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 700 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

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Bas van Putte Facilitator
Rokus vant Riet
Rokus van 't Riet Facilitator
Marius Maljers facilitator
Marius Maljers Facilitator
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Richard Westboek Facilitator
Laura Ozinga facilitator
Laura Ozinga Facilitator
Ben Tomesen facilitator
Ben Tomesen Facilitator
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AdJan Brouwer Facilitator
Fleur Groeneveld Facilitator
Fleur Groeneveld Facilitator
Johan Bontje facilitator
Johan Bontje Facilitator/Advisory Council
Arjan Bleeker facilitator
Arjan Bleeker Facilitator
Elfrieke van Galen Facilitator Advisory Board
Elfrieke van Galen Facilitator/Advisory Council
Fons Driessen Facilitator RvA
Fons Driessen Facilitator/Advisory Council
Pieter Ligthart Facilitator Organisation
Pieter Ligthart Facilitator/Facilitator Committee
Wiet de Bruijn Facilitator
Wiet de Bruijn Facilitator
Marco Verhagen Facilitator
Marco Verhagen Facilitator
Ian Read Facilitator
Ian Read Local Guide
Boy van Droffelaar Facilitator Organization
Boy van Droffelaar Facilitator/Programme Committee
Theo Houterman Facilitator Organization
Theo Houterman Facilitator
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Margon van Toor Facilitator
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Doric Holmes Local guide
Liesbeth Meijer Facilitator
Liesbeth Meijer Facilitator
Richard Wibbelink Facilitator
Richard Wibbelink Facilitator
Irene Mommers Facilitator Organization
Irene Mommers Facilitator/Programme Committee
Ad Blaauw
Ad Blaauw Local guide
Ferwerda facilitator
Jan Ferwerda Facilitator
Bertrand Martenet gids
Bertrand Martenet Guide
Hugo Holland facilitator
Hugo Hollander Facilitator
Suzanne Bontje Facilitator
Suzanne Bontje Facilitator
Claude Faciliator
Claude Caron Local Guide
Henriette Lurvink facilitator
Henriette Lurvink Facilitator
Robin Groeneveld facilitator
Robin Groeneveld Facilitator
Charlotte den Akker Facilitator Organization
Charlotte van den Akker Facilitator/Board Member
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Jan Willem Loman Facilitator/Board Member
Esther van der Ham facilitator
Esther van der Ham Facilitator
Ivo Brautigam Facilitator
Ivo Brautigam Facilitator
Daan Vennix facilitator
Daan Vennix Facilitator
Karin Oeseburg facilitator
Karin Oeseburg Facilitator/Marketing Committee
Bastiaan Muler facilitator
Bastiaan Mulder Facilitator/Board Member
Sandra Schotsman facilitator
Sandra Schotsman Facilitator
Derk Egeler Facilitator
Derk Egeler Facilitator/Chairman of the Board
Jacqueline Wiener Facilitator
Jacqueline Wiener Facilitator
Gerdien Gesink
Gerdien Gesink Facilitator
Nienke den Os Facilitator
Nienke den Os Facilitator/Marketing Committee
Wim Plaizier facilitator
Wim Plaizier Facilitator
Peter Raimundo Facilitator
Peter Raimundo Local Guide
Yvon ten Brummelhuis facilitator
Yvon ten Brummelhuis Facilitator
Sam Muller facilitator
Sam Muller Facilitator
Erna ter Weele facilitator
Erna ter Weele Facilitator/Facilitator Committee
Noud Duyzings Facilitator
Noud Duyzings Facilitator
Theo
Theo Quaijtaal Facilitator/Board Member
Ido Verhagen Facilitator
Ido Verhagen Facilitator
Hidde van der Pol Facilitator
Hidde van der Pol Facilitator
Jan Pieter van Lieshout Facilitator
Jan-Pieter van Lieshout Facilitator
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Ron Jansen Facilitator
Esther Koning facilitator
Esther Koning Facilitator/Programme Committee
Geert Graveland Facilitator
Geert Graveland Facilitator
Markus Baeuchle Facilitator
Markus Bäuchle Local Guide
Miguel Angel Lopez
Miguel Angel Miguel Lopez Local Guide
Jasper folmer
Jasper Folmer Facilitator/Marketing Committee
Ina Smittenberg facilitator
Ina Smittenberg Facilitator
Edmond Ofner facilitator
Edmond Ofner Facilitator
Robbert Jansen Facilitator
Robbert Jansen Facilitator/Facilitator Committee

All upcoming programmes

Alps, Europe 13 Sep - 17 Sep 2017 Charlotte den Akker Facilitator Organization View programme
Spain, Europe (only for alumni) 27 Sep - 1 Oct 2017 Laura Ozinga facilitator View programme
Alps, Europe 27 Sep - 1 Oct 2017 Jasper folmer View programme
Portugal 4 Nov - 12 Nov 2017 Geert Graveland Facilitator View programme
Spain, Europe 29 Nov - 3 Dec 2017 Geert Graveland facilitator View programme
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