Transformative Leadership - Facilitating Change and Social Responsibility
with & Jerry Granelli & Anna Weinstein Ali Smith, Atman Smith, Andres Gonzalez, James Gimian, Crane Stookey, David Sable, Sera Thompson, Marguerite Dresher, Laura Burke, Ryan Luke Watson June 28 / 6:00 PM - July 7 / 2:00 PM
Please Note: Above prices include all meals but not accommodations.
A Summer Institute Workshop Festival
Practices, skillful means and methods that enable us to profoundly effect, inspire and facilitate personal and collective change and create resilient and engaged communities and organizations. We can unstuck our organisations, societies and our professional paths.
This experiential Workshop Festival will bring together some of the most innovative, provocative practitioners from the realm of transformational, responsible leadership and social activism.
The purpose of the gathering is to explore, strengthen and practice the leadership and facilitation skills and inherent qualities essential to transform society, our organizations, communities, and lives.
The workshops will provide a powerful, creative ‘tool-kit’ for times of chaos, challenge, and opportunity, and offers a collaborative space to apply these for the benefit of your projects and the communities you serve.
Change leaders and facilitators, organizational and community leaders, social activists and entrepreneurs, as well as individuals interested in social transformation and creative collaboration. People interested in responsible, transformational leadership, keen to develop the skills and qualities that are needed to create a saner, more compassionate, awake, peaceful and sustainable culture and world.
Learn skilful means and practical tools such as ‘Applied Mindfulness’, ‘The Art of Hosting’, ‘Creative Process’, ‘Interactive Reflection’, ‘Conflict Transformation’, ‘Rules of Victory’, ‘Keeping Your People in the Boat’, and other innovative techniques
Learn how to get socially engaged projects started and funded, and how to conduct research on our work
Strengthen inner leadership qualities and competencies such as empathy, self-awareness, authentic presence, courageous compassion-in-action, inspirational integrity and resilience
Enhance creative decision making skills, decisiveness and responsiveness
Understand how to create projects that help underserved communities and teens and children at-risk
Learning creative dialogue practices which invite deep collective wisdom, diversity, and inclusive consensus building
Increase ability for fluid knowing, situational awareness, on-your-feet decision making
Develop mindfulness-based deep listening skills, inquiry and interactive reflection skills
Learn practices to develop greater self-awareness, generosity, and attentive patience
Benefits The capacity, practices, skillful means and understanding that enable you to:
Embody, inspire and facilitate social and organizational change
Hold the space for conflict and chaos to transform
Create resilient and engaged communities and organizations
Invite individual and collective wisdom, diversity and collaboration
Effectively encourage change in the face of resistance and conflict
Unstuck your organization, your personal and professional path
Develop constructive and sustainable relationships
Build courageous consensus and empower creative, responsible action
Create projects that help underserved communities and teens and children at-risk
Apply new powerful leadership practices for personal and collective transformation
Create new patterns that embody your highest aspirations for our planet and society
Allow others to grow, thrive and take responsible action
Gain practical wisdom for your projects, organizations and communities, and develop strategies to apply it, working collaboratively with others
Create momentum and bring about the tipping point in your project
We will enjoy ten experiential, interactive workshops. Workshops include half day sessions, full day sessions and multiday sessions. These will be interspersed with time to collaborate, learn from each other and apply the learned tools and practices to our projects and responsibilities. We will also develop our personal leadership practice and action plan.
There is time for supportive open space networking with like-minded and with new and old colleges and friends. And of course there will be space to share, eat and work together and for celebrations, campfires as well as for personal refection.
Practical exercises will develop leadership skills and strategic tools. There is also a strong emphasis on cultivating leadership character and qualities through practices of applied mindfulness in action, applied awareness and courageous compassion in action.
We will explore how social transformation is a profound personal and collective journey that requires shifting our own reference points and assumptions, taking radical responsibility for our world, our ecosystem, our society, and for our own activity.
Together they helped develop and pilot yoga and mindfulness programs with at-risk youth, at drug treatment centers, juvenile detention centers, alternative high schools, mental crisis facilities, and in many other underserved communities, as well as a yoga instructor training program. For the past four years they have partnered with The John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health and Penn State University's Prevention Research Center on a federally funded randomized controlled trail in Baltimore City Public Schools, studying the effectiveness of yoga and mindfulness on urban youth. They also co-authored a high school physical education curriculum based on yoga principles.
