Old Kent Estate, Coorg

April 2-6, 2019

About the Stay:

Built in 1864, the Old Kent Lodge is nestled within a 200-acre plantation of some of the oldest cultivars of coffee, pepper and cardamom in India. Perched atop a hill point within the estate, the verandah offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains and valley. The landscape’s light changes subtly through the day, and there’s a panoramic view of the night sky after sundown.


About the Residency

Who Attended?

The Story Collective at Old Kent Estate in Coorg hosted a diverse mix of entrepreneurs, travel writers, designers, artists, and educators.

Why did we create this residency?

The intention of this residency was to connect creatives with their story so they could live it, create a space for them to grow, and more importantly, grow in the direction that’s right for them.

Here’s what some of the storytellers had to say:


It was so much more than the story, it was about how you connect with people, how to pitch to people, finding who you really are, your strengths, your weaknesses, your vulnerabilities.  It was so much more than what I expected, I am really happy!

—Ayushi, Communication Designer


“It’s not easy to explain in a single word or sentence, how exactly I feel now… But one thing that I can really be sure of, without any doubt, is that I am a changed person for sure after this residency.  I’m changed for good. And I can see everybody around me here experiencing this.”

— Mehul, Entrepreneur & Mentor


“What surprised me was that this residency was very practical, and gave me a lot of direction that I didn’t even know I was looking for.  It gave me a lot of tools to take forward and use in my professional life. And it didn’t negate the fact that we are all creative people, so there was enough space to develop and understand your creative identity within the professional development that was happening.”

— Pooja, Actor & Writer



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Raghava KK

Artist & Storyteller


Nihal Ahmed

Founder, Limitless


Jay Ahya

Founder, The Experience Co.


Alison Wynn

Multimedia Storyteller


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What was included

The all inclusive programme fee was INR 39,999 and included everything below:

  • 5 days 4 night stay in the luxurious estate shared by 3 residents

  • World-class workshops with top leaders

  • Full spread buffets for Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

  • Facilitated transfers from BLR / KIAL airports (at additional cost of INR 3.5k)

  • Unlimited tea & coffee

  • Local explorations and workshops

  • Ikigai cards and storytelling guide

Residents’ Profile:

A diverse mix of business owners, creative experts, professionals and leaders from creative industries.


Coorg, Karnataka


Chill, colonial architecture, coffee estate, forest hikes, campfires at night


“A linear and homogenous career is no longer the only path to success; rather it’s a polyamorous relationship with your skills, dabbling in multiple things, and finding a way to integrate all those learnings.”

Pallavi, designer

Founder, Pack of 2