Discover Nature’s Genius for Social Innovation June 6-11, 2017 | Blacktail Ranch, Wolf Creek, Montana
Join us at the intersection of the Rocky Mountains and the Montana prairie to explore biomimicry for social innovation during Biomimicry 3.8’s upcoming Discovering Nature’s Genius immersion workshop. This course is offered in partnership with Biomimicry for Social Innovation.
Through a cross-pollination of the fields of social innovation and biomimicry, this six-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. Among thousands of acres under Montana’s expansive big sky, you’ll discover how nature’s genius can help grow resilient organizations and foster a regenerative society abundant with innovative leaders.
Bring your organization’s toughest challenge and discover how biological intelligence can drive cutting-edge social innovation solutions. Through six days of experience-driven and science-based discovery and leadership practice, you’ll work with interdisciplinary teams to discover how nature’s genius can foster better collaboration, create successful systems, and navigate change in complex conditions or in times of disturbance. These lessons from nature will help you lead the way to a more adaptable, resilient, cooperative, and networked world.
Who Is It For
Regardless of your familiarity with biomimicry, the workshop is for anyone who wants to re-imagine solutions to social and organizational challenges. Executive, business, non-profit, education, public policy, faith, and government leaders have used this course to change they way they tackle challenges. If you want to learn from nature to inspire new ways of doing business and begin gathering the biomimicry tools you need to elevate the way you think, work, and lead–this workshop is for you.
Where Is It
The workshop will be held at the 8,000-acre Blacktail Ranch, where Montana’s Rocky Mountains meet the prairies in a dramatic convergence of rocky cliffs and grassy hills. You’ll be inspired by the beauty and ruggedness, as well as one of the most biologically rich regions in the entire country. Accommodations include the historical lodge and cabins, and fantastic local, organic food.
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.
The workshop allows for multiple learning styles and gives participants an opportunity to work alone, one-on-one and with cross disciplinary teams.
We'll explore an Ice Age cave for lessons on endurance.
Dayna Baumeister and Toby Herzlich are your experienced facilitators for the week.
We will be in a location with the greatest diversity of terrestrial large mammals in North America.
Grizzly and black bears, mountain lions, wolves and coyotes, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, mule and whitetail deer, and elk call this area home.
The dining room at Blacktail Ranch provides local and organic meals.
The Hogan meeting room offers 360 degree views of the Rocky Mountains.
We will float down the Missouri River, spotting for bald eagles, bighorn sheep, and rainbow trout.
The private cabins have large bathrooms with jacuzzi tubs, deluxe and comfortable beds and decks with great views
The Raymer Cabin
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 six 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
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.
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.
The American white pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) are found in in wetland habitats such as rivers, estuaries, bays, marshes, lakes, and reservoirs. They can be seen during migration throughout Montana, including some breeding grounds on Montana lakes and reservoirs. We can learn plenty about cooperative behaviors from pelicans, as groups of American white pelicans cooperate while feeding. They coordinate while swimming to drive fish into the shallows where they can more easily scoop the fish up. (Photo credit: Kendal Allen / USFWS)
Limber pine (Pinus flexilis) live among dry, wind-swept, mountainous ecosystems on rocky slopes and ridges, and occasionally in subalpine areas. What can we learn from pines that live in often harsh conditions? The limber pine is a slow growing tree, but can withstand dry and windy growing situations. The young trees, especially, can withstand substantial bending along the trunk, allowing the tree to grow in avalanche areas. The branches also bend, allowing them to bend under the weight of snow without breaking. (Photo credit: US Forest Service)
Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) have a wide range of habitats that vary by season. They can be found from riparian areas and grasslands to montane and subalpine coniferous forests. Among the adaptations we can learn from mule deer include the fact that their coats are made of long hollow hair with a soft dense undercoat. These layers in their coat, along with behavioral actions, allow them to stay warm even in the winter. (Photo credit: John Carr / USFWS)
This Biomimicry 3.8 immersion workshop for social innovation was just mind-blowing! It speaks to all audiences: biologists, social entrepreneurs, educators, researchers, businesses...
— — Leen Gorissen, Transition Research Coordinator, Studio Transitio, Belgium