Workshop: Wise Ways of Being – The Biomimicry Perspective with Sue Swain

The Kwendalo Institute will be hosting an enriching workshop entitled:  Wise Ways of Being – the Biomimicry Perspective facilitated by Kwendalo associate Sue Swain on 3rd and 4th December 2022 at The Harmony Centre, Kwendalo. This comes fresh off the back of her recent contribution to a panel discussion at the HR Indaba in Johannesburg, titled New Ways of Work: Lessons from Biomimicry

The Essentials

Dates: 3 & 4 December 2022

Location: The Harmony Centre, Kwendalo (Cnr N2 & Rietvlei Road, opposite Buco), Plettenberg Bay

Early Bird: R1100
Full Fee: R1400
Discounted: R800 (financially challenged)

Price includes 2 full days of biomimicry learning including refreshments and a light lunch on each day prepared by Yolande van Papendorp, resident chef and food alchemist at Kwendalo’s Green Cafe.  

Registration BOOK ONLINE or RSVP by 30th November 2022 or 23rd November 2022 to receive the early bird discount:, +27 44 004 0366 or +27 63 669 8006

The Workshop

Biomimicry is the practice of reconnecting with and learning from Nature’s evolving wisdom.
It requires emulating Nature’s strategies and ethos so that we may find our way back to fitting in, belonging and thriving in our planetary home.

Join Sue Swain, conservationist and biomimicry practitioner, for a weekend of learning the art of practising biomimicry as a way of being.  Together, we’ll [re]discover a deep sense of self while experiencing a renewed valuing of our living planet and the joy of ‘inter-being’.

Leave feeling revitalized and equipped not only with the tools and insight for living wisely and well, but also with a profound sense of purpose and kinship with life.

The Programme

Saturday, 3 December 2022: 08.30 – 16.30

Sunday, 4 December 2022: 08.30 – 15.30/16.00

Why should I join?

To cultivate an understanding of biomimicry and how it can be practiced in our daily lives.
To appreciate the need (and the how) for changing the way we live and relate to the living world.

What does it cover?

We will explore:

  • Our planetary home and her operating conditions
  • The how and why of where we find ourselves
  • Re-connecting with self
  • Re-connecting with Nature, as nature
  • Discovering Nature’s wisdom, strategies and essence
  • Learning from and emulating Nature’s strategies

What do I bring?

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sun protection (hat, sunscreen)
  • Water bottle
  • Journal/notebook
  • Pen/pencil
  • Curiosity & intent

Sue has been working in conservation and environmental education for 34 years. And has immersed herself in the teaching and practice of biomimicry since 2007.  Sue’s primary focus is on Biomimicry as a way of Being and Belonging as a means of, once again, living in right and rich relationship with Nature.  Sue looks at how to make the practice of reconnecting with, learning from, and living as one, with the community of Life on Earth, a part of our daily lives.  Sue offers Forest Immersion experiences and engaging workshops related to this, and has also developed an online course about Biomimicry as Being.

Sue was recently invited to be part of a panel discussion at the HR Indaba in Johannesburg, titled New Ways of Work: Lessons from Biomimicry and her work is increasingly gaining the attention of business enterprises who are looking for new approaches to leadership, employee wellbeing and sustainability based on the practice of biomimicry.

Sue is founder/director of BioWise and an associate with the Kwendalo Institute.

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Workshop: Wise Ways of Being – The Biomimicry Perspective with Sue Swain 
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Workshop: Wise Ways of Being – The Biomimicry Perspective with Sue Swain

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