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Exosphere attracts people at all stages of life. We have worked with 16-year high school students who wanted to learn new skills during their summers, university students as well as those who skipped traditional higher education. Many of our alumni have been people in their 30s who were looking for a fresh start in a different field, and we've worked with many people in their 50s and even 60s who realized it’s never too late to start another exciting chapter of life's journey.

Exosphere is for people who see and want more from life and are ready to abandon the traditional script.
Each day, Monday through Thursday starts at 9AM with readings and group discussions about philosophy and psychology led by Exosphere Founder Skinner Layne.

Project work sessions are from 11:00am-12:30pm and from 3:30pm onward, with lunch and a Core Curriculum session in between.

The afternoon core curriculum sessions will cover introductions to emerging technologies outside of your focus, basics of entrepreneurship & how to navigate the Creative Economy, personal & group development topics, and more. These sessions will start at 1:30PM on Monday through Thursday. When there are no core curriculum sessions, students are encouraged to use the office space to work on projects, share and discuss ideas, and host mini workshops.

Fridays begin with a facilitated Community-Building Session with the rest of the day available for Project Work with your group and Fellow.

Saturday is for reflection, review, and catch up from the week activities. Sunday you are encouraged to unplug from electronic devices and do something relaxing, preferably out in nature--Florianopolis is home to more than 40 beaches and countless hiking & other outdoor activities, so there's no excuse!
Skinner Layne founded Exosphere in 2012 and its first program started in 2013. Since then, Exosphere has conducted 9 residential programs and more than 40 high-impact workshops in cities all over the world, serving more than 1,500 people in total. Learn more on the about page.
Yes, Exosphere offers a variety of options for beginners to top-level professionals in their fields. Because all of our programs are hands-on and project-based, you can take advantage of our world-class facilitators' knowledge and experience no matter where you are in life. Apply now and setup a consultation with one of our staff to begin customizing your experience.
Exosphere is all about getting outside of your existing context & comfort zone, and challenging yourself each day. A cross-cultural experience in a new place is one of the best ways to achieve this. Almost everything is new--the people, place, culture, language, food, problems, etc. Being confronted daily by this new context automatically puts you into problem-solving mode. It trains you think creatively about how to overcome the difficulties of this new and different reality in which you are living for 6 weeks.

Another critical reason to come to Exosphere is that programs in the US are typically comprised of other people from the US and maybe a few other nationalities. At Exosphere, we regularly have more than 15 nationalities represented in any given program

Besides, have you done a Google Image search of the beaches of Florianópolis?
We have created a dead simple application process. Click "Apply Now" and answer a few basic questions. It will only take a few minutes.

You will then receive an email within 24 hours from us to interview you about your prospective attendance at our next program.

We will help you determine if Exosphere can help you at this stage of your journey, considering your goals, ambitions, and what you want to learn.

Once accepted, you will then pay your initial deposit and agree on a payment plan. After payment, we invest in you and your future immediately--starting with building your customized learning plan and helping arrange logistics.
The formal component of the program consists of 30 hours of sessions per week, including core curriculum sessions, morning discussion, and domain-specific instruction in your chose emphasis (AI, Blockchain, Biohacking, or Entrepreneurship), and supervised project work with your Fellow. Saturday is an open day for reflection, studying, and catching up on work. On Sundays we encourage you to unplug from electronics and rest.
We are in the process of building an exciting new online platform for people who simply cannot attend our programs in residence, but currently all of our programs are in-residence. We have found that living and working together yields greater benefits and provides more opportunities to develop better projects and deeper relationships and hope you can join us in person. If you can't, stay tuned as we begin rolling out new ways to participate!
The Exosphere learning experience is different from the traditional classroom. What you put in will determine what you get back. The more focused time you invest in reading, learning about your chosen focus, and working on your project, the more you will accomplish during the program. It's all up to you.
Since the range of subjects and experience levels of our students varies significantly, there is no simple answer to this. However, some of our previous students have been able to get jobs as full-stack developers at software startups, copywriters at creative marketing agencies, and many starting their own business or joining up with a co-founder for a new venture.

While building a better future, your options are only limited to your own imagination and the value you can create.

For a couple prominent examples, check out Book in a Box, co-founded by alumni Zach Obront and his partner Tucker Max, and Fort Galt, which was founded by a group of alumni while at the program in 2014.
Yes, but you have to decide no later than the end of Week 1.
Of course! If you would like to speak to any alumni about their experiences, just ask and we'll be happy to introduce you.
If you convince us that you'll make good use of their time, we will be happy to introduce you to even the most prominent members of the Exosphere network.

Pricing Questions

The Exosphere Foundation allocates donations and charitable giving from supporters around the world into merit scholarships to help cover the tuition costs for remarkable or unique individuals. For those interested, there will be an additional interview to qualify for assistance.
After you signup, you have one to pay your deposit to hold your spot. You can also choose to make an installment plan.

We will send you payment instructions for one of the following accepted payment methods: credit card, Paypal, wire transfer, Bitcoin, and Ether. Brazilian residents will soon be able to pay with Sympla.

Logistical Questions

The program will be delivered in English. Exosphere programs have a history of international diversity (from every continent and 47 unique countries represented) and the currently the most-spoken 2nd Language in the world is English.
We recommend arriving three or four days prior to the commencement of the program, though it is entirely up to you and contingent on the arrangements you have made for housing. Although not prohibited, we strongly discourage you from arriving late to the program, as the first days are critical to setting the tone for the rest of the 6 weeks.
Basically, it’s paradise. Low 90's (30C) in the summer, low 60's (14C) in the winter. Moderate amounts of rainfall and lots of sunshine.
The workspace is a very modern building at the heart of the innovation ecosystem of Florianopolis. It's open-planned and has a good number of desks to work from (plus a high speed internet connection).

Our team will assist you in helping you find housing accommodations tailored to your needs. Because Florianopolis is a popular vacation destination, the island is replete with high quality AirBNBs, short-term rentals, hostels, and full-service hotels, depending on your budget. We encourage you to coordinate with other students to share apartments, rooms, etc., not only as a way to save money, but also to be more immersed in the Exosphere experience. July and August are part of the low season in Florianopolis, so there is more availability than usual.
The internet connection at the office/co-working space is fibre, so you'll have no trouble working from there.
The power network in Brazil can be 220-240V (sometimes it’s 127) and the newer construction uses the staggered three prong. So you may need a transformer if you have US/Canadian devices and an adaptor if your fittings are different.

Personal Questions

The program’s tuition covers the program content, instruction from world-class teachers & mentors, and workspace throughout the program. For personal expenses we recommend around US$450 for food and about US$600 for housing.

This number varies according to what lifestyle you want to have during the 6 weeks. Because of the dynamics of the program and living with other participants generates a strong sense of community, participants usually share a lot of meals together, visit local markets, and save money. Having meals with other people is also a big part of the engagement and relationship building that is important at Exosphere.
That depends on your plans for after the program and the options available to you in your current situation. This is an immersive, full-time program, so you will at least have to be available for the 30 instructional hours per week.

If you have any doubts, feel free to reach out to us to talk about it - info@exosphe.re
Skinner Layne, Exosphere's founder, would be happy to help you further. Send him an email at skinner@exosphe.re