Growing Your Best Self

A Journey of Holistic Personal & Leadership Development

September 28th to December 7th, 2023

Blending Nature-based practices with six virtual gatherings

Join us for our virtual Generative Council and experience the power of Nature to guide your life and leadership from the comfort of your home and local land.

We live and work in a shifting, uncertain world – a world where we all need to step up and lead in our own way if we are to generate the major systemic changes necessary to create a better future for people and planet. If you’re looking to effect change in your home life, your workplace, your community, or the wider world, this programme will give you the skills and confidence to lead yourself and to move things forward. You’ll also become part of a network of passionate, committed women who will support you on your journey – whether it’s a new project at work, a new career direction, a call to act on a long-held passion or purpose, stepping up to meet a community need, or rebalancing life and work.

Whatever your motivation, this virtual gathering is for women of all ages and walks of life committed to bringing about a better world. We will weave together solo time in Nature with teaching, sharing and convening with others in council.  Using Nature as our first and best teacher, you’ll be guided with reflection and intention to connect mind, heart and action culminating in a personal roadmap to guide you long after the program ends. The Center for Nature & Leadership’s Generative Council has enriched and emboldened many talented and thoughtful women leaders through this transformative experience and welcomes you to join our next journey!

Here is what you get:

  • Six 90-minute virtual gatherings of teaching, sharing, and connecting with others
  • Weekly solo activities blending time on the land with writing and other creative reflection practices
  • Connection with peers from America and Europe through large & small group activities, paired dialogues, and Council

During our time together, you will:

  • Learn personal leadership development  and nature-based practices to propel you towards greater wholeness and embodied leadership;
  • Reflect on your life, work and aspirations to create a personal roadmap to shape a richer personal and professional life;  
  • Join a community of like-minded women leaders who provide support, perspective and mentorship;
  • Be inspired and motivated to bring your best self to what matters most in your life.

“The process the leadership used in structuring this group to lead, activate, integrate, reflect, and share was incredible. Most Valuable was creating time and space to do SOLO journeys in nature. While I always knew intuitively that nature was a natural healer for me, creating this intention to see how it connected to the rest of my being was a great revelation.”


Terra Shimada

Are you ready?


Six online 90 minute sessions: September 28, October 12 and 26, November 9 and 30, and December 7 at 9am PT/12pm ET/5pm UK. During the off-weeks, you’ll have individual reflection and planning, both inside and out.


We have a sliding scale for our programs in an effort to make them accessible. The higher end of the scale helps ensure that our guides are compensated fairly and supports our scholarship fund. Please pay what you are able, knowing that your generosity supports the affordability and accessibility of our programs.

Early bird tuition (before August 25, 2023) 

$395 – $550

Regular tuition (before September 22, 2023) 

$475 – $650

Interested, but the cost is prohibitive? Learn about our scholarships here. The mission of the Center for Nature & Leadership is to provide transformative experiences to diverse women leaders from all walks of life and locales, so no one will be turned away due to finances.

Registration & Readiness

  1. Complete the online registration no later than September 22, 2023. You will be directed to a payment page upon completion of your application form.  Upon receipt of payment, we will send you confirmation that your place is held.
  2. You’ll need a reliable internet connection and device, download Zoom which is free, and respect outdoor safety & health recommendations in your area.

Your Guides

Kim Slack

I am an engineer-turned-science educator and nature-based leadership guide. My 12 years of work as a civil/environmental engineer in the U.S., Kenya, and Haiti bring a practical and culturally responsive lens to my work as an educator, guide, and servant leader. I am wholeheartedly committed to nurturing healthy relationships between humans and nature through immersive, nature-based, experiential education that is accessible to all learners. I am most alive when I’m wandering wild spaces of all sorts, from glorious expanses of wilderness to the overgrown alleyway behind my house. I am humbled and honored to serve this community of visionary, radical, and powerful women.


Nicki Davey

Nicki’s purpose is to help to make the world a better place through working with individuals, teams and organizations so that they lead with courage, wisdom, compassion and vision; recognise, value and harness diversity; and respect and value each other and the planet in all their activities and interactions. Nicki is founder of Saltbox Training & Events and believes that learning should be a joy and an adventure. She creates transformative learning experiences by enabling people to learn in, with, and from nature, and she draws inspiration from the creative arts, ancient wisdoms, neuroscience and psychology. Nicki is the author of the Holistic Learning Handbook and is passionate about creating deep, meaningful learning experiences by engaging the whole learner – body, mind, heart, and spirit.

“I feel stronger with my voice, after the program. I struggle to spend deep time in nature, even though I live in a beautiful, peaceful, conservation landscape. I think that this place offers opportunities for growth in leadership for women of all ages.”


Gwen Obermeyer