Ecology of Leadership

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.

The Ecology of Leadership

A transformational pathway to thrive and serve in a changing world

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The Ecology of Leadership

FREE UPCOMING ECOLOGY OF LEADERSHIP INTRODUCTORY EVENTS!

April 14   7-9 PM The Share Exchange, Santa Rosa

April 15   7-9 PM GROW, Mill Valley

April 22   7-9 PM United Roots, Oakland    

April 23   7-9 PM The Center SF, San Francisco

For more information, visit our flier here.

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. As unsustainable eco-social paradigms and systems collapse, we are called to seed and cultivate new visions for our future.

But how do we do that effectively?

Imagine sitting in a powerful circle of fellow change-makers, speaking your truth and remembering your nature...reconnecting with the living world, your passions and service path, and a feeling of village...cultivating a set of practices to nurture your emerging visions...moving beyond calcified constructs, beliefs, and patterns of the past and into a new era of healing, creativity, peace, joy, wholeness, reverence, love, and collaborative service...for yourself, for your community, and for a thriving planet. 

THIS IS THE ECOLOGY OF LEADERSHIP: TRANSFORMATION AND ACTION FROM THE INSIDE OUT.

THE EOL JOURNEY

Since 2006, Ecology of Leadership (EOL) programs have served hundreds of non-profit leaders, community activists, eco-social entrepreneurs, and other conscious change-makers in deepening their paths of service by manifesting their gifts, visions, and passions in their lives, their organizations, their communities, and the world.

Through experiential, nature and community-based leadership development practices, the Ecology of Leadership program blends inquiry and skill development, self-awareness, and deepened nature connection with principles of systems thinking and permaculture. With the support of a powerful and dynamic circle, you will explore leadership from the inside out, envisioning and stepping into the possibilities you hold for your life and your service path.

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.

Ecology of Leadership programs are offered in a variety of formats, including evening workshops, one or two-day introductions, intensives, and our flagship weekend series.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

You will come out of EOL with a unique "Leadership Tool Bag": a collection of concrete skills, habits, mindsets and approaches to improve your well-being and effectiveness as a leader. Topics include visioning, effective communication, project development and stewardship, the ability to create and honor commitments, effective use of time and energy, and coaching skills.  We also cover often-neglected aspects of inner leadership, such as cultivating gratitude, balance, ‘inner resilience’, and practices to root and ground our leadership in the heart, in nature, and in collaboration with a community of other leaders.

For many, ecological leadership becomes a new way of thinking and being. 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.

On your leadership development journey, you will be supported to:

  • Discover your true gifts, passions and the visions you hold for your work in the world, as well as other important aspects of your life
  • 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
  • Explore your patterns of belief, behavior and thought and determine which ones serve and which can be released and ‘composted’
  • Receive structured coaching and support from peers and facilitators 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

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 and making a difference in the world.

Many EOL alumni have taken remarkable strides toward living into their vision.

Read what they have to say about their experience

As part of their journey, each leader is invited to identify a project through which to actualize the tools of the program. Here are just a few accomplishments of previous EOL graduates:

  • Starting an organic farm
  • Launching new social change organizations
  • Helping African women have access to education and employment by learning to ride bicycles
  • Taking a long-envisioned walk-about around the world
  • Overcoming the belief that having a family and doing powerful social change work are mutually exclusive
  • Leading efforts for Berkeley to become a Fair-Trade Town
  • Providing medical relief work in conflict and disaster areas
  • Overcoming long-standing fears of public speaking
  • Writing a book

Your project may also focus on more personal or “inner” forms of transformation.  Growth is the work of a lifetime and each person's path is different. Your transformation and project will reflect your own aspirations and callings.

PROGRAM LOGISTICS

Our core weekend series meets one weekend per month at the permaculture design site of Commonweal Garden in Bolinas, with facilitation team-led small group coaching meetings, buddy calls, and assignments between monthly gatherings. For specific dates, please view the program information for each upcoming course below.

The time commitment for your participation will vary by individual. Outside of the weekend workshops, you can expect to spend approximately 10-15 hours per month in peer coaching and engaging in program assignments on your own time. The assignments are designed to integrate into and empower the life that you choose to lead. Please consider your capacity to participate fully before applying to the program.

