Shapers Retreat: 36 hours, 0 hours of sleep, two 25-minute flights, hundreds of selfies, 4 team building sessions, and the most beautiful sunrise we have ever seen.
The Global Shapers Hub of Kathmandu first annual retreat was an intense thirty-six hour journey held on September 19-20, 2015. No one was quite sure how the retreat would end up, but our curator Sneh and the organizing team did a fantastic job. It was truly one of the most fun-filled and productive weekends I have had in a long time.
Retreats are always a bit of hit and miss, as it is quite difficult to get a good compromise between work and play. However, our organizers truly hit the ball out of the park. As soon as we boarded Buddha Air to Pokhara on a relatively early Saturday morning, we were in for a treat.
There were presentations, there were activities, there were games, and most importantly there was soul searching and reflection regarding what it means to be a Shaper. A crucial part of the retreat was coming up with a set of values that we hope to live by as a community: trust, commitment, dedication, friendship.
We also discussed Shape South Asia 2015 that would become the highlight reel for the blockbuster year that we have had. The event would commemorate how the hub has grown into something more substantial than any of us had ever envisioned. We also gave updates regarding the projects we are involved with, most notably our Earthquake Relief Project.
Between all the intense retreat sessions, there was the midnight swims, countless hours of dancing, singing, eating, and watching the majestic sunrise over Machhapuchhre. The trip to Sarangkot to watch the sunrise at 5 am is something that none of us will ever forget. It became the most meaningful way to start the final leg of the journey.
Although exhausted physically, the GlobalShapers Hub of Kathmandu has come back mentally more invigorated than ever. We know the challenges we have in the upcoming months, to continue to live up to the standards already set. The only way forward is to exceed them.
Already looking forward to planning next year’s retreat!
- Kaushal Silwal