For generations, Ibiza has been a magnet for explorers and dreamers, attracting creative and free-spirited minds from around the world. They still come, of course, but the islands is attracting an internationally diverse group of entrepreneurs, movers and shakers who not only want to experience all the White Isle has to offer, but also want to leave their mark in a collaborative and sustainable way. We spoke to Rudy de Waele of Conscious Learning Tribe and Human Works.
How long have you lived here? What brought you to Ibiza and why?
This is our first year. My wife and I chose Ibiza as we wanted to live in nature and close to the sea. The second reason is that we believe Ibiza is the best place in Europe where we can experience “the next level of humanity” as a living concept, living together consciously with local communities. We wanted to live differently, close to nature, in sync with nature, and be respectful of nature. People in Ibiza don’t judge one another or compete, they are just interested in every new human being they meet and always interested to learn what’s the potential behind every person, not in the sense of achieving things but in the sense to experience life together in an amazing and beautiful way. It has an entirely different approach to life and how to live together in harmony than any other place on Earth these days. We believe Ibiza is one of the most beautiful places to live and one of the most fertile grounds on the planet to explore the future of humanity together.
What do you do here?
I’m what you would call a ‘futurist’. I founded two companies the Conscious Learning Tribe, which works with companies and organisations globally, predicting trends in business and society impacted by exponential technologies, and Human Works, which promotes conscious business practices for future generations. For me, futurism is not about predicting what’s going to happen but about presenting conscious choices to my clients in order to create the future we need. Our new platform ‘Conscious Learning Tribe’ brings conscious choices to our readers and communities around the world. I’m a keen saxophonist so I like to focus on music, bringing amazing musicians together with a live audience.
I love collaborating with people to innovate businesses, so I meet with interesting people (never lacking on this island) to expand my horizons, to learn and to serve others. In a way, although Ibiza is not designed initially as an innovation hub, it has a very encouraging and creative ecosystem, as long as you have good intentions, smart in the way you onboard others and most importantly remain flexible to learn from what the island has to teach you.
What positive changes have you seen in Ibiza over the years and what would you like to see improve?
I think I’ve not been on the island long enough to see real changes on a long term basis yet. What I love though is that people and business are very respectfully to nature, limiting plastic use and making sure to keep our nature and our habitats clean. There’s a lot of improvement needed and more awareness needs to be communicated, especially in the hi-season.
Where do you see the island in 5 years?
Ibiza will be one of the forerunners and innovators in what we call “conscious living”, living and travelling in and with respect for nature, using natural products and healing therapies, a healthy lifestyle and local, organic and preferred vegan lifestyle and a new hedonistic model of how we can live and enjoy life at its fullest.
Where do you go in Ibiza to escape the crowds in the summer and where are your favourite winter hideouts?
In summer we spend a lot of time at our home just outside Santa Gertrudis and we visit the more hidden beaches up north of the island if we want to go for a fresh swim away from the crowds. Our home is a beautiful space and we always have family and friends over to enjoy the good times together. We love throwing random dinner parties for our friends and celebrate life together.
Winter in Ibiza is also beautiful, and the climate is usually good enough to be outdoors, hiking, biking, discovering hidden beaches and new hiking paths.
Which are your favourite 3 clubs?
WooMoon Parties in Cova Santa on Sundays
Heart on Sundays
Pikes on Fridays
Which are your favourite 3 restaurants?
Which are your favourite 3 beaches?
Playa Liu Blau
Caló de s’Illa