Coworking and Coliving
Leaders Retreat

A 3 DAY UNCONFERENCE IN THE MOUNTAINS,
EXCELLENT CONNECTIONS
AND THE BEST WAY TO LEARN FROM OTHERS
WHEN
After Coworking Europe Sofia
Nov 15 - 17, 2024
WHERE
Coliving Semkovo
building a remote work utopia - together
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A Weekend of Connection and Inspiration

to deepen connections within our industry and have a great time together

Join us for a unique weekend dedicated to fostering deep connections among leaders in the coworking and coliving sector. Set against the serene and majestic backdrop of the Semkovo mountain resort, this weekend unconference is designed to blend professional networking with social interactions in an environment that inspires and rejuvenates.

At the unconference we help you to discuss these and other topics with other leaders and enthusiasts. Let's share our experiences and learn from each other how to deal with the ever-changing demands of the future of work & living.

Our event is a mix of formal and informal sessions that are driven by participants and best practice examples. Of course there will also be plenty of time to connect with the participants on a personal level and have fun together in the inspiring mountain resort of Semkovo.

Connect with Leaders
Make New Friends: This weekend is your chance to meet and bond with other people who are passionate about creating great places to work and live together. It's not just about swapping contact info; it's about making real friends who can help and support you on your journey.
Get Inspired by Nature
Relax and Dream Big: Our retreat is in a beautiful mountain spot that's perfect for taking a break and dreaming up big ideas. Nature has a special way of helping us think more clearly and come up with creative solutions we might not have considered before.
Learn from Others' Stories
Share Tips and Tricks: Everyone coming has their own stories of things that worked and things that didn't. This is a fantastic opportunity to share what you know and learn from others. It's like a shortcut to gaining new insights and ideas that can help you succeed.

Topics

WE COVER LOTS OF DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF COWORKING AND COLIVING IN A FRIENDLY PEER GROUP FORMAT - THE AGENDA IS SET BY THE PARTICIPANTS!

Learn from Others: Navigating the Challenges and Opportunities

Discuss effective strategies for Coworking & Coliving success.
Connect with other coworking and coliving operators and share your own experiences.
Learn from others who are successfully operating, and unlock synergies to take your business to the next level.

Community

Community Building and Engagement
Discover proven strategies for creating and maintaining a thriving remote work culture that fosters engagement and productivity.

Sustainability

Sustainable Practices
How to incorporate sustainability into the design, operation, and community culture of coworking and coliving spaces to ensure long-term viability and environmental responsibility.

Design

Innovative Design and Space Utilization
Exploring creative ways to design and organize spaces that are flexible, functional, and foster productivity and well-being among residents and members.

Technology

Technology Integration
Leveraging technology to enhance the coworking and coliving experience, from management systems to smart home features and collaborative tools that streamline operations and improve member satisfaction.

Wellness

Health and Wellness Programs
Implementing programs and amenities that promote physical and mental health, from fitness centers and yoga classes to mindfulness and wellness workshops.

Business

Business Models and Revenue Streams
Discussing various business models and innovative revenue streams for coworking and coliving spaces to ensure financial sustainability and growth.

Legal

Legal and Regulatory Challenges
Navigating the legal and regulatory landscape of running coworking and coliving spaces, including zoning laws, safety regulations, and contractual agreements with members.

Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion
Creating inclusive spaces that welcome and support a diverse community of members, fostering an environment of equality, respect, and belonging for everyone.

Smart Tools

Tech-Enhanced Operations
Embracing smart technology in spaces to provide members with a seamless and intuitive living experience. Features include app-controlled environments and automated services

Convergence

hybrid environments for work and life.
Learn how to develop a flexible work schedule that accommodates the needs of your remote team members while also meeting business objectives.

Retreats

BRINGING REMOTE TEAMS TOGETHER
Best practices for planning and executing successful team retreats that boost team morale and help remote workers feel connected with their colleagues.

Growth

Geographic Expansion
Exploring the growth of coworking and coliving spaces beyond urban centers, into varied locales that cater to a broader spectrum of preferences and opportunities.

Event Schedule

PACKED WITH HIGH QUALITY AND LOTS OF FUN
00:00

Transfer from Sofia (After CWE Farewell)

We will pick you up after the end of the Coworking Europe Farewell.

This is a very late transfer and you will get to Semkovo around 03:00am but it saves you staying overnight in Sofia and we will let you sleep in on Friday.

