This 3-day workshop introduces Bio-Leadership – a new way of working with nature, and an important set of qualities to help us navigate the 21st century.
This comes at a time when more people are challenging the status quo of leadership and human innovation. It comes when many of us seek deeper forms of purpose and meaning; when we know that the ecological crisis is a reality; and we carry a burning fire to protect and replenish our world.
The aim of this work is about rebalancing a dominant story of progress, defined by relentless growth, extraction, single-minded competition and hyperconsumption. At heart, it is about challenging the very core of what we call leadership – enabling a new set of stories to emerge, fit for our future and the future of our planet.
Through this workshop we will explore the stories, movements and tensions of our times, and how to respond to these as individuals and organisations. We make the process a dynamic and lived experience – working not just with ideas and intellect but with our full capacity to sense, experience and connect as humans in a living world.
The intention is also to work as a tribe, inquiring and learning together – both in this group and as part of a wider ‘ecosystem’ of people connecting and growing a new form of work in the world.
The Bio-Leadership journey is woven through three threads:
Stories, tools, and models – applied through thinking and practice.
Experiential and internal practices – to support ’emodied’ 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.
As important as anything, we do this by returning to nature: reconneting with our own capacity to experience nature, and working with nature to inform our 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 and transform today’s structures and systems?
How do we balance internal qualities and external actions to bring about a new form of life and work?
How can we work collectively to bring this new way of working to the world?
In this workshop we also introduce a helpful way of exploring five kinds of story transforming leadership as we know it:
New forms of purpose and progress
New organisational forms
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.
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.
Please note we are likely to run further ground workshops in the Netherlands through 2020. If you would like us to keep you posted of future dates please let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.