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ALIA Europe Summer Gathering

A Community Driven Retreat

September 6 – 9, 2018

We welcome alumni and friends from the East, the West, the North and the South.

A place to meet again, to exchange ideas, support each other and to co-create the future of Alia Europe which future almost certainly includes a week long Intensive (flagship event) in 2019, and more.

Looking back into the complicated history of Europe and the complex times of nowadays, we can recognise that everything looks different depending on where one looks at it from. One could see that there are some people, institutions and countries that have more power than others, and this can bring us feelings of confusion, frustration or powerlessness. One feels compelled to act. Our choice of actions depends on what we see and how we make sense of it.

We will spend 3 days together in the ALIA Europe Summer Gathering exploring how the practices of authentic leadership can help us work with diversity and complexity more creatively and wisely.


European Summer Retreat 2018



Base price: €300 Euro

Including 3 meals a day and lodging in shared rooms. Some private rooms available for extra price with first come first serve principle.

Limited scholarship availability. If you cannot afford the Base price, please get in touch. We will absolutely do what we can to make it possible for you to join us. Please email [email protected] and we will get back to you.

Patron price: €500 Euro

We feel it should be possible for all to participate in the Alia Europe Summer Gathering. For that reason and for reasons to uplift the space a little more, we are encouraging those who can, to pay the Patron price or to offer a donation. We are also warmly encouraging prompt registration for the same reasons.

NOTE: Price in EURO is €300 for accommodation for the gathering period between September 6th, 2018 and September 9th, 2018 in shared rooms, three meals a day and refreshments (snacks, water, tea, coffee)
Checkout in Euro or US Dollar


* Donations enable us to offer scholarships to participants who otherwise would not be able to attend.


Product Description

The Program

Part of the program is offered by faculty and part of it we invite you to co-create together. This gives us time and space to both dive deeper into: ‘Foundations of Authentic Leadership’ (Susan Skjei – [email protected] university) and Leadership embodiment through Aikido practices (Christian Vanhenten –, and at the same time we will have a decent amount of time for Open Space Methodology to explore and co-create what touches us deeply and supports us to keep bringing ourselves in the world.

We also invite you to experience a Lithuanian sauna tradition with lots of herbs, led by Giedrius Bučas, Sauna Master (To be confirmed) (do bring your swimming suits!) and we will offer story telling about the history of Lithuania accompanied with Lithuanian song and dance. (also to be confirmed)


Event Faculty

  • Susan Skjei
  • Christian Vanhenten
  • Aurimas Razanauskas
  • Chris Chapman
  • Njiza Rodrigues da Costa

See For Yourself

“Participated in the 2013 ALIA intensive in the Netherlands and was inspired by the warm and powerful experience. Looking forward to meeting fellow alumni again.”

Thijs Mullink

Boardmember, Music & Memory NL

Travel & Lodging

The venue is situated in the beautiful surroundings of the Asvejos National Park, 70km and 1 hour drive from Vilnius and 800 meters away from one of the most beautiful lakes in Lithuania – Asveja.

Auksine Giria

Asvejos National Park
Near Vilnius, Lithuania

  • The food will be vegetarian, prepared by a cook coming from India.
  • Among the offerings of Auksine Giria are large tipi’s, a newly built (as in now) dome and the largest dreamcatcher in the world.
  • The venue has no wifi.
  • Aurimas host and other Lithuanian friends are happy to create hotspots if deemed necessary.
  • The venue allows for duly controlled open fires upon request.
  • GPS coordinates: 55°03’13.2″N 25°30’32.6″E

How to Arrive in Lithuania

We highly recommend to come a day or two earlier if you can, or/and maybe stay a couple days after so you can enjoy Lithuania and Vilnius with it’s beautiful old town:

How to travel from airport to venue
We repeat … Carefully plan your flight

A Letter on Behalf of the Hosting Team

Our first priority is that there will be less teaching and more emphasis on what participants are bringing to the gathering. However, that doesn’t mean there will be no teaching at all. What it does mean is that there will be more space to recognize the wonderful and diverse skills and experiences we have, and to reflect on how our authentic leadership journeys are progressing. Every one of us has a unique lens on what is happening with the development of authentic leadership and other events in Europe. What could happen in a community when we start to combine and share our experiences?

