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Harnessing the Invisible: A Transformational Approach to Leadership, Innovation, and Authentic Community Building
April 9, 2015 - April 12, 2015$2000
Introductory and Advanced – Facilitated by Linda Kohanov
Time: 9:30am to 5:30pm daily
Cost includes lunch and workshop materials.
As Linda Kohanov observes in her book The Power of the Herd, “Much information categorized as ‘spiritual’ is nonverbal and/or un-photographable, not supernatural. Nonetheless there will always be an element of mystery to the invisible, un-nameable forces that move people to perform great deeds, leaving a sense of awe and wonder in their wake. This is especially true of men and women who tap the triumvirate of power, vision, and innovation, spurring leaps in consciousness and behavior that affect generations.”
Linda devotes several chapters to issues related to visionaries, including those who became religious figures, “to understand how we can move beyond crucifying or worshiping creative, inspired thinkers, artists, and social activists —to become innovators and leaders ourselves.” In this effort, direct work with horses becomes the short-cut to developing the combination of imagination, endurance, courage, compassion, and power that will help you follow your dreams, communicate your vision, and rally others to manifest a world where everyone’s talents are valued, and everyone’s vulnerabilities are not only supported, but transformed into strengths!
This workshop is for people who want to develop a deeper connection to their own spirit and a more soulful connection to others, whether this quest is reflected in an established religion, a formal spiritual practice, or a desire to connect with something larger than the modern human ego affords. Those who would like to bring compassion, vision, and non-predatory power into business, politics, and social activism contexts will also learn skills to bring people together for a common cause.
Lisa Zinzow — a participant in the January workshop — shared the following: “This workshop totally rocked! Everything was pertinent and useful. It satisfied my need for concrete information that I can use in difficult situations with people as well as my need for self-discovery and growth.”
Ultimately, as Linda stresses in her book, this work is about transforming “the power plays, traumas, and relational habits we must alter to move forward productively as free, empowered people. Here we stretch beyond ‘liberal’ and ‘conservative’ agendas, looking at behavior patterns that wreak havoc beneath the surface of all cultural, religious, business, political, scientific, and philosophical persuasions.”
Beyond these crucial social intelligence skills, however, this workshop gives you even more tools to become an innovative force for change. As Linda explains in a chapter titled “The Invisible:”
True visionaries don’t just notice what was previously hidden or ignored by the culture at large, they help others to see it and use it. Communicating the unspeakable becomes an essential part of the innovator’s job, as does handling the frustration of being misunderstood, and struggling, constantly, to create more clarity. We’re not just talking art and religion here. The classic “finger pointing at the moon” dilemma most certainly applies to countless other disciplines, especially those related to leadership presence and social intelligence. In this respect, horses are emerging as reliable catalysts for expanded vision, empowerment, and the recognition of other, currently un-nameable skills necessary for people to excel.
Ulrike Dietmann — a talented writer who established her own Epona-based equine-facilitated learning practice in Germany — teaches creativity, leadership, and personal development skills that help others sense and follow their own unique callings. Her newly-translated book, On the Wings of Horses: A Hero’s Journey into the Heart of the Creature says it best: “Animals reflect our internal states. Their behavior follows an invisible energy. This is something that astonishes me again and again. They make the invisible visible.”
As strong, intensely mindful, non-predatory, social beings, horses are the ultimate guides on our quest to discover a more balanced form of power while cultivating “freedom-through-relationship,” a concept that has parallels in Taoist, Buddhist, Jewish, and Christian religions, one that horses easily teach receptive humans—once we know how to listen to their silent wisdom and practice it in mutually supportive communities where individual and group needs are taken into consideration.
Linda’s new book, The Power of the Herd, which will be used as the textbook for this seminar—and a way to take these innovative skills and perspectives home to your family, colleagues, and communities.
For more information or to register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 520-455-5908.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellation up to 30 days prior to the event start date results in a credit of one-half the workshop tuition. There is no tuition credit for a cancellation 30 days or less before the event start date.