Cultivating Women’s Leadership brings together women of diverse cultures, ages and backgrounds to learn from and with each other.
2013 CWL Training Locations
May 13-18, 2013 (Applications due by April 5, 2013)
Sequoia Retreat Center in Ben Lomond, California In the heart of the redwoods, with Nina, Toby & Rachel
August 20-25, 2013 (Applications due by July 1, 2013)
Ocamora Retreat Center in Northern New Mexico In a pristine mountain valley at 7500’, with Nina, Toby & Sarah
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 at www.Bioneers.org/CWLTestimonials.
is a social entrepreneur and co-founder of Bioneers. She translates her life experience into tools for serving the emerging leadership of others, and has focused increasingly on programming, writing and teaching about women’s leadership since 1997. She helps to reveal the correlations between inner awareness and outer action, and celebrates the interconnectedness of environment, health, social justice and the sacred.
is a facilitator and Rockwood Leadership trainer, focusing on assisting groups and individuals dedicated to building community assets and catalyzing progressive social and environmental change. She is on the faculty of several national training programs and has supported women to be effective and heartfelt leaders in the Middle East, Bosnia, the US and Canada.
RACHEL BAGBY, J.D. (Stanford) is an award-winning artist and innovator, inspires women and men to create transformational change in society through artistic expression. A renowned vocal artist and author of Divine Daughters: Liberating the Power and Passion of Women’s Voices, Rachel originated Dekaaz, a poetic facilitation form that quickly teaches groups to distill vast amounts of information into just 10 syllables of 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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