Living Systems Retreat

Date: January 25 – 29, 2021
Cost: $4500 – Includes accommodations at Luna Lodge, 3 meals daily, domestic transportation, and facilitator fees

22% of all proceeds will go directly to local projects in the Osa Peninsula

Description of Immersion:

Finding solutions to the complex problems surrounding environmental conservation and its relationship to local communities and economies is becoming imperative, as the impacts of climate change threaten the survival of humanity and our planet as we know it. Solving these problems requires us to foster new social and economic systems that are in balance with all life on Earth and regenerative by design.

This 5-day retreat, held within one of the most biologically rich rainforests on earth, the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, will inspire individuals through an experiential journey of inner and outer systems change.  We will showcase a regional systems change approach to actualize a blue/green economy and meet with project leaders to see first-hand how a local community is creating a regenerative future. We will engage in awareness cultivation and nature-connection practices, enhancing our ability to more deeply work with and learn from the natural systems governing our planet. We will also explore how the principles of living systems can be applied to create groups and teams that function as intelligent, self-organizing systems. A portion of the proceeds will go directly to projects in the local community, providing our group with an opportunity to practice using a systems-approach to philanthropy, while giving back to the ecosystem that is supporting our journey.

Retreat Content:

  • Systems theory: learn the principles (and practices) of systems change work and application in the field
  • Experiential journey to visit project sites and meet with local leaders (indigenous, fisherman/coral project, women farmers)
  • Rejuvenating time spent connecting with the rainforest and marine ecosystems
  • A portion of the retreat proceeds gifted directly to projects in the region

Retreat Location: Luna Lodge, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

The Living Systems Retreat will be held in one of the most breathtaking places on Earth, the Osa Peninsula, which is covered almost entirely in magnificent, virgin rainforest extending all the way to the Pacific Ocean.  It contains the most significant wetland ecosystem and mangrove forests of Central America and the largest remaining tract of lowland rainforest in Pacific Mesoamerica.  Separating the Osa Peninsula from the mainland is the Golfo Dulce Bay – one of only 4 tropical fjords on the planet.  Participants will experience pristine primary rainforest habitat with an abundance of wildlife surrounding them.  Luna Lodge, an eco lodge bordering Corcovado National Park, will be hosting the retreat and providing 5 star accommodations and organic meals for participants to enjoy.



Jennifer Menke

For over 20 years, Jennifer Menke has been focused on bringing humans into balance with nature in keystone ecosystems globally through systems change projects, for- and non-profit organizations, and retreat facilitation. In 2015, she was nominated as an emerging global leader by the Academy for Systems Change, and graduated the fellowship in 2018. Jennifer is the founder and president of Regenerative Earth, a 501c3 non-profit organization, co founder and project director of the Regenerative Economy Lab, and retreat facilitator for The Way of Nature and other organizations whose clients range from investors, corporate executives, and leaders in their field. Since 2015, Jennifer has been managing a project in the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, facilitating local communities and governments to develop and implement a regenerative blue/green economy in which the community, ecosystem, and economy all thrive. In addition to this, Jennifer has studied and worked closely with John P Milton and indigenous elders from North and Central America and nature itself through 500 days of solitary retreat, which has given her a deep appreciation and understanding of the natural world and traditional cultures that are still intimately connected to their ecosystem. She continues to learn and integrate this wisdom into her work today in preserving biologically and culturally significant regions globally.

Alex Peterffy  

Alex Peterffy is the founder of The Living Forest Project, an initiative that works closely with indigenous communities of the Amazon to protect rainforests and to promote indigenous rights and cosmologies based on interconnectedness. Alex is trained as a teacher and facilitator of the MatrixWorks process, which combines principles of neuroscience, systems theory, Hakomi psychotherapy, spirituality and contemporary psychology to understand and support the growth and development of healthy groups that function as intelligent living systems. She also has training in work that nurtures deep connection with nature, systems thinking, and design skills for earth stewardship and community resiliency. Alex engages in group facilitation, therapeutic practices, and activism with the aim of helping to bring human systems into symbiotic harmony with natural systems. She lives in Ecuador and has spent extended time in the Amazon, learning from the forest and from the people who know Her best.

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