EarthRise Retreat Center

Leading Change Master Class

September 23-27, 2019 (PDT)

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The Grove is offering a new, five-day immersive workshop for experienced process leaders who want to strengthen their ability to handle increased levels of difficulty in leading processes in turbulent times. We anticipate co-creating a rich learning experience with a mix of organizational and social change leaders, facilitators, and consultants. The workshop is led by Grove Founder David Sibbet and Gisela Wendling, PhD, building on their new book, Visual Consulting: Designing & Leading Change and insights and practices drawn from recent work guiding demanding transformational change processes.

This immersive format focuses on the challenge of leading as distinguished from other Grove workshops that focus more on design and visual facilitation. Our intention is to support participants evolving their internal understanding of change to work more effectively in their leadership roles. Gisela and David’s recent experience leading a year-long Leading Change program has affirmed their belief that succeeding at this work requires a focus on personal leadership capabilities in addition to structured change processes. This workshop integrates both. Participants will be invited to extend their learning in The Grove’s Global Learning & Exchange Network (GLEN) after the Master Class.


Prices include tuition and room/board.
$3785 single occupancy
$3525 shared occupancy

About the Presenters

David SibbetDavid Sibbet, has been an organizational consultant and information designer since 1977. He is the author of John Wiley & Sons’ three-volume Visual Leadership Series as well as many of The Grove’s leading-edge group-process tools and models for facilitation, team leadership and organizational transformation. David is a master facilitator of large-scale group processes, strategic visioning and creative, future-oriented symposia. He frequently lends his coaching and design expertise to Grove project teams. His practice is informed by eight years of public affairs leadership development with the Coro Northern California Center for Civic Leadership. He holds a master’s degree from Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a B.A. in literature from Occidental College.

Gisela WendlingGisela Wendling, PhD, is The Grove’s vice-president of global learning, a senior consultant, and co-author (with David Sibbet) of Visual Consulting: Designing & Leading Change, the fourth book in Wiley’s Visual Facilitation Series. Gisela’s expertise is based in over 25 years of working and consulting within a wide range of private and public organizations. Pairing a systems perspective with process-oriented and dialogic approaches, she creates unique opportunities for interactive, content-rich, outcome-focused and transformative change for her clients. Gisela also co-directs The Global Learning & Exchange Network (The GLEN), hosted by The Grove, supporting the evolution of collaboration within and across organizations and across cultures. Gisela received a doctorate from the School of Human and Organization Development from Fielding Graduate University, and she was the Director of the Masters Program in Organization Development at Sonoma State University. Her deep appreciation for cultural differences and how to bridge them is informed by field experiences in Peru, Africa, and Australia as well as being German-born and raised.

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EarthRise Retreat Center

101 San Antonio Road
Petaluma, CA
United States

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