These stewards of Art of Hosting, Next Stage Organizing or Permaculture Design come together in Obenaus. 

All trainings in Obenaus are organised by the Obenaus Community, an association registered in Austria at ZVR 284230264.

Lena Maria Jacobsson

Lena Maria Jacobsson is a natural host. She has used her skills ever since she started working in the hospitality sector during her secondary school years in Sweden. After school she traveled the world and worked in various countries: the US, Israel, Spain, Portugal, Belgium and now Austria.

She worked for 15 years at the European Commission in Brussels. She  studied Social and Organisati­o­nal Psychology. As in-house consultant at the European Commission she focused on management and leadership development to enhance organisational and personal effectiveness, and wellbeing. Shortly after participating in a Peer Spirit Circle training with Ann Linnea and Christina Baldwin and an Art of Hosting training she co-pioneered these practices including process consulting in the overall European Commission organisation.

In 2012 she co-founded Obenaus community farm where we explore how to live in a healthy way, in a sustainable way, with nature, while being connected to ourselves and the world. Circle and Art of Hosting practice is the operating system of Obenaus where Open space comes natural and sitting in circle is a daily practice. Here we gather, live and learn with the local and  global community, while many circles are held on-line. Next to bio farming, Lena continues to host systemic constellation work with Rainer and contributes with different hosting teams to spread the practices of Art of Hosting.

Rakesh Rootsman Rak

An experienced Permacultre designer teacher, forest garden specialist, yoga teacher, homeopath and reggae DJ.

Rakesh has been designing and teaching permaculture to individuals and communities since 2009, and has taught over 200 permaculture, forest gardening, eco village design and related courses. His design portfolio ranges from large scale forest gardens in eco villages through to many urban community food growing gardens, private farms and back gardens as well as designing collaborative businesses, urban water retention systems and even computer software and documentation systems. Rakesh is also passionate about building communities, and the social side of permaculture, hence using sociocracy, dragon dreaming and other great tools and processes to create strong social bonds with clear ideas of how to creatively meet your needs in a project or community.

He is also passionate about sharing his journey of self empowerment (learning how to make all the things you need for yourself rather than relying on the system to provide for you), this includes eco architecture (low impact housing); capturing and storing energy (electricity, heat, lighting, etc); fuel efficient heating systems (rocket heaters and stoves); water capture, purification and recycling systems, natural bee keeping and so on.

He is one of the founders of the Children in Permaculture project (CiP), and is also one of the founders of the Youth in Permaculture (YiP) project. So be prepared to go off on inspirational tangents occasionally.

Rainer von Leoprechting


Rainer is originally from Germany. Inspired by Jean Monnet’s practice he was active within the European Commission from 1994-2012. After many different functions in management and strategy, he founded the in-house consulting service which he lead until January 2012. In these years he introduced participatory and innovative methods like the Art of Participatory Leadership or Action Learning into the workings of the European institutions. Rainer is one of the inventors of the pro action café that has become one of the core processes widely shared within the Art of Hosting community.

Rainer’s interventions combine many methods, like the full palette of Art of Hosting practices, Systemic Constellation Work, Action Learning, or process consultation à la Ed Schein and Peter Block.

Together with his patchwork family he moved to Ehrenhausen in Austria in 2012 and started the Obenaus Community a place where people reconnect with their inner and outside nature.

More about Rainer here.

Sven Latzel

Sven is freelancing as an organisational and IT consultant and expert in Sociocracy. Since 2005 he has been actively working to make the world of work more effective, more mindful and more human. First of all with IT, and in recent years with a clear focus on humans and on the processes which connect them.

He worked for many years with a variety of clients, learning about diverse and international cultures, gained a clear insight into the structures and processes which makes an organisation successful.

Clear and efficient Facilitation
Sociocracy (Sociocratic Circle Method and Socioscracy 3.0)
Dragon Dreaming
Art of Hosting
Theory U
Agile Coaching
SCRUM and Kanban
Enterprise Architecture

Catherine Falardeau Marcoux

A permaculture designer and practitioner, Catherine specializes in ecosystem restoration, cartography, flora and fauna conservation, and geomorphology. She spent one year living and working at Obenaus, introducing permaculture aspects onto the farm as well as co-creating a map and basic design for the community.

Cisco Armstrong

Fascinated by Nature’s inherent capacity to facilitate learning, Cisco specializes in what could be called social permaculture. He also spent one year living and working at Obenaus, introducing permaculture aspects onto the farm as well as co-creating a map and basic design for the community.

Jackie Thoms

Jackie brings powerful intuition and clarity as an organisational consultant and executive coach. Trained in Holacracy, Organisational Relationships and Systems Coaching, Theory U, Spiral Dynamics, and co-creator of Making Teal Real, Jackie is committed to bringing attention and care to the health of client systems in alignment with the emerging future. On a journey herself of conscious and awake living and working, some of her most profound learnings and insights come from day-to-day challenges, as well as the joys of motherhood.

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