Discover Nature’s Genius

Immersion Workshop | Discover Nature’s Genius in South Africa

November 9–14, 2015 | Leshiba Wilderness, Limpopo province, South Africa

The registration for this workshop is now closed.


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Since 2002, Biomimicry 3.8 has been offering week-long immersion workshops to introduce participants to a new way of viewing and valuing the genius that surrounds us in the natural world. This year, in cooperation with Biomimicry South Africa, our program focuses on honing and developing the skills to tap into nature’s genius while inspiring new innovations. Through this workshop, we teach designers, innovators, and thought leaders from around the world to discover biological intelligence and bring it into their work.

Through the course of the workshop, our highly experienced biomimicry instructors will teach participants to:

  • Identify sustainable innovation strategies in nature and discern the functional objectives being achieved by forms, processes, and systems in nature
  • Translate biological phenomenon into relevant and applicable design principles
  • Recognize Life’s Principles—the rules for the way life on Earth survives and thrives in natural systems and in human design
  • Discover how life’s strategies can help humanity solve its own challenges in design, business, engineering, and beyond

In addition to a life-changing experience in one of South Africa’s most unique environments, immersion workshop participants also receive access to the Foundations of Biomimicry online course and earn credit towards the Biomimicry Specialist Certificate.

Here’s instructor, Dayna Baumeister, on what you can expect from the week…

Workshop Location
The workshop will be held at the Leshiba Wilderness, an eco friendly game and nature reserve on top of the Soutpansberg Mountains in the Limpopo province, South Africa. Leshiba offers ecologically sustainable tourism and has been certified by Fair Trade in Tourism, South Africa and boasts one of the highest biodiversities in Africa. Giraffe, zebra, waterbuck, antelope, leopards and brown hyenas call the reserve their home. Leshiba has over 380 indigenous tree species including a number of medicinal plant species.

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Workshop Leaders
Our workshop leaders are highly experienced biomimics with deep knowledge not only of biomimicry, but of the local wildlife and ecosystem as well.

Dayna Baumeister

Biomimicry 3.8 Co-Founder

Dr. 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. As the leader of the immersion program, she will share her 15+ years of experience bringing biological intelligence to a wide range of audiences as well as her visionary leadership for the meme.

Karen Allen

Certified Biomimicry Professional, Restoration Ecologist

Karen is a Certified Biomimicry Professional who is passionate about sharing the secrets of the natural world to inform sustainable innovations. She is a seasoned biomimicry educator, facilitator and consultant who has been practicing biomimicry on a variety of projects since 2000. Her interdisciplinary science background and love of natural history help Karen translate nature’s strategies for architects, engineers, and designers. She co-instructs the Biomimicry Professional Certification Program and teaches the Biology Taught Functionally course through ASU Online.


Claire Janisch

Certified Biomimicry Professional, MSc.Chem-Eng

Claire is a Biomimicry Professional and sustainability and innovation advisor. She is a graduate of and has been a co-trainer for the international 2-year Biomimicry Professional Program (BPCP). She is the Founder and Director of BiomimicrySA and is the leading presenter, trainer and consultant for biomimicry in South Africa. Claire works in the areas of strategy, technology and education. She researches, translates and shares the genius of nature for product, process and systems innovations.

Rob Janisch

Specialist Biomimicry guide

Rob has worked as a Professional Guide in the wilds of Swaziland, South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania & Kenya. Rob has a fascination with all things living, wild and woolly. He has also assisted various national parks boards with their social ecology development plans and has managed a number of safari camps in Southern Africa. Rob is now qualified as one of BiomimicrySA’s leading local guides and is inspired by the endless opportunities that nature provides for solving some of the world’s ‘Big Issues.’

Who Should Attend
This workshop is open to professional and university-level participants from all backgrounds and levels of experience with biomimicry. The agenda is designed to give non-biologists a front door into the world of biology and how to apply its lessons. Biologists will also find value in the workshop in learning how to make biological information accessible, relevant, and valuable to a wide range of audiences.

Credit Towards the Biomimicry Specialist Program
Biomimicry 3.8 has restructured the Biomimicry Specialist Certification program to include self-paced, modular learning units. This Immersion Workshop is eligible for credit toward the Biomimicry Specialist program. Learn more about the programs and units required for the Biomimicry Specialist Certification.

Registration will be accepted through October 16, 2015. All instructions and pricing is included within the form.



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