The Slow Change Experience

November 16-28, 2017

20 leaders

Join 20 other changemakers from around Australia for the Slow Change Experience in Bhutan

12 Nights

In this 12-day experience you will be immersed in Bhutanese culture, vivid landscapes and a very different development paradigm

Explore GNH

Explore Gross National Happiness – what it means, how it is measured, what it looks like in action and how wellbeing became a primary development goal in Bhutan.


Find and record your story to connect to what matters and return home with a reminder of your experience to share with your community.


We are now in an era when it is increasingly accepted that the fate of all life and our planet is in the hands of humankind. Faced with climate change, pollution, resource degradation, species extinction, financial uncertainty, widening socio­economic inequity, cultural and spiritual crises, Gross National Happiness seeks to explore the relationship between inner transformation and social innovation and give people practical tools to address these challenges.

This program has been designed by the Gross National Happiness Centre, Humankind Enterprises and Digital Storytellers to provide 20 innovators with an immersive experience of positive development and deep wisdom so that they can create change in ways that serve their highest values and the needs of our communities. Slow Change is the practise of deep change, driven by innate human values and wisdom. Using the platform of Bhutan, the only country to measure Gross National Happiness over Gross Domestic Product, we will explore “inner­vation” and social innovation through the lense of mindfulness, storytelling and wellbeing.

The changemakers of today are realising that deep rooted social change isn’t going to happen top down, or even bottom up. We need change from the inside, out. Social change driven by human change. There’s a big returning and remembering to what our goals really are and what we mean when we say “social innovation”. Innovation is not always progress and we have to remind ourselves about the deep rooted changes that we’re actually seeking.

We’re calling on the leaders, change makers, activists and visionaries that work in social, government or business sectors who believe in mindful, values based, compassionate and connected change. Bhutan is a country that embodies it’s values and it will leave you with an enriched sense of confidence in our unfolding humankind­ness and your role in creating sustainable change.

If you’re already pioneering social change, or are burning to get started, then this program is for you.

What outcomes can I expect out of the program?

  • A renewed sense of purpose and peace
  •  Wisdom about how to identify, integrate and embody your personal, community and business values
  • A wellbeing development model that you can modify for your projects / work
  • Practical social innovation tools and processes to grow ideas mindfully and sustainably
  • Your written manifesto
  • A video of your story and purpose
  • Practical tools and practices to stay connected, healthy and innovative as a leader

After participating in the Slow Change Experience you will also be invited into the GNH Australia working group that will be pioneering the positive development agenda.

What does the Slow Change Experience cost? 

The registration price for the Slow Change Experience 2017 is $3,600. This is inclusive of all domestic accomodation, meals, transport in Bhutan from the 16-28 November.

Payment plans are available. If you would like to arrange this, please indicate this on your application. 

Applications close 5pm AEST Friday 1st September 



Dr. Saamdu Chetri

Director - GNH Centre, Bhutan

Dr. Saamdu Chetri was born in rural Bhutan and holds a Ph.D. in Commerce. He carries more than 18 years of experience in socio-economic development. In 2011 he was appointed to develop the GNH Centre in Bhutan, and now is Executive Director.


Humankind Enterprises

Sophie is Director of Humankind Enterprises, which she founded in 2015 as a Myer Innovation Fellow.  In early 2016 she went to Bhutan and became a Gross National Happiness Ambassador.


GNH Centre Bhutan

Felipe Viveros is the European repesentative of the GNH Centre Bhutan. He is a Chilean born Independent Action researcher and consultant. He has worked internationally co-creating events with Wake Up International that combine deep ecology, permaculture & mindfulness.


Digital Storytellers

Natasha Akib is a digital producer at Digital Storytellers, specializing in media and marketing for social and environmental good organizations. Natasha spearheads Stories For Impact – Digital Storytellers education platform aimed at democratising storytelling.

Wesel Dema

Programme Officer

Graduated from Srinivas College of Management Studies, Mangalore India. Before joining GNH Centre, I worked as the Process Developer for GENPACT with the GE-Aviation Process (Gurgaon) for 3 years; GENPACT is a global leader in transforming and running business processes and operations,

Drona Chetri

Youth Coordinator

Drona works at the GNH Centre as a Youth Program Coordinator. He is passionate about environmental preservation, ecological management and societal change. He works with young leaders to bring inner transformation and help them discover true value and purpose.


Applications close 5pm AEST Friday 1st September

Payment plans are available. If you would like to arrange this, please indicate this on your application.

Register your interest for our 2017 program

The Slow Change Experience is being delivered in partnership with the Gross National Happiness Centre in Bhutan, HumanKind Enterprises and Digital Storytellers. We’d love to hear from you if you’re interested in joining us for our 2017 program or if you’d like to get in contact with us to find out more!

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