James Gimian is co-author with Barry Boyce of The Rules of Victory: How to Transform Chaos and Conflict — Strategies from the Art of War (2008), and the general editor of the Art of War: The Denma Translation (2001). He has spearheaded Mindful’s community-building efforts within the mindfulness movement for the past five years, and is currently on the Advisory Board of the Center for Mindfulness at UMass, and the Boards of Directors of the Mind Fitness Training Institute (MFTI) and the Institute for Mindful Leadership. He has taught leadership training programs and mindfulness in North America and Europe since 1978, and has been a magazine and trade book publishing professional since 1973.
Jerry Granellihas been teaching experiential leadership training programs together with Meg Wheatley and at the ALIA institute since 2001. Jazz Times magazine calls Jerry “one of those uncategorizable veteran percussionists who’s done it all.” He burns with an intensity fuelled by a passion for “the pursuit of the spirit of spontaneity which drives the player.” A veteran of the San Francisco jazz scene, Jerry performed with many major players including Mose Allison, Ornette Coleman, Anthony Braxton, Lou Rawls and Sly Stone. He later shared bills with Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and the Holding Company and the Grateful Dead. Granelli became a Buddhist in 1970, and from the mid-70s through the ’90s he focused on teaching at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Seattle’s Cornish Institute, the Maritime Conservatory in Halifax, and the Hochschule der Kunst in Berlin.
David Sable, PhD is a training and education consultant who specializes in applying mindfulness practices to learning, inquiry and dialogue as tools for innovation. He has led and co-led highly interactive and engaging workshops in this specialty for the Young Presidents Organization in Canada, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the Authentic Leadership in Action Institute , the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and numerous leadership conferences in the United States and Canada. David was trained and authorized as meditation teacher by renowned Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Chogyam Trungpa and continues to teach in Shambhala Centers throughout North America. He is currently a consultant and trainer in the private sector and part-time professor at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. David has published several peer-reviewed journal articles on transformative learning, a chapter in a textbook on Transformative Learning in Online Education (2010), and is turning his doctoral thesis (2012) on the impacts of reflective learning on critical thinking into a book for educators.
Crane Stookey is a facilitator, trainer and coach with a particular interest in the power of experiential learning. He holds a Captain’s license for sailing ships and has sailed extensively as Chief Mate and Training Officer on Tall Ships in the US and Canada. He is the Founder of the Nova Scotia Sea School, a privately run experiential education organization, for which he was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for his contribution to the Canadian community. Crane has also studied and taught meditation for over 20 years. His work joins the disciplines of command and insight to address the chaos and complexity of personal and systemic change. He is the author of Keep Your People in the Boat: Workforce Engagement Lessons from the Sea
Marguerite Drescher is an artist, graphic facilitator, mother and change maker. She is committed to practices of listening, meditation, creative process and conversation. She works and lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Sera Thompson supports leaders who are working to regenerate systems and structures that have the capacity to respond to the complex challenges of our time. She creates spaces for collaborative innovation by designing and hosting change labs, strategic dialogues, conferences, communities of practice, conflict transformations, and civic engagement.
Ryan Watson is working to bring practices for social transformation to the largest scale. In addition to building leadership capacity and facilitating change in organizations and communities, he is particularly focused on re-imagining and re-building the economic and political systems that shape our societies.
Laura Burke is a drama therapist, mental health advocate, peer support worker, spoken word and theatre artist, and researcher. It is her passion to help persons access and apply their own inner resources through the arts. Laura is also a faculty member at the Atlantic Contemplative Centre and has a passion for Developmental Transformations, a form of improvisational drama therapy.
Payment and Housing Information
Discounted program tuition $890 plus accommodations: Interest free payment plans for 6 months are an option for those who choose this tuition level.
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Program tuition $120 per Day if attending part of the program plus accommodations: If attending only part of the program, DDL offers a daily program tuition rate for this program. Please call our regestrar and inform of how many days you will be atttending and set up payment.
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Please Note: Above prices include meals but not accommodations.
For summer programs, we offer three lodging options:
Bring your own tent and set up on one of our tent platforms: free
Single bed in shared Hut/cabin/dorm tent: $20 per night, $180 for the program
Gyatso Lodge: (single bed in shared double or tripple room) $45 per night, $405 for the program.
Gyatso Lodge has double and triple rooms with shared hallway bathrooms. The huts, dorm tents and cabins have 2 - 8 occupants and share an outdoor bath-house.
Deposits will be refunded up to 30 days prior to the program, less a 10% administration fee. Deposits will be 50% refunded up to 10 days prior to the program.
There is no refund of deposits for cancellations less than 10 days before the start of a program.
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All program costs at Dorje Denma Ling are workable. With either of the tuition choices above, we can provide a payment plan of up to 6 months, and we also match all scholarships that local Shambhala Centers grant to help their members attend programs. Click here for a link to our financial aid form.
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