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Activities and events on Lake Constance 2022 & 2023

Steffanie Hornstein - 26/09/2022 - 0 comments

Annual calendar of activities and events

To give you a clear picture of what’s going on at Buchinger Wilhelmi all year round, we have put together an annual calendar of activities and events, sorted by subject.

We hope you enjoy browsing!

*All events are free of charge as part of our Buchinger Wilhelmi program.

Art Weeks

with Joanna Klakla and Ursula Erchinger*

Art Weeks take place four times a year with an inspiring motto and under the supervision of Joanna Klakla. The creative atelier is open for three hours every day during Art Week to allow you to work creatively. During this time, our guests can be creative at their own pace.

Further information

The workshop is run by Joanna Klakla. She is a freelance artist and art teacher who is specialised scriptural painting, woodcuts and collage. Joanna Klakla is also a lecturer at the Youth Art School in the district of Lake Constance. The focus of the Art Weeks is on experimenting with various techniques and materials. The goal is to also cultivate your individual artistic expression.

Here are the mottos of the Art Weeks through the seasons:

  • Spring: Growing Plants/A Garden Installation
    Techniques: drawing, painting, cut-outs, collage, printing techniques
  • Summer: Summer workshop
    Technique: painting
  • Autumn: All About Colours
  • Winter: Celestial Inspiration


09 – 16 October 2022

19 – 26 December 2022

16 – 22 April 2023

16 – 22 July 2023

01 – 07 October 2023

23 – 30 December 2023


German, English, French

Moving Mind, Body & Soul

with employees of the clinic*

Mind, Body and Soul exercises are aimed at promoting your health holistically.

Choose between Pilates, yoga or yin yoga, qigong, breathing exercises and inspirational activities.


19.9. – 24.9.2022


German, English

Semaines Francophones

with Dr. Françoise Wilhelmi de Toledo*

This year, our French-speaking guests will again be able to enjoy the Semaines Francophones. The events offered by our main speakers and the evening programme as well as several other activities in the course of the day will be held in French.


30 January – 13 February 2022 with Jean Montagard

4 – 18 September 2022 with Dr. Francoise Wilhelmi de Toledo, among others

6 – 20 November 2022 with Dr. Francoise Wilhelmi de Toledo, among others



Mindfulness Meditation Week

with Tenzin Kalden*

Lharampa Tenzin Kalden is a Buddhist monk and meditation instructor who teaches traditional mindfulness meditation methods and Tibetan Lu Jong yoga. Learn how to bring more mindfulness into your life and thoughts.

More information

Practising mindfulness plays a central role in Buddhism. Being mindful means being in the present moment. According to Buddhist teachings, we are conscious of our emotions, thoughts and actions in the here and now. At every moment, our mind is alert and knows what impact our actions will have on others and on the environment. Mindfulness is considered a clear, neutral spirit that does not judge or appraise.

There are four aspects to mindfulness: mindfulness of one’s own body, one’s feelings, thoughts and actions. Those who practice mindfulness are aware at all times of samsara, the repetitive everlasting cycle of habit, and live their lives for the good of all sentient beings.

Mindfulness Meditation Week is run by Tenzin Kalden, who was born in Tibet and grew up in Europe. He studied at the Sera Monastic University in South India for 17 years, where he graduated in the five great sciences of Buddhism. He was awarded the title of Rabjampa and achieved the highest scholastic title of Lharampa. For the last nine years, Lharampa Tenzin Kalden has organized training courses in Buddhist philosophy and meditation retreats in Europe.

Content of the mindfulness seminar:

  • Meditation and Tibetan Lu Jong yoga for the five elements
  • Mindfulness meditation and walking meditation
  • Buddhist psychology for more harmony and health
  • Healing mantras and chakra cleansing exercises derived from Tibetan Buddhism
  • Meditation and exercises against stress and burnout
  • Lecture: “Dealing with sorrowful emotions using exercises for mindfulness meditation”
  • Lecture: “Buddhist philosophy as a basis for meditation”
  • Lecture: “The therapeutic benefits of buddhist tantra


15 – 19 August 2022

06 – 10 March 2023

14 – 18 August 2023


German, English

Register for our Mindfulness Week

Evening Lecture Series on Questions of Time

Buchinger Wilhelmi in Cooperation with the University of St. Gallen

The Lake Constance region has been a cultural area of the first order for centuries. Just think of the enormous influence of the monasteries of Reichenau and St. Gallen before the Middle Ages. Even today, for example, three renowned universities can be found here: Friedrichshafen, Constance and St. Gallen. Buchinger Wilhelmi uses this proximity to host a series of events in cooperation with the University of St. Gallen, one of the leading business schools in Europe. This is entirely in keeping with Buchinger Wilhelmi’s integrative approach. In order to increase our well-being, it is not enough to strengthen ourselves physically. Psychological (soul) and spiritual (spirit) experiences also make important contributions to a fulfilling life. The latter also include cognitive, inspirational and social experiences.

