Cultivating Women's Leadership brings together women of diverse cultures, ages and backgrounds to learn from and with each other.
2014 CWL Training Locations
May 18-23, 2014 (Applications due by April 1, 2014)
Sequoia Retreat Center in Ben Lomond, California In the heart of the redwoods, with Nina, Toby & Rachel
July 21-26, 2014 (Applications due by June 1, 2014)
Ocamora Retreat Center in Northern New Mexico In a pristine mountain valley at 7500’
Cultivating Women's Leadership Trainings (CWL)
These 6‐day residential intensives bring together impassioned women from diverse cultures, ages, and backgrounds to learn from and with each other. Rooted in values of respect, humility, creativity, intentionality and inquiry, CWL trainings develop women’s leadership by:
- Featuring experiential learning and transformative leadership practices including arts, ritual, movement and storytelling that help connect the personal with the structural, systemic and political
- Consciously shedding insidious beliefs, stories and biases that can limit women’s leadership capacity and considering new ideas, narratives or frameworks in their stead
- Surfacing and appreciating what women uniquely bring to reinventing leadership while integrating healthy feminine and masculine characteristics for full‐spectrum leadership
- Prioritizing connecting across differences as an essential leadership skill
- Connecting women to networks of diverse peers for ongoing coaching, influence, access and support
Emphasis is placed on: practices for skill‐building and leadership cultivation; strengthening both gender and racial justice lenses and analyses; making visible the legacy of imbalance reflected in our decision‐making, organizations, and society at large; and connecting towards collaboration across cultural divides, siloes and differences. Each cohort of 20 women is selected for their significant capacities to influence change in their communities and also to optimize diversity, with at least 30% women of color.
Participants come to:
- clarify their own sense of purpose, calling or unique ‘assignment’
- embody new forms of leadership and self‐identity
- integrate the wisdom of nature and their own intuition
- embrace a whole‐person approach, integrating emotions, embodiment and spirituality as well as shadow material
- learn skills to further their own and others’ ongoing leadership cultivation, and experience how deeply, rapidly and enduringly women in a community of peers can grow each other’s capacity and effectiveness
The program’s uniqueness is in its systemic or intersectional approach to leadership. Rather than focusing on either internal work or skill‐building for external change, CWL connects personal awareness practices with increased capacity to be bold and effective multi‐cultural leaders in the world. Alumnae report lasting and profound impacts, including many who have had extensive prior leadership experience. You can hear their own words here.
NINA SIMONS is an award winning social entrepreneur and co-editor of Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart. She co-founded Bioneers, and has helped to lead the organization through 23 years of identifying, gathering and disseminating breakthrough innovations to re-imagine how we live on Earth and with each other. Currently, Nina’s focus is on inspiring leadership that connects women, nature, healing, diversity and justice. She co-founded Cultivating Women’s Leadership trainings with Toby Herzlich in 2006, is developing www.everywomansleadership.org, and co-facilitates trainings while speaking and teaching widely.
TOBY HERZLICH is a leadership trainer, facilitator of transformational change, and network weaver, focused on assisting groups and individuals dedicated to building community assets and catalyzing progressive social and environmental change. As Founder of Biomimicry for Social Innovation, Toby guides leaders in learning from nature’s wisdom. Toby is co-founder of Cultivating Women’s Leadership and a Senior Trainer with the Rockwood Leadership Institute. Working nationally and globally, Toby has supported women to be effective and heartfelt leaders in the Middle East, Bosnia, the US and Canada.
RACHEL BAGBY , an artist with a Stanford Law Degree in Social Change, is a leadership consultant whose clients include leaders from organizations like Google, the Sierra Club and Rockwood Institute. A former member of Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra Ensemble and author of Divine Daughters: Liberating the Power and Passion of Women’s Voices, Rachel originated Dekaaz, a poetic form that hones vast amounts of information in to just 10 syllables of shareable wisdom.
has taughtdance, theater and violence prevention to youth and adults for over 20 years. She currently serves as Artistic Director at Destiny Arts Center. Sarah received 9 California Arts Council grants and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. She is the recipient of the KPFA Peace Award and the Purple Moon Dream Speakers Award. Sarah has spoken and facilitated workshops at numerous national conferences since 2000.
Join us to explore how to most effectively transform yourself and the world.
Tuition, Lodging, & Meals for Each Intensive Workshop
$1950 (includes tuition, lodging and meals).
We aim to attract a diverse circle of women with no barriers related to ability to pay. If you are interested in attending but the cost is an obstacle, contact us about strategies to help you cover the expense. Many women have fundraised their tuition by working with their communities, and some limited scholarship support is available. This fee does not reflect our actual cost to deliver this training. We underwrite the costs with contributions from people like you, and we gratefully accept donations year 'round to our CWL scholarship fund.
It is hard to predict how much scholarship support we can raise for each training, though we are deeply committed, so entering in the highest amount you can contribute to the actual cost of the retreat is immensely helpful.
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