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Innovate With Nature - Trinidad expedition

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Mt. Plaisir Estate Hotel

Hosang Street

Grande Riviere, Sangre Grande

Trinidad and Tobago

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TRINIDAD - JULY 2nd to 6th 2018

>>> Early Bird tickets until May 1st

Imagine spending 5 days in full immersion in one of the most beautiful islands of the West Indies: Trinidad. You will immerse yourself in nature and get deeper into the beautiful innovations of this ecosystem. You may find inspiration for your next design but also change the way you live as a whole. Are you ready to fully immerse yourself in nature? We promise this experience will transform you, for the better!

The second largest leatherback turtle nesting site in the world is at Grande Rivière from March to September. Photo credit: Stephen Jay Photography

Imagine learning from nature to come up with new, sustainable and highly efficient solutions in areas like transport, energy, sheltering or packaging, and even communication and management.

You will learn incredible strategies and solutions around how nature masters movement, on the ground, on water or in the air. You will also discover beautiful solutions for energy harvesting, storage and distribution from plants and birds. You will also be amazed by smart natural packaging and sheltering solutions from insects and animals. And finally wonder at collaborative communication strategies that insects or birds implemented to hunt, organize and survive in this region.

All of these great insights could be useful to build the masterplan for your next innovation whether you work as an engineer, designer or in strategy in your company.

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You will be exploring the surroundings of Grande Riviere, one of the most beautiful places in Trinidad, and learning from nature by observing it with local biologists and naturalists. You will also be guided throughout this journey by our fantastic team of facilitators who will equip you with tools and knowledge to better tackle the challenges your business faces.

You will be learning by doing, putting new techniques into practice to design new solutions with the help of special tools such as the Circulab. Notions from design thinking, biomimicry and the circular economy will be taught and put daily into practice to improve your learnings outcomes.

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For companies this training represents a fantastic opportunity to stimulate the creativity of their employees, have them think in a more holistic way and improve their problem solving skills with new techniques.


We will establish our camp base near Grande Riviere in the northeastern part of Trinidad.

Mornings will be moments dedicated for outdoor activities and exploration of nature with biologists where you will learn incredible engineering from birds, insects, plants, fish and mammals.

Afternoons will be dedicated to analyzing, relating and benchmarking for solutions to human problems related to human challenges. This could also be complemented with deeper exploration of nature outside if needed. Inspiration from the natural way of reacting to stress, constraints and unpredictability will help participants to reflect on how to implement new management and functional modes.

Evenings will be dedicated to contextualizing with a series of games and prototyping tools in order to bring your ideas to life as much as possible.

This program is dedicated to give you easy access to nature as a tremendous source of inspiration in your work (and also for your life in general). Expect to be surprised and amazed by nature's incredible sustainable and efficient strategies. You will also learn process and methodology to innovate with nature when you come back home.

View from rooms at the Mont Plaisir lodge


We will all arrive on Monday morning from the city of Port of Spain to the small eco lodge in Grande Riviere.

Arriving in the lodge we will unpack and give you some introduction for the workshop to come and explain basics concepts of biomimicry that we will use during these 3 days together.

The late afternoon and evening will be dedicated for some time outside, followed by a walk to see sunset and organize a dinner outside (if weather conditions allow to).

Channel Billed Toucan. Picture from Island Hikers (http://islandhikers.com)


We will start this day by giving you instruction about your first challenge and group you in a first team as well. Each day is dedicated to a new challenge. Also you will change teams each day so you can connect and work with everybody during these days together.

Will we start our morning walk outside with an energizing game to open your 5 senses. We will then stay outside for about 2 hours with a biologist. We want you to explore the local context and the living species out there that developed interesting strategies related to your challenges.

Back at our camp base, we will have lunch altogether and start gathering, commenting and analyzing our first insights in teams.

The evening will be the time for contextualizing and reflecting on your first discoveries and solutions.

Lacatang Falls at Grand Rivière. Picture from Island Hikers (http://islandhikers.com)


During this day, there will be on option to have a tour on your own in the morning or a snorkeling excursion by boat. We will continue working on our challenges just before having lunch together. In the afternoon we have imagine a series of exercises on the beach followed by turtle viewing later in the evening.


This day will be a big expedition around the island where you will discover 2 new ecosystems: the tropical forest in the world famous Asa Wright nature reserve with plenty of bird species to observe, and later in the afternoon, you will discover the tropical savannah of Aripo with its very specific flora and carnivorous plants.

Crested oropendola by Don Freiday at Asa Wright nature center


During this last day, we will be closing our challenges and enjoy more the surroundings of Grande Riviere with beach walk and free time for you to rest by the ocean. We will have a last lunch and prepare for departure around 2pm.

We truly believe you will enjoy every moment of this great expedition we've planned for you. And we know that you will come back home with plenty of new insights from nature, new tools and methodologies to use in your company to innovate with nature in mind.

We can't wait to have you on board with us!

Any questions? Email us here: nicolas@innovatewithnature.com

Or visit our website: www.innovatewithnature.com

Baby turtles hatching and race to the ocean for the first time at Grande Riviere Bay
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