Sustainability in Action 

How do we respond with wisdom to the challenges of this rapidly changing world and move towards sustainability?

Are you passionate about sustainability, but often feeling overwhelmed and powerless? Do you wonder how you can have an impact in your life and support the change we want to see in the world? Do you feel you might be ready for some action? Learn how to navigate the complexity behind your daily actions while aligning them with your inner self. Find your own contribution in shifting our society towards a sustainable future.

Do you want to obtain the tools necessary to apply strategic sustainability in your work, project or organisation and increase both your success and positive impact?

In this intensive one day training we will experience what sustainability in action could be and how to bring more of it in our life. We will explore questions such as: What can I really do? How do we put our care into constructive actions that energise us? We will use storytelling, inspiring examples and empowering conversations in order to empower ourselves and each other and to find the energy and strength to act as individuals out of care and compassion towards a more sustainable future.


We start with a bird’s eye view and explore several lenses to look onto the topic. In the morning we will dive into systems thinking and scientifically based sustainability principles (and explain why and how they work). In the afternoon we will connect these to your organisation/ project/ daily life and explore a practical tool to strategically plan towards sustainability. We will close the day with clear takeaways for the "low-hanging fruit" of your project, long term goals, and the pathway to get there.

This training is intended for anyone interested in sustainability and eager to learn how to bring sustainability into their work or daily life. Whether you work for an organization or business, are self-employed, or finishing your studies, you will leave feeling more clear about what sustainability looks like for you, and how you can bring it in your work and life.

Key Takeaways

  • You will walk away from the training feeling motivated, informed and confident to integrate the strategic sustainability framework into your work.
  • You will learn how to apply systems thinking in your own organisation / project, to scale up your success and positive impact.
  • You will deepen your connection to and understanding of sustainability and the systems you are part of.
  • You will build/expand your network of sustainability practitioners



Sunday October 8th

Sunday November 19th 

On Sunday October 8th and Sunday November 19th, we will host a free community event at Metabolic Lab, with a movie screening, drinks and opportunities to connect to likeminded people.

Do check out our other offered workshop on Meaningful Work and Money, held on Saturday October 7th and Saturday November 18th. 

Prices & refund policy


We organise our workshops on the principle that money should not be a barrier for participation: everyone who wishes to join, is welcome regardless of the financial contribution they are able to make. To support us being able to do so and cover costs (travel, location, reimbursement), we have set the pricing in a way that supports a solidarity fund. This allows us to offer more participants to attend at a reduced fee.

We are always open to offer accessible options for everyone. Do get in touch if you'd like to join but money is a barrier for your participation. We will ask you to make a financial commitment that feels both affordable and significant to you and we are happy to explore other options of value exchange.

Early bird – extended – until October 2nd:

Regular fee: €179,- (standard fee - contributes to the solidarity fund)
Reduced/student fee: €99,- (please do get in touch with us if you wish to apply for the reduced fee)

After October 2nd:

Regular fee: €289,- (standard fee - contributes to the solidarity fund)
Reduced/student fee: €159,- (please do get in touch with us if you wish to apply for the reduced fee)

The fee includes all workshop materials, coffee/tea breaks with organic snacks, refreshments throughout the day and a small gift. Lunch is not included, you can either bring lunch yourself or have some at Cafe de Ceuvel.

Please note: your registration is final after payment has been made.

REFUND policy

  • 3 weeks before, 90% refund

  • 10 days before, 50% refund

  • Less than 10 days, no refund


To register, please follow the buttons below.
To finalise your registration, please follow both steps and make the payment. 

Once registered, we’ll send you a welcome package and be in touch for a short phone call.

We look forward to meeting you!

Your Trainers


Maaike is a host and trainer focused on building community and creating conditions for meaningful change. She co-initiated the Healthcare Leadership Summer School and co-organized the first Education of the Heart symposium with HH Dalai Lama in 2014. Maaike has been working with Authentic Leadership in Action (ALIA) since 2013 and holds a Master’s in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden.


Atanas Genkov has 10 years of experience in coaching, designing and delivering training courses on personal development, leadership and sustainability. He has conducted 200+ trainings worldwide. Atanas holds a deep care for people and their learning, conducting his trainings with passion and effectiveness. His approach aims at change and transformation that leads to a deeper connection with one’s self, one's peers and the environment. He holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden and has a background in virtual and experiential learning.


Metabolic Lab is an education and demonstration facility located in Amsterdam North. We host programs around applied sustainability, clean technology, and circular cities.

Metabolic Lab
De Ceuvel
Korte Papaverweg 6a
1032 KB Amsterdam
The Netherlands

For how to get to the venue, click here.

If you’re traveling outside Amsterdam and staying overnight, we can appoint you to accommodations. For any other logistical help, please don't hesitate to contact us.



9:30- 10:00: Arrival time with tea and sweets.
10:00: Start of the workshop.
17:00: End of the workshop.
Including: lunch and two coffee breaks.

Workshops will take place on Sunday, October 8th, 2017 and Sunday, November 19th, 2017.

Contact us

Interested, but have some questions?

We’re happy to connect with you:
Maaike at
Atanas at

We look forward to meeting you!

“You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself.”

- Nelson Mandela