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Gross Global Happiness Class 2019

Gross Global Happiness Class 2019


Become the leader that you want to be

Welcome to the future of leadership. Joy, happiness, peace and compassion will be your weapons, and mindfulness and intuition your guide. 

Your intelligence will have an IQ (Intellect), an EQ (Emotion) and a LQ (Love)

Get fully ready to lead in a world that needs you. This retreat is your secure base, where you are with fellow game changers that are making a positive impact @work @school @government. 

Join us

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Build your awareness 

It is not as about having your mind full but having a full understanding and perspective of what really matters to you and your organization. 

You'll learn the latest techniques in mindful leadership and how to apply them with your team and your organization. 

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discover "new paradigm" management frameworks 

GNH (Gross National Happiness) became the new paradigm for the 4th King of Bhutan and its citizens when he decided to rule his country measuring the overall happiness of the citizens. Today we need new global paradigms and frameworks that help us foster sustainable wellbeing for all.

Be inspired to take new frameworks into your world.

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master all your intelligences

Every aspect of business is personal and the world we live in too. We miss opportunities when we are not using our emotions with colleagues, clients or partners.

You’ll map out how heart, mind, and inner wisdom to guide you towards better decisions.


create communities that matter

We all need to belong. Relationships matter and we need to belong. Meaningful connections and communities are the antidote for loneliness and despair, strong communities get things done.

You will get concrete tools for creating your tribe, accelerating pride in your organization and having a larger positive impact in the world around you.  

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learn how to thrive with ease

Flow describes moments of total absorption, when we become so focused on the task at hand that everything else falls away. Action and awareness merge. Time flies. Self vanishes. All aspects of performance —mental and physical — reach new heights.

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act with an understanding of system dynamics and how decisions are made

Life is a system. We all are interconnected and interdependent. Wise decisions are made when we see those connections and take them into account. 


Learning Surrounded by nature


nature will boost your learning

The Campus Rodrigo Carazo, University for Peace (UPEACE) is located 30Km Southwest of San José, within a natural reserve composed of a secondary forest and the last remnant of primary forest (200 ha) in the Central Valleyof Costa Rica.

The park and the campus are within the protected zone of El Rodeo, which is part of the Mora County (Municipality). UPEACE covers about the 2% of the Mora landscape; hence this protected area is rich in fauna. It shelters mammals such as monkeys and deer, reptiles, and over 300 species of birds, as well as approximately 100 varieties of trees. The University´s installation and protected area make up 303 hectares.



Apply early and join the amazing community of game changers coming to Costa Rica from all over the world.


some of Your guides

A multinational team of thought provokers, facilitaros and space holders that enable transformation and unlock your full potential.

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Luis Gallardo

Social innovator, founder & president of bē, the World Happiness Fest and World Happiness Agora. Author of the book Brands and Rousers: The Holistic System to Foster High-Performing Businesses, Brands and Careers. Luis has been advisor to Nobel Laureates, founders, CEOs and presidents of government on legacy building, happiness and social impact. 

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Mohit muhkerjee

Director of the UPEACE Centre for Executive and Professional Education and a faculty member at UPEACE. Mohit is an educator-entrepreneur and an avid player in the field of social entrepreneurship. He has lived and worked in three continents holding leadership roles in the private sector, in nonprofit organizations, and universities.

raj raghunatan

Professor of marketing at the McCombs School of Business, the University of Texas at Austin. Raj’s work juxtaposes theories from psychology, behavioral sciences, decision theory and marketing to document and explain interrelationships between affect and consumption behavior. Author of the book: If Your So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy? 


Achim Nowak

is a TEDx Speaker, C-Suite Coach, Mastermind Convener and an international authority on embodied leadership. He is the author of 3 books in the personal excellence field – Power Speaking, Infectious and The Moment. His firm BRILLIANT BEST, based in South Florida, helps Fortune 500 executives around the world to be more influential. 

Achim has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fast Company, USA Today, MindBodyGreen and on NPR.

Juan Jose Reyes


Juan is the founder of Mindstay, a company that provides mindfulness programs to health and wellness professionals. Juan is a Board Certified physician and is currently pursuing a Masters in Integrative Medicine at George Washington University. He is a qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher by the UCSD Mindfulness Professional Training Institute and also trained by the University of Massachusstes Center for Mindfulness in Healthcare, Medicine and Society founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn. He has been practicing meditation since 2006 after completing a ten day Vipassana retreat with the teachings of SN Goenka. 

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Edith shiro

She is a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in Miami, Florida, further specializing in Family Therapy from the Ackerman Institute and in International Trauma Studies from New York University. Edith has worked extensively with immigration and acculturation issues, as well as with refugees and torture survivors facilitating their resilience, emotional and spiritual growth.


Valerie is an Executive Coach focused on increasing people’s engagement, impact on others, and lead with more positive energy. She is a master in reducing stress and develop dynamic productive relationships at the same time that leaders get a clear vision of their business objectives, communicate with more effectiveness and boost overall leadership performance. She is the head coach at bē, coordinating facilitators at festivals and gatherings around the world.