A little bit about me...
Hi, I'm Susanne Taylor. I was raised in Alaska, and when I was younger I didn't really understand how mysterious and wild my backyard seemed to others. I was annoyed when people asked if I got to school on dog sled or ate whale blubber (gross!), and I didn't realize what a special place Alaska was until I got older.
My parents were from Colorado and Austria, and raised my sisters and I with a nice mix of self-reliance and social graces. We could change all the fluids and tires on each car and navigate a formal place setting at a fancy dinner. We were equally happy playing hours in the snow (creatively booby trapping our snow balls with moose droppings!) or trekking the halls of European castles and cafes. My wandering spirit led me far - even to Japan and Taiwan, and ultimately to Munich, Germany.
Mountains and Change have been the constant themes in my life. Connecting and integrating the various cultures in my family, it was natural for me to build a career as an intercultural coach and team developer.
I bring my clients out into nature as often as possible, and in 17 years have never - ever - had someone tell me, "Being outside was a horrible idea." The opposite in fact - they come alive
I work with global firms going through culture change, and I've noticed while coaching leaders, the profound effect of being in nature has on enabling a perspective shift.
Offering independent retreats and workshops in Munich the last 10 years, I've seen the increased desire for people to connect with each other, and experienced what bringing diverse people together has on finding magical solutions. Teams and groups of people working together really do make amazing things happen in the world.
One brilliant way to do this when time is short is to use OpenSpace (see the FAQs for more information on what exactly this is!) My first OpenSpace conference was so energizing I didn't leave the building for 3 days - and that's saying a lot coming from an introvert. Now, I can't imagine learning any other way.
After living in Europe the last 10 years, slowly making this my home and being nurtured by the mountains nearby, I'd love to share what I've learned with others. Nature is the key to living a fuller, richer, deeper life. Growing a community will enable us to sustain the seeds that get planted.
See you in the mountains!