Chautauqua 2018 on the shores of the Aegean Sea at the foot of Mt. Olympus
OK, I’m just going to come out and say it. If you want to join us for Chautauqua 2018 this October stop reading and go directly here to sign up:
Do it now. The advance interest we’ve had in this one has been like no other. Chautauquas always sell out quickly, and this looks to be a whole other frame of reference. If you miss out, be sure to put yourself on the wait list.
If I’m wrong and you get your ticket later, no problem, we’ll laugh at me together poolside sipping an adult beverage at the foot of Mt. Olympus.
Once again, Alan and Katie are handling all the logistics as they did for Chautauqua UK 2017. That result was brilliant:
As you can see, we are not only going to a new country, our accommodations will be equally cool but very different. That is the Chautauqua plan going forward: Different countries and accommodations; always unique.
What remains the same is my original vision from the very first one: To hang out in a cool place, with cool people and to discuss cool things like financial independence, happiness and whatever else comes up. I’ve attended nine Chautauquas so far and they have yet to disappoint. Attendees call this one of the best, if not the best, week of their lives. Summed up best perhaps in this quote:
“No one in my day-to-day life understands this FI path. At Chautauqua, everybody gets it. I have found my tribe.”
Here are the weeks and speakers for 2018:
- Week 1 — October 13-20, 2018 — JL Collins, Millennial Revolution, Mr 1500 Days and Alan Donegan
- Week 2 — October 20-27, 2018 — JL Collins, Millennial Revolution, Choose FI and Alan Donegan
Want to know more about these rascals? Check ’em out here:
There is some sad news to report on the Chautauqua front.
Cheryl, who handled the logistics for the Ecuador Chautauquas, has announced she will not be doing so going forward. There will be no Chautauqua Ecuador 2018.
These were the first Chautauquas and will always hold a special place in my heart. She has my profound thanks for all the hard work, fun and great humor she brought to the effort.
Here are a few attendee created pieces that capture the magic of Chautauquas past:
If you are interested in more about past Chautauquas, here is a link to all my posts on them:
More than just my perspective, embedded in these posts you will find numerous links to posts attendees and speakers have written about their Chautauqua experiences.
Here are my first two, if you are interested in the origin story:
Reviewing those leads me to the second bit of sad news. After five consecutive years, Mr. Money Mustache is taking a break from being a Chautauqua speaker.
He gave me the news last fall during the Chautauqua in Ecuador and, I admit, it caught me off guard. Mr. MM was the first person I approached to be a Chautauqua speaker and I had come to think of him as a cornerstone. But, thinking back, I remember him telling me at the time that traveling to distant countries to be a speaker really wasn’t his thing and that he was only going to do that first one. So the remarkable thing is not that the end has come, but that he gave us five years worth of great times.
Thank you, Mr. MM! You will be missed and you have a standing invitation to return!
And you, my reader, now have your invitation to come. It is not for everyone. Indeed, over the past five years and nine events, we’ve been able to accommodate less than 250 people. A key to the experience has been keeping the groups small and intimate. Everyone gets to know everyone. Deep friendships, and sometimes partnerships, are made. Across these two weeks we’ll only add ~50 more.
Hope to see you there!
What the other speakers have to say:
Millennial Revolution — Chautauqua: Come Join the Family (This is a brilliant post with all the details!)
1500 Days to Freedom — Meet some awesome people… (Another brilliant post, this one with dinosaurs!)
ChooseFI — Travis Shakespeare This is hands down my favorite ChooseFI podcast episode and, yes, that includes the two where I was the guest. Travis is a master story teller and, among other things, he shares three:
- How the FI movement fits into the cultural fabric of America and its traditions of rugged individuals charting their own course.
- The coming documentary on the FI movement of which he is the director. (Travis is a professional filmmaker)
- How he decided to come to Chautauqua and what it has meant to him. One of the best insights I’ve heard or read yet.