Genuine Contact Summer Academy

  • Holistic Organizational Development 24 to 28 June 2024, The Netherlands

Join us at the Genuine Contact Summer Academy this year as we take a deep dive together into the Genuine Contact approach to Holistic Organizational Development! 

Registration is open!

Sign up before 1 March 2024 and receive a 5% Earlybird Discount on the price of your ticket.

Constant change in the world and in organizations presents us with the challenge of how to lead into the unknown. Adopting a holistic organizational development approach is one way to meet this challenge. This approach has evolved over thirty years of experience, including with the international Genuine Contact Organization.

By providing an opportunity to explore what you need to guide organizations through their ongoing evolution, this workshop can help determine if you wish to adopt this approach either a leader or as a consultant.

The Genuine Contact Summer Academy is more than a workshop. It is an experience that begins as soon as you choose to join.

A piece of wisdom among indigenous peoples is to do your best for your generation and for seven generations to come. What principles, concepts, laws, and values are we working from as we take this wisdom on board, and put systems in place that are on the right track for now and for generations to come? 

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Throughout this learning program, you will explore, create and learn:

  • The dominant world view about organizations today, alternatives, and making a choice about your world view.
  • Principles, whether explicit or implicit in the organization, their influence, and making a choice about the principles that seem best suited to you.
  • Changing concepts and approaches about organizational development for the best future and making a choice about the concepts and approaches you adopt.
  • Laws such as the whole being greater than the sum of the parts, and their implications in organizational development.
  • Values that are meaningful to you to choose in order to anchor your organization and sustain its integrity through all change.
  • Skills, knowledge, and capacity for developing an organization using a holistic organizational development approach.
  • Simple multi-purpose tools from the Genuine Contact toolkit, to support your work using a holistic organizational development approach.
  • A roadmap for your ideal organization using a holistic organizational development approach.


Pre-work will be given as part of the workshop. Four weeks before the GC Summer Academy, you will receive a link to the Learning Hub for the Summer Academy where you’ll find the pre-work. Make sure you give yourself some time to start diving in to the material. 

The workshop is facilitated using the participatory whole systems method Whole Person Process Facilitation. 

You will find yourself in a variety of configurations, sometimes working in pairs, small groups, individually and in the group as a whole. Activities are designed for you based on best adult learning practices. Questions are offered to stimulate reflections and conversations. Consider that you are entering a learning experience that taps into a combination of playfulness with wisdom, engaging all learning styles.


This workshop is for all those who are interested in and involved in Holistic Organizational Development: 

Formal leaders, managers, and consultants who have roles in preparing the organization to adopt a holistic organizational development approach and leading with that intention in mind.

Everyone who identifies as a stakeholder of the organization and is curious to learn about the holistic organizational development approach and the intended shift in the culture of the organization. 

Throughout the organization, skill, knowledge, and capacity are needed to adopt a holistic way of operating as an organization, for the benefit of individuals and the whole organization. If this holds your interest this is the right workshop for you.


  • Dates: We start at 9:00AM on June 24th and finish at 4:00PM on June 28th. The daily schedule is from 9:00AM to 6:00PM.
  • Location: De Lunterse Boer located in Lunteren, a small conference venue in the center of the Netherlands, approximately one-hour from Schiphol Airport.
  • Workshop price: €1950.00 + 21% VAT (Total €2359.50). Included in the workshop price are the workshop fee, workshop materials, and workbooks, refreshments, lunch, and dinner during the Summer Academy.
  • Earlybird discount: If you sign up before 1 March, 2024 you will receive a 5% discount on the price of your ticket (€1852.50 + 21% VAT).
  • Special discount for members of the Genuine Contact Organization: You will receive 10% reduction on the (earlybird) ticket price if you are a member of the Genuine Contact Organizations at one of the following levels: Friend (Orange), Partner (Green), Ambassador (Blue), Steward (Purple), and Elder (Gold). Please indicate your membership level on the registration form.


You can book a single or double occupancy room at the workshop venue. If you choose for double occupancy, you will need to make arrangements with the person who you would like to stay with. We recommend that you stay with us at the venue, but it is also possible to make your own arrangements.

