Nature as portal to leadership

About FNL

The FNL believes it is time for a new form of leadership: Natural Leadership. By Natural Leadership, we mean the kind of leadership required to make today’s world more sustainable, both socially and ecologically. The kind of leadership required to discover the human potential that lies concealed within our organisations and ourselves.

We are a fast growing community. Over 1400 members have already joined, and we hope to enrol at least 2,500 new leaders onto our unique Wilderness Leadership Transformation Programmes by 2020. The aim of those programmes and of several other initiatives is to accelerate the adoption of Natural Leadership skills by people and organisations.

Our mission

Our mission as a foundation is to support the development of Natural Leadership and to increase awareness of the connection between Nature and humanity. 

Our roots

The foundation’s roots lie in the 2002 International Dialogue Conference of the Encounter of Worldviews Foundation. There was a strong recognition that, as a species, we humans can learn a great deal from Nature and that we have a clear responsibility to work with Nature in a sustainable way.

Based on this understanding, the next step was to create a programme in which Nature could serve as a portal for leadership transformation. And so our foundation was born.

Our approach

We support people, businesses, institutions and public organisations by offering unique leadership transformation programmes and initiatives. In doing so, we work with communities to boost Natural Leadership skills. We strongly believe in Nature as a portal to leadership.

We invite people to bond with Nature in some of the world’s most remote wilderness places. This creates a sense of connectedness and offers a profound source of natural knowledge and intuition.

Our approach to leadership transformation is based on the U Process. This is a body of thought, a framework and a methodology that lays down the path to a person’s inner source of leadership and creativity. This process was developed by Joseph Jaworski, Peter Senge and Otto Scharmer (Theory U).

Developing Natural Leadership qualities is essential to helping people and organisations find new solutions and take inclusive actions. Those actions occur in four inextricably linked domains: the Personal, Private, Professional and Public domains.

Our leadership programmes

We currently offer two key programmes in Africa and Europe and other programmes with our partners.

Team members

Steven Faber facilitator
Steven Faber Facilitator
Theo Houterman Facilitator Organization
Theo Houterman Facilitator
Ian Read Facilitator
Ian Read Local Guide
Geert Graveland Facilitator
Geert Graveland Facilitator
Bastiaan Muler facilitator
Bastiaan Mulder Facilitator
Boy van Droffelaar Facilitator
Boy van Droffelaar Facilitator/Community Committee
Be van Lotringen facilitator
Bé van Lotringen Facilitator
Elfrieke van Galen Facilitator Advisory Board
Elfrieke van Galen Facilitator/Committee of Recommendation
Irene Mommers Facilitator Organization
Irene Mommers Facilitator/Programme Committee
Joost Leeflang facilitator
Joost Leeflang Facilitator/Board member
Esther Koning facilitator.jpg
Esther Koning Facilitator/Community Committee
Rokus vant Riet
Rokus van 't Riet Facilitator
Ben Tomesen facilitator
Ben Tomesen Facilitator
Niek van Halteren facilitator
Niek van Halteren Facilitator
Charlotte den Akker Facilitator Organization
Charlotte van den Akker Facilitator/Board Member
Robert van der Hoeven facilitator
Robert van der Hoeven Facilitator
Veronique Mestdagh facilitator
Véronique Mestdagh Facilitator
Mark Jacobs facilitator
Mark Jacobs Faclitator
Bernet Elzinga facilitator 2
Bernet Elzinga Facilitator/Community Committee
Jasper folmer
Jasper Folmer Facilitator/Marketing Committee
Laura Ozinga facilitator
Laura Ozinga Facilitator\Facilitator Committee
Miguel Angel Lopez
Miguel Angel Miguel Lopez Local Guide
Claude Faciliator
Claude Carron Local Guide
Michiel van Ogtrop facilitator
Michiel van Ogtrop Facilitator
Gerdien Gesink
Gerdien Gesink Facilitator
Sandra Schotsman facilitator
Sandra Schotsman Facilitator
Noud Duyzings Facilitator
Noud Duyzings Facilitator
Edmond Ofner facilitator
Edmond Ofner Facilitator
mini Brenden Pienaar guide
Brenden Pienaar
Dorine Wekking facilitator
Dorine Wekking Facilitator
Bertrand Martenet gids
Bertrand Martenet Guide
Eelco Dubbeling facilitator casual
Eelco Dubbeling Facilitator
Fleur Groeneveld Facilitator
Fleur Groeneveld Facilitator
Doric Holmes gids
Doric Holmes Local guide
Cor van der Sluis facilitator
Cor van der Sluis Facilitator
Thoralf Rumswinkel gids
Thoralf Rumswinkel Local guide
Martin Stam facilitators
Martin Stam Facilitator
Henriette Lurvink facilitator
Henriette Lurvink Facilitator
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Jan Willem Loman Facilitator
Kasper Pruijsen facilitator
Kasper Pruijsen Facilitator
Hans Londonck Facilitator
Marius Maljers 2 facilitator
Marius Maljers Facilitator
Nienke den Os Facilitator
Nienke den Os Facilitator/Marketing Committee
Daniel Mulock Houwer facilitator
Daniel Mulock Houwer Facilitator
Karin Oeseburg facilitator
Karin Oeseburg Facilitator/Marketing Committee
Margon van Toor facilitator.jpeg
Margon van Toor Facilitator
Wiet de Bruijn Facilitator.jpg
Wiet de Bruijn Facilitator/Chairman of the Board
Erna ter Weele facilitator
Erna ter Weele Facilitator/Board member
Robert Spieker facilitator
Robert Spieker Facilitator
Johan Bontje facilitator
Johan Bontje Facilitator/Committee of Recommendation
Robert Schuman Facilitator
Arjan Bleeker facilitator
Arjan Bleeker Facilitator/Facilitator Committee
Valeria gids
Valeria Roselli Local guide
Maarten van Dijk facilitator
Maarten van Dijk Facilitator
Mirjam van Gils facilitator4.png
Mirjam van Gils Facilitator
Richard Wibbelink Facilitator
Richard Wibbelink Facilitator
Herman Elferink facilitator
Herman Elferink Facilitator
Robbert Jansen Facilitator
Robbert Jansen Facilitator/Facilitator Committee
Suzanne Bontje Facilitator
Suzanne Bontje Facilitator
Marco Verhagen Facilitator
Marco Verhagen Facilitator
Sam Muller facilitator
Sam Muller Facilitator
Abel Boor facilitator
Abel Boor Facilitator
Wim Plaizier facilitator
Wim Plaizier Facilitator
Derk Egeler Facilitator
Derk Egeler Facilitator/Supervisory Board
Okke Gerritsen facilitator
Okke Gerritsen Facilitator
Rodney WLS gezicht gids
Rodney Hlatswayo Local guide
Maarten van der Schaaf facilitator 3
Maarten van der Schaaf Facilitator

All upcoming programmes

Pilanesberg 1 Nov - 10 Nov 2019 Erna ter Weele facilitator View programme
Italy, Europe 15 Apr - 19 Apr 2020 Esther Koning facilitator.jpg View programme
Italy, Europe 22 Apr - 26 Apr 2020 Laura Ozinga facilitator View programme
Norway 10 May - 16 May 2020 Kasper en Arjan facilitators 2 View programme
Italy, Europe 20 May - 24 May 2020 Jasper Folmer Facilitator View programme
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