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No blogging experience? No worries!

Looking to start blogging, or have a blog and want to grow your audience? Learn the fundamentals of wordpress blogging and social media strategy so that you can gain the skills and confidence to grow. We'll be bringing along 4 expert bloggers who will teach you everything you need to know to turn your blog into a business, including content creation, SEO, brand development, brand partnerships, social media strategy, business development and photography. We've got Tommy from My Belonging, Stephanie from Honey & Silk and Louise & Robin from Elite Jetsetter who collectively have over half a million followers on social media. We'll also dive into editing programs like Lightroom and Photoshop to help you take and edit stunning photos. They will be joined by 3 other mentors with expertise in content strategy, photography, coding, and design.

Only 16 spots in each session... 25th Jan - 3rd Feb 2018 | 8th Feb - 17th Feb 2018



Wordpress Fundamentals

Learn how to set up and optimize your Wordpress-based blog from the professionals. No need to sweat the technical details - we'll equip you with the knowledge to ensure your blog's security. You'll also get an insider's look at how to manage your blog with plugins and other time-saving tools.


It's no secret that looks matter — especially on the internet. Our expert team will help you develop a visual identity for your blogging brand. They'll also share their favorite tools and strategies for creating a cohesive brand experience for your community across all of your platforms.

Search Engine Optimization

You may have the best written blog posts this side of the equator, but if you don’t have a solid SEO strategy in place, you should accept that your blog might only be read by your mum. Our panel of bloggers will teach you the secrets behind ranking highly in Google search results.

Content Creation

Writing copy that resonates with your target audience may seem like the easy part of blogging, but it requires a certain level of vulnerability and wisdom to nail the right voice. We’ll dive deep into creating killer content not only for your blog, but for your emails, social media channels and beyond.

Instagram Strategy

Are you ready to use Instagram to attract the right followers, engage with readers and grow your audience? Our team of expert bloggers will give you an insider’s look into what it takes to steadily grow an engaged following. You'll learn to consider the best posting times, filters and more for your audience.


Learn to take pictures you'll be proud to show off. Our professional photographer will run workshops to teach you the technical aspects of the craft you need to shine and standout on the internet. We'll also cover how to develop a photography style that aligns with your brand.

CSS Basics

Coding expertise is one of the key ways you can differentiate yourself from other bloggers. The ability to CSS style your blog will empower you to edit your blog with your earned skills. Once you know how to edit the fonts, colors and layout of your blog, you'll no longer need a developer to make minor changes.

How to Work With Brands

Once you have killer written content and captivating photography lined up, it's time to activate your monetization channels. Our team of expert bloggers will dive deep into the best practices behind working with brands. This will allow you to leverage your content to paid partnerships that will elevate your blog's status.

Pinterest Strategy

Grow your followings, increase your engagement rates and cultivate a community on Pinterest using advice from four expert bloggers. Drawing from their experience, they’ll share what works and what doesn’t work, so that you can strategically gain targeted following to your blog.

Lead Generation

Your email list is THE barometer of your business's health, and it will outlast any social media platform. Why? Because you OWN it. If you lost your social media channels, you should still have a way to get in touch with the people you’ve worked so hard to attract.

Lightroom Tutorial

Learn from our in-house professional photographer, Emilio, how to edit your photos. You'll be walked through all of the tools available to you within the application. Your photos will forever be #flawless after mastering the use of Lightroom.

UX Design

After your blog has gone live, you still must fine-tune your website to ensure its success. It's important to increase the usability, accessibility, and pleasure associated with anyone's interaction with your blog. The quality of your users' experience is key to whether or not they will be returning.


The Food

We'll serve up Instagram-worthy meals, fresh-fruit smoothies and cold ice-lattes to keep you on point.

Daily Yoga

We start our day with a sunrise yoga class before we begin class. In the afternoon, we will have either high-intensity training or afternoon yoga.


Every second afternoon, we’ll head out to explore all that Bali has to offer, including local popular establishments such as The Lawn, Old Man's and La Baracca.