Hosts: Leonhard Wilhelmi & Raimund Wilhelmi
Program: Elvira Fröhlich & Prof. em. Dr. Günter Müller-Stewens


03.10. – 21.10.2022

03.10.22 | Do We Need Heroes? Reflections on great men in democratic times | Prof. Dr. Dieter Thomä

20.00 Salon Main House
Closed event for Buchinger Wilhelmi guests.

His talk will be given in English; questions can also be asked in German.

Do we still need heroes in modern-day democracies, or do they belong to a long-gone era, driven by strong men and warriors? And what is a hero for us today? Die­ter Thomä will answer these timeless and timely questions, which have gained additional momentum during COVID and, more recently, due to the War in Ukraine. By combining findings from cultural history and political philosophy, Dieter Thomä makes the case for following Friedrich Nietzsche’s suggestion, “Do not throw away the hero in your soul.”

Dieter Thomä, born in 1959, began his career as a journalist with the Sender Freies Berlin, after graduating from the Henri-Nannen School of Journalism. He studied in Berlin and Freiburg/Breisgau and taught at various universities before joining the University of St. Gallen, where he has been a professor of philosophy since 2000. Dieter Thomä was a fellow at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles (2002-2003), the Max Weber Center in Erfurt (2007-2008), the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin (2009-2010), and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (2018-2019). He was visiting professor at the University of California at Davis (2012), Brown University (2013), and Yale University (2021). His research interests are in social philosophy, ethics, cultural philosophy, political philosophy, and phenomenology. In all of these endeavors, he is guided by the Socratic question of “how to live”. Among his recent book publications are “Troublemakers: A Philosophy of Puer Robustus” (in German 2016, in English 2019) and “Why We Need Heroes” (in German 2019).

07.10.22 | Design your Life: How to bring more of yourself into your future with design thinking, positive psychology and lifeloops | Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kernbach

20.00 Salon Main House
Closed event for Buchinger Wilhelmi guests.

His talk will be given in English; questions can also be asked in German.

His talk will focus on how we can proactively design a future that we look forward to. He will share with us how to better understand what we are all about and what drives us and why the concept of signature strengths helps to design callings into our lives. He will also portray the idea of a portfolio of the future which allows for differentiated and multi-optional thinking to not get stuck. His explanations come with examples and anecdotes from his work with individuals from teenagers over students and mid-careers to retirees as well as organizations such as the United Nations, Nike, ECB, and others. He will also share the insights of his latest project “the science of action” in which he designed a new framework of seven key strategies to better overcome procrastination to turn ideas into action. Together with the World Demographic Forum, he aims to portray initiatives around the world that support people in managing their career and life transitions.

Sebastian Kernbach works as Assistant Professor at the University of St. Gallen (HSG), as a Guest Professor at the African Doctoral Academy at Stellenbosch University and Visiting Fellow at Stanford University. His fields of expertise range from knowledge visualization, over storytelling and meeting management to design thinking, positive psychology, and behavioral economics. His award-winning and best-selling books cover topics such as MeetUp! (, creativity in research together with his Stanford team ( as well as life design ( His leads the life design lab, the visual collaboration lab and one of his projects is called “the science of action” aiming to uncover strategies to overcome procrastination and the intention-action-gap. His work is science- based and highly practical in line with the HSG slogan “from insight to impact”.

08.10.22 | Culture Warriors vs Progressive Urbanites? What’s at stakes at America’s upcoming elections | PD Dr. Claudia Brühwiler

20.00 Salon Main House
Closed event for Buchinger Wilhelmi guests.

Her talk will be given in English; questions can also be asked in German.

America is heading to the polls on November 8. Midterm elections are traditionally a time of reckoning and amount to a referendum on the incumbent president. This year’s midterm elections will be no different in that regard – but they are the first national elections after January 6, 2021, when the traditionally peaceful transition of power was disrupted by a violent mob. Moreover, US society seems more entrenched in its never-ending culture wars since the Supreme Court overturned its own precedent, Roe v. Wade. What do we need to look out for on November 8? What will the elections mean for President Biden? And can they give us an idea for what’s coming in 2024? These are some of the questions Claudia Brühwiler will address in her talk – and discuss with you.

