Leadership Breakfast and Retreat: Ride the Waves of Change
"You can't stop the waves from coming but you can learn how to surf." Jon Kabat-Zinn
This event includes two sessions: 1) the Leadership Breakfast, and 2) the Saturday Retreat. You may choose to attend one session only or join us for both events.
Friday, April 25, 2014: Leadership Breakfast
This event includes breakfast and a seminar on the power of habits to limit our responses in times of change. The seminar stands on its own as a learning opportunity, and also will prepare participants for further development during the Saturday retreat. The cost is $10.00 and this event is open to all, including those who will not be participating in the full-day retreat on the following day.
When: 7:30-9:00 am
Where: Vanderbilt Divinity School, Room 140
411 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37240
Saturday, April 26, 2014: Ride the Waves Retreat
This all-day retreat will provide instruction and practice in developing a sense of presence that increases calm and choice during hectic times of change. We will learn how to ride the waves of change through self-observation and centering, as well as enjoy some relaxation and rejuvenation. A box lunch will be provided and participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing suitable for gentle movement.
Fee: $125 (includes fee for Leadership Breakfast the previous morning)
Where: Scarritt-Bennett Center Laskey B
1008 19th Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37212
Registration will open soon.
In today’s unpredictable world, we are buffeted by unceasing waves of change. We are laid off, we get sick, we end relationships, we must change positions or locations; we have to move, adapt, and survive in circumstances we never expected. And our usual ways of managing no longer seem to suffice—we founder in situations that push us out of our comfort zones and test the limits of our effectiveness. What used to be our strengths now seem to be limitations. Though our characteristic abilities have served us well in the past, we may have overused them, becoming restricted in our range of response. Now we can’t find our footing as change threatens to swamp us. How to regain our balance, how to surf rather than sink in the oncoming waves? By developing a sense of presence that stills and centers us long enough to see clearly what is, and what could be.
Through mindful self-observation, we develop the capacity to respond to the turbulence of change with new understandings and behaviors that better reflect our own values and passions. Instead of reacting with fear and overwhelm, we can go deep under the waves to rest in the stillness of mind, body and heart awareness, our own inner wisdom. Then, calmed and rejuvenated, we can resurface to master the waves, mindfully and skillfully riding these opportunities into new horizons of personal and professional success.
In this retreat, we will explain this process and provide concrete exercises for your practice of developing presence. Our objectives include:
- recognizing how your usual ways of managing may have become limiting habits
- identifying the particular habits that may be limiting your performance and authenticity
- learning what presence is and how it improves equilibrium and choice during times of change
- developing presence through self-observation, with the goal of catching yourself “in the act” of habits
- increasing awareness through exercises engaging the three ‘doorways’ into presence: mind, body and heart
- identifying the core values you want to ground your decisions and actions, and practicing how to center in them
- enjoying a few hours to focus on your own development—relax, rejuvenate, and re-engage your best self
"Turning our attention inward is…an enlivening of ourselves. Being with our experience, without instantly projecting it outward, gives us strength and integrity. We learn that our sense of wholeness comes from within, and we don’t feel compelled to run from our dissatisfaction. This creates an environment in which we learn from our discontent, a ground from which to work with our pain and anxiety. …If we are connected to our energy, which flows through our body, we are always left with the final choice of how we can relate to a situation.” Richard Strozzi Heckler
This investment in your development is right for you if:
- You've recently gone through a significant change or loss
- You anticipate changing jobs, careers or retirement in the near future
- You sometimes feel overwhelmed, disempowered or scattered in your life
- You know you could be more effective at work or school and just need some new tools and resources
This retreat is ideally suited for:
- Nurses, physicians and others in the health care professions
- Organizational leaders at all levels
- Consultants, therapists and others in the helping professions
- Anyone interested in cultivating the presence and centeredness to better cope with the large and small challenges and changes in life