FI Chautauqua Ecuador

A Financial Independence Retreat

 

In honor of the Chautauqua tradition of 19th-century rural America, Cheryl replicates the best of this early self-improvement movement by bringing together the top FI bloggers and their readers for an in depth look at Happiness and the Post FI Life.

 

 

In addition, we will explore Ecuador, including trips to crater lakes, waterfalls and the equator.  We’ll observe Indigenous weaving demonstrations, harvesting of the Agave plant and make music with Ali and his family. Watching birds of prey fly high in the Andes Mountains will take your breath away, as well as climbing up into the towers of the Basilica Church in Quito.  Join us for an extraordinary week of learning and adventure at FI Chautauqua Ecuador!

 

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 Come meet the bloggers and others on the FI Path at Chautauqua Ecuador!

FI Chautauqua Week 1:  August 22-29. 2020 with Tanja, Kiersten, Kara and Cheryl

FI Chautauqua Week 2: August 29 to September 5, 2020 with J.D. Roth, Piggy, Kitty, Tanja and Cheryl

Where?

Two Hours north of Quito in Ibarra, Ecuador at Hacienda Chorlavi

TESTIMONIALS

 

 

“Ecuador feels like visiting the Heart of the Earth, and Cheryl’s events feel like coming home to this incredibly special place. I had the joy of attending and co-hosting five years worth of 25-person trips with her, and every single time, our group came away with lifelong friends and lifetime memories. Her combination of creative organization and soulful connections with both visitors and locals is what makes it all so special, like no other vacation you will ever take.”

Mr. Money Mustache

Blogger

The Itinerary for your FI Chautauqua week in Ecuador!

Saturday: Arrival in Quito. Stay at San Jose de Puembo near the airport.

Sunday:  Cayambe Sundial. Hear a new version of how the world should be viewed while you stand on the equator.  Watch Indigenous women harvest the Agave plant.  Pamba Mesa Picnic at the Oldest Hacienda in Ecuador.

Learning about the equator at Quitsato Sundial, Cayambe, Ecuador

Pamba Mesa Ecuador

Agave Honey Harvest, Cayambe, Ecuador

Monday:  Presentations in the morning and afternoon by the speakers.  In your free time you can play putt-putt golf, sit in a hammock or enjoy the gardens at Hacienda Chorlavi.

Tuesday: Presentation in the morning by a speaker. Lunch at Lake Cuicocha which is an amazing active crater lake. Take a boat ride around the Islands or hike. Stop at Cotocachi town of leather goods.

Laguna Cuicocha, Imbabura Province, Ecuador

Lago Cuicocha Boat Ride, Otavalo, Ecuador

Wednesday:  Presentation by a speaker in the morning. Afternoon Group Activity. Free time to hammock, swim, enjoy the jacuzzi or sauna.

Thursday:  Group Activity in the morning. Peguche Wasi Textile tour. See how the famous Otavalo Indigenous weave their tapestries.  We will then visit Ali and his family in their music workshop where they will sing for us while we play along.  After, we take a hike to Peguche Waterfall.

 

Paguche Wasi Weaving demonstration Otavalo, Ecuador

 

Indigenous Musician Workshop Otavalo, Ecuador

Peguche Waterfall, Ecuador

Friday: Break out sessions in the morning.  Afternoon trip to the Condor Park where we will watch birds of prey fly high in the Andes Mountains.

Condor Park, Otavalo, Ecuador

Bald Eagle “Gringo” about to fly in the Andes.

Saturday:  Head to the airport if you have a flight before 5 pm.  If you fly at night, take a tour of the Historic Center of Quito. Or stay and see more of Ecuador!

 

Plaza Grande Quito Ecuador; Basilica, Quito, Ecuador

 

 

 

Optional Galapagos Tour

The Amazing Galapagos!! This tour begins on the Sunday after the Chautauqua.  It is a six-day, five night tour of Santa Cruz Island which has all seven vegetation zones.

Day 1: Fly to Baltra/Santa Cruz.  Stop at El Chato Reserve where you can observe Giant Tortoises in the wild.  You can also walk through Lava Tubes. We will lunch here and then head to Puerto Ayora to check into the hotel.  Afternoon trip to Las Grietas where you pass salt mines and then float in the most glorious blue water born from the mixture of an underground river mixing with ocean water.

