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Smart Women. Changing Everything.

Are you a woman transitioning to a new life?

WIT is your chance to learn from the women who’ve walked this path before you. 

You will be given the tools you need to fashion a life that reflects your values, and make the personal connections to really make it happen.

Join our 6-day intensive in fall 2017

Overcome the personal and practical blocks to launching the life of your dreams. Apply for the 6-day intensive. There are two intakes happening in fall 2017 in Bali:

August 20-26 (Poland)
September 10-16 (Bali)
November 19-25 (Bali)

"I joined WIT program, after having sold my business, looking for new opportunities. The program and the tribe inspired and supported me to be better equipped in my new business, and it continues to do so. I can honestly say that this has been the best investment ever in my life!"

Sophie Woo

Old-style executive turned budding social entrepreneur

Here is what you can expect from WIT...

Expert Workshops

We meet at Hubud, Bali’s first community co-working space, for our speaker series and interactive workshops.

The Challenge Process

We give you tools to troubleshoot your biggest blocks that you can take home with you, and share with your friends.  

Confidential Support

We build a tribe around you, so that making a big change is fun, rather than scary.  

Catered Lunches

We share a delicious organic lunch provided by some of Bali’s best women caterers, and get to know each other. 

WIT is values driven.

Here is what we believe in:

Women in Transition - community


WIT will connect you with some of the smartest, most empowered women in Bali’s business ecosystem, so you can learn from the people who have lived the experience you are about to embark on.

Hubud Creativity


Bali is renowned for being a place where you can dream big and really make things happen. WIT supports you in the process of grounding those dreams in reality without sacrificing the vision, purpose and passion that drives you.

WIT Conversations


A great conversation can change everything… especially if it gives you the valuable feedback you need to get results you desire. WIT uses the ‘Challenge Process’ to troubleshoot the problems as they arise and make conversations really count.

WIT Coinciousness


When a group of smart women are gathered in the name of GOOD, great things can happen: People’s lives improve, projects that protect the earth and its people or, lead the way into the future are born.

Hear Hubud Co-Owner Renee Martyna speak about WIT.

Daily schedule from Monday to Friday

Testimonials from the last intake

Here what others have to say:

Find out what others say about the Challenge Process

Challenge Process is a key component of the WIT experience.

Who you might meet

Our speakers in 2017. Just a taste of what’s on offer.

Renee Martyna

Renee Martyna

WIT Curator, Co-owner of Hubud, and Facilitator of The Challenge Process

Renée is a former UN development worker turned social entrepreneur with a deep interest in the integrative arts. She first came to Bali to deliver retreat programs for burnt-out aid workers. Now she is the owner, program adviser and facilitator at Hubud, Bali’s first coworking space.

Renée developed The Challenge Process to help people to make changes, get creative about solutions to difficult problems, build community and raise consciousness through the art of powerful conversation.


Meghan Pappenheim

Owner of KAFE, Kebun, BaliSpirit.com, Co-owner of Yoga Barn, Co-Founder of BaliSpirit Festival 

Meghan, originally from NYC, came to Bali in 1992. A Social Entrepreneur from the start, she started her first business at 9 yrs old selling plantings to neighbours. Meghan first visited Indonesia on an overseas study program where she met her future Balinese husband Dekgun.

During the 24 years of their partnership they have produced two kids and expanded a vibrant group of companies and NGOs in Ubud including famous Yoga Barn, Kafe, Kebun, Balispirit.com, annual BaliSpirit Festival, Ayo! Kita Bicara HIV/AIDS and Bali ReGreen.

Mona Motwani

Mona Motwani


Mona is a human rights lawyer turned entrepreneur. A series of unexpected life events led Mona to move to Bali and make the transition to location-independent entrepreneur. Mona launched a successful ecommerce company in 2014 and is a professed digital nomad having relocated to Ubud, Bali 3.5 years ago having lived in San Francisco prior to that. 

She is co-founder of Spark, a grassroots venture philanthropy nonprofit that invests in women’s organizations and is the largest network of millennial donors in the world. Spark funds and empowers  women’s organizations all over the world, supporting women to overcome political, social, economic, and personal challenges. 

Baji Grace

Baji Grace

CEO of Disruptive Radiance,
Host at Jodi TV

Baji is a mystic, a mentor and an intuitive guide who helps people rapidly clear their inner blocks and awaken to their highest purpose and calling.

She is the CEO of Disruptive Radiance and Host at Jodi TV and she (or products she has developed) have been seen everywhere from Dr. Oz to Fashion to Teen Vogue. She grew up on a sailboat, and has launched and sold multiple businesses over the last 15 years.
She is currently writing a book in Bali.

You can find her over at www.jodifedor.com


Lydia Lee

Lydia Lee

Escape Coach at Screw The Cubicle

After leaving her six figure job in Canada years ago in pursuit of a path less conventional, this had led her to now be an advocate for location independency, and meaningful work with purpose.