Diversity has been the essential component in our planning of this gathering. We recognize that Europe is a very diverse place, with a variety of cultures, languages and different perspectives, both historically and in the present. If ALIA Europe is going to sustain and flourish, we need to improve our learning skills on how to work with such a diverse community. Making the most of diversity is a great leadership challenge for us to be involved in.

A great deal of the Summer Gathering will be familiar in context and we will probably see some recognizable faces. We are focused on creating an ALIA container with well-known qualities – emphasis on Hospitality, Inquiry and Nowness; daily meditation sessions; incorporating nature and the arts; some teaching; good food; attention to detail, etc. There will be more emphasis than ever before on co-creation and collaboration. We appreciate that many participants have creative experiences to bring to this container. We are inspired to create what Meg Wheatley has called ‘an island of sanity’.

We are grateful and excited that Susan Skjei is joining us from the Authentic Leadership Center at Naropa University, Colorado.

It is no accident that we are going to Lithuania and to this specific venue. And where is the venue? It’s a magical place that we have yet to reveal. Lithuania is a fascinating country that is less than 30 years old, where debates are very much alive about what kind of country and society it wants to be. Like much of Europe, it has a rich culture and complex history. We are keen to leave space for the richness of this country to make an impact on us.

There will be a lot of Open Space, where we will physically be outdoors, communing with nature. We will also have programs and slots where participants can step forward and share their inquiries and experiences. There will be ample opportunity for us to embrace what we find useful and let go of what we don’t need.

We anticipate that the details of this experience will keep emerging as we continue with our planning. It is important for us to reflect the needs of the participants, as well as immerse ourselves in the venue and country. We are confident that, at the end of this program, ALIA Europe will have a much clearer sense of its forward path.

It is wonderful to be able to go on this journey with so many good people. If you have suggestions or questions, do please get in touch.

Very best and warm wishes


Chris Chapman, on behalf of the Hosting Team (Njiza Rodrigo da Costa, Aurimas Razanauskas and Erik Van Roon)

Who has already said yes to participation:

  • Erik Van Roon
  • Aurimas Ražanauskas
  • Chris Chapman
  • Njiza Rodrigo Da Costa
  • Johannes Hoffenreich
  • Adrian McGinn
  • Catherine McGinn
  • Irena Pranskevičiūtė
  • Algimantas Stancelis

  • Thijs Mullink
  • Sheeba Duleep
  • Alessandra Satta
  • Rygaudas Guogis
  • Christian Vanhenten
  • Susan Skjei
  • John Richford
  • Efa Rimoldi

We’re looking forward to meeting you, learn from you and together with you

Frequently Asked Questions


Email: [email protected]

Phone: 720-608-1238

Pricing Policies

Pricing Policies

  • If you cancel your registration on or before August 1, you will receive a full refund of all participation fees minus a registration fee 50€.
  • If you cancel between August 1 and August 15, you will receive 50% of your total fees, minus a registration fee 50€
  • You may of course give your place to someone else without any surcharge.

Limited scholarship availability

If you cannot afford the Base price, please get in touch. We will absolutely do what we can to make it possible for you to join us. Please email [email protected] and we will get back to you.

The tricky thing in preparing for an event is that all the planning depends upon the number of people who come. As a result, we are trying to get the clearest possible sense of attendance in order to prepare ourselves and the venue without incurring high fees for cancellations.

If we have to cancel the event, our liability in the event of cancellation is limited to a full refund of the event fee only. We will not refund the following:

  • Any travel or hotel costs associated with the cancellation of an event,
  • Any fees relating to the event booking.
  • We accept no liability if the event is cancelled or postponed for reasons beyond our reasonable control resulting from Force Majeure Events.
  • The fee covers accommodation for the gathering period between September 6th, 2018 and September 9th, 2018 in shared rooms, three meals a day and refreshments (snacks, water, tea, coffee).
  • ​We reserve the right to change the venue at our discretion and in this event will send an email to participants giving at least 48 hours notice of such change. In the case of such change, we promise that the alternative venue will be of equal quality standards.