Discover Nature’s Genius for Social Innovation

Discover Nature’s Genius for Social Innovation June 10-16, 2019 | Lenar Farms, Logar Valley, Slovenia

Once again, Toby Herzlich, founder of Biomimicry for Social Innovation, and Dayna Baumeister of Biomimicry 3.8 are partnering to offer an immersive workshop into the world of biomimicry as applied to social innovation. This is our fifth 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.

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. In the “most sustainable country in the world,” you’ll discover how nature’s genius can help grow resilient organizations and foster a regenerative society abundant with innovative leaders.

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What To Expect

Every immersion workshop is tailored to the local ecosystem, ensuring each day is brimming with content and exploration. You should plan to clear your agenda and fully immerse yourself in the biomimicry experience! From our home base of Lenar Farms in northern Slovenia at the heart of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps, we’ll explore the Logar Valley with its beautiful meadows and high mountain spruce forests. We’ll be mentored by golden eagles and chamois as we hike the rocky slopes, and explore waterfalls and caves as we reflect on the endurance of nature’s genius. It makes for a jam-packed seven days of full-on, biomimicry-based exploration. Click below to get an inside look at one of our immersion workshops.

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

  • Practice applying biomimicry thinking toward 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
  • Conduct an audit of an organization or social-change endeavor using thriving ecosystems as a guide
  • 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


What can you expect to experience while you Discover Nature’s Genius for Social Innovation in Slovenia? Here’s a preview of what each day will include:

Day 1: Meet the group at the Ljubljana International airport for the shuttle to Lenar Farm. Settle in at the farm and spend the afternoon getting oriented to biological wonders of the Logar Valley while getting to know your fellow participants. We’ll provide an overview of how organizational leadership, strategy, planning and operations can draw inspiration from healthy, evolving ecosystems.

Day 2: With the first full day at Lenar Farm, you’ll be introduced to the Biomimicry Thinking tools and methodology. Immerse yourself in the new skills as you meet the species in the Logar Valley. Practice seeing with your new biomimicry lenses.

Day 3: Begin honing your observation skills during exploration of the spruce forest. Explore life’s resilience strategies in a flowering meadow while connecting with Life’s Principles, a Biomimicry 3.8 tool that summarizes the rules for how life survives and thrives on Earth, and how our organizations and systems might too.

Day 4: Deepen your understanding of Life’s Principles as we explore the forest, watching for rare lilies, orchids, gentians, ibex, and chamois. Regroup back at the farm and discuss the experience of abstracting Life’s Principles in the field. After dinner, we’ll look to apply those lessons through an ecosystem-audit of your own organization or social-change endeavor.

Day 5: We’ll explore an Ice Age cave for lessons on endurance, as we look to apply design lessons to help grow resilient organizations and foster a regenerative society. We’ll practice applying lessons to model teams and organizations to become skillful at adaptive change. Spend the evening sharing your team’s design ideas inspired by the day’s discoveries.

Day 6: New lessons await as we explore Alpine vegetation and discuss as a group the dynamics of change in nature. After lunch, spend the rest of the day on a continued journey of discovery into your selected biological phenomena and share with the group what you’ve learned and what ideas it has inspired. Give thanks to the wisdom found in this rich biome and celebrate the final evening of the workshop with the group!

Day 7: On the final day, reflections on building the diverse learning network of practitioners of biomimicry in social innovation provides a wrap-up. We’ll close the workshop after lunch for you to head back to the airport… or stay in Slovenia to continue traveling–either way, the next biomimicry adventure awaits!


Dr. Dayna Baumeister Biomimicry 3.8 Co-Founder Dr. Dayna Baumeister is a world-renowned biomimicry lecturer and consultant as well as the Director of the Biomimicry Professional Certificate Program and co-director of The Biomimicry Center at ASU. With a background in biology, a devotion to applied natural history, and a passion for sharing the wonders of nature with others, Dayna has worked in the field of biomimicry with business partner Janine Benyus since 1998 as a business catalyst, educator, researcher, and design consultant. As a workshop leader, she will share her 18+ years of experience bringing biological intelligence to a wide range of audiences as well as her visionary leadership for the meme.

Toby Herzlich   Biomimicry for Social Innovation Founder Toby Herzlich is a leadership trainer, master facilitator, certified Biomimicry Specialist, and the founder of Biomimicry for Social Innovation. 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 consultant to organizations such as the Sierra Club and the AgroEcology Fund. She finds much of her purpose in catalyzing diverse networks of social change innovators, including the Young Climate Leaders, and intends to germinate a co-evolving network of leaders using nature’s intelligence as guidance and inspiration.

Registration and Deadlines

The all-inclusive price for the workshop includes delicious, organic and locally harvested breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks; overnight accommodations for six nights; all activities during the week; course materials; group transportation between the Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport (LJU) and the venue; and administration costs. The price varies based on the rooming type you select. All rooming types are limited and first come, first served.  See photos of the farm and rooms on the Lenar Farm website.

Shared Double | $3,500 USD The majority of the room options are a shared room with an attached shared bathroom. 

Private Room | $3,750 USD There are a limited number of private rooms. 

Discounts All discounts have limited availability, are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis, and may not be combined.

  • Student discount: Enrolled university students save $250. Must upload a copy of current student ID upon registration.
  • Biomimicry Global Network member discount: Members of a local Biomimicry Global Network save $250. Must upload brief, written endorsement from local network leader upon registration.
  • Group Discounts Thinking of sending your team? Take advantage of our group discounts. If 3 or more participants from the same organization registers, we can offer a tuition discount of 10% off each registration, 4 or more 15% off, 6 or more 20%.

Deadlines Online registration forms must be completed by April 1, 2019. Deposit due with registration.  All instructions and pricing information is included within the registration form. Late registration will be accepted through May 10, 2019, pending availability.

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Black grouse

Black grouse

These critically endangered grouse live on mountain ridges. During mating season, male black grouse form leks, groups of male displaying near each other, demonstrating their vitality. Individual female black grouse come to the lek to choose the healthiest male. How might you communicate value like black grouse? (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons, Francesco Veronesi from Italy)

Eurasian beaver

Eurasian beaver

Eurasian beaver are recolonizing Slovenia. Beaver are ecosystem engineers. Their dams positively affect water flow, water chemistry, and invertebrate populations. They create new habitats for other species. How can your work create new ‘habitats’ for others? (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons, Klaudiusz Muchowsk)

Norway spruce

Norway spruce

Spruce forests are common in Slovenia’s high mountains. Spruce trees form partnerships with mycorrhizal fungi and the two species trade nutrients back and forth. Mycorrhiza even facilitates resource transfer between individuals. Imagine setting up a resource web like the one created by the spruce-mycorrhiza partnership. (Photo credit: Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons, Michael Springmann)

This Biomimicry for Social Innovation Workshop opened my eyes wider than any book I have read on this subject so far.

— Roberta Trentin, Visual Artist, Roberta Trentin Photography, LLC
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