Exact timing TBD, leaves from the After Party Venue

09:00

Transfer from Sofia

We have arranged transportation from Sofia to Semkovo.
If you prefer to drive yourself, you can arrive anytime but we suggest to join us for lunch at 1pm

After Arrival

Try the Coworking and Coliving Areas

Catch-up with work, hang out in the pool, play a boardgame, watch a movie or show your mini golf skills. Try our faciltities.

Checkin to your rooms

Upon arrival, check into your room and take a moment to freshen up with a quick shower or nap after your travels. If you arrive early, feel free to explore our pool or use the coworking areas to cath up with work.

Later, join the group for some welcome drinks in the bar area and get to know your fellow attendees.

13:00

Lunch

Enjoy a healthy group lunch with the other people that already arrived

19:00

Group Dinner

Join us for a culinary experience with a delicious traditional group meal that we all prepare together!

21:00

Showtime, Wine and Quiz

Get ready to unwind and have some fun while we test your knowledge with a series of challenging and engaging trivia questions. Not only will you have the opportunity to show off your skills and compete with your fellow attendees, but you'll also have the chance to connect with other remote work professionals and experts in a relaxed and entertaining setting.

And to make things even better, we'll be serving delicious Bulgarian wine (and non-alcoholic drinks) throughout the session. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a glass (or two) while you engage in some friendly competition and show off your expertise. By the end of the session, you'll have had a blast, made new connections, and be ready to tackle the next day of the unconference full of energy and enthusiasm.

08:00 - 09:00

Breakfast

09:00 - 10:00

Welcome and Introductions

During the welcome session, we'll kick off the event with introductions and icebreakers to get to know each other better. We'll also provide an overview of the unconference format, including how the sessions are organized, and how to make the most of your experience.

Additionally, you'll hear from the organizers about the purpose and goals of the event, and what you can expect from the unconference.

10:00 - 11:00

Session Planning

11:00 - 13:00

Unconference Sessions

An unconference is a participant-driven event where attendees come together to share and learn from each other. Unlike traditional conferences, the agenda is created collaboratively by all attendees at the start of the event using a process called Open Space Technology. This creates space for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration, and creativity, as everyone has the opportunity to put conference sessions on the agenda, ranging from formal talks to informal discussions. There are no pre-set sessions or voting process, so every session is welcome, and all ideas are considered. An unconference provides a unique opportunity for attendees to connect and engage with their peers, share their knowledge and expertise, and explore new topics and ideas.

We will do 4 sessions in the morning.

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch Break

A quick lunch break to rejuvenate our energy levels.

14:00 - 17:00

Unconference Sessions

Six extra slots for attendees to share, discuss, and learn about topics of their interest.


17:00

Unconference Sessions Wrap-Up

The wrap-up session will include a quick summary from each session owner, highlighting the key takeaways from their respective sessions and facilitating further discussion on important points. This session serves as an opportunity to reflect on the day's events and consolidate the learning from various sessions, as well as identifying actionable steps for the future.


18:00

Self-Guided Tour of Coliving Semkovo

Discover the vast 16,700 square meters of coliving space in Semkovo and envision the endless possibilities it offers.


19:00

Group Dinner

Join us for another fantastic group dinner where we will indulge in the delicious traditional Bulgarian delicacies.


Evening

Bonfire

Come and enjoy the pleasant spring evening with great conversations around a big bonfire.

09:00 - 10:00

Breakfast

10:00 - 12:00

Tech & Demo

Get introduced to some interesting coliving & coworking technology solutions.

12:00 - 15:00

Small Hike & BBQ at the hut

Join us for a scenic hike to the lake, where you can enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings and connect with your fellow attendees in a relaxed and informal setting. The hike will take approximately 90 minutes each way, so please wear comfortable outdoor clothing and solid shoes. For those who prefer not to hike, we'll arrange transport with a 4x4 vehicle. Once we arrive at the hut, we'll fire up the BBQ and enjoy a delicious meal together, surrounded by the stunning mountain scenery. This is a great opportunity to unwind, have fun, and make new connections with your fellow remote work professionals and experts.

15:00

Return to Sofia (early option)

Transportation will be provided back to Sofia after the hike for everyone who doesn't want to join the hot springs. Estimated arrival time in Sofia about 6:30 pm


16:00

(Optional) Relax in the natural hot springs of Banya

Optional activity: Recharge your batteries with a relaxing soak in the nearby hot springs of Banya. Join the organizer team for a refreshing end to the weekend. Entrance fee is 20 lev, paid on-site. The is the option to have dinner on-site as well.