[Las Grietas, Santa Cruz, Galapagos 

Las Grietas path, Salt Mines, Santa Cruz, Galapagos Galapagos giant tortoise on Santa Cruz Island in Galapagos National Park

Day 2:  Bahia Tour.  Boat ride along the coast with a stop at La Loberia where you will see a colony of sea lions.  Next stop is shark channel which was formed by the swelling of the magma chamber and here you can observe reef sharks.  From an overlook, you will have a great view of the Port and the mountains of the highlands.  In the afternoon, we will tour the Charles Darwin Research Center and learn about conservation efforts.

Sea Lions, Galapagos, Ecuador Charles Darwin Station, Santa Cruz, Ecuador Reef sharks, Galapagos Islands

Day 3:  Today we will take a boat ride to Pinzon Island where you can snorkel with sea lions and reef sharks and observe Frigate birds, sea turtles and possibly Penguins.

Swimming with Sea Lions on Pinzon Island, Galapagos Frigate Bird, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador Penguin, ,Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Day 4:  Visit the Highlands.  First stop at El Trapiche farm where Don Jose will show you how to make Panela, pure sugar cane alcohol and process coffee.  View the entire Island from Cerro Mesa, the highest spot on the island.  We will then visit Garrapatero Beach, a wonderful secluded white sand beach where you can observe Iguanas sunning themselves and go for a swim.

Learning how to make Panela, El Trapiche, Galapagos    Cerro Meza, highest point on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos    Marine Iguanas, Ecuador

Day 5: Visit Santa Fe Island where you can observe Blue Footed Boobies and Frigate Birds and hopefully spot a Yellow Iguana. You will stop for snorkeling where you may observe reef sharks and sea turtles.

Yellow Iguana, Ecuador  Blue Footed Boobies, Isla de la Plata, Puerto Lopez, Ecuador

Day 6:   Fly back to the mainland.

Price:  $1500 pp double occupancy not including airfare to the Galapagos. For more information contact Cheryl.

 

 

 

FI Chautauqua Week 1: Introducing our first All-female line-up and Attendee Event August 22-29, 2020

Tanja

Tanja Hester retired at the age of 38 from a career as a political consultant and journalist. The author of  WORK OPTIONAL: Retire Early the Non-Penny-Pinching Way, Tanja bridges the gap that so often exists between life and money, shifting the conversation to life purpose, fulfillment and happiness, rather than wealth for its own sake. Tanja writes 2018 Plutus Awards blog of the year Our Next Life and cohosts the podcast  The Fairer Cents, in addition to traveling the world and enjoying the outdoor life around her home in Lake Tahoe, California. Tanja has a regular column on  MarketWatch, she’s spoken at Google and at conferences around the world, and she has been featured in New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, TIME, MONEY, CNBC, PBS, Vice, Yahoo! Finance, Forbes, Refinery29, Bustle, WGN and media outlets around the world. 

Kiersten

Kiersten is the co-creator of the award-winning blog, rich & REGULAR, with her husband Julien. Since launching rich & REGULAR in 2017, their story has been featured in The NY Times, Glamour Magazine, Forbes, CBS This Morning, and more. What started as an act of rebellion has quickly become more purpose-driven as they attract a more diverse audience to FIRE principles. Their blog is known for confronting the cultural and emotional implications that come up as your master personal finances. Kiersten is known for her honest, informative take on how to improve your life through higher engagement with your money. She doesn’t shy away from sharing hard-won lessons based on her own history with consumerism, credit card debt and overspending. Kiersten aspires to use her platform as a call to action that inspires other women to use money as a tool to improve their quality of life and become so rich that they can afford to speak their truth.

Kara

Kara Perez is the founder of Bravely Go, a feminist financial education company. Bravely focuses on bringing actionable, accessible and intersectional financial education to people via pop up events and online community. Additionally, Kara co hosts the award winning podcast, The Fairer Cents, which has been named the best money podcast for women by The Balance and Forbes. Kara has been featured in Forbes, Glamour, ABC Nightline News, and US News and World Report as a financial expert. She lives in Austin TX. 

