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Well Being Retreat Center - Event

A Seven Day Biomimicry Immersion Retreat 
with Biomimicry 3.8
October 2 - 8, 2023

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Through a cross-pollination of the fields of social innovation and biomimicry, this seven-day immersion will explore the lessons nature has to teach us about creating a more adaptable, resilient, cooperative, and networked world. It’s a results-driven approach that’s been used by organizations of all kinds—from corporations to nonprofits to government entities—to solve some of their toughest challenges and create a better way of doing business: changing how we make change. Discover how nature’s genius can help grow resilient organizations and foster a regenerative society abundant with innovative leaders.

This workshop is offered in partnership with Biomimicry for Social Innovation. This is our seventh year of collaborating in this space and we are excited to bring you the “best of” all we’ve learned and practiced over the years.

NOTE: Depending on the weather, sessions will be held in either in the Main Conference Building. or at the 1,800 square foot open-air Powell River Pavilion. All meals will be served in the main Conference Building. Masks and vaccinations not required.

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Toby Herzlich

Dr. Dayna Baumeister

Event will begin at 3:00 PM on Monday October 2nd and will end by 2:00 PM on Sunday October 8, 2023

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About the Retreat

In this workshop, we will look at nature’s strategies in three areas that are most relevant for leaders of social innovation:

Context: becoming attuned to your environment, understanding your context and how it is affected by selection pressure, using feedback loops to adapt as conditions change

Relationships: types of symbiotic relationships, factors for effective collaboration and co-evolution, fostering self-organized networks to advance change

Change: adaptation, resilience in the face of disruption, succession through stages of development

Over the course of the workshop, our expert biomimicry instructors will teach participants to:

  • Practice applying biomimicry thinking to individual and team challenges

  • Define leadership challenges for which nature’s examples can best provide solutions

  • Re-imagine organizational leadership, strategy, planning, and operations with inspiration from healthy and evolving ecosystems

  • Apply the biomimicry process to model teams and organizations after healthy and evolving ecosystems and to become skillful at adaptive change

  • Be part of a diverse learning network guiding the growth of biomimetic applications for organizational development and social innovation

  • Apply design lessons from nature that can help grow resilient organizations and foster a regenerative society

If your work involves becoming more effective in collaboration, creating robust institutional systems, navigating change in complex conditions or in times of disturbance, communication and adaptation in response to signals …this workshop is for you!

About Dayna and Toby


Dr. Dayna Baumeister | With a devotion to applied natural history and a passion for sharing the genius of nature, Dr. Dayna Baumeister has worked in the field of biomimicry with business partner Janine Benyus since 1998, traveling the world as a biomimicry thought-leader, business consultant, and professor. Together they founded the Biomimicry Guild consulting practice, The Biomimicry Institute 501c3, and  Biomimicry 3.8, a B-Corp social enterprise that helps clients find innovation inspired by nature and offers the highest level of biomimicry training to professionals worldwide.

Dayna’s foundational work has been critical to the biomimicry movement, establishing it as a fresh and innovative practice, as well as a philosophy to meet the world’s sustainability challenges. As an educator, researcher, and design consultant, Dayna has helped more than 100 companies consult the natural world for elegant and sustainable design solutions, as diverse as Nike, Interface, General Mills, Boeing, Google, Natura, Herman-Miller, Kohler, Seventh Generation and Procter & Gamble. Dayna is a natural systems thinker and brings a unique perspective to her work to help others see nature as model, measure, and mentor. She designed and teaches the world’s first MSc in Biomimicry as a Professor of Practice at ASU, co-founded, is director of The Biomimicry Center at ASU. She compiled more than 20 years of experience in the practice of biomimicry into the world’s only textbook for the field: Biomimicry Resource Handbook: A Seed Bank of Knowledge and Best Practices (2014).

Toby Herzlich | Biomimicry for Social Innovation Founder Toby Herzlich is a leadership trainer and ICF-certified coach, master facilitator, and certified Biomimicry Specialist. Toby is committed to the creation of a just, healthy, and regenerative society, and heartfully enthused about the transformative potential of applying nature’s wisdom to humanity’s sustainability aspirations. With more than 25 years of facilitation experience, she is a Senior Trainer with the Rockwood Leadership Institute, co-founder of Cultivating Women’s Leadership, and a faculty in B3.8’s Biomimicry Professional Certification Program. As a consultant, Toby advances climate solutions initiatives at organizations such as the Sierra Club and the AgroEcology Fund. With a commitment to race equity at the center of her work, Toby finds much of her purpose in catalyzing diverse networks of social change innovators, and is growing a co-evolving network of leaders using nature’s intelligence as inspiration and guidance.

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For more specific retreat details such as agenda, and pricing for lodging and food visit Biomimicry 3.8 website HERE. Register directly on the Biomimicry 3.8 website HERE.

Meals during the event will be mostly gluten-free, mostly organic and will be made with freshly prepared ingredients. Events will be held indoors at the Main Conference Building where meals will also be served. The main Meeting and Dining Rooms have very high efficiency air filters capable of filtering particles as small as viruses. At the Group Leader's discretion and subject to weather, outdoor meeting venues will likely also be used: the open-air Powell River Pavilion directly on the banks of the scenic Powell River which surrounds the 160 acre site for 2 1/2 miles; the Fire Circle, the stargazing platform at the Top of the Hill and the 2 1/2 miles of hiking trails.  

If you have questions about facilities or accommodations, contact Patty Bottari:;  Tel: 423-626-9000; Text: 408-510-0660

Contact Glenna Tawney at or + 1 406 543 4108 x208 if you have any questions about the program.

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