Build a Life of Flow

A 7-day lighthouse getaway on the beautiful island of Lastovo


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Where better to reconnect with yourself and build a fantastic foundation for more flow in your life than on a lighthouse on one of the most beautiful Croatian islands?

Join us at the Happiness Academy summer learning getaway for a week of learning about flow, immersed in an incredible nature and in a company of 10 amazing co-explorers. 

Dive into a rich and insightful learning program and use the time to recharge your batteries and refresh your mind – all while enjoying this magnificent, unique environment. 

Build a Life of Flow lighthouse getaway is a custom-tailored experience for small group of individuals (up to 10).

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Flow is that feeling of “being in the zone”, being fully immersed in an activity or experience, most enjoyably. It usually happens when we work on a meaningful and worthwhile, but also a challenging goal, and when we do so in a deeply focused way. Flow makes us feel engaged in activities, but also life in general.

Experiencing more flow is related to feeling more satisfied with our life, but also with heightened creativity, increased performance, accelerated problem-solving and higher motivation. According to research, learning new skills while in flow cuts the path to mastery in half.


And when you discover science-based tools and your own personalised ways of experiencing more flow in an isolated and inspiring setting of the lighthouse, it get much easier to transfer those insights into everyday routine.  

At this learning getaway and training program, we will dedicate time to exploring how to build a life that is rich in flow.


The biggest part of the week will run around meaningful experiences – you will be discovering more about flow by playing with diverse activities and ideas and build insights about what works best for you. 
The program will also be rich in learning (4-5h of engaging and insightful workshop per day), with content built on science-based insights and practical tools.

Join us in this beautiful, friendly, and relaxed environment, rich in curiosity, learning, and personal discoveries about flow and wellbeing.

When, where, and who?

When? 4th-10th of September 2022.

Where? Magnificent lighthouse on the incredible island Lastovo in Croatia

Who for? Those wish to recharge their batteries and work on the quality of their life in a relaxed, engaging, and learning-oriented way, in a gorgeous environment.
While a mild sense of adventure will be needed (the location is fairly remote and isolated), it will be an easygoing, recharging, and enjoyable experience.


*After you sign up, you will be invited for a personal interview, as we want to make sure all participants resonate with the values and approach of Happiness academy and fit with the rest of the group.

Once the group is finalized, you will also receive a detailed questionnaire about your preferences for activities, food and program details, as the program will be tailored to your needs and preferences. 




What will I learn?

You will leave this learning getaway with a better understanding of what are the sources of flow for you and with many practical ideas, tips, and tricks on how to infuse a bit more happiness, meaning, and flow into your everyday life and work – but also refreshed, recharged and feeling great.
Life is just too short and too precious to speed through it. Your days are too valuable not to feel that you are thriving and living life to the fullest.

Join us to savor life to the fullest, and train your brain into doing more of that in all aspects of your life!


Yet flow is sometimes so complex and elusive… can it be pursued?


It can! The science of positive psychology figured out what patterns, habits, ways of thinking, and behaviors might be conducive to our happiness. Building a life of flow and meaning remains an individual journey of exploration, creation, learning, and building new habits focused on what makes you happy.


This getaway will help you in exactly that – support you in building a life of flow by mapping out your journey and taking your exploration a step further. The focus will not only be on exploring flow throughout this week – but also on learning and implementing skills and approaches that promote more flow in your everyday life.


How will the days look like?

After waking up to the most magnificent view ever, you will venture out to find a nourishing and yummy breakfast. If it will be a sunny day, we might have breakfast outside with a sea view. If you will feel like socializing, there will be 9 other amazing people there to share this awesome moment – but if you prefer to have a bit of silence, you will be able to venture out for a small walk and empty your head.   

As mindfulness is one of the cornerstones of flow (and so is a cornerstone of a great experience), we might add a small mindful moment before or after breakfast – fully optional, and with a bit of diverse exercise on each of the days. 

After breakfast, we will dive into the session of the day – for the next 3h your will learn insightful and interesting tools that help you building more flow, discuss ideas and perspectives about having flow with others, and engage in a bit of reflection on how could you apply these tools already today – and especially in your life after this getaway. 

After a bit of free time (small walk or a quick swim), we will grab lunch on the terrace of the lighthouse. After lunch, it is your zen time – you might choose to go for a walk, a swim or grab a book or interesting conversation. If your introvert is afraid of getting stuck in too many conversations, don’t worry – we will also build a bit of respectfully protected space for solitude and reflection. At the same time, it might be challenging to resist all the interesting conversations!

In the late afternoon, activities will be very diverse – sometimes we will engage in some more active way (being it sporty or brainy activity) and then discuss those activities a bit and explore how did they work for us in terms of flow. On other days, we will be in more of a workshopy or discussion based mode, sharing insights, tools, discussing good books, or taking a moment to reflect. Or you might catch up with your “reflection buddy” and think about your learnings from this insightful and active day.

Dinner time! Join us for local and nourishing food, in a group setting. 

Evenings will be fairly quiet, as there is not a lot going on on a lighthouse at night. You will be able to enjoy an incredibly starry night, have a light walk, jump onto a boardgame, have an interesting conversation – or propose and activity. 