19:00

Return to Sofia (later option)

We will arrange for transportation back to Sofia after the hotsprings, and anticipate arrival around 10:30 pm in Sofia.

01:00

Transfer to Sofia (Early Flights)

We will arrange transfer so that you can catch the earliest flights out of Sofia after 6:00am on Monday.

07:00

Transfer to Sofia (Mid-Day Flights)

We will get you back to Sofia airport in time for all flights leaving after 11am

09:00

Farewell Breakfast

Please do join us for a Farewell breakfast

The schedule is subject to change and the exact sessions are decided by the participants.
WHY YOU NEED TO ATTEND THIS EVENT?

Deep Connections in the Industry:

This unconference is a pivotal gathering for leaders within the coworking and coliving spheres, offering a rare chance to forge deep, meaningful connections. Set in the inspiring Semkovo mountains, it's an ideal backdrop for collaborative discussions and networking that go beyond the surface, providing real insights and partnerships that can propel your initiatives forward.

Inspirational Learning Environment

Surrounded by the natural beauty of Semkovo, participants are not just attendees but active contributors to a vibrant learning environment. Engage in a mix of formal and informal sessions, where the latest strategies, operational insights, and industry trends are shared and discussed, all aimed at addressing the unique challenges and opportunities of coworking and coliving spaces.

Collaborative Problem-Solving

With a participant-driven agenda, the unconference emphasizes collaborative problem-solving and innovation. It’s a platform to discuss everything from sustainable practices and technological integration to community building and innovative business models, ensuring that you leave with actionable strategies and a deeper understanding of the future direction of coworking and coliving.

Exclusive Focus on Coworking and Coliving Leaders

Tailored specifically for leaders in the coworking and coliving fields, this unconference zeroes in on the unique dynamics of creating spaces that blend work and life harmoniously. It's an invaluable opportunity to exchange ideas with peers who are equally dedicated to shaping the future of how we work and live, making it an essential event for anyone looking to make an impact in these rapidly evolving sectors.

Your Hosts for this Experience

Kristen Zupancic

Kristen Zupancic is a dynamic freelance project manager and concept developer specializing in placemaking and shared living models. With a background in research of community-centred shared spaces, Kristen has a passion for urban innovation projects and social entrepreneurship. She founded Plot Twist Placemaking to revitalize urban areas by transforming spaces into mixed-use destinations that enhance social, environmental, and economic impact. Kristen's purpose-driven approach and expertise in project management make her a valuable asset in creating meaningful spaces that prioritize the wellbeing of people and the planet.

Pauline Roussel

Pauline Roussel is the Co-Founder and CEO of Coworkies, a global job board aimed at the coworking and flexible workspaces industry. With over 8 years of dedicated experience in understanding modern workspaces, Pauline is passionate about teaching people and companies about the evolving nature of work environments. She is also the Co-Initiator of Hack Coworking, an annual future of work and workspaces conference and hackathon, and serves as a Board Member for French Tech Berlin. Pauline is the co-author of "Around The World in 250 Coworking Spaces," a coffee table book highlighting founders of coworking spaces worldwide. She is known for her expertise in coworking, demonstrated through various speaking engagements and contributions to the field. With a Master's degree in Marketing from EDHEC Business School and a BBA in Management from Assumption University, Pauline combines her academic background with hands-on experience to drive innovation in the coworking industry.

Matthias Zeitler

Matthias Zeitler is a visionary entrepreneur and ecosystem builder, currently spearheading the transformation of an iconic communist-era hotel into Coliving Semkovo, a premier hub for remote living and working nestled in the scenic Rila mountains of Bulgaria. With a rich background in tech, coworking, and startups, Matthias has left a significant mark on the industry, particularly evident in his role as the co-founder of Coworking Bansko and the founder of Bansko Nomad Fest, which played pivotal roles in establishing Bansko as a global hotspot for digital nomads. His exceptional networking skills and expertise in community building, coupled with his academic background with an MBA from Santa Clara University and an engineering diploma from the Polytechnical University of Salzburg, solidify his position as a leading figure in the nomadic community. Through his ventures, Matthias continues to shape vibrant ecosystems and inspire remote professionals worldwide.

