Join a reflective circle, cultivate connections and resonances
Access to the Widening Perspectives circle, plus:
- Programme of 10 “fireside conversations” hosted by Jessica Bockler, with people deeply immersed in exploring the growing edges of change facilitation.
13th Feb, 17:00-19:00 GMT. David Nicol – Subtle Activism: Creating the energetic foundations of the emerging era
8th Mar, 16:00-18:00 GMT. Patricia A. Wilson and Paméla Overeynder – Engaging community:
Stories and practices for awareness-based change
14th Apr, 16:00-18:00 BST. Daniel Schimmelpfennig – Creative chaos lab
20th Jun, 15:00-17:00 BST. Dave Pendle – Imagination, spirituality and social change
5th July, 15:00-17:00 BST. Karen Liebenguth & Alister Scott – Ethical facilitation & leadership
19th Sept, 14:00-16:00 BST. Eva Pomeroy – The social field: Exploring the quality of our collective being
19th Oct, 15:00-17:00 BST. (tbc) Anton Baaré – Human insecurities & conflict resolution
15th Nov 16:00-18:00 GMT. Cassandra Vieten – Gamechangers for changemakers
13th Dec 16:00-18:00 GMT. Cassandra Vieten – What kind of changemaker are you?
(Session details and facilitator bios below.)
- 10 Facilitated reflective circles: With a maximum of 15 people, groups will meet monthly, from February to December, enabling more intimate continued reflections on the issues and perspectives explored in our programme of monthly webinars and fireside conversations.
- General discussion forum, serving ongoing peer dialogue.
Reflective circles schedule 2023:
First Monday of the month: 6 Feb, 6 March, 3 April, 1 May, 5 June, 3 July, 4 Sep, 2 Oct, 6 Nov, 4 Dec 15:30-17:00 UK time
Registration + fees: £250 (low income), £350 (moderate) £450 (high) per year (partially subsidised)
Tier 2: Session details & Facilitator bios:
13 February, 17:00-19:00 GMT
David Nicol: Subtle Activism: Creating the Energetic Foundations of the Emerging Era
At a time of such extreme polarization and bewildering change, how can we participate in the healing of our world without feeding the cycle of reactivity? Subtle activism explores the creative application of spiritual practices like meditation, prayer, and ritual for social and planetary transformation. It invites us to imagine new forms of spiritual expression that straddle the private and public spheres as a way to offer a more profound holding for the complex wounds that are rising to the surface as we transition to a new era. In particular, it seeks to nurture the rising potential of our collective spiritual intelligence to meet the challenges of our times with wisdom and courage.
David T. Nicol, PhD, is the co-founder (with his wife Kate Naga) of EarthRising (http://earthrising.one), an emerging global community dedicated to seeding the new Earth through harnessing the power of coherent group consciousness for personal and planetary healing. He is the author of Subtle Activism: The Inner Dimension of Social and Planetary Transformation (SUNY Press), the first comprehensive study of the idea that focused collective meditation can contribute powerfully and measurably to social change. He is the director and co-founder of the Gaiafield Project, and co-founder of BeThePeace and WiseUSA, initiatives that have united tens of thousands of people worldwide for large-scale meditations dedicated to social change. David has taught on Subtle Activism at the California Institute of Integral Studies and The Shift Network. He is also a professional astrologer (https://www.earthrising.one/) and writes a regular column on Substack called Geistic Musing. David, an Australian by birth, now lives in North California with his wife Kate and dog Peaches.
8 March, 16:00-18:00 GMT
Patricia A. Wilson and Paméla Overeynder
Engaging Community: Stories and Practices for Awareness-Based Change
Patricia shares practitioner stories, especially from the Global South, illustrating the inner and outer practice of awareness-based whole-systems change. Paméla interweaves experiential practices to attune to that pulsing systemic wholeness. They conclude with key patterns of generative practice and offer a personal credo for the participatory change agent.
Patricia A. Wilson, professor emerita from the University of Texas in Community and Regional Planning, holds a BA from Stanford and a Ph.D. from Cornell. Her interests evolved over four decades from economic development and inequality to community engagement and the phenomenology of practice. Her action research in community-based change processes has included Latin America, South Africa, India, and Hispanic neighborhoods in the U.S. Her latest book, The Art of Community Engagement: Practitioner Stories from Across the Globe (Routledge), won the 2020 Hamilton Book Award for best textbook. Dr. Wilson currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Awareness-Based Systems Change.
Paméla Overeynder is a biodynamic craniosacral therapist with 30 years in the healing field facilitating human transformation. She received lay ordination in the Order of Interbeing in 1996 from Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh and co-founded Plum Blossom Sangha, a mindfulness community in Austin, Texas. Paméla is currently an ordained minister in the Inayatiyya Sufi Order International and the center leader of the Inayatiyya Sufi community in Austin. For many years she has taught meditation classes, led chanting circles, and guided meditations. She offers core teachings in the esoteric school, serves as a guide and spiritual mentor, and facilitates individual and group spiritual retreats.
