Pre-Conference Workshops

Worldview & Warriorship: Sacred Paths of Disruption, Decolonization, Dialogue, & Design

Date: April 23, 2020
Time: 8:30 am-12 pm
Instructor: Teara Fraser
Location: Royal Roads University 
Cost: $150

Description: By understanding and shifting our worldview while liberating the warrior spirit - with deep love, a focus on relationships, and a land-based perspective, we can co-create a way forward in these extraordinary times. As we remember and reclaim this wisdom, bravely step into it, practice with grace and mastery, and integrate with community - we can individually and collectively contribute to what really matters in our world. Worldview & Warriorship are sacred paths of disruption, decolonization, dialogue & design- where we can see meaningful systems change with a return to 'all my relations' and collective restoration in honour of our ancestors and in service of our descendants. We are all invited to step into this sacred space for ourselves, our communities, our land, and with consciousness for the next seven generations.

Register for Teara's workshop here.

Into the Dojo: Somatic Practices for Systems Artistry

Date: April 23, 2020
Time: 1-4:30 pm
Instructor: Julian Norris
Location: Royal Roads University 

Description: The Japanese term 'dojo' literally means 'a place for practicing the way' and generally refers to a space used for training in martial arts or meditation. Our dojo time will use activities and practices drawn directly - or adapted from - traditional Japanese martial arts traditions to examine some of the inner capacities and outer skills required to lead effectively in complex challenge domains. In this approach, our body and its habitual responses become a living metaphor for how we engage and lead others. We'll work through a range of dynamic scenarios, both alone and with partners - that may shine a light on our internal states, help us become more aware of how these shape our responses in the present moment and use that awareness to consciously choose more skillful and effective actions. We'll practice responding from our most skillful state when it is both most challenging and when we most need it. And we'll explore our own unique capacity for systems artistry and unlock the leadership wisdom of the heart and body.

Participants should be aware that this is a hands-on and physically engaging session. The atmosphere is one of great respect where the safety and dignity of all are paramount. Everybody is welcome regardless of their physical fitness, strength, or previous experience.

Register for Julian's workshop here.

Neuroleadership: Thinking Our Way to Better Results

Date: April 22-23, 2020
Time: 9 am-4:30 pm
Instructor: Guy Nasmyth
Location: Royal Roads University 

Description: Inscribed into the lintel above the Temple of Apollo in Delphi were the words "know thyself". Developing self-knowledge and self-awareness is emerging in the literature as critical in leadership and leadership development. Goleman and others have explained that effective leadership begins with self-awareness. Self-awareness in turn facilitates self-management and social awareness. Finally, as a result of attention to these considerations, relationship management and effective leadership can emerge. In this course, we will focus on how we think and how we can think more effectively together to achieve extraordinary results.

Register for Guy's workshop here.