The Arc Ghent
6th – 10th April 2018 | Registration open

The Arc Ghent is a Leadership Retreat

… coaching ambitious individuals to a level where their impact is inspiring to themselves and to others. Full stop.

We challenge you to go beyond what you think is possible. We challenge you to exceed expectations. We challenge you to face up to your limits. And once you do we support you to empower yourself and those around you. 

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As an entrepreneur you often subconsciously hide yourself behind big words and agendas. You forget that there is an actual heart hidden within the daily machinery of success and drive. The Arc reconnected me to my mission and how important compassion and authenticity are even when working. It has simply been the best week of my life.
Chris | Tech Startup Co-Founder, Germany
The use of coaching methodology made The Arc a very powerful experience, as it allowed me to focus on my own mission and goals. Thanks to this experience, along with the post-event coaching, I was able to get started as an entrepreneur.
Zsofia | Founder of an HR Development Company, Hungary
The Arc is the single most effective training I have attended. In terms of personal growth and understanding. I would highly recommend it to anyone in the pursuit of self-development.
Ronan | Social Entrepreneur, Ireland
This training is by far the most important in my life. It changed me for the better. What I underwent during The Arc made me stronger, made me believe in myself and my ability to change the world.
Katie | Educator, Bulgaria
Since it is very challenging and almost impossible to describe the feeling and state of mind I had after the Arc to friends and family I decided to put it in an simple phrase and leave the rest with my counterpart: The Arc has been the most important and valuable gift I have ever received in my life.
Jan | Founder & Programme Director of a Mentoring Company, Germany
A life changing experience that made me change my priorities and pushed me to act in order to follow my dreams. As simple as that 😉
Kristina | Teacher , Bulgaria

Who is it for?

The Arc Ghent is a residential training event for young people who are…

  • willing to question the impact they have generated so far in their life,
  • curious to understand their limits and the edge of their comfort zone,
  • giving and empathetic to their peers / their surrounding,
  • certain that they could have a much better and greater impact, if _ _ _ [fill in the blank],
  • at some level sincerely wanting to inspire themselves and others.

This event is designed for everyone with the ambition to be an agent for change. Just that… maybe you haven’t really found out what inspirational message exactly it is you want to put out there. Or maybe… you kind of already DID shake hands with your inner calling, but something is holding you back to pursue your path of greatness. You are explicitly not required to bring any particular experience, career progress whatsoever! Just apply, bring yourself, your passions, your fears, your potential, your brain! We will love you no matter who you are.

When was the last time you were on a date with your life purpose?

Who do YOU dare to be and which IMPACT do you wanna stand for?

After The Arc you will have a clearer understanding on:

  • WTF your passion (YES, PASSION!) is that everyone says you are supposed to follow!
  • Which person you need to grow into if you want to have larger and deeper impact. Where you need to push the envelope.
  • How on earth you can get that done and what to do if self-doubt, laziness or impact-fatigue knock on your the door.

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The single biggest difference between those who inspire and who don't is the degree to which these people commit to their VISION.

Truth be said: Everybody can choose to be inspired, everybody can choose to take their dream seriously enough to act on it. This is not about naively lapsing into childhood fantasies, but about seriously asking: What impact do I wanna stand for? If I was to be smart about how I can bring to the world the change I wish to see, what would I do in the coming next months?

Hence, we do not think that the ability to inspire yourself and others is linked to your genes.

Choosing a path of personal growth and commitment to real impact is no privilege limited to a few TED-speakers, award-winning entrepreneurs or nobel peace laureates.

We believe that it is a process that can be learned.

Be it in your career, your private life or your health - whatever: One reason why people fail to get the results they could be getting, is because they do not dare to put themselves in certain situations that others would. This is how your thinking limits you. Hence, at The Arc understanding your limits means: Understand your fears, understand your inner conflicts and how to master them better.

