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.
This programme is organised by Nature Lab, The European Safari Company and Rewilding Europe.
Away from everything familiar from your daily routine. Living in simplicity, without watches, cell phones, and sense of time, there are no distractions but the natural world around us.
The setting invites to reflect and leads to increased awareness. Self awareness of the road you have travelled so far as well as awareness of the context in which you are living and working now.
The wilderness context invites to reflect and leads to increased awareness about sustainability and your potential to contribute to this – personally and professionally. 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. Furthermore, the programme inspires and enables you to act towards sustainability in general and rewilding in particular.
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 (meet the group, sharing practical information, start learning process) , the six day immersion in Romania and our follow-up workshop used to formulate a plan to address your sustainability challenge.
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.
“It was certainly a wild experience! The combination of physical exertion, the simplicity and richness of living screen-free in the great outdoors, delicious local food and the supportive and inspiring dynamic of the group made for a life-changing week for me. Everyone goes through a unique and personal journey during those 6 days and the program is designed to accommodate that. Returning from the mountains, I felt confident and energised to make sustainable changes in my life, both personal and professional.” - Charlotte Jongejan -
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.
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.
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