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"Only when you truly know yourself,

then you can lead yourself and others"

Are you ready for profound transformation in your life?

Transformational Leadership Trail (TLT) is a program for those who are willing to stretch themselves to take the next step in their professional life, and who are willing to open-up and discover their blind spots to reach their true potential. 

The Trail will enable you to establish new perspectives and will open a new path to your inner source of leadership and creativity, through the support of trained and experienced facilitators and coaches.

Interested? Curious about fees and conditions?

Enthusiastic? Make sure you have a spot available

"I can honestly say that the experience was exceptional, unique and tailored to my needs as I discovered them.
I can truly say that has been a life-changing experience for me.
I would certainly recommend this program because of the transformation that actually takes place. Because of the way the coaches/facilitators are tuned in to understand and react immediately to the needs of us the participants"

Cynthia Mouanda
Senior Communication Manager


This program is designed for anyone ready to make the next step in his/her life on a professional or personal level and who is willing to open up, discover and share. There is no specific fitness level or hiking experience required. We only need you to respect our Trail Essentials.

"New thinking is nurtured in new 



Transformational Leadership&Purpose Trail 

AUTUMN  2024 (September/October)  

open for registration(please contact for details)


Transformational Leadership Trail 

MAY 2025 ( Fully Booked)

Transformational Leadership&Purpose Trail

SUMMER 2025 ( June)


Theory U is the basis of our approach. Developed by Otto Scharmer (MIT) and his colleagues, Theory U helps people breakthrough unproductive ways of searching for solutions, and instead leads to profound innovation and change. Our objective in using this process is to enable you to find your “blind spot” and unblock your ultimate potential. Find out more about our process and the six building blocks that form the program.

"Nature provides connectedness and profound source of intuition. It helps us to start dialogue with self and others and become aware of our passion and talents."


  • Nature provides a profound source of intuition.

  • The analytical mind disengages, and the creative brain begins to engage.

  • A hike energizes your body allowing your blood to flows faster 

  • Reduces stress, improves your mood and enhances your mental wellbeing

  • Your senses are heightened enabling different parts of your brain to become accessible.

  • You trigger your biophilia, which helps stimulate your child-like curiosity

  • The outdoors is limitless and as such it provokes bigger thinking


Our Trail has five distinct stages which are designed around your own objectives. Learn more about these five stages.

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"I fully recommend this transformational experience.

Verda and her team are dedicated to let you reach new levels of yourself"

Wim Hoeijenbos / CFO

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We have a team of exceptional coaches, facilitators and topic experts to support your Trail. Each team member has extensive experience in their field beside their business experience and know-how.
Learn more about our team of facilitators for this trail.

"Take a step back


to move forward"



  • Space for individual process

  • Respectful to nature and for each other

  • Mindfulness

  • Encouragement to feeling and sensing

  • Non-judgmental behaviour

  • Confidentiality

  • Simplicity (Basic- Humble)

  • Authenticity (Honest- Sincere)

Trail essentials

I had the opportunity to attend OakTreeMe's transformational leadership trail and I can assure you that it had a great impact in my life. The person who came to that training was not the same person who left.
I was able to reconnect with my path and goals. The tools learned and the workshops we conducted helped me not only to regain my focus, but also to keep perspective. Verda Sisman and her amazing group of coaches provided us personalized support to guarantee we could achieve our goals. I cannot be more grateful to all of them for helping me to believe in myself again.

Minerva Valenzuela

Business Process Expert




Adjunct professor in Leadership Development at TIAS, Founder and Managing Director of OakTreeMe

Verda is an experienced global business leader, executive coach, and facilitator. Her mission is to support people to identify what is in the way and help them discover and live their true potential.

" I am fascinated with our capacity to grow and transform. Supporting people to discover their true potential which often lies concealed within themselves, is the most fulfilling job I can ever imagine."



Trainer, facilitator & UIMLA International Mountain Leader

John works in wilderness & leadership trails, organisational consultancy and Leadership development. He is active in business and outdoor settings alike.

"Living humbling experiences and near-fatal accidents, I experienced what a great teacher nature can be... Dealing with uncertainties, fears, complex situations, potential, and possibilities" 



Executive coach, mentor, facilitator

Neset has 30+ years at multinationals leading Business Units as a General Manager. He has been building and leading multicultural teams in Asia, Europe, the America's and headed several business transformations.

“I am a firmly believer that unlocking your true potential is a prerequisite for living your life with fulfillment. It's fascinating to support people on their journey and see them transform to the best version of themselves.”



Performer, dancer, movement and grounding coach& facilitator

Frans has been working as a performer and dancer for over 35 years. 

He teaches movement, dance and mime techniques where body awareness is an essential part. He uses his movement theatre and dance experience to bring others into contact with their bodies, their pure feelings and help them let go of their thinking.


“I strongly believe that, as the owner of a grounded body, you have easier access to your intrinsic compass and can make stronger decisions. You have more contact with your feelings and can better determine what is best for you .”

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Trainer, coach & stress-management and performance expert

Ruud works for the Dutch Police Academy. He is responsible for training team members  and executives for the Dutch arrest and intervention teams. 

