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 –Aiki.com), 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)
- 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
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.
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: vilnius-tourism.lt/en/
- Vilnius Airport Auksine Giria 62k m
- Kaunas Airport Auksine Giria 136km
- Riga Airport Auksine Giria 273km
- Palanga Airport Auksine Giria 376km
If you plan to arrive in Vilnius on Thursday morning you have plenty of time to arrive at the venue. It is a one hour drive. You can hire a car, easy and not very expensive if participants group up in 4somes. We are happy to support the process of connecting here. We also, if so required, arrange a bus-pick up (see below). Pay attention to departing flights as well, for the same reasons. (book departing flights on Sunday as late as possible, certainly not before 4PM)
Very relaxing way to travel, also not very fast but a great entering-Lithuania-period.
You can check out www.dfds.lt, if you want to bring your own car or maybe camper. Klaipeda is situated 300km from Vilnius and 326km from the venue. There is also a ferry leaving from Karlsham.
How to travel from airport to venue
We repeat … Carefully plan your flight
Particularly handy for those that arrive at least a day early and stay the night in the city.
We will organise a bus to pick up participants once or twice (if there is a need) from Vilnius city centre (10km from Airport) for a small additional price, around 10-15 EUR per person. Details and timing would be announced later.
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