This 3-day workshop introduces Bio-Leadership: an exploration of new forms of leadership inspired by nature, and space to cultivate a new set of qualities to help us navigate the 21st century.
The aim of this work is to connect and support a community of people to grow adaptability, systemic awareness, connection, resilience, regeneration and care. In a world defined by speed, relentless growth, single-minded competition and hyperconsumption, it is a space to develop a vital set of qualities for the 21st Century.
This work comes at a time when many of us know deeply that we need to change how we structure our lives and work. It comes when many of us seek deeper forms of purpose and meaning; when we know that the ecological crisis is a reality; when we carry a burning beacon to protect and replenish the world we share.
About this workshop
This workshop is a journey exploring the stories, movements and tensions of our times, and how we respond to these as individuals and as organisations. The process seeks to balance ideas with experience – working not just with ideas and intellect but with our full capacity to sense, experience and connect as human beings in a living world. We do this with a spirit of collective endeavour – working as a community of peers in this space, and as part of a wider ‘ecosystem’ of people seeking to connect and grow a new form of work in the world.
To help this, we work though three lightly structured threads:
Stories, tools, and models that can be applied through thinking and practice.
Experiential and internal practices to support more felt qualities related to awareness, connection, resilience, adaptability, movement and care.
A collective field perspective to help us step back to explore how a wider systemic shift occurs; how we ourselves connect and support a wider movement and some of the dynamics that empower us or hold us back.
As important as anything, we do this work by returning to nature: making time to connect with our own capacity to experience nature, and working with the principles of nature to inform our conversations, experiences and actions beyond this space.
What is ‘business-as-usual’ and how can we change the narrative?
What is this moment we’re in, and how can we use it to navigate new ways of structuring human systems in order to transform them?
How do we find a balance between internal qualities and external actions to bring about a new form of life and work?
How do we use these principles to grow new human structures for the future?
How can we work collectively to bring this new way of working with nature into our life and work?
This workshop also introduces a helpful model that illustrates five kinds of story related to leadership with nature:
New forms of purpose and progress, inspired by nature
New organisational forms, inspired by nature
New ways of working as ecosystems
New, regenerative social and organisational models
New cultures of deep connection
Who is this for?
People who believe that our human systems need to change, and that our systems are driven by an outdated view of leadership and development. We call for changemakers, facilitators, innovators and anyone else who is asking themselves some of these questions:
How can I plan for a future that’s so unknown?
Is there a new model of human progress that will work for this rapidly changing world?
How can I help change the game?
How can I find a role in this movement, with others?
Arrivals and coffee at Welna from 9.30am, to begin the programme at 10am on the 27th November. The programme will end by 3.30pm on the 29th November.
Costs cover programme, food and accommodation*:
For larger organisations: 1450 Euros
For smaller business organisations and established NGO’s: 1150 Euros
For individuals and smaller not-for-profit organisations: 750 Euros
We are also offering two scholarship places at 350 Euros. Please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org
*Accommodation is ‘retreat’ style -single beds, sharing a room with one or two others. Alternative accommodation options are available at additional cost. Happily, due to limited accommodation numbers we are also offering discounted camping spaces – at 25% discount – for people who would be happy or prefer to camp! Please email us via email@example.com for a camping spot.
To book a place on the programme please follow instructions via this registration link.
Location and accommodation
We will be hosting this ground workshop at the beautiful Welna estate, supporting new kinds of development with nature. We will be staying at comfortable accommodation in twin rooms – although camping and more basic sleeping options areavailable if you are feeling wilder!
Andres is a guide to human development in relationship with nature. His work brings together innovative approaches to leadership and change, wisdom from ancient cultures and deep work with nature to support more generative forms of living and working for our times. He is the founding partner of the Bio-Leadership Project and co-founder of Way of Nature UK, a project that works with contemporary rites of passage to support deep transformation.
Ina Kukovic Borovnik
Ina started out as a lawyer, went to live and work in China as a sustainability consultant, came back home country to work in politics, finished her MBA, and became a yoga instructor. The path encouraged her to found her own consultancy BELAVODA that explores and co-develops new ways of being and working together, so we can live on our Planet with more wisdom and for generations to come.
To find out more…
To hear more about our work as Bio-Leadership, check these great podcasts:
Among many others, Frederick Laloux’s Reinventing Organisations, Otto Scharmer’s Theory U and wider work, Fritjof Capra’s work on systems, Joanna Macy’s The Great Turning, and Thich Nhat Hanh’s New Way.