongside the journey to monetary independence to stay happier and more healthy lives, do higher work, and construct sturdy relationships”. This meshes properly with my very own imaginative and prescient of the levels of economic freedom. (Final Halloween, Jessica and Corey revealed an interview with me: Money doesn’t magically fix our problems.)

And, after all, we’ll take pleasure in a presentation from our host, Cheryl Reed. Cheryl based these cash chautauquas with JL Collins in 2013 and she or he’s hosted ten of them up to now. She likes to debate happiness and pleasure and develop it in your life.

In case you’re keen on attending this chautauqua, you can find more information at the official website. Word that there are two gatherings in Ecuador this yr. If it does not work to hitch me, maybe you’ll be able to attend the second occasion.

JL and Val engaged in crazy rich person talk

Every chautauqua is totally different, after all, however the 4 earlier retreats I’ve attended all had similarities:

  • Attendees collect at a resort for every week of dialog and camaraderie. These are smallish services that permit us to spend time along with few different visitors. We eat and drink collectively. We stroll collectively. We play video games collectively. We speak about cash collectively. Now we have enjoyable!
  • Every day, one (or extra) of the presenters offers a speak about a topic pricey to her coronary heart. (I speak about cash and which means, as an example.) These are l-o-n-g shows however they’re enjoyable, interactive, and informative.
  • Every attendee meets one-on-one with a presenter. What you do with that point is as much as you. I’ve had folks carry detailed spreadsheets and questions on retirement. I’ve had folks chat with me about journey. I’ve had folks ask for relationship recommendation (no joke!). Typically talking, it is an opportunity so that you can decide an individual’s mind about some type of subject associated to their space of experience.
  • There are numerous (elective) off-site journeys to go to the native space. In Portugal, we visited a vineyard. In Ecuador, we have visited thriving markets, chocolate factories, and butterfly preserves.

From what I’ve seen, nevertheless, the actual worth is within the friendships shaped throughout these weeks. A lot of our time is spent sitting collectively discussing life, the universe, and every part.

Late night chat in Portugal

I am nonetheless involved with of us from every of the chautauquas I’ve attended up to now. A few of these of us have turn out to be shut buddies with whom I’ve frequent contact. (Our 2016 crew — the Werewolf Hunters — even rented a home in Utah for an in-person reunion. We go to one another every time we’re in one another’s cities and have a semi-active group chat.)

I can not promise that you’re going to kind life-long buddies throughout this week, however from what I’ve seen, the chances are good. And no surprise. You are gathering with a gaggle of like-minded folks to speak about some deep, private topics. Bonding is sure to happen.

Listed here are a couple of favourite pictures from previous chautauquas…

A birthday dinner in Quito

Buying souvenirs from the locals

Kim with a friend at the butterfly preserve

Mary with local schoolkids in Ecuador

Kristy tasting port in Porto, Portugal

Shamanic cleansing ceremony

These chautauquas aren’t for everybody, and I do know that. However they’re excellent occasions for a certain class of people. In case you suppose that you are a kind of folks, hop on over to the website to check out the small print. Perhaps I am going to see you in Ecuador this summer time!

Another fast be aware: I just lately joined my pal Grant Sabatier on the Earn & Make investments podcast for a dialogue about money burnout. These conversations with Grant and Doc G are all the time entertaining and enlightening.