He developed a mental resilience program in collaboration with a sports psychologist for increasing mental strength, in which 42,000 police officers will take part.




Trainer, yoga- and mindfulness teacher & mountain expedition leader

Barbara has a background in strategy consulting and now she runs  yoga & mediation retreats,  training & development programs,  and leads mountain expeditions around the world.

"It's my job to help people use present moment awareness and focus energy to reach their full potential"




Coach, facilitator, outdoors guide and adventurer 

Harmen is an experienced executive coach, team facilitator and conflict mediator and outdoor guide. Nature and people are his passion.


Previously he worked as a diplomat and an expert on international and intercultural relations.

"Nature and people are my passion. I believe nature provides us with many opportunities for personal leadership development"


Intakes and personal coaching sessions are scheduled on an individual basis around participants’ possibilities and choices. Before and after trail workshops are planned in the Netherlands. Online participation options can be created if participants can not be in the Netherlands.

The mountain trail itself takes place in the Austrian Alps, in the Dachstein area. This area offers a variety of breath-taking landscapes and countless stunning routes. We will be staying at the Alpen Experience Hotel or Hotel Steinerhaus Stoderzinken in Austria. They deliver high-quality service, with warm hospitality and an "everything is possible" attitude. The place allows us to rest and restore after an emotionally and physically intensive day in the mountains.



" I fully recommend this transformational experience. The impressive nature of Alps and physical and mental challenges guided by a very qualified coaching team let you reach new levels of yourself"

Wim Hoeijenbos


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"This [trail red.] has led to discoveries and insights, and opened up possibilities beyond my imagination. Perhaps best of all, it invoked in me the wish to continue exploring. It was a true adventure. I felt connected to the earth. I felt connected to the people around me. It felt good to help others find things they were looking for. And be helped - how much energy I received from others in my own journey. It was an extraordinary experience

Burcu San

/ Director of Operations NATO



This program is constructed with different building blocks. Below you can find the definition of each block. 


An individual intake interview is planned for each participant with one of our facilitators/coaches. We will not only help you clarify your objective for your upcoming journey but also enable the team to get to know you, to understand your special requirements, and to support your wishes for your experience.


Before the Trail experience you will have a one-to one coaching session with one of our Transformational Coaches. These sessions are designed to help you define your goals, discover your potential blind spots and to find out what needs to happen during your Transformational Trail experience to reach your goals.


Prior to the Trail we will plan a day workshop with all participants to explore some leadership development models and approaches to support your transformation including the theory behind our Trail. We will also brief you about what we will be doing during the Trail experience and how you need to prepare yourselves both emotionally and practically.


An extraordinary 3-nights /days expedition that will have a significant impact on you and
your life. Your journey will start and finish at Salzburg airport and will include the items listed below:

  • Airport transport to and from the hotel

  • 3-night stay in a pleasant 3 star hotel in a single room  

  • All meals: breakfasts, lunches and dinners throughout your stay

  • Intensive one-on-one coaching sessions 

  • Group exercises

  • Guided hikes

  • Necessary equipment (if needed for your specific program)

  • Every 3 participants will have 1 facilitator/coach to ensure a personalised approach 



Six weeks after the Trail experience, we will meet with all participants and facilitators for dinner. We will reflect on the insights you have gained from the Trails experience along with your integration and application from your expedition into your life. You will address the challenges you had and what you did to overcome and fully integrate your insights into your life.


Three to six months after the Trails experience, you will receive a small reminder of your insights to keep you on track.

Building blocks


The stages will not be linear. Some stages will overlap, and participants will go through the stages based on their own pace. You will have an opportunity to plan your individual coaching sessions during the Trail based on your need and timing to help you progress and ultimately reach your goals.

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Stage 1 - Disconnect

Disconnecting from your current environment, your daily concerns, to-do lists, from your judgments, typical references... Letting go of what you do not need.

Stage 2 - Open-up & connect

Opening-up and connecting with yourself, nature, and the other participants (partially). Listening to connect to your inner source of intuition. Start seeing who you really are without judgments, obtain clarity on “Your Question“ and realize what it means to you. Facilitated exercises will help you open-up and connect with you.

Stage 3 - Discover

Discover your automatic behaviors, boundaries, fears, inspirations, aspirations, purpose ... and discovering your blind spots. In this Discovery stage we will also challenge you mentally and physically, invite you out of your comfort zone (based on your own limitations) to let you explore beyond your current borders.

Stage 4 - Connecting the dots

Connecting your goals to your insights and then to your purpose results in answering “Your Question.” When you put all the pieces together you transform what needs to be done. We will utilize facilitated exercises, mindfulness, yoga and visualization techniques to help you connect the dots.

Stage 5 - Next step

Anchoring your insights will enable you to define clear actions to integrate into your life. This will help you to reach your goals. We will conduct a small workshop to help you define your next steps.

Interested? Curious about fees and conditions?

Enthusiastic? Make sure you have a spot available

5 steps


Watch our 10 minutes documentary about the 2019 Transformational Leadership Trail

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