integrative approach

You’re invited to explore inside and outside of your ‘box’, outside your frame of reference. Let’s begin with an old village metaphor that “we’re all in this together”. We are one. This nature-centric  whole-systems thinking is based on ontological design, the concept of what we design in turn designs us because we are connected. It is here, in this inside-out approach where you’ll learn to embrace change to access new solutions and resources.

“The future will be written by people who work on solutions together.”

~ Chancellor Carol L. Folt, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador

Here’s how and why an integrative approach works...


Entropy teaches us that nature drives towards disorder and chaos for the sake of creating new. Neuroscience draws upon the body’s synaptic plasticity in which neurons adapt during the learning process. And biomimicry illuminates self-similar fractal patterns found within us, our behavior and in the natural world. An integrative approach based on sciences of mind, body and sensory or somatic learning allows people to better build resiliency and adapt to change successfully.

     “What you think about you bring about.”

      Bob Proctor, Founder of Gallagher Institute


One of the ways Annelies helps people become better leaders at work is to help them cope and manage change in life. We cannot separate the human condition from our work life. They're inseparable. When we try to separate our humanity from the tasks, lists and linear roles of the work-world we harden ourselves and become hard towards others. What's useful is understanding how to integrate humanity into all expressions of life, even at work. Exploring problem-solving through nature is one way to understand our own nature.  Poet William Blake wrote, “To see a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.” Nature metaphors are inspiring mirrors to view ourselves and our issues in. Nature is intriguing, interesting and thought-provoking and awe-inspiring. Based upon an inherent and instinctive bond between human beings and natural living systems, called biophilia, clients develop perspectives and tools to deal with problems they face. Given an opportunity to shift their perspective, get still and look within, clients discover extraordinary resources to use nature as a metaphor to reflect or to literally take a walk in the natural world.

          “To see things in a seed, that is genius”

~ Lao-tzu


Creativity is not just about producing beautiful art. Creativity is is about process and is fundamental to the human experience. Creativity is our highest nature. It is IMPOSSIBLE to not be creative. Creativity plays a huge and important role to the development of problem solving and critical thinking. In addition, engaging creativity builds valuable relationship skills such as trust and empathy-- humanity’s ultimate key to survival. Drawing upon the power of the creative process supports one’s ability to resolve deeply important issues.

         “Play is the highest form of research”

~ Albert Einstein


Teachings come through both Annelies’ personal and professional experiences and the Chinese Five Elements philosophy of Wu Xing (wŭ ching) among other philosophies and sciences which highlight and explore unique nature-based ways to understand the processes of change. The overarching goal is to help you create a mindful mindset and provide resources to build resiliency in the face of personal, professional and cultural change. Most cultures throughout time and history remind us of the valuable lesson of we’re all connected. By definition, modernity often neuters the very fundamental wisdom that’s key to solving problems and brings hope where all else seems to fail. Annelies skillfully and artfully threads humble reminders that we’re all a part of something greater, intricately connected to a larger web of life and have the wisdom needed to cope and create solutions together.

     “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are one ocean.”

~ Ryunosuke Satoro, Poet

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