On 2 May 2018 at the conclusion of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAG) Board retreat held in Cape Town, members of the Board and staff took part in a global responsibility learning journey visiting Spier Wine estate near Stellenbosch.
The visit to Spier offered an opportunity to appreciate some of the local artwork held in the extensive Spier collection as well as an opportunity to connect with nature at the Eagle Encounters rehabilitation centre at Spier.
The visual arts are a powerful tool for transformation — sparking new insights and inspiring us to engage with our world in new and imaginative ways. The pieces which the GMAC group viewed where chosen to stimulate conversation and spark reflection on issues relating to context, leadership and environmental sustainability. Some of the art which the GMAC group viewed included:
- Dying Slave installation
- Leadership pieces including Mandela, Pope Benedict XVI and Sunshine Generals
- The singing stones
Spier is an award-winning wine producer set on a 300-year-old heritage farm in the Cape. Family-run, they practice a modern, ethical, environmental and socially conscious approach to providing good wine, food, hospitality and leisure experiences within an arts-focused destination.
Spier is one of 29 WWF Conservation Champions, is organically certified, follows the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) criteria and is recognised by other external organisations including Fair Trade in Tourism (FTT) and the Wine Industry Ethical Trade Association (WIETA).
The learning journey was jointly hosted by Heidi Newton King, Sustainability and HR Director of Spier and John North.
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