The Faculty

is composed of many different Horses, of different ages, breed, color and height. They are the main teachers. Vanessa co-facilitates at their side and gives words to explain or support, when necessary. The majority of the work is experiential, and this means that the People coming to the Academy will learn through interaction and experience. Through personal experience the work done will bypass the logical mind and become memory, this being the main difference between reading a book about leadership vs. experiencing it in the first person.

Vanessa Malvicini is grand-daughter of Enzo Malvicini, an Italian race horse breeder. Enzo, during his wild ride of life, was able to inspire Vanessa to explore and understand the deeper connection between Horse and Human. Several great leaders in history are known for having had great Horses at their side, so much so that even the names of these Horses have been passed down in the centuries or years. At Gratitude Academy we want to keep on inspiring and support our contemporary Leaders, helping them to explore the very best of themselves, which is their authenticity. Every leader and entrepreneur needs a mindful relationship with her-/himself, in order to function well for many years to come.

Karsten Eggers is the financial advisor and administrator of the whole ad-venture. Together with Vanessa they have been entrepreneurs of a family with 4 children and own businesses since 1996. Karsten is in charge of the Riversdale Farm, where our horses reproduce and prepare for the work at the Academy.

The Team

is composed by several people either busy with construction, renovation, cleaning, forests management, or gardening. These people are aligned with Gratitude Philosophy and are co-creating with Vanessa and Karsten the spaces, for the experiential work to happen.

Social Commitment

At present there are 11 full time employees and there is hope to create more and more work for the surrounding community. Each person working at Gratitude has a specific mission and is a Leader according to her or his own capabilities. Gratitude creates compassionate Leaders through leading by example.


Our respect for nature and for the earth is paramount to every decision taken. Trust, Respect, Collaboration, Integrity, Coherence are all facets of an Authentic Community and the solid grounds we move onto at Gratitude.


Of a world in which people know themselves and thrive in life. We see people having a peaceful and abundant life. At large: to have a world full of empowered and compassionate people, who are able to accept diversity. Boundaries are understood and respected. Peace is as common as the air we breath. Union with Nature is a given.