Rachel Fearnley

Obstacle Advice

Advice on operating a retreat centre in an exotic location


I left England when I was quite young because living there wasn’t in alignment with my values. What I have found is that no matter where you go there are challenges to deal with, but you need to find a place where the set of challenges are manageable to you. I’ve chosen Bali, and there are amazing things about this place, but also real hurdles to overcome as a business owner. For example, the government is on the verge of instating a law that makes it mandatory to hire 15 locals for every 1 foreigner.


Get professional advice, and do things above-board. I’ve seen a business here that tried to fly under the radar, and their success came crashing down around them when the government found out. The other advice is not to take advice from well-meaning friends. They don’t know the legalities of running a business the way a lawyer does, and you can easily get into trouble by justing “winging it”.

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