14 April, 16:00-18:00 BST
Daniel Schimmelpfennig: Creative Chaos Lab
A Creative Chaos Lab is where “choice” is left to chance. “Chance” is not the absence of selection but rather the intrusion of a different order of selection. Meanwhile, “chaos” is not the absence of order but rather highly complex information. We are thus seriously gaming with an epistemological therapy to think in possibilities and potentialities. In other words, we explore what anticipation for futures and anticipation for emergence imply and how we can approximate what synthesis and paradox could mean. We investigate strange synchronicities together and ask ourselves what contains secret truths that are downright dangerous for the mind, so we can no longer remain in prior fiction.
Daniel Schimmelpfennig has a background in Psychiatry, has studied International Business & Management in Amsterdam and Moscow, Futures Studies in Finland, and Space Studies at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. His work is situated in the multitemporal context of urgency, necessity, and emergency.
20 June, 15:00-17:00 BST
Dave Pendle: Imagination, Spirituality and Social Change
Holistic facilitation emphasizes the integration and importance of the first person perspective, as central to the transformation process in all its dimensions. This necessitates a keen sense of the multi-perspectival aspects of the Self and the heart with its twin impulses towards Being and Becoming. Critical to the future facilitation of Social Change is an undimmed sense of possibility and potential, a deep trust in the life process, combined with a keen attunement to the emerging future, plus a nascent sense of unprecedented and unimaginable possibility. Aspiring practitioners thus develop the capacities and become open to cultivate, the conditions whereby the full health, vitality and thrivability of the systems where they are situated becomes more likely.
Dave Pendle spent 30 years in the UK non-profit sector enabling socially excluded young adults and youths make strides on their journey towards independence. In parallel, for eighteen of those years, he undertook an immense amount of spiritual exploration, including more than 10,000 hours of mindfulness, spiritual enquiry and meditation practice. Currently resident in the Netherlands, he has now founded a business Generative You designing offerings in order to Upgrade the Nature of Leadership. He is currently running an innovative collective enquiry series titled Phenomenal Conversations and a series of Generative Leadership Masterclasses.
5 July, 15:00-17:00 BST
Karen Liebenguth & Alister Scott: Ethical Facilitation & Leadership
How do we know that we lead and facilitate ethically? We believe that ethics are a practice. It’s about knowing our deepest values that guide our actions of thinking, communicating and behaving. In this session we’ll explore what ethical leadership means, how we can practice it, model it and bring it into our work with groups.
Karen Liebenguth is a leadership coach and mindfulness trainer. She works with clients in natural settings creating time and space to reflect on their purpose and values, their inner life (feelings, fixed beliefs, biases, impulses), actions, mind-set and attitude towards themselves and others. In 2020 she co-founded Parcival – an ethical leadership programme.
Alister Scott is a leadership advisor and systemic coach. He is the co-Founder of the Compassion Practices Collective and a co-Director of the Global Rewilding Alliance. He is also the co-author of the acclaimed Little Book of Making Big Change Happen. Alister has supported the leadership of nearly 20 founders and their successors in extraordinary organisations.
19 September, 14:00-16:00 BST
Eva Pomeroy: Social Fields: Exploring the Quality of Our Collective Being
We can think of the social field as the space between us. The quality of that space has a tremendous impact on our lived experience and we also possess significant agency to shape it. In this session, we engage in contemplative exercises and dialogue to connect with our knowing of the social field.
Eva Pomeroy is Research Lead at the Presencing Institute and Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Applied Human Sciences, Concordia University, Canada. Eva is Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the Journal of Awareness-Based Systems Change. Her work focuses on the social field as a key leverage point for transformative change.
19 October, 15:00-17:00 GMT (tbc)
Anton Baaré: Human Insecurities & Conflict Resolution
15 November, 16:00-18:00 GMT
Cassandra Vieten: Gamechangers for Changemakers
As a changemaker you might be engaging in strategies that are counterproductive to what you are trying to achieve. Learn what social, cognitive and neuroscience tells us about what does and doesn’t work to win hearts and minds.
13 December, 16:00-18:00 GMT
Cassandra Vieten: What Kind of Changemaker Are You?
We each have our strengths and challenges when it comes to our work as changemakers. Explore what your innate strengths are, how to emphasize them, and how to develop presence, purpose and power in your communications and actions.
Cassandra Vieten is Director of the Center for Mindfulness, and Director of Research at the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, both at the University of California, San Diego. She is also a Senior Advisor at the John W. Brick Foundation, Director of Research and and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, where she served as President from 2013-2019. Her research has focused on spirituality and health, transformative experiences and practices, the development of mindfulness-based interventions for emotional well-being, development of media technologies to inspire awe, and social, cognitive and neuroscience of effective changemaking. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and completed her research training in behavioral genetics at UC San Francisco. She has authored three books, published numerous articles in scientific journals, and is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and workshop leader.