The leader as a pathfinder
We are all headed into an expanding society where the market for feelings is greater than that for material products; where content is more important than the technology that communicates it; where images, stories and traditions mean more than information-based reality. Here the markets of the storytellers prevail.
Our devoted pathfinders and storytellers come from all over the world and are all inspired by a profound desire to share, guide and move. They will be Lapps, Indian chiefs, quantum physicists and management researchers. Often they will be personalities active on the location of the course. Persons with a story to tell around the fire, a philosophy or wisdom that they will gladly share with anyone who will take the time to listen. These are men and women who have walked their own ways and whom you seldom otherwise get a chance to meet.
Through his firm Naturakademin Learning Lab, Göran Gennvi guides management teams in the creation of more efficient decision making processes – to recognize and seize upon challenges and thus reach actionable conclusions more rapidly.Gennvi combines and employs a unique set of methodologies: modern management theory, systems thinking grounded in ecological principles, as well as organizational learning and understanding of the human self. Gennvi’s experience brings together a diverse network of practitioners who have jointly contributed to WiLD by Naturakademin’s working method for assisting leaders and management teams.
“Göran is one of the most experienced and talented professionals in the field of leadership development with the help of nature. His passion for wilderness blends perfectly with his knowledge of leadership. And his wisdom makes him a joy to work with. ” Alexander Crawford
Oren is a Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan among the Onondaga people of western New York. He sits on the Council of Chiefs of the Haudenosaunee, or the Six Nations as they are sometimes known. (In addition to the Onondaga, these would be the Seneca, Cayuga, Oneida, Mohawk, and Tuscarora.) The people of this “Iroquois Confederacy” share a philosophy of life given to them a thousand years ago by a spiritual being they call the Peace Maker. (He was named so partly because his instructions and warnings ended a period of warfare among these tribes, but his teachings about peace are understood to refer principally to a state of mind necessary for good living and good governance.) When the Peace Maker came to the Haudenosaunee, he instructed them in a system of self-governing that was democratic in nature. More readings (link)
Mediator of Sami culture and natural medicine, and representative of one part of our European roots. Laila Spik was born into a family of Sami reindeer nomads in Jokkmokk, Sweden. She devotes herself to the task of conveying and carrying on her culture’s ancient wisdom.
Laila Spik was born in Jokkmokk, Sweden, north of the Arctic Circle, in 1949. She grew up as the eldest of three sisters. Her parents were reindeer nomads from the Sirkas Sameby and bearers of Sami cultural knowledge. It was important for them to instill in their daughter an awareness of her cultural inheritance and the knowledge of how to live from what nature offers.
Laila studied to become an elementary school teacher, but after a severe and fateful traffic accident, she decided to devote her life exclusively to communicating her Sami culture. She realized that this ancient wisdom was in danger of being lost forever and she made it her task to carry it forward. Today, she passes it along to her own children, to the next generation of Sami people in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia, and to people around the world. Laila has been awarded many prizes and accolades in recognition of her activities as a bearer and communicator of Sami culture. At her summer camp in Saltoluokta, and as her parents did before her, she always keeps her door open for people from all over the world who would like to share her abundant treasury of Sami cultural wisdom.
John P. Milton is a pioneering ecologist, spiritual teacher, meditation master, vision quest leader and shaman. Since the 1950′s, John has guided many people into the wilderness, sharing with them a profound connection with Nature and a deep commitment to the realization of Source Awareness. John’s teachings draw upon many decades of practice in various styles of meditation: T’ai Chi, Qiqong, and extensive personal vision questing. His training is also inspired by direct teachings from many of the world’s outstanding spiritual teachers and lineages. Based on this comprehensive background, John has created and essentialized a path of key principles and disciplines that origins from a Universal Source. He calls this path “The Way of Nature.”If you would like to know more about the heart essence of Way of Nature, we highly recommend to read – The Twelve Guiding Principles of Natural Liberation and more about John.
“John Milton is one of the truly important teachers coming out of the American cultural context today; he has a unique capacity to help people into an encounter with nature that catalyzes their deepest sense of purpose and innate capacities as leaders.” Peter Senge