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LEADING AS SACRED PRACTICE

Join us for an online Learning Exchange Series
April 23 to July 2, 2021

9:00 to 11:00 am PT

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"It can happen.“…this was participants' number-one realization at gatherings offered in our five-year journey exploring the sacred in leadership. They said it over and over, "What happens here is sacred."

We are fully aware that when we associate leadership with the concept of the sacred, that it doesn't speak to every person. That is not even what we want to do.

But we can experience the sacred. Alone. In groups. As leaders. In periods of transition and transformation. Many times. Repeatedly. People feel it. People can even learn to work with it, to shape sacred spaces, and design and lead processes that evoke an extraordinary experience of coherence and higher ground. And this is a very different way of leading.

Now, it's time for us to meet with more people who are searching for deep and honest ways to practice good and wise leadership.

This series is for...

  • Anyone who is actively working on creating social forms that can support a transition to a more connected world.

  • People who lead group process as consultants, facilitators, and change agents in this time of COVID.

  • Organizational leaders who are guiding transformational change.

  • Thought leaders bringing forth new ways of thinking and sensing.

  • Anyone curious about what we mean by Servant Leaders, Circle Wizards, Natural Natives, Space Stewards, Crucible Guardians, & Ritual Intercessors.

To deepen our connection and experience, this LASP Series is ONE cohort experience with six sessions.

Since 2016, a network of organizational pioneers has been gathering to address the sacred in leadership. During the pandemic we are going virtual, and edgier! We created LASP as a place to support each other as we shed conventions and embrace new forms. In spite of the challenges we face now, our social field is breaking open and allowing something new to emerge. We hope to amplify it and invite you to join us and co-create this exploration.

Series Overview—Click Dates for Detail

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Practice being a

SERVANT LEADER

Make contributions to the commons, and care for the community as a whole. Stand in humble appreciation of all, and the impact of collective actions.

April 23, 2021 9:00–11:00 am Pacific
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Become a

CIRCLE
WIZARD

Learn how it works to cultivate circle, and listen for new ways of connecting, equalizing, & sharing mutual regard—a "leader in every chair."

May 7, 2021 9:00–11:00 am Pacific
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Remember you're a

NATURAL
NATIVE

Practice accepting your true nature and collaborating with the land and Earth's wisdom in an open, humble and deliberate way. 

May 21, 2021 9:00–11:00 am Pacific
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 Become a

SPACE
STEWARD

Attend to your inner awareness, spaciousness and the aesthetics and functionality of outer spaces where our work will take place.

June 4, 2021 9:00–11:00 am Pacific
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 Learn to be

CRUCIBLE GUARDIAN

Work with the betwixt and between, where we are no longer the old and not yet the new—birthplace of the future.

June 18, 2021 9:00–11:00 am Pacific
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Be a

RITUAL INTERCESSOR

Broaden yours and others' experience by guiding rituals that ignite healing, connection and transformation.

July 2, 2021 9:00–11:00 am Pacific

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC / $490 FEE / GLEN Members Discount

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FREE LASP eBOOK

Download the LASP eBook to read about the Six Ways of Leading as Sacred Practice, which are the focus of the Exchange Series. 

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Here is what’s included in the series:

  • A compact and easy-to-understand introduction to each of the six ways in six two-hour sessions

  • In-depth explorations of very different kinds of leadership that will inspire your activities, projects and organizations

  • Helpful tips and resources for integrating these ways into your own leadership work

  • Extensive source and literature references for continued self-study

  • An ensemble of four experienced pioneers and facilitators who also are just really good people

  • An ongoing online home base on the GLEN for sharing, further integration and relationships with like-minded practitioners and leaders

  • The opportunity to attend the LASP Summit at a reduced price

THE ENSEMBLE

Leading as Sacred Practice is co-facilitated by Alan Briskin, David Sibbet, Gisela Wendling, and Holger Scholz, who are exploring “ensemble facilitation” to create a strong, open container for participants’ collective work.

They are all senior organizational consultants, educators, and authors with deep experience and a passion for working on the edge of their own and the groups’ learning.

Click on any image below to learn more about the Exchange facilitators.

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Session Focuses Below

In addition to the framing ideas described below, each session will be filled with lively interaction and insights emerging from participant contribution. 

Servant Leader—April 23, 2021

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Practice being a

SERVANT LEADER

Make contributions to the commons, and care for the community as a whole. Stand in humble appreciation of all.

April 23, 2021

9:00–11:00 am Pacific 

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Servant Leaders are women and men who respond to their deepest calling to serve.  They are guided by a felt sense of longing to attend to others, to be in service of life, in all its manifestations.

You will be invited to…

  • Find your own path to service. 
  • Hold the whole and parts at the same time.
  • Appreciate the power of inclusion and the need for diversity of contribution and input.
  • See generosity as a contagious behavior.
  • Not-know and learn as a leadership stance.
  • Support the process while serving group outcomes 
 
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This is for you if...

  • You feel the importance of supporting others’ growth and work.
  • You appreciate collective wisdom as being possible.
  • You are concerned about counterbalancing leaders and ideas about leadership that are divisive, over directive, and fixed in their own rightness.
  • You are willing to be changed by the act of leading.
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Circle Wizard—May 7, 2021

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Become a

Circle Wizard

Learn how this form really works. Cultivate Circle for new ways of connecting, equalizing, and sharing mutual regard.

May 7, 2021

9:00–11:00 am Pacific

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When people experience genuine collaboration, equality, and focus on purpose, leadership rotates around the circle moment by moment.

You will be invited to...

  • Know when and how to open Circle in ways that serve its members.
  • Apply Circle in different contexts from conversation to planning to needing a strong crucible for transformation.
  • Bring forth a depth of meaning and felt sense of connection that is healing and transformative.
  • Inviting safe spaces in which we collectively are called to do the work that needs doing in the world. 
 