Understand your LIMITS

Understand your POTENTIAL

Our values, our empowering beliefs and our talents are what inspire us to dare things others conceive impossible. They lift us up when obstacles arise and when thinks look bleak. Knowing what you are good at, where you are going and why you do what you do is one of the biggest resources humans can possibly step into: Alignment. The Arc gives you insights into: Your ultimate drivers that will repeatedly bring you into flow, that will bring you power and resilience when you need it the most.

At The Arc we invite you to think what could happen to your life and to your impact, if only for a few days you bought into the idea that you have a little bit more choice over the outcome of your destiny than you think you have.

What would you do, if it couldn't fail? When do you forget time? What change do you have to bring to the world in order for this to be an inspiration to yourself and others?


Get your SH** done

The Arc is followed up by a 6-months post-event coaching process where you – if you like – can put into practice whichever inspiring goal or idea you have committed yourself to.

Needless to say that the process is entirely voluntary. Its content, duration and intensity are entirely directed by: YOU!

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The Venue

The venue is beautifully located next to a small lake and hosts everything you need. It is close to Ghent, but you can also reach it from Brussels airport trough bus service (the long option) or through uber (45min, the shorter option). Just check GoogleMaps.

Please note that there is always a risk that the venue might need to be changed. Needless to say that – should this happen – you will be informed in due time. And that any alternative venue will be close to this one and of similar standards. 

Rooms will be shared. If that is an issue to you pls contact us and we will let you know how much of an additional price there will be for a single room (NB: This also depends on the number of registrations).

Address: Prullenbos/Boskabanne, Groenstraat 8, 9230 Wetteren, Belgium

Curious? Thrilled? Excited?

Register below!

Registration opens: 14:00 on the first day
Programme starts: 16:00 on the first day
Programme ends: 18:00 on the last day

Ticket price

  • Option A: €985,00 (incl. VAT) if you are a self-paying individual or sponsored by a charitable organisation
  • Option B: €1999,00 (+ VAT) if you are a sponsored by your employer
  • Extra night: €45,00 (incl. VAT) if you want to stay 1 extra night at the venue after the event

What’s included

  • Tickets to this event include: Participation at the event (duuh!), lodging & food, training materials (not: post-event coaching).

Disclaimer on future prices

  • Please note that The Arc is starting up as a company, so the prices quotes for future events will need to change (i.e. go up) in the coming years.
Things to bring:

  • Time. Your brain and your heart
  • Slippers
  • 1 x really comfortable clothes which are suitable for indoor sport exercise and 1 x sport shoes
  • A refillable water bottle (doesn’t do any harm)
  • A (paper-)notebook and something to write with

Things to leave at home:

  • Towels and sleeping bags (yes, ppl ask this again and again!)
  • Work! We often call The Arc a retreat, but be aware that there are likely to be some days that might feel exhausting. The Arc is energising as a whole but – at the same time – requires our energy, attention and presence. Whilst we understand it is not always possible to 100% shut off our work, it is highly recommended.

Can I come late or leave early?

People repeatedly ask if they can arrive late or leave early. Given though that in the past almost 100% of the people to who we gave exceptions advised us to not do that in the future as it had deprived them of parts of the experience. Hence: Please do take the above starting and ending times as given.

Pls note that once you have purchased your ticket you can still pass it on to someone else, however we do not issue any refunds.
You have the potential and the ambition to generate exceptional social impact in the next 1-3 years AND unless you are granted a price reduction, you cannot afford to join The Arc? The MINIMUM PRICE for this particular event is €750,00, but whenever possible we offer a bunch of scholarships per event. Here some info: The goal of the scholarship programme | Who is eligible | How to apply | The price you can afford to pay & the cutoff price | Take the shortcut | How candidates are selected
Deducting The Arc from your tax bill

  • In many countries you can lower the net price of The Arc by deducting it on your tax declaration. For German tax residents: Check our latest information here.

Taking an educational leave

  • Those employed in Germany are often entitled to a paid educational leave. Check our latest information here.

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