Romania: Rewilding Leadership course

Two workshops and a six day immersion in this a life-changing experience in an unique Romanian wilderness area.

This programme is organised by Nature Lab, The European Safari Company and Rewilding Europe. Deep in the Romanian wilderness, without any connection to the wider world, you will reflect deeply on your own human nature and how you want to make a difference in the field of sustainability.

During the programme you will not only learn about the practice of rewilding from local guides and experts, but you will also contribute to it both practically and financially. 

The programme is not only the trail in Romania but consists of several blocks offered in a 3-month period including a kick-off workshop, the six day immersion in Romania and our follow-up workshop. Designed for 6-8 professionals from corporate companies, non-profits or and anyone who would like to make an extra step in the field of sustainability.

Reconnect with nature within yourself and around you

Day to day program

Six Day Immersion in rewilding area, including:

• Rewild yourself: back-to-basics and digital detox. 

• Connect with life around you: wildlife spotting and learning with a local guide. 

• Rewilding in action (e.g. working with camera traps, removal of barbed wire in rewilding areas, installing electric fences etc.). 

• Daily walks and sharing sessions to experience, learn and reflect (regularly in silence).

Trip Details

  • Days: 5 days
  • When: 23 t/m 27 september 2020
  • Accommodation: local guesthouse and tented camp
  • Guides: Matei (Facilitators: Jasper and Maarten)
  • How to get there: Closest airport is Timisoara Airport. You can rent a car from the airport for an easy 3 hr drive to the town of Armenis, or request to book a transfer from/to the airport with us. You can also reach Timisoara by train.
  • Languages: English, Dutch



Naturelab price: €2250,- pp

Contact Naturelab for details here 

What to bring: We recommend you to dress in layers. Hiking shoes, sun hat, water bottle, daypack, long pants, hat and wool gloves, jacket, raincoat or poncho, sun protection cream, non smelling mosquito/tick repellent and camp shoes (sandals). Binoculars, personal toiletries/medicines and a sense of adventure!



Rewilding Europe Levy: 5% of your booking sum goes to the local Rewilding Europe organization.  

Bringing bison back: The European bison (or wisent) disappeared from Romania about 200 years ago. Since 2013, Rewilding Europe and WWF Romania have been working together in the Southern Carpathians rewilding area to reintroduce this iconic species. The first two bison releases took place in 2014 and 2015. The total number of bison in the area, taking into account deaths and births, was 30 by the end of 2017.


Growing community-based enterprises: The economic focus of rewilding efforts in the Tarçu Mountains involves supporting local enterprises and the development of a nature-based economy, with jobs and revenue connected to wild nature.

Supporting future nature entrepreneurs; In and around the Southern Carpathians rewilding area the ongoing bison reintroduction is already having a significant economic and social impact. A refurbished visitor centre in Armeniş now educates people on bison ecology and trophic chains and sells locally produced handicrafts and souvenirs. A refurbished wilderness cabin near Armeniş opened in 2017, with another cabin, two wildlife hides and a larger “hillock retreat” in the village of Plopu all in progress. 

Read more about our work in the Southern Carpathians in Rewilding Europe


Contact Jasper Folmer  -  Nature Lab Facilitator
Jasper Folmer - Nature Lab Facilitator

In the forest near his birthplace his love for the natural world started. With his passion for being outdoors and his curiosity about the potential of people he founded leadership and transformation firm Nature Lab in 2014. Jasper has facilitated many programmes for people and organizations in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Azores and Italy. He is committed to contribute to the natural world because of its importance and beauty, and because the biodiversity is at stake.

Contact Maarten van der Schaaf- Nature Lab Facilitator
Maarten van der Schaaf- Nature Lab Facilitator

A passionate storyteller and writer on leadership, sustainability and nature.   Maarten publishes regularly in Dutch newspapers and magazines.  Apart from his work as a journalist, he organizes and leads retreats and leadership programmes in the great outdoors of Europe. Maarten is an associate at Nature Lab and facilitator at the Foundation for Natural Leadership.


Aukje Van Gerven


Meet Matei

Matei was born in Armeniș and grew up around the Bison Hillock area in Romania. Matei’s guiding career started when he began working for the Bison Reintroduction Project initiated by WWF Romania and Rewilding Europe in 2014, when the first group of bison were brought into this area to give them the chance to roam free again. 

The hope was to develop a network of community beneficial tourism businesses to support conservation and allow a new economic stream into the area.

As the vice-president of a local association AMZA, which was created to help people develop through eco-tourism, Matei has taken on a multifaceted role in developing tourism experiences around the free-roaming bison.  

As part of the community development plan, Matei assisted in promoting the local food and traditions with the aim to increase the living standards in the village through small enterprise support and development, centred around bison conservation and reintroduction. 

With a firm stance and belief that the community plays a vital role in the success of the bison reintroduction, Matei is constantly looking for new ways to assist the community, all while maintaining his critical role as a bison ranger and hosting guest experiences.

'It's great to be part of such a great and ambitious project as the bison reintroduction and also to be able to help your community to grow in the right direction with conservation.'

Matei Adryan Myculescu

Bison ranger & guide

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