Presence in the Wild

Nature Quest Carpathia 2020 



Sun 30th of August  - Sat 5th of September 2020 

Southern Carpathian Mountains/ Romania


Homebase in Șinca Nouă, Transilvania
Guest House Equus Silvaniaguesthouse 


People, engaged in transformational

work, (self-)leadership and 'inner' capacity building

A Transformation Special in the Mountains with Walter Bertolini and Din van Helden


"Presence in the Wild" is a 6-day Nature Quest; an awareness training combined with solo time in nature. 

In the wild nature of Romania, you have the opportunity to strengthen the connection with your ‘outer, inner and true nature. These often deep experiences of connectedness, presence and clarity are such a healthy ground to (re) connect with your true intentions.  

This retreat combines our direct experience bridging self-leadership/ organizational learning and profound work in nature, introducing tools and practices drawn from our modern time as well as ancient traditions around the world. At the heart of the process are ideas drawn by John P. Milton, founder of Way of Nature and a key figure in developing ideas related to Theory U and Presence. Through the process we will share some of these ideas and tools, also making time alone in nature, to connect with what we (Way of Nature community) call the three natures: inner Nature, outer Nature and, if lucky, we get a glimpse of the secret nature beneath all things.






This Nature Quest, with a 4  days and nights solo in the remote Carpathians, can be a good support when you: 

  • Want to free yourself from busy everyday life and take a conscious break, 

  • If you want to be on yourself and are open for more connection & clarity,

  • If you are open to face some deeper “blockages” and want to establish a relationship with your deepest strength,

  • If you want to charge and realign yourself with life and leadership at the root,

  • And want to come home, nourished by and in contact with ‘the pristine intelligence of life' and if you are keen to integrate the seeds of this experience into your daily life. 

Making Space  

How do we find this space? How do we guide and experience a different quality of being and knowing, as often described as 'Presence'?  Having explored this for many years, perhaps always knowing it deep inside, we see that nature (your inner, outer and true nature - see - the 3 Natures)  is one of the most powerful teachers at all. This is who we seek to work with through this work.

Through this programme we invite you to join us for 6 days in the Southern Carpathian Mountains (Sinca Noua/ Fagaras mountains), to explore that space of co-creation and practice on in the evolution of consciousness. The idea is to make room and space for Conscious Being & Conscious (Un)Doing (Acting) as human beings/leaders/organizations.

Our intentions:

To support you individually and collectively in your deep transformation and provide you with helpful tools  (i.e. Work on mindset, Intentions, etc.) to develop your skills in that field, needed for challenges at hand.

To encourage reflection and create a space, which allows you to connect fully with your 3 ‘Natures’ (inner, outer, true)’....

And, honoring the traditions we draw on and the wonder of nature, we hope each of us leaves the retreat with shining eyes, joyful heart and firm clarity, a wiser intention to act in new ways.

The conceptual background is based on several lineages of old wisdom traditions as well as on contemporary whole system approaches to deep transformation (Way of Nature, Theory U, Mindfulness, Systemic Change, ..) as well as on our own vast experience in designing and developing transformational process over the last 15- 25 years.



€ 1.450,--  including 20% VAT,

this price includes accommodation expenses incl. food at site and shuttle service (to and from the solo sites).
Not included: Arrival to/Departure from Romania/ Venue, personal expenses and travel from the airport to the base camp.

scholarships/ discounts are possible (please contact us)





The Coaches & Guides


Walter Bertolini has been working many years as a systemic Organizational Consultant  and Leadership Coach, founding partner of werk4 and the inspirational Leadership Project Essenz der Führung. He has reconnected with the power of being in & one with wild nature years ago, which brought him to found Way of Nature Austria (  as part of Way of Nature International. His transformational work incorporates powerful systemic approaches, as e.g. the  'U-Process', and is at the same time nurtured & deeply inspired by core practices of ancient wisdom traditions as well as contemporary awareness practices.  
Walter, originally from Western Austria, currently lives in Vienna and is working internationally.


Din van Helden  is a guide and advisor pioneering a new generation of development programmes, with nature. Her work combines renewed ideas about leadership and change, deep reconnection to nature, and wisdom from ancient cultures to support positive, systemic change. She is co-founder of Stroom an organisation that hosts powerfully transformative experiences in natureShe facilitate reflective and generative dialogues and is passionate about integrating nature in learning processes. Din, being a Nature Guide herself and Way of Nature Austria member, will provide her wealth of experience.  She guides together with Walter the participants during this retreat. 
Din, originally from the Netherlands, currently lives in Vienna and is working internationally.

There will also be nature guides from Carpathia on site.