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NomadX Live interview with Maris Kohv

🔥 NomadX Live interview with Maris Kohv, Co-Founder of Borderless Retreat🔥

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Interview Transcription

Dave:

Hello, nomadics community. We are back again. Today, we’ll have joining us, Maris Kohv. Maris is the co-founder of a group called Borderless retreat. Borderless Retreat’s been in business now since 2018.

They’ve done over 10 retreats and she’ll be joining with me today to tell us what they’re up to in

Madeira Island at the end of March and in April and May. Let’s see here. She wants to join. All right. Hey Maris, how are you? 

Maris Kohv:

I’m very good. Thanks for asking. How are you doing?

Dave:

I am doing great. Yeah. Thank you so much for joining us today. We’re really excited for this

conversation. We’ve been hearing a lot about Borderless Retreat. This is our first live with you. I think you’ve been in business now for a couple of years and you run some really nice week long retreats and you also do some co-living and you have some events coming up in Madeira Island at the end of March and then April and May. So we want to find out what’s going on with Borderless Retreat, want to learn a little bit more about it, and hopefully we’ll find you some customers along the way here. So, yeah. Let’s just get things started. I guess, just to start off with, I guess, before we get started and go into your retreats, I’d just love to hear from you any quick tips or tricks that you have for these remote workers that are thinking about becoming digital nomads or for other digital nomads out there, maybe it relates to conscious living or something that you feel is just missing in the daily diet for the nomads.

Maris Kohv:

Daily diet for the nomads. I have to say that the most relevant tip is definitely to find a travel tribe, whether it’s offline or online, like a group of people who just share similar values and have similar interests. I think it’s very important to have that support system, especially when traveling. It’s quite easy to feel lonely, even if you’re going to events and being with cool

people, doing cool activities, If you don’t really resonate, then it’s still very easy to feel lonely. I think that personally it has affected my travel life a lot and finding that support system and those few people that I can really count on, and then just to take intentional time to nurture those relationships through-

Maris Kohv:

Scheduling meetings, spending intentional time together, especially when you don’t see each other very often. I think it’s very important. I can also share a lot of tips about my own personal morning routines, things that I do that I think are very important for us personally, as humans to just increase the quality of our life. But I’ll just stop there. I think we can go into that later on as well.

Dave:

Okay, great. Yeah. We’re really excited to hear everything from you. I’m looking at your background a bit. It looks like you’re originally from Estonia, if I’m correct. And you studied architecture in college and worked in architecture for a bit, and you thought that wasn’t for you and you went out on an adventure, right? 

Maris Kohv:

Yes.

Dave:

So maybe tell us a bit about how this whole business got started and the inspiration for it.

Maris Kohv:

Yeah, that’s quite an interesting story. I think in my mid 20s, when I was back in Estonia and finishing my studies, I was going through a lot of changes in my personal life. First off, I didn’t really feel connected with the profession. I also attended the 10 day reverse and meditation retreat. So there were a lot of changes in my life and I just wanted something different. So then I just changed everything, moved to Lisbon. I did an internship in architecture in Lisbon, but also started working remotely from Portugal to Estonia, but I still wasn’t familiar with the lifestyle at all. And then… Yeah. It was, I think two years ago I accidentally attended a nomads meet-up and that’s already, it just clicked first off, and then meeting so many different people who do a bunch of different professions and travel around while working.

It was really inspiring. And I think already, if you see that it opens the door of possibilities, and if

you see that there is a choice, because for example, with architecture, I would never see myself being able to travel full-time and live aligned with my values. So then, if you already offered a served choice, then you need to make the decision whether, you accept what is, or you just take a leap and try to make something or create something that would actually…Yeah. Allow you to have a life that you really want. So yeah, two years later, here we are.

Dave:

Oh, that’s great-

Maris Kohv:

Yes.

Dave:

Yeah. Just following your passion and your inspiration and that’s great to hear about the Lisbon Digital Nomads group, because they do have some amazing events in Lisbon and you, for everyone who… We’re getting lots of love in this live. The most love we’ve gotten so far. So thank you all. I think we have here Kimberly from nomad soulmates, they have a speed dating event coming up next Friday. We’re going to do a live with her as well. But yeah-

Maris Kohv:

All right.

Dave:

As it relates to, what you’re up to… Yeah. I think it’s super inspiring you came to Lisbon and you had this opportunity to be an architect, you learned from the Lisbon Digital Nomads who inspired you to get into this retreat business and you’ve… So far you’ve had, I think I was looking at it, 10 retreats in Lisbon, the Algarve, Madeira. So you’ve been all over the place here in Portugal. Maybe tell us a bit about these last 10 and then maybe what’s coming up next for the ones you have and in Madeira. We’ll want to know about it.

