lourdes gutierrez

source of inspiration

Lourdes has in innate belief and trust in the mystery of life. Audacious and courageous, she strives to make the world a better place by treating people with respect and dignity. Lourdes believes that all people should have a right to an education and to diverse opportunities in life. In her personal life and as an entrepreneur, she gives herself one hundred percent to whatever she undertakes. In the transformational work that she does with individuals and groups, Lourdes magically touches people’s souls and uses her determination, energy and willingness to risk not being liked so that they can see their own greatness, their own potential and get in touch with their Life Purpose.

his path

Originally from San Francisco California, Lourdes holds deeply to her Mexican-Aztec and German roots, while being completely open to all other cultures. Her first important encounter occurred at the tender age of 7, when her father gave her a Jacques Brel LP – a gift that would forever impact her life. That was the spark that ignited her passion for the French language and eventually inspired her to go into teaching and earning a master’s degree in French literature. After 12 years of teaching in private schools in Silicon Valley, Lourdes pursued her dream and moved to Paris for a sabbatical year. The City of Light brought about a period of soul-searching, and against all reason, Lourdes took the risk of leaving it all for a new unknown life. She decided to stay in Paris, the city of her dreams, get trained in leadership development and coaching and reinvent herself from scratch. She became an entrepreneur and created her own company, le playground, finding her unique way to contribute to the world of human development. She partnered with a famous American coaching school where le playground became the sole licensee for all of France. Lourdes not only ran a business but also became a faculty member for this school, where she travelled worldwide to train future coaches in more than 15 countries. She prepared Certification participants in three different languages (Spanish, French and English) to pass an exam that would gain them ICF (International Coaching Federation) accreditation.

In 2008, while Lourdes was fully engaged in her life mission at le playground, a second encounter had a huge impact on her personal and professional life: crossing paths with Marco Frediani, who at the time was doing the same work for the same “partner school” in Spain. Together they discovered the power of their “duo” – inspirational, evolutionary, deep, risk-taking, spiritual and innovative. By virtue of their curiosity and insatiable hunger to learn, they continued to pursue their quest for knowledge and inspiration from different schools of thought in leadership and diverse spiritual practices. After participating in several cutting-edge training programs in different countries, Lourdes and Marco both realized that their partnership with the American training school no longer made sense, for it had become evident that they were beginning to listen to the call of becoming more activist in their work. In 2010 Lourdes and Marco marked another milestone as they decided to end the partnership and let le playground become independent.

his inspiration

Lourdes is inspired by those who have taken risks to make the world a better place – Mohandas Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, John Lennon, Maya Angelou, Simone Veil, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Among those who are alive and whose work she admires: Pema Chodron, Yuval Noah Harari, Aymeric Caron, Jeremy Rifkin, Joanna Macy, Joseph Stiglitz, Pope Francis I, Naomi Klein, Jaron Lanier, Marianne Williamson, Seth Godin and the list goes on. On a more personal note, the people who have directly impacted her life are Henry Kimsey-House, Phil Sandahl, Otto Scharmer, Adam Kahane, Bill and Lynn Twist, White Eagle and the students of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and her father, Juan Gutierrez.

his dream

To be a source of inspiration, influence, and action to contribute to creating a new society where there is more individual self-awareness and collective consciousness, a society that works together to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on our planet. Her dream is to leave this the earth, our only playground, in better conditions for the generations to come.