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The Ecology of Leadership
Jan 1 2010 09:30
Upcoming Program at Commonweal Garden, Bolinas:
Offered: November 2013-April 2014
Meets one weekend per month, starting Nov 9-10
Meeting Dates, Logistics & Application
A transformational pathway to thrive and serve in a changing world
We live in a time of tremendous global change. And, many of us are feeling significant shifts in our personal lives and the communities in which we live and work.
And as unsustainable eco-social paradigms and systems are challenged and composted, we are called to seed and cultivate new visions for our future.
But how do we do that effectively?
To address that question, we invite you to join one of the powerful circles of change-makers discovering how a practice rooted in deep nature connection, inner transformation, and leadership skill development can revolutionize your life and service in the world.
The EOL Journey
Through the EOL journey, you will reconnect with your heart and the natural world, become a more grounded and effective leader, and transform your "inner ecology" to cultivate positive changes in your life and community.
For many, nature-sourced leadership becomes a new way of thinking and being. The process of cultivating our leadership capacity is an adventure, full of opportunity, challenge and possibility. The Ecology of Leadership gives you the tools to navigate this adventure and bring your leadership forward in the world, supported by a powerful alliance with the natural world and a community of other leaders.
EOL workshops are geared toward change-agents, nonprofit and community leaders, people in personal or professional transition, eco-social entrepreneurs, and people who long for more fulfillment in their lives and deeper impact in the world.
Leadership Sourced in Nature Connection
Through EOL, you will experience what is naturally yours – an intimate relationship with the natural world. You will learn to source your leadership from this connection and stay attuned to the patterns in your own life, creating a new level of effectiveness and awareness in your leadership.
What happens in EOL?
On your leadership development journey, you will:
- Discover your true gifts, passions and vision
- Develop new skills and behaviors that are aligned with this vision
- Create a way of living and leading that moves you toward your dreams for yourself and the world
- Design and implement a self-inspired project, giving you the opportunity to practice new leadership skills while making a difference in your community
- Explore your patterns of belief, behavior and thought and determine which ones serve you and which can be released and ‘composted’
- Receive structured coaching and support from your peers between workshops
- Adopt stress-reducing routines that connect you with nature
- Take on practice assignments that will help cultivate your leadership skills and integrate the skills, mindset, and routines of the course into your daily life
- Nurture a regional leadership circle that will continue to serve and support you on your leadership journey after the formal component of the program ends
Click here to apply.
What you will learn
You will come out of EOL with a "Leadership Tool Bag": a collection of concrete skills, habits, mindsets and approaches that improve your well-being and effectiveness as a leader. These powerful tools include effective communication, project development and stewardship, the ability to create and honor commitments, inner permaculture, effective time management, coaching skills, and more.
Manifesting your vision
As EOL unfolds, you will learn to integrate nature awareness, ‘inner gardening’, and leadership skills into your daily life and service path. You will begin to experience leadership as a dynamic process that translates your awareness and insights into effective action toward your goals.
Many EOL alumni have taken remarkable strides toward living into their vision.
Read what they have to say about their experience HERE!
Supported by skills and insights from their EOL journey, here are just a few accomplishments of previous EOL graduates:
- Start an organic farm
- Teach women to ride bicycles in Africa
- Travel around the world
- Find a life partner and start a family
- Help Berkeley become a Fair Trade Town
- Overcome a limiting phobia
- Write a book
Growth is the work of a lifetime and each person's path is different. Your transformation will reflect your own challenges and callings.
Your Program Facilitators
Katia Sol, MA, PhD (cand.), is a co-facilitator for the Ecology of Leadership and is currently completing her PhD in Transformative Education through the University of Toronto. Katia has spent the last 18 years facilitating educational, international development, and leadership programs in more than 30 countries and with several First Nations around the world. Read Katia's full bio.
Christopher Kuntzsch is co-founder and co-director of the Ecology of Leadership programs at RDI, served as Sustainability Coordinator at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and has a private leadership coaching and consulting practice. His background includes working as a wildlife biologist, naturalist, and course instructor for the University of California, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group, the Pacific Crest Outward Bound School, and more. Read Christopher's full bio.
James Stark, M.A., F.E.S., is the co-director of the Regenerative Design Institute. He co-founded and co-directs the Ecology of Leadership program and is a senior trainer in the two-year Regenerative Design and Nature Awareness training program, preparing young global community leaders for the “Great Turning” of our era. Read James's full bio.
"The Ecology of Leadership is opening my heart, blowing my mind, and providing such a sweet connection to wonderful people. If you are looking for an experience to create the life you dream of, support your vision, cultivate good habits, and have a good time, this is it."
“EOL has been invaluable for me."
“I have become a stronger and more empathetic leader. This is a deeply enriching program and sets a foundation for you to see yourself fully and what you can achieve.”
“It feels so right – nature as guide/teacher/elder. I have also learned effective processes for decomposing stories that no longer serve me. I am speaking with more power. I am more open and coming from my heart rather than my head. As I change, everything else in my life shifts as well.”
“I am now courageously sharing my gifts and expressing myself.”
“I’m clarifying my visions for what’s possible, for what I really want, and taking direct action steps towards those visions.”
“The Ecology of Leadership program really has the potential to help people individually and also collectively as a group heal wounds that we have been carrying around our whole lives. And through that find love in our hearts for ourselves. And be able to go out into the world and live that. Live love and love life."
“I have a deeper understanding, forgiveness, and patience and new, wiser ways of seeing the world and people around me.”Explore and connect with EOL – free!
Scholarship fund for young leaders
Please note that we welcome donations into our EOL Scholarship Fund, which provides financial support to young community leaders who would otherwise be unable to take part. If you would like to submit a donation, please contact our office at (415) 868 9681. We are grateful for your gift as this supports the vision we hold for this program.