Foundational Studies and Practices

Encounter Learning as a Practice through the Academy’s Foundational Programs
The Academy Foundational Programs invite community members to explore and develop the learning impulse as a practice for “waking up” through a variety of intensive workshops, community conversations and longer courses.

We believe that lasting, positive change can occur when we liberate the learning process from the four walls of our schools and institutions. To begin, we need to bring our attention and awareness to the learning impulse itself.

The Academy’s Foundational Series

Our Foundational Series Level I workshops expand upon some of the topics of our popular Evenings of Exploration and provide an accessible entry into our longer programs.  These five one-day workshops explore the overarching question: Who Am I? from The “I / We / It” Framework. You can take the workshops individually, or you can take the whole series.

Each daylong workshop is designed around an exercise from first module of the Academy’s foundational training: Leading by Being ®, and will introduce you to the Academy’s learning model and some of the methods and theory central to our work. Through experience and interactive dialogue we’ll discover how the intentional practice of learning can lead not merely to the accumulation of knowledge and skill, but also to personal transformation and the expression of our innate gifts and unique qualities.

Join us for this adventure in ‘learning as a practice.’

Foundational Series Level I workshops include:

Workshop 1: Learning as a Practice

Workshop 2: The Stories We Live By

Workshop 3: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Workshop 4: Partnering and Presence

Workshop 5: Awareness in Action: Introduction to Group Awareness

The Foundational Programs

Evenings of Exploration and Community Conversations:

Workshops and public dialogues held throughout the year, free and open to anyone interested in getting a brief but potent taste of the Academy’s work.
Evening of Exploration Events
Community Conversation Events

Leading by Being: A Course in Personal and Collective Leadership:

The Academy’s foundational course in transformational learning for individuals who are, or intend to become, catalysts for positive change within their communities.

Coming Full Circle: A Contemplative Training in the Art of Dying

Journey into the simple truth and extraordinary transformative power of the dying process. This four-day training is an opportunity to re-vision and remember our place in the web of life and to celebrate each other in our shared potential and joyful expressions.

Holotropic Breathwork™:

An annual four-day retreat, based in the work of Stanislav Grof, that explores the healing potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness.
Holotropic Breathwork™ Retreat

The Learning Impulse

“We must become the change we want to see,” Mahatma Gandhi observed.

For the Academy, “becoming the change” involves engaging the learning impulse, or the passion to know and understand ourselves, each other, and the world. This basic human impulse is powerful when it is awakened and encouraged to thrive. It leads us towards authenticity, creativity, expression, and connection.

When we connect with our innate sense of wonder and essential impulse to learn, we connect with our agency. We become the leaders we have been longing for.

A Love of Learning ®

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