Podcast Residency

Embodying Collective Transformation with Karl Steyaert

In the second episode of our Exploring Social Transformation series, Theo Cox sits down with visionary cultural catalyst, Karl Steyaert. Karl explains what it is to be a ‘Champion of Human Wholeness’, why inner transformation is central to wider societal transformation, and tells us about the series of residencies he will be facilitating in the Life Itself Bergerac Hub from September-November 2022.

With over 25 years experience facilitating personal and collective transformation across North America, Europe and Asia, Karl has a passion for co-creating hubs for the evolution of consciousness and life-enriching culture. He has designed and directed programs in Integral Sustainability at Findhorn Ecovillage (Scotland), Auroville (India) and has supported the development of dozens more ecovillage and community projects worldwide.

Karl is a certified trainer in Nonviolent Communication, is a trained practitioner of Internal Family Systems therapy, and has extensive training and experience facilitating collective trauma healing, restorative justice, aikido, and meditation. 

Embodying Collective Transformation Community Residencies

Sharing personal and collective practices to address the challenges of our time and help create a world that works for all life

We are thrilled to have Karl co-facilitate three one-month long residencies this autumn in the Life Itself Bergerac hub. These ‘Embodying Collective Transformation’ residencies will consist of a week of intensive training in personal and group practices for courageous collective transformation, followed by three weeks of community immersion to integrate and deepen these practices in our daily lives. The immersion includes time and space for you to continue your daily personal work and projects. People can apply to attend just the week-long training, the entire month-long residency, or multiple months of residency.


We’re passionate about coming together with others to embody the necessary personal and collective practices to address the challenges of our time and help create a world that works for all life. Nothing compares to spending time living in a community of people dedicated to evolution and service. And, in our experience, nothing is as fulfilling!


Sep 2nd-30th; Oct 1st – 30th; Nov 1st – 30th 2022


Life Itself Praxis Hub, Bergerac, France. A palazzo in the Dordogne in the medieval town of Bergerac near Bordeaux.

View of Bergerac on the Dordogne

Who is it for?

These community residencies are for you if you’re passionate about committing deeply to personal and collective transformational practices, in service to the well-being of the world you live in.

How much is it?

Full Residency (1 month)Training only (1 week)
Training: €800Training: €800
Accommodation: €250 (shared) / €475 (standard) / €625 (premium)Accommodation: €65 (shared) / €120 (standard) / €155 (premium)
Food: €240Food: €60

Our aim is that cost is not an obstacle to anyone participating. If finance is an issue, please get in touch and we will see if we can provide support in some way or another.

How to apply

Please understand that there are a limited number of places available in each community residency and training. The application process consists of two stages:

  1. Application form
  2. Interview with two members of the facilitation & hosting team (Karl, Nadine, Jocelyn, and Catherine)

Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Typically it will take 4+ weeks for a final decision about admissions.

Our hope is that you’ll find the application process to be a meaningful self-reflection and mini transformation experience in itself. For more information on the application process, see our FAQ section below, or contact us with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

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