Participants in our weekend series programs are asked to bring camping gear and stay overnight at Commonweal Garden during consecutive meeting dates. We are happy to support anyone who has questions or concerns around camping logistics. Our What To Know page has information on things you will need to know for your visit to Commonweal Garden, including directions, transportation options, site accommodations and what to bring. Please read through this information, which will answer many of your questions.

REVIEWING AND FACILITATION

Alumni of our Ecology of Leadership courses are invited to return to the program in one of two capacities.  Many alumni find value in “reviewing” the program, by returning for a second time.  If you are interested in reviewing, you may register directly.

Another pathway for EOL alums called to deepen their practice, give back to the community, and develop their capacity to support others, is to become part of the Facilitation Team for an upcoming program. If you are called in this way, we invite you to be in touch with the instructor team for details and with any questions you may have. When you are ready, apply here.

UPCOMING ECOLOGY OF LEADERSHIP OFFERINGS:

 

The Ecology of Leadership - Summer 2014

May 24, 2014 to August 10, 2014

May 24-26 (This is a holiday weekend: Saturday 9 am - Monday 5 pm)

June 28-29 (Saturday 9 am - Sunday 5 pm)

July 19-21 (Saturday 9 am - Monday 5 pm)

August 9-10 (Saturday 9 am - Sunday 5 pm)

All weekends include evening programing and we recommend that you stay on-site for the whole weekend.

There are two steps towards registration in the Ecology of Leadership program.

1 - Complete the online application form.

2 - Once your application has been reviewed you will receive an acceptance letter with a link to registration. You must complete the registration process to be fully enrolled in the program.

$1800 — Program tuition

Early Payment Discounts
The following discounts are given if registration and payment are completed by early registration deadline April 22.

$1650 — Early bird discount

$1500 — RDI alumni discount, offered to participants and/or graduates of any RDI Permaculture Design Course or RDNA program

$1500 — Non-profit discount, offered to current employees of a non-profit organization

$1350 — Student discount, offered to full-time students

$900 --- Alumni review

$900-$1800 --- Facilitator Path

Cancellations up to two weeks before the workshop will be refunded, excluding a $200 processing fee. No refunds are given after this date.

For questions or additional information email us.

The Regenerative Design Institute at Commonweal Garden and the Ecology of Leadership team are committed to providing an opportunity for all people to participate in our programs, regardless of financial standing. We have a high value of fostering a diverse group of participants, across lines of race, class, gender, sexual orientation and socio-economic status, because we believe that deeply transformative leadership work is most powerful in a diverse community. 

If you have financial challenges that may prevent you from participating in the program, there may be a possibility of receiving a scholarship for the program. Please note that there are only a limited number of partial scholarships available at this time. 

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please contact Katia Sol directly to discuss your situation prior to completing a scholarship application.

The Ecology of Leadership - Fall 2014

Fall 2014

Program dates to be announced soon.

There are two steps towards registration in the Ecology of Leadership program.

1 - Complete the online application form (available soon).

2 - Once your application has been reviewed you will receive an acceptance letter with a link to registration. You must complete the registration process to be fully enrolled in the program.

Fall tuition to be announced soon.

Cancellations up to two weeks before the workshop will be refunded, excluding a $200 processing fee. No refunds are given after this date.

For questions or additional information email us.

The Regenerative Design Institute at Commonweal Garden and the Ecology of Leadership team are committed to providing an opportunity for all people to participate in our programs, regardless of financial standing. We have a high value of fostering a diverse group of participants, across lines of race, class, gender, sexual orientation and socio-economic status, because we believe that deeply transformative leadership work is most powerful in a diverse community. 

If you have financial challenges that may prevent you from participating in the program, there may be a possibility of receiving a scholarship for the program. Please note that there are only a limited number of partial scholarships available at this time. 

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please contact Katia Sol directly to discuss your situation prior to completing a scholarship application.

Testimonial

  • Using experiential, nature and community-based leadership development, the Ecology of Leadership program blends inquiry and skill development, self-awareness, and deepened nature connection with principles of systems thinking and permaculture. With the support of a powerful and dynamic circle, you will explore leadership from the inside out, envisioning and stepping into the possibilities you hold for your life and your service path.