Cheryl

Cheryl Reed is your host in Ecuador and has led ten FI Chautauquas since 2013.  Cheryl volunteered in Ecuador in 1997 and immediately fell in love with her. She later returned and purchased a farm in the subtropics while spending part of the year working in the States to support herself.  She finally fulfilled her dream of living in Ecuador full-time and she is now growing coffee, running Retreats and hosting people at her new guest house, Above the Clouds She is also very proud to support her local community through her foundation, Project One Corner. Her favorite topic is happiness and joy and how to develop it in your life. 

Pricing and Registration for FI Chautauqua Week 1, August 22-29, 2020

 

FI Chautauqua Week 2: August 29 to September 5, 2020 with the following Speakers

 

 

Tanja Hester

Tanja Hester retired at the age of 38 from a career as a political consultant and journalist. The author of  WORK OPTIONAL: Retire Early the Non-Penny-Pinching Way, Tanja bridges the gap that so often exists between life and money, shifting the conversation to life purpose, fulfillment and happiness, rather than wealth for its own sake. Tanja writes 2018 Plutus Awards blog of the year Our Next Life and cohosts the podcast  The Fairer Cents, in addition to traveling the world and enjoying the outdoor life around her home in Lake Tahoe, California. Tanja has a regular column on  MarketWatch, she’s spoken at Google and at conferences around the world, and she has been featured in New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, TIME, MONEY, CNBC, PBS, Vice, Yahoo! Finance, Forbes, Refinery29, Bustle, WGN and media outlets around the world. 

J.D. Roth

J.D. Roth founded Get Rich Slowly in 2006, published Your Money: The Missing Manual in 2010, created the year-long “Get Rich Slowly” course in 2014, and for four years contributed the monthly “Your Money” column to Entrepreneur magazine.

In 2009, for reasons both personal and financial, he sold Get Rich Slowly — but remained manager, editor, and primary writer until 2012. In October 2017, Roth bought Get Rich Slowly back and continues to teach people how to achieve financial freedom.

Kitty and Piggy

 Jess Fickett and Lauren Torres are Piggy and Kitty, the reclusive geniuses behind the popular blog  Bitches Get Riches . They are storming onto the battlefield of conventional financial wisdom like beautiful, money-savvy valkyries, carrying their readers up to Valhalla to cavort with the more fiscally responsible gods. Their signature blend of irreverent humor, compassionate wisdom, powerful advocacy, and stale pop culture references has been delighting audiences since 2017. Their blog has been honored with multiple awards (Best Blog for Women, Best Blog for Millennials, Funniest Personal Finance Blog) and featured in The New York Times. They launched a companion podcast earlier this year, which just concluded its first season.

Cheryl Reed

Cheryl Reed is your host in Ecuador and has led ten FI Chautauquas since 2013.  Cheryl volunteered in Ecuador in 1997 and immediately fell in love with her. She later returned and purchased a farm in the subtropics while spending part of the year working in the States to support herself.  She finally fulfilled her dream of living in Ecuador full-time and she is now growing coffee, running Retreats and hosting people at her new guest house, Above the Clouds She is also very proud to support her local community through her foundation, Project One Corner. Her favorite topic is happiness and joy and how to develop it in your life. 

The Itinerary for your week in Ecuador!

Saturday: Arrival in Quito and stay at San Jose de Puembo near the airport.

Sunday:  Cayambe Sundial Equator. Hear a new version of how the world should be viewed while you stand on the equator.  Watch Indigenous women harvest the Agave plant.  Pamba Mesa Picnic at Oldest Hacienda in Ecuador.

Learning about the equator at Quitsato Sundial, Cayambe, Ecuador

Pamba Mesa Ecuador

Agave Honey Harvest, Cayambe, Ecuador

Monday:  Presentations in the morning and afternoon by the speakers.  In your free time you can play putt-putt golf, sit in a hammock or enjoy the gardens at Hacienda Chorlavi.

Tuesday: Presentation in the morning by a speaker. Lunch at Lake Cuicocha which is an amazing active crater lake. Take a boat ride around the Islands or hike. Stop at Cotocachi town of leather goods.

