Leadership & Personal Development

Regenerative Leadership

Finding purpose in leadership through connection


Programme Description

Regenerative Leadership addresses two existential and interrelated crises simultaneously: the crossing of planetary boundaries, and the loss of connectedness to ourselves, others and nature.

We need to pause. Reconnect. Rejoice. Reroute.

We introduce regenerative leadership as a systemic approach to leadership, nourished by a deep connection to ourselves, to others and nature, thereby holding the potential to serve the wellbeing of the entire ecosystem: self, team, and organisation.
To become regenerative leaders, we need deep skills. Skills like listening truly, following curiosity, building trust, showing up fully, questioning ourselves and our mindsets constructively. We need to step out of the wheel of acceleration, growth and ever-increasing expectations and begin to regenerate. Through structured and skillful immersion in nature, we support you in deepening your journey of regenerative leadership in this unique new course.

Target Audience

Regenerative Leadership is for you, if you

  • are seeking time and space to retreat, pause, reconnect with (your) nature, rejoice and reroute
  • share willingness to embark on a pathway of action towards a sustainable future from your leadership position or management role, and are looking for concrete next steps
  • wish to foster wellbeing within your team and organisation
  • wish to access different ways of knowing in uncertainty through your ability to connect with nature, yourself, and others
  • are searching for connection with like-minded peers as you explore and realise regenerative leadership in your role


Start Dates
5 days/ 4 nights (21. - 25.08.2022). A follow up exchange may be offered in fall 2022, to be booked separately.
Application Deadline
Number of ECTS Credits
Level of Experience
Senior Manager
Programme Type
CHF 5'900.-, includes breaks, excludes meals & accommodation (to be booked separately) and transportation to/from the venue
Val Medel in Grischun, Hinterrhein-Valley. Lodging in the Alpine Hotel Medelina, nestled at the edge of the village Curaglia, www.medelina.ch
Individual Modules Bookable
Flexible Entry
Programme Language


You will leave this course with


  • deep understanding of your unique role in tackling our planet's existential crisis
  • clarity on your resources, obstacles, and direction for your next steps
  • concrete methods and tools for enacting regenerative leadership in your life and organisation
  • a community of like-minded peers and potential allies
  • a certificate of participation in Regenerative Leadership from the University of St.Gallen (HSG)

We apply theory-based and practice-proven methods and tools, rooted in transformative learning, nature-based coaching, creativity and systems thinking.


Programme Benefits

Regenerative Leadership supports you in reconnecting with yourself, others and nature in order to realise purposeful, regenerative leadership in your life and organisation. You will spend five days in nature with experienced facilitators and a group of like-minded peers.

Course Structure


Content & Faculty

Dr. Anaïs Sägesser

As an impact driven educational entrepreneur & learning designer, Anaïs co-shapes pioneering programs that effectively integrate impact project incubation, entrepreneurship & regenerative leadership development as well as personal growth. With her own experience from working in large corporates, SMEs, academia and NGOs  she knows how important it is to make theory practical and works with immediately applicable tools and approaches. Anaïs graduated from and attained her doctorate at the University of St. Gallen.

Dr. Ruth Förster

Ruth’s passion and expertise lies in designing and facilitating transformative learning journeys toward more sustainable living and working, fostering collaborative leadership, and building resilience. She combines scientific with arts-based, creative approaches and experiential outdoor pedagogy to facilitate deep, sustainable learning journeys. As a former systems analyst in Life Cycle Assessment, a researcher and educator in transformative learning for sustainability and a coach, she knows how to integrate analytical and intuitive methods for personal and systemic change. She holds a diploma in mechanical engineering (RWTH Aachen), a PhD in environmental engineering and a postgraduate degree in didactics (both ETH Zurich) and is trained as a vision quest guide and Tamalpa Life Art practitioner (Germany/USA) to foster embodied leadership.

Dr. Rachel Brooks

Rachel Brooks is Head of Executive Education at the Competence Center for Social Innovation at the University of St.Gallen (CSI-HSG). Her research and teaching focus on supporting practitioners across government, private and social sectors in cultivating the mindset, skills and tools to nimbly take action towards impact in an environment of mounting complexity and uncertainty. In addition to impact-driven executive education, Rachel has worked in Latin America at the nexus of business, agricultural producers, government and non-profit organizations in the global food industry. She holds a BA from Smith College, an MA from New York University, and a doctorate from the University of St.Gallen.


Organized by the Competence Center for Social Innovation

The Competence Center for Social Innovation at the University of St. Gallen (CSI-HSG) catalyzes social innovation and strives towards systems change. We envision a just, equitable, ecologically balanced and socially resilient world where actions across business, political and social domains are guided by the shared purpose of creating positive social and environmental impact.


How to apply

Your Application

Please register here. We review applications on a rolling basis and will contact you with supplementary course information and registration documents upon receiving your application.

Number of participants is limited.

Further information

Why HSG?

Executive education at the University of St.Gallen (HSG), one of Europe's leading business universities, provides you with an optimal preparation for the future. The University of St.Gallen is more than just an educational institution; it is a place of inspiration that stimulates you to think. You will acquire up-to-date knowledge that is of great practical relvance, and gain valuable insights. This will enable you to make an important contribution to social and economic progress and to your own personal development. "From insight to impact" is not just our message; it is a promise against which we can be measured. 

Back to top