Now based in Bali, she spends her time teaching people how to quit the jobs that are crushing their souls, discover their hidden talents, and make money doing something they love (and will care about).

Her mission and work has been featured on The Telegraph, Forbes, The Huffington Post, CNN Philippines, and Elle Canada.

Rucina Ballinger

Rucina Ballinger

Co-author of Balinese Dance, Drama and Music, founder of the comedy group Group Gedebong Goyang 

Rucina has lived in Bali since 1974. She first came here to study dance and theatre, has co-written a book Balinese Dance, Drama and Music, and is the founder of the comedy Group Gedebong Goyang. Working as a cultural tour guide, she leads university groups into the amazing maze of Bali and for the past 15 years has been in the NGO world.

Currently she is building a vocational training center in North Bali for the economically marginalized. With her late Balinese husband, she was the head of her banjar (hamlet), probably the only Westerner to hold this position.

Marta Komosa

Marta Komosa

Female empowerer

Marta Komosa is a Polish female empowerer who moved to Bali 4 years ago to pursue her path as a healer and healing advisor.

With her background in human resources and event management she co-runs big events Bali Spirit festival, as well as group and private retreats. She believes wholeheartedly in learning through real life experiences and is passionate about creating a safe space for people to grow, heal and transform.

She practices Theta Healing – a very powerful modality of working with belief systems on the level of subconsciousness – as well as Reiki energy healing. She loves holding space for women and support their path of finding self-love, connection to their inner power and their authentic Self.


Helene Schmitt

Life Coach

Helene is a happiness at work activist, a transition and empowerment coach. Her work is based on the fact that self-awareness is the seed and pivot to build a fulfilling and balanced work life, and life in general.

She works with people seeking to transition to a new life, that brings the best for AND out of them.

Her motto is: work with yourself rather than against yourself.

Her areas of intervention go from helping people willing to implement meaningful shifts in the way they currently live and work (because not everybody has to quit their job and completely change life to be happy), to supporting people who took the decision to take a sabbatical or even a complete career change.

Anne Hockett WIT speaker

Anne Hockett

Anne Hockett has concentrated her efforts in the care world in Asia for over 25 years. Since 1983 she has worked with over 5,000 clients ranging from managing cancer and heart disease to assisting those with physical and emotional needs.

Anne was also trained by Drs. John Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli to teach Mind Body Stress Reduction, which she will be sharing in this retreat.

Anne currently lives in Ubud, Bali, is the mother of two teenage daughters and has been happily married for nearly 28 years.

Enroll now

Enroll now for September 2017. Early bird prices available till August 2017. 

What's included:
Unlimited Membership at Hubud
Private mentor sessions
10+ Workshops/ Sessions
Online accountability group
Offsite excursions
Organic, catered lunches
Early bird
$799 $999

Sounds like my kind of program!

Apply for the 7-day intensive in fall 2017:

Not in Bali? Join WIT in Poland, Europe

Why Poland?

Now, when the women’s movement is taking new shape within the Polish community, and new life being breathed into tough questions of agency, and choice, the time has come to regain Renee’s connection to this land, learn from her Polish sisters, and help where she can. She hopes she can leave a toolbox for action, inspiration, and deep human connection behind.

When and where?

August 20-26 (from Sunday evening till Saturday lunch)
A beautiful old house and workshop space among hills and lakes of Suwalszczyzna – Olecko Małe.

Learn more here.


What is WIT and what is WIT not?

What is WIT?

WIT is an immersive experience designed to help women accelerate, deepen, and broaden their path of change. This means any change you might be going through in your life, whether that be a job, a relationship, a project or moving countries. No change is too big or small, we take them all! The program is both practical and theoretical, in that you are will be introduced to practices and techniques to build your own toolbox of resiliency, but you will also have plenty of time and space to engage with big questions and topics that are usually neglected in our daily lives. We will explore subjects like: phases of transition, self sustainability and care, conflict resolution, communication, inner blocks, sexuality, personal growth, community and more.

What WIT is not…

WIT is powerful process, but it is not a fix-all. It's a launchpad. It's for women who want to make their world bigger, rather than smaller. We introduce you to the key concepts and people that will help you broaden your understanding of what change really means. Then we empower you with the tools to make discerning choices about what path feels right for you. We don’t provide easy and quick solutions. We create a safe space for you to explore your values and interests, discover what’s stopping you, and reflect on a plan that’s right for you, because every women is an expert of her own life. Our goal is to make that journey easier, more insightful, supported and especially, fun!

What will I learn?

WIT follows a curriculum that is partly curated, and partly responsive. That means we aim to share what we already know will be of value, but try to be responsive to the needs and desires of the group as they emerge.

We talk about taboos, in a confidential and deeply supported way, so that you can...