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This is for you if...

  • You want to hold genuine we-spaces in which people have access to different forms of knowing.
  • You want to become a more mature leader capable of inviting the spirit of connection more naturally.
  • You want to be comfortable with experiential knowledge and how to access your and others' knowing in new ways that serve.
  • You are dreaming of a community or even a guild of likewise passionate and skilled companions in the art of hosting  Circle—online and offline.
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Natural Native—May 21, 2021

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Become a

NATURAL NATIVE

Practice accepting your true nature and collaborating with Earth's wisdom in an open, humble, and deliberate way.

May 21, 2021

9:00–11:00 am Pacific 

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“Natural” refers to the original gifts in every human being and our connectedness to mother earth.

You will be invited to...

  • Be at home in and with yourself, no matter what is going on in the turmoil around you. 
  • Hold the land as co-host. 
  • Know you are a part of a larger aliveness.
  • Experience being alive, joyful, responsive, and responsible.
 
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This is for you if...

  • You want to be more grounded in your personal instincts and capabilities.
  • You want to claim the natural world as one of your allies and resources.
  • You want to be inspired by Earth-Wisdom practices.
  • You want to cultivate an approach to wholeness in your leadership.
  • Want to include the natural world and its aliveness as part of your being and way of relating.
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Space Steward—June 4, 2021

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Become a

SPACE STEWARD

Experience how to recognize and cultivate physical, emotional, and sacred spaces that invite our best selves.

June 4, 2021

9:00–11:00 am Pacific 

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Become a Space Steward
. Experience how to recognize and cultivate physical, emotional, and sacred inner and outer spaces that call forth our best selves.

You will be invited to...

  • Explore ways to invite groups into spaciousness.
  • Hold stillness in the group to invite the potency of quiet reflection and see how mindfulness can quiet the reactive nervous system in yourself and others
  • Appreciate how busyness, trauma, and anxiousness can overwhelm your own relationship to  spaciousness
  • “Make things nice” and create healthy and physically inspiring spaces.
 
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This is for you if…

  • You suspect that the sacred comes alive in our lives through stillness.
  • You are concerned with how busy and even how possessed you are.
  • You believe your quality of being is a “sacred” contribution.
  • You find yourself and the people you work with trying to accomplish too much, too quickly.
  • You want to design environments that invite spaciousness and the extraordinary.
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Crucible Guardian—June 18, 2021

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Learn to be a

CRUCIBLE GUARDIAN

Learn to be a Crucible Guardian: Work with the betwixt and between, where we are no longer the old and not yet the new—the birthplace of a new future.

June 18, 2021

9:00–11:00 am Pacific 

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Crucibles are containers strong enough to allow the heat of change to melt diverse elements together and bring about the new. 

You will be invited to...

  • Understand the process of change from the inside out. What is the experience of being transformed?
  • Work at the thresholds and margins of inner and outer processes so that the collective can safely give birth to what is wanting to emerge.
  • Create, maintain, and modulate the work of crucibles as sacred containers where the magic can happen and wisdom emerges.
  • Find ways to creatively work with uncertainty, ambiguity, and not knowing as conditions for the new to take shape.
 
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This is for you if...

  • You are ready to hold challenging times as opportunities.
  • You are engaged with conflict situations that require healing.
  • You are alert to polarities, and how opposites can be a doorway to a greater sense of wholeness.
  • You want to create and participate in a deeper sense of community with others.
  • You are facing situations that threaten to fracture into different factions or opposing ideas.
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Ritual Intercessor—July 2, 2021

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Become a

RITUAL INTERCESSOR

Broaden yours and others' experience by guiding rituals that ignite healing, connection and transformation.

July 2, 2021

9:00–11:00 am Pacific

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The Ritual Intercessor intervenes on behalf of an individual or group by seeking guidance from spirit, offering prayers, and calling for ritual when it is needed.

You will be invited to...

  • Be open to dimensions in life that are transpersonal, universal and larger than any one person.
  • Partner with the transpersonal/invisible world to receive guidance. This includes sharpening intentionality and staying tuned to higher dimensions.
  • Sense what is evolving in an emergent and dynamic process and helping it become realized in the here and now. Midwifing emergence.
  • Track the unfolding patterns within a ritual process.
 
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This is for you if...

  • You are interested in tracking the long cycles of the larger system over time. You  want to cultivate a felt sense for the creative process in manifesting the new.
  • You want to practice humility, putting your agendas aside, and being open to what wants to be heard and seen. 
  • You want to tune into what are people ready for and what serves the whole at the moment.
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Throughout the Series We Are Exploring . . .

  • Working with ritual, circles, and crucibles to amplify coherence, intention, and ecosystem awareness.

  • Activating the old mind in service of the future that is emerging. Finding new roles for these expressions.

  • Overcoming collective folly and bring forth collective wisdom.

  • Authorizing ourselves and each other to step up to social action around the transformational opportunities presented by current disruptions.

  • Moving from a paradigm of separation to one of connectivity

 

You Will Experience . . .

  • Working with archetypal patterns of traditional ceremonies and rituals and how to activate them in our lives, work, and with clients.

  • Celebrating our connectivity with a transformational perspective that taps into deep life energy.

  • Co-creating a safe and generative space for mutual sense making, moral decision making, and wise action.

  • Visual mapping of our collective experience with the sacred in our work.

  • Sharing our pandemic experiences and challenges with each other

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LEADING AS SACRED PRACTICE Online Exchanges 2021

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Gisela Wendling & David Sibbet

1000 O’Reilly Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94129

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Alan Briskin

721 Calmar Avenue
Oakland CA 94610

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Holger Scholz

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Lüderichstraße 2–4 51105
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