Vortex Ignite
Koh Samui

28 September – 2 October, 2019


The 3rd Vortex Ignite takes place at Samahita Retreat Center on the southern coast of Koh Samui, Thailand.  

From September 28th to October 2nd, nine experienced Vortex transformation facilitators will gather at Samahita to guide a group of extraordinary men and women through the proven Vortex Ignite program.

It promises to be a powerfully transformative experience for all.

sneak peak into the experience

We have created a highly personalized and curated space where leaders come to connect, play, rejuvenate, and realign to the next-level versions of themselves. The contents of each Vortex retreat are crafted to meet the specific needs of the game-changers who attend.

As the aim of Vortex Ignite is to facilitate an experience of deep presence, intimacy, and safety, to enable a transformative journey built on a foundation of play, each retreat involves a maximum of 30 participants.


Over the course of the 365 days of the Vortex Ignite and Vortex 360 programs, learning is designed and reinforced throughout the journey in a way that is significant and holistic, weighted towards experiential. It is organized around the six Vortex values, which are designed to guide participants toward the attainment of a significantly enhanced state of personal well-being and satisfaction with their lives, while building deep interpersonal relationships.
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Collaboration takes place throughout Vortex Ignite and is actively facilitated and curated through the Vortex 360 mastermind. Monthly full-group calls; regular support calls with ‘Accountability Pods’ of 5-6 participants; and the regular rotation of participants spotlighted for the entire groups' active support, create an extraordinarily connected, ‘sticky’ community.
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Sacred Play is a core principle of Vortex, as champions often sacrifice play for responsibility. Play that is joyful, creative, and inspirational is programmed into all Vortex programs and masterminds.
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Following the retreat, all members are invited to Vortex 360, a bespoke, year-long mastermind program. 

Our core ethos is to support in every way possible your personal levelling-up, because we know that powerful, transformative experiences need to be nurtured and grown to allow them to fully actualize.


We are educators, social entrepreneurs, investors, enterprise leaders, athletes, artists, scientists, and healers who care about making the world a better place.

Experience facilitators

Vortex facilitators are all highly experienced and leaders in their respective fields. They each bring significant insights gained from 20–40 years of global experience in their professional and personal development specialties, spanning personal, career, and organizational development; addressing unconscious bias and deep-seated judgements; health and wellness modalities; and ancient meditative, mantra, and yogic practices. They are outdoor adventurers, musicians, philosophers, and curators of joyfulness.

Chris Traub

Chris is an accomplished musician, adventure athlete, yoga teacher, meditator, and trasformation facilitator.
Chris Traub has been a pioneer in Executive Search and Human Capital Advisory for the past 30 years. Chris became a regular member of global leadership communities including Forbes Global CEO, World Economic Forum, TED, and Summit, amongst many others.

Chris Traub

Howard Ross

Advocate and Founding Partner of Cook Ross
Washington DC–based Howard Ross is a lifelong social justice advocate and the Founding Partner of Cook Ross, a leading global Diversity consultancy. He is considered one of the world’s seminal thought leaders on identifying and addressing Unconscious Bias.  

Howard Ross

Leslie Traub

Master of Science in biostatistics and epidemiology from Tulane University
Personal development expert
Leslie Traub offers Cook Ross clients exceptional facilitation and training, inspiring and evidentiary instructional designs, meaningful organizational change, and transformative personal development. With more than 30 years of experience leading diversity, inclusion, and change management initiatives.

Leslie Traub

Dr. Gretchen Dobson

With over 23 years of experience in higher education and constituent relations
Her specialties include international alumni relations strategy, international alumni and academic partnerships, internationalstudent-alumni programs, and volunteer management for groups of all sizes and backgrounds.

Dr. Gretchen Dobson

Nestor Perez

Nestor L. Perez, Jr. is a meditation teacher, Chi Nei Tsang, Shiatsu, Holistic Health Practitioner, and Coach of Fortune 500 CEO's.
Nestor is well known for his deep healing techniques and insightful guidance. He had previously practiced in the United States and India before plunging full-time into handling stress management programs for individuals and corporations.

Nestor Perez

Jake Ross

A researcher in the fields of wellbeing, community engagement, and interpersonal connection
Interested in the blending of psychology and neuroscience with holistic practice, Jake’s specialties include training and developing teamsand intensive one-on-one coaching. With other 10 years of experience in transformational workshops, Jake’s focus on spirituality has led him on the cutting edge of transformational research.

Jake Ross

Manav S. Mehta

A Taipei-based community leader, event organizer, and communications specialist.
Multilingual in expression, multicultural by design, with a strong background in event operations, logistics management, and stage show hosting. A curator who believes that creativity thrives within boundaries. A team player who chooses to explore all angles so that the most suitable approach is chosen. Motivation and drive come from social and collaborative interaction.

Manav S. Mehta

33 years in the making

Vortex has been 33 years in the making. The initial concept was conceived in 1988, when Vortex Curator Chris Traub participated in a three-month outdoor leadership wilderness training expedition in Alaska.

Chris realized that the key learnings around this intense experience were connected to each team member’s personal mindset, relationships, and ability to fully release into play. Chris also experienced the deep joy of being fully present, in a state of flow in nature...

Retreat location

For the 3rd Vortex Ignite, we travel to Samahita Retreat Center — a stunning tropical location on the southern coast of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand. Gracefully set between coconut trees and pristine white sand beaches, Samahita offers breathtaking views alongside healing modalities to aid reconnection with the earth and stimulate creative inspiration for an unforgettable experience.

Watch our video showcasing our last Vortex Ignite retreat in Costa Rica to get a sense of the upcoming Vortex experience in Koh Samui, Thailand.


The onset of the Vortex experience begins with Vortex Ignite — 5-day personal transformation retreats held at the most exotic and inspiring locations around the world.

Following the retreat, you are invited to join our community of leaders at Vortex 360, a bespoke, year-long mastermind designed to support you wherever you are.
With Vortex Ignite retreats, we host highly-curated and intensive 5-day retreats for as many as 30 leaders from around the world held at stunning locations like Morocco, Costa Rica, Bali, Bhutan, India, Iceland, and Hawaii.

In our 1 year program we include 5 days trip in on of the locations above and right after follows 360 days mastermind that directly follows the Vortex Ignite retreat and integrates all the insights gained on the Vortex Ignite retreat.
Vortex Ignite
Vortex 360

5-day retreat

Our signature Vortex Ignite experience is crafted to meet the specific requirements of those invited to attend, and create an entirely unique & profoundly transformative experience for all attendees.

Vortex Ignite invites inspired leaders of significant potential and accomplishment to gather in stunning locations across the globe. Specifics of the five-day retreat are withheld in order to ensure maximum delight and impact. The program is designed to ensure:
Profound self-reflection, clarity & discovery
Transformative shared experiences
Powerful community development
The spirit of adventure
Intimacy, with a maximum 30 participants

360 day mastermind

The “Vortex 360” mastermind ensures that the personal growth and community building created in “Vortex Ignite” are maintained and deepened over the course of 360 days immediately following the completion of the Vortex Ignite retreats.  This highly curated, online mastermind features:
All participants take turns at having the community “ignite” their personal professional, and philanthropic interests for 1-2 weeks.
Monthly interactive seminars with powerful educational content, recorded for those who can’t attend.
5-6 person “accountability pods”, to ensure that all participants have strong support networks from within the group.
Curation of meetups and adventures for those who choose to attend.
Facilitation of member-driven impact initiatives.


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