Mindfulness

Mindfulness practices can expand our awareness of self and others, enhance well-being and effectiveness, and support personal and collective transformation. We offer organizational, group, and individual mindfulness programing which can be tailored to your needs and/or the needs of your organization.

If you are interested in bringing mindfulness programming (e.g., workshops, courses, retreats, coaching) into your workplace or group OR would like to schedule a one-on-one mindful leadership consultation meeting, visit  Contact Page  to connect.

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Courses

Introduction to Mindful Leadership: Essential Skills for Leading in a Complex World. This course provides a deep exploration of mindfulness practices aimed at cultivating our awareness, focus, authenticity and compassion – qualities that enhance our ability as leaders to create safe and trusting environments. Participants will explore how to apply these qualities to enhance their professional and personal lives, including creating more diverse, inclusive, and equitable environments. (typically offered as a 15 hour course with flexibility on number of days/weeks).

Mindful Leadership: Growing and Transforming Through Conflict and Change.  Mindfulness can be transformative in our lives and work as leaders especially as we navigate the difficult challenges that can arise with conflict and change in the context of work. In this course, participants will delve deeply into the concepts and practices of mindfulness as they apply to working with conflict and change processes, toward creating opportunities for leadership growth and transformation. (typically offered as a 15 hour course with flexibility on number of days/weeks).

Mindfulness at Work: Advanced Applications Course. In this course we explore more deeply the application of mindfulness practices in organization and groups, especially toward greater innovation and change-making. Together, we will practice, learn about and apply advanced mindfulness practices, and related leadership and organization change frameworks (e.g., Theory U, Appreciative Inquiry, Process Work).  This course is experiential and applied, where you will create and prototype individualized action steps and strategies, and share the learning experiences during the course. (typically offered as a 15 hour course with flexibility on number of days/weeks).

Presentations and Workshops

Mindful Leadership Workshop: Building Leadership Impact. Mindful leadership concepts and applied skills and practices have emerged as a way to support leaders’ well-being, sustainability, and effectiveness in their work and personal lives. This training is an introduction to the application of mindful leadership, especially for leaders who seek to create and support sustainable and thriving organizations that aim to increase and embody diversity, inclusivity, and equity. (Presented at the YWCA Madison, Moxie Conference, May 23, 2017, Madison, WI).

Mindful Leadership Workshop: Essentials for Leading in a Complex World. This 2-hour training is an introduction to the application of mindful leadership, especially for leaders who seek to create and support sustainable and thriving organizations that aim to increase and embody diversity, inclusivity, and equity.

Institutes and Intensives

Engaged Mindfulness Institute: Building Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Initiatives. Transformative impact and practices in racial justice work involve deep listening and authentically connecting with, caring for, and tuning into ourselves and others. The work necessitates this mindful attentiveness while in the midst of myriad complex and, at times, intense emotions, beliefs, and interactions. For those leading these efforts and seeking to influence and affect positive and sustained change, these qualities and skills are particularly essential. Mindfulness practices are one tool to support this transformational work, helping us stay compassionately engaged and present, while avoiding the mirroring of hate and vitriol of those we may oppose. In this workshop, participants will learn about and experience ways to create spaces and cultivate practices for transformation and authentic connection through: 1) learning first-hand about the collaboration, co-creation, and process work involved in the planning and implementation of diverse, inclusive, and multifaceted initiatives; 2) experiencing and dialoguing about relevant mindfulness practices and related frameworks to this particular kind of work; and 3) working together in small groups or established teams to explore and begin to design ways to integrate mindfulness into engagement in dialogue, collaboration, and co-creation that is particular relevant to participants’ work and lives. Co-Presenters from past institute: Lisa Baker, Stephen Gilchrist, Annette Miller, Nola Walker, and Carmen Alonso. (Presented at the YWCA Madison, Racial Justice Summit, October 2017, Madison, WI).

The Engaged Mindfulness Institute for a Racially Just World. This institute offers a unique opportunity to engage in and experience practices that can support the work of building racially inclusive and just relationships, initiatives, organizations, and communities. Experienced mindfulness teachers and facilitators offer a variety of reflective and centering practices. These practices will encourage grounded and compassionate exploration of our individual and collective narratives in support of racial justice work. By the end of the Engaged Mindfulness Institute, participants will come away with both an embodied experience of relevant engaged mindfulness practices and concrete actions for furthering and sustaining this crucial work. Co-Presenters from past institutes: Lisa Baker, Ali Muldow, Araceli Esparza, Carmen Alonso, Nola Walker, and Jasmine Timmons. (Presented at the YWCA Madison, Racial Justice Summits, October 2017 & 2018, Madison, WI).

Other Past Trainings and Presentations

The Transformative Impact of Mindfulness in Racial Justice Work. Racial Justice Summit, Annual Conference of YWCA in Madison, WI (September 29, 2016). Co-Presenters: Lisa Baker & Nola Walker.

Coming Through the Cloud: Balancing Despair and Hope About Our Future. Realizing Sustainability: Dialogue, Hope, and Action. 2016 Provost’s Summit, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, WI (October 12, 2016).

Mindful Leadership in Sustainability and Environmental Work: Toward Building Diverse and Inclusive Organizations and Movements, Hosted by Environmental Groups Working Toward Equity Program, Sustain Dane, Madison, WI (June 24, 2016).

Social Justice and Mindfulness: Cultivating Self- and Community-Care. Co-Facilitators: Lisa Baker and Kia Stearn, Hosted by, Consulting for Organizational Reflection and Effectiveness (CORE), Consultant Circle (June 10, 2016).

Mindful Leadership: Cultivating Self-Awareness, Enhancing Effectiveness, and Building a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace. Workshop with CUNA Mutual Group, Madison, WI (Dec. 2015).

Gratitude as Transformational:How does the practice of gratitude and giving thanks strengthen our work, transform our clients, and deepen our connections with each other? Co-Facilitators: Jen Wilson and Lisa Baker, Hosted by, Consulting for Organizational Reflection and Effectiveness (CORE), Consultant Circle (November 2015).

Mindfulness in Public Defense: Cultivating well-being and compassion for self and others. Wisconsin State Public Defenders Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI (November 2015).

Racial justice and mindfulness: Cultivating self-and community-care when there is SO MUCH WORK TO DO. Racial Justice Summit, Annual Conference of YWCA in Madison, WI (October 2015). Co-Presenters: Lisa Baker & Shufang Sun.

Breathing together through “I Can’t Breathe”: Break-out session on mindfulness in working toward justice for all (Rhonda Magee, JD, MA, Keynote Speech). Meeting the World: Exploring the Ethics, Values, and Responsibility of Bringing Mindfulness into Society, Center for Mindfulness Spring Conference, UMASS School, Worcester, MA (April 2015).

Mindfulness in Working with People Living with HIV/AIDS, Midwest AIDS Training + Education Center (MATEC), University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public Health (January 2014).

If you are interested in bringing mindfulness programming (e.g., workshops, courses, retreats, coaching) into your workplace or group, please call or complete the Contact Form to schedule an initial complimentary phone, Skype, or in-person consultation meeting.