Maris Kohv:

What’s coming up next. Yeah. It’s very interesting. The whole process as well of how burlesque has actually evolved because we started in Lisbon with co-working days. So there was a weekly co-working day that we gathered a bunch of nomads and we also added one activity just to… Yeah. Open up deeper conversations and connect on a deeper level. So this is how it actually started. And then we did the first test retreat back in 2019 in June, if I’m not mistaken, that was also in Lisbon and was more of a daily program. And not… It didn’t integrate the core living part, which we integrated from the second retreat and then retreat after retreat, it just developed into a really strong concept, we guess, as we do it as a team of two people, it’s me, the mind empowerment part, as I’m just very passionate about mindfulness and meditation. And I do it with the retreats. We started with Marta, she’s a conscious dance teacher. So we combined our passions and forces and the program now-

Maris Kohv:

Is very consciously built upon mind and body empowerment, as well as the mindfulness, the connection, remote work. So yeah, it has developed into a really strong concept. And we also see now that as we do more and more retreats, there is a different crowd coming to the retreats. More people who just are aligned with the values of mindfulness and community. So, we do morning yoga, breath work, meditation and it… This is a sort of a normal way of life, right. And the last time we did retreats in Madeira was last January and February. It was really amazing. The Island is stunning. It’s a really great place in terms of climate, nature while still being in the UK time zone. So for example, for the winter months in Europe, is really one of the best places to go. And we really fell in love with the place, but at the time I think most of us were thinking that, to stay there for longer term, you really need community activities, something extra to actually… That makes you stay there longer. So now it’s really exciting as the nomad village project is kicking off and there’s more people going there and there’s actually being built community activities. Yeah. That’s definitely one of the reasons why we’re doing the next two retreats there. The other reason is of course safety as well in terms of COVID. The numbers in Madeira are very low, it’s very safe, less restrictions.-

Maris Kohv:

So it’s right now, in this time and place, it’s just necessary to find those places that are safest for us right now to gather, to… Yeah. Have human interaction, to have quality time to build community. So yeah. Really happy, excited for Madeira.

Dave:

Yeah. So it’s all about the tribe, all about community, mindfulness, body of empowerment. I was

noticing. Yeah. Your expertise is more around body, mind empowerment, meditation and mindset training. Right. And I was checking out Marta and she’s your business partner and she’s more around body empowerment, flow, strength, stretching, and consciousness. If I got that right.

Maris Kohv:

Yes. So it’s a very interesting mix. For example, she is brilliant in teaching you how to connect with your body and really let yourself go in terms of self-expression. So the conscious dance sessions, for example, we do, one of them is, she’s guiding the group with, for example, giving some… And just advising you to use your imagination and body sensations. For example, you can imagine that you’re… There is water flowing through your body. A lot of things that connect to your intuition. And the other session that we usually do is ecstatic then. So is… There’s a lot of self-expression and joy there as well. And next to that, the mind empowerment part of meditation, breath work, and also emotional intelligence, training empathy, all of those things are very common. And they’re always in the program just because they guessed it is our personal passion and we want to share it with other people as well.

And as we have very specific goals and intentions, we really want to create deeper connections,

deeper conversations, open up the deeper conversations. So these are the tools and activities that we always use. Some of them we have just created out of zero because we see that they work. It’s… There is just something very powerful when a group of people who have very similar values and interests come together and they spend quality time, very intentional time together, and the connection that’s being built upon that, over a longer period of time, it’s just very powerful.

Dave:

Hmm. That’s good.

Maris Kohv:

Bias. But-

Dave:

That sounds awesome. I mean, I think… Yeah. Everyone really speaks highly of you guys. I was noticing- You had the first retreats you have, I think were March 20th to 27th. And then the next one is from March 27th to April 4th. And those are eight day long retreats. It looks like, and I was noticing it starts what around 750 Euros and runs up to about 997 Euros for the private rooms. Did I get that right?

Maris Kohv:

Yes. Exactly.

Dave:

Okay. I’m a good PR guy for you.

Maris Kohv:

Thanks. Yeah-

Dave:

Okay.

Maris Kohv:

It definitely depends on just the room choice because it’s… The price is all inclusive. We really take care of people as well. So the meals are included, they’re usually vegan meals with some vegetarian options. So Marta is a brilliant cook as well. She prepares all of it. And yet all the activities are included, which is basically… It’s a daily program, right? So we start every day with a morning, yoga, meditation, breath work. Then we have some inspiration sessions. Then we move on.

