The Leading as Sacred Practice Conference

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The Grove Consultants International

The Leading as Sacred Practice Conference

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 1:00pm to Friday, October 27, 2017 - 3:00pm
Alan Briskin, Holger Scholz, Gisela Wendling, and David Sibbet


EarthRise Transformative Learning Center
101 San Antonio Road
Petaluma, California 94952
United States

How do we support emergent wisdom? How do we lead in ways that engage spirit, soul, mind and body through a holistic approach? Join co-conveners Alan Briskin, Holger Scholz, Gisela Wendling, and David Sibbet for The Leading As Sacred Practice Conference at IONS EarthRise Retreat Center in Petaluma, California. This five-day immersive gathering will explore how leading can be practiced with a sense of the sacred–through mutual sensemaking, supporting crucibles of transformation, and envisioning wise action in challenging times.

The co-conveners invite inquiry into sacred practice that fosters moving beyond the edges of our personal understanding toward something greater, holistic, wiser, and collective. Participants will engage in a process of dialogue, sharing, work in learning groups, visual mapping, time on the land, individual exploration, journaling, eating together, and being in ceremony. This conference is intended for people who lead group process as consultants, facilitators, change agents and for organizational leaders who are called to collaborative, holistic ways of leading their companies, businesses, and nonprofits. It is for professionals seeking to work differently and asking fundamental questions about how to open to the sacred in their leadership roles.

About the Presenter(s): 

Alan Briskin, Ph.D. is an award-winning author, artist, and leadership consultant. He is a consultant and an executive coach helping leaders apply practical wisdom to complex issues of organizational change and transition. His most recent book, The Power of Collective Wisdom, was the Nautilus Silver Award winner in the category of Conscious Business and Leadership. His other books include The Stirring of Soul in the Workplace, Bringing Your Soul to Work, Daily Miracles, and Centered on the Edge. Visit Alan's website for more information:

Holger Schluz is the founder of kommunikationslotsen, an organization-development firm in Germany. His professional passion is cultivating our natural capacity for facilitating and mentoring as a practical means of working with leaders and organizations. Together with Neuland, kommunikationslotsen develops products, tools and literature on change facilitation. Holger is the author of the Basic Bundle (16 Cards for Natural Facilitators) and co-author of the Learning Maps, which include Open Space, World Cafe, Appreciative Inquiry, Dynamic Facilitation and The Circle Way. Visit the kommunikationslotsen website for more information:

Gisela Wendling, Ph.D. is VP of Global Learning at The Grove Consultants International. She provides change consulting to businesses, nonprofit organizations and communities and practitioner development in this domain. She holds a doctorate in human andorganizational systems from Fielding Graduate University. Previously she directed the masters program in Organization Development at Sonoma State University. At The Grove she co-leads The Grove's new Global Learning and Exchange Network (GLEN), and she teaches in the psychology Ph.D. program at Meridian University. Her research focuses on the sacred as a core dynamic in leading, facilitating and serving. Visit Gisel's website for more information:

David Sibbet is founder and chairman of The Grove Consultants International, leader in visually based tools and services for innovation and change. He works with corporations, government, and non-profits throughout the world. David is author of Wiley & Son's best-selling Visual Leadership Series: Visual Meetings: How Graphics, Sticky Notes & Idea Mapping Can Transform Group Productivity, Visual Teams: Graphic Tools for Commitment, Innovation, & High Performance, and Visual Leaders: New Tools for Visioning, Management, & Organization Change. David is a recipient of the Organization Development Network's Lifetime Achievement Award. Visit David's website for more information:

Event Cost: 

$2,100 plus lodging & meals. The first 10 registrants receive a 15% discount on the conference fee.