The smell that fills the entire house, the cracking sounds of contained energy right after you get it out of the oven whispering “Everything will be alright”, the first bite of a still warm nourishing slice: that’s just a small selection of what baking bread holds for me.

Last year, during the tough and challenging first months of the COVID pandemic I started baking bread. For many reasons: practical ones because we were home a lot with little access to fresh bread, emotional ones because I missed my home, Germany, where the sourdough recipe I use comes from, efficiency ones because baking bread meant that at least one dinner per week (and several lunches & breakfasts) were taken care of. 

Besides the many learnings around the bread itself this process held so many teachable moments for me on a different kind of layer: I learned a whole lot about myself, my emotions during challenging times and about my capabilities of driving change in a positive and sustainable way.

With BREAD & BETTER I want to share an opportunity of personal and team development with you.


Here is what’s in for you / your team: In a virtual set-up BREAD & BETTER combines the bread making process from scratch to finish with elements of coaching to:

  • teach you  / your team to make a sourdough starter and spark ideas on how to design new beginnings (session 1 / 30 min time invest)

  • show you / your team how to nourish the starter and along with it our strengths (session 2 / 15-30 min time invest)

  • have a look at what might be missing - in the starter and in our life, job, team set-up or organization (session 3 / 15-30 min time invest)

  • bring attention to what’s going on with the starter and what we need to be amazing (session 4 / 15-30 min time invest)

  • give the starter and yourself / your team some rest and time to grow (two weeks or more); one check-in in between to feed the starter and us some inspiration (session 5 / 15min time invest)

  • help you / your team create a sourdough using the starter and tickle creativity and intuition (session 6 / 30 min)

  • guide you / your team through the day of baking the first bread including lots of stretching and folding for both, the dough and our minds and spirits (session 7 / half day on and off; with option to share reflexion findings in 1:1 and/or team coaching with me).


What else: A BREAD & BETTER Senses Book with recipes, shopping list, space to capture notes and a membership in a virtual peer group to inspire,
ask questions to and nourish each other is included.

BREAD & BETTER can be held as an event series for an existing team or to bring people from multiple places across your organization together. There is also an open enrollment class planned for individuals in October / November 2021.


For more information, reach out through the contact form

Let’s bake bread and happiness together!


Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread.

Richard Wright



“The idea of thinking about more than the everyday things in a safe group environment and learning a new craft quickly convinced me. The short BREAD & BETTER sessions were easy to integrate into my busy schedule and Sonja's questions sparked some new thoughts and ideas for me. After just a couple of weeks we were able to enjoy our first homemade sourdough bread. Besides the baking and group coaching I enjoyed expanding my network and meeting new people. Many thanks Sonja!”

Melanie S., Germany