Dave:

What is an inspiration session? I saw that on the website. I wasn’t sure exactly what you meant.

Maris Kohv:

Right. So these are usually on different topics either again, its emotional intelligence or mindset training. For example, we do the mind and body empowerment sessions just to introduce some benefits also, for example, the benefits of meditation. And it’s more than that. It’s a group session of brainstorming about different tools that have helped us in terms of personal growth or sharpening our attention. A lot of different tools that just work for us as a group. And we just open up conversation about it. We share our personal experiences and both of us from the team as well, we just, we share everything that has helped us, because they’re very powerful tools when too, if you use them just very intentionally. So yeah, we take time for this or we have also business mastermind sessions. So last time, for example, during new Year’s Eve, we had a lot of mastermind sessions in a sequence that were a lot about vision and goals.

Also, action plans. How to actually understand what are the next steps, how to take them. And

for example, if someone got stuck, with some action plan, then we just brainstorm on it, as a group. It’s… There’s definitely a lot of brilliant knowledge within a group of people. So you just need to use the opportunity to pick everyone’s brains because that, it just, opens up a lot of opportunities. You get a lot of knowledge and also it just creates a support system. If you connect with another person on a certain topic, you usually work together later after words as well. So it’s… Yeah. These are usually the inspiration sessions. The evening sessions are usually a bit different. It’s either live connection sessions or the dance sessions that we do. It’s… Yeah. This is the… Usually the buildup of the week and then weekends are for discovery trips, more deep connection, hiking, or just taking a time off. So it depends also on the location that we’re at. Wine tasting, kayaking. So-

Dave:

Nice. I was seeing that you guys seem to typically work, let’s say six to eight hours a day. It sounds like, in addition to all of this being a retreat, you’re actually getting some work done too, I guess.

Maris Kohv:

Yes. Definitely. I think it’s just within the lifestyle, it’s still necessary to work every single day. It’s just what the program provides is having a morning routine that is healthy having group of like-minded people surrounding you, who can inspire you, who can you share advice and brainstorm with, and just learn about different people, their stories, backgrounds get inspired, but still, in the midst of all of this to get work done. I think otherwise we wouldn’t be able to have… People wouldn’t be able to allow themselves to have those retreats either.

Dave:

Mm-hmm (affirmative). It’s good because you actually, you’re there and you get to experience this amazing lifestyle and get work done, which I think that’s a great combination and it could be a great retreat to get started. If people are thinking about coming to Madeira, you could join the retreat for a week and then you could stay for a couple months afterwards. So it’s a nice kind of get you in the group, meet some people on the Island and then stay somewhere else or move into your co-living space for a few weeks as well. I was taking a look at some of the pictures. They look awesome for the first, for the… It’s,,, I guess it’s like a… It was named the best ocean cliff Villa in Madeira. I was noticing it had a pool, a rooftop, barbecue. It was all sorts of stuff. It looks like an awesome spot you found them in. I’ve got some FOMO.

Maris Kohv:

Yeah. It definitely looks like an awesome spot. We’ve been very close to the accommodation before we were in, which is, I think around 15, 20 minutes carved right from the next

accommodation. So it’s beautiful. The sunrises and sunsets are something really incredible because you just, you’re so immersed in nature, Madeira has a very powerful connection with the ocean and just that’s an experience on its own. But yeah, definitely. It’s going to be a lot of yoga sessions on the terrace, overlooking the view. Yeah, it’s a great place. Also, has a lot of different spaces for work. So this is… It is very important for us to organize different spaces. Some of them are more for calls and private work where you can just focus, others are bigger spaces to just co-work. So there is a lot of space in the house, which is brilliant.

Dave:

Nice. So that’s… That… Those are the two events at the end of March for two weeks, and then it looks like two retreats. And then there’s a co-living house from April 11th to May 1st. Maybe tell us a little bit about the co-living and how that’s different. I was looking at… It seems very affordable. I was looking at it, the private rooms for three weeks were out 680 Euros and a shared was 560. So it’s priced very well. So I feel like for those nomads that are on the core right now, you should definitely check out

borderlessretreat.com and take a look at some of these retreats and before they fill up, because I’m sure they’re going to be filled up pretty soon. So, especially after this video and we get the distribution. So, but yeah. Tell us a bit about the co-living because I think it also sounds very cool, big, a little bit more chilled, a little different environment, what’s happening?

