FAQs

What is MindEscapes®?

MindEscapes® is an immersive ecosystem that sparks creativity, drives change, accelerates personal growth and builds a unique community of ideators.

MindEscapes® forms communities of the right minds to dwell upon some of the world's toughest problems. Our unique community brings together ideators, creators, innovators, movement-makers and creative geniuses from all walks of life to catalyze innovation-driven change that can bring about a revolution. We believe genius holds the responsibility of making lives better. We realize that genius needs the right environment to do that and that is what MindEscapes® solves with its phygital platform.

Guided by our Guardians, who are renowned subject experts with a lifetime's work to showcase, our members will work on world-changing ideas that they are looking to turn real with just the right kind of support. The Guardians are mentors who set challenges for our members (the Cohort, Ideators), add value through their guidance, experience, unique points of view and unmatchable caliber. It is here, at MindEscapes®, we believe, you will come up with the next big customer-centric & socially responsible product under the aegis of such brilliant minds.

Our naturally stimulating, visually appealing and picturesque breakthrough centre, the first of its kind, that is rooted in the lap of Nilgiris, offers a slew of privileges, monthly events led by our Guardians, masterclasses and access to maestros and services in food, fitness, sleep & ideation all year long. It is here where you will enjoy, escape, contemplate, collaborate and co-create with a focus on environment, ideas, innovations, change, creativity, self, strategies and personal growth to solve difficult and challenging problems facing you, your community, our planet and our people.

No matter what your dream or mission, MindEscapes® creates an ecosystem of solution for you. We are that meeting place for minds that will ultimately give birth to Eureka moments that can transform the world.

MindEscapes® also intends to build similar interventions in other districts of the country to expedite the process of decentralized indigenous development to meet local needs.

What is the process to become a MindEscapes® Member?

Guardians, Cohorts and Sherpas form the core of MindEscapes®. MindEscapes offers membership to Cohorts and Sherpas, to those with high integrity, who have expertise to offer their fellow Cohorts, are eager to learn from the wisdom of our Guardians and engage with individuals with similar commitment to innovation, invention, entrepreneurship, scientific temper, social impact and other concerns for our planet and people and are open to learning from all.

Members of MindEscapes® enjoy close and sincere relationships with fellow group Members as well as with the entire Membership pyramid. As we introduce potential Members to our organization, we seek to balance the confidentiality and continuity with our desire to identify those who may become outstanding additions to our community. With that in mind, here is what interested candidates can expect from the membership process:

Individuals meeting quantitative Membership Criteria are invited to Submit an Expression of Interest in Membership.

The Member Relationship team then reaches out to each person to explore your interest in MindEscapes® in more depth and mutually determine if Membership in MindEscapes® is appropriate for you. A successful meeting where both you and our Member Relationship team agree that Membership seems appropriate will typically lead to an invitation to join in in the appropriate type of membership: Solo, Corporate, Sherpa, Nilgiris. A detailed Membership Application form will be required to be filled, an invitation to join is extended and must be executed within 30 days. On average, the membership process takes one month to complete. On joining, a membership welcome kit will be sent with a unique membership number and guide to access all facilities, services, events and more.

What are the membership criteria MindEscapes® looks for?

The criteria for a MindEscapes® Membership include:

  • Readiness to share
  • Willingness to learn
  • Participation in the community activities
  • Commitment to attend monthly meetings
  • Commitment to not solicit
  • Respect to Guardians and peers

There are other important, less easily defined requirements that also need to be met. These are qualitative in nature and are at the discretion of MindEscapes® and our Guardians.

How much does Membership cost, and what is covered?

Our exclusive membership benefits give you special access to the wisdom of our Guardians, our phenomenal breakthrough centres, ideation spaces and expert guidance in Food, Fitness, Sleep and other year-long services.

MindEscapes® Solo

  • Membership gives you seamless access to MindEscapes® Experience Centre
  • Access to all spaces and services for customised Innovator-in-Residence Programmes*
  • Appointments with our Maestros for customising on-site workshops and clinics and monthly pre-booked individual sessions online
  • Consultations with our Guardians for discovering solutions to real life community, business and self-improvement challenges
  • Exclusive Invitations and curated Calendar of Events & Masterclasses at MindEscapes® Experience Centre and online
  • Networking with the MindEscapes® Community of ideators and thinkers
  • Participate and initiate social impact challenges along with the MindEscapes® community Ooty

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A Club Social® Membership with free access to 1000+ Partner Clubs | 24/7 Concierge® Services | Preferred pricing for stay, food and facilities at MindEscapes® Experience Centre