Caterina Maiolini

Caterina Maiolini is a dynamic professional with a passion for driving growth and fostering partnerships in the football industry. Currently based in London, United Kingdom, she serves as the Growth & Partnerships Director at Peak Moods, a forward-thinking wellness brand specializing in mood-enhancing drinks. With a background in innovation consulting and strategic partnerships, Caterina has honed her skills in community building and networking. She recently embarked on the UEFA Certificate in Football Management journey, reflecting her commitment to personal and professional development within the football landscape. Caterina's dedication to making positive change shines through in her work and endeavors, embodying the ethos of being the change she wants to see in the world.

Virginia Scapinelli

Virginia Scapinelli is a consultant specializing in new ways of working and living, particularly focusing on the intersection of remote work and coliving spaces. She co-founded Nomad Trail, an overland adventure connecting digital nomads with colivings in Europe, and serves as a board member and Italy ambassador for Co-Liv, a global organization promoting coliving. With a background in architecture and business management, she is deeply involved in the coliving community, moderating panels, evaluating awards submissions, and contributing to discussions on the future of coliving for digital nomads. Additionally, she shares insights and updates on coliving trends and initiatives through her LinkedIn posts.

Vanessa Sans

Vanessa Sans is an expert and consultant in collaborative and innovative workplace environments, with a passion for pioneering flexible working models. With over a decade of experience in the coworking sector, Vanessa is the Director and Founder of Happy Working Lab, a consultancy specializing in coworking and coliving spaces. She provides comprehensive services ranging from conceptualization and design to strategy and implementation, helping individuals and companies create vibrant and efficient workspaces. Vanessa's expertise extends to space allocation, business modeling, ecosystem growth, and staff training, making her a valuable asset in the rapidly evolving landscape of modern work environments.

Mike LaRosa

Mike LaRosa is a seasoned expert in flex workspace and remote work solutions, boasting over a decade of experience in the industry. With a background in sales, business development, and channel partnerships, Mike has played pivotal roles in companies like Deskpass, Proximity, and Office Hub Pty Ltd, contributing significantly to their growth and success. As the Sales & Business Development Leader at Deskpass, he is responsible for driving revenue and expanding partnerships, while also serving as a strategic advisor to Office Hub Pty Ltd. Mike's passion for coworking and remote work is evident through his extensive involvement in events, publications, and initiatives aimed at promoting flexible workspace options worldwide.

Alexandra Bernhardt

Dr. Alexandra Bernhardt is a sociologist specializing in the future of work, with a focus on coworking dynamics in both urban and rural settings, post-pandemic mobile work trends, and the impact of spaces and atmospheres on work experiences. With a doctorate from Technische Universität Chemnitz, she brings a wealth of expertise in qualitative research methods to her role as a Scientific Associate at ZeTT Thüringen. Dr. Bernhardt's dedication to gender equality is evident through her involvement in initiatives like the Gender Commission at Friedrich Schiller University Jena and her coordination of the local group for the Network Motherhood and Science. Her contributions extend beyond academia, as she actively engages in research projects such as Cost Action CA18214, shaping discussions on the future of work and fostering inclusive work environments.

Event Partners

Pricing & Registration

ONLY 75 PARTICIPANTS - GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY.

Come to Semkovo for a special chance to meet other leaders in remote work and share new ideas about the future of our jobs. We're all about finding new ways to work better, and we're looking forward to having great conversations and making new friends. There aren't many spots open, so sign up soon to make sure you don't miss out on this exciting event.

Please get your ticket for the event

Let's make this one of the best weekends of the year
right after Coworking Europe in Sofia!  
€399
incl. VAT

Early Bird

Includes transport from Sofia, accommodation, food and of course the unconference itself.

First 25 tickets before May 30th
€599
incl. VAT

Regular Ticket

Includes transport from Sofia, accommodation, food and of course the unconference itself.

Register before October, while supplies last.
€999
incl. VAT

Partner: Product / Service Provider

Present your service or product at the event.

Includes transport, accommodation, food and of course the unconference.

We will also mention you as a partner on the website and social media.

Limited to 5 partners

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Location and Venue

COLIVING SEMKOVO

Spend a weekend in Semkovo, where we are building a nomad utopia.
 This cozy resort is right in nature at the foot of Musala, Bulgaria's biggest mountain.

VENUE
Coliving Semkovo
Nomad Place 1, Semkovo, 2780 - Bulgaria
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