The exact plan and schedule itself will be highly customised according to your needs and preferences – so you are also invited to co-create and shape this experience with your ideas, feedback, insights and proposals. 


Learning goals for the week

This course will give you a broad range of new ideas about training Flow, get the tools to apply it in your life, explore and see what works best for your unique style, and encouragement to make flow your own.

Throughout this week, you will learn how to:

• understand how flow happens

• build a clear understanding of what are pre-conditions and triggers that lead to more flow

• discover research-based tools for building flow

• explore characteristics of flow practically and learn how to apply them

• discover your style of flow and learn to use tools to fit your personally

• practice and get ideas about how to get more present at the moment

• get specific techniques to get more flow in your life

• learn what shifts you can make to start experiencing high levels of flow
how to apply “flow hacks”

• understand how to fit flow in the broader picture of your life

• apply your new understanding of flow to building group flow and environments 



What are your days going to look like?

The goal of Happiness Academy is for you to move forward with your life happier and with habits that foster happiness.

At this learning getaway, we will do that by combining learning with exciting, joyful, and relaxing experiences and great conversations. Sessions will be conducted inside and outside depending on the weather conditions.


As this is custom-tailored experience, the final design of the program will be adjusted to the needs and preferences of the attendees. 


Sunday, 4th of September 2022. – Arrival day

Once you arrive to the island, we’re going to pick you up at the ferry station on Lastovo and take you for a 25-minute scenic drive to our magnificent lighthouse accommodation.
Afterwards you’ll have plenty of time to unpack and settle down. Your travel to the island will probably take a good amount of time, so for the first day we plan to have a chilled evening along with some light snacks and drinks. 
This day will be very light in terms of activities.

Monday, 5th of September 2022. – Friday, 9th of September 2022. – 
Exploring Flow

We will start each morning with a big, chilled breakfast, along with an optional mindful moment.
After that, nerdy times: we are going to have a three-hour morning workshop, exploring a new aspect of flow in an engaging, colorful, dynamic way, with new tools, discussion and reflections.
The afternoons will be filled with diverse practical activities such as short workshops and sporty events that are going to make us better explore flow in practice!


Saturday, 10th of September 2022. – Goodbye day

In the morning, after breakfast (or whenever you choose) we will take you to the ferry station in Lastovo where you can board the ferry back to Split and say goodbye to this magnificent island, the lighthouse, and the experience.
We strongly recommend, to avoid post-holiday depression, that you book a night in Split and spend a day exploring that beautiful, historic Croatian city.


What does the program include

Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the program (alcohol excluded)
Lodging for 6 nights
Transportation to and from the ferry station on Ubli Lastovo to the getaway location (to get there, we need to take a 4h ferry boat with Jadrolinija
• The Happiness Academy program and all activities and materials during the program

What is the price of this learning getaway?

We’ve curated this experience to be as affordable and enjoyable as possible. 

Fee: 1180€ per participant (at the moment we have 5 places left!)


Food – what to expect?

The food plan will include 

• light dinner/snacks on arrival

rich breakfast for 6 days

• one big meal a day for the 5 main days of the program

• one simpler meal for the 5 main days

snacks (fruit, nuts, energy bars)

*Please note that as the lighthouse is located in a pretty remote place the food options could be limited, although we will do our best to fulfil all  of your needs and wants. You will be sharing your food habits and preferences in advance, and we will see to respect them. 


Accommodation – what to expect?

Please note this is not a luxury venue but a much more “nature meets activity & flow” type of place. 

We will make best of the nature and the magnificent location but you will maybe need to be a bit flexible and understanding about the circumstances 🙂

Most of the rooms are shared rooms, two beds per room (don’t worry introverts, we will make sure to get you enough alone time :)), in a four bed apartment.


*If you’re coming alone, don’t worry, we will make sure to match you with someone who will be a good match – we will be very cautious of this

*After you sign up, you will be invited for a personal interview, as we want to make sure all participants resonate with the values and approach of Happiness academy and fit with the rest of the group.



Your Trainer

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Mirna Smidt is an interpersonal skills trainer and coach, full of positive energy and in love with the development of skills, new experiences, and travel.

In parallel with a successful corporate career in an advanced technologies field, she acquired over 10 years of experience in training during which she has collaborated on numerous international learning projects and with many companies and startups in diverse industries.

Mirna is one of the first people in Europe to complete a Master of Applied Positive Psychology at Anglia Ruskin, Cambridge. Mirna has been a certified trainer since 2008, an NLP Master Practitioner, and holds a range of coaching and training-related certifications.

She is the founder of Happiness Academy, an initiative through which she is designing and delivering a broad range of positive psychology educational events and materials. Mirna also started Trainer’s Toolbox, a project through which she develops creative tools for trainers and coaches.

Join us for this journey!
Happiness is a journey on which all of us humans have similar needs, tendencies, and desires – yet it is also a highly individual journey.
This learning getaway will offer you an opportunity to lean on a strong, engaging, and enjoyable science-based framework that will act as a support for your unique and authentic journey.

If you wish to further your journey – do not miss the chance to join us for this beautiful learning getaway!

To reserve your spot, click here

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