Breath in Leadership

November 25 2021
6 months
16 days (13 offline, 3 online sessions)
€24,950 excl. VAT blended or €9,500 excl. VAT online

Breath in Leadership
Integration of mind, body, heart & soul

Breath In Leadership is a holistic leadership journey designed for corporate & government leaders and social entrepreneurs to bring conscious (inclusive, diverse, life-centred) and impactful change to their organisations and the communities around them in a new and foundational way.

The program is not only about the literal, physical interpretation of breathing and/or meditation. It is much more encompassing. It is an emerging global learning and co-creation community platform and ecosystem with a broader scope on how to create a regenerative future for all.

The Breath in Leadership Journey provides deep and innovative experiences, dialogues, meta-skills, co-creation, and a wholistic approach to embodied wisdom. It includes three physical learning and co-creation experiences in The Netherlands and Ibiza and offers a fully online learning version as well.

Return on Education

  • Insight and practice in various new essential leadership competencies
  • Awareness on how to become a leader of the future respecting intergenerational justice and legacy
  • Experiencing new ways to transform yourself into a more holistic, healthy, grounded, productive and integrated leader accepting the feeling of uncertainty and ambiguity

Breath In Leadership is an innovative Nyenrode Business University program organised in close cooperation with Conscious Learning Tribe.

  • Creating a balanced awareness around self, others and the world around you
  • Building an ecosystem and community of leaders to impact the world
  • Discover your purpose in life


  • Prof. dr. ir. André Nijhof - Professor in the fields of Sustainable Business and Stewardship at Nyenrode Business University
  • Prof. dr. Désirée M. van Gorp LLM - Professor International Business at Nyenrode Business University
  • Prof. dr. Leen Paape - Professor Corporate Governance at Nyenrode Business University
  • Prof. dr. Rob Blomme - Professor of Organization Behavior at Nyenrode Business University
  • Prof. dr. Sharda Nandram - Professor of Business & Spirituality at Nyenrode Business University
  • Prof. dr. Danielle Zandee - Professor of Sustainable Organizational Development at Nyenrode Business University
  • Prof. dr. Jaap Schaveling - Professor of Cooperation & Leadership at Nyenrode Business University
  • Prof. Mariana Mazzucato - Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London where she is the founding director of the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose
  • Dr Sara King - UCLA-trained neuroscientist, political and learning scientist, critical theorist, medical anthropologist, social entrepreneur, public speaker, and certified yoga and meditation instructor
  • Douglas Rushkoff - One of the “world’s ten most influential intellectuals” by MIT, Douglas Rushkoff is an author and documentarian who studies human autonomy in a digital age.
  • Alexandra Cousteau- Senior Advisor to Oceana
  • Azeem Azhar - Serial entrepreneur and investor. He is the creator of the Exponential View, Britain's leading platform for in-depth tech analysis
  • Susan J. Schmitt - Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer forApplied Materials, a Fortune 200 Silicon Valley company
  • Tim Leberecht - German-American author and entrepreneur, and the co-founder and co-CEO of The Business Romantic Society, a firm that helps organizations and individuals create transformative visions, stories, and experiences
  • Laura Storm - Experienced international keynote speaker and thougthleader within sustainability
  • Biraci Nixiwaka - One of the most relevant indigenous leaders of our time         
  • Robert McKee- A Fulbright Scholar, most sought after screenwriting lecturer around the globe
  • Spring Chen - Coach and teacher in leadership development and self awareness
  • Daniel Christian Wahl - Trained as a biologist, and holds degrees in Biology (BSc. Hons., Univ. of Edinburgh), Holistic Science (MSc.,Schumacher College) and Natural Design (PhD., Univ. of Dundee)
  • Daan Roosegaarde -  A creative thinker and maker of social designs which explore the relation between people, technology and space  
  • Refik Anadol - Lecturer and visiting researcher in UCLA’s Department of Design Media Arts
  • Barbara Belvisi - Entrepreneur and investor, passionate about science, space and AI.
  • Ron Garan - A decorated NASA astronaut, fighter pilot and test pilot, a humanitarian, and a social entrepreneur    
  • Lisanne Buik - Multidisciplinary artist and futures designer operating at the intersection of ecology, technology and somatics
  • Sujith Ravinda - Contemporary mystic, humanist and a serial author with 40+ years of scholarship in the spiritual sciences
  • Putanny Yawanawa - Daughter of the legendary Yawanawa leader Tuin Kuru, Putanny and her sister Hushahu were the first women of the tribe to receive the highest spiritual initiation from the elders
  • Pranitan Phornprapha - Founder and CEO of Scratch First the creators of Wonderfruit and Fruitfull
  • Primavera Salva - Sought-after Wellness, Yoga & Meditation expert developing customized wellness programs for modern & progressive businesses and leaders worldwide
  • Bianca Rotschild - Body + Soul Movement Meditation Teacher, Purpose Coach and Music Producer
  • Jeremy O’Brien - co-founder and CEO of PsiQuantum

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*Speakers are subject to change

What are you going to do?

