AUGUST 6 - 27
Meeting our Challenges as Gateways for Cultivating Relational Leadership
Live Online Course with Nina Simons & Deborah Eden Tull
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As we face so much accelerated and multi-faceted change, we are each called to serve what we love and want to protect from the deepest parts of our being.
Sacred activism speaks to what inspires, guides and resources us to serve life, while integrating deep listening, collaboration and restoration. It goes to the root of cultivating regenerative change. Although our society has long polarized the sacred and activism as binaries, this emergent field may be what is most needed for cultivating personal and collective relational leadership.
Most of us have grown up with cultural norms that have conditioned us to avoid what’s difficult, challenging, or painful. We turn away from or ignore the tough stuff, and often don’t engage with conflict or make space to fully process loss. Centuries of ingrained biases often have us elevate the principles of action, strategic thinking, winning, scale and brute force, while devaluing stillness, embodiment, cooperation, humility, relational intelligence, compassion, and listening.
But if we reorient ourselves, we may recognize that the challenges, traumas, and adversities we face in life are life’s ways of honing and strengthening us. What if, as Buddhist teachings note, obstacles do not block the way, but are the way?
Join us to explore sacred activism and relational leadership. Celebrating the learning that happens through your own lived experience and discoveries, this workshop will offer you new practices and orientations to life. All are welcome.
AUGUST 6, 2023
9 - 10:30 AM (PT)
What we'll explore together includes:
- Redefining both Activism and the Sacred, to identify and clarify our own relationships with each of them.
- Expanding how we relate to these elemental principles in our lives, that can resource us regeneratively in our service on behalf of what we love.
- Empowering reframes and ways to hold our experiences of the often challenging terrain we’re living through today.
- Practices for cultivating relational mindfulness to strengthen our capacity to meet adversity, conflicts and trauma with compassion, equanimity, and conscious response.
- Ways in which we are co-evolving leadership itself to become more relationally-attuned and oriented, shifting from power over to power with, and power to.
- How expanding our capacity for inquiry, deep listening, and embodiment can support and strengthen our ability to see clearly - from the heart - and receive guidance as we meet life’s challenges.
- Ways to resource ourselves and our communities through inner and interconnection, to better balance self-care with care for the world.
- Encouragement for embracing the full complexity of despair, hopelessness, faith and hope within a spaciousness that nourishes emotional resilience.
- Support for engaging in our work as change agents with love, wholeness, and fierce compassion rather than fear, scarcity or urgency as our foundation.
MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS
Deborah Eden Tull is the author of three books, Luminous Darkness: An Engaged Buddhist Approach to Embracing the Unknown, Relational Mindfulness: A Handbook for Deepening Our Connection with Ourselves, Each Other, and the Planet, and The Natural Kitchen: Your Guide to the Sustainable Food Revolution. She lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina and offers retreats, workshops, earth-based rituals, and leadership trainings internationally.
Nina Simons is Co-founder and Chief Relationship Officer at Bioneers, and leads its Everywoman’s Leadership program. Throughout her career spanning the nonprofit, social entrepreneurship, corporate, and philanthropic sectors, Nina has worked with nearly a thousand diverse women leaders across disciplines, race, class, age and orientation to create conditions for mutual learning, trust and leadership development.
She loves convening – both in-person and online - for mutual mentorship and shedding conditioning, and to explore methods and practices for reinventing leadership, reclaiming our whole selves, connecting across difference and co-creating communities of belonging.
Nina co-edited Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart, and authored Nature, Culture, and the Sacred: A Woman Listens for Leadership—released as a second edition in 2022 with an accompanying discussion guide and embodied practices. The first edition won Nautilus awards in the categories of Women in the 21st Century and Social Change & Social Justice. Both are being used to ignite liberatory learning in individuals, circles and classrooms.
1Sacred Activism: Reconciling two realms that have been falsely polarized.
2Reframing Our Challenges as Gateways: Practices for Cultivating Relational Mindfulness
3Cultivating Relational Leadership: Bridging Our Inner and Outer Worlds
4Clarifying Calling, Cultivating Balance, Resourcing Emotional Resilience
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