Once you have registered, we will send you a welcome package that includes information about how you can book your accommodations at De Lunterse Boer.

Price of accommodation 

  • Single Occupancy | €116.00 per person per night.
  • Double Occupancy | €67.25 per person per night. 

Exclusive Dutch Tourist Tax (€2.25 per night). These prices include hotel room and breakfast on the nights you have stayed over. 

We recommend that you stay at the venue on Sunday the 23rd of June, so that you are able to arrive relaxed to the first morning of the workshop on the 24th of June.

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This workshop is being designed and lead by Birgitt Williams and Rachel Bolton both Senior Consultants at Dalar International. Birgitt and Rachel are part of the founding group who developed the Genuine Contact approach and continue to be deeply involved together with the members of the Genuine Contact Organization, in bringing the Genuine Contact Way of working and living out into the world. 

Facilitator Birgitt Williams

Birgitt Williams | Senior Consultant at Dalar International | Co-Founder of the Genuine Contact Program

Birgitt Williams is an international management and organizational solutions consultant, author, meeting facilitator, teacher and executive coach.

Birgitt is the author of The Genuine Contact Way.  Birgitt maintains that there is leadership capacity within everyone and that it is time for people to awaken their leadership potential.  She teaches about leadership as a verb, action to be taken. She believes personal and professional leadership development cannot be separated.  This book offers the reader the opportunity to take a deep dive into the subject of personal and professional leadership development.  Readers are challenged to claim leadership of their lives and their businesses and organizations for the greater well-being of all, including our children and grandchildren.  Readers are offered the opportunity to read a segment, reflect, discuss, and determine what makes sense for them in their personal and professional leadership, as individuals and as teams.

She has worked with health care professionals including researchers in Nigeria, India, Indonesia, Australia, Ethiopia, the UK, Canada, Switzerland, Austria, the USA, Sweden, and Germany. She has been a mentor and executive coach to leaders and to senior organizational development consultants in Armenia, Australia, Austria, Cameroon, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK, USA, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, and Uganda. 

Facilitator Rachel Bolton

Rachel Bolton Senior Consultant and Coach Dalar International and Director of the Genuine Contact Organization 

Rachel has been a member of the Dalar team since 1998 including more than a decade as the Production Director and in this role played integral part of the team at Dalar during the co-founding of the Genuine Contact™ Program. Today, she carries out her work as senior consultant and facilitator focusing on, meeting facilitation, strategic planning, leadership development and organizational development work. Most of her work is carried out online, for clients around the globe, using her skillfulness in meeting the needs of multi-cultural organizations.

Rachel favors taking on assignments that are complex, getting great joy out of unraveling the threads of the complexity to assist clients find elegant yet simple solutions. She loves helping her clients find the best path forward for themselves at this time, with a perspective of helping them be the best version of themselves, individually and as an organization. She makes the complex simple.

Rachel is also the Director of the international Genuine Contact Organization, a global community of more than a thousand consultants, coaches, leaders, and facilitators whose work is rooted in the Genuine Contact way of working. Under her leadership as Director, the organization is growing and evolving including transforming itself at present to a membership organization.

The internationalGenuine Contact Organization carries its work out in a number of countries with consistent results cross-culturally. A multicultural group now co-owns the Genuine Contact program and leads its ongoing development through their own ‘walking their talk’ as an organization in relation to what the professionals teach. Rachel has been a Co-Owner of the program since 2007.


 Summer Academy 2024 Sponsor Team

Mariëlle Cuijpers, Doris Gottlieb, Richard Metcalf and Yolanda van der Hooft are part of a growing group of professionals in the Netherlands engaged in the Genuine Contact Way of working. Each of us apply the powerful frameworks, methods, and principles of Genuine Contact to our diverse work environments that include work: Inside organizations and as external consultants. Working in the private sector and in public organizations. Two of us having been born in the Netherlands and two of us who make our home here but come from other countries. All of us are dedicated to bringing the powerful approach offered by Genuine Contact into the Netherlands and are part of a developing Hub of people who are working and living the Genuine Contact way.

We are excited to see and work with you during the Summer Academy.

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