This deep and intense program is fundamentally different from other programs in terms of resetting your perspective on the fundamentals of life and business with a global group of top level thought leaders and practitioners. From the source by people who breathe it, everyday.

From day 1 every moment will be horizontal and open. Participants are co-creators. We don’t believe in vertical relationships, broadcasting and overly rigidly structured schedules.

Review and re-experience your own assumptions

Based on first principles thinking you will review and re-experience your own assumptions about yourself, other people, leadership and nature. This means we will dive into personal transformation, a complete overview of the principles we can learn from nature and ecology to be applied systemically in leadership and business, the value and values of ancient wisdom and indigenous cultures, redefining human nature and finding your true purpose, in that order. All scientifically grounded and practically translated. Without a shift in these fundamentals topics like digital transformation, governance, innovation and ESG will be harder to implement effectively. The fundamentals are our signature dish on our menu.

Develop future-proof competencies which are essential in any leadership context

Additionally, this program is about developing new and future-proof meta competencies which are increasingly essential in any leadership context. Examples are alignment & awareness, self love, courage, imagination, resilience, curiosity, compassion and intuitive decision making. These are more feminine and children focused intergenerational qualities with a strong focus on our hearts instead of just our minds.

Finally, with your fundamentals revisited enabling and boosting the efficacy of your new heart-focused competencies you are in a different position to start evaluating and using cutting edge art, technologies, organizational innovation and the future of work, in that order. Ethical with impact. Combining head and heart in a grounded and systemic way.



We believe exploring and redefining our foundations makes us all more impactful, both privately and professionally. This means diving into our core assumptions about who we are as human beings, how we relate to other humans, nature and the cosmos and what are the implications for leadership and organizations?



After exploring foundations, we will learn and embody qualities of future leadership. These qualities can be characterized as integrating feminine and masculine, child-like state of being with future responsible maturity. They include alignment, purpose, self love, compassion, courage, curiosity, imagination, intuition and play/joy. These qualities are increasingly expected within leadership positions besides the traditional left brain qualities. Which qualities are most important for you to explore and deepen?



Creations are most impactful when we have internalized new foundations as well as new qualities. Creation ideally starts with art (imagination, ethics, values) followed by emerging technologies, organizational models as well as emerging work / job / role definitions. Which dimensions of creation have the most impact on your work and organization and what are key areas to deepen yourself?

Who should apply?

You are a (Potential) Leader across the world with a growth mindset, an open heart and a hunger for completeness and innovation embracing not-knowing.

Breath In Leadership is a holistic leadership journey designed for formal and informal leaders and social entrepreneurs, change makers, within NGO’s, to bring conscious (inclusive, diverse, life-centred) and impactful change to their organisations and the communities around them in a new and foundational way.

During the program there is a strong focus on ex­change between theory and practice. It involves a fair amount of individual and team work. Hence, im­portant aspects of the course are interaction sessions realized via group meditation, co-creation, socratic dialogue, discussion and peer ex­change, offline and online.


The Breath In Leadership program is an online program with an opening physical retreat at Nyenrode Business University and a closing one in Ibiza.

The program starts on November 25 2021 and runs till May 29 2022. It includes 7 modules (of a total of 16 days, 13 offline and 3 online) with additional bi-weekly online personal growth checkins to em- bed your new habits.


Opening weekend at. Nyenrode University - November 25-28


Themes: Initiation / Personal Growth Ancient Wisdom / Regeneration / Human Nature

Qualities (Offline in The Netherlands) - March 24-26


Themes: Purpose / Alignment / Self love / Compassion / Curiosity / Intuition / Play-Joy


Theme:  Future of Art (Imagination & Ethics)

Apr 20 -Offline in Netherlands

Themes: Future of Tech / Future of Organisations / Future of Work 

Closing ceremony - Ibiza, Spain - May 26-29

Online modules

Future of Tech - Apr 21
Future of Organisations - May 6
Future of Work - May 19



The program costs €24,950 excl. VAT. It's also possible to follow the program online. The costs for online are €9,500 excl. VAT. Paying in installments is optional in certain situations. Contact the program manager to inquire about the possibilities.

The journey includes accommodation, catering, program, experiences, books, learning materials. Travel and local transportation expenses are not included.