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 homebase of the Blacktail ranch in central Montana, we’ll visit the sweeping Rocky Mountain Front and expansive conifer forests. We’ll be mentored by bald eagles and rainbow trout as we float the Missouri River and explore Ice Age caves as we reflect on the endurance of nature’s genius.
It makes for a jam-packed five days of full-on, biomimicry-based exploration.
Over the course of the workshop, our expert biomimicry instructions 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 ecosystem-audit of an organization or social-change endeavor
- 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
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.
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.
The all-inclusive price for the workshop includes delicious, organic and locally harvested breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks; overnight accommodations for five nights; all activities during the week; tuition and course materials; transportation from the Helena, Montana airport; 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 lodge and cabins on Blacktail Ranch’s website. Reserve your seat for only $500. Full payment is due April 10, 2017.
Shared Double or Triple Room in the main lodge | $3,475
The main lodge, built in 1928, is the center of the Blacktail Ranch and retains the rustic beauty and warmth of a traditional western lodge. Each bedroom is simply furnished with two or three beds. There are shared men’s and women’s bathrooms in the hallway.
Private Room with shared bathroom | $3,550
A private room with a queen bed in either the lodge or Raymer cabin. Bathrooms are shared.
Private Cabin en suite | $3,700
These private cabins have large bathrooms with jacuzzi tubs, deluxe and comfortable beds, decks with great views, a microwave and coffee maker. Limited availability.
Scholarships are being made available to leaders of progressive not-for-profit social change organizations and to students who would otherwise not be able to attend. Scholarships have limited availability and will be determined by the workshop leaders for the purpose of building a broad and diverse cohort. Scholarship awards will be no more than $1,000USD with most awards ranging from $500-$700, please continue to the registration page for more information. Deadline for scholarship application submittals is midnight (MST) March 1, 2017. Notification of scholarship awards will be made on March 8, 2017.
Registration and deadlines
Online registration forms must be completed by April 3, 2017. All instructions and pricing information is included within the form. Don’t delay, our workshops fill quickly. Late registration will be accepted through May 5 pending availability. Late registrants will incur a $200 late fee.
In addition to a life-changing experience, immersion workshop participants also receive access to the Introduction to Biomimicry online course and earn credit toward a Biomimicry Specialist Certificate.