Private Facebook Group

Your #1 resource to ask questions, check the schedule, post cute pictures of Houdini…

Course Materials

All course materials are also included - no exorbitant ‘textbook fees’ - your tuition is all you’ve got to worry about!

Airport Transfers

Don’t worry about the hassle of getting to and from the airport. We’ve got you covered - our drivers are the BEST!


Daily mindfulness meditation is also necessary to a successful day at IOC, so chill out for a bit and find your happy place.

Professional Photos

Taken by Eyes of a Nomad - a SUPER talented local photographer… He also happens to be one of our co-founders!


10-nights accommodation in a luxury Bali villa with your sheets changed and bed made every day… Heaven


80+ hours of practical coursework and ongoing support to ensure you’re getting every last bit of help you might need.


The sunsets at La Laguna and Canggu beach are more beautiful in person than you’ll ever be able to capture in a picture.

Rice Terraces

Climb up through the Tegalalang rice terraces to reward yourself with some stunning photos - watch out, Instagram!

Art Market

Explore traditional art markets filled with sarongs, fans, trinkets and more for you to bring home as gifts for loved ones.

Monkey Forest

Visit the monkey forest as a group to feed them bananas and leaves and laugh at their antics. Monkey see, monkey do!


Take private surfing lessons from a babe at the beach, or learn as a group if you’d like to not be the only one falling off your board.

Testimonials from past students

"I have been blogging for over two years and felt like I was getting nowhere. In only 10 days this retreat changed the way I approach blogging and helped me to start setting the wheels in motion to turn my blog into a business. Just two months after my retreat, and I am writing more, landed my first brand collaboration, and feel like I have a solid strategy in place. My page views have increased by 110%, and I've doubled the number of followers on social media, not to mention boosted my engagement. This course was a game-changer for me and the value that the team at IOC are providing is insane -- learning in a beautiful environment surrounded by a community of like-minded people and a team of experts was by far the fastest and the best way to learn. If you want to become a blogger or an influencer I highly recommend this course."

- Justyn Jen Gourdin, Adventures of a Middle Child

"This past month I had the opportunity to attend the blogging retreat in Bali. It was such an incredible experience to be surrounded by so many kickass and inspiring people who are all doing what they love and chasing their dreams. Of course - it didn't hurt that we stayed in a luxury villa complete with our own personal chefs to feed us delicious food everyday. In just 10 days, we dived into building a brand identity, social media marketing strategy, photography, and even website development and design. My head is still buzzing from all of the information!"

- Kate Ganter, Escape with Kate

"I was skeptic. It seemed improbable that I could learn much of anything in 10 days, but I decided to give it a shot. After all, it was an excuse to go to Bali. I can honestly say it completely changed how I now approach blogging and social media. I hadn't realized that there was so much I had missed when I had initially launched my blog a year ago. Prior to my first day of class I had never even heard of SEO. And by the last few days I was reformatting the layout of my blog by myself. It’s amazing what difference total immersion can do for ones abilities!

To have an easily accessible support system is vital in any learning environment, and the IOC have nailed that. There was always a mentor on hand to help, and we grew into a big family that helped each other. The small number of students also allowed for individualized help to build our personal brands and work on our long term goals.

By being all-inclusive, you are able to focus solely on what you came for: to learn. IOC have got the formula down on how to turn your blogging hobby into a career. Everyone, regardless of if you are a blogger or not, should learn how to code. Why not do it in paradise?"

- Estelle Lee, Majical Joo

Dates & Details

You should plan to arrive on the day before the course starts so that you can settle in (accomodation is provided this night free of charge) and you can fly out anytime after 7pm on the last day although most students choose to stay an extra night.

You would be flying into Denpesar Airport, Bali Indonesia and we provide complimentary airport pickup from there.

All students are required to have comprehensive travel insurance to attend the program, we recommend World Nomads but you are welcome to purchase with any company.