  • Discover what transition looks and feels like, and where you are in the journey.
  • Explore your passion and purpose, and whether you can turn them into profit.
  • Learn to give and receive feedback.
  • Learn how to resolve conflict, with others, and within yourself.
  • Learn what self-care really means.
  • Learn how to connect to your community.
  • Discover why money matters, and what really counts.
  • Find out how to break through the blocks that may prevent your successful transition to a life you really believe in.
  • Lastly, lear what you still need to learn after WIT.

What will I take away with me?

A tribe, a toolbox for self-exploration and growth, a new perspective on your life, and an invitation to continue your journey alongside some of Bali brightest changemakers.

What is my commitment?

WIT is an intensive experience. Days begin with movement, with intellectual exploration in between, and end with the Challenge process or some fun in the evenings. 

By joining the WIT tribe you commit to the values of Community, Creativity, Conversation and Consciousness.

But as with any learning program, WIT is what you make of it. The more time you spend putting the lessons, tools and concepts you learn and make to work, the better your results will be.

Is WIT only for people moving permanently to Bali?

Not at all! WIT will be of benefit to anyone in a work-life transition, however, you will need to be on island for at least the duration of the course to get the most out of the program.

How will I know if I qualify for the program?

Once you fill out our registration form, you will be contacted for an interview with one of our main facilitators. In the interview, you will learn more about the program, and together, you will determine whether it's a good fit for you.

Why is this program for women only?

Because women are awesome! :-) But mostly, because women face unique challenges and opportunities in the business world, and we find that women progress further and faster when they are supporting each other.

How many participants will there be in the program?

The maximum number of participants is 15. It's intimate, and every woman will have voice.

Are there any scholarships or bursaries that I can apply for?

We have endeavoured to offer WIT at the most affordable rate possible, so at this time, there is no official financial aid for this program. However we do have an early bird price that we can extend to people who can demonstrate financial need. 

What is my investment? What does the price cover?

The price of the course is: USD999 (USD799 Early Bird) and it covers: the instructor fee, materials, yummy lunches and Unlimited membership at Hubud for one month.

What's your cancellation & refund policy?

If the cancellation is received at least 60 days before the booked program start date, 50 percent of the upfront payment (minus the non-refundable deposit) and possible administration costs) will be refunded.

If the cancellation is received in less than 60 days before the booked program start date there will be no refund.

Costs for programs or parts of a program missed due to illness, early departure, delayed arrival, etc. will not be refunded.

We are not liable for the cost of your flight in the event of a cancellation.

See Program's T&C here.

What are the payment conditions?

To book a program, an upfront non-refundable deposit of USD100 of the total amount must be paid. The upfront payment is a part of the total amount and will be deducted from the remaining price.

The upfront payment may be paid in cash, by PayPal, credit card (via PayPal), by bank transfer (all bank charges paid by student) upon receiving an invoice from Hubud.

Outstanding payments are four weeks before the beginning of the program.

What is the Challenge Process?

“Most of us can have a conversation, but not many of us know how to make it count. The art of conversation is more than learning how to ‘say what you mean and mean what you say without being mean’. It’s also about transcending the limits of a problem, cultivating the collective wisdom in the room and getting to inspired solutions. That’s a conversation that can really make a difference”

~ Renée Martyna, Hubud

The Challenge Process trouble-shoots personal and professional blocks with conversation, community, creativity and consciousness. It is a curated experience, led by an experienced facilitator, where you can call on the collective wisdom of others to ease you through a change, or transform your relationship to a problem.

It's an ancient art, really; women have been doing this throughout time.

Here's how we do it on this retreat: Every day, we set aside time to learn how to ask powerful questions, give fearless feedback, and access inspired solutions unique to you-- all within the context of cultivating a supportive community. It is a rich and robust conversation, made so by the considerable experience in the room, and the freedom we have to discuss big problems without fear of judgment, gossip or reproach. Coming together in this way is an act of service; talking it out helps others overcome similar obstacles in their own lives, so everyone benefits.

After experiencing the Challenge Process, most people report a feeling of tremendous relief-- because they now have a concrete way of moving through their challenges which they may never have considered before. Plus, they have the support of their peers to pull it off. The best part is that you can take this tool home with you. Many people have helped friends, family or their business community trascend their difficulties using the Challenge Process.

The process is perfect for anyone who desires to connect more deeply to themselves and others, to improve their communication skills, to resolve conflicts both within and outside themselves, but most importantly, to face life’s challenges with their head up, their eyes, ears and heart open.

Where does WIT take place?

In Bali, it's a full time but non residential course. We meet daily in a villa in Ubud.

In other countries, this varies and is often residential. Please refer to the specific program outline you are interested in for details.

Who are the co-facilitators?

The final list of the speakers for each intake will be announced shortly before the start of each course. On the website you can get an idea of who the guest speakers were in the previous intakes. As we have limited time and cannot use them all at once, and not everyone is always available, you will not meet everyone on that list. We also try to adapt the list of the speakers to the profile of the group at the time.


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