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Wild Leaders Immersion

A Journey into Deep Nature Connection, Culture Design, and Authentic Leadership

Asheville, NC

Tuesdays, September 12, 2017–June 5, 2018.
Full day and evening each week, plus fall and spring weekend wilderness adventures.

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Wild Leaders Immersion

Calling all protectors, stewards, warriors, and keepers of the earth!

Have you heard the call of the wild?

Are you excited to be a leader of positive change?

Are you ready to join with others on an astounding journey?


Immerse Yourself

Packed with 30 weeks of earth-centered, carefully crafted, experiential and relational learning, this program will empower you to become a potent, connected leader for positive change in our world.

We are training a new generation of nature-connected leaders capable of responding to the unknown challenges that lie before us.

For a full day each week, we will turn off our phones and computers and live close to the land. Following the cycles of nature, we'll connect with the earth, ourselves, and other supportive, passionate humans.

Wild Leaders Immersion curriculum

Your in-depth journey to becoming a Wild Leader

The program features an entire day of connection once a week. In the morning, we will gather to share gratitude and focus our minds and hearts on the tasks of the day. We will work, play, create, sing, share, laugh, explore, learn skills, and relate with each other and the land. The trees, trails, and streams themselves will be our teachers. As the sun reaches high above, we will follow the animals' lead into a state of rest and introspection. In the evening around the fire, we will greet the darkness, share food, and tell stories intended to inspire, teach, and motivate.

Staff and Instructors: Luke Cannon, Sara Callaway, Michael Ismerio, NikiAnne Feinberg, and Clint Corley, as well as other guest instructors. Read more about our Instructor Team and check out a Q+A with Luke and Michael.

Location:  From our base camp in the greater Asheville area, we will venture out to explore a variety of beautiful forests and ecosystems throughout the year.

Program Details: Learn more about dates, curriculum, cost, and applying. A Q+A about the program's philosophy with instructors Luke Cannon and Michael Ismerio is also available.

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FAQs: For more information, take a look at our FAQ page.

The Wild Leaders Immersion is a collaborative project with Forest Floor Wilderness Programs and Astounding Earth.

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