Claudia Franziska Brühwiler is a Senior Lecturer in American Political Thought and Culture at the University of St. Gallen where she completed both a “Habilitation” in American Studies and a doctorate in political science. In 2010, she received the Rudolf Mäder Prize for the best dissertation in law and political science at the University of St. Gallen. She has been a visiting researcher at the University of Notre Dame, Amherst College, the University of Virginia, and at the University College Dublin as well as a guest professor at Keio University in Tokyo. Her work focuses on the conservative movement in the United States, populism, and the interplay of politics and literature. Moreover, she is a monthly columnist with NZZ am Sonntag and regularly comments on US political events in various media outlets.

21.10.22 | Doing the Right Thing. Towards a More Humane Economy | Prof. Dr. Günter Müller-Stewens & Dr. Eva Bilhuber Galli

The interview will be held in German. Questions may also be asked in English.

Public book launch: Raimund Wilhelmi interviews the authors on their new book.

Many people are aware that we urgently need a more humane economy – an economy that is committed not only to economic, but also human progress. But the more complex our world becomes, the more difficult it is to do the “right thing”, both economically and humanely. Decisions often become a dilemma. That can be a sobering experience. In the face of pressing social challenges, the authors ask how companies can follow an approach that is both economical and humane. By consciously introducing different perspectives, they aim to give room to a more wide-ranging examination and invite the reader to reflect without drawing conclusions.

Günter Müller Stewens was professor at the University of St. Gallen from 1991 to retirement. He was also founder and Academic Director of the Master in Strategy and International Management, which has taken first place in the global rankings of the Financial Times since 2011. The focus of his work is on strategic management. He has written more than 400 publications on this subject, which have won international prizes. Most recently, his book “Corporate Strategy” which he wrote with Matthias Brauer was awarded the 2022 Textbook Prize by the German Association of Faculty Members (Verband der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft, VHB). His academic work has always involved working closely with companies.

Eva Bilhuber Galli has run her own Zurich-based management consultancy, Human Facts AG, for more than ten years. The company specialises in a management approach based on partnership for companies and multi-stakeholder projects. Previously, she held various executive positions at UBS AG in Zurich and Frankfurt am Main. Since earning her Ph.D. at the University of St. Gallen, she has been involved in the evaluation of “relational assets” and has written several publications on the subject. As a founding member of the Open Search Foundation, she advocates a digital market that is humane and ethical. In addition, she occasionally volunteers as a guest lecturer for next-generation leaders in Namibia and South Africa.

What can yoga achieve?

with Kristin Rübesamen*

Yoga instructor and author Kristin Rübesamen investigates the body and mind and has taught yoga and meditation for more than 20 years. People under great stress or even those who work from home tend to neglect their body. Experience at first hand how yoga affects you physically, psychologically and spiritually, and learn how to work with your body and breathing to optimum effect. Gain stability, resilience and the feeling that you are standing on firm ground, even in difficult times.

With talks by Raimund Wilhelmi about “Leading mindfully: What modern CEOs should understand”, and “Change: Learning to deal with crises, disruption and failure”. Moderated by Kristin Rübesamen.
With workshops especially for men that address their specific physiological needs and typically male movement patterns.


31 October – 04 November 2022


German, English

Happiness Week

with Florence Servan-Schreiber*

Florence Servan-Schreiber is an author who lives and works in Paris. She holds workshops and lectures on positive psychology and the science of happiness. Learn how to craft your own happiness and mobilise your own “superpowers”!


15 – 20 May 2023


English, French

Music as a way to the images of the soul

with Anna E. Röcker*

Music therapist (GIM) Anna E. Röcker addresses the correlations between art, spirituality and healing. She uses her training in analytical psychology (C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich) to illustrate the role symbols play in our holistic health.

Discover the fascination of “The Magic Flute” and its timeless significance

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed “The Magic Flute” in the year before he died. It became one of the most famous and most-performed operas in the world. A particularly interesting aspect of this work is against the background of the Freemasons. How much secret knowledge from his own Masonic affiliation did Mozart “betray” in an encrypted form in this piece? And what is new and almost revolutionary about this?

As well as the wonderful music, the general human issues described so magically in the opera are what delight people of all ages. The musical comedy between Tamino/Papageno and Pamina/Papagena can be simply enjoyed, or the opera can be seen as a kind of “initiation path” that the individual characters have to travel. At the same time, the tasks and challenges they face apply to a certain extent for all time.

In the workshops, we will study the individual characters and the meaning of the aspects of the human soul they represent for our personal life through techniques such as active imagination, musical journeys and musical meditation.


17 – 19 February 2023

Christmas – Birth of light (cancelled)

The date on 16 – 18 December 2022 is cancelled. The following new dates with Anna E. Röcker are planned for 2023:

17 – 19 February 2023

26 – 28 May 2023

24 – 26 November 2023


English, French

*Free of charge as part of our Buchinger Wilhelmi programme

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