INNOVATOR-IN-RESIDENCE:
MindEscapes Experience Centre has a series of huddle spaces for you so that you can move from your usual environment and daily obligations and focus in an immersive environment. Whether you're a first-time creator building your company or community or a repeat creator looking to fulfil your rewards, our Innovator-in-Residence programmes can give you the time and space to move your project forward. It is here you can work with different people, work with new materials while experiencing a unique environment or simply work alone. 1 x 2 nights retreat nights included.*

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MindEscapes® Corporate

  • Membership gives you seamless access to MindEscapes® Experience Centre, anchored to 4 prime members
  • Access to all spaces and services for customised Creators-in-Residence Programmes*
  • Appointments with our Maestros for customising on-site workshops and clinics and monthly pre-booked individual sessions online
  • Consultations with our Guardians for discovering solutions to real life community, business and self-improvement challenges
  • Exclusive Invitations and curated Calendar of Events & Masterclasses at MindEscapes® Experience Centre and online
  • Networking with the MindEscapes® Community of ideators and thinkers
  • Participate and initiate social impact challenges along with the MindEscapes® community

MORE:
A Club Social® Membership with free access to 1000+ Partner Clubs | 24/7 Concierge® Services | Preferred pricing for stay, food and facilities at MindEscapes® Experience Centre

CREATORS-IN-RESIDENCE:
MindEscapes® Experience Centre has a series of huddle spaces created for companies to send their select group of creators to gather together to dream, inspire and create new products, test new additions or give feedback. Our Creators-in-Residence Experience lets you handpick your creators who can stay in residence, have teams come in and work with them, and ensure an unfiltered opinion, positive aha moments and positive outcomes. Each member gets 1 x 2 retreat nights.

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MindEscapes® Nilgiris

  • Open only for permanent residents of the Nilgiris & temporary defence service personnel based in the Nilgiris
  • Access to all spaces and services for day long Maker-in-Residence Programmes*
  • Appointments with our Maestros for customising on-site workshops and clinics and monthly pre-booked individual sessions online
  • Consultations with our Guardians for discovering solutions to real life community, business and self-improvement challenges
  • Invitations and curated Calendar of Events & Masterclasses at your local MindEscapes® Experience Centre
  • Networking with the MindEscapes® Community of ideators and thinkers
  • Participate and initiate social impact challenges along with the MindEscapes® community with a focus on challenges related to the Nilgiris

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A Club Social® Membership with free access to 1000+ Partner Clubs | 24/7 Concierge® Services | Preferred pricing for stay, food and facilities at MindEscapes® Experience Centre

MAKER-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAMME:
MindEscapes® Experience Centre has a series of huddle spaces created for our Nilgiri residents to dream, believe, unwind and breakthrough. Our day long Maker-in-Residence Experience lets you find your Aha Moment and your mind soar.

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MindEscapes® Sherpa

  • Open for members below 27 years of age
  • Access to all spaces and services for Learner-in-Residence Programmes*
  • Participate and initiate social impact challenges along with the MindEscapes® community
  • Invitations to curated events with Maestros and Guardians

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Preferred pricing for stay, food and facilities at MindEscapes® Experience Centre

LEARNER-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAMME:
MindEscapes® Experience Centre has a series of huddle spaces created for our young Sherpas to dream, believe, unwind and breakthrough. Our Learner-in-Residence Experience lets you sit back, sparkle your mind and find your Eureka moment.

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What are the elements of the monthly events and masterclass Group meetings?

Our monthly events and meet-ups bring the wisdom of our guardians, subject matter experts and our community together. The meaningful conversations provide, learning, networking, social, investment and community development opportunities as well as exposure to extraordinary engaging ways to enhance personal and professional lives.

Our Guardians help instigate creativity, inspire audacious conversations and help individuals and teams fuse even greater outcomes; to imagine, design and co-create the future. Our diverse community of thinkers and innovators remains the core of a uniquely curated experience dedicated to liberating their spirit, freeing their mind and feeding their soul with content and creativity.

MindEscapes® Monthly Events are confidential and provide a platform to exchange knowledge and information and discuss ideas and solutions on the subject among members of each group. Each month, a two-hour Meeting features:

  • GUARDIAN: A subject area expert Guardian always chairs the monthly meeting Event details of which are published on the Member event calendar well in advance, Members RSVP their attendance and send queries or areas they may wish to have covered during these sessions. A wide-ranging discussion pursues that help augment Members' outlooks, decisions, and solutions.
  • ISSUES AND OPPORTUNITIES: Members may place their own issues and/or opportunities and use the roundtable environment to elicit best thinking and gain helpful feedback.
  • SUBJECT-MATTER EXPERTS: Guest presenters are also invited to join into discussions on the range of topics, and solutions are curated to assist members.
  • CHALLENGES: Guardians continuously provide challenges for their groups on various subjects and solutions to these are discussed, idea presentations made and action follow up taken.
What is the Annual Conference?