Maris Kohv:

Yes. It is different In terms of, for example, compared to the retreat, because the

retreat is very immersive. As, as a team, we guide you through experiences and it really… This is the best word. It’s really an experience. You just connect with people on a different level and it’s very intentionally being built up. You spend a lot of time doing quality activities. So it’s very hands-on. We’re very involved as a team into… Yeah. To… Just to have a certain outcome. So from co-living for example, the team is one person and it is morning meditation and breath work, but then only two activities per week.

So it’s less hands-on and just gives people time to work on their own stuff and we can still then

organize group activities, go hiking, but it’s just, it’s less involvement still.

For example, there is a… I’ll try to… Because this is the first time we’re actually doing co-living. There’s a lot of people on the retreats who have pointed out that they really enjoy the activities, but it would be great to have an option to have it on a longer timeframe and sort of less intense, if you could say it like that. And then when Madeira right now seems like a really good option to actually put all this knowledge, all these intentions also into a longer experience. So we’re very excited to give it the first try.

Dave:

Okay. Awesome. And I know because Michelle, from Nomad Escape, she’s going to be there as well. I’d love to just get your perspective on… Because you guys are kind of similar, but not similar. There are some differences. So, for those out there that are thinking about Nomad Escape or maybe going to Borderless Retreat, what would you suggest Maris in terms of differentiating the two offerings and how you guys stand up against each other

Maris Kohv:

Shout out to Michelle. We already connected before any of us ran any of the retreats or trips, they started up with strips. So we have known each other for a long time already… I’ve spent a lot of quality time together as well. I think our end goal is the same, to build a community for remote workers. I think just the biggest difference is that we focus more on well-being and mindfulness and building up this deeper connection based on the tools that we have created. But there’s also a lot of similarities in terms of how it is built-up. So, I would definitely say that this is the biggest difference. I would also hear, say that a lot of people think that Borderless Retreat is only for people who have practiced yoga and meditation for a real long time and have this-

Dave:

Hmm.

Maris Kohv:

Ingrained in their DNA already but we also have people coming to the retreat who just are curious about yoga and meditation and want to start building those habits and those routines just to have a better quality of life as well. So, I would say, usually there are around 60% of the participants who already have those habits in their life. And then there are around 40% of participants who are just exploring the ideas of a more conscious living and what is ecstatic dance?

Dave:

Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Maris Kohv:

What is breathwork, so we introduce them to this idea as well, and then they can just take up whatever feels right for them. Right.

Dave:

Oh, this is awesome. I think we’ve had a really great conversation. We’re trying to keep these videos around like 20 to 30 minutes. I just want to be respectful of everyone’s time. And I think we Covered a lot of really great stuff here. I think you have an amazing business and wish you the most success. Before we leave today, I wanted to see… I saw you guys have some special offers. Is there any sort of special offer you could provide to the community?

Maris Kohv:

Yes, definitely. And posted it, I think already in the description as well, but in the next day… Three days you can use the code “Nomadics 100,” in the application to get 100 off from the package pricing.

Dave:

That’s awesome.

Maris Kohv:

So that would be. Yeah. That would be the offer. I will definitely post all the links, resources to the comments as well.

Dave:

Well, Hey Maris, it’s been awesome having you on the show and it’s really exciting about what you’re doing and it’s great to have you in Madera while everyone’s going to be there. Because I feel like this is really going to be the collision of all the nomads and hopefully we’ll get the Americans there too at some point. But for now it seems it’s going to be a lot of Europeans because the Europeans could easily fly there and get tested on arrival. Other places you’ve got double check, make sure the flights are going to be okay. But I think everyone from Europe, it’s a clean connection and it’s supposed to have the lowest rates of COVID of anywhere throughout Europe or even throughout the world. So we’re just super happy to have you. I think what you’re doing is awesome and I’m dying to go to one of these retreats. I’m not sure if I would survive all the yoga and ecstatic dance but I’m sure it’d be fine. I might

stop over and say hi and go for a swim or something, but just wishing you all the most success and yeah, let’s everyone in the community, let’s support Maris and her initiative. And I think what she’s offering is fantastic. All of our guests really love her. So let’s support the initiative. Let’s all go to Madeira Island and do some yoga, do some meditation, ecstatic dance, have a barbecue and hang out with some amazing views over the ocean with some really cool people from all over the world. So… Also Maris thanks for joining the show and we hope to see you soon.

Maris Kohv:

Thank you, Dave, and see you. Yeah. In a few weeks in Madeira.

Dave:

All right, we’ll see you there. Take care.

Maris Kohv:

Bye-bye.

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