In 2001 Gundula Schatz had the inspiration to start the Waldzell Institute during a transformational stay at the famous Esalen Institute ( at Big Sur, California. From 2004 to 2008 she organized the Waldzell Meetings at Melk Abbey together with Andreas Salcher. In 2008 after a surgery she fell into coma and had to close down the Institute for nearly two years. In autumn 2010 Gundula Schatz started the Institute again with new perspectives and initiatives.

Gundula Schatz has been dealing with natural sciences, modern technologies and spiritual teachings for the past 20 years. She has a degree in biotechnology and is a Yoga teacher. From 2001 to 2005 she was deputy mayor for the first district of Vienna.

Her special interest lies in the development of a holistic view and way of life. She focuses on how human beings can develop both individually and collectively in order to be prepared for the many challenges of the future. For her, Waldzell is a way to fill the theories identified with life and to bring about real change. The initiative “Architects of the Future” that supports young and inspired leaders of a new, more human and more sustainable society, is especially dear to her heart.