The Annual Conference, held at our retreat, is a “can't-miss” experience. This event is designed as a forum to bring together Members to share ideas in a collective learning and social environment, in our intellectually stimulating environment. The Annual meet is divided into sessions around various subject matters and challenges and members can opt to participate in one or as many as they prefer. Each session is led by a Guardian or a subject matter expert.

How do I access Guardians?

The Guardians at MindEscapes® are Industry veterans and renowned subject experts with a lifetime's work to showcase. These are the Gurus & mentors who set the challenges for the Cohorts and add value to their experience. They are permanent benefactors, tastefully selected for their unmatched calibre and expertise in varied fields.

The Guardians are our benefactors who have joined us at MindEscapes to help us pro bono with our mission and to guide our members to achieving personal and professional Eureka moments.

  • Our guardians lead our monthly meetings structured on subjects that they choose, that you suggest and that what the world needs
  • They provide challenges to our community members who may decide to join in to a challenge or challenges of their choice
  • They lead our Annual Conferences and provide stimulating opportunities to our members to interact
  • They are available for short reviews and consultations, by prior appointments, where a member will be able to select from a calendar of suitable dates and times and arrange for an online conversation via Zoom for the same
How do I book appointments with Maestros?

The Maestros at MindEscapes® are renowned subject experts in the areas of Sleep, Food and Fitness. Each of our Maestros are available to our members for personal consultation to help them drive to Eureka moments. They are available for consultations and short reviews by prior appointments, where a member will be able to select from a calendar of suitable dates and times and arrange for an online conversation via Zoom for the same.

How do I access the Concierge®?

Your Concierge® from MindEscapes® is powered by the globally acclaimed concierge firm, Club Concierge, and they are available for our members for absolutely anything they may need, that is stressing them out, anytime of the day / night, anywhere in the world.

With the discretion to make anything happen swiftly and elegantly, your 24/7 Concierge® is armed with an unrivalled network of connections, as well as access to generally inaccessible experiences, around the world. With specialist teams in Travel, Dining, and the everyday needs, among others, in more than 60 cities around the world, we are ready to assist with all-important life decisions and to provide you with remarkable personalized experiences.

Minor Miracles: The MindEscapes® Concierge® is here to help you with anything, no matter how tall the challenge. Some examples of these “minor miracles” that the Concierge® has been able to assist with include:

  • Helped a guest 'be one with nature' in Masinagudi, Tamil Nadu, criss-crossed with corridors connecting the various parks in the region such as Mudumalai, Bandipur and Nagarhole, Masinagudi
  • Took a group to 'Brew your own coffee' in Kodagu, on a coffee plantation trail at Tamara, Coorg
  • Booked the entire heritage Nilgiri toy train for a ride to Ooty for a couple
  • Arranged for a guest to be the Chief Guest at the traditional annual ceremony of the Todas at their vilage
  • Pre-booked a traditional Badaga spread for a wholesome experience
  • Helped guests spot the rare Silent Valley Bush frog, named after the valley it hails from
  • Arranged for a unique Kalari massage in MindEscapes®
  • Located and coordinated rental of an elephant for a wedding
  • Conducted a global search for a 1904 reporter's collapsible typewriter (located it in Germany) and facilitated purchase and delivery
  • Transformed a hotel suite into a Valentine's Day experience with two hours' notice, late at night
  • Arranged a private birthday party at home for 120 guests, complete with catering, a Sufi Rock band, D.J., top end cocktail bar and staff, sound and light, ice bar and décor… all in 3 days
  • Arranged a holiday dinner in Lisbon complete with Michelin Star Chef and wait staff
  • The only limit to what we can do for you is your imagination. The possibilities in how to use our Concierge® service is truly infinite.

    To Contact your Concierge®, you can call, WhatsApp on +91 94890 52222 or email 24/7 on concierge@mindescapes.in.

How do I access Partner Clubs?

As a MindEscapes® Member, you will receive a separate membership to our Club Social card and app. This will allow you to seamlessly access all our partner clubs, who we work on a reciprocal basis with. Terms and Conditions of these clubs apply.

Where are the MindEscapes® retreats located?

