Ikigai Summit is the world's first cross-cultural event dedicated to IKIGAI, a Japanese concept interpreted as "your reason for being," and scientifically proven to improve longevity, creativity, productivity, and happiness.

The one-day gathering will deliver a unique range of content, experiences, and connections showcasing the very best in modern insights and practical application to personal and professional life.

An optional add-on package, Ikigai Experiences, offers a unique opportunity to extend knowledge and application of ikigai. The add-on package includes a ticket to the Ikigai Experiences Happy Hour.
Two Ikigai Experiences to choose from:
*Ikigai Design Workshop.
*Japanese Mindfulness Experiences.

The Team Package provides a unique opportunity to boost team morale, enhance team culture, and facilitate peer connection.
*Dedicated team table at the 2023 Ikigai Summit (8-seats)
*Team Playbook to support key takeaways and an Ikigai Action Plan
*Japanese Bento Lunch for all participants (vegetarian options available)
*Add-On Ikigai Experiences provide additional points of team engagement and connection leading into the holiday season.

Seats are limited. No refunds, but ticket can be transferred with notice to organizer.  
University of Washington
Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st Street,
Seattle, WA, 98105
Date & Time
November 17, 2023

Ikigai Summit
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Ikigai Experiences Add-On
Experience + Happy Hour
1:00PM - 5:30 PM
Event Registration Closes on Monday, November 13!
Event Registration is Closed.

Sam Ushio


Ikigai Lab
Dr. Tim Lomas

Research Scientist

Human FLourishing Program,
Harvard University
Katie Mooney


Theresita Richard

Chief People Officer

Toussaint Bailey


UPlifting capital
Aparna Rae


Moving BeyonD
Akemi Sagawa


Tina Guldhammer Frei


Greet the Wild
Ikigai Summit Schedule
8:30 AM
Doors Open
9:00 AM to 
9:10 AM
Welcome to the Ikigai Summit!
9:10 AM to 
9:35 am
Why The World Needs Ikigai, Sam Ushio, Founder, Ikigai Lab
Global unhappiness has substantially increased over the last ten years, while positive emotions have remained flat according to Gallup. As we look ahead to the next ten years, amidst the backdrop of rapid advancements in technology, medicine, and policy, how can we effectively integrate key tenets of ikigai in support of greater happiness and well-being for ourselves, our communities, and our humanity.  
9:35 Am to
10:20 AM
A World of Well-Being: Happiness & Human Flourishing
Fireside w/Dr. Tim Lomas, The Human Flourishing Program, Harvard University

What can ikigai and other "untranslatable words" teach us about flourishing and happiness? Dr Tim Lomas, a leading researcher scientist on well-being and positive psychology, will share findings on the importance of cross-cultural insights in our understanding of happiness, human flourishing, and the human condition. Dr Lomas will provide perspective on "Wellbeing for All: Incorporating Harmonic Principles of Wellbeing in Subjective Wellbeing Research and Policymaking," a collaboration between Gallup and the Wellbeing for Planet Earth Foundation, a Tokyo-based organization.
10:20 Am to 
10:30 aM
Connection Break 
10:30 AM to
11:15 aM
Purpose at Work with Theresita Richard, Patagonia, and Katie Mooney, Seramount

An inspiring and enlightening discussion on the power of purpose with Theresita Richard, Chief People Officer, Patagonia, and Katie Mooney, Managing Director, Seramount. Purpose fosters greater job satisfaction, increased motivation, improved well-being, and a deeper sense of fulfillment. Learn insights from two visionary leaders as they share how purpose fuels their journey at work, home, and beyond.  
11:15 AM to
12:00 pM
Ikigai Economics: Purpose | Belonging | Impact w/Toussaint Bailey and Aparna Rae

How can ikigai support a more economically vibrant world filled with thriving people? A dynamic conversation with Toussaint Bailey, CEO of Uplifting Capital, and Aparna Rae, Founder of Moving Beyond, on the societal benefits and economic value unlocked through the ikigai pillars of purpose, impact, and inclusion.  
12:00 pM to
12:50 PM
Lunch:  Bento Brainstorm  

Enjoy a bento lunch and brainstorm your action plan with fellow Ikigai Summit participants!
12:50 pM to
1:00 PM
Ikigai Summit Close
Ikigai Experiences Add-On (includes Happy Hour)
Ikigai Experiences are optional, add-on packages to extend knowledge and application of ikigai. Add-on package includes a ticket to the Ikigai Experiences Happy Hour. Only one track should be selected because of time overlap.

1:15 pM to
3:30 PM
Ikigai Experiences Track 1: Ikigai Design Workshop ($99)

Design your personal Ikigai Roadmap!  Deep dive into the key tenets of ikigai while building a framework to apply ikigai principles for professional and personal growth.  Participants will have the opportunity to connect and collaborate with other purpose-driven members of the ikigai community.  

1:15 pM to
3:30 PM
Ikigai Experiences Track 2:  Japanese Mindfulness Experiences ($99)

Part 1: Shinrin Yoku | Japanese Forest Bath with Tina Guldhammer Frei
Inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku, or “Forest Bathing,” this session is designed to help you slow down, drop into your senses and connect to the natural world in a deeply restorative way. You’ll be introduced to core nature-connection practices that cultivate presence and awareness. Includes a “forest tea” ceremony.
Part 2: Ikebana | Japanese Art of Flower Arrangement with Akemi Sagawa
Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement has a history of over 600 years. In the pursuit of a deeper understanding of Ikebana, many different schools have evolved. This introductory session is designed to give you an opportunity to learn the basics of Sogetsu School of Ikebana, one of the most widely known.  You will learn the basic rules and techniques for composing the Ikebana structure, as well as learning how to use basic tools such as Ikebana scissors.  

Ikebana arrangement is a valuable experience through which you immerse yourself in the process of creating something beautiful. We will provide everything you need, including flower materials, a pair of scissors, and a small container.  Participants get to take home their creation to enjoy it.
3:30 PM to 
5:30 PM
Ikigai Experiences Happy Hour at Burke Gilman Brewing Company

Wind down and recap the purpose-driven experience with fellow participants at Burke Gilman Brewing Company, located four blocks from the University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture at 3626 NE 45th Street, Seattle, WA 98105
Hotels and Accommodations
Hotels and accommodations near the University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture. Ikigai Summit 2023 does not have a room block with any locations. 
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