Nature Quests

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Nature Quests

Valby, Denmark
Organization type: 
for profit
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Empowering change makers by providing them with a setting to reconnect with their personal essence.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Western culture has become increasingly removed from the natural world. The result is an inability to see the interrelatedness of global environmental issues as well as the role we each play as co-inhabitants of the planet.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Stepping into nature is a powerful way to reconnect to the fundamental natural part of ourselves. To realize that we are one with the natural world and that our actions are expressions of our world view. Retreating alone in wild nature provides a powerful opportunity to step back and reflect on your life and work. It opens up to an experience of a deep relationship with the natural world that infuses us with perspective.
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Several organizations practice hosting nature quests around the globe, but none are based in Denmark. Since reconnecting to the natural world is of universal important we feel that setting something up that has this at its core in Denmark is a blue ocean for us.
About You
Organization:
Get WiLD
Background Information
First Name

Mark

Last Name

Beanland

The competition is only open to people between 18-34 years-old and resident in UK, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark or the Netherlands. Does this apply to you

Yes.

Country of residence of entrepreneur

Denmark

Tell us about your personal background. Why are you passionate about this issue? Making an idea a reality takes innovation, dedication and strong leadership. Do you have the necessary entrepreneurial skills to realize your vision?

I'm a global citizen with Danish and American parents, I have lived and traveled all parts of the world and I have a tremendous passion for nature. I've been educated at an institution called the KaosPilots in Denmark which has opened my eyes to my ability to influence the world through projects and business and Get WiLD is an expression of my drive for social change for the benefit of the environment.

About Your Organization
Organization Name

Get WiLD

Organization Country

, CC, Valby

Country where this project is creating social impact

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Innovation
The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities

The solo in nature is at the core of the training. It creates a setting for you to relax, balance yourself and establish a deeper understanding of your inner and outer nature. Before and after the solo you will be engaged in group processes with your co-participants, campfire dialogs and meditation practices to deepen your experience and gain insight into the unfolding process of embodying your authentic leadership.
The program will give you the opportunity to enhance your awareness by practicing mindfulness both individually and through guided meditation. As Einstein said: “No problem can be solved from the same level of thinking that created it”. The newly acquired clarity and connectedness that arises from this experience is an invaluable gift for life.

Select the stage that best applies to your business

Operating for 1-5 years

Social Impact
What is the social impact you have had to date and how you measure it?

We measure it in the feedback we get:

“I have felt extremely calm since the retreat. Walking in my own pace I have felt like a rock in a river. Everyone else pouring by me in a high, stressed pace and me moving slowly forward; like a glacier.”
- Marcus Degerman, participant in 2011

“Life-changing. The quest sent me on a journey of becoming someone
else (or something so much more) than I was before.“
- Casper Bek, participant in 2010

“Slowing down the mind and letting the answers come without effort, and from a deeper source is a skill that only very few master but so many need.”
- Rowan Simonsen, participant in 2009

What barriers might hinder the success of your business? How do you plan to overcome them?

We find it hard to communicate the value of the experience to people that aren't already looking for this type of experience. As such, our biggest challenge is by far to put words on the value gained from a nature quest and the clarity and personal power it sets free to connect to yourself at a deeper level than what we normally do when we are in the midst of our busy lives.

Sustainability
How does your model address financial, social, and environmental sustainability?

Our nature quests are focused on enhancing people's leadership capacities by giving them greater clarity about their individual strength and drive. It does this while conveying - on an emotional level - the interdependance of humans and the natural world. This provides a powerful setting for unleashing creative energy that can drive social change.

Awareness & learning
How do you see social entrepreneurship contributing to the improvement of developing countries?

What a question!

Local, community based initiatives are by far the most socially resillient and are usually the ones most in tune with local needs. Entrepreneurship is really just a word to express the bridge between blank pages and the formation of such local, community based initiatives. More idealogically speaking entrepreneurship also balances out corporate interests when succesful which moves initiative down into the hands of the people. I believe this to be a good thing.

What aspects of your stay in Uganda as part of the competition do you think you will find most challenging and rewarding?

Learning from the hands of those who have become entrepreneurial under conditions so different than my home turf. I admire the perservearence required to see initiatives grow in all circumstances and I believe there's a lot for me to learn form seeing it play out in such a different context.