Laguna Cuicocha, Imbabura Province, Ecuador

Lago Cuicocha Boat Ride, Otavalo, Ecuador

Wednesday:  Presentation by a speaker in the morning. Afternoon Group Activity. Free time to hammock, swim, enjoy the jacuzzi or sauna.

Thursday:  Group Activity in the morning. Peguche Wasi Textile tour. See how the famous Otavalo Indigenous weave their tapestries.  We will then visit Ali and his family in their music workshop where they will sing and conduct us in music.  After, we take a hike to Peguche Waterfall.

 

Paguche Wasi Weaving demonstration Otavalo, Ecuador

 

Indigenous Musician Workshop Otavalo, Ecuador

Peguche Waterfall, Ecuador

Friday: Break out sessioins in the morning.  Afternoon trip to the Condor Park where we will watch birds of prey fly high in the Andes Mountains.

Condor Park, Otavalo, Ecuador

Bald Eagle “Gringo” about to fly in the Andes.

Saturday:  Head to the airport if you have a flight before 5 pm.  If you fly at night, take a tour of the Historic Center of Quito. Or stay and see more of Ecuador!

 

Basilica, Quito, Ecuador Plaza Grande Quito Ecuador; 

 

 

 

Optional Galapagos Tour for FI Chautauqua Participants

The Amazing Galapagos!! This tour begins on the Sunday after the Chautauqua.  It is a six-day, five night tour of Santa Cruz Island which has all seven vegetation zones.

Day 1: Fly to Baltra/Santa Cruz.  Stop at El Chato Reserve where you can observe Giant Tortoises in the wild.  You can also walk through Lava Tubes. We will lunch here and then head to Puerto Ayora to check into the hotel.  Afternoon trip to Las Grietas where you pass salt mines and then float in the most glorious blue water born from the mixture of an underground river mixing with ocean water.

[Las Grietas, Santa Cruz, Galapagos 

Las Grietas path, Salt Mines, Santa Cruz, Galapagos Galapagos giant tortoise on Santa Cruz Island in Galapagos National Park

Day 2:  Bahia Tour.  Boat ride along the coast with a stop at La Loberia where you will see a colony of sea lions.  Next stop is shark channel which was formed by the swelling of the magma chamber and here you can observe reef sharks.  From an overlook, you will have a great view of the Port and the mountains of the highlands.  In the afternoon, we will tour the Charles Darwin Research Center and learn about conservation efforts.

Sea Lions, Galapagos, Ecuador Charles Darwin Station, Santa Cruz, Ecuador Reef sharks, Galapagos Islands

Day 3:  Today we will take a boat ride to Pinzon Island where you can snorkel with sea lions and reef sharks and observe Frigate birds, sea turtles and possibly Penguins.

Swimming with Sea Lions on Pinzon Island, Galapagos Frigate Bird, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador Penguin, ,Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Day 4:  Visit the Highlands.  First stop at El Trapiche farm where Don Jose will show you how to make Panela, pure sugar cane alcohol and process coffee.  View the entire Island from Cerro Mesa, the highest spot on the island.  We will then visit Garrapatero Beach, a wonderful secluded white sand beach where you can observe Iguanas sunning themselves and go for a swim.

Learning how to make Panela, El Trapiche, Galapagos    Cerro Meza, highest point on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos    Marine Iguanas, Ecuador

Day 5: Visit Santa Fe Island where you can observe Blue Footed Boobies and Frigate Birds and hopefully spot a Yellow Iguana. You will stop for snorkeling where you may observe reef sharks and sea turtles.

Yellow Iguana, Ecuador  Blue Footed Boobies, Isla de la Plata, Puerto Lopez, Ecuador

Day 6:   Fly back to the mainland.

Price:  $1500 pp double occupancy not including airfare to the Galapagos. For more information contact Cheryl at abovethecloudsretreats@hotmail.com.

 

 

 

Pricing and Registration for FI Chautauqua Week 2, August 29 to September 5, 2020

FI Chautuaqua Group Tours Ecuador
FI Chautauqua Group Picnics in Ecuador
Past FI Chautauqua at Above The Clouds Ecuador
FI Chautauqua in Ecuador