Our naturally stimulating, visually appealing and picturesque breakthrough centre, the first of its kind, that is rooted in the lap of Nilgiris, offers a slew of privileges, monthly events led by our Guardians, master classes and access to maestros and services in food, fitness, sleep & ideation all year long. It is here where you will enjoy, escape, contemplate, collaborate and co-create with a focus on environment, ideas, innovations, change, creativity, self, strategies and personal growth to solve difficult and challenging problems facing you, your community, our planet and our people.

No matter what your dream or mission, MindEscapes® creates an ecosystem of solution for you. We are that meeting place for minds that will ultimately give birth to Eureka moments that can transform the world.

MindEscapes® also intends to build similar interventions in other districts of the country to expedite the process of decentralized indigenous development to meet local needs.

What do these retreats have?

All our spaces are thoughtfully built around four facets of design -

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Click here to see more details on our first MindEscapes® retreat.

How do I reserve my stay at the retreat/s?

As a member, you receive preferential access to all our facilities at our retreat/s, including stay, ideating, working from, meeting at and much more. You may reserve your bookings with our Concierge® who will make all your arrangements for you, including your travel plans, meeting needs and services, personalised menu plans and much more.

What is the kind of Experiences that I may receive at the retreat?

As a member, you receive the highest level of care at all times. At our MindEscapes® retreats we have curated highly immersive and unforgettable experiences as part of your journey with us. We also custom design these experiences for our corporate members on request.

Can non-members use the MindEscapes® facilities?

MindEscapes is a members-only club. Guests of members may be accepted at our speciality restaurants and for select events.

Is my membership transferable?

MindEscapes® Solo, Sherpa and Nilgiris memberships are non-transferable. Corporate membership however allows for a company to change the beneficiaries as requested.

What are local chapters?

As our members are from across the globe, we will be creating local chapters in various cities, led by our members, to pursue our mission of bringing about a societal, cultural and sustainable reform in the locales of our existence through new ideas and native-friendly initiatives.

What are “Challenges”?

Solve Problems with Live Solutions together. Our ideas and conscious efforts can make this world a better place. Our Challenges assess problems and seek solutions from our community of ideators. The Guardians set these challenges as guided thought accelerators for our Cohort members to attempt to solve tough societal problems. Our members get the privilege of working closely with our Guardians and other Cohorts to co-create solutions together and further guide our Sherpas and help them build sustainable solutions.

The Challenges invite our community to create, critically evaluate and advance ideas over the course of three to twelve months to solve real global issues.

Anyone can join our challenges! No matter what field you work in, what level of experience you have, or what country you're from, if you're ready to work with others to tackle big issues, we'd love for you to join us. We believe that by sharing our diverse perspectives, talents and ideas with each other, we'll be better equipped to tackle issues in innovative ways.

The primary goal of Challenges is to invite people to create and advance ideas over the course of three to five months, ideally spending at least a couple hours a week building solutions. The more you put into the process, the more you can expect to get out of it. There are lots of ways to get involved depending on your skills and capacity, from sharing quick feedback to hosting events. Be sure to read the Brief for every Challenge, as each one may offer different opportunities to jump in as the Challenge progresses. In each Phase, you'll have the chance to try out a different solution, and our guardians will share tools and activities to support you along the way. The Brief will include a description of the activities possible in each Phase, from sharing research and ideas, to participating in events, and collaborative feedback. Some activities, like submitting ideas or editing posts, may no longer be possible after certain Phases are completed. Throughout, you can always help improve submissions by sharing feedback in the comments.

Our Guardians or sponsors for a Challenge may rate your idea as the TOP IDEA. Top Ideas are ideas that best answer the Challenge question and that we believe have the most potential for impact in the world. Top Ideas may be awarded funding and other implementation support by our Sponsors. Even if your idea isn't ultimately selected, though, there's still so much you can gain by participating in the Challenge.

Each Challenge is different; some look for existing concepts backed by established organizations, while some seek brand new ideas to develop. If you would like your submission to be considered as a Top Idea contender, be sure to check that it satisfies the eligibility criteria found on the Challenge Brief. Regardless, you can add anything from back-of-the-napkin sketches to ready-to-scale projects to every Challenge, and no matter the stage of your idea you'll gain helpful insights and tools going through our process.

Often tied to Challenges, we host and develop impact-driven events, enabling otherwise unlikely human connections that spark ideas and action.

All solutions you build with the MindEscapes® community is shareable, remix-able and reusable by anyone. And will appear in our blog Chef-d'oeuvre.