Wisdom in the Woods
An intimate, explorative day retreat. Rediscover your inner wisdom out in nature.
This edition’s theme:
Come to your senses!
Join a very small group to spend a day out in a beautiful forest: walking, sensing, reflecting, and through structured exercises connecting to your own wisdom.
Come out refreshed, inspired, and feeling calmer, with more resolve and new insights, with better answers to your key questions – and with methods to access your own wisdom later on again and again.
Particularly those who want to grow their leadership for the greater good. The changemakers, (aspiring) movers & shakers, those who are stepping up. And anyone else who feels called to join.
When and where?
29 April 2023
South-east part of Berlin, near Grünau
The April 2023 edition of “Wisdom in the Woods” is tailored for those who are currently starting “something new” in their lives. Be it a new role, your own business, a new phase in your life, letting go of something, starting a new project – whatever “new” it is in your life that needs your focus and energy, bring it to this “Wisdom in the Woods”-Retreat! It does not matter whether you are just sensing that a new beginning is due, you have already decided on it, or you have started taking some first steps – all stages welcome.
Why is it useful to join this retreat?
We are living in unprecedented times of change and uncertainty. What is happening in the outside world is affecting us profoundly, both in our professional sphere, as well as in our inner experience. Many of us are heavily concerned with the state of things, face distraction, and overload – but instead we need direction, clarity and inner stability, in order to be focused on what truly matters to us!
So how do we handle all the mess we are confronted with? How do we (re-)connect to our innate source of energy and guidance? That source that provides us with inner strength, ease with uncertainty, determination? Where we also connect to our inner-directness, our soul’s creativity, and our dignity?
Particularly in these trying and uncertain times, it is crucial for all of us to connect inwards, to that powerful deeper source of intelligence we all have: to our own wisdom.
This retreat provides several ways to access your innate wisdom, bringing it into a dialogue with your rational mind, for truly effective decision-making. You readjust your inner compass, increase your energetic presence, and bring more focus into your actions – which can be a major shift for your leadership, your relationships, your work, and what you create.
Sometimes we need to retreat in order to emerge with force.
What is it like?
The retreat is an opportunity for new experiences and insights, as well as an intimate encounter with an inspiring natural environment, with a very small group of like-minded people, and with yourself.
We will alternate between walking, practicing & exploring, and being in stillness, in selected spots in the forest. Through Julia’s guidance, you will work profoundly on your own concrete questions or challenges. And you will discover answers from your own deep wisdom.
The walking is easy for people with average fitness, and the retreat is beneficial in almost any weather. In case of heavy storm or heavy rainfall, we will postpone the retreat day to a previously agreed upon fallback option.
The retreat is preceded by a private call with Julia, the founder of Greater Good Leadership, in order to get to know each other and clarify any questions you might have.
What are the benefits of participating in this retreat?
You will enjoy the inspiring and restorative properties of the forest, and soon calm down from all the noise of your daily life.
You are invited to bring in your most important question(s) or challenge(s) related to the retreat’s theme. You learn to connect to a larger field of knowing. And you get to the essence of what matters most in your situation. You gain more clarity and determination. And you will know what to focus on, and what your next step(s) will be.
During the day, in an experimental way, you discover useful and wise approaches to your challenges, your leadership, your work, and life in general. You experience how to deliberately access your own wisdom, so you can make use of it with intention even after the retreat, in all sorts of situations.
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
What type of people is this for?
– those who would like to make use of their own deep wisdom, instead of only relying on information sourced from outside
– previous meditative/ contemplative practice is valuable but not a requirement
What’s the setup?
On the day of the retreat, we spend around 6 hours out in nature.
The setting will be intimate and confidential: max. 6 participants.
The private call before the retreat (about 30 minutes) will be done via phone or video call.
The retreat usually takes place in a secluded forest in the south-east of the German capital of Berlin, where the group has some privacy.
Upon request of groups / organizations Julia might also travel to meet you where you are – please reach out to speak about options!
Who is facilitating the retreat?
Founder of Greater Good Leadership
For a time, I struggled with the most essential decisions in my work and life. And like so many of us, I was well trained to “figure things out” with my analytical mind. So I used to gather information painstakingly, reading, listening to experts, etc., in order to weight pro and contra arguments against each other and identify the “right” solution – for myself, or for those I lead or advised. Such hard work, and often with disappointing outcomes.
And then came the point that I broke free from that pattern. I learned to re-connect to my intuition, the intelligence of my heart, stopping the brain-racking, understanding the bigger picture, and what truly mattered. With that, I suddenly sensed a clear inner direction, and a strong resolve to act upon it. My analytical mind was indeed useful thereafter: to bring those wise insights into concrete action.
Today it’s clear to me that if the complexity of an issue is far too great (and so often it is!), it is impossible to sort things out with our rational mind alone. As Einstein said: “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
Through my engagement with the work particularly of Alan Seale and Otto Scharmer, as well as a lot of research into our world’s ancient wisdom traditions, I learned to help others to connect and listen to their intuitive mind – in order to find access to their own wisdom.
Hence, the body of my leadership work is about bringing deep listening, intuitive sensing, analytical understanding, and determined action together.
I am convinced that a better world for all living beings is possible when we get in touch with the energy of our natural knowing. It can provide real, solid and very powerful information.
More about me here.
When does it take place?
Saturday, 29 April 2023
Adverse weather fallback option: Sunday, 30 April 2023
How much does it cost?
The participation fee includes:
– private virtual pre-retreat session
– one-day leadership retreat in a beautiful forest, with Julia Juergens and max. 5 other participants, for optimal personal guidance
Early bird price until 26 March: 319 Euros*
The regular participation fee per person is 369 Euros*
Meet Julia and find out more about the retreat
Schedule a free call with Julia here, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org