3-2015-bali-jem-hg-nwm-IMG_6520Dr Jem Bendell is a Professor of Sustainability Leadership and Founder of the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS) at the University of Cumbria (UK). The Institute runs the world’s largest MBA in sustainability, with over 2000 students from over 100 countries, as well as a new MA in Sustainable Leadership Development. Jem is also the co-founder of the Leading Wellbeing Research Festival, which explores the relationship between leadership and wellbeing at both personal and collective levels. Leading Wild retreats are not affiliated to the University. The World Economic Forum (WEF) has recognised Prof Bendell as a Young Global Leader for his work on sustainable business alliances. He focuses on leadership development for social change whether in business, government or civil society.

“Georgia and I conceived the LeadingWild retreats because we know the most powerful learning is difficult to enable in typical corporate formats. I like hosting learning where we are ready to let go of what brought us success and think afresh about the situation we face. A wilderness retreat invites that approach.”


Georgia Wingfield-Hayes has worked the past 10 years as a therapist, supporting clients with physical and emotional health issues with the use of nutrition and energy psychology techniques. She is currently studying a Masters in Leadership and Sustainability at the University of Cumbria.

Her specific areas of interest and expertise are: leadership, personal development and reconnecting the human sense of being with the planet. She is skilled at facilitating reflexive learning and supporting people through a process of deep, transformational change.

“As a child all I wanted to be was a wildlife guide. I achieved that dream, working in the jungles and Pacific Ocean of Costa Rica for 4 years. 10 years ago I came back to the UK and have been on a different kind of journey – one into the inner world of the self.  Now my work involves teaching self-awareness and reflexivity – tools to cut through the story of ego and cultivate an awakening of the human soul. Soul is our wild self. Knowing soul is knowing the earth. When we know our own soul we may live with the earth once more, rather than just upon her”.

Discover more via: www.jembendell.com

Hear from Jem at the Leading Wellbeing Research Festival he cofounded: